What would be the best advice on moving and what to look for in a good home for a 2 year old?

Asked by Jennifer Whobrey, Decatur, IN Wed Sep 25, 2013

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Peter Knight, Agent, Fishers, IN
Wed Sep 25, 2013
Jennifer,

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,

Peter Knight
RE/MAX Ability Plus
(317) 529-4178
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Duane Trinkle, Agent, INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Wed Sep 25, 2013
Hi Jennifer, The best time to move is when you and your family are ready. In the spring there are more home on the market which may give you a beeter selection of homes to choose from. As for a a two year home .........floor plan will be important and location.
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Tom & Katrina…, Agent, Elkhart, IN
Wed Sep 25, 2013
There are many considerations that go into buying a home if you are looking for a place in which to raise a family.

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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Jim Linville, Agent, Homecroft, IN
Wed Sep 25, 2013
You will have to child proof any home you move into for a 2 year old. You can look at ranch style homes this way you can avoid stair issues. Even after they are 2 years old they have a chance to fall down stairs. I have older kids and they run down the stairs and still trip up.2 story homes are still safe some simple baby gates can keep them from getting to the stairs. You can only protect so much. You may want to paint your child's bed room the same color to help him/her in the transition. If you have any other questions I may be able to help with give me a call.

Jim Linville
Carpenter Realtors Associate Broker
Cell 317-430-5102/off 317-888-9300
jlinville@callcarpenter.com
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Tori Myers, , Indianapolis, IN
Wed Sep 25, 2013
All types of homes are suitable for toddlers, as long as you take the necessary precautions for "childproofing" the home. ie: electrical socket plugs, baby gates especially if you have a multi story home, etc.
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