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Finding the right house or unit to rent can be a difficult task on its own, but throw kids into the mix and it’s a whole new ball game.
There’s a lot of extra points and safety hazards to consider when you have children… Are there stairs? Do you need extra bedrooms and bathrooms? Is there a fenced-in yard? And believe it or not, some landlords fear renting to families with young children for potential damages and noise. Crazy (and kinda rude), right? So, when you’re on the hunt for the perfect new place to call home for you and your kiddos, you’ll want to first take some notes.
Write out a list of ‘Must Haves’ before starting your search, so you know exactly what you’re looking for and don’t get side tracked settling on a new home that isn’t ideal.
Some tips and pointers to watch out for…
Location, Location, Location.
Living near a park or in walking-distance of a school or great grocery store is nice, but first and foremost, you want to make sure there are no red-flags in terms of safety and security for your kids.
Child-friendly areas usually have yellow street signs and speed bumps warning cars to drive slow and be wary. You’ll also want to look into the surrounding school-zones and consider proximity, your children’s ages, and education preferences when house-hunting. Nearby playgrounds and libraries are always a bonus.
Potential Safety Hazards.
Let’s face it—not all rentals are equipped for kids. Check for any steep staircases, loose or wide railings, low windows or broken locks, and low visibility of doors, sidewalks, and streets. Have the space checked for mould or other contaminants before renting and always make sure the rental comes with working smoke detectors and RCDs.
Watch out for homes that have surrounding busy streets or highways and if the neighborhood or complex has a pool or other bodies of water eg:ponds or large fish tanks, make sure they are fenced in and not easily accessible to children.
This is where you need to decide what is a “must” and what is a “plus”. Kids require a lot of space to play both inside and outdoors, so keep that in mind when comparing new homes. Ideally, you’ll want a place with a decent amount of storage space for toys and clothes… coz lets face it, you dont want to be seeing them all the time. Remember, kids are messy, so limited carpet is always good, if possible, as this will save you from carpet stains and potential extreme costs when you vacate.
Know The Risks.
Many property owners fear kids coloring on walls, scuffing up floors and countertops, causing permanent stains, and so on. It’s best to go with a complex or landlord that’s completely open to renting to a family, so there is no tension or problems down the road and if all else fails stock up on MAGIC ERASERS (every parents must have in their cleaning cupboard), But mostly be a good tenant. Make sure to take care of your new home and notify the landlord as soon as something needs fixing. This will help to ensure that you get your Bond back once it’s time to move on.
After you’ve found and viewed a few places that you like, you’ll want to sit down and make a pros and cons list for each one, listing out what you loved and what you didn’t love. This greatly helps the decision process, so you can be in your new place in next-to-no time.
Also probably not best, where possible, to take your kids to every house you view. This can make the process more daunting and overwhelming for them, as they set their little hearts on which room will be theres in each place. Can become upsetting if your not approved.
Take your time and don’t settle for what doesn’t suit YOUR family and YOUR needs… You will regret it in the long run.
Author Mell Birkin – Property Manager Furnished Department