Wednesday, October 03, 2012

What to consider for your child when choosing your first home

Yellow front door

With housing prices at record lows, now is a great time for a family to select a first home from one of the many United States houses for sale. Choosing a new home when children are involved means considering issues of safety, location and education, as well as the standard factors used to evaluate any property.   

Considerations for the ideal family home 
When searching for the ideal family home, it is important to take into account a variety of factors and issues that, when addressed, will satisfy the needs and desires of both the adults and children involved.   

The location of a new home can have a huge effect on the finances involved. Urban properties may be pricier, because of their location and proximity to attractions and touristy sights. Suburban homes are very desirable for families, offering easy access to the city with the quiet and camaraderie of a traditional small-town neighborhood. Rural homes frequently offer larger properties, fresh air and opportunity to raise animals or cultivate gardens. 

Homes come in a huge range of styles and sizes, offering families an endless variety of options for choosing a property that will fulfill their current needs. Keeping in mind future requirements is also important, however. Further children, visiting relatives and even animals should be factored in when choosing a home for the long-term.  

The work commute can make a sizable dent in any budget, as well as being a potentially time-consuming routine that takes valuable time away from family and recreation. Taking into account the length of the commute to and from work and whether or not public transportation is available and convenient to a new home can be an important money and stress saving step. 

When children are involved, evaluating the school system and educational options in the area is vital. Looking into the local public schools, as well as checking out the private and parochial options, should definitely be done prior to purchasing a home in a chosen neighborhood. This is also an area where children can participate in the move, being involved in checking out new schools and their selling points. Relocating to a new area and trying to make new friends can be extremely difficult for children and teens, but allowing them to play a role in choosing sports and activities related to their new school may help to ease the transition. 

Modern doorway with orange door and dog

Planning for the future 
For many parents, purchasing a home is an important step forward in family life. It is an investment in the future of the family, a place of warmth and shelter for the child or children in the present and perhaps for children yet to come. It is also a monetary investment, ownership that offers security for the future, whether that future means welcoming grandchildren and great-grandchildren to the family home or capitalizing on the investment to purchase another home. Purchasing a new family home is also an investment in the chosen neighborhood and community, an investment that can reward the purchaser with friendships and pride in themselves, their family and their community.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, I was compensated by the company who sponsored/wrote it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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