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Unique Holiday Décor Ideas for Your Home

When we think about the traditional Christmas or holiday experience, we often envision a big green tree, never-ending strands of tinsel and an overwhelming number of Santa decorations. While these decorations might bring you cheery nostalgia of holidays past, it can be hard to steer away from the traditional holiday decor to make the holidays reflect your own unique style. With these unique holiday décor ideas, you can create a stylish and sophisticated holiday look that stands out from traditional.  

Skip the traditional ornaments

Does the interior of your home have an aesthetic you don’t want to shy away from? You can incorporate your holiday décor into your home by matching the aesthetic you’ve created. How? Choose unique decor that embodies your family’s style. Or just choose décor that best reflects your family’s values. You can do this by adding unique ornaments that represent special moments or your family’s interests such as picture frame ornaments, specialty ornaments or even customized ornaments. You can also go out of the box with tree ornaments by creating your own. 


Go beyond red and green

When you think of the holiday season, flashes of the traditional red and green color combination typically come to mind. Go beyond these Christmas color expectations and opt for something bold, yet wintry, such as Amethyst or a Midnight Blue. These colors will fit well into almost any winter theme and add a unique and sophisticated style to any home. You don’t have to stick to the traditional decorations in these colors – buy vases, candles and other home decor in these colors to complement your specific style.


Leave the fabric and tinsel garlands in the attic this year 

While tinsel garlands and ribbon garlands might bring back memories of your childhood Christmas tree, there are other unique ways to deviate from traditional and take a unique approach. Try a burlap garland or even a floral garland. Originally, Christmas trees were decorated with floral garlands, but newer and brighter floral garland decorations give an updated feel to your tree. You can try your hand at making your own floral garland and incorporate several different kinds of flowers to complement your tree. By making your own you can choose types of flowers and colors to match your décor. 


Set up your Christmas display outdoors 

Have a cozy outdoor patio or fireplace? Take the Christmas setting outdoors this season and set up your tree and décor in your outdoor space. Use the outdoor mantle to decorate and adorn the space with twinkling lights. This can create the perfect space to celebrate the holiday cheer outdoors where you can enjoy hot cocoa, warm cookies and toast marshmallows by the fire. If you live in the south, spending Christmas outdoors probably won’t be unbearable, considering snow and freezing temperatures usually aren’t frequent.   


Small decorations make a big difference 

To make a big statement with smaller décor and decorations, use lanterns and vases to fill with Christmas items such as glass ornaments or individual Christmas string lights – or just the bulbs – to create cheery décor around the home. Spruce up your front porch with garland and use mini paper bag lights to create a simple, yet unique and festive walkway. By utilizing small decorations in eye-catching ways, you can still light up your home without buying thousands of Christmas lights. 


With these unique holiday décor and decoration ideas, you can leave the overused traditions of Christmas past behind and start your own traditions with a fresh look. Your décor will heavily depend on your own preferences, but it doesn’t take a thousand decorations to make it your own. Is a new home on your holiday wish list?  Move-Up America is here to help make moving into a brand new home the easiest part of the holidays for your family. Contact us today to find out how you can move into a brand new home while saving time AND thousands of dollars in the process! 

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5 Texas Events You Can’t Miss for Family Fun in the Fall

Fall is a favorite season for many. The colorful foliage, décor, comforting smells of pumpkins and apples bring a delightful and familiar comfort to many that adore the fall season. In addition to the smells and colors of fall, the cooler weather often lures people outdoors in search of events that can offer fun and bring the whole family together.

