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Move-Up America is a full service real estate brokerage that is re-inventing the process of selling an existing home while purchasing a newly constructed home from a builder. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Move-Up America has established itself as a national leader in contingent homebuyer services. With an extensive background in both new home procedures as well as residential brokerage services we are the industries leading resource in assisting families and homebuilders navigate the difficult process of selling one property while preparing to move into a newly built home.

Keeping Your Kids Safe Through the Holidays


From the yummy treats of Thanksgiving time, to the wonders of the Christmas season, the holidays can be a wonderful time for children—but they can also be dangerous. From poisonous plants to electrical hazards, fun holiday festivities can pose potential dangers for your kids, especially younger ones.  


Here are some simple steps to keep children safe during the holiday season:


1. Keep Your Celebrations Safe with a Designated Babysitter



If a holiday party is in your plans, make sure there will be designated childcare at the event or hire a babysitter and let your little ones stay home. It’s not enough to just be at an event with other adults and assume someone will be looking out for the kids. Babysitting duty needs to be someone’s full-time occupation at any festivity with kids!


2. Watch Out for Danger Plants


If you must decorate with seasonal plants, do so safely. Holly and mistletoe must be kept out of the reach of children, as both are poisonous and can be a real safety hazard to little ones that like to put everything in their mouth. Better yet, buy plastic!


3. Avoid Small Parts on Toys


Always buy toys that are labeled for your child’s age range to avoid the risk of doling out a choking hazard by accident. Toys for children under three in particular must be bigger than the size of the child’s fist for safety. It’s good to inspect all toys before giving them to your child as well, to ensure that no small pieces could break off during play.


4. Practice Fireside Safety


‘Tis the season for a comfortable blaze in the fireplace, but make sure to use precautions to keep your kiddos at a safe distance. Get a solid screen to place in front of the fire to prevent rogue sparks, and preferably get one that locks into place so that it won’t fall over if handled roughly.


5. Watch Your Tree Carefully


As you prepare for Christmas, be choosy with your tree selections. If you’re shopping for an artificial tree, look for one that is fire resistant. If choosing a live tree, make sure to keep it watered to avoid dry needles and a potential fire hazard.


Looking to upgrade in time for the holidays? Contact Move Up America today to find out how we can help.

Five Quick DIY Halloween Costume Ideas for your Kids


So it’s the week before Halloween, and you just got invited to a costume party with no time to prep costumes for yourself, let alone your kids. Don’t panic! There are loads of quick last-minute costumes that you can throw together in a pinch, with just the items you have in your closet already. Your kids will love the creativity, and you’ll save money in the long run!


Here’s our top 5 picks for simple DIY Halloween costumes your kids will love:





There’s nothing you can’t do with a sheet of fabric and some old winter gloves. A mask can be cut quickly out of an old t-shirt, and voila! You’re ready to punch some bad guys and save the day!


Fighter plane


Cardboard is a wonderful thing. Unfold the box flat, and then cut diagonally to make wings that can be painted in whatever shade your child desires. Attach to a backpack or make a quick makeshift harness with a belt or two, and the sky’s the limit.





A pair of fairy wings can be taken to the next level with a little bit of face paint. Better yet, match the type of bug to the color wings you choose. Red wings? Use a sponge to add black polka dots, and you’ve got a ladybug costume instead.





What child doesn’t want to be a pirate at some point in their life? This costume looks complicated but is actually fairly simple. The key is layering, starting with a plain loose shirt and baggy pants, then add a vest (easy to make by cutting an old t-shirt down the middle), and then adding belts and scarves. A bandanna on the head, draw on a moustache if you choose, and it’s time to sail the seven seas!





When it comes to armor, cardboard is and will always be your best friend. Swords, shields, and even plate armor are easy to outline and cut out of any boxes you may have available. A coat of tinfoil or even a quick spray paint can take brown and boring to shiny and adventurous in no time flat.

If you’re ready to take your home from “too small” to “just right” this fall, our team at Move-Up America can make the process both easy AND affordable. Contact us today to find out how we can help you save time and money as you move into a new home.

