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Choosing a family home can be an overwhelming process. From proximity to your job to making sure your child enjoys all that your area has to offer kids their age, there are many things to consider. These tips help you to think about it with more clarity and imagination, and to communicate to your real estate agent what it is that you want. Each person is different and they have their own preferences. Your real estate agent will show you properties that best match what you want within your budget.
There is such a thing as living too close to a school. It is important to be aware of the different schools around you and how that can affect your transportation time in the mornings and afternoons, as well as who will be in and out of your neighborhood. If you live near a high school, for example, then you may have more students walking around at dismissal times. Living around the corner from your child’s school sounds like a great idea until you see the long car line in the morning.
School districts also affect property values. In better school districts, home values tend to rise quicker. But if you are planning to enroll your child in a private or charter school, then you may not mind living closer to a lower-performing school district. Keep in mind that across an entire school district there are some schools that are better than others even within the same city.
You can use social media to learn more about schools in your area and find out about open houses and other events that can help you not only make a decision about your child’s education but also what area you want to live in. You will also want to consider extracurricular activities and their proximity to the school and your home.
After you have compiled a list of neighborhoods you like, you can start thinking about the home you will want to live in and important safety features in key areas such as in the kitchen or around pool areas.
You want to consider how many bathrooms and bedrooms will be shared between them and their location, such as closer to yours or on the opposite side of the house. Little children can be bathed together but in a home with teenagers and adults, arguing over the bathroom it’s important to think about the conflict that can arise over who is using the bathroom and for how long. If you find the right home but it does not have enough bathrooms then consider if maybe a half bath can be added somewhere. Space can be taken from a garage, bedroom, or any other nearby room to accommodate a half bath.
Another idea that is very popular is to find a home with a loft space that can serve as a shared play area among your children until they are older, which is when it can be converted to a bedroom for siblings to have their own space. Again, it’s a lot easier for young children to share a space. This allows you to grow into space.