5 vital things to consider when searching for your first family flat

5 vital things to consider when searching for your first family flat

When people start growing their family, many are quick to assume that now is the right time to purchase a house. But, over the years we have seen the benefits of renting, even when you start a family. With renting, you won’t have to worry about a mortgage or ongoing repairs, and it is easier for you to adjust to any life changes such as moving.

While you begin this new journey with your family, being in a space like JHC that is all about community is exactly what you need. But, before you contact us looking for a place to stay, we felt that giving you a guideline of what to look out for and what you need in your first family flat in Johannesburg

The location

When it comes to looking for property to rent in Johannesburg, location is everything. This is even more important when you have a family to consider. Your location will need to be in an area that is suitable for you and your growing family. The right location will depend on what is suitable for you and your loved ones but for most people, here are the most important things; 

  • Is it in a quiet area?
  • Is it safe for your young children?
  • Are there shops nearby?
  • Does the area have a bustling nightlife?
  • What does the commute entail, and is it suitable for the family?

Our family accommodation units are situated in the inner city and surrounding areas, and we have communal facilities that make living as a family easier with us. 

School opportunities

One of the most important things to consider when renting a family home in South Africa is whether it has school opportunities nearby. Settling down in an area that has good schooling opportunities is beneficial for your children and yourself. You can have peace of mind knowing that you’re able to send your child to a good school and your living arrangements don’t deter that. So when you look into a family rental, be sure to consider which schools are nearby, how good they are, and their waiting list before deciding so once you've decided, you can rest assured you've chosen the right place. This is especially the case if you're considering staying for the long term. Keep in mind the different levels of education and whether the place you're interested in accommodates that. 

Safety and environment

When looking for a single-family home, you want to find a rental property in a safe environment. This isn’t just about the location but rather the environment within the residence as well. Is the apartment family-friendly and suitable for children? Can the children safely play within the complex? Does the layout of the rental ensure it is suitable for your kids? You want to raise your children in a safe and healthy environment that helps you stay at ease and focus on more important matters throughout the day. 

Helpful community

The saying, “it takes a village to raise a child” is an African proverb that has been around for years. We at JHC believe that community is essential, which is why we strive to ensure we build a community that loves, cares for and respects one another. This is a vital factor when looking for an affordable starter home as you want to be in an environment that will give you a sense of community. One that will help you if you or your family need it and contribute to the overall lifestyle experience. At JHC, we not only encourage community, but we also ensure that we encourage healthy living. We have the Makhulong a Matala (MAM) initiative, which continuously works to create harmony in our residences and bring families together. 

Property size

As opposed to looking for a place to stay as a singleton, a family dynamic takes up more space. When looking for a flat to rent in Kempton park village you must consider the size and whether it will be suitable for your family in the long run. For example, are you planning to have more children and will there be enough space? Does this place offer your children and yourself a place to live without being cramped? Is it spacious enough to invite visitors? Those are things you need to ask yourself before you move in to ensure you choose the right space for your family. 

Final thoughts

Choosing a family home that brings you and your family joy is vital. A place to live offers you and your loved ones foundational stability, gives you a sense of belonging, helps you navigate life easier, and supports your well-being and mental health. This is what we strive for at JHC, so if you are looking for a flat to rent in Johannesburg, contact us today and let us help find you a home.