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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!

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Back to School Tips for Parents

Back to School

 

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!

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

Schedule

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!

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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!

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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!

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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! 

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Unique Holiday Décor Ideas for Your Home

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

Skip the traditional ornaments

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


Go beyond red and green

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


Leave the fabric and tinsel garlands in the attic this year 

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


Set up your Christmas display outdoors 

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


Small decorations make a big difference 

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


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

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

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

1.State Fair of Texas

Dallas, TX

September 29 – October 22

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

2. Wurstfest

New Braunfels, TX

November 3 to 12

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

3. Texas Renaissance Festival

New Market Village, TX

September 30 – November 26

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

4. Oktoberfest

Fredericksburg, TX

October 6 – 8 (one weekend)

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

5. Sweet Berry Farm

Marble Falls, TX

September 23 – November 8

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

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

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How to Settle into a New Community After Moving

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

   1. Get to know your neighbors

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

   2. Join online neighborhood and community groups

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

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

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

   4. Get involved

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

   5. Join a Club

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

   6. Attend Community Events

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

 

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

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Backyard Entertaining Ideas You’ll Want to Steal This Summer

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

Host an outdoor picnic or dinner party

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

Put your game face on

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

Outdoor Movie Night

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

Heat Up Summer with a Backyard Bonfire

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

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

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

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

Stock up on library books and keep them around the house

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

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

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

Create a list of chores

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

Invest in home security monitoring

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

Parental controls

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

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

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

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

Start Spring with a Clean Slate

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

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

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

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

 

 

Bring Spring Indoors

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

 

 

Freshen Up for Spring

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

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

 

 

Add Some Spring Curb Appeal

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

 

 

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

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Home Décor Tips for Families with Kids

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

Get Creative with Seating

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

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

Get Creative With Seating

Use an Outdoor Rug Indoors

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

Use Outdoor Rugs Indoors

Window Seat Storage

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

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Durable Paint and Chalkboard Walls

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

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

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Fun Christmas Traditions to Start this Year!

Camp Out Under the Christmas Tree

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

Make Reindeer Food

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

New Year’s Prediction Jar

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

Candy Cane Countdown

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

A Christmas Eve Present

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

Are you prepared for Santa? If not, no worries, we have some great ideas to bring some Christmas magic into your homes and hearts!

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