Tips for moving your family

Thinking about moving your family? At BrokerSmart, we are family focused in the city of Langley and are very aware of what it takes to sell and buy a home. From mortgages to movers, there is a lot to consider when buying which can be very overwhelming for people with kids. These home-buyers need to think about what is in the area, like schools, day-cares, libraries, parks, recreation, and if their desired location is family friendly.

The following are just a few tips to keep in mind when moving your family:

  • To create excitement about a move,  include your kids in the home buying process by having them look at listings for homes and ask them to make a wish list of must-haves for the new home and neighbourhood.
  • Visit local parks and recreation centres in your new area to give kids an opportunity to meet new friends.
  • Stick to a normal routine as much as possible on days leading up to and following the move.
  • Unpack the kids’ rooms first.
  • Talk to the kids about their feelings on the move and help them collect email addresses/phone numbers from friends in their old neighbourhood so they can stay in touch.
  • Take lots of photos of your old house and neighbourhood and plan a goodbye party with all of your old friends.

BrokerSmart’s collective service are here to help, just give us a call!


Selling your home?

Thinking about selling your home? The following is a to-do list to help protect your privacy when showing your home to prospective buyers:

1. Remove all private or personal photos, diplomas, awards and trophies.

2. Remove all calendars. These often contain a great deal of private information, often noting when you’re not going to be home.

3. Store all valuables.

4. Remove all bills, letters, magazines and library books. Shred papers with personal information that are no longer needed.

5. Password protect your computer to block access to your private files.

6. Turn off your printer and fax machine before each showing. Printers and fax machines often have the capability of printing the last numbers dialed or received.

7. Turn off answering machines (if you still have one!). This avoids personal messages being left while strangers are in your home.

8. Unplug phones with caller ID features.

9. Remove or conceal digital devices that contain information about you or your family (cell phones, iPods, USB drives).

This list may sound a little extreme but you can never be too careful when it comes to protecting your privacy.