Finding the perfect apartment for your family can be a challenge. If you are expecting your first baby, you may not be sure exactly what you should be looking for in a new home. The following tips can help you narrow down your search to the perfect place for your new baby to grow up.
Tip #1: Make sure the building location is accessible
Juggling a baby, stroller, and shopping bags is difficult in the best of times. Your goal is to find a place that doesn't require climbing stairs nor is it a long trek from your car or the main entrance. First floor living is usually ideal, especially if you can unload your car right by the unit. Otherwise, make sure the building has one or more elevators that have a good track record for staying in good repair. Another option is to look for a building with a doorman who can help you bring in excess items when your arms are full.
Tip #2: Check into the sound dampening qualities
Despite your best efforts, babies will cry. Often that will be in the middle of the night, and sometimes it will seem to go on day and night. While this can be stressful for you, there is no need to subject your neighbors to the cries. In fact, complaining neighbors will just add to your new parent stress! Visit the apartments in the evening or on the weekend when most of the residents are home so you can see how well sound carries between units. Weekday visits may not reveal much, since most people will be at work.
Tip #3: Pick out the right floor plan
The floor plan is a major concern. You need to balance an open floor plan, which will provide your child with plenty of space to crawl and walk as they grow, with the ability to block off certain areas – like the kitchen or bathroom – for safety. It's also a good idea to choose an apartment where you can place the baby's room so it doesn't share a wall with any of your neighbors. This will help cut down on noise from those late night crying sessions.
Tip #4: Verify that it's family friendly
If you see lots of car seats in the parking lot, toys on the balconies, and kids trailing behind their mom's in the lobby, then this is likely a good apartment complex to bring a new baby. Parents will be much more forgiving of the inevitable sounds a baby will make. A bonus is if there are kid-specific activities on site, such as playgrounds. While your newborn may not be ready for the swings, this is a great place to meet other parents in your building and it ensures your child will have a spot for outdoor play once they are old enough.
Talk to an apartment finder agency in your area for more help.