You may be a first-time parent or are thinking of having kids of your own in the near future, congratulations! Everyone who is a parent knows what a life-changing event that is. Your world will be turned upside down but in the best way possible. While you can’t always predict the changes coming your way, you may already be thinking about your home. Your home is where you spend the majority of your time and you want it to be safe for you and your family (something you never really thought about when it came to picking previous places to live).
3 reason why what you want in a home changes after kids:
- The school
- The neighborhood
- The home layout
You’ve never had to consider what school district you were living in before, but now you do. When deciding on where you want to raise your children, you must do a little research. Are you interested in academics, after school programs, sports, or even the arts? Upon doing your research you will realize that not all schools offer the programs or extracurriculars that you want for your child. That’s why it is important to do your research upon planning your move.
If you remember growing up at all, you will remember running around with the neighborhood kids, going to the park to play, hitting up the local pool, or riding your bike down the sidewalk with your friends. All of these amenities are important when deciding on a house to purchase. You will want to do your research to ensure that you are picking a home that will provide your child with a safe environment in which to play and make new friends.
The home layout
Last, but not least, you will want to strongly consider the layout of your future home. You may think that it’s not that big of a deal because you can always move, but it isn’t that easy to just “move” whenever you want. Moving involves more money, especially in new closing costs, and it’s even more difficult with children. It’s important to pick a place that you want to stay for at least five years. Some things you will want to consider include: how many bedrooms (you may want more children before you move), a backyard (you can always fence it in later), too many stairs or levels, the number of bathrooms, and the size of the family room (for quality family time).
If you are interested in buying or selling your home be sure to contact one of our expert realtors today! Our realtors are trained in helping you find the perfect home that will fit your needs for years to come.