When we bought our last home, we knew what we wanted. At the time we were DINKS (double income, no kids). We knew we wanted a family and that the house we were buying we would be where we raised them. The house was built, I became pregnant with our first child. Life happened and 3 more kids followed. The only problem? Our house no longer fit our family.
We sold our house earlier this month and are now in the process of
annoying our realtor house shopping. We have been looking hard for the last 3 weeks and yesterday it hit me why this has become a major pain in my side. I know things now that I didn’t know before we had kids. If we purchased our home when we just had toddlers, it would be the same. There are so many things that happen in the years after toddlers that we now know that put purchasing a home into better perspective – when thinking long term.
Knowing these little things, has put a filter on what we should be looking for, since we plan on staying in our next house until the kids graduate (or we win the lottery). What are these things? Here are the top 10 things to ponder on before you make possibly the largest purchase in your life.
Here’s 10 Things to Think About Before Buying a Family Home:
And the above list is why I stress our realtor out to no end. This list is why we haven’t found a house yet. Oh, and looking for a house when interest rates are at a low and near the holidays – yeah not necessarily the best time to buy a house.
Hopefully this list will help give some insight of what to think about in the years to come, without making you into a house hunting freak like myself. Your toddlers will only be toddlers for a few years, and a house can last a lifetime.
Side Note: We are fortunate to live in an area with affordable housing, where you can get a ton of square footage for a minimal price. We watch House Hunters and gasp at home prices around some parts of the country. So if you think a playroom and formal living are crazy these features are normal for our area. Move to Texas! It’s hot here. There are tornadoes. We don’t all ride horses and own a cow. There isn’t much pretty in way of nature. On the positive… there is a ton of retail shopping and housing prices are fantastic.
What Are Your Major Must Haves When Finding a Home for Your Family?
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