Moving with Kids: From Closing Day to Moving Day

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When it comes time to move into a new home, especially with kids, you really have to be able to roll with the punches. As most parents can attest, life with kids, in general, requires an ability to go with the flow. In fact, so does moving. Whether you’re moving across the street, across the state or across the country, having kids in tow can make for a whole different experience — even at the home buying and selling stage. Here are a few resources to help you from the moment you decide to buy to the first time you unlock your new front door.

 

Do Your Research

The house of your dreams before kids hardly resembles the house of your dreams today. A big master bedroom may not be as important as a big backyard. Make a list of what your family needs and wants and then hit the internet — research the best prices and neighborhoods in your region so you have a baseline for weighing your options. For example, knowing that the average sale price for a home in Fort Collins is $395,000 can help you when it comes to looking for homes and making an offer. Many parents consider school districts, nearby parks and playgrounds, and crime rate to be important considerations when moving with children.

 

Go for Low Stress

Moving day is stressful no matter how you cut it. With kids along, it can be a madhouse if you haven’t taken the time to prepare and plan. It might be a good idea to have a family meeting to discuss how the day will pan out and come up with a fun outing afterward. You can make moving day less stressful for you and your kids by:

 

  • Packing nonessentials in advance (you can buy moving boxes at Home Depot for less than $1 each).
  • Creating a moving-day schedule and explain it to your kids before the big day.
  • Arranging for child care, especially if you have little ones who will most likely get underfoot more than they will help out.
  • Hiring movers to get the loading and unloading completed quickly so you can be there for your child throughout the day.
  • Deciding in advance if you need to store certain belongings that won’t fit in the new home right away. Book a storage unit as soon as possible to save time and reduce stress. You can rent a 5×5 storage unit in Fort Collins for $52.61 per month on average, or as low as $44 per month.

 

Settle in the New Space

Perhaps the most important part of moving into a new home with kids is being intentional about how you settle in. This is especially important if your kids will be attending new schools or leaving behind close neighborhood friends. Settling into your new home comes with a little finesse. You can start things off on a happy note by:

  • Unpacking and putting together the kids’ rooms first. Let them have some say in where things will go and help you as you put away favorite toys.
  • Phasing in new furniture and other belongings so there is a mixture of the familiar with the new. This way, your children will still feel at home because the change has been gradual.
  • Offering a reward for moving, such as that puppy they’ve been begging for since last year or a new swing set for the backyard.
  • Taking your kids to meet the neighbors, especially those who have kids themselves. A new friendship is a great way to kick off a new neighborhood.
  • Sticking to the same rituals and routines you had at the old house. If you took family walks after dinner, keep it up. If the kids took a bath and read a book before bedtime, try to stay on the same timeframe.

 

Your children will be very sensitive to the move, even if they don’t show it right away. Change, even well-planned, can be chaotic for kids. It’s important your kids know they can talk with you, even if it’s to share their anger or shed a few tears.

 

Credit : Kris Louis of Parentingwithkris.com


Posted on October 17, 2019 at 4:45 pm
Meagan Griesel | Posted in Moving tips | Tagged , , , ,

Add to Your Net Worth!

It’s no surprise that for just about every homeowner, their real estate represents the largest portion of their net worth.

Check out these numbers from the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances:

  • Median Net Worth in the U.S. = $97,300
  • Median Net Worth of a Renter = $5,200
  • Median Net Worth of a Homeowner = $231,400

Posted on October 17, 2019 at 4:39 pm
Meagan Griesel | Posted in Colorado Real Estate, Colorado Real Estate Market Update, Fun Facts | Tagged , , , ,

Price Reduced

Some fascinating research from the Denver Metro Association of Realtors…

37% of properties that sold last month along the Front Range had a price reduction at some point during the listing period.

Property owners who have to reduce their price take an average of 58 days to receive an offer.

Those who don’t have to reduce their price only take 13 days.

This stat obviously speaks to the importance of pricing your property right on day one.


Posted on October 4, 2019 at 3:13 pm
Meagan Griesel | Posted in Blog, Fort Collins Real Estate, Fun Facts, Loveland Real Estate, Northern Colorado Real Estate, Real Estate Tips | Tagged , ,

Wonderful Ranch Style Home in Greeley!

