When you decide to sell and look for your next dream home, you hope that everyone in the family will be excited and motivated.
But, that’s not always the case.
Occasionally, at least one family member will be less enthusiastic about moving. This is especially common with kids. So, what can you do to make that person feel more upbeat about relocating?
One way is to have a conversation that takes their focus away from what they’re losing (their current home) and toward what they’re gaining (a new home in a new neighborhood.)
Ask them what they want most in a new home and neighborhood. Ideally, get them involved in the buying process. Also, talk to them about all the features and amenities of the area you’re hoping to buy into. For example, if there is a community center nearby, chat about all the fun things they’ll be able to do there.
Kids tend to be especially nervous about going to a new school. So, give them as much information as you can. Review the school’s website and Facebook page together. Help them to familiarize themselves with the new school, so they feel more prepared to jump in and become part of that community.
Most importantly, don’t ignore “moving reluctance.” Have an open, frank conversation.