Whether you are building a custom dream home or shopping for an already built home, these are our top 5 things that you should look for to make your life with kids run smoothly and efficiently.
This seems like a no-brainer, but have you considered which school district your potential home falls into? The distance from the school? These good considerations too take into account when purchasing a home.
While it may not be your first thought when you are looking for a house, with kids, a fully functional laundry room is a must. Look for a laundry room on the first floor of the house, does it double as a mudroom? Even better.
Built-In Storage Options
Top heavy furniture can be a problem for small children and circumventing that problem, while saving yourself a bit of money (by not spending it on unneeded furniture) is entirely possible with built-ins in living spaces. Also look for built-in storage in closets, the mudroom or laundry room, as well as the entry way which will all help cut down on clutter and keep spaces neat and tidy.
A kid-friendly bathroom is another important feature to look for in a home. Kids usually need a large tub with plenty of room for an adult to be around to supervise. Consider how much storage space you will need for toiletries, toys, and plenty of towels. The master bathroom is also something to consider as a private space with no kids can be a wonderful retreat to call your own when you need a break.
Stairs that have room for a safety gate
Beyond a safety gate, think about the railings and steps themselves. Can a child get their head stuck between the railings? Or slip through them? If your children are past the stage of bumbling around and exploring on their own, this is not something you necessarily need to consider, but if you have a child who is learning to crawl or walk, this is a good area to carefully consider.