An Unforgettable Gift

Make Sure Your New Home Is Kid Friendly

Certain features in a home make the home easier for kids of all ages to use. But the features that make a home kid friendly may not be the ones that naturally come to mind. So, with that in mind, the following are some things to consider from a kid's perspective when you're shopping for your next home.

Consider Height

One thing to think about is the height of everyday objects and how that could affect your child. Stair height is one of them. If the stairs are too high and are difficult for your child to climb, you might want to pick a home that has most of the amenities your child needs on the ground level. For example, maybe their bedroom should be on the ground level.

Cabinets and sinks that your child needs to use should also be accessible. That might mean that you need to install a step for kids to stand on when they need to wash their hands. Make sure there is room to put in a step ladder.

For cabinets, some kitchens might have lower shelves and cabinets where you can store items that you want your children to have access to.

Safe Construction with Kid-Friendly Entryways

Entryways are another thing to think about with kids. You don't want to have heavy doors that could slam on your child. Doors with knobs that are easy to grasp and turn are ideal for growing children. The same goes for cabinet and refrigerator doors. The appropriate garage door installation is also critical because this heavy machine-operated door can be a hazard to children. If the garage door is significantly older, consider an updated garage door installation with advanced sensors, smooth operation, and as few moving mechanical parts as possible.

Access to Outdoor Space

Another thing to think about with children is how much access they can have to outdoor spaces. A big yard is a major criterion for a kid-friendly house. If the yard is secured, you will feel safer about allowing your children to play. And again, having a back door that is accessible to children is important.

It can be helpful as a parent to keep in mind what would make your home more approachable to your child. But there is no substitute for getting your child's input in the home buying process. While you might not want to bring your child along to every home viewing, it's a good idea to have them check out the home before you make any offers. Simply seeing how they move about in the new space and whether they have a positive feeling about the home is great input to include as you decide which home is right for your family.