If you have children, when you move home, their safety should be one of your top priorities. Believe it or not but when you pick your new home, you could be putting your child in danger. That’s because some houses on the market right now are havens to threats to your child’s welfare and safety. On this post, we’re going to look at some of the issues you definitely want to avoid.
The Problem With Cheap Houses
You might want to buy a house but you’ve got very little money to do it. But you still go forward and after just a couple of months, you find a home at a price you can afford. It’s perfect, in fact it seems too good to be true and it probably is. If you find a home selling at a cheap price, you might think you’ve hit the jackpot. But really, it’s more likely you’re about to be swindled. Homes selling at low prices are usually old houses. Due to being old they’ve been built in ways that we now know are dangerous. For instance, there are houses all over America that still have lead paint on the walls. The tiniest amount of lead can be toxic to children. If you buy a home where the walls are covered in it, the place is nothing short of a death trap.
There are other issues too, like Asbestos. Asbestos won’t always show up on a home buyers survey. You could buy the home long before you actually realise there’s a problem. By that point, it’s too late. Asbestos has been linked to serious health issues like lung cancer. If you don’t have enough money to buy a high-quality house, keep saving. It’s not worth putting your child’s health in danger.
This is another issue that you’ll find with older houses. But new houses are also often built without proper security features. For instance, a home builder might not include an alarm system to save on costs. If you buy a house with limited security features, you should make sure you add them when you buy. A business such as ADT security could provide you with the security features you need. Otherwise, you could be easily putting the safety of your children at risk.
Open Ended Streets
If you can avoid it, I wouldn’t buy a home on an open-ended street. This means that cars can and will be passing by in both directions. If you live in an area like this, it’s all too easy for a car to pull over, pick up your child and be gone before anyone notices anything is wrong. Due to the fact it’s an open-ended street, your neighbors might not think anything of it. They might believe it’s a friend’s dad picking or a member of the extended family taking them to school. It’s much better to be in a closed off street or even a cul de sac. In these types of areas, homeowners will notice if there is someone on the street who doesn’t live there.
I hope you see now how the choice you make buying a home could dramatically affect the welfare and safety of your children.