Upper Montclair, NJ, June 26, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- Moving into a new home brings with it a lot of emotions, particularly for families moving with children. Excitement and enthusiasm are coupled with anxiety and apprehension as to whether the kids will take to the new home and neighborhood. Carefully preparing children for the move, both practically and psychologically, will help ease the transition and make the process smoother and more enjoyable for the entire family.
John Davis’ (www.johnwdavisjr.com) approach to helping families coupled with Coldwell Banker’s experience have helped families move for nearly 100 years and offer the following advice on how to make sure kids of all ages cope with the home buying process and the big move.
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Communicate. Maintain an open dialogue with children about the decision to move to a new house. Engaging them at the beginning of the process will give them time to get used to the idea and ultimately accept the change. Explain the reasons behind the move, and answer questions truthfully. However, early discussion does not mean it is necessary to haul them to every single home being considered, especially very young children. Once the choices have been narrowed down to perhaps two or three, bring them to the homes so they can begin to feel familiar with new surroundings.
Listen. Listening to what children are saying about the move is just as important as talking to them about it. By paying close attention to their statements and reactions, parents can alleviate any fears. This is especially important for school-age children and teenagers who may be reluctant to leave their friends and classmates. Avoid being dismissive of their social concerns; acknowledge them and remind them about the new opportunities that await them. Focusing on the positives of the move may help settle down anxious children.
Explore. After deciding on a new home, a real estate sales associate can help a family discover their new neighborhood. He or she can point out the playgrounds, community centers, recreation areas and other areas important to the kids and help make the environment seem more familiar. John Davis’ customers can use their local Coldwell Banker Concierge® Service Program for assistance in finding activities for children, for more information on using these services you can reach him directly at 973-433-3095.
Comfort. Pack up the kids’ rooms last to minimize disruption. The longer they feel secure in their own rooms, the easier the transition will be. Then, set up their new bedrooms first so they feel like they’re back in familiar surroundings. And do not completely redecorate the kids’ rooms in the new home; maintain continuity so the kids feel secure. It is very important to return to normal routines as quickly as possible, so set up the kitchen second. Try to serve meals at the same times as before, so there is not too much change all at once for the kids.
Engage. Show the children all of the other rooms in the new home and let them participate to a degree in decorating decision-making. By accepting input on decoration, parents will make their kids feel like they are part of the process.
Surprise. Arrange for special treats to be waiting for everyone at the new house. New games or new cuddly friends will keep the kids busy during unpacking and make the first memory of the new house a pleasant one.
About John Davis:
John Davis is an active member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), New Jersey Association of Realtors (NJAR) ,The West Essex Board of Realtors (WEBOR), Garden State Multiple Listing Service (GSMLS), New Jersey Multiple Listing Service (NJMLS). He serves to help Home Buyers and Sellers in Essex, Bergen & Passic Counties and has been awarded Agent of the Month on several occasions.. You can learn more about John Davis and search for homes all over the state on his website at www.johnwdavisjr.com additionally you can receive valuable Safety, Home among other topics at his blog which is updated daily at http://blog.johnwdavisjr.com
About Coldwell Banker®:
Since 1906, the Coldwell Banker® organization has been a premier full-service real estate provider. In 2006, Franchise Times magazine’s prestigious Top 200 issue ranked the Coldwell Banker system number one in real estate for the seventh straight year and number eight among all franchisors. The Coldwell Banker System has approximately 3,800 residential real estate offices and more than 120,000 sales associates in 41 countries and territories. The Coldwell Banker System is a leader in the industry in residential and commercial real estate, and in niche markets such as resort, new home and luxury properties through its Coldwell Banker Previews International® division. It is a pioneer in consumer services with its Coldwell Banker Concierge® Service Program. Coldwell Banker Mortgage is one of the largest telephone/web based lenders in the country. Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation is a subsidiary of Realogy Corporation, the world’s largest real estate franchisor. Realogy is owned by an affiliate of Apollo Management, L.P., a leading private equity and capital markets investor. Coldwell Banker® is a registered trademark licensed to Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation. Each office is independently owned and operated.