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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

Home Décor Tips for Families with Kids

Home Décor Tips for Families with Kids
Get Creative With Seating
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!

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.

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.

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