Posted on: 26 July 2016
Starting a family with your significant other may be something that you have dreamed of for a long time, and wanting to purchase a house before you take on this major commitment is completely understandable. In your own home, you can make sure your child grows up in the same place throughout their entire childhood. But, you do not want buy just any home as some may not be that well suited for children. It is in your best interest to prioritize features that will improve your experience with having a baby.
Kitchen with Gate Potential
The kitchen is a place where many dangers are present, such as knives, appliances, and even the flooring. Since floors in this room are almost always hard, falling down comes with the risk of a lasting injury. So, being able to put up a gate to restrict access to the kitchen is an important quality. It will ensure your baby cannot access things like the oven, refrigerator, or drawers that could have potentially harmful items. This may mean you need to look past open floorplans because they are usually harder to gate off.
Paint That Has Lead
Although lead is not going to cause harm to your family on its own, paint with lead that chips off could be detrimental to your baby's health. It is possible to get a home that has lead paint and get rid of it before moving in, but you are better off looking for homes that do not have this problem at all. It is perfectly fine to consider homes that were built before 1978 as long as you get a lead inspection beforehand.
It may be quite tempting to look for houses with a fireplace, especially when you are moving to an area with rather cold winters. But you should avoid this particular feature because of the risk it poses. Exposure to wood-burning smoke can have harmful effects, and the risk is higher with young children. Although you can take several measures to keep the chances of health problems from occurring to a minimum, the fact that the risk will always be present makes a home without one a better option.
These are just a few features to look for in homes for sale that can make your future home a safer place for your baby. Also, as a homeowner and parent, you will feel better when you have features that maximize your family's safety.Share