Buying A Home That Can Grow With  Your Family

 If you are a first time homeowner, or are purchasing a home after a major life change such as marriage or having      children, what should you consider to  be sure your new home can grow with your changing family?  The time and    effort that go into purchasing and decorating a new home, not to mention finding it in the first place, means that you'll want to ensure that your home   will be right for you and your family for years to come.  So what should you     look for in your new home so that it will give you enjoyment and be functional  both now and in the future?

Size

 Though a cute two-bedroom home     may be right for a newlywed couple,    this type of space will likely soon be outgrown if there are any children in your  future or if you and your spouse like to entertain.  You will also want to           consider the number of bathrooms and the facilities in them.  Having only one toilet or shower can certainly put stress on a growing family.

 Features

 Special features of a home, such as a  finished basement, central air, and a     large yard can make your home a more functional and enjoyable space, especially if you have or are  considering starting a family in the near future.  You may also want to consider the age of the home you purchase and its features or appliances, as this may lead to future costs that may put stress on your financial situation at a time when one spouse may be at home caring for the children.

Location

 Location is also an important consideration when choosing a home that can grow with your family.  Choosing a safe neighborhood is always an important point when selecting a family home, but   you will also want to consider the  proximity of good schools, community  centers, and shopping.  Also, facilities  such as parks and libraries can make a neighborhood truly a great place for families. You may also want to consider  the demographics of the area in which you are purchasing in order to be sure  it is a match with your values.

As the old adage goes, home is where the heart is, and choosing a family home that is right for your family can really make all the difference in having a happy, fulfilling, and safe family life.