Things To Look For In A Future Family Home

Buying your first home is exciting and a little bit scary. If you are single or married without kids, but planning to have a family later, then there are some things you don't want to overlook. The following guide can help you recognize the features that will make a house into a great family home someday.

Single-floor bedrooms

You may think it's a wonderful idea to have the master bedroom on a separate floor than the kids' rooms, but this can be a problem when you are dealing with infants and young children. Getting up in the middle of the night to traipse up and down stairs is no fun, and it can even be dangerous when you are sleepy and trying to hold a cranky child. Instead, look at houses where there is at least one bedroom sharing the floor with the master bedroom so that you can use it as a nursery. Some homes have a master suite and a guest suite on different floors, which gives you the option to move the master bedroom once the kids are older.

A backyard you can enclose

The yard often ends up being a second home to your kids, so you want one that will be safe to play in. This means you need a yard that is large enough for kids to run around in, as well as safe from outside dangers. If the home is in an HOA neighborhood and the yard isn't fenced, make sure there are no rules against a solid fencing. If there are no rules and no fence, have one installed as soon as you move in. This way, if the HOA changes the rules in the future your fence can be grandfathered in.

Open floor plans

When it comes to young children, an open floor plan is the best option. This way you can keep an eye on the kids no matter where you are in the main living quarters. This frees up a lot of your time. For example, it can be hard to get into the kitchen to cook dinner if you can't see the kids playing in the living room. An open floor plan solves this since usually the living room can be seen from the kitchen. If you prefer a more closed off design, look for an open plan that has doors or sliders that allow you to close off rooms from the rest of the home as needed.

For more help to ​buy a property, contact a real estate agent in your area.