Hey there! So, my husband and I are embarking on this wild ride of relocating to Austin from Chandler with our adorable 5-month-old bundle of joy. Let me tell you, house hunting with a baby while cruising in from out of state? It’s been quite the adventure! But fear not, fellow adventurers, because I’ve got some stellar tips to share for a smooth house hunting journey with your little one in tow. Trust me, if we can do it, so can you! 

Prioritize scheduling house showings around nap time 

Nap time, ah, the golden hour of tranquility amidst the chaos of house hunting! When planning those showings, try syncing them up with your baby’s nap schedule. Our little munchkin is not a fan of snoozing in the car, so we aimed to hit the houses bright and early, then took a glorious two-hour lunch break where she could catch some Z’s. Believe me, you’ll thank your lucky stars later when your tiny human isn’t throwing a tantrum due to lack of sleep. Been there, done that! And hey, use that downtime between showings to research new properties and jot down your thoughts on the ones you’ve seen. Multitasking at its finest!

Choose a realtor who has been there 

When picking your realtor, go for someone who’s not just about selling houses but also understands the chaos and joys of parenthood firsthand. A realtor with kiddos of their own will totally get your situation and can dish out some seriously handy advice tailored to your family’s needs. Plus, they might just have a treasure trove of insider tips and tricks to make the house hunting process a breeze for you and your little sidekick.

Book a hotel in the neighborhood you’re exploring for a taste of what it’s like to live there! 

Why not turn your house hunting escapade into a mini family vacay? Book a cozy hotel in the area you’re scoping out. This not only saves you from endless back-and-forth commuting but also lets you soak up the neighborhood vibes and get a real feel for what it’s like to call it home sweet home.

Don’t forget to bring along a travel system for easy maneuvering during your adventures! 

Your trusty travel system—AKA the superhero duo of stroller and car seat—is an absolute lifesaver when you’re out and about with a baby in tow. It’s the perfect way to zip from one showing to the next without breaking a sweat or wrestling with bulky gear. Plus, it doubles as a cozy spot for your little explorer to catch some Z’s on the fly – if they are willing 😅

Breastfeeding? Don’t forget to pack some snacks to keep you fueled on the go! 

To all the breastfeeding warriors out there, don’t forget to stash some yummy snacks in your bag to keep those energy levels up during your house hunting marathon. After all, house hunting can be seriously draining, and having some quick bites on hand ensures you stay fueled and ready to tackle whatever comes your way.

Be sure to plan extra days for house hunting 

Give yourself some wiggle room in your schedule for unexpected baby-related surprises. Because let’s face it, house hunting with a little one in tow is a whole adventure in itself! Building in extra days ensures you have plenty of time for naps, feedings, diaper changes, and all those adorable little interruptions that make parenthood oh-so-special.

Whenever possible, opt for walking between house viewings 

If the weather’s fine and the location’s right, why not spice up your house hunting journey by strolling between showings? It’s a fantastic way to stretch your legs, get some fresh air, and really soak in the neighborhood vibes. Plus, it adds an extra dash of adventure to your house hunting escapades!

House hunting with a baby in a new city might sound daunting, but trust me, it’s also incredibly exciting and rewarding. So throw on your adventure hats, buckle up your baby, and get ready to find your dream home in your new city! Happy hunting, fellow explorers!

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