Somewhere in Seattle, someone has just closed on their first home. It is an exciting time and something to be very proud of. Will you be joining that club this year? If so, then you’ll want to take your time to do to things right. Here is some helpful advice for first-time homebuyers.
Set a Comfortable Budget
Your new mortgage payment should be close to what you’re paying in rent in order to make it all work. But you don’t want to get into a situation where those payments are putting a strain on your finances because you also have to pay for property taxes, insurance and any future repairs. This is why it will help to set a budget before you go into the home buying process and factor in what could be your new monthly expenses.
Getting pre-approved for a mortgage before you go shopping for a home can put you in an advantageous position for making an offer. A seller would be more accepting of a buyer knowing that they are “good to go” rather than waiting to see if you qualify. And getting pre-approved can also provide you with a realistic range to shop in. Be sure to also look into all the available lending programs from the state and federal government.
Shop for an Agent
An experienced real estate agent is going to be crucial for your purchase and that means finding an agent that is a good fit. Remember, they’re working for you and they’ll be making a nice commission for the effort so you have to feel comfortable with them. That means being able to ask the dozens of questions that will come up.
Don’t Move With Junk
Finally, when the deal is done and you’re ready to make the big move, be sure you’re not bringing any of your old junk with you. You don’t want to start out by instantly filling up the garage and closets with clutter. Junk King Seattle will be a big help with this task. Their two-man moving crew and big truck is all you’ll really need to get rid of anything you’re not packing up. Let Junk King Seattle help keep old rubbish from getting into your new home.
When it comes to the first day of school, you child might be nervous. You might also be nervous, too but you can’t show it. They will be nervous if it is a new school when they don’t know the teachers, classmates or surroundings. Even if they’re going back to a familiar place, they could still be nervous adjusting to schedules and fitting in. Here’s how you can help your student get ready for their first day of school:
If they’re starting at a new school, then it will be new to you as well. You’ll want to familiarize yourself with the route to school and how busy it will be during morning rush hour. You also need to know about drop off and pick up locations. As for the school itself, it will help if you can take a tour with your kid so they won’t feel so intimidated on that first day. Practice walking the halls to their class schedules.
Share Your Experiences
You probably have some funny “first day” memories that you could share with your kid. The fact that you’re sitting across from them is proof that no matter what happens, they’ll get over it.
Plan a Homework Strategy
Depending on their age, the concept of homework might be new to your kid. Or it could be an area that your older student has had challenges with in the past. It will help to set up a homework strategy with your kid. This starts with designating a consistent time for them to work on their homework. Some kids prefer to knock it out right when they get home. Others prefer to wait until after dinner. Let them pick but make sure they stick to the schedule.
Speaking of homework, on some level you’ll be going back to school, too. That might mean doing some of the same reading and catching up on your math skills so you can help with their assignments.
Get Rid of Clutter
Getting rid of clutter in closets and dressers can help your kid get ready in the morning. The less clothes they have to sort through the better off their be with picking out something to wear. A major cleaning of their rooms can result in a lot of things to toss out. That’s when Junk King Seattle can help out. One call to these junk hauling pros and all the old clothes, books, toys and even furniture can be quickly carted off. Everything will run smoother in your home on the first day of school with less clutter. Junk King Seattle can help with that goal.