Moving can be tough, and we know how getting your little ones ready for the big day can add on to the stress! The age of your child will greatly affect the transition, so check out some of these easy tips for getting organized with very young children (1-5 years old):
1) Get those toys organized! You’d be surprised how many sellers leave toys strewn about the living room when potential buyers come over for a tour. Instead, keep organized by asking your kids to pick a few of their favorite toys to store in a big fun toybox (a great example of one is on our Facebook page today). If your kids can bear to part with some of their toys, consider putting them in the storage, attic, unused closets, or even Grandma’s house.
2) Explain the reason for the move, and what it entails. Little ones don’t always understand what will be coming with (and what won’t be), so be sure to ease their fears by explaining that their favorite toys will make the trip. Consider beginning a countdown, like an Advent calendar, to boost the anticipation of the big move.
3) Involve your little ones as much as possible. If their age permits, you might want to consider allowing them to choose the paint color for their new room, or a new comforter for their bed. Take them on a tour of the new home in advance and point out all of the great features of the new home along with local parks and fun places for them to explore. Once you’re at your new home and it’s time to unpack, make decorating your child’s room into a home-y and comfy spot a priority.
Short sales (which are a popular alternative to foreclosure) are often priced a bit under market. They can be a really great deal, but there are a couple of important things to consider.
First of all, short sales aren’t short! Unfortunately, you can expect to wait longer for settlement than you would when buying a traditional home, thanks to the time it takes for bank approval. Patience is a virtue, my dear!
Short sales are often sold as-is. This means they’re not likely to make any improvements to the property before settlement. However, this does not mean you should skip getting a home inspection!
EveryHome agents are all very experienced with short sales and we would be happy to assist you with any further questions you may have. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! And for more information, check out Katie’s helpful video at
Happy October! As we enter the cooler months and dive head first into autumn, we can expect to see fewer buyers and sellers than the warmer spring and summer months. Keep these ideas in mind when home hunting this off season:
1. If you don’t have to worry about moving kids in the middle of the school year, fall and winter are great times of year to buy. More often than not, buyers can find better deals on home because they will have less competition. Plus, moving costs tend to be lower in the winter.
2. Autumn and winter are also a great time for home inspections. Home inspectors in the cooler months can really test the resilience of the home to the elements, so you can be surer that you’re buying a quality property.
3. One downside to looking for a home in the off-season is that there tends to be a lower inventory of homes for sale. The silver lining, though, is you often can tell that a seller is motivated if they are willing to keep their home on the market during fall and winter.