Child-proof your house
by Housesimple on 6th June 2016
High-performing schools, leafy parks and a peaceful atmosphere: if that sounds like your area, your home is bound to be popular with families and expectant parents. These buyers will have less time to decorate once they move in, so the more child-proof the property is the more appealing it will be. Here are a few family-friendly fixes you can do before you put your home on the market.
Light-coloured carpets won't last five minutes around a cheeky toddler, so consider installing wood flooring. Add a few inexpensive rugs to protect little knees against bumps and bruises – if they're machine washable you'll earn extra brownie points.
Walls that are protected against grubby hands can be a major selling point for families, especially in kitchens, living spaces and children’s bedrooms. Cover your walls with easy clean wallpaper or paint. Choose a neutral colour so that your buyers don't feel the urge to replace it when they move in.
Make sure your garden is fenced in securely so that children can run around freely. Cut the grass and make sure your tools are locked safely in the shed to show viewers that your garden is family-friendly. Also, safely remove any poisonous plants, like foxgloves, and any stinging nettles lurking in the flower bed.
Safety is the biggest concern for parents. While they'll have their own gadgets (like baby gates) it's a good idea to make sure the structure of the property is sound. For example, staircases should have a sturdy banister and there should be no exposed wiring. Remember to highlight any safety features to families viewing your property.
A neat and tidy home looks better and sells quicker, and cleaning up is extra important if you know a family with young children has requested a viewing. Make sure there are no trip hazards or any sharp objects within reach of little hands, and store cleaning products in a high cupboard.
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