I assume you're asking about buying rather than renting although much of the same applies. I would steer away from really old homes for reasons of safety: things like stair rails, windows, etc. may not be safe for a toddler when they don't necessarily meet recent building codes. Remember that in 3 years your two year old will be 5 and loving to play outside, so a fenced yard is a good thing. The same consideration should be given to schools: how good is the local elementary school?
If you plan to buy, plan on staying for at least 5 years in order to not lose money when you sell. And in 5 years, will you have more children? Don't buy too small.
As has already been said, almost all homes can be toddler-proofed, but you might want to avoid a home on a busy street - toddlers can move awful fast when you are not looking for a few seconds.
Hope this helps,
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One of the most important family home considerations is size. Are you planning on more children? Maybe buy a home with an extra bedroom.
Another consideration is home features. You may want a larger kitchen for family meals, or a home with a basement for extra space.
And maybe most importantly is location. Proximity to parks, shopping, schools, and your place of work.
A professional Realtor can assist you in finding the right home for you and your family. Take a few minutes and write down your must haves, and would like to have features. This will help is the search. Also, contact a lender and get pre-qualified. This will assure you are looking in the right price range and put you in a more favorable position when writing an offer.
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me, and Good Luck with your house hunting!
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