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When you find out that you’re expecting a million thoughts and emotions run through your mind. You leap from ecstatic to terrified. In one moment you can feel like everything is going to be fine and the next, worrying about how you’ll cope. You question if your parenting will be good enough, if you’ll have enough money, whether your health is up to scratch and a million other things.
One that might be on your mind is your home, whether the property you’re in now will still be suitable when baby comes along or if you need to pack up and move somewhere else.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
Can you extend?
The main reason you’re probably considering moving house after finding out you’re expecting is the space. If you don’t have a spare bedroom then it can seem like the only sensible option, while the baby won’t need their own room right away they will eventually. And having a nursery set up complete with baby wardrobes, changing station, a chair for feeding and everything else can really help you to feel ready for your new arrival.
However, you might not necessarily need to move, have you considered extending? If you can’t extend outwards, how about up into the loft or even down into the basement? Reorganizing the whole property would be worthwhile if you love the place and it’s in the perfect location. If that’s not an option then you’ll have no choice but to eventually move to a bigger home.
What is the area like?
An area that’s ok for you and your partner might not be ideal when you have a baby. Perhaps you moved to your current home because it was cheap, close to work, or just fitted the bill for what you needed at the time. When you have a baby, things like crime rates become much more of a concern. You want good schools nearby, parks and amenities that you’ll be using regularly once your little bundle of joy comes along. If the area isn’t up to the standard that you want then you have no choice but to move home. Be sure to look at area statistics for any properties you consider moving into, for example some can look nice but have a bit of a hidden crime problem.
Is your home easily accessible?
Do you live in a home that you have to climb lots of stairs to get to? Maybe it’s an apartment or it could be a house that’s just up or down a bit of a hill. Consider how easy it will be to get a pram/stroller up and down these. If it’s not going to be possible or feasible then it might be a good idea to consider moving. When you have a pram/stroller to deal with and then later, a small child having to walk up lots of steps then it’s not the ideal solution. If you live in an apartment which has an elevator, consider how you’d manage if it broke down and was out of order for a number of weeks.
Is there enough outdoor space?
While a garden isn’t absolutely essential, when you have a young family it’s always going to be a bonus. It’s somewhere for your child to run around and play as they get a little older. It’s a place for you to entertain friends and family throughout the summer, and it’s generally a really useful space to have.
The lack of a garden alone might not be enough to persuade you to move, but if there are other factors too then looking for a landed house for sale with enough outdoor space for a growing family could be a great way to go. When you have a different house with a good sized garden, it also gives you opportunities to extend your home later down the line as well- in case you want to have more children or just find that you run out of space!
These are just a couple of ideas when considering whether or not to stay where you are after having a baby or move to a different house. Number one on many parents’ minds is the school that their child might attend one day. Low crime statistics are also a high priority when selecting a family dwelling. What are the most important things that you consider when looking for a home for a growing family? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.