Monthly Archives: August 2018

Tips For A Smooth School Year

Back-to-school is the time of year when everything changes in the household. That all starts with scheduling. It will help to create a master family calendar that everyone can contribute to. You might be tech savvy enough to set this up on everyone Smartphone but for the school year, you should go old school and have a big calendar in the kitchen. This is where all the times for school, after school, practices and weekend events need to go. It’s also the place for deadlines for tuition, fundraising and college applications. It will be a very busy calendar. Here are some other tips to make the coming school year a smooth one.

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Encourage the Pursuit of Interests

You kid can go to school, come home, do their homework and go back to school without much fuss but would they really be getting the most out of their time at school? You should encourage them to follow the pursuit of their interests whether that is with sports, music, drama, debate or any other club. It might mean more coordination for picks ups and drops offs but you’ll find that your kid will actually flourish when they have something to look forward to each day.

Start Talking About College

The moment your kid enters high school you should start college planning in earnest. Before you know it, their senior year will be here and they’ll have to start making decisions. Colleges look at the entire academic resume, not just the last year of high school.

Stay Focused on Homework

Helping your child with their homework starts by creating a quiet place for them to study. Yes, the rest of the house might have to “shut down” during homework time but it is a small sacrifice to make for those good grades. You should also get into the habit of reviewing their homework, too. This doesn’t mean correcting it for them but being prepare to help guide them towards clarity around the assignments. Sounds like you might be going back to school, too!

Get Rid of Clutter

Clutter creates distractions and that means your kid could be very distracted in their own bedroom every time they get dressed for school. Too much stuff in a closet or dresser can slow down the entire process. That’s why you want to get rid of all the outfits they’re not going to wear again and the computers, monitors and TVs that have been replaced. Junk King Cleveland can help with this goal. One call to these pro junk haulers will put a plan into action that can have your entire home clear of rubbish and clutter in no time at all. Making a smooth transition back-to-school can start with some serious decluttering help from Junk King Cleveland.

Good Advice For First-time Homebuyers

Buyer’s remorse is a common occurrence whenever someone makes a major purchase and feels as though they didn’t get what they bargained for. This happens a lot with first-time homebuyers. Here is the thing to embrace about buying your first home: It’s not going to be perfect. Yes, it can be close to your concept of a dream house but there will always be room for improvement. That is what homeownership is all about. Here is some good advice for first-time homebuyers:

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Negotiate the Offer

Don’t get caught up comparing sales prices of all the homes you’re looking at or all the homes in a particular neighborhood. Yes, it helps to have a baseline idea of what the value of a home might be but technically, a seller can ask any price they want no matter how ridiculous it might seem. And just because they’re asking for a high price doesn’t automatically mean they’re going to get it. On the other hand, you might have to pay over the asking price in order to remain in the running. Negotiating that final price is where the benefit of an experienced sales agent comes into play.

Do a Home Inspection

A home inspection can be done as part of a contract contingency. In other words, you can make an offer on a home and proceed to the inspection but it something is revealed to be a major determent, then you can back out of the deal. You could also use that home inspection to renegotiate the final price. For instance, if the inspector finds that the plumbing needs to be replaced or a new roof installed, then you could ask for that price as a “charge back” reduction from the sales price. It’s very common and sellers know it is in their best interest to do this because every potential buyer will be asking for the same thing.

Get Pre-Approved

If you can get pre-approved for a home loan, then you’ll be way ahead of the game when it comes to shopping. This usually can happen with people who have good credit and the potential to make a decent size deposit on the loan.

Finally, when you’re ready to move into your first home, you want to take advantage of the opportunity of a fresh start and that begins by keeping the junk out. Junk King Cleveland can help with that. As you pack, designate all those things you can live without and set up a session with Junk King. They’ll be able to take away any amount of furniture and rubbish so you won’t be paying movers to load it up. A single junk removal session with Junk King Cleveland will allow you to start life in your new home clear of rubbish.