Published On: Thu, Apr 9th, 2015

What to Look for When Buying a Child Friendly Home

Bank of Queensland2So you’re thinking of buying a home and turning to someone you can rely on to handle your mortgage. With the BOQ Clear Path┬áhome loan rates, you will be well on your way to realising your dream even sooner.

But while there are decisions to be made regarding your home loan, this is just the beginning of the many choices you will need to make. The average age of the first home buyer in Australia is now 31, and with this increase in age, it usually means that for many of us we are buying our first home when we are also starting to have a family with the average age of the first baby also on the rise.

Once you buy, there are plenty of ways you can make your new home child friendly. But by taking a second look at these child friendly characteristics before you buy, you can save yourself some serious money, time and stress. So what are these child friendly home characteristics to look out for when entering your next open house?

Outdoor Play Space
Go for a flat grassed play space that’s fenced and to the back of the house. In some homes the grassed area ideal for kicking a ball around is at the front of the home. This however is not great for supervision and can lead to you not letting the kids use it unless you are out there with them. Having a flat yard will also make it easier to place play equipment such as a trampoline, cubby house, swings or paddling pool. If you have a yard, you want it to be useable for the kids. An outdoor area with some under cover space also works well for those messier activities such as paint and playdoh or simply being able to still have some outside time when there is rain for days.

Indoor Play Space
Are the bedrooms big enough for the kids to scatter their toys out to play on the floor? If not expect that toys will be more regularly brought out to your living spaces. If the bedrooms are on the smaller side, is there a room you could convert into a playroom?

Open Plan Living
As mums we spend an awful lot of time in the kitchen. By having open plan living the kids will be in your view a lot more, meaning that you can get on with what you are doing in the kitchen while still keeping a finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the house with the kids.

Stairs
The less stairs the better. They can be a hazard for small children and may mean the purchasing of child gates to ensure safety.

Storage
As you finish with those big bulky baby items such as the cot and highchair until your next baby, is there ample storage to place them until needed down the track? A garage rather than a carport will certainly help with this problem not to mention how thankful you will be on those rainy cold days when you can pile kids in the car without getting Bank of Queensland1wet, or shorten your trip to the kitchen with the bags of groceries. A garage attached to the house is invaluable.

Room to Extend
As your family grows you may find you love where you live, but that the house is no longer accommodating your family needs. During the open house, can you see any potential for an extension?

Schools
How far from the house are the schools your child attends or will attend? If you drop your kids off at school each day and pick them up, you will be most appreciative for a shorter journey as possible. For kids that must catch the bus to school, how far is the bus stop from the house?

So at the next open house you visit, look a little closer for these child friendly characteristics. The kids will thank you for it.

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