Children Are the Most Valuable Natural Resource
--- Herbert Hoover
When buying a home, children need to be taken into consideration. Rounded corners, durable floors, walls that can be washed, windows, doors, pool areas that can be secured, the location of bedrooms in relationship to parent's bedroom, schools, front/backyards, nearby parks, and community amenities - all of these things and more must be taken into consideration.
Choosing the right house is important. For some families, the child isn't even born yet; others have babies learning how to walk or just starting to climb stairs, there are kids with special needs, teenagers, and College Students who may just come home for the holidays. Parents have many decisions to make about their home when raising children.
Will this be the house where a child has its first birthday party? Is this the place where family members from out of town will spend the weekend? Do you need a guest room? Will your daughter walk down the staircase as a bride? Are you expecting boys and girls who'll be running down the stairs? Will your house be the party house on the block? You are creating a house of many memories.
Do you need a fireplace to hang the holiday stockings? Is it necessary to have a room with a fireplace where the family can gather together and talk while there's a crackling fire? Is it important to sit by a fire and read a book instead of watching Television?
Does your child need to have a pet and will that be an indoor pet or an outdoor pet? Who is going to have the responsibility for taking care of the dog after the child grows up and goes away to College?
If you are expecting a large family is the kitchen big enough and is there enough room in the pantry for all those cereal boxes and food products that growing kids just have to have? Where will they put their shoes when they come indoors? Are there enough closets? Bathrooms? Will the kitchen table fit inside the kitchen? Where will you put the dog bowl? The High Chair? Kid's Play Kitchen?
When buying a home, there's a lot more to consider than just number of bedrooms, baths, and garage space. Think about your children or soon to be family. Maybe even an extended family? Be good to your kids and family members too. Kids are the most valuable resource. They will grow up, probably have a higher I.Q. than you, and remember you and all their family memories too. Buy smart. Take children into consideration when buying your next house.
©Patricia Feager, 9/27/2016