Buying a home can be a little bit more complex when you’re looking for a place to raise a family.
A single person may be willing and able to settle for a smaller home, or one in a less convenient location. It might not have to tick all the right boxes on their wishlist, however, to raise children in a home- it is important to consider layout, safety, location and numerous other factors you may have overlooked as a single person.
Assess what is important to your family as a whole- do you need to be near the best schools and parks? Does a single-story home work better for you? Keep reading to learn tips on finding a family-friendly home. Click this link to read the full article.
1. Size Matters
Size is one of the most important family considerations when buying a house. While past generations may have managed with smaller homes, such places are not optimal today.
Children can be noisy and like to run around, spread out their toys, and turn their living space into their play area. A home with minimal space to play can affect your sanity.
On the other hand, in a home with a large living room—as well as rooms that can become extra bedrooms—a playroom or a game room will be better suited to help a child thrive and keep them out from under feet. Even if you don’t designate one room for play, an extra room can be an adult haven away from the hustle and bustle of the family.
In addition to the size of the home, consider the size of your family and how you function when buying a house. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
If everyone is on the same schedule, are the kitchen and dining room large enough to be able to cook and serve meals with your family—plus any friends your children may want to invite over—with everyone seated at the same time?
Will the laundry room be big enough to fit a large washing machine, which is a necessity when there are active children constantly dirtying their clothes or involved in sports?
Are there a sufficient number of wall sockets for all the computers, televisions and electronic items you and your children use?
Is there enough closet and storage space for everyone’s things, particularly as your children age?
Do you value spending time outdoors? Can a home with a large yard, patio or even a pool help your family make the most of the outdoors?