Finding a home that meets the needs of a growing family can be a challenge. Parents have to consider things like space, budget, and even school catchment areas when making their decision.
It can be difficult to find a home that meets all of these needs. But don’t worry, you can do it!
Are you looking at a property for sale and considering if it will be the perfect fit for your family?
Then you may find our checklist below helpful.
1. Determine what you need in a home
When it comes to buying a family home there are obvious deal-breakers like the number of bedrooms for example. after all, it wouldn’t be much fun squeezing a 5 person family into a two-bedroom bungalow, would it!
So once you find a space with enough bedrooms to cater for all of you there are a few more spaces that you should consider
if you have small children a garden is an important asset, giving them the opportunity to play and explore in a safe environment.
We spend so much time in our gardens now that they have become like an extra room of the house so make sure you have the right outside space is a must.
If you don’t have a designated playroom then you may want to consider a home with an extra room that can easily be turned into one.
It’s important for children to have their own space to play and keeping their toys in one place will make life a lot easier for you too!
working from home has become a bit of the norm since the pandemic, will you need a designated space for this? Having a room that can be used as an office is important for many families. With more and more people working from home, it’s essential to have a space where you can concentrate and get your work done.
Having enough living space is important for any family. You need a place where you can relax and spend time together. If you’re looking at properties and find one that’s a bit on the small side, it may be worth considering if you can make some changes to create more space. For example, could you knock down a wall to create a more open-plan living area?
2. Narrow down your options based on your needs
Once you know what you need in a family home, it’s time to start narrowing down your options. This part can be tricky, especially if you’re working on a tight budget. But there are plenty of ways to find homes that suit your needs.
We find it helps to write down the following:
- Your new home must-haves
- Things you are flexible on
- The areas you love
- The areas you wouldn’t want to live in
This will help you when searching for your property online, and with your estate agent if the first property you see isn’t available they will look at similar homes to show to you.
3. Consider your budget and stick to it
Let’s face it, children are expensive! And as your family grows so does the cost. It’s important to consider this when setting your budget for a new home. If you’re looking at properties that are way out of your price range, it may be worth considering if you can make some sacrifices. For example, would you be willing to live in a smaller home if it meant being able to live in your dream area?
4. View the properties together if you can
When it’s time to start booking some viewings. If you can, try and do this together as a family.
This will give everyone a chance to see the property and voice their opinion and visualise their own spaces inside of the home, this is particularly useful for younger children who might be anxious about leaving their existing houses.
One thing to remember when viewing a property is that it’s easy to get caught up in the little details and forget about the big picture. Try and keep your needs in mind, and if you’re struggling to make a decision, it might be worth considering getting a second opinion from someone you trust. there’s nothing to say you couldn’t arrange a 2nd or even 3rd viewing and take your parents or a close friend with you.
5. Don’t forget about storage space
One thing that many families overlook when searching for a new home is storage space. Some newer properties don’t even have an airing cupboard! It’s important to consider how much stuff you have and whether the property you’re looking at has enough storage to accommodate it. If not, there are plenty of ways to create extra storage, such as:
- Fitting shelves in alcoves
- Installing cupboards under the stairs
- Putting up racks in the garage
6. Check school catchment areas
At the moment in England school places are designated depending on where you live. This is called a catchment area.
So, if you have school-age children, it’s worth checking which schools are in the catchment area for the property you’re interested in.
7. Keeping the kids occupied
If the past few years taught us anything it’s that we need to be out of the house sometimes!
When you are looking at your new property options have a think about how close they are to outside public spaces and attractions.
If you are moving to a completely new area do some research online before you go to look at any properties and see what the area has to offer.
8. Look into the future
When buying a family home, it’s important to think about your long-term needs. For example, if you’re planning on starting a family soon, it might be worth considering a property with a spare bedroom that you can use as a nursery.
Alternatively, if your children are teenagers or young adults, you might want to think about getting a property with a granny annexe or flat so they can have their own space.