How to make open homes fun for the whole family ?

How to make open homes fun for the whole family

Open homes give parents the perfect opportunity to visit several properties all on the same day, but unfortunately, it can be a tedious few hours for the kids who would much rather be doing anything other than looking at prospective new homes!
It can be a real challenge to keep your little darlings entertained and out of mischief while you’re visiting a property, so here are some top tips on how to make open homes a fun experience for the whole family.

Turn your kids into mini estate agents

Although children are a primary consideration when purchasing a new property, they often don’t really feel all that involved in the buying process. To avoid them running wild in someone else’s home, give them a role to play during the visit that will keep them entertained and allow them to record their feelings about the space you’re viewing.
Create a simple checklist, buy a few colorful clipboards and take a few pencils along so the kids can answer a few questions as they move around. Here’s a quick example:

  1. How many bedrooms does the house have?
  2. What color is the bathroom?
  3. What do you think about the garden? Is it big or small?
  4. How many marks out of ten would you give the house?

This will keep them busy while you talk to the property owner or real estate agent and their feedback can often be really useful when you come to make a decision on which potential new homes you’d like to see again.

Set a limit and stagger visits to open homes

There really is such a thing as too much choice when it comes to buying a new property, so set yourselves a limit for how many houses you are going to visit during your search and stick to it.
Shortlist open homes by having a list of must-haves to avoid wasting valuable family time visiting properties that don’t 100% meet your needs.

Dragging the kids along to dozens of open homes every weekend can make the whole process very stressful for the parents and boring for the children, so try and break up the visits with an activity such as half an hour in a nearby park or dinner at a local restaurant.

This way, the kids get something out of the deal and you get to check out the amenities close to the properties you’ll be viewing.

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