Buying your first home can be overwhelming. From finding an agent and determining a budget to shopping through the endless listings for sale, it is easy to see how many challenges there are when buying a house. Thankfully, narrowing down your options to help you find the right home with the right features is possible. If you are a young family just starting out, here are a few must-have features to find in your new home:
A home with three bedrooms and two bathrooms is usually standard and sufficient for many families. However, if you have more than two children, this size home may not be suitable. Also, if you need extra space for an office or guest room, the standard size floor plan will not be enough.
Even though it may be a little more expensive, buying a home with an "extra" bedroom is smart. This will be helpful if your family grows or if you need an office, guest room, or play area in the future.
You and your children should spend times relaxing and playing outdoors, and an outdoor living area will allow you to supervise and entertain your children with ease.
A deck, patio, covered porch, or all three options will give you a space to relax, unwind, play, and entertain outside of your home. This frees up space inside while protecting your furniture, floors, and walls from your children's excess play and potential accidents.
Outdoor living is also a valuable addition. An estimated 51 percent of buyers believe outdoor living is an imperative feature to have in a home. If you need to sell your house in the future, your outdoor space will make the home more appealing to buyers.
One complaint many parents have is that they lack space for storing their children's clothes and toys. When you are scouring the endless properties for sale, be sure to only consider homes that offer ample storage space.
A big kitchen with plenty of cabinets, shelves, and a pantry is essential, but make sure each bedroom has a large closet with shelves to help you get organized. A closet near the front or side doors is also helpful, so your children will have a designated space for placing shoes and hanging jackets and backpacks.
If possible, find a home that offers storage space in the attic, as well. All attics should have a door for easy access, such as a pull-down door with steps or a walk-in attic that is located on the top floor of the home.
An extra bedroom, outdoor living area, and ample storage space are essentials for any young family. Be sure to include these features on your must-haves when shopping for your first home. Contact a realty group to help you with buying real estate in your area.