An expanding family is one of the most common reasons for moving house. Having a child changes the priories that you would perhaps look for in a new home. It can be difficult to know where to start searching for larger home for your new family and with the average house price in a city like Glasgow significantly increasing since the turn of the century – you want to make sure you find the ideal home for your circumstances and budget.
Of course it goes without saying that price is not the only factor to consider when you’re looking for a home and that’s especially true when you have a family to think about. Here are a few points that you may wish to consider if you’re thinking of moving to a family home:
- Sense of community – is it as family-friendly area where there are other families with young children close by?
- Safety – look out for areas with a low crime rate and perhaps where you would feel happy with your kids playing out the front or riding bikes in the street.
- Playing space – is there a garden or park close by to that the kids have an outdoor space to play?
- Local amenities – easy access to shops are of key importance, public transport links, child friendly activities etc.
- How many extra bedrooms you would like – moving house can be expensive and you want to make sure you have enough space for the longer term.
In addition to the points above one of the key factors for many young families when looking for a place to live is the school catchment area their new home will lie in. Properties that lie within the catchment area of the better performing schools tend to attract higher demand and as a result house prices in these areas are typically higher than in other areas of the city.
Finding areas that tick all of the boxes can be tricky, but make sure you take a look at GSPC for inspiration. There are plenty of great family friendly areas in the city, and you could also take a look in Renfrewshire and Ayrshire, where there is an abundance of three and four bedroom homes with lots of garden space, and surrounded by the great outdoors.
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