Category: Sellers

15
Jul

Tips for Moving Homes With Kids – Part 6

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We’ve been exploring tips for moving houses and how to manage a move with small children to make the experience as enjoyable as it is manageable. Today’s tip brings a little bit of magic into the equation!

A Room with a View:
Imagine your children’s utter excitement upon walking into their brand new house for the very first time, seeing every room is cluttered with half emptied boxes, wrapped up artifacts and basic chaos until he/she opens the door of his/her room and like magic, it’s totally decorated and completely perfect. Like a fairy princess has waved her magic wand and deemed their room(s) to be an utter oasis amidst a mini-world of mayhem.  This would be a very wonderful thing if it’s possible for you to pull it off: have your children’s rooms fully finished before they see it on moving day. Their beds set up, favorite toys and blankets and stuffed animals exactly in their right places… let their bedrooms feel like safe, little nests within the home. Any lingering feelings of anxiety on moving day will float away if you can pull this off. Even if the rest of the house is in a state of unpacking shambles, at least their room will feel perfectly beautiful and they may start to believe in fairy tales once again.

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14
Jul

Tips for Moving Homes With Kids – Part 5

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Moving homes with kids into a new home with small children in tow may seem stressful but as we’ve explored in tips 1-4, it really doesn’t have to be too terrible. Now that we’re half way through the list, it’s time to look at ways to not make it just bearable but actually a fun experience.

Party on:
A nice idea that might cheer your child up if he/she has trepidation regarding the big move is to throw yourselves a going away party. Treat your house like a friend who’s supported you well and throw a party in its honor. Cake, ice cream, decorations… the works! Invite your friends and family who’ve spent a lot of time there and who have good memories of times well spent. Take many pictures of the different rooms of your home and consider turning those photos into a bound book for your children to look back on fondly. Then, after moving into your new home, throw a party there, too! A party to welcome your friends and family into the new space that will provide the next wave of memories for everyone to enjoy and share together.

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07
Jul

Tips for Moving Homes With Kids – Part 4

Tips for Moving Homes With Kids

You’re moving into a new home- hooray! Very exciting. It’s also a lot of work, especially if you’re blessed with having young children to accommodate during the ordeal. That’s why we’re going through some of our easy tips for moving homes with kids to help make the process a little bit easier. Tip #4 involves your kids without causing too much undue stress for you.

A Packed House:

A nice thing to do is let your kids help pack a box of some of their toys and then, on moving day, let your kids unpack that same box after it arrives at their new house. They’ll see that their belongings have traveled and are still in one piece and it will give them that feeling of stability that their whole world hasn’t been totally thrown upside down as a result of the move. Another good idea is to pack a box of essentials for the entire family and label it: NUMBER 1 or OPEN FIRST or something similar. What does your family really need that you will want upon arrival assuming you won’t have the time or energy to unpack all the other boxes to find it? Maybe it’s toothbrushes, toilet paper, medicines, toiletries, the coffeemaker and cellular phone chargers? It’s also a good idea to include some handy snacks and food for your pets, too. Whatever your crucial items are, put them in one box together so that when you get to the new house you don’t have to waste any time looking for what will really make you all feel right at home.

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01
Jul

Tips for Moving Homes With Kids – Part 3

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Moving homes with children may seem daunting but we’re sharing some tips about how to do it as smoothly and easily as possible. The first tip is to talk about the move, why it’s happening and how it affects your children directly. Then, you can involve your children by hosting a garage sale to get rid of unwanted items. Tip #3 comes courtesy of The Beatles.

With A Little Help from my Friends:

It’s important to note that moving homes is hard, regardless of doing so with small children. You can and should ask for as much help as possible from friends, family, neighbors and the professionals.  There are companies that will come to your home to pack you, hire and oversee the professional movers and then come to your new home (provided it’s in the vicinity) and unpack your items and put them away for you. Perhaps you don’t need that kind of help but it definitely exists should you need it (and are fine paying the high price tag for it). Often in exchange for pizza or a similar offering, friends and family will help you pack and move. Utilize them if they offer to do this because no one should have to do it alone. Maybe your friends/family are unable to do the physical heavy lifting of packing and moving but are anxious to help in another way?  Ask them to take your kids to a few movies or the park on moving day.  Having them out from underfoot and in the care of someone you trust is one less thing you’ll have to worry about while moving homes.

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30
Jun

Tips for Moving Homes With Kids – Part 2

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We’re talking about tips for moving homes with kids. The first tip was to remind you that communication is key. Kids are less afraid of moving if they know what to expect. Tip #2 helps sweeten the deal.

From Trash to Treasure:

It’s essential to purge some of your belongings before packing up to move so why not throw a fun garage sale and ask your children to get involved? If they’re old enough to appreciate earning a few extra dollars, perhaps you can offer that they can keep the cash from the sale of the items they’ve decided to donate. Maybe they can take that money and buy something special for their new house? If they’re too young to actively participate in the sale itself, maybe they can man the lemonade stand or pass out yummy treats to passers by. If a garage sale isn’t your speed, maybe you can teach your children the importance of a charitable donation instead. They’re never too young to appreciate that what they’ve outgrown might make another child very happy. A nice message for adults to be reminded of, too!

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29
Jun

Tips for Moving Homes With Kids – Part 1

Tips for Moving Homes With Kids

One common source of stress for families who have sold their homes is facing the daunting task of moving a household with young children in tow.   Take heart in knowing that generations of parents have done it every day and it doesn’t have to be as torturous as it may seem. We’ve compiled some easy tips for moving homes with kids to hopefully make the road to your new home a smooth one, taking into consideration the wants, needs and demands of the youngest members of your family.

