Category Archives: Baby at Home

Fido-Friendly Homes

Your fur-baby is an important part of the family, and some things that will make BOTH your lives much easier! Regardless of whether you are buying, selling, or just looking for some easy upgrades here are some Fido-Friendly Features:

1. Fenced Yard
Buyers: Fencing can be a big expense, so look for a home that already has one. Home Owners: A fence will definitely add value to the home, just be sure to check with your HOA on rules and regulations before you install something that doesn’t meet neighborhood standards.

2. Doggie Parks + Walking Trails
Buyers: Look for homes within walking distance to trails, open space and dog parks. Home Owners: Be sure to advertise nearby parks if you are selling!

3. Drop Zone                                                                                                                                      Buyers: Look for a home with a drop zone (space for leashes, toys and other belongings)… this is a blessing when it comes to kids and pets. Home Owners: If you don’t have a mud room, create an area that can serve as storage for your pet. It will make the home seem much cleaner!

4. Flooring
Buyers: Look for homes with resilient flooring that’s easily cleaned. Home Owners: Consider investing in flooring that will stand the test of time. If you are selling, a fresh cleaning and new carpet go a long way!

5. Doggie doors
Buyers: If your dream home doesn’t have a door, remember it can easily be added. However, look for places that already have a fence installed (that would be the bigger expense). Home Owners: Such an easy way to let your dog in and out- Fido needs his freedom!

My kids with CHUNK– our favorite furry friend!!!! 

Kids and Chunk

 

 

Advertisements

Preparing your home for baby!

Bringing a baby home can be exciting, and if you are new to the experience it is hard to know what to expect! There are definitely a few things you can do to “baby proof” your home, making that transition as smooth as possible. Check out this neat advice from a RE/MAX blogger

1. Take stock and declutter. Before the baby arrives, it helps to declutter your home as much as possible – for your own sanity and to make room for all the baby gear you’ll acquire. Paring down unnecessary belongings and furniture is a great way to add some simplicity to your now-very-busy life.

2. Baby-proof your home in stages. You don’t have to do it all at once! To save time and money, childproof your home as your baby shows signs of reaching milestones like rolling over, sitting up, crawling and walking. Here’s a great guide from Parents.com.

3. Make the nursery functional. It’s tempting to want to re-create the immaculate nursery designs you see on Pinterest, but my advice is to put function first. Ease and practicality should take precedence over style. Install window coverings that block out UV rays to help keep the room comfortable and dark during sleep times.

4. Check those smoke detectors. You might not think of this in the hustle and bustle, but testing the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home is extremely important. We have smoke detectors in every room, and a carbon monoxide detector on every level. The U.S. Fire Administration has many resources to help you choose and install these critically important devices.