So, you’re thinking about buying a new home – that’s great! I am sure you know what YOU want in a new home, but what about the rest of the family? Buying the right home for your family is more than just the right number of bedrooms at the right price. Here are some things to consider before you go house-hunting:
First, take a look at your family. Look at the number of people, their ages, and their interests. Then, take a look at some of the more important aspects for each family member:
- How many bedrooms and bathrooms, at a minimum, do you need to keep everyone comfortable? Sharing is good, but if you have three teens getting ready for school in the morning, one bathroom could be a problem.
- Where are the schools? Life can be a lot less stressful when your home is near the kids’ schools, so you can cut back on providing taxi service.
- Is there a grocery store nearby so you can pick up dinner on the way home?
- Do you need a big yard for the kids and fido, or is there a park nearby to help expel some of their extra energy?
- Do you have a teenager? If so, selecting a layout that gives them (and you) some space and privacy can go a long way towards good family relations.
- Do you often have older family members or guests staying with you? A ground-floor room or suite can create a special place for them now or in the future.
- Speaking of the future, are you thinking of growing your family anytime soon? Thinking ahead can allow you to find the best investment in today’s market, with room to grow!
Of course, all the standard home-buying tips stand true, too, so take some time and find the right home for your entire family. Knowing what you want, and what you don’t want, can make finding the right place easier, and ensure each member of your family has a comfortable place to call home.