If you have a young family or plan to have more kids, then you'll need a suitable family home for many years to come. When you shop for a new home, you'll want to keep the needs of your children in mind, but you also want a home you and your spouse will love. Here are three tips to guide you when looking at family homes for sale.
1. Decide On What You Need
If you know how many kids you plan to have, you can decide on the number of bedrooms you need in a home. Then you can narrow your search to family homes with the number of bedrooms you need. However, sometimes house hunting isn't that simple. You might find a house you love that has one less bedroom than you need. Consider if you can convert a garage or basement, or if you even want to go through all that work to get another bedroom.
Fortunately, kids can often share a bedroom, so you may not need as many bedrooms as you think you will, but you may want a guest room so your parents and other family and friends can visit and stay the night. Another consideration is that homes with four or more bedrooms may not be as plentiful as homes with two or three bedrooms. If you're in a hurry to buy a new home, you might have to make some compromises, but it's always good to make a list of things you consider essential so the real estate agent can work efficiently at finding what you need.
2. Consider the Age of the House
Unless you just want a home you can fix up to your liking, then you may want to buy a newer home when you're looking for a home to live in for many years until all your kids are grown. If you buy a home that's already old and outdated, you may need to move in a few years or spend a lot of money on modernizing the home at some point. There are benefits of buying a newer house, so you may want to confine your search to newer family homes on the market and enjoy a modern floor plan, newer appliances, and a home that shouldn't need major work for several years.
3. Find a Good Neighborhood
The neighborhood where you raise your kids is so important, you may want to choose the neighborhoods you want to live in first and then look for homes in those areas. You'll probably want to live in a community with kids the same ages as your kids so your kids will have friends nearby and live in a community that caters to family activities. You also want a community that has a low crime rate and that has good schools. The real estate agent you work with might help you locate the best neighborhoods for families if you're not familiar with the area where you're moving.