How to Help Make a Smooth Transition to a New School

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You may be moving to a better school district and neighborhood, moving to be closer to family or maybe you are running away from a bully – either way you, as the parent, know that this move is in the best interest of the child. The child may disagree and be very angry with you for taking them out of their comfort zone and for making them leave their friends, which is why we put together a list of things you can do to help your child adjust.

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Spend time at the school. If you know that you will be moving in the next few months, then go to the school and get familiar with the building and the area. For younger children spend an afternoon playing on the playground and for teens take them to a chorus concert or sports game. Most schools have a lot going on during the school year which is a great time to engage your child with the school and get them excited about this new chapter!

Talk up the school. Tell your child about the great features of the school. If your child plays a sport, tell them how good the team is that they would be joining – try to introduce them to the coach as well. For the younger kids, tell them about the exciting new playground or the fun new gym that they will get to play in.

Find someone that goes to the school. Do some research and figure out if an acquaintance or an old friend of your child’s goes to that school, which will give your child a small sense of comfort because at least they know one person when walking into the lunch room or going out on the playground. Read More

Do’s and Don’ts When Taking Listing Photos

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Listing photos are what will attract potential buyers to your visit your home, so take the time to read these dos and don’ts of taking listing photos.

Photo Dos and Don'ts for Selling Your HomeDo: Use a real camera, not a Smartphone. Your smart phone takes good photos but using a ‘real’ camera will allow the photos to be enlarged and viewed better online.
Do: Take a shot from the curb and use that as your main photo. The first photo that you take should be of the house and a great spot to take it from is the curb. Make sure your landscape is taken care of before you take the photo.
Do: Order your photos. Put your photos in the order that you would see the photos as you walk through the house. This will help potential buyers feel as though they are walking through your house.
Do: Consider taking a photo from above. Read More

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Terms You Need to Understand When Buying a New Home

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We put together some terms (in alphabetical order) you will need to understand when buying a home to make it easier for you.

Acceptance

Agreeing to the terms of an offer, thereby creating a contract. This happens when the seller and the buyer agree on the selling price of the house. Once this has happens, neither the buyer nor the seller can back out without facing consequences.

Annual Percentage Rate (APR)

A yearly interest rate that includes upfront fees and costs paid to acquire the loan. Mortgage lenders are required to disclose the APR so the buyer can accurately calculate and compare the cost of different loans – rates may vary with different lenders. Read More

How to Move Your Plants

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Before you start to move plants you want to make sure that they are watered very well so they have moisture to draw on throughout the relocation – this is especially important if you’re doing this work in the summer when plants are extra dry from the warm temperatures.

Next, get a pot (proportional to the size of the plant) and fill it with dirt/potting soil. Dig a small hole in the center that you can set the plant in—this pot will protect the plant and roots during transit. After the pot is ready you must prepare for the actual task of uprooting your plants, which can be tricky – you don’t want to damage the roots and in turn kill the plants.

Using a sharp shovel, dig around the plant in a circle, leaving as much dirt as you can around the root ball. Wrap the root ball in a damp burlap sack and place it in your prepared pot.

**When digging the circle around the root, measure about one vertical foot from the base of the stalk or trunk. Then, measure the diameter of the stalk or trunk in inches and multiply by 18. This is how big the root ball should be.

Once your plants are ready for transit you will need to secure them in the moving truck. Read More

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How to Not Get Emotionally Attached While House Hunting

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Just like with life, no one (or house) is perfect, sometimes you need to settle. You may find your ‘dream‘ home that has absolutely everything you are looking for but it is in the wrong school district – which as parents know is very important. Or maybe you find the right house but it is out of your price range. Whatever it may be, house hunting can take a toll on your emotions, which is why we want to help.

How to Not Get Emotionally Attached While House HuntingWhen you start house hunting you need to go into with an open mind. You may want to stay in a specific area but try to be open to nearby locations that may have more of what you are looking for. You might really want a single family home with a big backyard but who maybe you will find a better priced townhouse that backs up to a field (an instant backyard that you don’t need to take care of – perfect).

In the back of your mind, you need to know that something might not work out and that’s OK, there will be another house. You need to start looking early to get a better feel for the area, but what if you aren’t going to buy for another year? Read More

College Move in Day

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But on the bright side, fall is an excellent time of the year, with great weather to look forward to and so many fun things to do – apple picking, pumpkin patches, and holidays right around the corner.

College Move in TipsFor those of you starting college in a few weeks or for the many of you returning to college, we have a few reminders for you. Below is a list of things you should bring to school.

Tools – you never know when you will need a screw driver, hammer or nail. For those of you who do not have one, ask your dad to put together a small tool box for you to bring.

Cleaning Supplies – Even if you never picked up a sponge your whole life, now is the time. You can’t (or shouldn’t) go the whole school year without ever dusting, vacuuming or cleaning your room – especially the bathrooms, yuck! Purchase a cleaning bucket, and fill it with Windex, Mr. Clean, a duster, sponge, paper towels and pick up a small vacuum. You should be good to go!

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Transit Systems Top Moving Tips

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Color Coordinate. This may sound complicated but it will be well worth it on moving day. Designate each room with a color (get colored sticker dots and place them on the doors or walls!) and whenever a box, storage container, piece of furniture, etc. needs to go into that room you know where it has to go because of the coordinating sticker on the box. Besides colored stickers you can also use colored duct tape or if you have kids, actually let them color the boxes with a marker. Whatever works best for your family and then make sure everyone is aware of what color goes where.

Moving Boxes TSIBuy extra supplies. Check with the store that you bought your supplies but most places will let you return unused boxes, tape, bubble wrap, etc. It is so much easier to have extra supplies than to have to run out to the store right in the middle of your packing. This is especially helpful for moms – no mom wants to keep throwing the kids in the car to run to the store.

Pack your boxes properly. All good moving companies should provide you with help when packing boxes. We created an FAQ page as well as added a section on our packing page to help you with packing boxes. This probably sounds ridiculous but it is more important than you think. If you under pack your boxes they could get squished and if you over pack your box then the bottom could fall out. Check out our guidelines.

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Leonard Rudnick, Brooklyn, NY, August 4, 2014

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