Deciding to buy your first family home is exciting. And, of course, nerve-wracking at the same time. It’s a big purchase – most likely the biggest purchase you’ll ever make – and a huge investment. Which is why you need to be sure you’re buying the best house for you and your family.

Of course, there are many different factors to take into consideration when buying a home, such as how much you’re willing to pay or whether you want to live in the city or on a smallholding. There’s a lot to think about. But once you’ve covered the basics, there are four things you should look for when buying a family home.

Good schools

If you’re buying a family home because you’re thinking of starting a family or already have one, then you need to ensure the house you’re interested in is near a good school. You don’t want to have to drive your child across town every day just so they can attend a decent school. Wouldn’t you rather they’re close to home and can walk or take the neighbourhood bus?

Medical facilities

People don’t only fall ill when it’s convenient for you and accidents happen when you least expect them. Which is why you want to live close to medical facilities if you’re raising a family. Quality healthcare in the immediate vicinity could make all the difference if your child starts running a fever and is in excessive amounts of pain in the middle of the night. You want to be sure that your family can always receive the healthcare they need, when they need it.

Safety and security

You want your family to feel happy, safe and secure. You don’t want your children waking up in the middle of the night because they hear noises. And you don’t want to have to drive your teenager down the road to their friend’s house because it’s too dangerous for them to walk. You want your neighbourhood to be safe enough for your older children to walk around on their own and your younger children to be able to play in the park without fear or danger.

Convenience

It’s quite simple, you don’t want to have to drive 27km to buy your weekly groceries. And you don’t want to have to fill your petrol tank across town and get home with only half a tank left. Many neighbourhoods have convenience stores and petrol stations so the locals have easy access to the things they need. Try to move into one of these neighbourhoods when buying a family home. You’re going to run out of the basic things you need at some point and you don’t want to have to drive for ages just to pick up some milk and bread.

Buying a family home is a big commitment. That’s why it’s so important you choose the right house and neighbourhood for you and your family.