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Helping Children Through The Moving House Process...

Published at: 05/05/2017

It's no secret that moving house can be one of the most stressful experiences in your life. But what about the children? How does moving house feel when your bedroom is your entire world? And what can parents do to help children through this life-changing event?

Communication

As with most situations in life communication is king. Talking to children early on in the process can be key to relieving any anxiety they may have by giving them as much time as possible to get used to the idea. Give them lots of facts and information appropriate to their age group and level of understanding.

Involvement

Involving children in the process is a very good way to help them with the changes ahead. You may want to take them on viewings with you, if not to the initial viewing then to any second viewings you arrange on properties you are considering making an offer on, which will give you the chance to seek their opinions and involve them in the decision making.

As a family friendly estate agents Jackson & Co welcome children on viewings.

Stability

It's important for children to have a sense of stability, so it's a good idea to try to avoid too much change in one go. Reassure younger children that that their toys, clothes and personal belongings will be moving to your new home with them. Also, once you have moved, changes to their bedroom furniture, bedding and furnishings could be delayed until you have settled in to give them time to adjust.

If you are moving to a new area then for older children it will be beneficial to spend time helping them get used to the area surrounding your new home, for example by taking drives and walks to visit nearby shops, parks etc, as older children will have wider interests that the just home itself.

Be Realistic

Finally, you need to be realistic about how long it takes for children to adjust to moving house. Some may be happy and content from day one, whilst for others it's not unreasonable to think of six to eight weeks as a reasonable adjusting period. It won't be long though before they have completely forgotten the 'old house'. Life does go on!

Jackson & Co are the leading estate agent in Colchester and can help you to find your dream home. Or do you want to sell? Call us on 01206 863900 for a free valuation.

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