Should I Bring My Kids To Look At Homes?
Working with a large number of first time buyers, the issue of kids on home tour often comes up. The children are likely to spend their formative years in the next house, so shouldn't they tag along? As the father of four kids and a seasoned real estate broker in Alexandria La, here's my insight...
Reasons For Bringing The Kids
1) There are two of us and only one of them-- One parent can tour while the other focuses on junior. Easy enough, right? Not so fast, kids tend to cling to one parent over the other. This means One parent is actively engaged in house hunting, the other is babysitting. If I had a dollar for every time I heard a parent say, "Here, it's your turn to watch the baby"
2) Baby sitters are expensive-- Who wants to spend 30-50 bucks for a couple of hours of baby sitting? Consider for a moment that the house represents the largest single investment for most Americans. Suddenly that fifty bucks seems cheap.
3) My kids loves watching HGTV, bet they would love house hunting-- Believe it or not, house shopping can be draining. In the summer (Early April- Late October in Alexandria) the heat is oppressive. Thirsty, sweaty children tend to get grumpy in a hurry. Trust me, when a kid is done looking at houses they are done. As a result, so are we...
4) The Big kids will watch the little ones-- Again, this works better in theory than in practice. I've seen so many kids pile out of a minivan it looked like a platoon of soldiers disembarking from a C-17. The older child wants to be looking at the house with the parents, not making sure the Dora video is running.
Buying a home can be a fun process for all members of the family. Most purchasers will tour the home 2-3 times during escrow. A great time to bring the little ones is the final walk through. This will built excitement as the process unfolds. Ready to take the next step? Call Doug Rogers (318) 613-1994 today for your customized buyer consultation. Prefer to start looking online? Go to Alexandria La Homes For Sale to explore local inventory.