Step-Parenting

4 Home improvements to make in your blended family home

Family life is so important isn’t it? We all want to do our best to ensure that our house is cosy, comfortable, and the perfect place for our kids to grow. This can be even more true when it comes to being a step-parent. There’s a bit of added pressure to make sure that your step-kids feel right at home in their second home and that their needs are always met. That’s why today we are going to chat about home improvements you can make to ensure that your home is always ready for those who live there full time and the beautiful little people who live there part time. This can range from big changes, to small tweaks, but they’re equally as important.

So, where should you start?

Let’s find out …

Look out for mould

Condensation can build up anytime and anywhere, but even though it’s a by product of living in a humid environment, it is also dangerous. Mould can harm your health more than you can imagine. Babies and children are especially vulenerable to mould and the effects of it can lead to allergic reactions and even asthma attacks.

Take the time to call in a specialist to identify why there is excess moisture in the home and find out what you can do about it. There are things you can do to help the situation. For example; use an extractor fan, use a dehumidifier in the rooms that tend to receive the most moisture, and heat your home properly as rooms that are very cold tend to get more damp and mould.

Heat your home efficiently

We all know that heating your home can be expensive, and as we mentioned in the previous point, if you want to prevent condensation and mould, you should keep your rooms warm even if you’re not in them. That’s why ensuring you have invested in a good boiler can help you solve so many problems even before they start. A new boiler installation can help you make sure that not only is your house cosy, but that it’s safe for everyone, especially the littlest members of your family.

Keep your home free of pests

It’s also very important to make sure that your home is pest free. We all know that there can always be the odd house spider and bug, but if you will have kids at home keep the place as bug free as possible. Sure, a pest free home is good for the entire family. But the better the environment is for the kids, the better things will be overall in many ways. For example, if you are going through contact proceedings the better the condition of your home, the better things will advance as well.

There are always companies you can hire to help out in your area. For example, West Virginia pest control can help you if you are in that state. The sooner you can sort any pest issues the better things will be.

Child proof your home

Being a child-less step-parent can be a learning curve. If you haven’t raised little ones before you will have to learn everything from scratch. Thankfully, you have the children’s bio parent to help you along the way! The truth is, and I say this from experience, it’s pretty much just common sense.

You will more than likely need to child-proof the home. And the type of child-proofing you need to do will depend on the age of your step-kids.

For infants, toddlers or younger children you need to;

  • make sure that your outlets have covers,
  • be wary of sharp edges such as on tables, there are covers you can buy for that now which helps a lot,
  • have a way to unlock doors from the outside, such as for the bathroom so your little ones don’t get locked in,
  • make sure closets can open from the inside,
  • childproof your cupboards to keep little hands away from toxic cleaning supplies and medicine, and,
  • just exercise common sense.

Make enough room for everyone

This isn’t always something that is doable, but it’s extremely important to have enough room for everyone in the house. Even though most of the time you will have a house that may be too big for those that live there full time, you will need to have a house that is comfortable enough and spacious enough to house your entire blended family.

If there are issues between your partner and their ex, institutions like Cafcass (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) will more than likely be involved. You will more than likely be interviewed in your home by them and they will make sure the accommodation is suitable for the children. This is why you will need to have enough space and bedrooms for the kids to be able to settle in comfortably, even if it’s only for 2 weekends a month.

Sometimes the home improvement is actually just improving the home itself by moving to other accommodation or purchasing a home that can allow your blended family to live comfortably.

We hope that this post helps you with some pratical ways to make your blended family home that much more cosy for your blended family and of course, yourself.

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