Posted on: 4 January 2016Share
There are a number of reasons why you may be moving into a home that is designed well for families, including that you already have kids or are just making preparations for your future. Whatever the reasons may be, it is a smart idea to opt for a home that has plenty of family-friendly features. Not only will this make the home safer for babies, toddlers, and kids of all ages, it will also reduce the amount of work that will need to be done later for a growing family.
No Radiator Heaters
Since radiator heaters are located in the living areas and on the floor, they can get really hot when they are on and can cause harm to babies or toddlers that do not realize they should not get close or touch the surfaces. Although you can get radiator covers, it is better just to avoid them and opt for another form of heating in the home, such as forced air or hydronic heating.
Split bedrooms means that you are not going to be near your kids or baby or toddlers when you are in your bedroom. While this may be fine when sharing a home with roommates, you will want to have all of the bedrooms next to each other or close to each other so that you can respond to an emergency in just a matter of seconds. Being close to your children's bedrooms can also help alert you if they call for you or are misbehaving.
Although basements and second stories and third stories can work fine, you will have the most family-friendly home with a single-story home. Not only will you be a lot closer to everyone because you do not have to go up or down the stairs to have access to everything in the house and to every kid, but stairs are also a hazard because falling down them or not being careful can lead to severe injury.
Carpeting is perfect for those with kids because they will be able to crawl and even fall without as high of a chance of injury compared to tile or hardwood. While carpeting requires more routine cleaning, you can opt for a darker colored carpet so that it stays in great condition and is a safe choice for your children.
A laundry room is important to have because having it out in the open means that you can only protect it so much. Although you can put child locks on the washer and dryer, the last thing you want to do is for them to cause a flood or find themselves getting stuck inside one of the machines. Having a laundry room allows you to lock the door and put a child safe lock on the door it to prevent them from getting inside.
Looking for family-friendly features when looking for homes for sale can make an enormous difference in how long you'll be able to live happily in your newly purchased home. Keeping in mind the age of your children and if you plan on having more can help ensure that your children are kept safe and any remodeling or childproofing you need to do is kept to a minimum.