How to Make Your Move Easier On the Kids

Moving is stressful enough with the planning, packing, and the actual moving process without adding kids into the mix.  So how do you make a move with kids easier on you as well as them?  Here are a few steps that you can take to ensure that this can happen:

  • Explain to the kids what is happening and why
  • Let them know that everything will be okay and you love them
  • Help them get excited about the move by picking out something for them to focus on, for ex. decorating their awesome new room!
  • Let them be sentimental about their favorite things in or around the house
  • Make a scrapbook for the old house and then it can be a continued project for them to work on things they love about the new house
  • Have a going away party for them to say goodbye to the neighborhood and friends
  • If it is a local move see if they can stay with grandparents or family friends during the actual move
  • When they see their new home make sure it is a first positive experience for them

We hope these tips helped and as always we are here “to help take the stress out of your move”!

Creating a New Space!

There are many tasks to complete when it comes to moving. One that is often overlooked is choosing what to take with you to your new home and what to donate. This is a cleansing experience and you do not have to wait until you move to try this!

When sorting through your things to purge; keep in mind what style your next home is going to be. This may be the time to get the new furniture you have been saving up to buy; or that rug may be need to discarded and replaced with a better suited rug for the space. Again, you do not have to move to go through this process. You may want to change the design of your living room and the couch and chair may need to go in place of a different style or colored couch (you can also have them refinished or place covers for a different look).

This is also a great time to get the family involved and have some fun choosing your layout! There are some great tools on the internet that will help you if you get stumped or get a magazine and look at the pictures for inspiration!

*Tip – Shower regularly and your friends and family will appreciate it!

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Moving – A chance to cleanse?

          Most people think of moving as a chore and do not look forward to the experience.  There is another way to look at the experience of moving.  We can look at this as a time to cleanse our homes as well as ourselves.

Have you ever watched one of those reality hoarder shows and thought this might be me one day?  Most of us do and will at some time in our life, because it is a natural reaction to try and hold on to our things.  What we do not realize is that we need different things; at different phases of our lives and sometimes never again, for example, a pacifier.  So don’t worry if you have your old pacifier in a drawer somewhere we will help you figure out what to keep and what to cleanse.

First, when you decide to move go through everything.  I would suggest doing this before you get a moving quote, because you will hopefully have less to be moved and will receive a more accurate quote.  When you go through your boxes think about the last time you used these things or even looked at them.  Now I am not saying do not keep mementos, because we all need some of those!  Just try and figure out what is a memento and what is taking up space.

This is a cleansing experience!  It is proven that when we are around clutter we feel stressed and less centered.   Get rid of anything that has a negative history associated with it.  We have enough things in life to go through without holding on to the negatives of the past.

* Tip – if you do find your old Pacifier – junk it!

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Fall Moving Tips

  Now that fall is in full swing, we have a few moving tips that we think you will find helpful!

  • Wear layers so that you can remove and add clothing when needed; depending on where you are in the moving process as well as the day.
  • Drink plenty of water.  This is always important; moving or not!
  • Summer is peak moving season – with that in mind, you should be able to get better rates on moving items, truck rentals, moving estimates, etc.
  • Do not try to pack while watching football!  This may seem funny, but make sure you label your boxes and pack them with care.  Always fill your boxes to the top – so that they won’t cave in when moving.
  • Blow your driveway and walking path the day of your move.  This will help keep leaves and debris off the moving truck; which will help your furniture stay clean.

Good Luck with your move and feel free to post questions and comments on our blog and Facebook page!

How to Know if you are Ready to Take the Plunge

Housing prices rates and have not been this good for at least a decade.  So are you ready to buy a home?  We will help you figure out the answer to that in this article.

Are you a first time home buyer?  If you are there are advantages to you buying a home, such as, tax breaks, interest free loans, etc.  To find out more about these opportunities visit: www.dca.ga.gov/housing/Homeownership/programs/GeorgiaDream.asp.

If you are not a first time home buyer; there are still plenty of reasons to purchase a home.  First, as previously stated, the rates and prices of homes have not been this good for a decade.  So you can purchase more home for less of the price; or you can save on the house you would have purchased.

If you are interested in looking for a home, make sure to figure out how much you want to spend and what interest rate you want.  There are mortgage calculators you can use to figure out what the payment will be like on different homes.  It will be easier if you get pre-approved and also help you secure a house faster when you find it!  It is always best to be prepared when making decisions.  Try to make the payment 1/3 of your take home pay or less; that will ensure you are not overwhelmed with your payment.

When looking at a home make sure that it will not be a money pit.  Fixing up a home is a good idea, but make sure that you will have the time and money to dedicate to these projects.  If you do not have time for extra projects then play it safe when looking at what a house will need.  The bathrooms and kitchens sell a home.  Make sure that you will not throw a lot of money in other areas of the house if you are not looking to stay there long term.

We hope this article was helpful and good luck with searching for your new home!  Do not hesitate with any questions and as always we love your feedback!

What is Normal Wear and Tear during Your Move

There are many things to think about when moving.  There may even be things you will not think of until after the move such as: what is normal wear and tear during your move?  We all want our belongings to be treated with care, but unfortunately accidents occur.

First, look at your pieces of furniture and note if they have imperfections currently.  This will help you to know if something new has occurred or if the blemish was already on the piece of furniture.  When moving to a new home, we will be quicker to notice something, because the surroundings have changed.

Next, once you know what the current state of your furniture, is to note any special pieces.  If you have an antique, for example, make sure to point these out to your movers to ensure that they can take proper precautions.

Once, you have moved to your new home – take a look around and see what if any rubs or scratches have occurred.  Note that some rubbing on the bottom of pieces is normal.  There is an easy fix, for any rubs on your furniture, which is a furniture pen.  These are available at Lowes and many other home specialty stores.  You may also need to touch up the walls in a few places; if you had large pieces placed in smaller areas of the house.  If you are going to paint your new home then this does not matter!  Please do not hesitate to post questions and Happy Moving Day!