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The Difficulties of Home Selling Involving Children

After spending some time looking into the specific sorts of difficulties faced by those looking to sell a home with children, today we are going to wrap up the subject in a fitting manner. While our previous posts have focused on how to navigate the upcoming sale, how to prepare your home for showing, and how to best introduce your children to the concept that the home will be sold, today we are going to leap forward in time to a date when the home has been sold.

Why? You might ask. If the whole point is to prepare for the selling of the home, why look any further than the time at which this sale happens? Because for children (for all of us, really), the home selling process does not end when the final paperwork has been signed, when the money changes hands, when all the documents and deeds have been transferred to the appropriate person. The end of the sale, in other words, is just the beginning.

Children don’t have the luxury of looking back over an entire life when it comes to navigating the present. They don’t have a catalog of lessons learned, or trials overcome. They don’t know that change is a constant part of life. Leaving a home, a neighborhood, a city, or a state, can strike a child like a natural disaster. Even if a child seems content understanding of the situation, there is a very good chance that they are experiencing some difficult emotions within themselves.

An extremely important first step is to keep the lines of communication open between you and your children. Check in with them regularly about how they are feeling. Ask them about their fears, ask them about their hopes. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that they will come to you with questions. Even if they don’t want to speak to you, just by continually reminding them that you are willing to listen could help make a rough experience into something far less damaging.

Depending on how far away you move, your child might be without friends in a new school and neighborhood. Isolation will make the effects of the move even more difficult to handle, so it is important to try and help your child become engaged with peers as soon as you can. This can be done by arranging playdates with other children in the area, attending extracurricular school activities, and generally participating in social activities and settings.

We hope that these past four articles have left you feeling something other than dread about home selling with children. Yes, it is a daunting prospect, but it is also something that millions of people do each year, coming out the other side different, but hopefully strengthened.

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