Remodeling Options & Room Tips for an Expecting Mother (and Dad, too!)
Baby on the way? Congratulations! Before your bundle-of-joy is born, it’s time to do some remodeling to make sure the baby’s room and other areas of your house are ready. A helpful mantra while making these decisions is “simple, but functional.” Many of these renovations and tips will be helpful if you are purchasing a used home previously owned by a Baby Boomer. Follow these tips to make sure your home is ready for a new family member.
In the Baby’s Room
Simple StorageHands down, the most important aspect of a baby’s room is storage. You will want all of the essentials handy and nearby when spending time with your child.Get Some Blank Space, BabyWhen changing diapers, you’re going to want some room! This applies for many other activities any parent will have do with their child. You’ll want extra room for a comfy rocking chair, so focus on the essentials, and don’t clutter the room.Growing UpThe room should grow with your baby. Thinking of the future will save any parent a lot of money in future renovations. Investing in a crib that can transition into a bed will last many years longer than a traditional crib. A new trend is a changing tray that can transform into a storage shelf (check out Oeuf’s XL Station). Do some research on functional growth items for more information.If These Walls Could TalkThere are many guides to painting a baby’s room, but make sure your entire house is up-to-date in the paint game. You don’t want old paint chipping off that could potentially harm the child, especially if you live in an older home (lead-based paint is still a relevant concern—be wary). When it comes to murals or wall designs in the baby’s room, consider using decals. Wall decals fall in line with the “growth” aspect of the room, and can be easily replaced in the future.Neutral All the WayNeutral statement pieces can be a game changer. Pieces that aren’t locked into one gender or age can be used for many years to come, over and over again. Timeless design will always last. If you have another child, you won’t regret purchasing gender-neutral pieces.
The Rest of the House
Fasten the FurnitureMake sure any furniture you have is fastened or bolted to the wall. Dressers, TV Stands, bookshelves, etc. are potential hazards for a growing child.Moving On UpTake a walk through your home, and try to focus on things that are near the ground as these items will be accessible to a baby. Tuck cords away, move knickknacks, and make sure nothing glass is low to the ground.Water TemperatureGo take a gander at the water heater in the basement. In many cases, the heater will be set too high. Turn that down to keep the baby from accidently getting burned by scalding water during baths.Air QualityAn increasing number of children and adults suffer from allergies and asthma, due to dust and other airborne particles. Many of these harmful particles are brought into the home when remodeling projects are underway. Get your HVAC units checked, and make sure any contractors are using proper air quality techniques.This may seem like a lot to do, but your child’s well-being is worth the peace of mind. Don’t worry; you’ll make an amazing parent! But if you’re thinking about moving into a new home and renovating, it’s best to start with speaking with a qualified mortgage professional. For more information on renovations and homes, please feel free to contact one of our Housing Buzz Specialists.