Childproofing Cost

In this guide

What should be childproofed
Systems
Labor
Enhancements
Additional Considerations

How much does it cost to childproof a house?

Every year, more than 76,000 children under the age of 14 are admitted to the hospital due to an accident or issue in the home, and more than 40% of those children are under the age of five. The average home is not constructed or arranged with the safety of young children in mind, which is why childproofing your home is so important; it helps protect young children from common household accidents such as falling televisions and furniture, burns, or tumbles down stairs.

Childproofing should ideally begin at birth with safety measures put in place surrounding your new baby’s crib and room, but it’s never too late to take steps to protect the children in your home. Professional childproofing takes a comprehensive look at your home and the dangers that may be present there.

Because every home is different, the cost of childproofing can vary tremendously from home to home. The average basic childproofing costs around $1270 for most homes, but if you have a pool, a child that opens doors frequently to escape, or if you have your childproofer supply the materials themselves, the cost may be more.

What should be childproofed

Every home and every family is different, so your childproofing may be different than your neighbors as well. There are several general areas, however, that should be childproofed in nearly every home, including areas such as doors, cabinets, stairways, fireplaces, furniture, bathrooms, windows, and outlets.

Depending on the size of your home, the age of your children, and what type of furnishings you have, you may have to childproof more or fewer areas in total.

Systems

There are many ways to childproof a home, and even when childproofing a single area, there are often many ways to go about it. The most common methods of childproofing include:

Area of the HomeCommon MethodsPreventionAverage Cost
Stairways

Gates at top and bottom of steps

Bannister guards for metal or sharp corners

Gates prevent falls

Bannister guards prevent injuries on sharp corners or edges

$118 - $203
Electrical

Outlet covers

GFCI outlets in wet areas

Hiding or bundling cords

Outlet covers prevent electrocution

GFCI outlets prevent electrocution in wet areas

Bundling and hiding cords prevent electrocution and potential falling of appliances

$100 - $180
Bathrooms

Toilet locks

Spout covers

Anti-scald valves on faucets and shower

Anti-slip mats in bathtub

Toilet locks prevent children from playing in the toilet water

Anti-scald valves and spout covers prevent burns and scalds

Anti-slip mats prevent falls

$80 - $300
Cabinets, Drawers, and Appliances

Latches and locks

Oven locks

Latches and locks keep kids out of household cleaners, poisons and medications

Oven locks prevent burns

$145 - $170
Furniture

Anchoring heavy furniture to walls

Installing bumpers on corners and sharp edges

Anchors prevent injuries or death by crushing

Bumpers prevent injuries due to falls on sharp edges

$130 - $215
Windows

Blind cord wind-ups

Locks on windows

Wind-ups prevent choking on cords

Window bars and locks prevent falls out of windows

$150 - $400

Doorways

Locks and latches

Door knob covers

Gates
Door alarms

Locks, latches, gates, and knob covers prevent children from getting out of the house

Door alarms alert adults to an escaping child

$120 - $600
Swimming Pools

Gates

Floating pool alarm

Gates prevent children from getting into the pool

Floating alarms make noise when the water is disturbed to prevent drowning

$118 - $287


The average costs listed for each category are for each item, plus its installation; not a total for all of those improvements together. Therefore, the installation of two gates, one each at the top and bottom of a flight of stairs, would cost between $236 and $406, depending on the type gate and installation procedure.

Labor

Most childproofing professionals charge a consultation fee of around $175 on average. From there, there are individual costs for the purchase and installation of any items that are necessary to childproof your home. Keep in mind that if you purchase the items yourself for the childproofer to install for you, the average homeowner spends around $450, while purchasing the same items from the childproofer costs around $875.

Most childproofing jobs are priced by the area being childproofed, and how large it is. For example, setting up gates in all the necessary areas of the home will cost around $200, while covering all of the outlets costs around $100. The average homeowner will spend around $1270 on gates, outlet covers, latches and locks for all areas of the home, and furniture protection.

Consultations usually take around one to two hours, and installation takes another four to six hours, depending on the complexity of the job. Alarm systems and permanent gates that require more effort to install may take longer.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • In addition to making your home safe for your child, you may also want to invest in a video monitoring system so that you can keep an eye on your child when you are not in the same room. A basic video monitor set up costs around $150 to $300 for a wi-fi setup.

Additional considerations and costs

  • It’s generally recommended to call a childproofing professional because they have extensive knowledge not only of what areas pose a danger to your child, but also what products and resources are available. Many also have access to items that homeowners may not.
  • When choosing a childproofing professional, look for one that is certified by the International Association for Child Safety.
  • While not always recommended, many child safety products can be installed DIY including cabinet latches, removable gates, and toilet locks. Tackling some of these tasks DIY after a consultation may help lower your costs.
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Athens, GA
-9%
Del Mar, CA
+28%
Oakland, CA
+36%
Opp, AL
-39%
Scottsdale, AZ
-1%
Smyrna, GA
+10%

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