1.State Fair of Texas

Dallas, TX

September 29 – October 22

For only 23 days out of the whole year, the State Fair of Texas opens its doors to welcome patrons with open arms. Visitors from near and far travel to enjoy unique finds, like their unusual foods and beverages, only found at the State Fair. Enjoy carnival rides, live entertainment, kids activities and shows, and much more. With over 100 attractions featured each day of the fair, you’re bound to find fun for the whole family. Learn about the fair and get your tickets here: https://bigtex.com/

2. Wurstfest

New Braunfels, TX

November 3 to 12

Whether you’re fond of German culture or virtually nothing about it, the entire family can enjoy Wurstfest, a 10-day festival celebrating German culture. Called the best 10 days in sausage history means you shouldn’t leave without trying one! Held annually just outside of Austin in New Braunfels, Texas, at this festival, you’ll find food, music, dancing, carnival rides, games, and more! Sprechen Sie Fun? The entire family is sure to find it at Wurstfest. The best part? Children aged 12 and under receive free admittance. Find out about parking, driving directions and tickets here: https://wurstfest.com/

3. Texas Renaissance Festival

New Market Village, TX

September 30 – November 26

Ready to immerse yourself in Old World tradition, costumes, culture and fun? Claimed to be the nation’s largest and most acclaimed Renaissance Festival, the Texas Renaissance Festival welcomes more than half a million guests to its park just North of Houston each year. For approximately 9 weekends, this Fall festival presents an enchanted world full of fanciful and interactive characters. Entertainment includes a variety of over 200 performances throughout the village. The park also includes more than 400 shops featuring the crafts and work from artisans, artists, and merchants. Those hailing from out-of-town that would prefer to camp rather than stay in a nearby hotel can camp out on their 200-acre campsite. Get ready for some ye’ old fun! Check out their website for themed weekends: https://www.texrenfest.com/

4. Oktoberfest

Fredericksburg, TX

October 6 – 8 (one weekend)

Like Wurstfest but without emphasis on German bratwurst, this version of Oktoberfest also celebrates German culture during a single weekend in October. Just outside of Austin in downtown Fredericksburg, you and the whole family can indulge in food, dancing, entertainment and more with the added opportunity to explore some of the scenic surroundings of Fredericksburg and the Texas Hill Country. When you attend this event on the Saturday, the kids can also participate in the 8th annual Hauptstrasse Chicken Dance on Main Street!

5. Sweet Berry Farm

Marble Falls, TX

September 23 – November 8

Fantasize about picking your own Fall harvest, but don’t live on a farm? Beginning in late September at Sweet Berry Farm in Marble Falls, Texas, you and the kids can experience picking your own pumpkins, gourds, and flowers in this fun Fall activity for the whole family. Enjoy a variety of other activities, such as hay rides, pumpkin and face painting, scarecrow stuffing and more. Visit the Sweet Berry Farm website for more details.

With the Fall season upon us, there are plenty of events and activities for the whole family to enjoy before the winter season approaches. Do you have other plans in place this fall? Is moving into a new home on your checklist? Contact us today to find out how you can move into a brand new home while saving time and thousands of dollars in the process!

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How to Settle into a New Community After Moving

Settling somewhere new isn’t always easy. For everyone in your family, moving away from familiar places and people can leave you with feelings of discomfort and fear. After you uproot your family out of your familiar neighborhood and community, it’s important to leave your comfort zone in order to plant your family’s roots in a new community. Establishing connections and forming relationships with your community can help to make your new home – well, feel like home.

   1. Get to know your neighbors

Many people don’t take the time now to get to know who their neighbors are. Take the time to introduce yourself and learn more about them. You never know the kinds of relationships you can form with someone living right next door – or when you might need their help in a pinch. If they don’t beat you to it, take the time to bring your family next door and introduce yourself.

   2. Join online neighborhood and community groups

Nowadays, there’s a lot less walking door-to-door to talk to your neighbors and more jumping into online forums or groups. There are plenty of neighborhood and community groups formed online these days. One of the popular online neighborhood networking platforms is Nextdoor, a private social networking for your community. Many neighborhoods and communities also establish an online presence by forming a Facebook group.

   3. Host a house-warming party or a small block party

You don’t need to host an extravagant event to invite neighbors over to get to know them. Invite a few of the neighbors on your street for a small get-together. Forming these relationships not only keeps your community safer, it brings you together. Don’t feel comfortable having strangers in your home? If the weather is nice, host it in your backyard or in your driveway.

