When you have children, you get used to considering their needs along with your own. Never is this truer than with house shopping. You'll be looking for a house that is safe, secure, and appealing to your little ones. Beyond looking for a home with plenty of space and the right number of bedrooms, you should read some tips to follow when you're searching for a home with kids.

Choose a school district first.

You do not want to fall in love with a home and then realize it's in an undesirable school district. So before you even officially start your house-hunting process, do some research into local school districts. Make a short list of districts you would be willing to live in and give this information to your real estate agent. Only look at homes in those districts, and you won't even have to bring up the concern of school districts again as you shop for homes.

Let the kids come along.

You don't need to bring the kids along to meetings at the bank or sit-down meetings with your real estate agent, but do let them accompany you when you look at homes! This will help them feel more involved in the house-hunting process. You can ask for their opinions on the homes and get to know what they like. Surely, you won't want to buy a home with a too-small kitchen because your toddler happens to like the color of the bedrooms -- but if you're torn between two equally suitable homes, you can certainly go with the one the kids like best.

Talk to the neighbors.

When you have kids, you make noise. The kids may throw something over the fence, or they may decide to play the drums at 10am on a Saturday. Always meet the neighbors before you buy a house. Make sure they seem friendly and interested in getting to know your children. If the neighbors themselves have kids, that's a great sign. You don't want to buy a home with neighbors who get cranky each time your toddler cries. 

Focus on the layout.

Don't just pay attention to what rooms a house has. Pay attention to how they are laid out. Are the bedrooms across the hall from each other so kids can make noise without keeping you or the other family members awake? Is the laundry room easily accessible so kids can bring their own clothes in? Is the living room near the kitchen so you can supervise the kids as you make dinner? Think of how your family will live in the house and how the layout supports that.

Reach out to a real estate agent to learn more about single-family homes for sale.