Is your home suitable for every family member?

If you have been living in the same place for a long time, chances are there is a long list of things you would like to change in your immediate environment. As families grow, move jobs, get new pets, and make new, your home might not look that practical and functional as you first imagined it would be.

No matter if you are running out of space, or want to make the most out of your weekends, you will have to sit down with your family members to find out what they think and how you can make changes that will improve everyone’s life. Here are a few areas to focus on:

Location

It is important that you look at your current location and see how your lifestyle changed to find out if it still serves your needs. If traffic has increased significantly since you moved in, and you are usually finding it hard to get to work or do the school run, you might consider relocating or finding alternative ways to get where you want to be.

Choosing the time you leave the house wisely will also improve your life and reduce your overall stress levels. If you want to move to a more connected suburb, you might even be looking for a condo for sale to make your life and commute easier.   

Safety

One of the things people with kids regard highly is the safety of the home and the area. Have there been any major changes in crime levels, and is your home structurally sound? You will need to get an inspection of your home appliances and your fittings, heating, and electricity regularly, and make sure that the integrity of your walls, foundation, and roof are solid, so you’ll know your home is a safe shelter for everyone. Installing a home security and monitoring system might be a good idea, too.

Pollution

In case you have family members who suffer from allergies or asthma, you will need to find out about the changes in the pollution level in the area, so that you can make an informed decision whether or not it would be worth thinking about moving. Living with a long term condition is not easy, and if you are constantly exposed to triggers that can cause an attack, you will need to put your health and your family first.

Local Amenities

Our needs change as we get older, and it is important that you change your home accordingly. Let’s say that your child took on a sport and plays in a local team. Is it convenient for you to get them to training, or could they take a bus? If not, you might be wasting precious hours commuting to locations that are important for one of the family members. Likewise, if you moved to the countryside before you had kids, and now you could do with some convenience stores nearby, you might consider moving closer to the city.

Entertainment

As we settle down in a neighborhood, we start to join in community projects, get to know the restaurants and bars, even kids’ play centers. If there is simply nothing inspiring to do with your family within a 30-minute drive, you will have to think whether or not it is worth to have a look for alternative locations. Living in a quiet little remote village or on a farm might be a great experience, but what if your kids don’t have anyone to play with in the neighborhood?

Personal Space

To make your home work for everyone, you will have to check whether or not the layout allows every family member to have some alone time. In case you run your business from home, you will need a separate office where you are not disturbed and can focus on your work. At the same time, your kids will need space to grow; adding a playhouse to your home will make a huge difference. First of all, your living space can be more organized, and your cleaning routine will be improved, too.

Practical Features

Is your home easy to manage, or are you spending too much time cleaning up after the kids, or keeping on top of the kitchen? Is a carpet or rug the most practical feature if you have cats or dogs with long hair living with you? You will not only have to consider the aesthetic features of your home, but also the practicality. Picking up dog hair from the laminate floor is much easier than if it is already embedded in your carpet. Use easy to clean surfaces across your home, so you can spend more quality time with your family.

Outdoor Space

While focusing on the home is important, and you spend most of your time in the living room, you might want to up your game and create a great outdoor space for the kids and your pets to safely play. From getting a patio installed with a gazebo where you can sit down with a book, to adding a pond or a swimming pool, there are plenty of things you can do to improve your lifestyle and everyone else’s living with you.

Neighborhood and Community

Your environment has a huge impact on your lifestyle and happiness. If you simply don’t feel like you belong and are accepted by your neighbors and community members, you will have to start thinking about the reasons why you don’t fit in or don’t want to engage. You might stand out due to your education level, lifestyle, or family structure, and feel out of place. Try to create links with schools and other organizations, join local clubs, and take part in volunteering to find out whether or not you have a chance to fit in.

Our home is the place where we are supposed to feel secure and connected. If you would like to make the most out of your lifestyle, you should conduct a reality check to find out whether or not your home serves your needs.

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