Have Children? Watch Out for These Home Buying Mistakes

Do you want to make sure your children have the absolute best, right? When parents are buying a new home, it’s pretty common to look for one that’s ideal for your growing family. Be careful, though! Many parents make two fairly common mistakes when they purchase a home to fit the needs of their children.

 

Mistake #1 – Buying Too Big

 

One of the biggest mistakes families make is purchasing a home that is too large. Perhaps you buy a home thinking that you’ll expand your family a bit. Maybe you just buy additional space so the kids will have plenty of bedrooms and play space. The problem is twofold. First, you may search outside of your desired area so you can get the space upgrade you want, and that can lead to buyer’s remorse later. Second, kids grow up quickly. Before you know it, they’ll be at university, and you’ll be left with a lot of empty space. The solution? Buy just enough space to support your family, but make sure it’s in a location you love.

 

Mistake #2 – Choosing a Home For A Phase

 

Maybe you select the home because a playset would look great in the backyard. Maybe you choose it because of an added playroom. It’s essential to remember that your children will shift from one phase into another, and selecting a home based on their current ages may not be the best option. Instead, select one that will mean you can move from the playroom to den for teens to home office seamlessly. Choosing a home that has the ability to change as your family does is an absolute must.

 

Buying a new home for your growing family is always a good idea, but make sure that you’re thinking about the future when you start browsing for homes. Don’t make decisions just to suit your young children, and don’t be afraid to have children share a bedroom if it means that you can keep living in a neighbourhood that you’re comfortable with. After all, once the children are grown and on their own, your home will still be your living space.


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