Having a baby? Here’s what to inspect when you’re expecting
If you’re expecting a new addition to your family this year, your current home might be feeling a little too cosy ahead of the impending arrival. Before you commit to a new house with ample space for kids, there are a number of important things to consider to ensure it will support you and your growing family for years to come. To make things easier, we’ve outlined the top things to look out for when buying a home for your family:
- A smart floor plan
The layout of your new house can be crucial to the ease of living with a newborn. Look for homes that include bedrooms and a nursery on the same floor - you don’t want to be running up and down the stairs in the middle of the night to soothe a crying baby! If you like to entertain, it is important that the nursery is not next to your living or dining areas. Open living floor plans are also beneficial – a conjoined kitchen and lounge will allow you to keep an eye on your children as they play while preparing meals.
- Solid insulation
A well-insulated home, such as those with a solid brick foundation, can help maintain a consistent and comfortable temperature for those parents worried about whether their kids are too hot or cold. You can also avoid extra costs associated with modern heating and cooling systems which can be expensive if run constantly in a house without solid insulation.
- No sharp edges
Baby proofing doesn’t have to be difficult if you assess the potential risks before you buy. Keep an eye out for sharp corners, low countertops and door handles at hip height as these will be the first thing your children run into when they’re at an age when they’re active. Cupboards and shelves that are positioned above your hips and out of a toddlers reach in the bathroom, kitchen and laundry will also give you some peace of mind knowing they won’t be able to get into anything they shouldn’t.
- Outdoor space
It’s important for growing children to quell their curiosity by exploring the world outside the confines of a house, and backyards are a perfect place to start. Having some outdoor green space at your home where your children can play will not only provide them with fresh air, but also inspire creative play.
- Windows and fresh air
Fresh air is great for children, providing them with longer attention spans and inspiring creativity, so consider a nursery that has a window. Having plenty of natural light indoors is also a plus, so keep an eye out for homes with large windows or sunrooms where your children can play as they grow.
- Safety features
While many safety updates can be made once you move in, it pays to keep an eye out for them up-front to save time when you’ve got plenty of other kid-related duties on your plate. Proper locks, smoke detectors and a regulation fence around the pool are key to ensuring your growing family is safe for years to come.
- No disruptive noise
Getting your kids into a good sleep routine is essential (not least for your own sanity!) and noise is one of the main things that can make or break this. When you attend an open for inspection, listen out for anything that could hinder that routine, such as nearby freight trains or a barking dog next door. Additionally, be sure to visit the neighbourhood at different times or on different days to double check for disruptions.
- Easy access to the front door
Learning to manoeuvre a pram can be difficult enough, but it’s even harder when you have limited space at your front door and a child clinging to each hand. Look for flat, spacious entrances (avoiding stairs) and consider outdoor coverage over the entry way to prevent your children from getting wet if you find yourself fumbling for your keys on a rainy day.
Get in in touch with your local agent so they can help you to buy a home to suit your growing family.