Kids Headed off to College? It Might be Time to Downsize


If your children have left for college or maybe to start families of their own, your home might be suddenly quieter and better organized than it’s been in years. Now that you can finally hear yourself think, you may have realized that you have more space in that big house than you know what to do with. If you’ve found yourself with an empty nest, downsizing might be the perfect solution for your new lifestyle needs.


Here are five things to consider when thinking about downsizing:



1. Larger homes cost more


If your house is paid off, you might not think about how much you could be saving by downsizing, but it could be a hefty sum. There are still taxes, insurance, and energy bills that all cost much more with a larger home. By moving to a smaller space, you can cut these costs significantly.


2. Less clutter


We all hold onto things we don’t need. Downsizing is a perfect time to give away all those extra dishes or throw pillows you’ve been hanging onto, and free up some closet space in the process. If it doesn’t have a function, you can toss it!



3. Achieve your ideal lifestyle


Do you want to live near the center of town, close to all the shops and excitement? Or do you want to live in an idyllic farm country in peace and quiet? Whatever your goals, they’re now in reach. Now that the kids have moved on, you can finally get a home where you’ve always dreamed of living.



4. Attachment


You might be emotionally invested in that home that you raised your children in, even if it’s far too big for your needs now. But don’t let that stop you from moving on. Just think: now a new young family will be able to move in and begin a new chapter of their lives there. And you’ll be free to begin a new chapter for yourself.



5. Don’t wait too long


If you’re planning to downsize anytime in the near future, sooner is always better than later. Taking time to settle into routines again after the kids leave means you’re more likely to just keep putting it off.


Ready to save and simplify? MoveUp America’s Right Size program has the solutions you need. Give us a call today!

Back to School Tips for Parents

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It’s that time of year again, and parents everywhere are starting to round up the little ones from their romps in the great outdoors, and rope them into backpacks, uniforms, and shoes. Your older kids may be used to this, but your little ones may need some help adjusting to their new schedule. We may not be Pinterest, but we’ve got some suggestions for five easy ways to transition your kiddos into the new school year.


Organize everything


1. Organize everything


You can never have enough IKEA sorters and hanging cubbies in the closet. Anything that you can give a designated spot, should get a designated spot. Whether it’s school supplies or uniforms: divide and conquer!




2. Lay out outfits the night before – socks included


Speaking of organization, make sure you lay out everyone’s outfit the night before. This way, you’ll avoid the panic of suddenly not having any clean socks five minutes before you have to leave to get on the bus.


Don’t forget breakfast


3.  Don’t forget breakfast


Food prep is handy for so many things. Consider prepping breakfast for the whole week on the weekends, so that during the week all you have to do is grab a pre-made breakfast sandwich or taco. Skip the stress and fuel your mornings right!




4. Choose your own lunches


If your kids are picky eaters, it can be helpful to let them choose what they want to eat that day in as many ways as possible. Giving them a “menu” of the three options they have for the day, and then letting them pick a veggie and a fruit to go with, can increase the odds that lunch will get eaten, and not traded for a twinkie.



5. Schedule in plain sight


You probably have a calendar on your phone jam-packed with dates, but having a wall calendar can also be useful, especially if it’s in plain sight on the fridge while you’re making lunches in the morning.


Going back to school after a long summer can be rough, but with a little creativity and a lot of organizing, you and your kiddos will hit your perfect routine in no time. And, now that the kids are in school, you can start concentrating on your own plans—whether that’s a thorough housecleaning or finding another home entirely. If you’re looking to move this fall, don’t hesitate to let us know. MoveUp America can help!

How can you make your backyard a pleasant retreat this summer?

It’s summertime, and things can get a little wild out there. You mow the lawn one Saturday, and before you know it the grass has shot up, the bushes are invading the neighbor’s driveway again, and no one’s seen the mailbox in weeks. Yikes! Is it your backyard or a jungle out there? Never fear! For families looking to keep their yard a fantastic play-friendly habitat, we’ve got the tips for you.

1. Spray for mosquitos This is perhaps the best thing you can do in a Texas summer if you ever want to go outside again. Get a professional to treat your yard for mosquitos so your kids can return to the great outdoors bug-bite free.


