5 things to think about when looking for a family home

If you are a family looking to buy a new home, what should you consider in terms of location? Some of the things you have to remember are not difficult, while others may not be so much.

Safety

This is one that I would categorize as simple things, security. It goes without saying that you move to a safe place. However, you want to check not only your area, but its surroundings as well. Some very beautiful places can be at the center of a crime. Sadly, that’s the way it is. You may not even know this until you drive around the area at night or do a little research on the crime scenes in the city.

Development

Know the future of your location you are moving to. Where are you moving, maybe a great place, but do they have plans to change zoning? In a year, will you be opening adult entertainment clubs right on the street away from you and your children? Will you have a small airport built right behind your backyard. Don’t let tunnel vision plunge into your potentially beautiful new home. Do your homework. Heck, you might be surprised to find that there is a zoning change that will add value to your property in just a few years.

Schools

This is extremely important and I think most families are aware of it. Know the schools near your home. Are they safe? Do you prefer private schools for your children? Are there any nearby?

Evacuation

If you live in Florida, like me, then this route can be a very important evacuation route. Hurricanes are quite common here and since I lived here we have had a few bad ones. Thus, where you live can affect the time it takes for you and your family to get out of town to safety. You don’t want to find yourself in a place where you and your children have to sit for many hours in a traffic jam to get out of the city. Make sure you live close to your city or state’s escape route. Trust me on this one. I speak from personal experience.

Hospitals

If any of your family members have health problems or have young children, you can live close to a hospital or emergency center. Living relatively close to a hospital or emergency room can give you peace of mind in the event of an unexpected nightmare.

In short, do your homework, protect yourself, and protect your future – your family.

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