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How to childproof your Balham home

How to childproof your Balham home

| by Marsh & Parsons (Balham) | Posted in Home & Garden

In this month’s guest blog, the team at Marsh & Parsons Balham give their top tips on childproofing your home inside and out.


We’re sure we don’t need to tell you that Balham’s a wonderful place to bring up your kids. The area is full of good-sized Victorian and Edwardian buildings well-suited to growing families. Balham’s new builds are also a popular choice for a forever home as you can put your stamp on them.


One of Balham’s handsome period properties

These styles of building, though, do have certain features which may be dangerous for your children. Below, we’ve put together ways to keep your Balham home safe for your family:


…if you have a garden

Gardens in London aren’t famous for their size. However, if you do happen to have enough space then a dedicated area for your children, sectioned off with hedges or fencing, can be a great way to keep them safe outdoors – and stop their toys from taking over. Make sure any sharp objects are out of reach and check for broken glass or rubbish that may have been thrown over your wall if your garden’s near a walkway. Test older garden walls for stability and childproof any gates to ensure nobody slips out without you noticing.


This Balham garden is spacious enough to have an area specially for children


…if you have a period property

Undoubtedly one of the main attractions of Victorian and Edwardian properties are their fireplaces with original features. However, if you have kids running around it’s a slightly different story. Of course, you’ll need to buy a fire gate with enough space to keep your child away from sparks and embers as well as housing your tools. A more aesthetically pleasing solution may be to say goodbye to fires for a while. Instead you could leave your fireplace empty, letting its period features take centre stage, or fill it with logs of wood, books or souvenirs and mementos depending on your taste in interiors.


A stylish example of repurposing a fireplace.

Period-style windows can also be risky for little ones. Window restrictors are essential for sash windows to ensure that they don’t manage to open them and fall out, or accidentally catch their hands or fingers.

Older buildings often have steep, uneven staircases which can be difficult to childproof as there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Trying to see your staircase through your child’s eyes can help – get down onto their level and have a careful look for loose nails, uneven steps or large gaps in your bannisters. A carpet or a runner might be a good investment, as it will minimise the risk of any falls thanks to wooden floors.  


…if you have a new build

New build homes occasionally have ‘snags’, examples of poor workmanship. Cupboard doors or draws that don’t close properly are one to watch out for, so conduct an audit of your kitchen and bathroom to ensure any dangerous household items are securely stored away. Double check your window handles to ensure that your windows can properly shut or be fixed in place when your kids are around. Finally, we’d recommend examining your skirting boards or stairs to ensure that there are no sharp edges for kids to catch themselves on.

If you’d like to learn more about how to make your home family-friendly, take a look at our blog for tips on interiors, healthy homes and more.

Hunting for the perfect home in Balham? Take a look at our list of properties for sale here!

Marsh & Parsons Balham is an award-winning estate agent and one of our valued Community Partners. Find them at 45 Balham Hill, SW12 9DR. Call Carys (sales) or Miles (lettings) on 020 8033 4114.

Click here to view local properties for Sale and here for Lettings.

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