If you’re getting ready to buy your first family home, you’re certainly in good company. Realtor.com recently predicted that 61% of homeowners in 2017 will be under the age of 35. Whether you’re a couple planning to raise a family or you’ve already added children to your brood, there are certain considerations to keep in mind when looking at houses for sale. For many, kid-friendly features are a must. Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your final real estate purchase will work for your family.
- It needs to fit your lifestyle
When it comes to family-friendly real estate, size matters. This is especially true if you may expand your family in the near future or plan to stay in your first home for the long haul. While there are bound to be new homes that offer more space than you might realistically need at present, remember to keep your future requirements in mind. With one or two extra people (even small ones), that charming kitchen might seem a bit too cramped. Having a dedicated room for play and an outdoor space may be of particular importance. So too are having a laundry room, mud room, and storage and closet space for many families. If you’re buying a new home, you don’t want to outgrow it within a year or two. Think of both the present and the future before signing on the dotted line.
- Your home needs to be safe
Another primary concern when buying a new home is the safety of your family. Many families prefer an open floor plan that allows them to keep an eye on their children no matter where they are on the first floor. For others, steep stairs, pools, and non-fenced-in yards may present big problems, especially with young children. You should carefully inspect any home you look at and identify potential hazards before ever making an offer. In addition, you’ll want to extend your gaze beyond the property itself: is it in a quiet neighborhood, or are you adjacent to a busy street? Are there lots of other families around? What about the proximity to hospitals, firehouses, and police stations? While you might not immediately think of these factors, they should play a part in your decision-making. Isolated neighborhoods without other kids or in high-traffic areas may not work for your family.
- The neighborhood should meet your standards
You can tell a lot from an area from how it makes you feel when you arrive. Aside from traffic and other families, you’ll need to think about location in your real estate search. If you already have kids or plan to, school districts are often a top priority. You may also want to think about how far the home is from reputable day care centers, sports leagues, and other activities you plan to participate in. Finally, you need to examine whether the neighborhood is walkable. If it’s centrally located near shops, restaurants, and entertainment, the area may be able to work for the entire family.
Is your family just beginning your search for Hopewell real estate? Stony Brook Estates can provide a sense of community and luxury that may fit all of your needs. For more information, get in touch with us today.