Monthly Archives: August 2018

Get Back Into the School Routine Again

Soon all across the Hudson Valley you’ll be hearing parents call out early in the morning, “It’s time for school!” It is an accepted rule of parenting that the older a child gets, the harder it is to wake them up in the morning. Just think of all those times they woke you up before dawn! Practicing the “early to bed and early to rise” routine a week before school officially starts is a good way to get everyone on the same time schedules… at least when it comes to the morning. Here are some other ways to help get back into the school routine again:

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Get the Right Gear

Preschoolers have a lot of cute options for backpacks but they’re not always practical. They need to hold a sweater, hat, gloves and the lunch box. Make sure there is room. As for the older kids, they might seem uninterested in school supplies but if you pick out the wrong color folder it will be “drama.” Get them involved with a trip to the office supply store. You should also plan ahead to make sure everyone’s rain and winter gear still fits. Don’t wait for the first storm to realize there are no boots or umbrellas in the house.

Do Your Homework

You’ll be telling that to your kids but there is some level of the homework that you need to do as well. The more you can familiarize yourself with the course and text book, the better off you’ll be in a position to help your kids with their assignments. It also helps to set up a consistent time for homework and a dedicated “zone” to get the work done. If you start off with good study habits early on, then those habits will carry through up to college. That means not letting the kids be distracted or procrastinate. They have to expect their work is going to be checked. That will keep them focused.

Remove Clutter

Up in the kid’s room, there are probably a lot of things that can be gotten rid of. How many articles of clothing did they outgrow this year? They might have even outgrown their bed. One kid can generate a whole pile of things to toss. More kids and you can imagine how big things will get. When that happens, it is time to bring in Junk King Hudson Valley. It will only take one fast session with the team from Junk King to get all that clutter gone from the house. Turn to Junk King Hudson Valley for a decluttering appointment to help you get back into the school routine.

Smart Advice For First-time Homebuyers

We’re heading into the peak homebuying season of the fall. This is the time when a lot of first-time homebuyers “test the waters” to see if they can actually buy their first property. If you’re in that category, then good luck! You might be aided on your journey by applying some of these tips:

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Be Patient

The most important quality for first-time homebuyers to embrace is patience. If you have a target date of when you’d like to move, then you should start looking three to four months before that date. Unless you’re headed out with an all-cash offer, you’re going to find yourself looking at a lot of homes, making offers, having offers passed on and starting the process all over. Even after an offer is accepted, there is the waiting period of escrow while all the paperwork is sorted through. Anxious times to be sure and that’s what a little patience can go a long way.

Trust Your Instincts

Even though this might be your first home, you still can trust your instincts with regard to the selection and offers you make. If you feel that a home is out of your price-range budget, then it probably is. On the other hand, if you find a home that ticks off all the items on your “must have” list, then move on it. Buying a home is not a time for second guessing.

Don’t Fall Into “Missing Out” Traps

This is a harsh truth: The moment you close on a home, you’ll probably see another home for sell that you like even more. Guess what? It doesn’t matter. You have your home now and you can make it into whatever you want it to be. Smart advice: Once you’ve made an offer and it has been accepted, stop looking.

Don’t Move with Junk

A new home is all about new beginnings. You have the chance to make new friends and decorate your home from top to bottom. Just don’t bring your old junk into your new home. When packing, tag all those things you can live without and then give Junk King Hudson Valley a call. These are the junk hauling pros who can help you clear out all the stuff you don’t want to bring with you. They’ll even see that it gets donated or recycled. First-time homebuyers should work with Junk Hudson Valley to haul away old clutter and start fresh in a new home.