I know very well that looking for a new home for your family is exciting and stressful all at the same time. You just want to find the perfect place that you, your partner and your kids can create many happy memories in, right? But with so many elements to consider, it is easy to lose the enthusiasm to search for your ideal home. To make this important chapter in your life that little bit easier, I have created this list of things that you should consider. Hopefully, it helps you to be organized and stay focused on finding the perfect family home.
Location is everything when it comes to buying a home. Here are some of the most important things you should consider when choosing where to look for a new family home:
- Is the house in a family-friendly neighborhood?
- Is the property close to good educational institutions for your children?
- Is the home in comfortable commuting distance from your places of work?
- Does it suit your way of life? For example, are there amenities that are important to your family (parks, gyms, shops, etc.) in the neighborhood?
- Can you see your family staying in the location in the long-term?
Even if you plan to stay in your new home for years to come, it’s always worth looking at the effect the location may have on the value and sell-ability of your home.
Type of house
What kind of house do you see your family living in? Which practical and aesthetic elements are important to you?
- Do you want the character and charm of an old house? If so, are you prepared to put in the effort and money required to maintain an older property?
- Do you prefer the modern finish and low maintenance of a new building?
- Is a strong sense of community important to you? If yes, you may wish to purchase a home with a homeowners association. These properties come with other benefits, besides community. For example, companies such as Cedar Management help these communities to improve their services and increase the value of the properties.
- Is energy efficiency and eco-friendly living important to you and your family? If so, this will affect your choice of property.
- Do you want to be able to move in and start enjoying the home straight away, or do you prefer a project property that you can work on and make your own?
Size and potential
The current size of the property and whether it can be adapted should also be considered.
- Is the property a comfortable size for your family right now?
- Is there adequate living space that you can enjoy being in as a family.
- Is there opportunity to adapt the home if you wanted to immediately, or in the future?
- Can you make affordable alterations to the property to transform it into your idea home?
As you can see, there are plenty of things to consider and questions to ask yourself. Hopefully, this post helps you to hone in on the kind of properties that could be your perfect family home. Good luck!