   4. Get involved

Volunteer or donate your time and effort to a cause in your local community. There’s bound to be a few causes your family can contribute to together. If you can’t find one, create your own! Take charge of getting to know your community this way and feel great knowing you’re doing something for a good cause. Get the kids involved, too. They’re likely in need of meeting some new friends, especially if they’ve recently had to change cities or schools.

   5. Join a Club

Whether it’s a book club, the PTA, or a booster club, joining other people with similar values and interests can help you meet and bond with new people. Joining a club or lending a hand to your kids’ school activities can also help you meet other parents who have children attending the same schools and could also help your kids to make new friends, too.

   6. Attend Community Events

Attending events hosted within your community can help your family find new, fun spots and activities near home. Community events are also a great way to help you learn who is helping contribute to your community. You can also learn more about how you can help to support the local businesses in your area. Community events can also be sporting events – does your community or city have a sports team? Lend your support by attending games – fun for the whole family and an opportunity to potentially meet new people!

 

Although it may take some time for your new place to feel like home, taking action to build connections can help ease you and your family into settling in a new community. You can always start small and branch out with each new opportunity you find. While this part of the post-moving process may seem difficult, Move-Up America is here to make moving to a new community easy! Contact us today to find out how you can move into a brand new home while saving time AND thousands of dollars in the process!

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Backyard Entertaining Ideas You’ll Want to Steal This Summer

From the long sunny days to the evenings buzzing with fireflies and families enjoying the outdoor weather, summer is an ideal time to host a get-together with family, friends, and neighbors. With the flexibility that summer offers, it’s also one of the easiest times to plan family fun, so why not host the entertainment right from your own backyard? We have a few ideas for backyard entertainment so fabulous you’ll wish you’d thought of them yourself!

Host an outdoor picnic or dinner party

Have you stocked up on summer recipes? Plan an afternoon garden party with friends or arrange a picnic right in your backyard! Avoid the hotter day temperatures and opt to host a dinner party at dusk. Include refreshing drinks, jazzy tunes, captivating games and delightful conversation and you’ve got yourself a thrilling backyard party! You can also create a sparkling atmosphere and string some outdoor lights or lanterns from your trees!

Put your game face on

Think games can only be played on a console or at the kitchen table? Think again! Bring the competition outdoors this summer and play entertaining games made for the outdoors like life-size Jenga or Backyard Twister. You could also host a game of charades around a small campfire! Bring friends, family, and even the neighbors to get in on the competition.

Outdoor Movie Night

Break away from your routine of hosting movie night in the living room and take it all outdoors! In the warm summer air, one thing you won’t have to worry about is getting cold. Connect PVC piping or use other materials, hang a sheet to cast a projector onto and watch your favorite movies right from your own backyard. Set up a popcorn bar by including various add-ins and toppings and don’t forget to invite the neighbors! If you have a pool in your backyard, hang on to some floaties for an extra fun experience!

Heat Up Summer with a Backyard Bonfire

Although combining summer temperatures with fire doesn’t exactly sound ideal, hanging out around a bonfire or fire pit can prove to be a fun backyard activity for many families. Use your fire pit to roast marshmallows and create tasty smores or heat mini hot dogs with the kids! Spice up your experience by telling spooky (or funny) stories around the fire pit during the long evenings of summer.

With all that it has to offer, summer is one of the best seasons to gather with friends, family, and neighbors without having to plan an elaborate or extravagant vacation. No matter which activities you choose to plan for you and your family this summer, just make sure to spend some time outdoors! If moving into a brand new home is in your plans for the summer, contact us today to find out how you can buy a brand new home while saving time AND thousands of dollars in the process!

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5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for the Kids During Summer Break

Temperatures are rising and schools are out, which can only mean one thing: Summer has officially arrived. While your kids are likely looking forward to three months of glorious free time, as a parent you’re probably wondering what on earth you’re going to do to prepare your home for the lengthy routine-less days of summer. Whether you’re a working parent or have the summers off, take stock of these home preparation ideas that’ll keep the kids busy and safe during the summer.

