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Buy a Home - Starting a Family - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Our REALTORS® love helping couples who are getting ready to start a family find the perfect home. There's something exciting about helping them explore Ann Arbor homes for sale and find the ideal place to begin this new phase of their lives. 

When young families are searching for a home, certain features become more important. Here are a few of the most desirable elements new families need.

  1. Family-Friendly Location
    Location is always critical when shopping for real estate, but, when you're starting a family, it matters in a different way. You'll want a home in a great school district and one that's near parks, playgrounds, and doctors' offices.

    You'll also want to consider whether there are wide sidewalks for pushing strollers. Most young families prefer a quiet neighborhood without a lot of traffic. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, another important thing to consider is whether the home is located in a place where you can easily get delivery services.

  2. Laundry and Storage
    |Having kids mean lots of laundry and lots of stuff. You'll want to make sure the home you're considering has space for a washer and dryer. Bonus points if it's on the first floor. Running up and down stairs to a basement laundry room is sure to get old fast. Also make sure there's plenty of space between the laundry area and the children's bedrooms so you don't have to worry about keeping them awake.

    Family homes also need to have plenty of closet space to store the toys and clothes and room in the garage for strollers, bicycles, and sports equipment.

  3. Kitchen and Bath
    When you have little ones, you'll definitely need a bathtub. Many parents prefer one that's large enough for them to comfortably sit on the edge. If you plan to stay in the home until the children are older, you'll also want a separate master bath and a bathroom for the children. 

    Kids also love to spend time in the kitchen, both eating and helping out. A large, open kitchen will ensure you have plenty of room for the entire family to enjoy meal prep.

  4. Outdoor Space
    A fenced-in yard with plenty of space is one of the most important home features for many young families. This ensures your kids will have a safe place to play and enjoy the outdoors. Knowing they're protected in the back yard will also make your life easier!

    When shopping for a home, you may need to decide whether the potential hazard of having a pool is worth it. Many families love the idea of giving their kids the experience of growing up with a pool of their own, while others aren't willing to take the risk. Remember that if you do have a pool, you'll need a proper fence and an alarm. 
  1. Room to Grow
    When looking for a new home, you'll want to make sure there are enough bedrooms to comfortably accommodate your growing family. Consider how long you plan to stay in your home and whether you're willing to renovate or expand later.

    Remember that as your children get older, they may want to change rooms, have their own bathrooms, or need space for hobbies. Buying a home with extra bedrooms or a finished basement will give you the flexibility to accommodate your family's needs for many years. 

Are you looking for the ideal place to start your family? We can help! Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started.