The Parents’ Guide to House Hunting

Real Estate

When it comes to finding the perfect home, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Different homebuyers have different needs and wants, and a lot of the time those needs and wants are determined by family dynamics. For example, two new parents will probably have a very different house hunting checklist than a pair of empty nesters.

But what are some specific elements that parents with young kids should look for? (For that matter, I’d recommend that even soon-to-be or aspiring parents should seek these same features.) Here’s a quick checklist.

5 Things Parents Should Look for in Their New Home

Parks/schools/stores nearby. Have you fantasized about walking your kids to school each day, or having a playground close enough that you and your little ones can access it without having to jump in the car? Or, do you like the idea of being able to literally run to the store for a gallon of milk? If so, you’ll definitely want to keep nearby amenities in mind while you house hunt.
The right bedroom placement. Hopefully it goes without saying that you need to look for the right number of bedrooms, but don’t forget to consider the placement of those bedrooms, too. This could mean different things for different parents. If your kids are still really little, you might want their bedrooms to be close to your own, just so you can be near. But if you have teens who need a little space and privacy, it might make more sense to look for bedrooms on different floors or different sides of the house.
Backyard visibility. How much of your yard can you see from the kitchen or living room window? This matters more than you might think: There will likely be days when you want to send the little ones out to play, but you won’t necessarily want to go out there with them. Hopefully you can find a house that makes it easy to keep an eye on them while they run around.
Heating units. Radiators and fireplaces can make your home feel warm and cozy, but of course they can also present burn hazards for little ones. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy homes with radiators or fireplaces, but at least be aware of the danger, and of potential steps you can take to make those areas off-limits.
The neighbors. This is a sensitive subject, so I’ll put it very simply: Parents don’t want to unknowingly move in next door to a registered sex offender. Thankfully, there are national sex offender registries you can find online, which make it easy to double check for problem houses in your community.

These are just a few of the things parents should have on their radars while they shop for homes. If you’ve got little ones and are zealous to find the absolute perfect place to move, I’d love to show you some great, kid-friendly homes in the Charlotte area. Reach out to me today and let’s chat; contact Ryan Minges Real Estate at your convenience.