Renting An Apartment With A Baby

Five things to consider when choosing an apartment/home for the first time with a baby/child.

Starting a family and trying to find a suitable place to live during the new transition can be a harrowing adventure for some. The road to parenthood can paved with fond memories, but it may also be laden with road bumps and new adjustments. For this reason it is in the interest of every parent-to-be to be as prepared as possible for the changes that will come.

Some of the important decisions that parents-to-be and young parents will face revolve around the neighbor they will settle in. A parent must consider the town's educational system, its crime rate, the safety of its streets, and other important factors. These driving forces, school systems, demographics, crime rates, all which can be researched without stepping foot into a town, strongly influence many young families and where they ultimately decide to settle. While these factors generally play a large role in the a buyer's decision, there is much more to consider when buying a house in an area.

Here are five important factors for parents-to-be to consider that do not pertain to the characteristics of a town or state, rather they pertain to the actual home itself.

Perhaps the most important aspect of buying a new home if you are expecting, or have a child is the condition of the house; more specifically, the condition of the paint. Houses constructed before 1978 often have lead paint. Lead paint can cause lead poisoning. Lead poisoning is a disease that is very dangerous for children under six. Too much lead in the body can cause permanent harm to the kidneys, brain, and nervous system. If you are renting an apartment and you suspect there is lead paint, it is your right to have an inspection, and if there is lead paint, have the landlord remove it at is cost. During this time you have the right to request a room at a hotel or similar facility while the paint is fully stripped. If you are buying a condo it is not the responsibility of the owner to de-lead, though a de-leaded property is sometimes more attractive to a buyer.

Another important factor to consider is if the street you want to live on is busy. Raising children will naturally lead to a plethora of balls getting thrown in the street, games of stuck-in-the-mud gone crazy, and perhaps even some out-of-control temper tantrums. As a parent you do not want any of these activities leading to your child, or someone else's child, going into a busy street. A house on a cul-de-sac may be a good choice for a new family.

The set-back distance of a house from the street should be taken into consideration for the same reason. If a young couple likes a house that is on a main street it may not be as big of a deal if it sets back from the road.

The condition of your yard, if you have one, is important to consider. In some rural areas homes are blessed with extensive backyards with fields, rocks, hills, even forests of trees. While nature is a great education for young children, there can be dangers lurking amongst the trees and hills as well. Animals, loose earth, falling branches, and other dangerous scenarios can develop suddenly. As a parent with a child your yard should be kept free of sharp objects, like rocks and branches, the grass should be trimmed to discourage the existence of field pests, and you should always, as a rule, accompany your child outside until he or she is old enough and responsible enough to be outside alone.

Adhering to the advice listed above, from living on a quiet street to making sure your yard is free of beehives, you will prepare yourself for a smoother, and safer, transition into parenthood.

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