2. Invest in a sprinkler Not only is this a necessity for keeping that lawn fresh and green, or at least not a completely parched eyesore, you can entertain kids for hours by letting them play in the water.

3. Mow your grass on a higher setting While this may seem counterintuitive, longer grass allows for longer roots, which means your grass can soak up more moisture and stay greener longer. Try opting for just a single setting higher and see if it makes a difference.

4. Invest in your patio furniture If the kids are outside, you’ll want to be out there keeping an eye on them, and why not do so in style? Make sure your patio furniture isn’t rotted or damaged in any way if it’s from last season, and maybe even repaint it for a great family DIY project.

5. Grill with Caution Grilling is a great way to bring the family together over food! Just make sure you exercise caution, and never leave an open flame unsupervised. Summertime is a magical season, that provides so many opportunities for the entire family to enjoy time outside in the backyard together. And no matter how you choose to furnish your yard, be safe and have fun! If your yard feels a little small, and a new home starts to look like it might be in the summer plans as well, contact us today to find out how we can help you save time and money as you buy a brand new home! Contact Us!

Five Reasons Summer is the Best Time to Move

Are you planning to move soon? If so, now’s just the right time of the year to make the leap. Summertime is the best time to relocate, whether it’s across the country or just across the neighborhood. The sun is shining, the kids are out of school, and the future looks nothing but promising. If you weren’t convinced yet, here are five more great reasons that summertime is the best time to move.

Five Reasons Summer is the Best Time to Move


1. Summer is the best time to sell your home

Statistically speaking, summer is the best time of year to sell your house. June, July, August, and even September are when houses really start to move off the market, and selling your current home is pretty integral to moving into a new one.

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2. Moving is easier with the kids out of school

While it might seem easier to plan a move while the kids are in school, trying to organize a move around their school schedule is no joke. An additional benefit of waiting until summertime is that you won’t have to coordinate your big plans around their school attendance. Plus, moving in the middle of the term can be unsettling for kids of any age.

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3. The weather is better for a move in the summertime

Let’s face it, even in the stickiest summer month, sweating bucketloads is still better than rain or sleet while you’re trying to move a couch down a flight of stairs without slipping. Even if it’s hot, that’s still better than moldy furniture, frozen hands, or moving in the rain. Summertime is almost a surefire time to have a safer and overall better move.

Better Moving Weather


4. Garage sales are a great way to get rid of clutter when you move

Summer is also garage sale season. If you don’t want to move all your stuff, having a big garage sale can help you clear some of it out. Everyone goes to garage sales in the summer to stock up for vacation and back to school.

Garage Sale


5. The power of friendship is never stronger than when you are moving

The best thing about moving in the summertime? Your friends are less busy, and you can usually rope one or two or three of them into helping. In fact, you may even know some college kids home for the summer looking for extra work.

Power of Friendship

When you’re ready to sell your current home and move into a brand new home, our team at Move-Up America can make the process both easy AND affordable. Contact us today to find out how you can move into a new home while saving time and thousands of dollars in the process!

Family-Friendly Activities to Kick Off Your Summer

With summer right around the corner (we’re already feeling the heat), you’ll likely spend countless days at your favorite spots to cool off. For families looking for fun beyond the trips to the pool or the park, we’ve compiled a list of family-friendly activities to kick off the summer!




1. Pick seasonal produce at a nearby farm


Live near a farm that allows public picking of seasonal fruits and vegetables? Make the trip out with the kids to pick some fruits and vegetables to bring home – or enjoy while you spend an afternoon in the countryside. You could even bring your pickings home and incorporate them into a recipe for dinner – another fun-filled family activity!




2. Camp out under the stars


Summer is one of the best times to go camping because the weather is optimal to enjoy numerous activities at your favorite local or national park! Not enthused by the wildlife? Pitch a tent in your own backyard and have a camping adventure close to home!


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3. Visit your favorite water park or amusement park


Although these spots fill up fast during the summer, there’s endless activities at amusement parks or water parks. When choosing which venue to visit during the summer, keep in mind whether it has water amenities – splash pads, wave pools, or just small water playgrounds for kids. Even if you don’t plan on jumping in, bring the kids swimsuits with you. There’s little doubt they’ll forgo a chance to splash around in the hot summer weather.




