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6 Essential Tips for Choosing the Right Home for Your Family

  • Robert B. Kinlin
  • 04/5/23

Moving your family can come with a whole host of emotions. While it is a period of change and fresh starts, it can also be bittersweet and stressful. Family is the most important thing, and ensuring they are taken care of is a necessity. There will likely be a list of requirements you would like to see fulfilled to make sure everyone is happy with the homebuying process. From the feel of the neighborhood to the number of bathrooms in the home, your new home should have everything you could ever need. To ensure that your moving experience is as stress-free as possible, here are some tips and tricks that have been compiled for your convenience.

Hire a realtor

Hiring a realtor is an essential step in the process, especially if you are unfamiliar with the area. Finding your new dream home should be your only job, and your realtor will make sure things remain that way. Not only that, but realtors have a duty to put their clients first, which includes your family. They will work their absolute hardest to get you all the features you want and need to keep your family happy.

As real estate professionals, your realtor will have expert knowledge of the area and will be able to give you the inside scoop on the most desirable neighborhoods. If your family includes children, your realtor will also be able to tell you about the top-rated schools nearby and find a home nearby.

Choose your location

Massachusetts is a beautiful state filled with rich history and stunning views. Whether you and your family are looking for Cape Cod real estate or Boston real estate, your realtor will be able to find your dream home.

A home is not just a place to reside; it is the center of your world. Maybe you want that center to be located near a bustling city, or perhaps you would prefer a quiet coastal town. Consider nearby places you would like to live close to, whether it be shopping centers, business districts, parks, or beaches. Walkable cities and isolated neighborhoods are equally as appealing, but choosing between them can be more difficult than anticipated.

If you have children, asking them their opinions on what they would like to live close to may be helpful. While the decision is yours, hearing feedback from the young ones could provide you with additional clarity or even give you a new perspective.

Consider size and features

When looking for your dream home, it can be helpful to consider not only your current needs but also potential future needs. While taking work home is never ideal, sometimes it is unavoidable. Maybe you would like space for a home office to work in during those late nights. Perhaps a home gym or entertainment room is in your future. An in-law suite may not be necessary at the moment, but it may be nice to have for when distant family comes to visit.

Your family may not currently include pets, but if it does in the future, a large yard would be preferable. Consider both your current and potential situations may be. Family can be as unpredictable as they are wonderful, so it is always best to try and anticipate future needs to save yourself from unwanted stress.

Talk about floorplans

The exact floorplan of your home may not be a priority for you, or it may be critical to determining which property is right for you. If there are small children in the home, you may want the majority of the bedrooms on the same floor and close together. If there are older children in the home, having your primary suite on the other side of the house might be best. Whether the library is next to the living room or the home office may be a determining factor for you, so it is always best to talk about it with your family and then inform your realtor.

For example, if you are looking at Cape Cod homes for sale on the water, you might want bedrooms on the upper floors to maximize the views. No matter what you desire for your home, you deserve to get it.

Include your kids

While no one is expecting the children to be making real estate decisions, their opinions may affect your choice. Bringing along your kids not only allows them to see the properties but allows you to see how they react to them. If the children find a home that they feel comfortable in, it could make the moving process much easier, especially if they were originally unhappy about the move.

If you bring your kids along and they see other children in the neighborhood, it could add to the list of things you like about the property. On the other hand, if you bring them and they immediately hate a property, you may decide to keep searching.

Unpacking and settling into a new home is already a tedious task, but the process can become even more stressful if you also have to worry about how the children are reacting to the change. Finding ways to prevent those stressful situations can completely change how you experience the homebuying process and start you off on the right foot.

Meet with a local realtor

No one does luxury Massachusetts real estate like Robert Kinlin. Fiercely loyal to his clients, Robert enters every transaction with integrity and expert knowledge, determined to get his clients everything they want and more. You can have confidence that Robert will work with you and your family until your dream home has been secured. If you are in the market for homes for sale in Cape Cod, Boston, or Coastal, Massachusetts, please do not hesitate to call Robert today.

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