CHILDREN AND MOVES – THE EXTRA EFFORT IS WORTH IT

January 28, 2009

When you decide it’s time to move, it is important to involve your children in the process. Depending on the reason for the move and the distance, moving can cause some concerns for children that parents may not be sensitive to right away. Moving often means going to a new school, leaving favorite playmates, and feeling alot of uncertainty about what the new neighborhood will be like.

Things will go alot easier if your children support your efforts to get your current home sold. It is important to encourage the children to participate in selling the house by keeping thier toys and clothes picked up. Teenagers may be especially touchy about strangers invading their space, and may resist keeping their room in "showing" condition. It is also important when showing your home to give buyers the free space to look around without the sellers being there.

How can you get the whole family involved in the sale? Include everyone in the discussions about the move and invite the children to participate in house-hunting trips. Work with a Realtor who is comfortable with children and can remain sensitive to your children’s needs and concerns.

For professional advice on all aspects of buying or selling real estate, please contact me at [email protected] or 305-960-2575, or come by the office at 355 Alhambra Circle, 9th Floor, in Coral Gables.

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