Moving with your family can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. And while you need to balance your financial requirements with finding a home that will work for your family, when you have little ones, you also want to be sure that the neighborhood you’re moving into will be safe and supportive.
To help ensure that you’re able to find this, here are three signs that your new neighborhood will be great for your kids.
The Presence Of Children
When looking at the neighborhood that you’re considering buying in, one of the first things you should look for to know if this would be a good area to live in with your kids is if there are other kids present.
According to Victoria Georgoff, a contributor to Care.com, if you see kids playing outside, this is a good sign that there are already kids who live in this neighborhood and are thriving. Along with looking for kids who are actively playing outside while you’re in the neighborhood, if you see things in the yards or driveways of other homes that suggest that kids live there, like bikes, toys, minivans, and more, this also is a good indicator that families with kids live in this area and feel safe and secure there.
Quality School District
In addition to looking at the neighborhood where the home is that you’re considering buying, it’s also a good idea to look at the public school district that the home falls in. Even if you’re not planning on sending your kids to public school, checking out the district is still wise.
As you look at the school, you should see how the district ranks, if the buildings look well maintained, and what the class sizes are. Also, Vernice Nikolaus, a contributor to the Chicago Evening Post, shares that you should consider how far away the home you’re looking at is from the school and think about how you’d likely be getting your kids to and from school each day, as this can have a big impact on what your days would look like if you moved into the home you’re looking at.
Close Kid-Friendly Amenities
It’s not only your home and the school where your kids will be spending time. Along with ensuring that these places will be a good match for your kids, Heidi Murkoff of What To Expect, recommends that you also see what kid-friendly amenities are in the area.
Things like public pools, libraries, and well maintained parks can all help your family easily become part of this new community.
If you’re wondering whether a new neighborhood is going to be a good fit for your family, consider using the tips mentioned above to determine if an area is kid-friendly.