We are currently in the process of looking to move/relocate to a completely different area of the country. Being quite far from the area we are looking at moving to is making it very difficult to go and view properties. Especially as we have a toddler. As anyone with a toddler will know, they get bored quite easily and need entertaining. Yes the idea of looking at and exploring new houses is fun the first few times. However by the time you are on house number 8 of the day, you just want to cry and go to the nearest pub and drink.
So here are my top tips for house hunting with a toddler.
- First of all – if you have a baby/toddler/child(s) it would probably be much easier to leave them with family member/friend/babysitter/anyone the first time you go and view potential new homes. Take the kids on the second viewing, however if, like us, you can’t then PLAN! I cannot stress this enough.
- PLAN, PLAN, PLAN. The first time we headed down there we saw 3/4 properties. We didn’t use our time wisely, we spread the viewings out thinking this would be good. It wasn’t. There was a lot of wasted time. Time that could have been spent looking at new property. The second visit we did 7 viewings in a row. We even printed out a map and worked out the best order to see them in. We averaged out how long each viewing would take, and worked out the time it would take to get to the next one.
- Try and book the viewings for early in the day. Not too early though, you definitely need to have breakfast/3 cups of coffee before you start. That way your toddler has a lot of energy and doesn’t get too grumpy/bored. You will also have more enthusiasm at the beginning of the day.
- Don’t book viewings around lunchtime!! We made this mistake the second time, and we ended up shoving a sandwich in our face as we ran from one house to the next. Not a good look arriving to greet an estate agent with food all down your front!
- Try and involve your child in the decision making process. Obviously if they are too young and don’t really understand then this doesn’t matter too much. However don’t forget they are also going to be living and growing up there. Is it somewhere you would have wanted to do that? Show them their potential new room, garden. Try and work out if they like it.
Has anyone else attempted to go house hunting with a toddler? Do you have any tips for when the big move comes? I’m really not looking forward to packing up our home into boxes with Clem around. I’m pretty sure the more I put things in a box, the more she is going to take out!