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Tips for first-time homebuyers with kids

  

Raising a family comes with several different responsibilities. One of them is picking a place where your kids will grow up and become great people. The environment has a lot to do with their development, so parents often worry about where to settle. When you already have kids, buying your first home depends on different factors you should consider before making an offer. For that reason, we've come up with a house purchasing guide for parents. Here are all the tips for first-time homebuyers with kids to make this process as simple as possible.

Pick a favourite neighbourhood

Unless you already have a favourite part of a city, you need to consider the areas where you should do the house-hunting. This is particularly important if you’re buying a home in a big city. Picking favourite neighbourhoods will narrow the search and give faster and more efficient results. The most important characteristics of a kid-friendly area are:

  • safety – it is a must to choose a home located in a safe and children-friendly neighbourhood. Apart from the crime rates, check if the streets are safe in terms of traffic, lighting, etc.

  • education options – having a great school nearby is essential. Not finding the right school is one of the most significant moving fears for young parents, so take a closer look at your kids' education options;

  • proximity to playgrounds and other entertainment locations;

  • less traffic – if possible, choose a place which doesn't have heavy traffic. It will give you peace of mind when kids go out to play or go to school on their own;

  • friendly people – visit your favourite neighbourhood and check out the vibe you get. You should be able to see kids playing outside, meet some of the locals and check if you’re in a friendly community. Also, check if the neighbourhood includes other families with kids, which is another sign you’re dealing with a kid-friendly place.

Picking the right neighbourhood is the first step for first-time homebuyers with kids.

Buying a home with kids – main tips 

For those first-time buyers with kids, picking the right home can be stressful if you're unsure what you're looking for. Before you start searching for a perfect property, think about your long-term plans. This includes job plans, growth of the family, etc. It will give you a closer idea of what your future home should look like.

Check the number of rooms

Apart from all the necessary bedrooms, check if the house you like has additional room and storage space. It will be essential for a playroom, crafts, extra storage for outgrown clothes, bikes, etc. 

Position of rooms

When you have small kids, you want your bedrooms to be closer to each other. That’s why you should go for a home which has bedrooms all on the same floor. It will make night waking up much more manageable.  Also, new-age homes have an open space floor plan, which is excellent for young kids who need supervision during play. It’s great if you can have a kitchen, dining room, and living room in your sight, so you can cook and look after the kids playing around.

The yard 

If you’re moving from an apartment into a family house, you’re probably dreaming about kid-friendly outdoor space. All first-time homebuyers with kids should pick homes that have enough yard space for the kids to play. Whether you have a crawling baby, a running toddler, or older kids, this feature is precious for families with kids. 

Your new family home should be spacious enough, both inside and outside.

First-time homebuyers with kids must hire a good realtor 

Taking care of your family, planning the move, and buying the house is often overwhelming for parents. That’s why hiring an agent you can completely trust is a huge energy saver. This step guarantees peace of mind as you can rely on someone to guide you through the purchase process, help you with the paperwork, and get the best deal for your family. 

Get pre-approved 

If you want to make house-hunting faster and easier, it would be wise to get pre-approved for a mortgage. It will give you an idea of how much you can spend on your home. Additionally, it will save you time, as you won’t look at the houses that are out of your budget range. 

Browse homes with your kids and prepare them for the moving process

First-time homebuyers with kids sometimes forget the house inspection 

Once you find a home you like, it is necessary to do the house inspection. Sometimes, buyers skip this step as they have the bank’s official appraisal. However, it is recommended to hire an expert to take a closer look at the home before closing the deal. Pick someone reliable who has experience in the construction of such houses. This is a way to see some flaws or remodelling requirements and get yourself a better deal on the house. 

Start planning the move as soon as possible

Moving a large household with kids is not a piece of cake. There's a lot to clean, wash, pack and unpack, so it’s best to plan everything on time. After you have decided on a moving date and schedule the relocation with Bluebell Relocation Services, you should start preparing for the big day. First, declutter your old home, get rid of anything you don’t use anymore, and systematically pack the rest of the items. The moving crew will handle the rest.

Should kids be part of the purchase and moving processes?

Due to the lack of experience, some first-time homebuyers with kids wonder if children should be part of the moving process. Absolutely! Depending on the age, you can involve your kids in some decision-making and packing for the move. Let them pick the colours of their new bedrooms, decide what items they want to bring to the new home, etc. However, younger children should be away when movers come to take all the boxes and furniture out. Ask relatives or friends to take care of them, and reduce the risks of injuries or damage. Soon after, the time to settle in your new dream home will come!



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