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Nick Abbadessa

Buying a Home When Expecting a Baby

My wife and I recently announced our exciting news…Baby Boy Abbadessa will be joining us in May 2019! We are beyond thrilled! This got me thinking, though. Since having a baby and buying a home can have its stressful moments, I wanted to share a few tips on how to buy a home when expecting.

(1) Consider the space and layout: Whether you’re expecting your first, second, or sixth child, if you’re looking to move, you’re usually looking for more space. However, in addition to space, you should consider the layout. For example, will a single story ranch style property or a two story home be more suitable for your growing family? Both have their pros. A single story generally is easier to maintain, safer to navigate with the new baby quickly running around, and easier to evacuate in case of an emergency. However, a two story allows for more privacy and separation. Similarly, consider the floor plan. How far is the master bedroom from the baby’s bedroom? Is there a playroom? Is there enough space to allow your child to play and are you able to keep an eye on them while you’re in the kitchen or living room? If you have older children, do they have their own space? Where is the laundry room? Ideally, you don’t want it next to the baby’s room and risk waking the child up. Does the property come with at least one bath, and one where you have enough room to sit on the edge as your child baths?

As a parent, and working with parents, it’s fair to say that the majority prefer a home with a family-friendly open floor plan where they can allow their baby/child to play while they’re able to keep an eye on them. They also prefer homes where the master bedroom is close to the baby’s room so they can easily get up for the 3am wake-up calls. Furthermore, if they have older children, who need their rest, they prefer a home where the older kids can create their own private space.

2) Prioritize the Neighborhood: Although we live in a great neighborhood with top tier schools, I still would like to stress the fact that kindergarten will be here before you know it. Regardless of whether you’re buying a starter home or a larger home, the location does make a difference. You have to take into consideration the school district, the family vibe, and access to amenities. One of the best ways to experience the vibe is to drive around the neighborhood at different times, including when the kids are getting out of school.

3) Storage: Kids come with lots of stuff. When they’re babies, gear may include swings, bouncers, play pins,  tummy time mats, books, and toys galore. As kids grow older, then you have more toys, bicycles, sports equipment, and electronics. And let’s not forget all the clothing as they go through their growth spurts. Accordingly, ample storage is a must.

4) Hazards: We can all baby proof our home by adding outlet covers and cabinet stops, but there’s more to it. For instance, does the property come with a swimming pool? If so, does it have fencing or an alarm. Is the electrical system outdated? Does it have stairs and if so, can you add a baby gate to it?

5) Fenced yard: Kids love the outside and need the fresh air. Therefore, a home with a fenced-backyard that allows them to play might be best for your family.

And as always, if you need any help listing or buying a home, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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Nick Abbadessa

Realtor, BA, Cert. Luxury Home Specialist

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RE/MAX Masters Realty

1030 Bonita Ave. La Verne, CA 91750 | BRE#01398872 |Office BRE#01064901



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