Stock up on library books and keep them around the house

Keep your kids busy this summer and keep their brains active by encouraging them to read books throughout the summer. Help your kids create a summer reading list based on their unique interests and head to the local library. Not sure what to include on their summer reading list? Find out what’s on the academic reading list for the new school year or find out what’s popular among your child’s age group. You could also explore lists of classic, must-read books suitable for your child’s age.

Buy healthy snacks so they’re not tempted by junk food

More than likely when your children tag along to the grocery store, they’re eager to pick out snacks that are tasty but not filling and most likely not at all nutritious. Make a list of healthy snack choices to leave for your kids – especially if you’re not at home during the day to supervise snack time – and head out to the store exclusively for these snacks. You can include a non-nutritious snack or two. It is summer, after all.

Create a list of chores

Want to encourage your kids to develop a chore routine or help out around the house? Design a chore chart for the kids when they’re home during the summer days. Simple chores for kids can include unloading the dishwasher, wiping off counters, taking out the trash, feeding the pets, and cleaning their rooms. For parents with kids who are addicted to using internet devices, parents can reset the WiFi code in the morning and kids can retrieve the code from you when they finish their chores.

Invest in home security monitoring

If you’re worried about solicitors or strangers stopping by while your kids are at home, it might be a good idea to invest in a security system that includes video monitoring. Popular systems involve a doorbell camera, where you can see and chat with someone at the front door without being at home. This is also an excellent time to teach your children about home safety and what they should or shouldn’t do if someone comes to the door. Although your kids may know what to do, a home security system might give you more peace of mind when you’re unable to be at home.

Parental controls

If you’re away at work during the day, you might be worried about what your kids could be watching when you’re not around. You might also be worried about the types of movies and television shows that air during the day. Ensure you have parental controls set on the cable devices and on other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. This way, you can set controls to disallow them from stumbling upon something not suitable for kids.

Whether you’re working or at home during summer break, this is a great time of year to develop fun routines that also encourage continued learning. With these home preparation ideas, kids can stay safe while enjoying the fun (sometimes routine-less) days of summer break. Does your summer home preparation plan include selling your home and buying a new home? Contact us today to find out how you can move into a brand new home while saving time AND thousands of dollars in the process!

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7 Best Camping Destinations in Texas

The summer season brings warmer weather and the burning desire to get out of the house and experience the nature and beauty Texas has to offer. With the large number of parks and nature areas to camp in Texas, how will you choose? We’re all about saving you time and money, so don’t hire a travel agent – check out our list of the must-see camping destinations in Texas. So get out there and enjoy the clear, blue skies and wide open country that is Texas.

1. Inks Lake State Park

A short drive from the bustling city and cozy suburbs of Austin and into the gorgeous nature of the Texas Hill Country lies a hidden gem with activities the whole family can enjoy. Inks Lake State Park is a popular favorite among families native to the area and each summer it’s filled with visitors who occupy one of the 200 campsites or 22 cabins. Spend your summer days here kayaking, swimming or canoeing in the brisk Colorado River.

What makes Inks Lake a family favorite? There something for everyone and any age! Along with water activities, you can also spend the days fishing for sunfish, catfish and bass. Swim or hike to the legendary scenic spot, the Devil’s Waterhole. Daring cliff divers flock to this stunning spot and when the Valley Spring Creek is running, head upstream to experience and explore scenic waterfalls you won’t find anywhere else.

 

2. Colorado Bend State Park

This destination is a must-visit for outdoor enthusiasts. Colorado Bend State Park is a prime spot for “primitive” camping – you know, where you build and sleep in your own tent. Spend time pursuing traditional outdoor activities like hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, wildlife viewing or join one of the guided tours they offer in the park. If those don’t hit your sweet spot for adventure, explore underground caves on one of the Wild Cave Tours offered. You can crawl, slide, and climb through tight crevices and experience canyons few people have visited before. Don’t be afraid to get dirty and possibly drenched on these tours – they aren’t kidding about the crawling!

If you plan to stay above ground during your visit, join the Gormal Falls Tours. A two-hour guided tour includes a 1.5 mile round-trip hike through the rugged, yet beautiful canyonlands to the stunning main attraction of the state park, where chilly water spills over a limestone cliff and into a serene grotto. It’s a quiet, one-of-a-kind spot you can’t miss!

