So, you’re thinking of upgrading your house? If so, there are many things to consider for you and your family because there is more to it than just figuring out if you can afford the mortgage. You need to make sure your new home will fit your needs for years to come. Ask yourself these questions as you face moving your family to a new place.
Is Your Family Still Growing?
How many bedrooms will you need to be comfortable? Consider this the bare minimum, not the goal. Whether you’re planning on it or not, you could have more family members in the future. You could have another child, your mother-in-law could come to live with you, or your nephew might need a place to crash. Extra bedrooms can always be used for libraries or offices if nobody needs them, and it’s better to have one too many rooms, than too few.
How is the Location?
This is important if your family doesn’t own a car, or is a one-car household. If you or your family members will be left without a car for much of the time, you need to plan accordingly. If a car won’t be available early in the morning, how far is it to your children’s school? If you won’t be able to drive to do errands, how far is it to the grocery store or post office? If most amenities aren’t within walking distance, you’ll have to make sure there’s a bus stop nearby. Is this place somewhere with a good neighborhood, and how many other kids live nearby? Check out everything about your new place before hand and consider getting home inspection services to look over the place for damage or danger.
Unique Family Situations
If your family loves to work out, is there enough room to fit exercise equipment? If one of your children takes piano lessons, is there room to fit a piano in the living room? How do your children get an education? If you homeschool, check to see how far away the nearest library or homeschool co-op is. Every family is different, so remember to thoroughly consider any situations that are unique to your own family.
Upgrading your home can be very exciting, but don’t let that excitement get the best of you. When someone tells you that a home is perfect for your family, take it with a grain of salt, because only you and your family can decide on the right home. Make sure to look at all the options to ensure your whole family be happy in your new home for many years to come.