With a wealth of experience in the property industry and as a director of a successful estate agency, Amy Rowlands offers straight talking property advice and guidance on what to look out for when you are buying or selling a family home!
Potential buyers looking for suitable family homes usually have a long tick list that ranges from the purely practical to unquantifiable heartfelt responses. They are not only buying for the family they have now, but also the growing needs and numbers of the family dynamics.
I often see four bedroomed houses for sale where the spare bedrooms have been turned into a study or storage. It’s important to present the rooms as bedrooms and maximise the space you have.
Whether you have children or not, it’s important to be clued up on the community and area. Get a local estate agent who ideally lives locally and ensure that this is included in your sales particulars.
Families grow and needs change. Point out the possibility for development or flexibility!
When you are looking for the ideal family home, you are often looking to please many people. It’s a known fact that we buy homes with our hearts but it is also important to write a practical list of needs in order to make a long term life decision.
Have an eye on the future when you are considering the needs of your family. From small children to teenagers, the home needs to work for the long term.
Even if your children are a long way off high school, it’s worthwhile being clued up on catchment areas, Ofsted or Estyn results and travellling times.
A large family home can incur very different monthly costs depending on the size and age. Ask the estate agent to find out the details beforehand.