4. Attend an outdoor concert or picnic in the park


During the summer season, you can typically find an abundance of local outdoor concerts – whether it’s the community orchestra, a popular band, or a blues festival. Grab the whole family and plan an evening or afternoon outing at an outdoor concert. The kids will love romping in the open field and you’ll enjoy a relaxing evening with the whole family.




5. Spend a day at the local zoo or museum


Whether your family craves adventure or history, you can find both at your local zoo or museum. The summer is a great time to visit either attraction because animals at the zoo are likely to be more lively in the warm weather and the museum will likely feature special events in the summertime. Our tip is to choose which you’ll attend based on the temperatures that day. If you think it’ll be too hot to spend an entire day outdoors, opt for the museum. 




6. Hit the lake or the beach


Who doesn’t love spending the hot summer days in the water? We certainly do! Whether your family is a fan of strolling on the sands of the beach or spending a summer afternoon at the lake, head out and make those special summer memories!


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The summer season provides an abundance of activities for the entire family to enjoy. No matter which activities you choose, spending time with family should be the most important. If a new home is also in your summer plans, contact us today to find out how you can buy a brand new home while saving time AND thousands of dollars in the process!

5 Easy Staging Tips to Sell Your Home

5 Easy Staging Tips to Sell Your Home


Planning to sell your home soon? To sell your home quickly and get your asking price, it’s imperative that you prepare your home for showings with staging. However, deciding to stage your home doesn’t mean you have to blow your budget. If you don’t have the time or budget to hire professional stagers, try our easy staging tips to get your home ready to hit the market!


5 Easy Staging Tips to Sell Your Home

1. Boost your home’s curb appeal

Want to make a great first impression on potential buyers before they step inside your home? Boost your home’s curb appeal! Move your potted plants and cute décor to your yard or porch to make your home look great from the street. Potential buyers passing by or arriving at your home will immediately receive a great first impression if your home looks great on the outside.


5 Easy Staging Tips to Sell Your Home

2. Clear out the clutter

If there’s anything we’ve noticed while watching all those reruns on HGTV, it’s that most staged homes leave little out in the open. In fact, many of them don’t look lived in at all. While that seems unrealistic, it’s actually the point. Buyers will want to see if they can see themselves in your home – something that’s harder to do with clutter in every corner. Find the perfect balance between clean and lived-in, even if it means you have to store some of that clutter in the closet or under the bed for now.


5 Easy Staging Tips to Sell Your Home

3. Rearrange your furniture

While your current furniture arrangement may be designed for comfort and your family’s lifestyle, you’ll want to stage spaces in your home to reflect an open, inviting space – even if it doesn’t suit your current style. Try rearranging your furniture to create a space that looks larger and inviting. Many stagers and designers suggest that symmetrical arrangements work well in most homes. Pair furniture together to create a space that invites conversation and gathering.


5 Easy Staging Tips to Sell Your Home

4. Style your tables and countertops

Although countertops and tabletops cleared of clutter look clean, they may also appear bare to buyers. Incorporate décor, such as formal place settings or centerpieces to your dining table and accent your kitchen counters and island with decorative pieces. Décor can include anything from vases, flowers, to an indoor herb garden!


5 Easy Staging Tips to Sell Your Home

5. Brighten your home with the natural light

Don’t let potential buyers see your home in the dark. The spring and summer are optimal seasons to let natural light brighten your home in gorgeous ways. If your home is ready to hit the market, pull back those curtains and shades and let the light in! If your home doesn’t have many windows, head to your local home improvement store to find the best lighting type for your home.

When you’re ready to sell your current home and move into a brand new home, our team at Move-Up America can make the process both easy AND affordable. Contact us today to find out how you can move into a new home while saving time and thousands of dollars in the process!

2018 Home Design Trends You’ll Want Included in Your Home

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The arrival of Spring might make you feel inspired to tackle that spring cleaning list or - it may leave you wanting to breathe new life into your home’s interior design. By adding new design trends, revamping your home’s interior design can keep you feeling refreshed and excited.


