Searching for the perfect apartment can be a challenge. Depending on what each person is looking for, the location, residential community, amenities, space and layout of an apartment all play an essential role in choosing your next home. But these factors are even more important when you’re renting with kids.
In this case, it may no longer be feasible to choose a small apartment to save on rent or even live downtown. Rather, living close to schools or outdoor spaces, and renting a larger apartment become a must.
With this in mind, we thought of some aspects that every parent should consider before signing their next lease. So, while you’re searching for apartments for rent in Washington, DC (or wherever you want to raise your family), here are some things to look for.
A Safe & Kid-Friendly Neighborhood
When you have kids, it’s essential to check out the neighborhood and surrounding area, as well, before even considering a potential apartment to lease.
In particular, make sure that you would live close to good schools. Doing so would ensure that your kids have access to the best education, while also making it quick and easy to get them to and from school.
Along the same lines, having parks nearby will enable you to spend time outside with you loved ones without having to go too far from home. Plus, depending on the neighborhood, you may not even have to take your car if you can walk there. So, make sure to do some research on the neighborhood when you find an apartment you like.
A Residential Community with Kid-Friendly Amenities
While living in a safe and family-friendly neighborhood is important, the residential community is just as important.
Given a parent’s busy schedule, leaving home is not always practical. For this reason, ensuring that the residential complex and community provides amenities for kids is essential when deciding on an apartment to rent.
Some of the featured to look for include an on-site playground, a pool, and an elevator (in case you have a stroller which needs to be carried up and down from your floor to the ground level). Also, if you have school-age children who are going to school online, a good Wi-Fi connection is also important.
A Large Enough Apartment
Having enough space in your apartment makes a huge difference when you rent with kids.
While you may have been fine with a one-bedroom apartment at one point in your life, now you’ll need at least two bedrooms, and maybe more, depending on how many kids you have.
You want to make sure your kids have their own room and space for playing and sleeping. Furthermore, a spacious apartment also ensure that your family won’t feel cramped in the apartment. And, if it comes with large windows that allow natural light to come in, even better.
The Perfect Bathroom & Kitchen
The kitchen is usually a gathering spot for the family. As you prepare meals, your little ones may need help with their homework, or they might just want to keep you company or give you a helping hand. Therefore, an apartment with a large, eat-in kitchen with plenty of counter space is essential. Also, ensuring it comes with modern appliances will allow you to manage kitchen tasks more efficiently.
Another thing to keep in mind, is to make sure that the bathroom comes with a bathtub. While a stand-up shower is practical for a quick shower, when you have kids, running a bath is a much easier way to get them cleaned up.
A Washer & Dryer
Another essential in your next rental is a washer and dryer. This will provide easy access to wash the large amounts of your kids’ dirty clothes whenever you need to.
Alternatively, if the apartment you’re interested in doesn’t have a washer and dryer in the unit, make sure that they are at least on the same floor as the apartment. Anything further will just be too much of a hassle as you’ll have to find a way to do laundry while keeping an eye on your little ones.
When renting with kids, there are a few extra specifics to look for when searching for an apartment for rent. And, while these are only some of them, make sure to filter your search based on your needs and wants to find the best home for you and your kids.
Sara is our super author here at famous parenting and is an absolute wealth of knowledge. Sara has studied many topics including creative writing and journalism and loves to study how famous parents and entrepreneurs raise their kids. Her biggest passion lies in raising her 5 children. Between working from home, homeschooling her youngest 2 children and navigating the world of teenagers she really is a parenting guru.