Here is a snippet I got from Realtor Magazine. It’s a pretty good list, but I would add to it “How are the schools in the neighborhood”? Good schools are a very important factor for most families with kids.
Family real estate specialist Elena Thurston, an associate with Keller Williams Realty in Phoenix, tells buyers that while gourmet kitchens are nice, picking a home that meets the whole family’s needs is more important.
Here are the questions she urges her clients to ask about the homes they are considering.
• Is there neighborhood pool or a covered tot lot? Are there walking trails or other safe places to exercise?
• Is the backyard safe for pets and children?
• Is there adequate storage in the garage for lawn care and play equipment?
• Whose bedroom is over the garage? Will you be able to open the garage without waking up the baby?
• Does the garage open into the kitchen for ease with groceries or do you have to trek through the entire house?
• How invasive are the homeowner association’s rules? Will the association allow you to put up a basketball hoop or install a swing set? Where can you park extra cars?
• How far away are the grocery store, post office, bank, park, gas station, and schools?
• Where are the washer and dryer located? Will operating them during naptime or evening hours disturb sleepers?
• Does the area have good Internet access?
• What is the ratio of adults to children and how many older children are there vs. younger ones?