While décor and design trends like all-white kitchens and neutrals quickly become a fad you’ll need to forget in order to stay on top of current trends, you’ll want to embrace these unique 2018 home design trends with open arms. 


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1. Goodbye Shower Curtains, Hello Glass Inserts


Say goodbye to shower curtains and hello to glass inserts for those tub-shower combos! This trend has been increasing in popularity recently, perhaps because it provides a sleek, open look and often, it makes a small bathroom look even larger than it did before.


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2. Matte is the New Black


From Matte hardware to Matte Black kitchen products, it’s safe to say that Matte colors – especially Black Matte - is a growing trend being incorporated in kitchens around the world. Whether you plan to add the color to your kitchen island, furniture pieces, or something else entirely, it’s sure to be a major talking point in your home.


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3. Reclaiming Wood Accent Walls


Shiplap, reclaimed wood, and detailing with millwork for accent walls – particularly in the living room or bedroom – are a major home design trend you have seen and will continue to see throughout 2018. We all know where the shiplap and reclaimed wood trend comes from and how it quickly made its way into homes across America – *wink wink* Chip + Jo. While these products have become the staple for accent walls, how you utilize them in your design will be uniquely your decision.


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4. Forget About Muted Colors, Go for Bold


Grey, beige, and greige may be the interior paint colors of choice, but bolder statements are being made through furniture choices. Incorporating a bright- or bold-colored couch into your living space creates a bold statement for your interior design and décor. Whether you choose something to accent your home’s color scheme – like navy or you could go all out and choose a red or purple. Whether it’s just for a season or the next five years, in 2018, bold is beautiful.


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Get Ready for Metallic and Geometric Designs


If you witnessed glimpses of Metallic colors incorporated into home décor, you can rest assured knowing you’ll see even more of it this year. Another popular design trend you should expect to see more of is metallic and geometric shapes in home décor. Don’t be surprised when you start to see geometric designs in home décor and interior design.


Whether you’re planning a complete redesign, want a design refresh, or hope to incorporate some of these new design trends into a newly built home, these 2018 home design trends can help breathe new life into your home.


If you’re ready to explore life in a newly built home, the Move-Up America team is ready to help make your transition both easy AND affordable. Contact us today to find out how to move into a brand new home while saving time AND saving thousands of dollars in the process!

5 Easy Steps to Make Your Home Ready to Sell in Spring

Spring is often an optimal time to list your home for sale and to start looking at what’s on the market. Many families begin their search for a new place to call home during this time because more homes are listed on the market and families are eager to move into a new space by the summer. While you can’t reasonably expect someone to buy your home as soon as they walk through the door, you can take the following steps to make your home an attractive option on the market. 



1. Get caught up on home maintenance tasks


Out of sight, out of mind? Not when it comes to home maintenance. Just because you’re selling your home doesn’t mean those pesky maintenance tasks aren’t your problem anymore. Tackle those minor tasks like fixing leaky faucets, repairing broken doorbells, and cleaning the gutters to avoid dealing with a catastrophe down the road. Bonus: Keeping up with home maintenance can be a major plus to potential buyers!



2. Spend on small upgrades that provide positive return


Now is not the time to gut and remodel your entire kitchen. The renovation might help with selling, but you certainly won’t get all the money that you put into it back in time. Instead, tackle smaller projects like updating living areas with fresh paint, by painting cabinets, replacing carpets – you get the idea. These smaller projects won’t break your bank and will more than likely please potential buyers (and your real estate agent).



3. Add curb appeal with landscaping


Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just what’s on the inside that counts. Your home’s first impressions will be made when potential buyers arrive. We’re not saying you have to go all Fixer-Upper on your home but adding curb appeal or showing off a well-manicured yard can provide positive return - especially as warmer seasons approach. Add landscaping to your yard and completing with furniture or a fire pit in the back might help them see the value your yard will bring.



4. Declutter your space for a tidy, organized home


Potential buyers obviously know that someone currently lives in your home, but that doesn’t mean they want to know it…or see it. Declutter your space to make it look like a space that hasn’t been worn in. Store personal items that clutter furniture surfaces away (maybe under the bed so they can see the closet space) and if you have an abundance of knick-knacks, it’s probably best to leave them out of sight.  



