Monthly Archives: August 2018

Proactive First-time Home Buying Tips

Home buying season is kicking into high gear and will remain that way up to late in November when things begin to cool off. Between now then a lot of homes will be bought and sold in the Chicago area. Are you a first-time homebuyer? If so, then you might want to apply some of these proactive tips to help make the process go smoother for you.

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Financing

It will be a smart move to have you financing in place before you start shopping. You don’t want to get into a situation where an offer is accepted but the seller has to wait for your financing to go through. They probably won’t wait. Part of that financing will involve a deposit and closing costs. Sometimes the closing costs can be included in the loan amount but that will just make all the numbers increase. As for the deposit, gone is the day of “no money down” loans. Today, most lenders are expecting you to put down at least 20% of the loan. They’ll also want to know you have up to three months savings in your bank account to make your mortgage payments.

Making an Offer

Online information about a particular house will provide you with compatible prices of homes in the neighborhood. It will also show you what the home sold for the last time it was on the market. All of this information is going to help you formulate an offer price. This something you should be doing in consultation with your realtor. You’ll want to focus on the fair market value of the house and not the list price. Some owners go way over the top with their valuations. They might get it but that doesn’t mean you have to pay it.

Think Outside of Your Dream Zone

Everyone has an idea of what their dream home should look like. This is the “must-have” list that you will go house hunting with. Unfortunately, the reality of the market and what you can afford often clash. This might mean thinking outside of your dream zone. Could you live somewhere with a longer commute to work? Could you move into a place that needed fixing up? Would you consider a foreclosed property? In other words, when it come to shopping for a home, everything should be on the table for consideration.

After finding that home, you could be packing up the moment the deal closes. The smart move here is to bring in Junk King Chicago. One session with these junk removal experts and you’ll be moving with a much lighter load. There is no reason to bring all the things you have been wanting to get rid of. Before you move into your new home, let Junk King Chicago move out all the rubbish and clutter. Start junk free!

Getting Your Kids Ready For School

Summer winding down can only mean one thing for parents: It’s back-to-school time! This is when family schedules are once again upended but for good reasons. Adjustments will have to be made and pickups and drop offs will need to be coordinated. Here are some other items to consider when you’re getting your kids ready for school.

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Embrace Their New Hobbies

The older a child gets, the more they’ll be able to explore new hobbies and activities. Most of these will be happening after school but that’s not a bad thing as long as they don’t run into homework time. Although they will be focused in the moment of doing their best playing sports, dancing, acting, singing or playing an instrument, a lot of what they’ll learning in these hobbies can have a positive impact on the rest of their lives. In other words, embrace their new hobbies.

Liven Up Their Lunch Boxes

The best way to insure your student is having a healthy lunch is to pack it for them. First, you might want to say good-bye to the juice box and hello fruit infused water. They get the same fruity “kick” but without all the added sugar. Instead of salty snacks, pack veggie sticks. Let your kid pick out their favorites. As for the sandwiches, you can mix things up there, too by switching up the bread. Try wraps, pitta, bagels or toast.

Wake Up Early

Sorry but school days means everyone gets up early. Since you’re in charge, you should add 15 minutes to your wakeup time so you can assess the day and get things in order. For breakfast, let the kids pick what the want the night before and then set out as much as you can to have it ready. On the weekends, whip up a batch of waffles and pancakes and then freeze them. One pass through the toaster and they’re ready to go.

Choose Outfits the Night Before

Along with getting as much ready for breakfast and lunch making the night before, you should also have your kids pick out what they’re going to wear the night before. If your child has a school uniform, then the night before would be the time to wash and/or iron it.

Once you get into these habits, you’ll find your mornings running a lot smoother. It will help you stay organized when there isn’t a lot of clutter in closets, dressers and everywhere else. That’s why a decluttering session with Junk King Chicago should be a priority. You designate what you want removed and the Junk King crew will whisk it away in a matter of minutes. Getting your kids ready for school will be helped when you get rid of the clutter. Give that job to Junk King Chicago today.

Our Chicago North Yard Cleanout Team Is Top Notch

As much as you’d like to do it by yourself, you’ll be glad you phoned our Chicago North Yard cleanout services after the job is done. Why? Because the team that shows up to get rid of those bags of leaves and other materials is insured. What’s more, they are dedicated to 100% client satisfaction. Here’s another little perk. Each and every one of our team members here at Junk King is committed to making sure we recycle as much of your yard waste as possible.

A Yard That’s Free from Clutter
Having a yard that’s free from clutter is like having a canvas that you can paint on. If you’ve ever had the misfortune of staring at a big pile of junk in your backyard and not knowing where to start, don’t panic.

That’s why we are here. We are the professionals that can tackle any kind of yard waste. We’ve seen it all before and you won’t surprise us if your job means hauling away items like:

Tree Branches. More and more, people find themselves the victims of extreme weather. That quite often means tree branches get knocked down and thrown around your yard. Some of these are too big to handle by yourself and that’s what our Chicago North Yard cleanout services are for.

Landscaping Waste. Here’s another scenario that we see quite often. People often have the energy to undertake a big landscaping project but not always the get up and go to finish it off completely. In other words, we get a lot of calls from people who need the debris from an otherwise finished job hauled away. Remember our number one priority is to provide each and every customer with excellent service.

Old Timber. The Chicago area has a lot of wonderful old buildings. However, some of the ones on residential properties have outlived their usefulness and have even become unsafe. That’s why we specialize in hauling away all the timber when you’ve decided to take one of these buildings down.

Even folks who have decided to tear down an old fence and put up a new one give us a call to get rid of the debris. Take a few seconds to look over the customer testimonials on our website. The Chicago North Yard cleanout services we offer come with a written price guarantee.