When you’re shopping for real estate, there are so many aspects of a home and neighborhood to reflect upon—how much maintenance does the house require? How long will the commute to work take? When you have kids, though, those considerations multiple as kids have many particular needs of their own to keep in mind. When house hunting for your family, here are some tips to guide you through the process.
Safety is important to most people who are shopping for a new home, but it’s especially important to search houses for sale in safe communities where crime rates are low. As kids grow and enjoy greater independence, walking to their friends’ homes or riding their bike to the community pool, parents need to have peace of mind, knowing that the area fosters safety. There are many online tools that families can use to evaluate the crime rate for each city or town that they are interested in moving to.
Quality education is important to parents of school-age children. Top-performing schools and school districts are major draws for house hunters who have kids. While you can check the school district’s academic performance online, it makes sense to contact the district when you become serious about a home to find out about things like bus transportation, extracurricular activities, and class size—all important considerations that can help you make your decision.
After narrowing down an area to search for a home, there are also many factors to consider when it comes to the house itself. Parents may want to ensure that their new home has a floor plan that includes bedrooms in the same area. Parents may want their master bedroom in close proximity to the nursery, for instance. Many parents are anxious about homes with too many stairs or that’s situated too close to the street. Storage space is also important to families as kids tend to accumulate lots of items as they grow.
While a safe community is paramount for parents in search of a new family home, kid-friendly amenities are also important elements of town to consider. Does the community have parks? How is the state of the park equipment? Is there a thriving park district and what activities does it offer? Is there a swimming pool, ice skating rink, or bike trails in the neighborhood? Parents may also want to know if there are high-quality day-care centers, pediatricians and healthcare centers, and kid-friendly restaurants in the area.
A fenced backyard with plenty of space for kids and pets to run is important for parents. Many families enjoy designing an outdoor living space that can include a place to prepare outdoor family meals. They may also wish to install a swimming pool or swing set, so there needs to be plenty of land for these elements.
By keeping these tips in mind, families can better narrow down their search to a neighborhood and house that fulfills their household’s needs. Discussing particular needs with an experience real estate agent can also help parents find the right home for themselves and their kids.