Close proximity to retail, transit, major roadways and other handy amenities are a draw for most people in the market for a new home. Buyers with children, however, may benefit from following a few other factors in mind.

For many families, nothing beats living a walkable distance or quick drive to the school their children attend.

Not worrying about missing the bus helps create a low-pressure start to the day. It also gives children, who are old enough, the opportunity to walk to and from school – including enjoying lunches at home.

People who have identified a home model they’d be interested in can ask its builder for a list of schools that are open or under construction in the community.

If the buyer is looking to build-from-scratch, they may ask the builder to show them a map of available lots that are near the school that they are interested in. People who need a quick move, can ask to tour constructed homes near this school.

For buyers who see schools as a long-term need, the builder can show them the location of future school sites in the community. Depending on the status of the site, they may be able to provide information around the type of school slated to be built there and a projected completion date.

If the community does not have a school that fits a family’s needs, there may be one in the adjacent community that does.

For people looking to move to a community in Calgary, this can be found on cbe.ab.ca for the schools belonging to the Calgary Board of Education or cssd.ab.ca for schools that are part of the Calgary Catholic School District.

House hunting in Airdrie, parents can look into schools in Rocky View Schools by visiting rockview.ab.ca. Meanwhile, schools in Okotoks belonging to the Foothills School Division can be found at fsd38.ab.ca

To some families, distance to daycares and day homes may rate high on their wish list, as well. In this case, the buyer’s decision on a new community may include Googling and doing their homework on childcare services nearby.

Depending on the age of the children in the family, a sunny afternoon on slides and swings may be another must-have. Buyers would benefit from sharing this priority with their builder who can shed light on playgrounds and tot lots positioned nearby.