A growing family is one of the top reasons people buy a home in Austin. When shopping for a home while pregnant, there are lots of tips and tricks that can make the process much less stressful. That’s why we’ve created our Buying a Home While Pregnant Series. We’ll be covering a long list of common concerns and questions, but if you have a specific issue we encourage you to email us so we can help!
One of the top questions we get regarding buying a home while pregnant: when is the best time to close and move?
Though there are many benefits to buying before baby, some new moms would rather have the baby in a temporary space and move when the baby is a little older. While this does mean you’ll have to move twice, some new moms find it much easier to pick a home once they truly understand the demands of their new family. Whatever your thoughts, trust your gut. If you think waiting until after the baby works better, then do that. If you are eager to get into a house before the baby is born, we recommend trying to time your closing date three months before delivery. Here’s why:
New Construction Can Be Delayed
If you are buying new construction, move-in dates are really an estimate until they install countertops so these dates are often pushed back and even if people need . The last thing you want to do is close and move the week your baby is due, so we recommend giving at least a 90 day cushion to ensure that your move is completed before the baby comes.
Adequate Nesting Time
Most new moms we work with say that the 90-day rule allowed them time to get the nursery ready without rushing. The extra time to plan and set up the nursery made them feel settled and confident when the baby came, something they appreciated. They also reported saving money on baby items because they only bought what they needed for that home vs. buying things to tie them over in a temporary space.
Avoid the “Delivery Rush”
Finding a home is usually not a weekend task. Most people need to see at least a handful of homes to know that one is really for them. If you start your home search early in your pregnancy, you can avoid having to choose a home just because you’re getting too close to your due date. Your home is one of the biggest investments you’ll make, so don’t settle because of timing.
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