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Growing up, my family relocated a few times – from Vancouver to Winnipeg and then back again – and, each time, my parents would... House Hunting With Kids

Growing up, my family relocated a few times – from Vancouver to Winnipeg and then back again – and, each time, my parents would take us house hunting with them. I loved it! I remember one house in particular that I fell in love with. I can’t tell you how many bedrooms or bathrooms it had (I was 6, after all) but I can tell you that the little boy who lived there had the best playdoh collection ever! I wanted that house! But my parents had other priorities. I was so disappointed! So, with that experience in mind, here are some tips for house hunting with kids:

LEAVE THEM AT HOME

If possible, leave the children at home with a babysitter. It can be tiring for kids to tour every single house you see. It’s better to involve them in the last two properties that you’re considering – if you’re torn. If you’re decided, then just show them the “one” and they’ll love it as much as you do.

IF YOU CAN’T LEAVE THEM BEHIND, HAVE THEM “CHECK IT OUT”

If your children are coming along for the ride, give them a checklist of things you’re looking for. Kids love a job – ok, scratch that. Kids love to be involved! 3 bedrooms? Check. 1 bathroom? Nope. You can score each property at the end of the day and pick your favourites.

GIVE THEM AN IMPORTANT JOB

Chances are, you’ll have your camera with you – or your phone. Give them the job of professional photographer! If you have more than one child, you can have a photographer – and a stager. Get creative and the kids will have fun. If you’re already envisioning a fight about who gets what role, they can always take turns. And, if all else fails, I’m sure that phone has kids’ games on it too.

BE PREPARED

Depending on the age of your children, make sure you have a backpack full of snacks, colouring books, a favorite doll or blanket – basically, a survival kit of distractions. If your kids are older and you give them your phone to play with, it may be theirs for the duration of the tour… so, if they have their own, don’t forget the iPad!

GO WITH THE FLOW

If the kiddos are tired after house number 3, call it a day and reschedule the rest for another day. If they reach their breaking point, don’t try to force them to continue. You won’t be productive with tired, cranky kids. There will likely be more than one day of house hunting in your (and your kids) future… so you want it to be a positive experience!

AND PLAYDOH

If they did a good job, stop at the dollar store (if you haven’t already) for a new, quiet activity that they can enjoy at home – from coloring books to playdoh. They’ll appreciate it… and so will you after a long day of house hunting with kids!

Thinking of buying or selling? Give Jane a call at 604.512.4622 to discuss all your real estate needs. Kids welcome!

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Jane Stevens

Jane is a born-and-raised Vancouverite. Having lived in Kitsilano for most of her adult-life and then moving to North Vancouver with her four children, Jane specializes in real estate on the North Shore. As a mother of four, Jane understands the needs of growing families - and specializes in helping families find the space they need. Having previously owned and operated fitness businesses for over ten years, Jane is passionate about helping others. As a result, her approach in real estate is focused on getting to know her clients - from first time home buyers to seasoned sellers - and helping them get what they want. She makes every buying or selling experience incredible and memorable and she brings a welcomed energy and integrity to every real estate transaction. Jane believes, "This is your city. Own it!"

  • Shelah

    February 15, 2016 #1 Author

    We always left our daughter home when we went house hunting. It made life so much easier.

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  • Tiffany

    February 15, 2016 #2 Author

    I know a few friends that are going through this at the moment! Very challenging indeed! These are great tips!

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  • Andria

    February 15, 2016 #3 Author

    Great tips! I love the idea of giving them things to do, like the checklist. We are starting to think about moving, so I will be saving this for later to come back to when we are ready.

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  • Jacqui

    February 16, 2016 #4 Author

    Fantastic tips! I loved (and still do) going to open houses as a kid! Actually, my parents just did it for fun, we were never in the market for a home.

    I didn’t really start enjoying it until around 10 or 11, so I think recommending to leave the kiddos with a sitter is the best advice!

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  • Jane Stevens

    February 16, 2016 #5 Author

    I’m glad you enjoyed these tips! If your kids enjoy the open house experience, you may have a future Realtor on your hands! 😉

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  • Tessa

    February 16, 2016 #6 Author

    We had to house hunt with kids SO MANY TIMES. Definitely #1 leave them behind, but often we couldn’t. Great tips to keeping them occupied and making it a bit easier!

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  • Tamara

    February 16, 2016 #7 Author

    We are already debating house hunting, and what we are going to do with the girls when we do start to look. Such great points. If the girls do come with us our oldest will definitely be getting a check list.

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  • Iyanna

    February 18, 2016 #8 Author

    Great advice. We’re looking to move and if there’s a case that we have to go house hunting with our kid, we will be prepared. My daughter is only two, but I can give her the job of taking pictures on my phone lol. As well as going to Dollar Tree for a quick treat. Thanks for sharing!

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