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Moving can be a chaotic and stressful time. When you have children, it can feel intense for them and for you. However with a handful of well-chosen preparations, you can ease through the process and into your new home painlessly.
Preparations are the key. Moving requires a great deal of prepwork, and some things, such as packing up your home are quite obvious. You should also ensure you are getting the best possible home for your lifestyle and budget, which means researching the best prices and neighborhoods in your region. For instance, the median listing price for a home in Sacramento, California, is $350,000. Know your market to make informed decisions. You may wish to visit open houses to get a firsthand feel for what’s available. It’s also important to prepare your children. When you’re moving with children, you can guide them through the transition by talking with them about what’s happening and providing activities to help them adjust.
Conversations and connections. Kids don’t always understand exactly what it means to be “moving.” Discuss the process with them and let them ask questions. Have your kids help with packing, and let them select what toys will be packed last. Make sure very young children know they will get their items back when you unpack in the new place and that the boxes will come along. Many children benefit from a goodbye party, bringing closure and an opportunity to see their friends. Also, as Better Homes & Gardens notes, it’s your job to convince your kids that moving is a good thing. Point out the benefits of the new place, whether it’s getting their own bedrooms, a bigger backyard or great local hangouts. If your kids need to leave behind close friends, one suggestion is to encourage them to connect after the move. Thanks to technology, kids can stay in touch via social media and cell phones. They can share experiences throughout the move and show off their new digs, thanks to video messaging and sharing texts and photos.
Packing up. Your kids can help pack their things to give ownership in the process, but it’s still your job to ensure they pack correctly. If their favorite toys are broken in the course of moving, it’ll add stress and unhappiness. Start packing as early as you can, as moving with children takes even longer than moving an all-adult household. Real Simple notes boxes should be labeled with contents and room designations to make unloading and unpacking more efficient.
Stage for success. If you are in the process of selling your home, you can use packing as an opportunity to put things into storage. Decluttering and depersonalizing your home is a key to selling, so HGTV emphasizes keeping potential buyers in mind. Be sure to store items off-site until the day of the move, since home shoppers will be looking into closets and storage areas. And those children’s items you don’t feel are worthy of moving? Box or bag them discreetly and stash them in your trunk, then deliver them to the trash or donation center when your kids either are sleeping or at school. Otherwise youngsters are bound to decide you’re discarding their favorite things, and you’ll have a new source of stress on your hands.
Moving day. After spending oodles of time and energy finding a great home, talking with your kids and packing belongings, moving day finally arrives. Ideally you’ll be able to have a friend or family member watch your kids during the event, but sometimes that isn’t possible, and moving can be hot, tiring and stressful. You may find tempers and anxieties reach a whole new level! Combat the chaos with moving-day activities for your kids. Pack a special tote for each child with a few favorite items. Include simple distractions like a deck of cards, toys or books to keep youngsters occupied.
Moving is overwhelming, but when you have children it can near bedlam. Ease through the transition by preparing your home and your kids well in advance. With smart planning you can make your move smooth, simple and efficient!
- Alexis Hall
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Add Value to Your Home
with These DIY Projects
Homeowners decide to take on DIY projects in their home for a variety of reasons. The work may be necessary, such as with a leaky sink pipe, or maybe it’s simply a new coat of paint in your bedroom. In addition to looks and functionality, you may be able to increase your home’s value with the swing of a hammer or swipe of a paintbrush. Here are some things to consider when planning your renovations and the projects that will return the most bang for your buck.
Know Your Abilities and Make a Plan
Before you pick up a hammer or cordless drill, make sure you know your abilities and your tolerance for learning. Many value-adding projects are DIY friendly, so there is an excellent opportunity to save money. However, you do not want to undertake a project that is just going to require professional work before you sell your home. As such, avoid highly specialized projects such as those that involve electrical work, major plumbing repair, or fine finish carpentry.
Also, determine what tools you have and which you’ll need to acquire. Some jobs are one-off, like installing hardwood floors, so it likely will not make financial sense to purchase a flooring nail gun. But, a flooring gun makes the job much easier, so you might want to rent one from a building supply store. Other tools, such as hammers, cordless drills, and power sanders, will have multiple uses through many projects, so they may be worth their expense.
Also, it is crucial to develop a plan for your renovation. This plan should clearly outline the scope of work, all of the steps required, and the budget for the project. The timeline should be flexible since numerous unknowns can impact a plan. When developing your budget, factor a small but sufficient pad, such as 10 percent, for potential cost overruns. A budget is vital since it is a step in determining the cost-effectiveness of the repair. Later, when you are selling the home, you will have records of how much the project cost and you can more precisely determine the amount of profit you made from the repairs.
Determine a Timeline Beyond the Project
Another essential step is to consider how long you plan to enjoy the renovation. If you plan on living in your home for the next decade, then the evaluation of the return on investment may be complicated. The passage of time will affect your property value, and the repair, such as interior painting, may pass its useful life. For these longer planned stays in a home, remodels can become less about gaining value and more about your enjoyment. A pool, for example, might not provide a good return on investment for houses in the northeast, but if it provides your family with a decade of enjoyment, it may be more than worth the investment.
Pick jobs that return value
On the other hand, if you are looking to sell your home soon, your primary concern is increasing the offers you receive. Surprisingly, it’s often not the huge renovations, such as new kitchen or baths, that have the most bang for their buck; instead, it’s the smaller jobs. The following are the most impactful renovations and repairs.
DIY can lead to increased home values if carefully considered. Know what you can do and what is best left to the professionals. Find a few simple projects that you can do cheaply while increasing your home’s value.
