Buying your first home is a big step to take as a young family. Choosing it is an important decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Your first home can set the tone for your children’s childhood and provide the backdrop for formative years. In order to be a good fit, there are some things you should look for when considering homes to purchase.

Proximity to Schools

School is such a vital part of a child’s life. What school your children go to is primarily based on where you live. As such, it’s important to carefully consider what schools are close to your potential home and where your children would be attending. Research the quality of the school and its teachers. If you find a house you’re seriously considering, you may find it helpful to spend some time at the school, if the administration will allow it, to see for yourself what it’s like.

Child-Friendly Features

Children tend to be rambunctious and full of energy, with little forethought given to the consequences of their actions. This has resulted in hilarious home videos of childish escapades, but can also be the root cause of frustration and serious accidents. Look for child-friendly features when searching for your family’s first home. Hardwood floors are better when you have children because spills are much easier to clean. Evaluate homes for how easy they are to babyproof as well. Make sure any rugs on hardwood have enough traction to prevent them from slipping out from under small children’s feet.

The Right Amount of Space

A young family often doesn’t need much in the way of space, but you do still need to have enough. Carefully consider the number of bedrooms and bathrooms your family needs currently and will likely need in the near future. How many children you have or plan to have and the gender makeup of your family can impact your needs. What is the yard like? Children benefit greatly from playing outside, so having a nice yard is a plus. If it’s already fenced, that’s even better.

Choosing a first home for your young family is a huge milestone. Make sure you look for one with proximity to good schools, has child-friendly features, and adequate space for your family. Finding these characteristics in a home can be a good indicator that it has the potential to be a good fit for your family. 

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