February 1st, 2019 10:57 AM by Jackie A. Graves, President
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House hunting with children can add another layer of complexity
to your search. It is a balancing act; moving can be difficult for both young
children and finicky teenagers. When you are house hunting for your family,
consider how the home will suit your kids now and in the future.
you begin touring homes, here are a few tips for parents to consider:
1. How to involve your kids
If you plan on bringing your kids with you to look at houses,
give them a job, however simple, as it will give them a sense of ownership.
Allowing your children to feel involved in the process in a great way to get
them excited about moving.
2. Take a walk around the block
Show your children the new community. Ensure your house hunt
involves discussions about local parks, schools, and extracurricular activity
centers. Exploring will give you a chance to assess the walkability of the
community. Sidewalks and cul-de-sacs add an extra layer of safety by providing
a buffer between kids at play and cars. Note parking both in your neighborhood
and local town centers. Accessible parking is a lifesaver while navigating
errands, multiple kids and car seats.
3. Check out the outdoor spaces
It's a studied fact that playing outside is
good for kids. If you do not want to supervise every time your children play
outside, check how much of the yard you can see from inside your home. Having a
safe outdoor space for your kids to play in can give you peace of mind. Purchasing
a home also gives you freedom to transform that space. Do your kids want a
swing set, a treehouse, or a soccer net? If there is not much space, consider
how far local playgrounds and fields are.
4. Consider the floorplan
An open floor plan allows for more supervision but also makes it
more difficult to childproof your home. Also, note the placement of bedrooms.
Having a toddler down the hall is ideal for late-night wake up calls, but, on
the other hand, having a flight of stairs between you and your teens may offer
a welcome privacy barrier. Finally, consider if your children will be able to
share a bathroom or if they need their own.
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educational resources about renting, buying and owning a home.
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