Article provided by Ray Flynn from DIYGuys.net.
Buying a home with an elderly parent after the loss of a spouse can be a trying experience. There’s the difficulty of two people set in their ways moving in together and making room for each other. Then there’s the need to figure out what you’ll need to get rid of, and how you’ll store what you won’t have room for. And it’s likely your parent may not be in a condition to do much prepping or packing, so you’ll need to take control of those details, arranging for everything to be packed, loaded and moved.
What to look for
Look for a home that has wide doorways and easy exterior access, either with an access ramp or no front steps. A first-floor bathroom is a preferable option, especially if your parent has difficulty using stairs. A house with soft flooring, such as cork or vinyl, is preferable to tile or hardwood. Remember that low-pile carpeting is preferable to shag or deep-pile carpeting. If you need a lot of interior painting or staining done, consider looking for a reputable local company.
When it comes to moving, you have two options: hire a professional to handle all the prep work or do it yourself. Unless you can afford the cost of hiring a professional moving company, it’s worthwhile handling the packing yourself and letting the pros take care of the heavy lifting. They’re experts at loading and unloading your belongings safely, and they’re fully insured. If you don’t have the time to pack it all up yourself, ask the mover about full-service packing. If that isn’t an option, you’ll probably want to start calling up friends and relatives who can help you get it all done.
It’ll probably take some time to figure out what to do with all the belongings your parents accumulated over the course of a lifetime. It’s clear that not everything can come with your parent, so set aside some time to go through everything with your parent and decide what to throw away, what can be donated, and what an be sold. It’s easy enough to donate belongings to the Salvation Army or Goodwill. And don’t forget you can turn those unwanted old items into cash by selling them on Craigslist or eBay.
Preparing the way
Perhaps the most important step in the process is ensuring that your new home is adapted for the needs of your elderly parent. This can be a challenging proposition, especially if your parent has significant mobility problems. You may need to adapt a room on the first floor as a bedroom if your mom or dad can’t get up and down stairs anymore. It may be necessary to hire a contractor to create a bedroom space if your first floor has limited rooms. Or you may want to consider looking into an automatic stair lift, though be aware that this can be a pricey option. If your parent’s bedroom will be on another floor, there should be a bathroom nearby on the same floor.
The bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in the house for seniors. In fact, more older adults fall in their bathrooms than any other part of the house. Place non-slip mats or rugs on the floor in front of the sink and toilet, and make sure there’s one in the bathtub or shower stall. If your parent has severe mobility issues, consider installing a no-step shower to reduce the likelihood of a fall. Many seniors make good use of shower chairs to eliminate the need to stand for an extended period. Grab rails should be installed alongside the toilet and in the tub or shower area.
Living with an aging parent is a major life adjustment. Suddenly, you’re a roommate and a caregiver, which can be a difficult change for anyone. If your home is well-adapted to your parents’ needs, it can be a rewarding and enriching experience for both of you.
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How Moving to a New Home Can Get You Through Grief
When you’re grieving for a loved one, especially the death of a spouse, part of the process at some point will mean starting to move forward with your life. For some people, moving to a new house is the best way to make a fresh start. Whether you’re moving to be closer to your support system or need a change of scenery to focus on your future, relocating after a loss may be just what you need.
Move On With a Growth Mindset
Finding a new way forward after losing a loved one comes with a roller coaster of emotions. You may feel overwhelmed and even guilty when you begin to focus on rebuilding your life. The reality is that moving on doesn’t mean you’re leaving your loved one’s memory behind. Good Therapy describes moving on as living with a “both/and” approach to life rather than either/or. You don’t have to trade in your sadness and memories of your loved one for hope and growth. You can move forward and at the same time continue to miss the person you lost.
This both/and approach should help you banish guilt from your mindset and instead focus on growth. Many people who are grieving feel vulnerable and even scared of the future, but the best way to move forward is to be open to what is unknown. The unknown can be scary, but it can also hold opportunity for growth that will pave your way forward. Moving to a new home is a big change, and it may be hard to imagine your day-to-day life in a new space, but it can also be the blank slate you need for growth to be possible.
Create a New Space
When your significant other dies, an overwhelming feeling of his or her absence is often most profound at home. Many people who are grieving the loss of their spouse say their home feels empty and quiet, heightening their sense of loneliness. Starting fresh in a new home gives you the chance to interject life into the new space. On a practical level, it’s a big change to your daily habits, but when you move to a new home, you can set up your living space and create new daily habits your own way.
Another reason to consider moving is if you are isolated from close friends and family who will support you during this time of bereavement. Even though grief can make you feel alone, it’s important to avoid living in isolation because over time that can lead to depression. You need to be able to surround yourself with people who can support you.
Managing a Move
Once you make the decision to move, packing and going through your loved one’s belongings may feel like a daunting task. Try not to rush this process if you don’t have to, but also keep in mind that it may never feel like the perfect time. Refinery29 recommends creating a collection of the items that are most meaningful to you so that they’re all in one space. This makes the process of sorting through your loved one’s mementos less daunting and also makes it easier to keep the items that really matter right where you can see them and enjoy fond memories.
If going through belongings is more than you can handle right now, consider hiring a packing service and professional movers, such as HireAHelper, to take that off your plate. Using a service like this means you don’t have to worry about the logistics of moving, and instead you can focus on your path forward and confront the emotions of sorting through things when you’re ready.
It’s hard to know when the “right” time is for any step after a major loss. Part of the grieving process inevitably means moving on with life. If moving to a new home helps you through that process, the best thing you can do is give yourself permission to pave a way forward through growth, and accept help along the way.
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