Making a House a Home: Tips for Transitioning Your Family

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Girl moving house with his family and carrying boxes

Moving into a new home is never an easy task. From finding the perfect house and the moving process itself to getting your family situated afterward, a lot of the steps cause a good deal of stress. Here are some ways you can prevent tension during your family’s move.

Start Your Search

You can begin your search by browsing real estate websites like Trulia andZillow. Make sure to keep your expectations under control. Only look within your budget, be willing to make some home repairs, and keep an open mind.

After you know what you want, work with a real estate professional. At this point, you should be able to more clearly tell them what is most important in what you are looking for. Whether it be a great school district, a gated community or a big backyard, have your priorities set and let your agent know. They have insider knowledge that you probably cannot find online and can offer great insight. Create a relationship with your realtor based on trust and respect, and they will lead you in the right direction.

Protect Your Property

You’ll likely be required by your mortgage company to get homeowners insurance, which covers you for damage caused by fire, hail, wind storms and property loss due to theft. Your plumbing, HVAC, large appliances, electrical systems, etc., are not covered under homeowners insurance, but they can be covered with a good home warranty plan. Usually, one year of coverage pays for itself when just one appliance needs to be repaired or replaced; check out these typical costs to repair and replace common appliances. Prevent yourself from putting your paycheck on the line with a home warranty you can rely on.

Settle In

Once the paperwork has been signed and the furniture has been moved, the emotional toll of transitioning can really begin to show. Be prepared for family members to react differently to the new home, and have solutions ready for making them feel welcome. Whether the new home is larger, smaller, in a new state, or just down the road, moving adds a level of unknown to everyone involved.

One way to ease this uncertainty is by making sure to bring some comfort features of your old home to the new one. It can be tempting to start fresh in a new house, but it will end up saving you money (and familial stress) to bring key pieces along. This can include a favorite couch or blanket, a bedroom setup, or even a painting that everyone enjoys. These touches make people feel more at home. Be sure to also have an open communication with all family members throughout the entire process. Ask how everyone is feeling through the buying stage as well, so you can do what you can to help everyone feel involved and included. Listen to people’s feelings and you will be able to find a solution for most of the common emotional reactions.

Buying a home can be a difficult process, but there are ways to make it easier. Do your research, protect yourself, and be honest with everyone involved. Having a plan before you get started will lead to success.

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