How to Help Your Children Prepare When Selling Your Home
Are you selling your house? Do you have kids? Chances are they’re going to react differently to selling your house than you expect. Kids are creatures of habit and their home is where they feel safe, it’s a part of who they are. Changing homes can be a scary and traumatic experience and adjusting to the change may or may not come easy. Here are a few ideas to help them through the transition and prepare you and your family for what’s to come.
Talk to Your Family
Have open dialogues when discussing the next phase of your life with your kids. Usually moving is discussed mainly by the parents, so kids may feel like they’re being left out of the planning. It’s important that they feel like they’re a part of this process. Make sure to use words like “new and exciting” and focus on the great things that can happen when changing homes. This will help them get excited about the next step.
Preparing to Sell Your Home
Does your child want to be included? Assign them little tasks to do while you prepare to sell your home. Selling your property can be a complex process that will require a lot of focus, so keeping your children occupied is essential. If you feel like you don’t have time to sell your home by yourself, rely on a professional for help. Giving your children small tasks like cleaning up their rooms or putting away knick-knacks are great places to start with. It’s very important to clean up the clutter, especially the clutter of the kids. Make it a game to maintain their engagement. If they don’t want to be a part of your preparations to sell your home, respect that too. Allow them to go to a friend’s house or let them see a movie while you do the work. It can make things go easier regardless if you have a helper or you do not.
Be Aware of Grieving
A lot of children, especially older ones will not be as open to the idea of moving. Kids may think this is going to be the end of the world. What about their school? Their friends? Everything they’ve become accustomed to? They’re going to see this as they’re losing something very important. Talk to them, try to understand their feelings. If need be, have them speak to a professional. The more understanding you can be, the better the process will be for everyone when the moving day comes.
Make Moving Day a Priority
Once you’ve found your home, make the kids’ rooms a priority. Helping them set up their new rooms with familiar items will give them a sense of security while seeing their toys, clothing and personal items will let them know this is their new room in their new place. Personal rooms give kids a sense of independence, especially when they’re involved in the decor.
The more you can involve kids in this change, and take into account any and all feelings they’ll have while putting positive spins on everything that moving entails, the better the moving experience can be for a child of any age as well as you.