Buying a Home for Your Growing Family? Things to Think About
Remember when you moved into your last home? It felt so big, so full of promise. And then you filled it – with furnishings, kids, toys, and possibly a pet or two. As a family grows, so does the need for a new place to live, a new home in which to create memories.
The prospect of buying a new home can be fun and exciting. It can also be a bit nerve-wracking, given that you want to get it just right. How do you know that the house you fall in love with is the house? How can you be sure that you will be happy with your choice years down the road?
As with any big decision, it helps to make a list, to prioritize the features that matter most to you and your family as you search for real estate in Bellevue, WA. The following should provide a good starting point:
How many beds and baths do you want?
If you dream of each of your kids having a bedroom of their own, now is the time to call it a priority. Growing children are increasingly independent and decreasingly excited about sharing their room with another human being, even a beloved sibling. By the same token, if 3 ½ baths is ideal given the size of your brood, make sure your Realtor knows.
How's the school district?
Even if you plan to send your children to private school or homeschool them, the reputation of your school district will impact the value of your home over time. The U.S. Department of Education's website offers reports, statistics, and other tools to help you learn more about a specific school district.
Do you want extra space for an office or guest room?
If your friends and family love to come into town for a visit or you need a place to set up a dedicated home office, make sure to factor that into the number of bedrooms you are shopping for. In regard to office space, your Realtor can help you come up with creative ways to make room. It may be an out-of-the-way nook, unused attic space, under a stairway, or large landing area at the top of the stairs.
How do property taxes stack up against neighboring areas?
It doesn't do much good to find a home at a great price if property taxes create a financial burden. As you discuss budget with your Realtor, be sure to let him or her know how much you are willing to pay for property taxes each year.
How does the location work for you?
Based upon the needs and interests of your family, decide how near you would like to be to parks, pools, recreation centers, and other spaces where kids can burn energy. Are you near your favorite grocery store and doctor's offices? How long will it take to get to work each morning from your front door?
Making a list allows you to see in black and white where your home buying priorities lie. Doing it before you shop may just help you make one of the best decisions of your life.
If you are thinking about buying real estate in Bellevue, please contact the experts at Better Properties Eastside.