Getting Your Home Ready for a New Baby while Guarding your Finances
Are you about to embark on the joys of being a parent? Maybe this is your first baby or a welcoming addition to your growing family. Either way, getting your home in tip-top shape and ready for your new precious life is probably one of your main priorities. With everything from clothes to car seats and everything in between, it can be easy to get caught up with what’s on your list and forget about some major things that should be addressed. In addition to a healthy environment for your little one, try not to break the bank. Here are some things to consider that you might not have thought about prior.
Checking For Pests
One thing that can really wreak havoc on your life, especially with an infant is a pest problem. Little creepy crawlies are not only disgusting to think about, they can cause a real headache if they begin to invade your living space. Problems like fleas and bedbugs can actually go after family members and leave bite marks everywhere. They can trigger itching and an allergic response in sensitive individuals, especially infants. Nashville, TN pest control services and similar companies in other locations are there to provide quality pest inspections to ensure your house is free of invaders. They will look for signs of any type of bug infestation including:
They are also trained to identify nests and droppings of rodents and other pest invaders that can potentially harm you or your family members. Set a budget for how much you want to spend on pest control, but don’t spare the expense and not get rid of the entire problem. Having a pest inspection done now before your baby arrives is the ideal time so that if eradication must take place, your baby won’t be exposed.
Improving Air Quality
Babies need a lot of things, including diapers and proper nutrition, but air quality should also be a priority for optimal health. Keeping pests at bay is vital to a thriving healthy lifestyle, but sometimes the droppings they leave behind can linger for months or years. Having your HVAC system professionally cleaned is the best way to improve air quality in the home and eliminate allergens. Mouse droppings, dust mites, pet dander and more thrive on your carpet, air ducts and eventually make their way into the air that you breathe. All of the cleaning and disinfecting in the world won’t take away contaminants that have made themselves airborne. This can make it harder for your infant to breathe and can increase the risk of respiratory illness and skin irritation.
Having a professional come out and clean, deodorize and safely sanitize your air duct system is a good way to improve air quality. At the same time, you may want to have a HVAC pro come out and inspect your heating and cooling system to make sure it’s functioning and operating properly. Avoiding dipping into your baby’s future expense fund is a no-no. Stay on track financially by choosing a multifaceted HVAC company that specializes in air duct cleaning and heating and cooling maintenance and repair.
Insulating Your Home
Making sure your home is sealed up properly and is airtight is the best way to maintain temperature control throughout the year. It’s also a good way to keep pests from making their way into your home too. A properly insulated home that includes blown-in insulation, SPF insulation, and rolled insulation can help control airflow and prevent warm air from seeping out. Having your windows fitting properly and caulked around gaps can ensure that cold air is not getting in. Insulated doors throughout the home add a sense of security with a new baby but they also help prevent temperatures from fluctuating too much throughout the year. Having a home energy audit from a licensed pro is one way to see how well your home is holding up to the outside elements. In the long run, not only will your home stay cozier, you’ll be able to put more money away into your child’s savings due to slashing your utility payments year round.
Safety Proofing Your Space
If you’ve never had a baby in your home, or it’s been a while since your youngest child has been in diapers, you may have removed a few safety features along the way. Making sure your child stays safe is a major concern. Preventing entry into electrical outlets, cabinets and the bathroom starts with adding safety features to block access. Now may be a good time to have gates installed on stairways and areas where a little one could easily sneak in and out of. If you have a pool, talk to someone about a properly fitted fencing unit around the water area. While new fences and locked gates are the optimal solutions, they may not be practical for you if you’re wishing to live more frugally. If you’re trying to curb the costs of a “babyproof remodel” avoid buying expensive baby safety gadgets. Try to find them on sale or in used condition through an online marketplace or local baby resale shop. Another idea would be to ask friends and family if you could borrow or buy their used baby safety gadgets if their child has grown past a certain age in which certain safety issues are no longer a big concern.
It can seem overwhelming preparing for baby. Making these changes now will give you the peace of mind you need when you bring your little one home.