Finding the Right Home When Moving with Kids
When it comes to looking for a new home, it’s important that you find the right home for every member of your family. So what do you need to consider when it comes to finding the right home for the kids?
Consider their needs and what changes are going to have the biggest impact on them before, during and after the move. Here are some of the most important things to consider.
Choose the right school
School is one of the most important aspects in your child’s life. And it’s not simply the school itself, but the friends they will have to leave behind when you make the move. It’s important that your child’s new school is able to offer what they’re interested in. If it’s sports, consider a school that is heavily invested in their sporting programs so your child can better adjust to the change. For more information on how to choose the best school for your children, visit the Australian Schools Directory. Refer to the Australian government’s My School website to compare school’s demography and results based on NAPLAN testing results.
Proximity to playgrounds
Having playgrounds in close proximity to the house will help your children settle into the new neighbourhood sooner. There, they’ll be able to meet local children and make new friends. Consider the playgrounds on offer in your neighbourhood, the state they’re in and what facilities they provide. Many local councils around the country have started updating their parks and playgrounds with gym equipment that is suitable for children who are disabled, providing equipment such as swings that allow wheelchairs. You’ll find information on parks and playgrounds on local council websites or online at Playground finder. Alternatively, download the Playground Buddy app.
It can help your children settle in to their new home quicker by enrolling them in sports or hobbies they enjoy. Check what local recreational activities and clubs are available in the local area to ensure there’s something that works for your children. By providing an outlet for the kids to spend time doing something they enjoy, they’ll be able to settle into their new home easier. Not only that, sporting and social clubs also provide children with a network, making it possible for them to make new friends and meet people with similar interests to them.
Their own space
When you’re looking at properties on the market, consider the space you’ll need for the kids. It might not be enough to simply provide them with a bedroom. Consider the backyard or a games room. By providing your children with space to be themselves, the house will feel less foreign and more like a home they can call their own.
The last, but most arguably the most important factor to consider is your child’s emotions. Factors such as the distance you move and the change of school as well as changes in circumstances, especially when downsizing, can impact your children. Make sure you set aside some time to talk to the kids about the move and listen to their concerns. Don’t forget, your children will often reflect the mood you’re in so put on a brave face and be positive about the changes to come. If you’re excited and positive about the move, your children will be too.
When the time comes to move with kids, the experience can be both exciting and stressful. By doing your research, you can make the transition easier on the children. In any doubt, bring the Grace removalists in to help. We deal with moves every day, right across the country on local, interstate and international scales.