Buying a house as a young professional is vastly different than buying a home for when you have kids - we take a look at what you should be looking out for when house-hunting for a family home.
Location will always matter when you are buying a house. Each phase in your life requires that different needs are met when looking for a home.
For family buyers, quieter suburbs that still enjoy easy access to all major amenities are top-choice. For example, areas with more high-rise apartments might be convenient, but loud noises from trendy restaurants or venues could disturb a baby’s sleep. If you can, steer clear of high-traffic streets as a safety precaution, and consider the amenities you might want - walking trails and playgrounds will come in handy when you have a toddler to entertain.
Remember to consider future schooling options and the number of medical facilities in the area. Walkability of the neighbourhood is also a great factor to look at - as a stroll with baby is a great way to exercise and get out of the house when baby first arrives.
Right now, you might be able to comfortably live in an apartment with room to spare - but once you have children, it might start to feel like you are drowning in a mountain of things. From clothes, toys, books, and devices that you didn't even know existed, children create clutter - and you will need to make sure your family home has enough storage for everything.
Ample closets are a must, but you’ll also want plenty of drawer, cabinet, and pantry space in your kitchen and, ideally, additional storage in a garage or an option to add more.
Single levels are better
Your dream home might be a split-level masterpiece, but single-level homes are much more convenient when buying a family home.
You are going to carry around a baby for months before they are crawling, do you want to go up and down stairs with a baby in your arms the whole day? The same goes for loads of laundry - of which there will be plenty.
If you are up for the challenge and you do end up buying a home with a staircase make sure that the stairs are safe and that you will be able to put a baby-gate at the top and bottom once they start to move around on their own.
Children - especially when they are mobile - have no regard for their own safety. From pulling themselves up against everything, to sticking fingers in stuff they shouldn't, parents have their jobs cut out for them - there is no reason to add to the stress with unsecured pools or dodgy structures.
Make sure that any renovations or additions done to a house are safe and legal. The best would be to have a home inspection done to check the house before you buy.
Pools are a lovely addition to a family home but make sure that you budget for the maintenance and securing of it before the baby comes.