3. Possum Kingdom State Park

If you’re all-about a camping destination that doubles as a water lover’s paradise, you need to spend time this summer at Possum Kingdom State Park. With both cabins and regular campsites available, the 300 miles of shoreline and scenic covers offer an abundance of water activities such as swimming, boating, fishing, skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling and more. This state park regularly rents out boat slips, wakeboards, kneeboards, water skiis and tubes to campers, so you won’t have to pack additional gear. Fishers at heart will swoon over the on-site boat launch, fishing pier and a fish cleaning station – so you can eat what you catch right at your campsite.

The activities available at this park aren’t exclusively limited to the water. Land activities also include camping, hiking, picnicking, biking and studying nature. Those who visit here should be aware that the lake water is non-potable and campers must bring their own water. If water activities feed your fancy, take a trip to Possum Kingdom State Park this summer.

 

4. Padre Island National Seashore

You may enjoy camping, but do sand, seashells and the sound of ocean waves sing your true calling? The Padre Island National Seashore in Texas is the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world – and you can camp there! Separating the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre, the park protects 70 miles of coastline, dunes, prairies, and wind tidal flats all teeming with life from the land and sea. Camping here, you can be a part of protecting the Kemps’ Ridley Sea Turtle – which attempt to escape over the sandy beach and to the sea when they hatch.

Campgrounds here are open year-round and are first-come, first-serve, so be sure and arrive early! Campers here can “get away from it all” with the feeling of seclusion, because there are no RV hookups in this park and the nearest amenities are located 12 miles away. Summer nights here are best spent stargazing and enjoying a warm campfire along the sandy beach. 

5. Big Bend National Park

Perhaps one of the more well-known camping destinations in Texas includes Big Bend National Park. With 150 miles of hiking trails, spectacular vistas, canyons and rugged desert mountains, there’s so much to see and do in this park. Kayak, canoe or raft the Rio Grande River, take a one-hour or multi-day horseback riding adventure or enjoy scenic bicycling and mountain biking. Big Bend has it all – even when the sun goes down. This national park has the least light pollution of any other National Park in 48 states, which makes it an excellent place for stargazing.

 

6. Garner State Park

Float through the clear, cool Frio river that winds through 1,774 acres of scenic, colorful Hill Country landscape. In Garner State Park, you can swim, hike, and camp surrounded by 11 miles of scenic trails along the 2.9 mile Frio River. This park offers screened shelters, cabins and campsites to visitors who may also rent paddle boats, kayaks and inner-tubes for river activities. During the summer, enjoy a tube shuttle and putt-putt golf course as well...

Garner State Park offers a truly unique experience along the clear, chilly river where you can participate in the summer dance – a long-standing tradition that began in the 1940’s when young people gathered in the heat of the summer evenings for a jukebox dance. Sound like fun? Make sure if you put Garner State Park on your list, arrive early or make a reservation ahead of time because the park often reaches max visitor and camper capacity as early as 10 a.m. on weekends in the summer.

7. Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Desire an experience unlike any other yet want to stay within the state borders? The Palo Duro Canyon State Park boasts the second largest canyon in the country and is often referred to as “The Grand Canyon of Texas.” Located in the Texas Panhandle, enjoy the rough, rugged beauty by foot, mountain bike, horse or car. Here, you can find 30 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails – although, you’ll have to bring your own horse for that adventure.

Campsites here have water and electricity sites offered, as well as primitive sites, drive-up sites, back packing and equestrian sites available to meet the needs of any campers who find themselves spending a summer night in this park. During the summer, you can even see a show right in the park! Witness the outdoor musical drama TEXAS only during the summer season.

From the coast to the panhandle, Texas boasts an abundance of parks with limitless activities and fun for the entire family. With an abundance of scenic parks and treasure to be found within, Texas should be at the top of your list for best camping destinations to visit this summer. Camp in one of Texas’s best camping destinations and have the best summer ever! If a move is also in your plans this summer, be sure and contact us today to find out how we can help you move into a brand new home while saving time AND save you thousands of dollars in the process!

