House hunting with kids is not for the faint hearted! In fact you really need to have your wits about you. Either that or be medicated – there is no in-between. Really! This post is about my 5 top tips for house hunting with kids.
Why Are We House Hunting with kids?
This is a process that you go through at various stages of your life. I’ve done it as a stepmum with a little girl who wasn’t sure about me, until in one house we both got a ‘sense’ of something not quite right and her little arms gripped my neck so tightly I could barely breathe. She’s 15 now …
I’ve also done it with two over-tired and disinterested little girls who think everyone’s dogs are as mentally challenged as their Gaya’s. They aren’t.
So in my vast experience spanning more than 10 years of house hunting, [although most of these are very recent] here are a few of the things that you can expect when house hunting with kids.
Unfortunately all are based on real life experiences:
Most houses have dogs. IF the property is lived in by children (identified by broken plastic toys in the front garden, or a unused swing set) things should be okay.
IF the house is NOT lived in by children then the dogs will either attempt to kill the children or be absolutely terrified of them!
Please note: your two year old Rottweiler is not a “puppy” to my four year old child! Beware of all dogs!
[Clean] Glass doors!
If your child wriggles free of your iron like grip on their wrist, they are quite likely to run full speed into a closed glass door! Whack! (True story – this actually happened.) How she didn’t go straight through it I will never know! Be careful of glass doors vs kids!
Stuff! Breakable Stuff!
Think, ornaments. Glasswear. Picture frames. Precious things.
Now, if your child is a ‘toucher’ they will attempt to touch everything in every house you view! Your best bet is to monitor it carefully. Complete banning will just result in failure on your part, and tears – also from you!
Let me start off by saying that no two houses have the same type of stairs. I don’t really care if you are an engineer and disagree with me. They’re not.
If your children are not used to living in a house with lots of stairs, a double-storey or a duplex house, for goodness sake don’t let go of their hands!
My eldest fell UP some steep tiled stairs and grazed her shin resulting in major melt-down and a bleeding shin! Another true story!
My advice is to keep your children on the brink of being dehydrated. It’s either that, or they will “desperately” need to use the toilet. In every single house you view! Every. Single. One!
So there you have it: dogs, glass doors, touching, stairs and toilets!
Really, my best advice is simple: Just don’t take them with you if you can help it!