Tip of the Week: Make Your Move A Family Affair!
Earlier this week, we touched upon the challenges that can arise if a family relocates during the school year. This question (thank you Leslie!) inspired us to share a couple of tips for how parents can make their move as smooth as possible.
The decision to move is not always an easy one and getting your kids on board can be even harder. Packing personal belongings and leaving familiar places behind can be stressful for us but it can be especially difficult for children who may not understand why.
At the Rocca Sisters Team we work to ensure that when clients move to a new home, the process runs smoothly for every member of the family. Along with sitting down and talking to your children about an upcoming move, here are some tips on how to get your whole family ready for their new adventure:
There are many reasons why families decide to move; some of these reasons include better opportunities in new cities, sudden financial issues, or to be closer to family. No matter the reason, be sure your attitude about the move remains positive. Children are intuitive and are more likely to put on a brave face when they feel that others around them are happy and excited.
Make sure everyone has a part.
Providing children with as much information as possible will help them feel a part of the decision. For instance, we find that kids consider their bedroom the most important aspect of their home. It’s important to us at the Rocca Sisters Team to have our clients children involved in the staging process when the home is being sold by making it a fun and comfortable process for them, allowing them to feel in charge of how they would like to present the room to “help” with the sale. Once the new home is purchased and if it seems appropriate for your child’s age, have your kids pick their new bedroom, paint colour or some of the décor pieces. This will help them feel in control of the change that’s about to take place in their lives.
Visit the new area.
If your new home is close by, visit the area as a family. Point out the parks, recreation centres, schools and other fun places where they’ll be able to continue doing the activities they love most. If you are moving out of town, show them photos and videos of the new area online.
These tips will you make home buying a family affair. At the Rocca Sisters Team we help families every day with what is often their largest and most important investment: their family home.