5. Live with less: make it easy to show in minutes


We all know it’s often hard keeping a home clean, especially with a family to clean up after – but when your house is actively on the market, it also needs to be clean 24/7 incase a realtor pops by for a showing with short notice. This means you’ve got to take serious measures to keep your home clean just in case “the one” wants to see your home in 30 minutes time. The trick here is to keep your items organized and stored away – putting some items you don’t need around the home in storage may help.


Whether you’re ready to move up, downsize, or buy your first home, the Move-Up America team is ready to make your transition into a new home both easy AND affordable. Contact us today to find out how you can move into a brand new home while saving time AND save thousands of dollars in the process!


When is it Time to Move Up, Downsize, or Buy Your First Home?

The homes we choose are not always perfect for forever. Situations and circumstances can change very quickly. For the time being, your home might be the perfect size for you and your family…until it’s not. At a certain point in your life, you’ll outgrow your home.


Whether this means you need something larger or opt to downsize to a smaller home with newer amenities or even buy your first home, we’re here to help you figure out which option is best for you!

When it’s Time to Move-Up


  • Your family is growing


Are you planning to start a family or expecting a new family member soon? If it’s beginning to feel like you’re squeezing everyone into your home or you’re just ready to get started on that big family you’ve always wanted, it’s time to think about moving up and into a new home to accommodate your growing family.


  • When remodeling doesn’t make sense


While you can remodel your kitchen, create a more luxurious bath, you can’t remodel yourself a larger yard, a two-car garage, or additional square footage. Even if you managed to find a way, comparing the cost of a large remodel versus a larger, newer home that is move-in ready simply doesn’t make sense. You can transform your space as many times as you’d like, but ultimately, you can’t create square footage from thin air.


  • When you have a new job or a boost in income


When else would moving to a larger home make sense? Perhaps you have a new job or a boost in your income and you can afford the extra space. Maybe your children are reaching school-age and you’d like to move into a new community or send them to a different school. New home communities are often bustling with growing families and new ways to call a place home.

When it’s Time to Downsize


  • When the kids have left the nest


When the kids have moved off to college or moved out and into their own homes, what will you do with all the extra space? If there’s too much extra square footage to maintain or reasonably inhabit, it might be time to downsize into a smaller home.


  • Opting for upgraded amenities and energy efficiency

Many initially think about downsizing as a way to save money, but when you downsize into a smaller, yet newer home you’re opting for newer and often better amenities.


  • When you want to boost your savings


Downsizing is also a great way to put away more money for retirement, your family, or just to have additional money in savings or on-hand for spending. With a lower mortgage, less home expenses, and energy efficiency, it can become easier than before to save more money from your income.

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  • When you’ve paid off a significant amount of debt


Have you just finished paying off a car loan, student loans or another type of large, yet significant debt? Paying off a large expense can mean a huge relief off your shoulders, but it can also mean you’re closer than ever to being ready to buy your first home.


  • When you’re starting a family


Starting a family is a big decision – and one that doesn’t always go according to plan if you live in an apartment or home built cozy enough for two. When starting your family, you’ll want to think about the amenities your family will benefit from – i.e. a yard, a larger garage, and separation from neighbors living directly above or beside you.

Whether you’re ready to move up, downsize or buy your first home Move-Up America is ready to make your transition into a brand new home easy and affordable! 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!

Survival Tips for Moving During the Holidays

Moving can be stressful during any time of the year, but even more so with the added chaos of the holiday season. You’ve got holiday parties, baking, dinners to plan, presents to wrap and lights to hang – but all with the added stress of packing your belongings and making sure your utilities are turned on in time and your decorations go up before Christmas. With our tips, you can get organized to move into your new home and enjoy the best of the holiday season.  

1. Combine your new address cards with your holiday cards 

Instead of dealing with the stress of placing two orders of cards this season, include your new ‘we’ve moved’ message on your holiday cards, with your new address. This can save you time, money, and the hassle of sending out twice the amount of holiday mail. 

