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May 18

New Family, New Home: 5 Things Young Families Should Consider When Buying

New, Young Family

Buying a new home is an exciting and, sometimes, overwhelming experience.  New families looking to set down roots need to think about various factors that those without children don’t: daycares, school districts, safety features in the home and outside, enriching activities as your kids grow up, and more.  Here are a few points to guide your way to the home your family will flourish in:

1. Space

When you’re ready to buy a property, think carefully about how much square footage you really need. You don’t want to break the bank on an enormous property. However, if you’re planning to grow your family, you’ll want enough room for everyone. A good way of striking a balance is to look into homes with spacious backyards or front yards.

During your house hunt, make sure you’re comparing square footage and floor plans to ensure you’re picking the right home.

2. Schools

Ideally, you want a place with a great public school system or convenient proximity to an independent school. You’ll want to consider factors like commute to school from home and the office . If you’re thinking long-term, don’t forget to look at the nearby high schools and even colleges. Lucky for you, our Fielding neighborhood at Wallis Ranch takes education into account with a variety of great schools for growing minds.

Not sure if the schools are up to your standards? There are online services such as the Fraser Institute that offer ‘school report cards’ that can help tremendously in your future home decision.

3. Safety

Safety is paramount for parents with young children. You can check out crime statistics online, but the best way to get a feel for the area is to walk or drive around the prospective neighborhood at different times of day and night, and even on weekends. Don’t forget to ask neighbors and local businesses to share their opinions as well.

When it comes to the actual house, keep an eye out for safety risks such as steep staircases, unfenced pools and high patios without railings.

4. Community Perks

While researching your future home, don’t forget to look up child-friendly activities in the area. Is there a local playground with equipment appropriate for a variety of ages? Are there galleries and zoos offering free admission to children? Do you like the local day care centers? Do other families in the neighborhood have children for your kids to play with?

These are important questions that our upcoming neighborhood, Fielding at Wallis Ranch, can help you answer. We’ve created a neighborhood that’s designed to make your child’s transition to a new home easier and your weekends a breeze.

5. Child-Friendly Houses

There’s a lot you can do to easily and cost-efficiently make a house child-friendly. These range from covering sharp table corners to setting up safety gates for toddlers. However, you can make your job easier by choosing a family-friendly house layout.

For very young children, a one-floor home with a closed floor plan will make it easy to keep them in one or two safe areas. For older kids, an open floor plan lets you supervise them while you tend to the house. Large families, or those that include teenagers, may appreciate the extra space in a two-floor model with a bonus room over the garage.

There are many aspects to consider when buying a new home for your new family. The most important thing to remember is that as your family grows, their needs will as well. Taking a proactive step and accounting for those changes now is sure to help you out in the future.