Buying a Family Home: 5 Tips for Parents

Relocating Your Business

If you’re a business owner, your moving to-do list will be even longer. That’s why it’s so important to start planning for the business relocation process in advance. Make sure to carefully label any boxes containing your business supplies and equipment, try to work remotely as often as possible to cut down on commute time, and hire movers so that you can keep your full attention on your business.

Financial Tasks

Before you start house hunting, you’ll need to create a realistic budget. Go over your household income, expenses, and any debts that you haven’t paid off to figure out how much you can afford to spend on monthly mortgage payments. Credible states that your overall monthly payments should not exceed morethan 28% of your gross monthly income. You will also want to get pre-approved for a mortgage, which can  speed up your buying process.

Finding the Right Home

Now that you have a budget in mind, you can start browsing local listings and finding homes that will suit your needs without breaking the bank. Of course, you don’t want to start this search without a real estate agent! House Method recommends asking your friends for referrals and checking the credentials of any potential agents. As you look at listings, think about which features your family will need – but remember, you can always make renovations! If you plan to grow your family in the coming years, make sure to factor this in as you decide on the number of bedrooms you want.

When you’re looking for a home, it’s important to think about your future needs. If you’re hoping to age in place, then you’ll want to look for a home that will be comfortable and practical as you get older. Door widths are an important consideration, as standard doorways can be difficult to navigate for someone using a wheelchair or walker. You’ll also want to avoid homes with too many steps, as these can be hazardous. Instead, look for a one-story home or a home with an elevator. These will be much easier to navigate as you age. With a little planning, you can find a home that you’ll be able to enjoy for many years to come. If you’re looking for a home that suits these needs, The Vineyard District’s Homes for a Lifetime plans offer smart designs that can help ensure you stay safe and comfortable in your later years.

Scheduling Tours

You’ve talked to your real estate agent about a few homes that seem promising, and you’re ready to start scheduling private tours or attending open houses. When you have children, this can quickly get complicated. You may want to find childcare for your tour time slots, or you might simply want to let the homeowner know that you’ll be bringing your kids along! Talk to your partner about how you can help your children stay occupied during tours.

Moving With Kids

You’ve toured the perfect home, put in an offer, and got the keys – but now, you’ve got to move with your kids in tow! If your children are old enough to pack up some of their own belongings, encourage them to pack up a box with items that they might want for your travel day. Keep your children’s boxes organized and labeled so that you can unpack their most important items right away when you arrive. If you’re taking a road trip to reach your destination, you may want to break up your trip with an overnight stop depending on how far you’ll be driving – this can break up your journey and give everyone time to relax.

There’s no doubt that moving is complicated, especially when you have young children! But when you’re settling down in a place you love, your new community will feel like home in no time. With these tips, you’ll be ready to move your business and your family to a welcoming new area.

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Alexis Hall