Today I have a list of the eight things you should pay attention to as a parent looking to buy a new home.

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Are you a parent looking for a new home? Whether your children are small or ready to move out, there are a number of additional considerations parents should keep in mind when it comes time to move into a new home. Today, we’ll review eight of these crucial considerations:

1. Bedroom placement. Before I had children, I never thought about how important it is to want your entire family to be on the same level and have the baby within earshot. There are also parents who want to have their own space away from the children. Whatever your preference, make sure you’re thinking about not just your current situation, but also your future.

2. Sidewalks. A home on a busy street can actually be a deal breaker, but many people forget about having a sidewalk. Sidewalks can offer a buffer zone between your yard and the street, and are more inviting for people to walk up to your home.

3. Open floor plan. This type of floor plan is very popular today because it allows for clear sight lines. Families with small children want to be able to see their children in the dining or living room from the kitchen. In older homes, though, this is difficult with boxed up, different rooms.

“53% of parents who bought a home on a hill with children under five told us that they regretted it.”

4. Easy sight lines to the backyard. You want to make sure that, wherever you’re working, you can easily see out into the side yard or backward where your kids are playing.

5. Flat, level yard. 53% of parents who bought a home on a hill with children under five told us that they regretted it, and if you regretted it, your buyer probably will as well. We want to help you find a home that you want to stay in and make memories, so be aware that this could be a problem when you look to sell your home in the future.

6. Hot spots. How a home is heated can be a problem area because older homes have hot spots that are closer to the heating source. They can not only cause burns but also respiratory issues because the air is drier. If you want to know more about hot spots, please give us a call and we can walk you through it.

7. Amenities within walking distance. When I bought a home, what I really liked was how close the school, playgrounds, baseball fields, soccer fields, etc. were to the home. Obviously amenities will change based on if you’re in a more suburban or rural area versus an urban, but pay attention to these things so you know you’ll love the neighborhood just as much as you do the home in 30, 60, or 90 days when the new fluff wears off.

8. Neighbors. Here I am talking about the neighbors nobody wants to talk about: sex offenders, drug dealers, etc. You can easily find this information online to know if there are registered sex offenders in the area or if any crimes are being committed. When you like a specific neighborhood look at these as well as the school marks to determine how the neighborhood is.

If you have any questions about this, or if you’re interested in buying or selling in general, please feel free to reach out to me. I look forward to speaking with you soon.

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