Tip 1:

Make small talk
Involving your young children through conversation early on in the process is key. Have a family meeting and share with them why moving is the right decision for your family. Discuss how the new house will be different and how their lives may be affected directly. Make sure you listen to them in return, as well. They may have many questions about this change in all of your lives. There very well may be a certain amount of anxiety and excitement, too. No one knows your children as well as you do be sure and set some time aside to address any concerns they may have. Assure them that the possessions they hold near and dear will be coming with them on the move and while the new house may be different, those who love them remain the same.  And keep in mind kids seem totally fine one minute and then ten seconds later something triggers an emotional reaction. As long as the doors of communication continue to remain open, you’ll be ahead of the game.

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24
Jun

How to get your home sold quickly – part 10

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For the last few weeks we’ve talked about prepping your home for sale and the ten easy steps to make your home as desirable as possible in order to sell it quickly for the most amount of money. That brings us to our final tip to ponder. You know the old adage: the lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client? Or doctors make the worst patients? Well, the same can be said for selling your home.

It’s no secret, agent!

When it’s all said and done, the best defense you have in the home selling and buying business is an experienced, reputable agent. In other words, do your homework! Ask around to your friends, neighbors and co-workers about who they have worked with in the past and what their thoughts were about using him/her. A neighborhood specialist is important because this agent really knows his immediate market exceptionally well. If you are familiar with a particular person’s marketing, call him/her in for an interview and ask the questions that are important to you. Nickel and diming over commission should not be the goal, here. You really want to work with someone that you feel a connection with and someone you trust. The commission is earned, especially if a deal becomes difficult or contentious. You want someone fighting and negotiating and arguing on your behalf. Everyone with an armchair interest in real estate thinks he/she can handle a transaction as well as the professionals but that’s like saying anyone who enjoys watching Law and Order could effectively argue a case in court or solve a murder mystery crime. Do yourself a favor and put your trust in someone who is working hard on your behalf. Protect your largest investment and asset by using a professional that you respect and let him do what excels at:  Selling your home for the most money possible.

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23
Jun

How to get your home sold quickly – part 9

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We’ve been going through the 10 easy steps outlining how to get your home sold quickly. We are almost at the end of our journey and have saved the best for (nearly) last.

Just a spoonful of sugar

Nothing says home-sweet-home nicer than delicious treats baked from scratch. One surefire way to give your home that little something extra while it’s open to the public is to have some freshly baked goods available, straight from the oven. People walk in to look at your home and are immediately transported by the delicious aromas. They taste a treat while looking around, savoring something delicious. Selling a house isn’t just about the physical and structural building. It’s crafting a whole imagined life for the buyer. It’s appealing to all the senses at once and inserting pleasure while experiencing that first impression. No time to bake? Heat up a few tablespoons of vanilla in the oven half an hour before open house time. Not so delicious to taste but the aroma will for sure help ignite the senses and ultimately sweeten the deal.

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18
Jun

How to get your home sold quickly – part 8

How to get your home sold quickly

 

It’s not hard to get ready to get your home sold! In fact, we’ve been going through the first of ten easy steps that you can do to get your house in tip-top showing shape before it hits the market. The goal is always to get the most amount of money in the shortest amount of time and these steps will help you achieve that. Today’s tip may be the easiest one yet!

Lighten up!

Before you get your house on the market, go to every room and make sure the light bulbs are alive and raring to go.  Make sure the windows are scrubbed and clean so all that beautiful, natural light can stream right in. Psychologically speaking, buyers respond much better to bright, airy spaces than darker ones so don’t be afraid to take stock of your lighting situation before you hit the market. That is the time to address it, certainly not on the day your home is making it’s open house debut!  So, take the time now when you’re in prep mode to triple check and make sure all the bulbs and switches are working and your windows are sparkling clean. These small and easy acts help ensure that a successful sale is the light at the end of the real estate tunnel.

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15
Jun

How to get your home sold quickly – part 7

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To market, to market

We’ve been giving you the easy, mostly DIY steps you need to take to get your home sold quickly.  In steps 1-6, amongst other topics, we’ve also covered repairs, staging, easy showings and great photography. Now we’re ready to talk about marketing and advertising your property.

Full Exposure:

Selling a house is definitely not your grandma’s game anymore. Technology has brought the business to a whole new level of marketing and it’s one the Ben Lee Properties team has thoughtfully researched and (we hope) conquered.  There is the traditional way to market and we certainly still do all that encompasses: (using the Multiple Listing Service, or MLS; mailers, signs, banners, flags, newspaper ads, etcetera). We also have created community newsletters that get mailed to 9000 neighbors every month.  But the real trend in marketing is happening on line. This year I actually hired a new member to join our team and her sole goal is to get your property properly marketed on the internet. In addition to advertising your home extensively on my professional website, we are equally active using social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get your home as much exposure as globally possible. All of our listings appear on the websites that armchair home enthusiasts actively browse (Redfin, Zillow, etc.) and being affiliated with the largest brokerage company in the world (Coldwell Banker) means our network shares images and descriptions of your home to the farthest corners of the globe. No matter who you choose to work with to get your home sold, it is important that you ask about his/her marketing plan up front and throughout the entire process. You can’t successfully sell a home and know you’re getting the most money possible without absolutely full exposure and if your agent isn’t providing this, you need to find someone who does.

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