How can you put a limit on love? You simply can’t, and that’s why there are few things better than a large family. The family get-togethers that take place each evening are a raucous, fun affair, and there’s also one member of the family or another doing something fun and interesting. But let’s be realistic for a moment: it’s not all a bundle of joy. When it comes to buying a home, it can feel like everything’s working against you. There’s only so big that affordable homes can go! So you need to get a little bit smart. Below, we take a look at some of those essential tips that large families (well, the parents), need to keep in mind when they’re looking for a house.
Most homes have much more space than the owners realize, it’s just that they’re currently labeled as “dead spaces.” Take, for instance, your basement and your attic. Most homes don’t fully make the most of those two spaces, which are effectively new rooms. When it comes to buying a house, look for properties that have already converted these two spaces, or which you can potentially convert yourself. They open up the home tremendously well (though do expect your kids to argue who gets the coveted attic bedroom).
If you have four or more children, then it might be asking too much to find a home where everyone gets to have their own room. So people will have to share (we’ll leave you to figure out the pairings that’ll result in the least amount of fights). But if they’re going to share, you can’t cram them into a small space with a bunk bed. Kids, as much as everyone else, need their own space to express themselves. Look for a home that has large bedrooms. There’ll be less resistance to sharing if the rooms are large enough that each person can have their own side of the room.
In Urban Areas
It’s possible that you’ll find a home with enough space for everyone, and even some to spare, if you live way out in the country, where land is plentiful, and property is cheap. But what if you want to live in an urban area because you work there or just prefer the lifestyle? There, you’re less likely to find large traditional homes for big families. Instead, look at slightly different property types. There might be a townhouse for sale that, because it’s spread over multiple floors, offers more than enough space for everyone. When the area doesn’t allow to live horizontally, it’s time to look vertically.
In the Yard
A large family can feel a bit intense if everyone’s sitting around the home, especially if you have one living area. The key, therefore, is to give a bit of breathing room and effectively add another room to your property by buying a home with a yard. The kids will enjoy this space, for starts, especially if they’re young,
If one person can accumulate a lot of goods, then you can only imagine what damage a large family can do. When you agree to have a bunch of kids, you’re not just committing to looking after them; you’re also committing to storing all of their belongings too (which, to be fair, you’ll have bought them). However, if five or six have a lot of goods, then it won’t be long before you’re struggling for space. The easiest solution is to adopt the minimalist approach, but if that ship has sailed or isn’t feasible (good luck getting your children to get rid of their toys), then you’ll have to go down the ‘clever storage’ route. When you’re looking at properties, see how much storage is included in the home, and how much potential there is to add more.
Be Wary of the Budget
No matter what your circumstances are, whether you’re a solo-buyer or part of a big clan, it’s imperative to establish a budget and stick to it during your search. But when you’ve got a large family, the money matter becomes more important, if only because the larger the family, the larger the costs. There’s all that food and all those clothes to buy, for starters, but then you need to think about the costs of running the home. The costs of multiple showers, heating all the rooms, and televisions and devices running in every bedroom can add up quickly. When it comes to buying a house, set a budget that you can comfortably afford. It’s difficult enough staying on top of finances without secretly believing that you’ve spent too much cash on your home.
You’re going to have a lot of little kids running around, and they’ll need the space to do so. As such, you need to keep in mind the surrounding areas of the home. In many ways, this is just as important as the home. You’re going to be part of a community, and you need to ensure that the values and atmosphere of that area reflect what you’re trying to achieve inside your home.
Planning for the Future
You’ve got a large family, but might it be even bigger in the future? If you think that you might have other children in the future, then you’ll need to see how the house you buy will adapt to meet your new surroundings. Think five years down the line when you’re looking, and you won’t find yourself falling short when the moment arrives.
When it comes to buying a house, there’s little doubt that you’re in a stronger position if you’re just a couple or only have one child. But as we’ve shown above, you don’t have to give up your dream of finding a space that’s fit for everyone when you’re a large family. You just need to think outside of the box, know the aspects of owning a home where you can make compromises, and be willing to look at the positives.