Tag: tips for moving

13
Aug

How To Make Your Dream Home A Reality – Tip #3

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We’ve been addressing the steps on how to make your dream home a reality. First, a concise list of ‘wants’ versus ‘needs.’ Next, a decision about style to help narrow down your search. Today’s tip on how to find your dream home: location!

Home is where the heart is:

Your dream home exists; now it’s just a question of finding it.  Think about your ideal location for a home and then begin there to find it. This may seem either obvious or unattainable but it’s really not. You may think your ideal neighborhood is that which has multi-million dollar properties or boasts neighbors that belong on red carpets. But take a second to consider other criteria other than status or hyped up popularity. Think about where you work or where your kids’ schools are. Commuting can be really rough on your quality of life and often these high profile neighborhoods are further from your daily destination than you’d like. There are so many hidden areas tucked within large cities that you may never have even heard of before. So, before you start your search, take some time to reevaluate where you want to be and possibly educate yourself on areas you’re currently unfamiliar with. Your dream house is out there~ now it’s up to you to find it!

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12
Aug

How to make your dream home a reality – Tip #2

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You have your heart set on making your dream home a reality. Congratulations! It’s an exciting time. No need to let reality convince you that your dream home is unattainable. The first step to achieving the home of your dreams was to create a list of ‘wants’ versus ‘needs.’ Now that you have established a good list of ‘needs’, it’s time to look good.

In Style: 
Most buyers have a particular architectural style that they gravitate towards. Some people love modern, others favor traditional. There are countless styles to consider including Spanish, Mediterranean, Tudor, Contemporary, Neo-Classical and literally dozens of others in between. If you’re a single home buyer, then the battle is already won. You can start your search with a focus towards the type of home you imagine yourself living in. Couples, however, often find themselves needing to compromise when it comes to choosing the architectural style of the home they’ll be sharing together. Some individuals may not have a particular preference while others wouldn’t be caught dead living in a home that doesn’t suit  their style sensibilities. If you are part of a couple with strong yet differing opinions  with regards to the style of your future home, it’s important to negotiate likes and dislikes before beginning your dream home search.

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04
Aug

Tips for Moving Homes With Kids – Part 9

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Moving homes is stressful, moving homes with kids can be a nightmare. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make the whole process as painless as possible. We have come to the end of our list for tips on moving homes effortlessly with children in tow. Our final suggestion is to honor how they, as individuals, say goodbye.

Bid a Fond Farewell:
Everyone says goodbye differently and your children are no exception. Some respond better to seeing images of friends saying goodbye and there are no shortages of ways to create photo books that your children may enjoy.  Scrapbooks are another nice way to keep mementos, pictures and notes that your kids’ friends may compile for them to take along to their new home. Social media can be very helpful tackling this issue, as well. Keeping in touch via Facetime,  Facebook or Instagram means never really needing to say goodbye at all.  Let your children know that while they may miss seeing their friends in person every day,  saying ‘hello’ is often just a click or phone call away.

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03
Aug

Tips for Moving Homes With Kids – Part 8

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Moving homes with kids can be a slippery slope, but with some careful planning, it doesn’t have to be a traumatic experience. We’ve given you seven tips so far to help make the transition to a new home a bit easier. Today’s tip is extra fun!

There goes the neighborhood!:

Spend some time with your kids and do some research about your new surroundings. Will he/she be going to a new school? Drive past it and show him/her the route from your house to campus. Maybe there are some interesting shops, restaurants and ice cream parlors nearby. These are points of interest for your children and should be explored to make them excited about their new home. If your move isn’t too far away, maybe spend an afternoon walking  around and introducing yourself to your new neighbors.  You never know, maybe there’s a child your child’s age. Today’s stranger may be tomorrow’s new best friend!

Some websites that can help you learn about points of interest in your neighborhood as well as local events are as follows:

DiscoverLA

We Like LA

LA Weekly

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21
Jul

Tips for Moving Homes With Kids – Part 7

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We’re talking about the difficult Part of what makes kids tough to deal with sometimes is they’re opinionated and sometimes we are too busy and self-absorbed with what we’re doing to give them a chance to be heard. So, today’s tip for successfully moving homes while handling your children: give them a job to do.

Help Wanted:

Children really do value being heard so to ensure a smooth move-in day, it behooves you to let them help in making a decision or two that pertains to the house. Do you have a playroom set aside for their use? Maybe they can offer suggestions as to what color the walls should be.  Perhaps they could pick out some art for the walls in their rooms. Maybe it’s a small linen closet at the end of the hall but they had a hand in choosing where the shelves should go. Whatever you decide to do, let your little ones have some ownership of one or two decisions. Obviously, they should be limited and politely guided so that your living room or kitchen doesn’t end up a bright shade of magenta! But a little really does go a long way in terms of letting them feel like this is their house, too.

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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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