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!

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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!


See some of our favorite camping destinations in Texas!




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!

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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!

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