First off its not all about you, but I’m sure you know that already, and if your home is like our home, a happy wife is a happy home 🙂
Shopping for real estate, can be both fun and rewarding. If you’re looking for a home for a family though, things can get complicated, so it’s important to research and plan to ensure that both you and your family enjoy the process and get the home of your dreams.
1. Skip the curb appeal
It can be all too easy to favor a pretty house over one that may work better for your needs, but don’t be wooed by superficial attributes. Remember, once you buy the home it is yours to do with it what you want, so only you can decide if your money is better spent gutting and redoing an interior or adding a coat of paint and some plants to the outside.
2. Plan Ahead
In many cases, a growing family will have a number of different needs that change from year to year. Small children may be fine to balance bathroom and closet sharing in the early years, but this can become much more difficult as children age and reach different levels of life. Sure, right now your 1 year old and your 6 year old require relatively small amounts of space, but when you have an 8 year old and a 13 year old, chances are they won’t coexist so harmoniously.
3. Check the storage
A growing family can accumulate a remarkable amount of belongings, and while we’d all like to keep a tidy, uncluttered home, the reality is that you will find yourself with more things than space. Do you live somewhere that requires different wardrobes every season? Think about how much space your and your partner’s clothing takes up and multiply accordingly; you’ll be shocked at how fast you reach this point. Garages, attics, and basements are things to look for to help your family’s future storage needs, and are adaptable spaces that can be changed over the years to suit a variety of situations.
4. Bring the kids
Okay it might not be realistic to take your children to every house you’re considering, but before you make an offer, bring them along no matter what the age. First of all, it will help you to visualize your family in the space – and you’ll immediately know if it doesn’t fit right. Furthermore, you’d be surprised at how helpful kids can be with realizing deficiencies: “Daddy, where’s my closet?”
Buying a family home can be terrifying, but luckily there are multiple resources out there to help you through the process. Remember, this is for your family so include them as much as possible; you’ll find they’ll provide helpful in put and help you feel confident in your ultimate decision. Be upfront with yourself about immediate and future needs, and be ready to compromise the perfect “now” house for what may be a better long-term option. And remember, once it is yours you can fix up all those cosmetic concerns, so don’t dwell on the superficial details.