Guest Post: Home Buying Tips for New Parents

Guest Post: Home Buying Tips for New Parents

Home Buying Tips for New Parents Real Estate

Taking the dive into the enormous swimming pool that is the Ghanaian real estate market can be more than a little bit overwhelming. With so many choices, deciding exactly what you want is often the hardest part. For new parents, the list of criteria for the perfect home changes substantially. At Modernize, we understand this predicament and have compiled a list of things to look for when buying a home as new parents.

Room to Grow

Once you’ve made the decision to expand your family, you will need more space. Begin your home search by accepting the fact that you will need more than two bedrooms to accommodate your growing family. If you can afford it, a spare room for visiting family members and friends is more important than you can imagine (let’s just say we’ve had more than a few houseguests displaced from their sofabed by our own kids’ 5:00 a.m. wake-up call). At least two full bathrooms are advisable here as well, for the same reasons. If you’re expecting this house to be a forever home, then make sure you have plenty of space for any children you might want to have in the future.

Kid-friendly Spaces

The moment you become parents, something clicks in the brain and you become hyper-aware of potential safety hazards everywhere you go. Put this new superpower to good use in your home search, highlighting potential risks and pitfalls of your new property. Open fires, large staircases, and a variety of open plan living situations can be dangerous for toddlers and even older children, so make sure you can make it work before committing to a particular house. The same care should be taken with surfaces and home furniture: glass and stainless steel surfaces can be sharp (and will never be 100% clean with kids running around), while concrete floors won’t cushion trips and falls as well as carpeting or even hardwood flooring.

Outdoor Areas

After you’ve considered the interior of potential properties, make sure to check out the surrounding outdoor areas. A large, grassy backyard is a wonderful addition for buyers with young children, while decks and porches allow for more formal outdoor situations such as meals and parties. Just make sure that any private yard space is completely enclosed and free from major safety hazards (open water, large dips or holes in the ground, busy roads with no fencing) and that any gates or fencing are fully intact. For buyers searching for a home in urban areas such as central Accra or Kumasi, check out any shared yards or gardens and consider your distance from parks and other open areas.

Location, location, location

Although you’ve probably considered your location with reference to your place of work, family, and friends substantially before starting the search for a new home, it’s important to remember where and how you will be living once you move. As a new family, you will want to know which schools, parks, supermarkets, and other amenities are within walking distance (or a short drive) of your home. Make sure to research neighborhoods as well, since safe, family-friendly areas will likely be best for your needs.

Ask a Professional

If you thought that looking for a new home was difficult before you had children, you now know exactly how complicated multitasking as a new parent can be. Thankfully, real estate agents and online property portals take the stress out of buying a home by handling all the complexities of home searching for you.

This post was written by Kaitlin Krull from home improvement firm Modernize

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