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Buying a home is a big change in your life, especially if you have kids. Here's what you need to look out for if you're a parent.

Having children changes your entire outlook on life. It also makes you look at things a little differently when you start your search for a new home. Style gives way to safety and security. You start to look at things in terms of comfort and convenience. Our real estate agents can help you look for the things you need when it comes to making sure your children are safe and have everything they need.

  • Bedroom location – Having all of the bedrooms on one floor is not only a matter of convenience, but it is also a matter of safety. When you have small children, being able to address their needs quickly will allow you to get a good night's sleep.

  • Sidewalks – Having sidewalks is a great way to set boundaries for small children. Teaching them not to go past the cement will keep them from running close to parked cars or out into the street.

  • Open-concept floor plan – Toddlers like to run and hide, especially if they are in trouble. With an open-concept floor plan, they have fewer places to hide. Many Bergen County homes for sale have open-concept floor plans. This type of floor plan is ideal for families who like to spend time together.

  • Open view of the property – Many properties have hidden areas, either behind sheds or due to rolling hills. Having an open view of your property allows you to keep your eyes on your children at all times. This is essential if you have a swimming pool, trampoline or any other item they might fall or get injured on.

  • Radiators and old-fashioned heating – Radiators and old-fashioned heating systems are quite effective at heating your home but they tend to be very hot to the touch. Some may get so hot that they can actually burn your child's skin until it starts to blister. While these homes are architecturally beautiful, they may not be so good for your kids.

  • Be mindful of the neighbors – Knowing your neighbors before you move into a neighborhood is important. Check the local list of sex offenders to find out if any of them live nearby. When you drive through the neighborhood, do people try to engage you? Wave and smile to see who responds and how they react. You want a neighborhood that is welcoming.

  • Nearby amenities – Nearby amenities are important if you have children. It's much easier to walk to a small store than it is to load up the family to go shopping for a few items. Drive through the neighborhood and take note of what types of stores are nearby. Is it safe to walk to those stores or ride a bicycle?

  • Good schools – A good education is a priority for most parents. Find out what schools are closest to the homes you like. If you find a home you love in a school district that is known for academic excellence, you have hit the jackpot. When you are looking for successful academics, it's also a good idea to look into athletic programs as well.

  • Recreation and green spaces – Spending time inside is fine for work and school, but everyone needs some quality time outside. Bright sunshine and recreational areas are just what you need to get in a little much-needed exercise. Play games with the kids or just go for a long walk.

Looking for the right home when you have small children can be a little overwhelming. Contact us today so we can help you find the right home for your family. Every family is unique in what their wants, needs, and goals are. We are here to help you find the exact home that will allow your family to grow and thrive.

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