Shopping for a home when you have children or plan to grow your family presents a unique set of challenges for homebuyers. You’ll need to consider amenities for your present family situation, as well as your family’s future needs.
Set your pre-requisites for the perfect home before you start shopping. Make a list of how many bedrooms and bathrooms you'd like, what type of yard, if you would like parking, etc. Having a clear understanding of what your family needs will help your agent find the best homes available that are tailored to for you.
Here are three key things to keep in mind when shopping for your family’s next home:
The safety of a home and neighborhood are paramount when shopping for a family-friendly listing. Your Door real estate agent can help you find local crime ratings and safety statistics, but there are a few things you can do to get a better understanding of the area before you commit to purchasing. Walk or drive around the neighborhood and nearby streets at different times of day. You’ll get a good idea of the type of traffic occurring at various points during the day. Check out the neighborhood in the evening. Make a note of how well lit the area is, and consider if you would feel comfortable walking around at night. Find out if the neighborhood has a Crime Watch committee, or if they offer a security service or patrol.
Opportunities to Play
Chances are if you have kids, you want to make sure they have an area to play and interact with their peers. Ask your Door agent where the nearest parks are, if there are splash pads, playgrounds, or other activities nearby. Pay attention to the surrounding homes. If you notice swing sets, trampolines, or other toys in the area, it’s a pretty safe assumption the neighborhood is kid-friendly and offers opportunities for social interactions.
Almost the entirety of a child’s young life is spent in school, and the education they receive can impact the rest of their life. Ask your Door agent about the schools your child(ren) are eligible to attend based on zoning. Academic scoring, student:teacher ratios, and academic offerings can be found via the school’s website or via a call to the administration department. If your child is already enrolled in school, or you would like them to enroll in a certain campus, be sure to consider the proximity of the school to your potential new home. Find the perfect home for your family with Door.