4 things to consider before jumping all in on that house you love.

We all know nesting takes over a woman’s mind at a certain point in the pregnancy but there should be careful consideration on a few key points before buying that first/next house.

– Imagine life there

Think about how you use the space you currently live in and what areas are the most used and underused. This will serve you well when looking at that next house. You might love 2-story houses but it could be inconvenient if the ever popular master bedroom on the main level has you running upstairs to check on the baby at 3 am. You might think a formal dining room is something you want now but many people find out that space quickly becomes the baby’s “playroom” and can also make it hard for you to watch the baby from the kitchen. People also fall in love with open floor plans for all the right reasons but you might want to keep in mind how you will gate off areas for baby.

– Don’t be in a rush

If you settle on your next home because you are expecting a baby, you might regret your decision in a short few years. You might say now that the school district doesn’t matter to you because you will move before they go into school. However many families find out how quick the years go and you might not be ready to move to that school district later. Consider the house and growing into it as time goes by. You may not want to look at the house with a pool that lacks green space because baby will want to run amok in the yard and not just swim.

– Consider location

When I work with clients I always help them define their real plan on every house. Location is still very important. The right neighborhood or side of town can make all the difference in your property value and your ability to sell quickly when you want to move. So take the time now while the bun is in the oven to drive around at different times and days to see how neighborhoods interact. Are their people outside playing? bbq’ing? tidying up the yard? etc.

– Inspect with care

When you do get an accepted offer and move to inspections, please take the time to hire the right people for the job to satisfy your better understanding of any potential structural, mechanical, safety, or health concern with that property. Lead, radon, pests, water damage, and so much more can make a property a little more risky than another one. Some of those hazards can be harmful to a baby. The best thing for parents is to be prepared, get your questions answered, get a quote from a contractor for repairs if needed before bringing baby home!

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