Darin and Christina Cunningham | Re/Max Elite
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How To Find The Right Home If you Have Kids

Couples looking to buy a new house will do well to keep their children (or future children) in mind when shopping for a new home. After all, the new property will be home not just for the parents, but for the kids as well. When looking for a home with the kids in mind, what should you actually look for?  What are the things that should be considered?

Buying a New Home

Buying a new home with the kids in mind requires considering what the kids will need in addition to some basic factors.

The Cost

Consider the cost of the new property. Get a calculator, sit down and honestly assess your ability to pay for the new house.  Find a mortgage calculator online and look at what your monthly costs will be at the current interest rates.  Make sure that the mortgage for the house is not beyond your capacity to pay.

The House Features

When choosing a new house, safety is a very important concern. Will the house be a safe place for the kids to live in? Make sure that the cabinet doors and drawers are able to be locked. It is also important to make sure that the drawers are not the kind that will trap little fingers when they accidentally slam shut.

If the house has stairs, make sure that its steps aren’t slippery and that they could possibly be gated. This of course will prevent the kids from climbing up unattended and eliminate the risk of them falling down. Check the floors, and possibly consider using carpet should the house not already have it.

While carpets may indeed be a bit difficult to keep spotlessly-clean when kids always play on them, they no-doubt will provide cushioning to help prevent injuries. It’s always a good  idea to  have them periodically cleaned and deodorized.

The Schools

Choosing the right house for the kids will always go hand in hand with choosing the best school for them. The right house will be located somewhere near a good school. You shouldn’t choose the perfect home and then send your kids off to a school that doesn’t have the best credentials. This is where many first-time buyers make a big mistake.

Real estate agents can help in the search for a home near a good school, but taking time to personally check out a school will reap benefits in the long run. Use the internet to check the school’s teaching and non-teaching staff, test scores, graduation rate, and its reputation among parents.

Bringing the kids on a personal visit can definitely help with this. How do they react to the school’s environment? Is the school staff accommodating and friendly?  If there’s a good school that’s perfect for the children’s needs, then consider finding a good home in the vicinity.

The Neighborhood

Kids will grow up bringing with them what they observe with their senses. As such, it will be good for them to grow up in a safe environment. Make sure to always check the neighborhood before deciding to purchase a home. Search the internet for the local neighborhood’s reputation. Make sure that it will be beneficial to the children’s growth.


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