When you’re looking for a new family home, the perfect property must meet the needs of all its residents.
If you have kids, then the question of which home suits all becomes a bit more complicated. Adults can navigate many difficult situations almost as if it were second nature, but many kids unfortunately struggle to grasp how to safely interact with their surroundings, even within the home space. This may be especially true if they’re in nursery or primary school, or encounter learning challenges in their daily life.
Because of this, extra steps need to be taken in ensuring that any new property is safe for the kids in your care. Here’re some of the things you may need to account for, and what approaches to them may work best.
Requesting an Electrical Certificate
Before moving into a property, you should always request an electrical safety certificate to review.
Trade Facilities Services can be exceedingly helpful here, providing electrical, alarm, and PAT testing in the London and Essex areas. Their electrical certificate will outline whether the property in question has passed or failed the inspection, helping you quickly learn whether it’s safe to use electrically. They can also offer a full price for any remedial works that need to be carried out subsequently, from changing lights to complete rewiring.
Obviously, your kids need to live in a home where the alarms are all fully functional, which is something these tests all cover. Trade Facilities Services work with landlords and property owners alike, and it’s a legal requirement for the former to provide these certificates. Sellers should provide them for your peace of mind. If you’ve any concerns you need to be addressed in this arena, the answers to your queries are wholly attainable via this company or one in your area that performs an identical service.
Tackling, or Avoiding, ‘Fixer Uppers’
Fixer uppers are defined as homes that, once bought, require another bout of additional expenses in the forms of renovation and repair.
There’re both pros and cons in securing yourself a fixer upper, such as the home being more affordable while, at the same time, opening the door for new dwellers encountering issues that were all together unexpected. Put simply, it’s not always an ideal situation for all parties concerned, especially with children in the equation.
Of course, a fixer upper may even be somewhat dangerous if the property is in an exceptionally poor condition. It might be plagued with any number of hazardous issues, such as:
- Vermin infestations – The presence of vermin can be curbed and controlled by responsible owners, but obviously, it’s not a good idea to let any of these creatures live with your children for any period of time.
- Water damage – If the area is prone to frequent flooding or the property has undergone severe neglect, it might be that signs from prior water damage may still be evident, damaging the structural integrity of the property.
- Exposed wiring – Some kids may chew or trip on exposed wiring, so it needs to be behind walls or under floors where it all belongs.
- Mould and musty smells – Past owners or residents who seldom opened windows or removed signs of damp will soon leave their properties vulnerable to mouldy walls and musty smells.
- Visible nails and loose floorboards – An adult will be aware of where visible nails temporarily dwells, but kids innocently running around and playing will be bound to have a few accidents if these problems aren’t immediately addressed.
You should either renovate the property in a timely manner long before the move in date or avoid the property entirely if that’s beyond your means. While you may be an exceedingly impressive parent, a home shouldn’t be laced with what’re essentially amount to booby traps that your kids may encounter. Because of this, the presence of the issues above shouldn’t be tolerated for a second.
Taking Your Children to Subsequent Viewings
It could be useful to bring your kids along for any subsequent property viewings you undertake, as you may learn a lot from their behaviour and impressions.
How do they interact with the potential new home? Are they interacting with everything in the proper fashion? Do they fiddle with parts of the house they shouldn’t? The answers to these queries can help you understand the type of influence the new home may have over your child, and what role it plays in furthering their development and improving their wellbeing.
Remember, interior design can provably affect one’s mood, so it’s important to gauge how they feel in the space. Being ‘safe’ at home is more than just a physical reality, as it involves feelings and thoughts too in equal measure. Even irrational fears should be addressed, such as scary cupboards. Try to be their calming guide through the process, and attempt to make any reasonable changes they request where things like decoration and design or concerned. After that, they should feel truly safe and settled before long.
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