Not all families are ready for homeownership or even looking for home ownership. For some people, renting is the best and only way to have a roof over their heads. They like that repairs are someone else’s responsibility and don’t see paying rent monthly to never own anything as a waste, but instead a convenience.
When it comes to apartment hunting for a whole family you need to keep some things in mind. Keep in my that things like the size of your kitchen may matter if you do a lot of cooking at home, and if you have a lot of gadgets you’ll need a lot of cupboard space. The area you move may matter as well, depending on the age of your children. Here are some things to consider while you look for your next rental home.
Check Out The Area
You definitely want to take a drive through the areas you’re considering renting in. You want to make sure you’re moving to a safe area for your children. Look around and see if there are other kids around.
Do a little online research too. Look into the area schools, unless you can still send your child to the school they are in. Research the crime in the area as well. Know what you’re getting yourself into before you sign that lease.
Go On Some Tours
Don’t settle for the first place you look at, take some tours of different apartment complexes in the area you’re considering. Look into what amenities each of them offers and what will work best for you and your family.
Do they have a park or play area? Do they have a community pool or gym? Is it a place you could see you and your family staying long-term, or will it have you looking for a new apartment in less than a year?
How Much Space Do You Need?
Are you done having kids, or will you be expanding? Before you commit to a two bedroom apartment simply because you only have one preteen, consider if you might decide to have a baby before you’re ready to move. You may want to get a bigger apartment now if you do have hopes of expanding your family more.
You may also consider renting a house or a townhouse instead of an apartment. Most apartment complexes max out at a certain amount of square feet and a certain amount of bedrooms, and if you expect to have a big family you’re going to want more than they may be able to offer.
There are definitely good reasons to rent, but there are also good reasons to buy your own home. Take some time to weigh the pros and cons before you decide which is right for you and your family.