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6 Money Saving Tips for New Homeowners

Buying a new home is a major accomplishment for many people. While reaching a new milestone and beginning a new chapter of their life is exciting, a new home can also mean new and potentially unexpected expenses for homeowners. New homeowners, utilize these money-saving tips for both inside and outside of the home!

Spruce up old or existing furniture

Purchasing a new home incites the feeling of starting over or beginning a brand new chapter. Many new homeowners feel inspired to buy all new furniture when moving into a brand new home, but furniture can add an expensive tab on top of new home costs. Instead of adding new furniture, bring new life to your décor by opting to repurpose your current furniture. If you really desire a fresh look, you can purchase used furniture to repurpose or keep as is and still save money.  

Install energy-saving appliances

Although most brand new homes are now built from the floor up with energy efficient products, you can do even more to save on energy costs. Consider purchasing energy-efficient appliances for your new home, like energy-efficient washing machines and dishwashers. For heating and cooling, programmable thermostats help regulate the air in your home while preventing fluctuating temperature and energy cost. Additionally, installing LED light bulbs throughout your home can save on the cost of replacement as well as reducing heat and saving hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in the long-run.

Purposeful planting to lower maintenance and energy cost

When new homeowners think about saving energy and maintenance costs inside the home, they don’t often think about doing it from the outside. By using purposeful planting strategies, new homeowners can plant shade trees near sides of the home where heat often affects them the most to keep cool air in during the hotter summer months. Keep lawn maintenance and landscaping costs at bay by reducing the number of bushes and flowerbeds in your yard as well as planting low-maintenance bushes and other plants, like succulents.

Organize maintenance lists, manuals, and receipts

Thorough inspections and deep cleaning appliances or other items in your household may seem time-consuming when you’re busy. However, proactive inspections and maintenance ensures your appliances and household products are in good working condition. Keeping a record of your major appliances and how often they’re cleaned and maintained – as well as warranty information, will help new homeowners ease the burden and headache of having to repair or replace it in the future. New homeowners should also properly store manuals and receipts in a place they can easily find them. This way, when something goes amiss, owners can attempt to repair the problem themselves, instead of hiring an outside professional, which can cost a pretty penny just to diagnose the issue.

Keep a design binder for your home

Remodel and re-design aren’t thoughts that often come to mind for homeowners moving into a brand new home. More often than not, everything they want is already put in place such as countertops, flooring, and paint. As a new homeowner, you probably won’t remember what that obscure paint color name is five or ten years down the road. Keep design things like paint colors, carpet or wood flooring information handy when you may need to have touch-ups or repairs done in the future. It’s much easier than flipping through a paint color book trying to find your home’s current paint colors.

With the summer months nearly upon us and perhaps one of the busier times for buying a new home, it’s important to think about money saving practices sooner rather than later. Being proactive and organized can mean saving both time and money in the future so you can focus on relaxing in your home. To find out how you can save money during the home-buying process, contact us today and learn about our Move-Up programs designed to fit your family’s evolving lifestyle and save you thousands of dollars!

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Best Safety Practices For Family-Friendly Homes

Before you dive head-first into the spiral of spring cleaning and sprucing, you should take time to evaluate the safety practices within your home. Keeping your home safe for you and your family should be at the top of your priority list. Ensure your family is utilizing the best practices for safety within your home, and make our best safety tips the first items on your spring to-do lists.

Keep items out of reach from young children

Having young children in the home requires a particular level of thinking and planning in order to stay ahead of keeping them safe and away from breakables and household products that could harm them. Examples of basic safety tips to keep your home family-friendly:

  • Keep your medicine in child-proof bottles and away in high cabinets
  • Turn off and unplug hot tools – this includes hair styling tools in the bathroom as well as cooking tools in the kitchen that may remain hot after use
  • Store heavy tools and hardware in the garage – if you can’t store it in the garage, at the top of a closet or cabinet could work
  • Be cautious when storing cleaning products under the sink or any place where children and pets can find them

Safety on the staircases

For children, adults and even household pets, the staircase can become a hot spot for mishaps and accidents. A good precaution to take is to install small night lights that illuminate each stair step at night. If there are railings on the staircase, it’s also a good idea to measure the space between the rails and spindles so that a young child or pet cannot squeeze through them. If you want to keep children and pets off the stairs altogether, you could invest in a small gate that stays secure and locked at the top and the bottom of the staircase.

