Keep Kids in Mind
With school-aged children in your home, buying or selling a house can take a different approach. Finding the right size, location, school district, and more is essential. Here are some things to remember when you’re ready to move with your family.
You’ll need to find suitable housing for your family, including any special needs your children may have. If you’re renting, check out the area carefully before signing a lease.
When it comes to finding a house that meets the needs of your school-aged children, location is critical. You’ll want to be close enough to their school for them to walk or take the bus, but not so close that there’s too much traffic or noise. You’ll also want to ensure there are plenty of things to do in the area, like parks, playgrounds, and after-school activities.
Research the schools in your new area and decide which one would be the best fit for your children. If you have children with special needs, find out what services and support the schools in your new area can provide.
The school district is an essential factor when having kids in school. 53% of homeowners say the quality of the school district is a vital factor when purchasing a home, and 50% select neighborhoods for the convenience of the schools.
If you need to find childcare for your children, research providers in your new area and visit them in person to ensure they are a good fit for your family.
When considering a move, consider how much space your family will need now and in the future. As your children grow, you may need more space. Many parents with kids under 18 said they need more living space than they currently have. National Association of Realtors®(NAR) reported that buyers with children on average purchase larger, detached single-family homes with four bedrooms and two full bathrooms at approximately 2,110 square feet.
Look into what kind of extracurricular activities and programs are available for children in your new area. Activities can help your children adjust to their new surroundings and make new friends.
If you have family or friends in your new area, reach out to them for support during the transition. They can help you settle in and get to know your new community.
When raising a family, buying or selling a home can be driven by different priorities. Making a move with kids can be a challenge, but if you take the time to plan and research your new area, it can be a smooth transition for everyone involved. If you’re a seller with children and looking to relocate, contact me, and I can help you navigate the process in the most reasonable time frame for you and your family.