As a parent, you may take great pride in seeing your children grow up to become productive adults.
However, you may not enjoy dealing with sibling rivalry and the other issues that come with having
multiple teenagers in the house. What are some ways to make sure that your home is ready to handle
their needs?

Finish the Basement or Attic

A finished basement or attic can provide ample space for your teens to hang out with friends or study in
a quiet environment. It could also be used as a refuge for parents or other adults who want some alone
time after dealing with a day's worth of teenage drama. When the kids are old enough to move out, the
space can be transformed into an in-law suite or an apartment for rent.

Install a Carport

One of the joys of having teenagers in the house is that they now have the ability to drive themselves to
work and school. While this may make life easier for you, having extra vehicles in the driveway could be
a security concern. By adding a carport, you can protect your teen's vehicle from the elements while not
having to worry about giving up your spot in the garage.

Upgrade Your Water Heater

If you haven’t installed a new water heater yourself odds are its older, smaller, and not the right size for
your current family needs. Upgrading your water heater can be an effective way to make sure that your
teens are calm and content. By ensuring that there is enough hot water for everyone, you don’t have to
hear your children whining or arguing with each other over cold showers each morning. Instead,
everyone can have their own morning routine without infringing on the rights and sanity of others in the
house. Consult with a hot water plumber that will know what hot water system will be big enough to
handle your individual family’s needs.

Look into Ways to Make the Home Energy Efficient

Making your home energy efficient will make it less costly to run while making it more comfortable at
the same time. For example, you could add a new roof or insulated siding to use less energy. Digital
thermometers are a way to reduce energy bills. Insulating a garage door can also be an effective and
affordable way to reduce your energy needs.
When you purchase a home, it is important to find one that can meet your needs now and in the future.
Ideally, it will be easy to install new features or create new living space in a quick and affordable
manner. This will be especially important if you have children or expect to have children in the future.

By Erica Buteau

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