Backyard and pool

When spring time rolls around, you and your family will find yourselves spending more time out in the backyard. The warmer weather tends to bring uninvited guests to your yard, such as weeds and insects. In the front and back yard, you may be using products to eliminate pesky weeds and insects. If you have pets or small children that like to roam free throughout the yard, make sure you read the instructions and safety warnings on the product you use if you need to keep pets and children away.

If you have a pool in your backyard, you should follow proper maintenance guidelines for keeping it clean and chemically balanced. If you have children or pets you’d like to keep out of the pool when you’re not around, you could install a barrier or gate around the pool.

Stock your emergency kit

Every household should follow common safety practices - keeping a fire extinguisher or two in the house, changing the smoke alarm batteries every six months, etc. Households should also prepare an emergency kit and keep it stocked with flashlights, batteries, first aid supplies, and more. If you live in an area prone to emergencies such as tornadoes, hurricanes, or major storms, additionally, you should design an emergency plan for your family.

The spring is an excellent time for your family to evaluate current safety practices inside and outside of your home. You can rest easier knowing you have these practices and measures in place at home and spend more time with your family basking in the beautiful spring weather. If you’re preparing for major changes this spring - such as selling your home or growing your family, contact us to find out how we can help you move into a brand new home while saving time and saving on closing costs AND save you thousands of dollars in the process!

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Get into the Spring of Things with these Home Décor and Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring is just around the corner and that means breathing some new life into your home. It’s the perfect time of year to clean out, freshen up, and do a little bit of redecorating. With so much to do it can be daunting figuring out where to start. Luckily, we have all the tips you need to help you prepare your home for spring!

Start Spring with a Clean Slate

Start by doing some simple cleaning around your house. Mop and vacuum floors, dust shelves and counters, declutter bookshelves, tables and desks. Take the chores you do throughout the year and add a little extra time and attention for a good start to your spring cleaning.

Spring cleaning is the perfect excuse to take care of semi-annual maintenance tasks as well! Here’s a quick checklist to help:

  • Replace or clean HVAC filters
  • Clean out your gutters
  • Wash your windows (inside and out)
  • Touch up any cracked or peeling paint
  • Replace smoke detector batteries

Go through and see what on the list needs to be done, and make your home fresh and clean!

 

 

Bring Spring Indoors

Now that you’ve got all your cleaning done, your home is ready for some spring decorating! One of the best things about this time of year is being able to decorate with natural elements. Pick out your favorite blooms and place them in vases around your home. If you want to get a little more creative, you could gather up some of branches, pebbles, and greenery and place them in a glass terrarium.

 

 

Freshen Up for Spring

Bring some color indoors by changing up your color palette. Think clean whites, soft greens and blues, and touches of vibrant yellows or pinks. You can do this with window treatments, throw pillows, placemats or tablecloths, rugs, and picture frames. There are lots of opportunities to add pops of spring color around your home.

Updating furniture is another wonderful way to freshen up your home. Whether purchasing new, moving pieces around or giving new life to older, aging furniture. Give worn furniture new life with some paint and some extra love. Picking out new wall art to display in your living room can also make for a new, fresh feel.

 

 

Add Some Spring Curb Appeal

Don’t forget the outside of your home! Get rid of all those fallen leaves and get ready for some color! If you’ve got a garden bed, planting some seasonal flowers will really brighten up your exterior and add some curb appeal to your home. Update your front door a fresh coat of paint while you’re out there, add a new welcome mat along with some potted plants to your front porch for an inviting spring feel.

 

 

The sunshine and warmth of spring are a welcome change from the dreary winter days. There is just as much fun to be had indoors as out! Take these tips and bring some of that spring joy in to your home! If you’re looking to make an even bigger change during this season and are ready to make a move, contact us to find out how we can help you get into a new home without all the hassle of a traditional real estate transaction!

