Buying a Home - What to Avoid If You Have Small Children

Posted by on Monday, November 3rd, 2014 at 9:01pm.

If you have very young children in your family there are a few things that you may want to avoid with your new home purchase. Their are some safety factors you’ll want to make sure are in place to be certain that you are buying the right home for small children.

Locks on the doors

There are a lot of different locking mechanisms for doors. It's amazing to see how a young child can manage these locks at the wrong times. When you're looking at real estate take note of the locks that are put on doors and make sure that they are high up so that young children can't reach them.

If you are purchasing a home with a fence and a gate, you'll again want to make sure that the gate can be locked and the child can't reach it. It doesn't take long for a child to open a gate and run out onto the street if you turn your back on him.

Railings and banisters

Some homes are set up with a second or third floor that has a railing along the edge. A young child can easily set up something to stand on and topple over the edge of the railing in a moment’s notice. While it may be nice to look at, it's really not worth the risk of buying a Calgary home that has a second or third floor railing that a young child could fall over.

Swimming pools

If you have young children and are looking at homes with swimming pools, really think it over before making your purchase. Drowning is the number one cause of death for young children under 5 in the southern states in the US. While there are definitely more pools down there, it certainly shows just how dangerous these pools can be. It's not a situation that should be taken lightly. If your children cannot swim, it's a good idea to stay away from swimming pools until they can.

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