You only have one child now or one child on the way, but eventually, you plan to add more children to your brood. Buying a home before you are completely finished building your family can be a little tricky. You do not want to have to post your home for sale every time there is a new arrival, so it is best if the first home you buy is capable of growing with your ever-changing family. A few features will ensure your new home is capable of doing just that.
The home is not super close to other houses.
The more children you add to your household, the louder the environment will grow. While a close next-door neighbor may not complain about one screaming toddler periodically, they may find it harder to tune things out when you have a fussy infant, a screaming toddler, and a music-blaring preteen in the house.
The home has a larger kitchen.
The larger your family grows, the larger the kitchen needs to be. Preparing a small meal will eventually become more of an event that involves a lot more food. Small appliances may eventually have to be traded in for larger ones to serve your family size.
The home offers versatile extra rooms.
Of course, you will want a bedroom for each child you plan to have, but before those kids actually come to fruition, you don't want a bunch of spare rooms that will only serve as bedrooms because of the way they are laid out. Look for extra rooms in the house that are flexible enough to serve multiple purposes, such as a room that could just as easily serve as an office as it could a bedroom.
The home has a family room or a finished basement.
Small children will eventually become teenagers, and teenagers tend to bring a lot of other teenagers home with them. When they do, they tend to spill out of their bedrooms and look for other places in the house to hang out. Having a large family room or a finished basement will become an important aspect of your home.
The home is as efficient as possible.
An efficient home is easy to disregard if you have a smaller family. Your expenses will not be so large and you may have more flexibility in your budget to cover extra expenses. However, as your family grows and you start spending more on groceries, more on everything kids need, and more on water and power, it will be super important to you that you live in a home that does not cost you more than necessary.
For more information about single-family homes for sale, reach out to a real estate professional.