Spacious brick ranch-style home in a great central location at 2110 16th Street in Greeley near North Colorado Medical Center. Great main floor living spaces with new tile floors and original wood floors. This 4 bedroom home features cedar lined closets, formal dining room, an updated kitchen. Basement features large rooms with high quality solid wood paneling (the good kind). Expansive outdoor areas are ready for your touches. Call for your private showing at (970) 691-0056 for more information or click the link below for more details.

http://windermerenoco.com/listing/100497891


Posted on September 23, 2019 at 8:03 pm
Meagan Griesel | Posted in Greeley Real Estate, Virtual Tours | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

4 Steps to Help Your Family Relocation Go Smoothly

Relocating your family is a lengthy process. You first must sell your home and find a reputable real estate agent to help you navigate the house-hunting experience. Then you have to plan the move (and possibly find a moving company), pack up all your things, and make the trek to your new city.

But relocating is also an exciting time. Months of anticipation builds up, and then it hits you, as you’re surrounded by boxes, that this is your new home. It’s finally come. But now what? Here are some tips on how to settle into your new home and adjust smoothly.

  1. Switch Registrations and Insurance

After a move, the focus tends to be on unpacking and decorating, but certain changes need to be made to important policies and registrations, such as:

  • Applying for a new license or changing your address on your current license.
  • Switching your contact information with your health insurance, bank accounts, retirement accounts, investment accounts, phone provider, etc.
  • Switching your address with your car insurance provider or, if in a new state, switching your auto insurance coverage.

If you need to switch your auto insurance coverage, do some research to determine your state’s minimum requirement and whether it’s best to extend coverage based on underinsured and uninsured statistics. Also, look at the cost of different policies. This way, you can determine whether you should opt out of unnecessary coverage, purchase full coverage, or get personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. PIP coverage covers you and any passengers in your car. Some policies even cover and lost wages and other types of damage.

 

  1. Begin Unpacking and Organizing

During your first week in your new home, you will want to give your home a thorough deep cleaning and start unpacking your belongings. Children often have a difficult time adjusting, so it can help to make their rooms your first priority. It can also help to involve the kids by having them unpack some of their belongings. That way, it’s a family activity, and you can even have rewards each evening, such as game nights or dinner out.

Unpack one room at a time and organize the items as you go. Seeing your belongings in the new home will help you to envision any new decor you may need to add later down the road.

 

  1. Get to Know Your Neighborhood

Exploring your new neighborhood and getting the lay of the land is an activity for the whole family, and it will make adjusting to the new home easier. Make a new-neighborhood bucket list that requires you to find some spots everyone loves. Your list could look something like:

  • Locate the best parks.
  • Get a library card at the local library.
  • Visit all the coffee shops and find a favorite drink.
  • Attend one community event a month.
  • Check out the town visitors center.
  • Take one tour.
  • Ask five people for their favorite places and visit those places.
  • Shop local and find locally made goods.
  • Host a housewarming party and invite the neighbors.

Even if your home isn’t fully unpacked or decorated, getting your bearings around town will help your family to start building familiarity.

 

  1. Socialize

This is actually one of the most challenging parts of relocating for many families. Amid the busyness of settling into your new residence, it can be tempting to stay cooped up. However, the quickest way to get comfortable in your new environment will be to meet your neighbors and make friends with people in the community who share your interests. Start by seeking out local events, go to locally owned establishments, and look online for community groups.

Doing a little planning will help your relocation go smoothly. Remember to get all your family’s registrations and insurance policies in order, and strategize your unpacking process. Leave the house to explore your new neighborhood and meet people. Most importantly, try to enjoy the journey with your family, and allow time to get settled in.

 

Credit : Kris Louis of Parentingwithkris.com

Photo Credit: Burst


Posted on September 20, 2019 at 1:53 pm
Meagan Griesel | Posted in Real Estate Tips, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , ,

4 Steps to Help Your Family Relocation Go Smoothly

Relocating your family is a lengthy process. You first must sell your home and find a reputable real estate agent to help you navigate the house-hunting experience. Then you have to plan the move (and possibly find a moving company), pack up all your things, and make the trek to your new city.

But relocating is also an exciting time. Months of anticipation builds up, and then it hits you, as you’re surrounded by boxes, that this is your new home. It’s finally come. But now what? Here are some tips on how to settle into your new home and adjust smoothly.

