by Dave Koszegi
on Saturday, January 5th, 2019 at 9:55am.
Has the time come to buy a home for your family? If you have little ones, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind before buying, as not all homes and neighbourhoods are family-friendly.
Layout of Bedrooms
Taking into consideration where the bedrooms are located is a great suggestion - especially if the kids are very young or headed into their adolescent years. In some cases, you’ll want their bedrooms right next to yours, while if the kids are older, you might even want a floor in between to provide a buffer for noise and privacy.
Number of Bathrooms
If it’s not already a priority, the importance of this factor will become very evident during those chaotic weekday mornings! Having ample bathroom space (or even just Jack and Jill sinks) makes getting ready for school and work a breeze. Plus, there’s something to be said for having a little privacy, too!
Backyard in View
Being able to keep an eye on the kids playing outside while you’re INSIDE can be a major bonus - especially when it’s below zero! Homes with kitchens overlooking the backyard tend to be very popular with young parents for this reason.
Proximity of Home to Amenities and Good Schools
You’ve heard it time and time again; location, location, location! Many of today’s home buyers take school district boundaries into consideration when deciding whether or not to purchase a home. Plus, while schools are important, parents will want to consider the home’s proximity to other recreation opportunities - like a library, community pool, or a rec centre. Also important to consider? How close the home is to important necessities like the grocery store (who wants to drive 45 minutes to pick up OJ?), the pharmacy, hospital, doctor’s office, the dentist, and so on.
Hardwood or Tile Flooring
With kids, there often comes mess - sticky juice, crayons, and snack debris can be a nightmare to clean from carpets or soft surfaces. Look for hard flooring that is easy-to-clean in case of disaster!
Even more than location, safety comes first. Is this a neighbourhood where you feel comfortable raising your children? Your trusted Realtor® can help you look at the crime rate in the area, and it’s wise to consult with the neighbours as well if you don’t already know the area. We often suggest driving around the area at different times during the day, and observing what you see - and paying attention to how you feel! When it comes to raising your offspring, undoubtedly there are a LOT of things you’ll want to take into mind as you search for your dream home. These are just a few of the things you’ll want to watch out for as you go through the home buying process.