WHAT CHILDREN LOOK FOR IN A WASILLA HOME SEARCH
We love it when the children are involved in the home buying process. They can truly give a different perspective on each home. Here are a few of our favorites:
Picking out a room (they typically choose the owners suite or the biggest room much to the dismay of any siblings present). We have been witness to this too many times to count! We have also been witness to how the family deals with the the 'room choice' issue. The best example was when the younger sibling said that his big sister should get the bigger room because she will only have it for a couple years. He explained that she is going away soon (college) and then he would get it for longer once she left....
We have had a kiddo pick a room because it is farthest away 'from where the monsters live.' They meant farthest away from the crawl space access.
When they little family members choose a home because they can walk to school themselves because it is close (no more bus rides). Only to have a parent tell them that they will have more time for homework now that they didn't have to ride the bus. Burst that bubble!
Yards and yard toys (or a dog house). Any of these three tend to get their attention for playing outside or finally getting that dog that the parents promised them. We have had several pick a home because of the dog in the back yard (they thought the dog went with the home).
Although the examples above are just some fun examples, we typically recruit the children to help when looking at homes. We may ask that they help 'find' all the light switches (keeps everyone together so we are looking at the same rooms at the same time). We may also ask them to count how many homes they can see from the windows (to help the parents see how private the home is). We also have them help turn off lights or help find the lock box or turn the house key (we still go in first though for safety reasons).
We feel that it is important to include the children in the process to help them with the transition of a new home/moving. As a side benefit, it does makes looking at homes a bit easier for the parents to actually spend some time in the home without too much interruption.
Just a few fun things and examples of how we include your little ones in your home searches.
If you and your children are ready to look at homes, give us a call or send an email. We can show you any home, listed with any company, any Realtor and represent you in the purchase.
Apparently, the home I showed them lacked a little color so they 'fixed' it for us. :)
Jacque & Larry Ficek
Alaska Dream Makers