  1. Switch Registrations and Insurance

After a move, the focus tends to be on unpacking and decorating, but certain changes need to be made to important policies and registrations, such as:

  • Applying for a new license or changing your address on your current license.
  • Switching your contact information with your health insurance, bank accounts, retirement accounts, investment accounts, phone provider, etc.
  • Switching your address with your car insurance provider or, if in a new state, switching your auto insurance coverage.

If you need to switch your auto insurance coverage, do some research to determine your state’s minimum requirement and whether it’s best to extend coverage based on underinsured and uninsured statistics. Also, look at the cost of different policies. This way, you can determine whether you should opt out of unnecessary coverage, purchase full coverage, or get personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. PIP coverage covers you and any passengers in your car. Some policies even cover and lost wages and other types of damage.

 

  1. Begin Unpacking and Organizing

During your first week in your new home, you will want to give your home a thorough deep cleaning and start unpacking your belongings. Children often have a difficult time adjusting, so it can help to make their rooms your first priority. It can also help to involve the kids by having them unpack some of their belongings. That way, it’s a family activity, and you can even have rewards each evening, such as game nights or dinner out.

Unpack one room at a time and organize the items as you go. Seeing your belongings in the new home will help you to envision any new decor you may need to add later down the road.

 

  1. Get to Know Your Neighborhood

Exploring your new neighborhood and getting the lay of the land is an activity for the whole family, and it will make adjusting to the new home easier. Make a new-neighborhood bucket list that requires you to find some spots everyone loves. Your list could look something like:

  • Locate the best parks.
  • Get a library card at the local library.
  • Visit all the coffee shops and find a favorite drink.
  • Attend one community event a month.
  • Check out the town visitors center.
  • Take one tour.
  • Ask five people for their favorite places and visit those places.
  • Shop local and find locally made goods.
  • Host a housewarming party and invite the neighbors.

Even if your home isn’t fully unpacked or decorated, getting your bearings around town will help your family to start building familiarity.

 

  1. Socialize

This is actually one of the most challenging parts of relocating for many families. Amid the busyness of settling into your new residence, it can be tempting to stay cooped up. However, the quickest way to get comfortable in your new environment will be to meet your neighbors and make friends with people in the community who share your interests. Start by seeking out local events, go to locally owned establishments, and look online for community groups.

Doing a little planning will help your relocation go smoothly. Remember to get all your family’s registrations and insurance policies in order, and strategize your unpacking process. Leave the house to explore your new neighborhood and meet people. Most importantly, try to enjoy the journey with your family, and allow time to get settled in.

 

Photo Credit: Burst

Written by – Kris Louis of Parentingwithkris.com


Posted on September 20, 2019 at 1:49 pm
Meagan Griesel | Posted in Real Estate Tips | Tagged , , , , ,

Rate Bounce

Rates hit near-historic lows this week and are now at 3.49% for a 30-year mortgage.

There have only been two other times in history when rates have been this low- April 2013 and October 2016.

It’s interesting to see what happened soon after bottoming out these last two times.

In April of 2013 rates hit 3.41%. By August 2013 they had jumped to 4.40%.

Rates bottomed again in October 2016 at 3.42%. Just two months later in December 2016 they were 4.32%.

Each time the increase was nearly 1% within just a few months.

So, if history proves itself as a guide, we can’t expect these rates to last for long.


Posted on September 13, 2019 at 5:32 pm
Meagan Griesel | Posted in Colorado Real Estate, Fun Facts, Real Estate Tips | Tagged , , , ,

Downtown Beauty in Loveland!

It’s rare to find a downtown home with this much curb appeal, square footage, main floor master & closet space! Have your friends over for lunch at 904 W 5th Street in Loveland on your large covered wrap-around porch and holiday meals in your large dining room. Corner nooks perfect for a reading area or a piano. Behind the house is a large patio, workshop/craft room with 220 wiring. Located within an easy walk to the new movie theater & restaurants. Upstairs carpet is preserving hardwood floors underneath. Call for your private showing at (970) 691-0056 for more information or click the link below for more details.

http://windermerenoco.com/listing/99762169

 


Posted on September 4, 2019 at 4:34 pm
Meagan Griesel | Posted in Loveland Real Estate, Virtual Tours | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

Prepping Your Home for Sale: The Rooms That Matter Most

 

When you’re selling your home, one of the most important jobs you have is to make your home more attractive to prospective buyers. According to MoneyWise, some of the biggest turnoffs for buyers are a messy, dirty, or smelly home. Thankfully, this is an area that you have complete control over, and with some helpful tips you can clean and stage your home to show off it’s beauty. All your spaces will be inspected during a showing, but there are a couple key rooms that are especially important to focus on to impress the buyers.

