Is it possible to find the perfect family home or are you never going to please all the people all of the time?
If you have several children of different ages and a partner to please you may struggle to find the ideal property. If you are moving in with elderly parents the situation is even more complicated. However, your dream home is out there and you just need to find it!
If it is at all possible, it is worth paying a little more and finding the perfect family home. Moving home can be quite stressful and expensive so you may only want to do it once!
Are old or new houses the best?
When you call into the Real estate office for the first time, you may have a very fixed idea about what you want but it pays to be flexible. A brand new home may not be everything that you expected especially if you bought it ‘plan.’ There may be some early maintenance issues to sort out and there may not be very many amenities close by yet if it is a very new estate.
Older houses have a sense of history about them but they can also have major structural problems that can be time-consuming and expensive to sort out.
Do you really want to deal with a lot of building work if you have young kids and elderly parents?
What is the perfect size for your home?
The answer to this is – as big as you can afford. How often do you hear someone complain that their house is too big? If you have kids, there is no such thing as a house that is too big.
If you have one child at the moment are you thinking of having any more? You will need more room as your family grows. Teens take up a lot more room than tiny babies.
Is the house near good schools?
This is a huge issue for parents. It would be great if your kids could walk or cycle to a nearby school and if that school was a good one. In reality, some compromises will have to be made.
When you visit the school for a look around look at the classroom sizes, after-school programs and the level of parent involvement.
Does it have some outdoor space?
If you have children you will need some outdoor space. Ideally, this would be at the house itself in a huge garden but this is very expensive in some areas. You may have to settle for a nearby park that the children can walk to by themselves when they are older. On the flip side, a huge garden is a big responsibility and can be time-consuming. Do you want to take this on?
Some outdoor storage is always useful for all sorts of families. Kids need somewhere to store bats, balls and bikes and adults need to store hose pipes, ladders and old paint pots!
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