There are many different characteristics that come into play to create a kid-friendly environment. A safe home, good neighbourhood and good schools all affect whether or not a home is a good place for children to be raised. Knowing what to look for can help you buy a property where you and your kids will be happy for many years.
Check Out the Neighbourhood
A home in a neighbourhood that is good for kids will have nearby amenities, places to play and walk, and often other children. Before making an offer on a property, take a long walk around the neighbourhood to look for favorable characteristics.
- Look for evidence of neighbouring children. Depending on the day, you may not see the neighbourhood children outside playing on their lawns, but you might still see evidence that they exist. Swing sets, outdoor toys, minivans and kid-sized bicycles are all signs that a neighbourhood is already home to many children.
- Check for continuous sidewalks. Continuous sidewalks make it possible for your child to go for a walk and visit neighbouring children without walking in the street. Sidewalks are also helpful for young children who are learning to ride their bicycles. As you walk around the neighbourhood, look for wide, continuous sidewalks.
- Look for nearby parks and other amenities. Look at a map to investigate the kind of kid-friendly amenities that are in the neighbourhood around the house. Parks, trails, schools and recreation centers are all good places to take kids.
Research Nearby Schools
If you have school aged children, research the nearby schools to find out how they are rated by parents. If you have questions about the school and how appropriate it would be for your child, make an appointment to stop in and meet with the principle. This will give you a chance to see the school, its play ground and classrooms. This can help you decide whether or not that school district is right for you.
Focus on Storage Space
Kids come with a lot of stuff and require a lot of storage space. When looking at homes, open every closet, look in the attic and investigate the basement or garage. Pay close attention to the size of the garage, where your kids are likely to store a lot of bikes and sporting equipment. Give priority to homes that have built-in shelves and other storage organization systems.
Consider Safety and Convenience
Safety and convenience is important for parents of small children. Below are some features that are important to note if you have young children in your house.
- Steep staircases. A steep staircase can be a danger for small children learning to walk. Any home with a steep staircase will need to be protected by a baby gate, possibly for many years.
- Bedroom layout. Many parents of young children like to sleep in the room next to their kids. A home with a master suite across the house or on a different floor from the other bedrooms may be an inconvenience.
- Heavy traffic. Heavy traffic can be dangerous for toddlers and other young children. For this reason, many parents prefer to live on streets with slow-driving traffic.
- Water features. Pools, ponds and rivers can be a drowning hazard for children, especially for young children who can’t swim. Buying a home with a water feature can be problematic for parents of small children.
Work With Your Real Estate Agent
An experienced real estate agent can help you purchase a home with kid-friendly features. To get started with your home purchase and find a home that’s child-friendly, talk to your real estate agent today.