Baby-Proofing Your Rental Home

by Administrator 17. May 2017 19:43

When you live in a rental home, making any changes in the interior décor can be limited; until and unless your landlord allows you to do so. If you have small kids, you need to baby-proof your home so that it is completely safe and sound.

Here are certain tips that can help you to baby-proof your rental home:

  • Look for a safe property: First things first. You should always look for a rental property that seems to be safe for your kids. You can directly talk to the landlord regarding any safety concerns that you might have. While checking out the rental home, look for features such as a safe staircase, secure window coverings, smoke detectors and the lead-free paint used inside and outside the property.
  • Secure your furniture: Place your furniture items such as television, chests, drawers and heavy appliances to the wall so that they don’t get imbalanced and fall down cause harm to your little one. Some of the furniture items can be easily drilled into the wall too. However, you need to take prior permission from your landlord in case your lease does not allow any such provision.
  • Have child-proof locks: You can add child-proof locks to the doors, bathroom and windows in your rental property. They will not damage the rental property and also provide enhanced safety for your baby.
  • Install a baby gate: There are many areas in your home that require a baby gate so that your toddler remains safe. For instance, you can have a pressure-mounted gate that has discs which screw out to balance the gate against the wall. However, if you have a staircase in your rental property, a hard-mounted gate is the best option. This type of gate actually screws into the wall and cannot be pushed through.
  • Prevent access to the cabinets: Always ensure that the breakable items and heavy things are kept in the upper cabinet shelves. This makes them inaccessible for little kids. Invest in magnetic locks and adhesive strips for cupboards that are easily accessible. They don’t require screws for installation and can be easily utilized in your rental property.
  • Pay attention to common areas: When you have a baby at home, you not only have to ensure safety inside the home but also pay attention to common areas. For instance, look for potential hazards in playgrounds, pools and parking lots. Playgrounds must have a protective covering on the ground other than grass. Also, pools must have four-sided fencing for optimum safety of kids.

For rental homes in Killeen, TX, contact us at John Reider properties. Our real estate agents can be reached at (254) 699 – 8300.

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