Buying a family friendly home is different from leaving home, living with friends, and being footloose and fancy-free. The arrival of a baby makes a huge difference.
When you first start delving into the property market, your requirements are probably pretty specific. As a young twenty-something, you’ll want to be in a great location, usually one with a buzzing atmosphere. You’ll want your property (rental, obviously) to be sleek and chic, and 9 times out of 10 you’ll be renting with a friend, or maybe a partner. Fast forward ten years, however, and your criteria might be just a little different! You may now be married to your partner and you may have children together, or at least be planning to have kids at some point in the near future. If this sounds like you, you’ll need to be living somewhere where you would want to raise a family. So before you sign any papers, just what should you be looking for in a family home? And what’s your real worth in terms of paying for it.
Fast forward ten years, however, and your criteria might be just a little different! That partner might be your husband now, and you may have children together, or at least be planning to have kids at some point in the near future. If this sounds like you, you’ll need to be living somewhere where you would want to raise a family. So before you sign any papers, just what should you be looking for in a family home?
Family Friendly Home : Location
Compared to when you were young and single, the same location needs won’t be as important to you when you are buying a family friendly home. After all, being a stone’s throw away from the hottest stores and bars isn’t usually a must-have for families. You will probably be looking for somewhere that’s more quite, close to open spaces, shops, and public transport.
Safety is also paramount when you are a parent, so check out the crime rates of certain areas before you scout for homes there. There is no point finding your dream home only to discover you’ll be spending all your time living in fear of a break-in! Also, check out the local schools and sporting activities to ensure your children have a positive educational experience.
Look for a real estate agent who has an excellent knowledge of the area and one who has sold a high number of homes in your desired suburbs. This type of agent will likely have more useful knowledge that they will be happy to share.
Family Friendly Home : Space
Think a small two bedroom cottage with no garden will simply be ‘cozy’? Well, that’s one way of putting it – but in reality, it will probably just be too small. A house is a huge investment to make, so for the sake of a higher investment, could you move up to a three bedroom home? It might seem frivolous, but bear in mind that you will probably have guests to stay – and what if you have another child, too? An extra bedroom is a great selling point. Even if you don’t use it as a bedroom right away, it can be sued as a home office, dining room, or media area.
A privately enclosed rear garden is a must for your children, especially during the summer months. Make sure you shop around and see what kind of house you can get for your money. There are lots of ways to maximise your outdoor living and make a garden child, and pet, friendly.
Family Friendly Home : Improvements
Before you even start planning your budget, consider whether you are willing to do work on a property or not. Family homes tend to be a long-term investment, but they can still be a project if you do want to make an eventual profit from yours. Just be aware that moving house can sometimes be very stressful for young children – moving into an empty shell that doesn’t look like a home at all can sometimes only increase this distress.
Consider your improvements budget and look for a home that at least has plenty of amenities, so you can start living there properly right away.
Lisen to relevant podcasts
Catherine Cervasio has developed a beautiful range of organic and aromatherapy baby skincare products with neonatal research. Listen to the podcast with Catherine as she explains why she developed the range, what the benefits are for baby, and why women need to consider early skincare for their babies.
Darren Palmer is a celebrity Interior Designer, Author, and Judge on ‘The Block. In this interview, Darren gives you great tips and design ideas for up-dating and renovating your dream home. PLUS gorgeous images from his interior designs.
Michelle Perkins has developed an amazing range of organic cleaning products that will clean your home better than any other products, and keep it cleaner. Why? Because her Probiotic Solutions are developed with bacteria.
Beautiful Nursery Ideas
For beautiful ideas to decorate a baby room, see Baby Baby, That’s A Beautiful Nursery on our Home + Interiors sister site, Don’t Call Me Penny.
Nursery images courtesy of Incy.com.au.