A Young Family's Home-Buying Guide

Buying a home looks a little different depending on the stage of life you are in. As a young family, you are not only buying a house that suits your individual needs but also those of your child and potential future children. This will require some planning and consideration of the future, but it will all pay off when you find the right house.

Here are some tips for buying the right home for your young family.

Location, Location, Location!

The location should be a top priority when buying a home. Proximity to schools and other amenities is important to consider when finding the right location. You should also look at what type of street you want to live on.  Whether your house is located on a busy street, or a quiet cul-de-sac can make all the difference.  A slower street may be safer than a main road for young children who like to play outside.

The community you live in is also important to consider. If you choose a small town over a city, you will have more access to nature and potentially a stronger sense of community. However, a city offers more culture and proximity to different amenities. The location you choose is entirely dependent on what you determine is right for you and your family.

The House Size and Layout

The size of your new house is important if you have kids or are planning on growing your family. You may need a bigger home to ensure there are enough bedrooms for everyone or to have a designated playroom.  Storage space may also be important for you and your family if you have a lot of toys or sports equipment to store. Ensure that the home you choose will be big enough to accommodate future needs.

The size of your new home is not the only important factor. You also want to consider the floor plan. If you want to have your bedroom close to your kids or infant, it’s important to make sure the layout allows that. If you regularly have extended family or friends over, ensure there is a space for entertaining groups. The bathroom situation in the home is also important. If you want to avoid sharing a bathroom with teens in the future, make sure there are enough bathrooms for the whole family.

Public Amenities

The local amenities can also be an important factor in determining if you have found the right house. If you foresee needing to make quick trips to the store for milk or any last-minute purchases, you will want to find out if there are nearby convenience or grocery stores.  Similarly, having restaurants close by is great for grabbing dinner without having to travel too far.

If your family likes to go to the park regularly, look for homes with parks within walking distance. For your kids, having schools close by will make it easier for them to get to and from school every day. Not only are these public amenities nice to have, but they can also add to the value of your home!

If you are ready to buy a home for your family, get started with a mortgage pre-approval.  Contact me today to learn how you can qualify for a mortgage.

Duane Springsteel     
Duane Springsteel