As the coronavirus pandemic has more kids receiving virtual schooling, students working from home need to have a designated space for doing their schoolwork. Discerning homebuyers with no way of knowing when their children will be returning to in-person schooling, are keeping this in mind in their home search. Whereas previously parents could rely on classrooms, playgrounds, and rec centers to fulfill their children's educational and recreational needs, social distancing precautions have changed this. If you are looking for a new home with school aged children, here are some things to keep in mind for your NJ real estate
1. Multi-Purpose Room
While having additional space for a playroom or computer room for children is always a plus, virtual schooling makes this room a necessity. A home with an extra room with no designated purpose can allow you to set up a learning space that will enrich your children's school year. Having enough space for a desk, a big table for projects and crafts, and a comfortable reading area can go a long way toward making your children feel supported in their educational pursuits. Children will also enjoy helping in the design of their own "classroom" and it can make the sometimes daunting task of virtual schooling a little easier for everyone.
2. Get Creative with Your Space
Just because a house doesn't have a designated multi-purpose room doesn't mean it should automatically make your "no" list. There are plenty of ways to creatively set up your home to fit your needs right now. A room traditionally used as a dining area can be a great study space for younger kids, allowing you to be close at hand to answer questions while also getting things done around the house.
Opting for a home with bigger bedrooms
can allow you to section off part of the room to use as a work space for older, more independent children. A breakfast nook can be transformed into a temporary reading corner. There are no hard and fast rules about how to set up your new home, so think outside the box.
3. Storage Space is Important
If you have kids, you know how quickly their space can turn into an out of control mess. Clutter can make it difficult for anyone
to focus, including your little ones. Finding a home with plenty of storage opportunities will help you keep your kids organized and on track. A room with a big closet for bins of supplies or walls big enough for shelving will go a long way in helping you organize their daily learning experience.
4. Block Distractions
Keeping your kids focused on their studies can be easier said than done, especially if a little sister is crying in the next room or an older brother is participating in virtual school (with a different teacher) right beside him. Finding a space big enough to separate your children is important. Even if you cannot have your children in separate rooms, a big room that lends itself to being sectioned off can help your children focus on the task at hand and get the most out of their studies.
Coronavirus has changed the way our daily lives look and we are all adapting the best we can. If you are looking to find a home to better suit your family's needs, Veitengruber Law
can help. We work closely with many New Jersey real estate agents and would be happy to connect you with someone knowledgeable in your area!