2. Pack and label your holiday décor separately

When moving just before or during the holiday season, be sure to pack your holiday decorations and décor separately. Label the boxes clearly and have your movers place them in the living room once you arrive at your new home. This way, you can unpack and hang your holiday décor as soon as you get to your new home! 

3. Find out the federal and state holiday schedules 

If you’re moving in close to Christmas, check with your electric and gas company to determine which days they’ll be closed over the holiday season. You want to avoid moving into your new home with no lights and no heat during the winter season. Make sure you plan for potential weather delays, too! If you’re moving to a new state, stay tuned to the weather ahead of time. 

4. Order a Christmas dinner dish instead of baking 

Christmas dinner is exhausting work for hosts. If you’re not hosting this year, opt to pick up a dish or dessert from a local store or bakery instead of baking. Your baking dishes will likely be in one of the dozens of packed boxes and will be difficult to find anyway. If you’re stuck hosting this year, ask your guests to bring certain dishes or sides to alleviate the majority of the cooking from you. Alternatively, you can order much of your holiday dinner from local bakeries, restaurants, and more. 

5. Keep your spirits lifted, even when moving to unfamiliar scenery 

Moving during the holiday season can drain you and your family of Christmas cheer, but there are several ways you can keep your spirits lifted and happy during the season. Once you’ve moved, make sure to participate in local holiday events. This way, your family can get familiarized with the new surroundings and have fun. For families with kids, plan something special to make sure your kids know that Santa will still be able to find the new house! 

While moving around the holidays isn’t the most optimal situation, knowing you’ll be in your new home when the new year begins is a fantastic feeling. With planning and preparation, moving during the holidays won’t be as stressful as it seems! 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! 

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! 

4 Easy Tips to Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests

The last few months of the year tend to become the busiest for most families. Between the kids being in school, to all the activities you try to fit into your calendar on weekends, and the holidays, there just doesn’t seem to be any time leftover for anything else. When you throw holiday guests into the mix, things tend to get a little hectic. However, we have some tips to help you prepare your home long before the holiday guests arrive. The key is to plan ahead and start early. 

1. Clean and organize your home one room at a time

The thought of cleaning your entire house until it’s spotless for arriving holiday guests likely seems overwhelming on top of the other million to-do’s you probably have on your list. Cleaning up your home doesn’t have to be anxiety-inducing, as long as you have a strategy and plan ahead. This means you shouldn’t attempt to clean your entire house thirty minutes before your guests are scheduled to arrive. Start a week in advance and tackle your house one room at a time. If you find it helpful, make a checklist for each room.

2. Have extra toiletries and supplies ready for your guests

If your guests are staying for a while, it’s good measure to obtain and store extra supplies in a place that’s easy for them to find. Items such as toiletries, towels, and extra blankets will go a long way when you have guests staying for more than a couple of days. Store these items in spaces like their bathroom or allow them to have a space in a linen closet near the room they’re occupying and let them know shortly after they arrive.

3. Plan holiday activities for everyone to enjoy

Whether your guests are arriving to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any holiday in-between, you should plan holiday-themed activities for everyone to enjoy while they’re here. Tour a nearby attraction, take a stroll in the park, or plan family games at home. If the little ones are also visiting, make sure the activities are kid-friendly. For Thanksgiving, it can be helping decorate the table or help prepare some of the meal. For Christmas time, they can help decorate the tree, build and decorate Gingerbread houses, or help choose where to hang lights.

4. Don’t go over-the-top with holiday décor

With incoming guests for the holidays, you might have the overwhelming desire to impress them with your holiday décor. However, you don’t have to go overboard to jazz up your home. Even simple décor will do the trick, which will save you time and stress in the long-run. Hang a few lights and garland, put out only some of your simple and non-fragile decorations and just make sure they’re kid-friendly if the little ones are coming for a visit, too. Your guests are looking forward to your company, not how overboard you can get with holiday décor.

With these easy home preparation tips, you can get your home ready for holiday guests and have enough time to spend enjoying activities with your family. Are you looking to move into a brand new home before the holidays? Move-Up America is here to 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!

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:

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:

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:

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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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