After all the searching, all the negotiating, all the inspections and all the waiting you finally made it. You’re closing on your first home. Congratulations. Now What? Obviously, you have to start packing but there are some more things you should be thinking about once you get settled. Here’s what to consider:
It’s probably not a stretch to imagine you savings have taken a big hit to pull this move together. That is understandable and now it is time to get those savings accounts filled again. As a homeowner, you’re now in charge of all repairs. If the water heater goes up, then you have to pay for a new one. Same with all the plumbing, painting and any other repairs. Building up that “rainy day” fund can help when those household emergencies crop up and they will crop up!
Perform Regular Maintenance
Your car only runs smoothly when you perform regular maintenance on that ride. You should take that same approach with your home. Regular maintenance isn’t just swapping out smoke alarm batteries or changing air vent filters (both important) but also having regular inspections of your HVAC system, your sewer lines and roof. Staying ahead of problems will go a long way towards keeping everything around the house safe and manageable.
Stop House Hunting
Now that you’ve made it into your home, you can give up the house hunting. In fact, you should delete all those real estate apps off your computer and phones. You don’t want to see what other homes are selling for unless you plan on selling your home. You also don’t want to see a possible deal you missed out on. Will there be nicer houses at a better price? Maybe but there’s nothing you can do about that. Focus on making the place you’re in your home.
Get Rid of Junk
As you are packing, be sure to take note of all the things you don’t need, that are broken or you’re just “over.” All of that is considered junk and it shouldn’t cross over the threshold of your new home. One call to Junk King Fort Worth will help with that. It’s always a good idea to start off in a new home without old rubbish. Junk King Fort Worth can make it happen.
Back-to-school is that time of year where everything changes. Whether your kid is going into kindergarten, sixth grade or their senior year at high school there is a lot that has to be adjusted. Whatever happened in the previous schoolyear can be put aside for a fresh start. That means a lot of engagement from you, the parents. Here’s what you should consider to make back-to-school a positive time:
Check the Peer Group
The hope is that your child will find some positive influences in their circle of friends. You can help insure that by getting involved. Ask to not only meet the new friends but also their parents. You’re all in this together. You also should be up to date on all their social media postings. That means total access to every account. You’re paying for that and you have the right. If your kid thinks that you’re spying on them, then that’s good. They shouldn’t have anything to hide!
Don’t Forget the Family
The older the student, the more intense the studying becomes. This might mean that special family time falls by the wayside. That shouldn’t happen. It is important that everyone gets to stay focused on the family throughout the school year. Dinners during the week might be a challenge but at the very least there should one major family dinner on the weekends even if that means going out to eat together. And if there is a chance for family outings or mini-road trips, then you should take them.
Set Up a Kitchen Command Center
There should be one bulletin board that everyone in the family passes at least once a day. This can become the command center for the group with a master calendar that has all the dates for every activity inscribed. It should also be where things like permission slips or flyers for fundraisers will go.
Start Without Clutter
Another good way to start the new school year is without any clutter in the house. Do a major sweep through all the closets, dressers, storage bins and anywhere else things are being kept to remove all the unwanted and outgrown items. Those can all be turned over to Junk King Fort Worth. These are the junk removal pros who will swoop in and easily remove any amount of bags, boxes or bins of stuff you want to get rid of. A junk clearing session with Junk King Fort Worth is going to make back-to-school go a lot smoother this year.