The time has come for you and your family to get digs you can call your own. Having kids makes house hunting a bit more complicated not only do you need a place that is big enough but you need the right amenities nearby. Here are some tips for finding a family home in Port Alberni.
Number and Layout of Bedrooms
Not only do you need the right number of bedrooms but layout is important too. If you have small children or infants then you need the kids’ bedrooms to be near the master bedroom. Teenage kids want their privacy and may prefer rooms in the basement rather than next to yours.
The Number of Bathrooms
This is a bigger deal than you think, wait until you have two teenage kids and yourself all trying to get in the bathroom on a Monday morning. Having a master bath can help or even having two sinks with a large vanity in the main bathroom can help a great deal.
Having a backyard ideal especially if you have small children, having it be accessible from the kitchen is even better. You can still keep an eye on the littles even when they are playing outside. The size of the yard you can expect will depend on the area of town that you end up in. The further out into the suburbs you are willing to go the better the chance of getting a larger yard.
Nearby Schools and Shopping
Port Alberni has some great schools but home buyers are still looking to be in the right catchment area. You also want to be near other recreational facilities like pools, libraries and rec centers. If you have small kids who play hockey or soccer you don’t want to spend half your life driving around to games. Having a grocery store at the very least is something you want to look for. Grabbing milk on the way home from work should be as easy as possible.
Quality of the Neighborhood
Port Alberni is a relatively small town and for the most part you are perfectly safe anywhere you choose to live. That being said there are neighborhoods that better for families than others. Some neighborhoods are on the decline while others were developed with families in mind, having all the amenities close by. Speaking or working with a local realtor can help you find a neighborhood that works for you and your family.