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Considerations For First-Time Homebuyers

When you’ve made the decisions to become a homeowner, you’ll be embarking on a journey that can be challenging and rewarding. There are lots of hurdles ahead but as long as you give thoughtful consideration to every element put in front of you, then you can have ultimate success. Here’s what first-time homebuyers need to consider:

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What Home Suits Your Needs?

Set aside architectural styles for this question and instead focus on function. There are traditional single-family homes, townhouses, condos, co-ops or a multi-family building with two to four units. Each one of those types of homes has their own list of pros and cons. Within those categories you also have properties that are ready to move in or might need a little (or a lot) of fixing up. How much effort you want to put into maintaining your home might also be a factor.

What is on Your Must-Have List?

All first-time homebuyers have a must-have list. They usually begin with the location and move onto size. Within that “size” issue are things like the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, if it is an open floor plan and type of backyard space. The most important thing about a must-have list is to be flexible. Could there be renovations that can turn a home into a dream house? Could living 20 minutes outside of your ideal neighborhood be a deal breaker?

How Much Mortgage Do You Qualify For?

It makes no sense to shop for a home without know how much you can afford to spend. Yes, those mortgage calculators that are on every lending site can provide you with a glimpse of what your monthly fees will be but until you apply and are approved anything can change. That is why you’ll be in a stronger position if you go get pre-approved first.

What Are You Taking With You?

There is a lot that you’ll probably bring with you and a lot you’ll want to replace for your new home. As for the rest, that would all be the stuff to turn over to Junk King Orange County. These are the junk removal experts who can make all you unwanted furniture, appliance and electronics disappear. First-time homebuyers shouldn’t move into their new place with a lot of old rubbish. Junk King Orange County can help with that goal.

Back-To-School Advice For Students

Parents everywhere are letting go a huge sigh of relief as kids go back-to-school in the days ahead. It is time to readjust family schedules and get the academics back on track. For high school seniors, this last year is really about getting ready for the years ahead. Younger students will be navigating the concept of homework for the first time. Then there are all the afterschool activities to keep busy with. It’s all about finding the fight balance. Here is some good back-to-school advice to pass onto the students in your life:

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Get Involved

Whether it means going out for an athletic team or signing up for a club, studies have shown that kids who get involved with school activities actually have a higher GPA. They also become more social and all of that looks good on college applications! Going out for these activities might be something entirely new for a student but it’s always good to step outside of their comfort zone and challenge themselves. As parents, the best thing we can do is encourage them getting involved and support them with all the rides and scheduling.

Make a List of Academic Goals

Parents would like nothing more than to have a straight A student. That will require a lot of effort from everyone in the family. There might be some subjects that require more study time than others. It will help to make a list of the academic goals for the coming year to identify those areas which need the extra “push.” It some cases it might help to bring in a tutor for some extra study work.

Stay Healthy

Walking into a school is like going onto a plane: There are a lot of germs floating around they you can’t escape from. It will help to enforce healthy habits like washing hands between classes and eating better. Parents can control what goes into lunchboxes and what is served for breakfast and dinner. This might help balance out any unhealthy snacks that are consumed throughout the rest of the day.

Clean Out Closets

If you add up all the time spent looking for something to wear to school, then you could take back hours. Some of that time is wasted sorting through clothes that would never been worn again under any circumstances. Before school starts, you should clean out those closets off all the outfits that have been outgrown both in size and style. All of those items can then be turned over to Junk King Orange County. These professional junk haulers will be a big help with carting off all that clutter along with anything else you want to get rid of in the home. Make Junk King Orange Country your back-to-school cleaning partner.