While children often play a significant role in influencing people’s property buying decisions, there’s a big difference between asking them to make choices, and allowing your children’s needs to influence your decision.
Nick Wooldridge of Stacks Property Search says, “For those relocating a family, it’s sensible to be inclusive in your general discussions from an early stage, explaining the reasons behind the move, and talking about what you’re looking for, where and why. It’s likely that some of these decisions will be based around your children, so it’s a good idea to highlight these elements, for instance, if you want to be nearer a good school, or have more inside or outside space, or closer to facilities that are in walking / cycling distance.”
“Explain how your new home needs to meet the whole family’s needs for many years to come, and that while you’ll try and accommodate their wishes, there are many other criteria, and some degree of compromise is generally called for when it comes to buying property.
“While many people take their children with them on viewings, it’s often easier to do first visits without them. Clearly that’s not always practical, especially with small children who can’t be left alone. As buying agents we often find ourselves providing child distraction while parents concentrate on looking around allowing them to pay full attention to the detail.
“If parents are concerned about how a house move will affect pre-school children, the good news is that they tend to take a new home completely in their stride, much to the surprise of parents who may have been anticipating tears and upset.”
Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Search says, “Older children can be more difficult to accommodate when it comes to a move, with location generally more important than the house itself. Understandably they may be unhappy about leaving their friends, schools, and environment. A house move away from London can be particularly difficult for this age group, so diplomacy and empathy will be required.
“It’s a good idea to gather as much positive information as you can, enlisting the help of local teenagers if you’re struggling. Depending on their age and interests, you can concentrate on local sporting facilities, live music, cinemas, pubs and clubs, and transport facilities.”
Bill Spreckley of Stacks Property Search says, “Once you have found your ideal property, you will need to ensure that you get buy-in from the whole family, so figure out what the property has that they will love – whether it’s a big bedroom, a paddock for a pony, a loft that you’ll convert into a playroom/cinema room, or a garden perfect for football. Whatever it is, concentrate on the benefits and get them excited.
“You can also get children of all ages enthusiastic about a move if you offer them incentives such as the chance to choose paint colour for their rooms, or new furniture/furnishings. You really need to hit the buy-in spots, so do plenty of homework, and get them onside before you take them to see what will be their new home.”
Stacks Property Search: 01594 842880 / www.stacks.co.uk