Purchasing a home is an exciting process. However, when you have a growing family, you have to keep a few additional things in mind as you’re going through the purchasing process. Here are a few things to remember as you look for a home for your growing family.

Plan for Future Growth

When purchasing a home for a growing family, it’s important to remember to plan for how much additional space you’ll actually need. It’s not enough to simply have enough room for a bed for an additional child that you may have in the future. You have to think, “Will this new home be able to accommodate another child’s things? Is there room to store all of the baby gear, ride-on toys and play centers?” Also, you may want to consider making sure that there is enough space for your children to grow in, because when they become teenagers there will be more things to store, such as band instruments and sports equipment? Plan for future growth to be sure that you won’t have to move again for a long time.

Do your Research on Neighborhoods

There are many websites out there that can help you not only find the home of your dreams for your growing family but make sure that it’s in the best neighborhood for you. When you have a family to consider, that is so important! You should check the crime rates of every area that you consider moving into so that you can avoid moving into a dangerous area. Another factor that you should consider is how well the schools in your area rank.  There are actually resources out there that will identify where the good schools are located in your region, as well as which areas to avoid. If you have any questions about the ranking and rates regarding your neighborhood, then don’t be afraid to ask a local real estate agent. Agents, like those at Mark Fox Company, should know the local region and should be able to more properly answer your questions than sites that just show statistics about the area

Don’t Forget the Yard

Kids love to play outside, but yards can be dangerous if they’re not kid-friendly. Before you purchase your home, make sure that the yard will be able to function for your family for years to come. Can you add a fence to keep toddlers or pets from wandering out into the street? Is there enough room for young kids to play basketball and soccer? Will your older kids be able to ride bikes and climb trees? The back yard is one of the things your children will remember most about their childhood and so you should make sure that it is a place that can foster their imagination, help the to create fun memories and keeps them safe.

Kitchen, Kitchen, Kitchen

The kitchen is the most important place where your family will gather. Make sure it has enough room for your growing family. It may be okay now, but will it be comfortable later on when you have one or two more children? In regards to this, you may want to consider whether or not it can fit a larger dining room table if it were to ever become necessary.

Although your family may still be small, it is important that you plan ahead for any changes that might happen. In the future, you might end up with two or three more kids, a few more pets, and a lot more stuff. By thinking ahead now, you will save yourself time, money and stress trying to accommodate all of what may come.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

2 thoughts on “Growing Family? How to Find a Home That Meets Your Needs”
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