Buying Tips

Top Considerations when Buying a Family Home

So, we’ve compiled a checklist of considerations to ensure that perfect home suit your family’s needs.

  • Does the number of bedrooms suit your family now, and into the future? (e.g. are you planning on more children, or will an elderly parent be moving in?)
  • Is there enough wardrobe and storage space?
  • Does the floorplan cater for your family now, and into the future? (e.g. do you want the master bedroom on the same level as the other bedrooms, do stairs matter, is there a good outdoor area for children to play; if children can’t play outside, is there enough room inside?)
  • Will the layout still work well when the children are older? (e.g. a separate living area for kids and adults?)
  • Would you prefer an island bench in the kitchen for informal eating for the children, as a homework space etc.?
  • Do you need, and will you actually use, separate dedicated formal spaces? Or is an open plan better suited to your family?
  • Do you need a dedicated office space, or is an office nook in a main living space enough?
  • Large families may need a dedicated laundry room, while smaller/older families may only need a compact laundry inside a bathroom/kitchen cupboard.
  •  Do you need a fully enclosed garage, or just a carport?
  • How close are the nearest primary and secondary schools, and day care facilities?
  • Does the neighbourhood suit the desired lifestyle (e.g. are there scenic walkways)
  • Is a hilltop position suitable for families with young children (e.g. Learning to ride a bike/rollerblade/ skateboard becomes difficult)
  • Are there parks, playgrounds or dog parks nearby?
  • What public transport is accessible to my area (e.g. school bus, work commute etc.)

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