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Home Décor Tips for Families with Kids

Home Décor Tips for Families with Kids
Decorating a house is an important part of making your home feel like, well, your home. When kids come into the picture, it gets harder to keep your home looking as nice and stylish as it once was. We have a secret to tell you: There’s no need to sacrifice having a fantastic looking home just because of the little ones. There are several ways to make any room look stunning while still keeping it kid-friendly! We’ve picked out some of our favorites to give you an idea of how to decorate your home while keeping those loveable mess-makers in mind.

Get Creative with Seating

If you’ve got a toddler wandering around, too-high seating areas and pointy edges might be a cause for concern. Considering replacing it with poufs or even a storage ottoman. These will be easier on the little one if any accidents happen. As your toddler grows, the poufs can provide extra seating for them and any playmates they might have over, freeing up couch space for the adults. And a storage ottoman can be great for quickly clearing toys off the living room floor before guests arrive. Poufs and ottomans are easy to move around, and can make great accent pieces to any room.

If you’re a DIY kind of person, you can take your old, rectangular coffee table and turn it into an ottoman with this handy guide!

Get Creative With Seating

Use an Outdoor Rug Indoors

Outdoor rugs are incredibly easy to clean, but they don’t just have to be kept outside. Find one that’s stylish to add a nice touch to your dining or living room. When the kids get messy during meal time or rowdy at play time, your floors will be protected and you don’t have to worry about an expensive rug being ruined!  These are also great to throw down in other high-traffic areas of your home, in case of muddy footprints or spilled drinks while your family moves about.

Use Outdoor Rugs Indoors

Window Seat Storage

For any family, storage is crucial for helping keep the home clutter-free. If you’ve got the space, why not build a window seat with storage in a family room or play room? It adds extra seating, makes for a great, cozy reading nook, and gives you another place to quickly and easily hide any clutter that occurs in your day-to-day living right before the guests come over.

Window Seat Storage  

Durable Paint and Chalkboard Walls

Walls are bound to take a beating when you have kids running around. If they’re bored, they want to bounce their basketball off their closet door. When they come home from softball practice, they’re kicking their cleats off against the baseboard. Of course, there’s also the inevitable drawing-on-the-wall experiment that everyone does once during childhood. Choosing paints that are easy to clean is a great option when you’ve got kids. If you’ve got a little artist, and you want to give them room to create, a chalkboard wall in the bedroom is another fantastic idea. You can also mix magnetics (which you can find at a home improvement store) and paint a wall in a busy hallway to hang up artwork or school work.

You don’t just have to focus on how durable furniture materials are (though that’s, of course, important). You can get fun, stylish, and creative too! There are a lot of fun ways to decorate your home that not only keep it kid-friendly, but also let’s your families’ personality shine through. Move-Up America values family needs, and our services can be very beneficial to those who are looking for the right home, especially in the case of growing families! Contact us today to learn how we can help you and your family.

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Fun Christmas Traditions to Start this Year!

Camp Out Under the Christmas Tree

The night after you’ve finished decorating the Christmas tree, let the kids camp out on the living-room floor with the tree lit up. This will really get them in the Christmas spirit!

Make Reindeer Food

Cookies and milk are the classic Santa snacks, but he’s not the only one working hard Christmas night! Help your kids make sure the reindeer get fed too by mixing oats with glitter and sprinkling it out on the yard, the sparkle makes it easy for the reindeer to find.

New Year’s Prediction Jar

On Christmas, have everyone write down their predictions for next year in their own or someone else’s lives and place them in a jar. Next Christmas you can open it up and see if any predictions came true.

Candy Cane Countdown

Let the kids count down to Christmas with candy canes or another Christmas treat. Fill a jar with candy and/or other holiday goodies and let them have a piece each day through December 25th.

A Christmas Eve Present

Have one present that the kids can open on Christmas Eve. A great idea is to wrap up a new pair of Christmas-themed pajamas, popcorn, and a Christmas movie they can watch before bed!
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