Home Selling Tips

11 Stress Free Tips for moving

with Kids

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Take the stress out of moving with kids with these handy tips by preparing ahead of time.

  1. Pre-pack while they’re asleep or away (especially their toys!) Leave one box of toys out until the very end, though, so that they always have something to play with. Get them involved by having them take pictures of their tidy rooms.
  1. Ask for help with the kids, and lots of it. You need more help with the kids than with packing. If friends or family really want to serve you, ask them to entertain the kids in the part of the house you’re not packing. Or ask them to take the kids out of the house so that you can focus.
  1. Ask for help with packing, with a few caveats. If people want to help you pack, make sure you’re prepared with supplies and a specific category that you can delegate without micromanaging. Don’t ask them to pack family heirlooms or mementos if you’re just going to hover.
  1. Use color-coded duct tape. The best tip I received from a friend was to color code all of our boxes with duct tape. We were moving before house hunting, so I didn’t know what the new house would look like or how many rooms it would have, but I knew that I could safely label all boxes with my daughter’s items with red tape. Blue tape was for my son; yellow tape for the kitchen; and so on.
  1. Start months (not weeks) earlier than you think is reasonable. If it now takes twice as long to get out the door than before you had kids, believe me, it will take twice as long to pack up your house, no matter how small it is.
  1. Sell or get rid of items at night. Take Goodwill piles to the trunk of your car at night so that you can drop them off the next day without the kids seeing that one toy they never played with. Because they will decide it’s their favorite toy and you’re a monster for giving it away.
  1. Utilize online yard sale and mom’s groups. Through Kikiji, Facebook Marketplace you can sell almost everything you want to get rid of just by leaving it on your doorstep for pick up.  It’s a win-win!
  1. Pack each family member one suitcase. Allow one suitcase per family member. I packed each child a small stand-up duffel bag with pockets on the outside and put them both into one suitcase, making it easy to separate their items and easy to find things on each temporary stop along the way.
  1. Have a few new and exciting surprises. Purchase a few new toys for the move and plan a trip to your favorite family restaurant for the very end in order to keep up morale. You may be sad about the good-byes, but there is still a new adventure in front of you.
  1. Say goodbye to your old house. On the morning of the move, after everything was out, my son wanted to go back into the house. I was going to tell him no, but then I realized that it might help him to take a final pass. So we walked through each room waving “bye-bye.” It was me that ended in tears, of course.
  1. Give yourself and your kids grace. Moving is psychologically disorienting and emotionally exhausting.  You need to find the park, your grocery store, make new friends—and where are those flannel sheets?

Courtesy of Lindsey Roberts

 5 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home with Paint

1. A Good Paint Job Goes a Long Way

Paint is one of the most important tools available to homeowners and designers. With just a few brush strokes you can transform a space and not just make it look better, but actually increase the value of your home. Given that the investment is usually pretty low, the ROI on a good paint job is great. With that in mind, here are 5 things you can do with paint that will increase the value of your home.

2. Paint Kitchen Cabinets

If your kitchen cupboards are looking a little dated and you don’t have the budget to replace them give them a fresh coat of paint. Yes, it’s a lot of work, but the good news is that it’s not actually difficult. Anyone can do it if they’re willing to put in the time and a little bit of elbow grease. If you’re not sure where to start, check out my post How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets.

3. Paint the Walls a Neutral Color

So often I hear people complain that neutral is boring, but you know what? Neutral colors can help make you money. If you want to increase the value of your home with paint there’s nothing quite so effective as painting all the walls a fresh, neutral color. It will appeal to more people than any strong color will, and it will make the room look fresh and clean. If you feel like you’re missing out on color include some with your artwork and accessories.

4. Paint the Trim Gloss White

Sometimes a little goes a long way. People always focus on the walls (and with good reason) but trim gets dingy and scuffed too. If you want to perk up a room but you don’t have the time or energy to paint all the walls try painting the trim a fresh, glossy white. It will give the whole room an instant pick me up.

5. Paint the Exterior

If you’re up for a big project consider painting the exterior of your home (if applicable). Curb appeal is hugely important and you want potential buyers to be impressed right from the start. A fresh coat of paint in an appealing neutral color is a great way to make your house look new and up-to-date.
The front door is the focal point of your home’s exterior and you want it to look as good as it possibly can. If yours is looking a little tired and a new one isn’t in the budget, a coat of paint is a terrific option. Top it off with some stylish hardware and you’re good to go.

6 Things on Luxury Home Buyers List.

There’s no denying the allure of touring a luxury home, even when it’s way over your budget. So, here’s what luxury home buyers crave.

So, are any of these luxury-home amenity trends going onto your dream-house wish list?

Courtesy of HGTV. 

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