 

Kitchen: Clean and Free of Clutter

 

The kitchen in every home is a source of love and congregation, where food is prepared for the family and loved ones tend to gather. First, you want to thoroughly clean and organize the entire kitchen, including drawers, cabinets, and pantry. Don’t forget the appliances – clean all the refrigerator shelves, wipe out the microwave, and deep clean your oven. Next, you will need to stage your kitchen. Staging is decorating with the intention to increase attractiveness to the strangers surveying your home. The less you have on your counters the better, so put away all the small appliances and containers. Keep only a pretty bowl full of lemons or limes to add a pop of color. The kitchen can be a difficult area to keep clean while selling your home because you are still using it several times a day. In the coming weeks, take the time to completely clean up after every meal, even when you are in a hurry.

 

Living Room: Staged to Perfection

 

Your living room is likely the focal point of your home, as it is often the largest space and the one where most time is spent. According to House Beautiful, the living room will help you sell your home more than any other room in the house. As with all the other spaces in your home, you will need to deep clean thoroughly and keep it tidy as the home sits on the market. Most important for this particular room is flawless staging. Living rooms tend to be a home for beloved knick-knacks, family photos, and cozy collections of favorite blanket and pillows. All this personalization needs to go. If staging feels impossible to you, consider hiring a professional home stager to help out. A beautifully staged home will sell faster and at a higher cost than a home left in its original state.

 

Master Bedroom: Peaceful Retreat

 

Lastly, the master bedroom needs your attention. This is the place in your home that signals rest, a peaceful retreat from the busyness of life. In addition to a deep clean, you need to declutter and organize the space well. Take advantage of storage space underneath your bed, out of sight from prospective buyers. Utilize functional furniture like decorative trunks and storage ottomans to store your belongings and clear off surfaces. A decluttered space is the first step to creating a peaceful retreat. Next, paint your walls a calming neutral color like soft gray or pale blue, and replace heavy curtains with light sheer panels to allow natural light to shine through. With a few simple touches, your bedroom will be showroom-ready.

 

Of course, not everyone has time in their busy schedules to devote to cleaning on a regular basis. If you discover you’re having a difficult time making it all come together, look into hiring a housekeeping service, one that can help you keep your kitchen spotless, your bedrooms tidy, and your house ready for any potential last-minute showings.

 

By focusing on these three main rooms – your kitchen, living room, and master bedroom – you will have an easier time getting your home cleaned and staged. It is a stressful time putting your house on the market, but remember that it’s only temporary. In no time, your beautiful home will sell to the perfect buyer, and you will be able to move on to your next adventure.

 

Kris Louis is mom to two rambunctious boys. Her oldest is 10 and her youngest is 7. A former advertising copywriter, she recently created parentingwithkris.com, where she puts her skills to work writing about the trials and tribulations of parenting. Kris, her husband, and two boys live in Durham, NC.

Photo Credit: Pixabay


Posted on August 26, 2019 at 1:46 pm
Meagan Griesel | Posted in Colorado Real Estate, Loveland Real Estate, Northern Colorado Real Estate, Real Estate Tips | Tagged , , , ,

Wonderfully Maintained Home in Fort Collins!

Beautiful large home at 1945 Prairie Hill Drive in Fort Collins located in a highly desirable school district. Mature landscaping with a private fenced-in backyard. Spacious and open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms plus a large loft that can be converted to a 4th bedroom. Huge master suite has 5-piece bath and a walk-in closet. All appliances are included! Conveniently located & easy access to I-25 and Harmony Corridor. Call for your private showing at (970) 691-0056 for more information or click the link below for more details.

http://windermerenoco.com/listing/98630759

 

 


Posted on August 7, 2019 at 5:52 pm
Meagan Griesel | Posted in Fort Collins Real Estate, Virtual Tours | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,