Things To Look For In A Home When You Have Young Children

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Purchasing a single-family home when you have a young family can be a challenge. You likely are already looking for a neighborhood close to good schools and neighborhood amenities, but there are a few other things you may not have considered. This guide can help.

Open Floor Plan

An open floor plan, at least between the main living room and kitchen, can be a lifesaver when you have younger children. Being able to keep an eye on the kids while they are playing or watching TV nearby makes it much easier to get basic chores and meal preparation done with few hassles or safety concerns. If you are worried that you will want a separate kitchen area once the kids are older, then look for a home that features a large door between the two rooms or gives you the ability to easily have the kitchen area closed off later if you choose to do so.

Same Floor Sleeping

There is much to be said about keeping the children close when they are young. Even with baby monitors, it can be a hassle to navigate stairs in the middle of the night to reach the kids if they need you. Either stick to single-level homes, such as ranch-style houses, or consider a house that has all or most of the bedrooms on one floor. If you are worried about noise as the kids get older, you can opt for a house where the rooms are on the same floor but separated by bathrooms or other living areas.

Protected Stairwells

Stairs can be a major concern when your kids are young. Even though stairs can be a hazard, that doesn't mean you have to avoid any home that is more than one story. Just make sure that the stairs in the houses you are considering are designed in such a way that they are easy to gate. For example, stairs with a wide lower deck can be difficult to fit with a baby gate. Keep in mind you will likely need to gate in both the top and bottom of the stairs.

Neighborhood Traffic

Corner lots are adored by many families simply because you typically end up with a lot more yard to play in. Just avoid lots that border areas with high vehicle traffic or you may regret it as the kids get older and want to play outside with less supervision.

For more help viewing single family homes for sale, contact a real estate agent in your area.


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