What Every Family Should Look For When Buying an Older Home

Want to hear the latest from our crazy life? Our house is getting ready to go on the market! I must say, I really do love our home, but we need a tad bit more space since the girls have arrived. Not only that, but, being that the hubby and I both grew up out in the country and not in a subdivision, we would like for the twins to have a similar experience. We think we may have found what we want, but not entirely sure yet. Right now it’s all about paperwork – wohoo!

As we were putting together our list of “wants” in our next home, one of our “okays” was on an older home. I think older homes sometimes have more character to them, and more opportunity for placing a distinct touch on them, too! So when blogger Damien Justus sent me a post on the things we should look for when purchasing an older home, well, I KNEW I needed to read it! He makes some excellent points, too! Read on…

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Prudent homebuyers determined to buy an older home must proceed cautiously or risk expensive problems down the road. While there are always practical arguments to be made for favoring newer homes that are less likely to need repairs in the near future, the charms of an old home are many and appeal to a large number of people. Due diligence efforts prior to signing the contract are particularly important to evaluate an older home’s electrical systems, lead paint dangers, and bugs.

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On the Road in 2016

Y’all know I normally do a “Top 5 Posts” post at the beginning of each month, looking back at the previous month to see what was most popular around here! Well, I figured I’d stop and see what the top 5 posts were for all of 2016! Are you ready?!

February

1. The Top 10 Creative Ways to Use Concrete in Your House – This was a fantastic post on a variety of creative ways concrete can be used in home decor! 

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How to Get Your Home Clean in 20 Minutes!

“I love house cleaning,” said no one, EVER. But tidying up and tackling the household tasks should not necessarily be tedious, or take up your entire weekend. Managing one job at a day will make domestic cleaning feel less like a burden and more like a routine. Break down the work into manageable chunks of time and complete smaller bites every day for the next 30 days.  Take 20 minutes to do simple and easy projects like dusting, doing the laundry or wiping the surfaces.  

You think it’s impossible to tackle all these jobs in such a short time? The professionals from CleanNGone Central London think that this challenge will change completely your idea of domestic cleaning.

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The Challenge

Although this is not a new method, it is an effective one. When faced with bigger and boring projects, you are more likely to procrastinate with them. It is normal to get overwhelmed by the size or the scale of a job.  On the other hand, sparing 20 minutes a day to sweep the floor or wash the dishes doesn’t sound like a lot to do. You will be encouraged when you see progress right away. Create a schedule that fits into your needs and lifestyle or print out one from the internet. For example, one day you can clean the bathroom and on the other, you can vacuum all floors. The best thing about this challenge is that it is completely customizable. As long as you are completing small chores every day, you are doing it right.

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7 Fun Ideas to Keep Your Day Entertaining…at Home!

Although right now we’re in the throes of Spring (my allergies can totally attest to that) Summer will soon be upon us! I just wrote an article for the magazine I contribute to on How to Organize Your Summer Vacation, and then it dawned on me: maybe not everyone GOES on summer vacation. I mean, growing up, we always did. I guess I got used to that. But some folks would rather be at home, which is a great way to spend the summer, too! As long as you’re not hearing the words, “I’m bored!” within the first day of Summer vacation. Ugh. 

So when Katleen Brown contacted me about a post full of ways to keep a day at home entertaining, I figured it was the perfect follow-up! She’s got some fantastic ideas here! Check them out!

Sometimes, staying at home can cause boredom, especially if one is not creative enough to figure out what can make a day spent indoors FUN. For those with children, it can be unfortunate if one has no ideas on how they can make the stay at home enjoyable. 

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It is essential to learn about ways to keep the children, and yourself relaxed and entertained as you spend time indoors.

Make Finger Puppets

This is one way of letting the children have fun as they exercise their creativity.  They can remain busy for several hours, and therefore, you will not have to listen to them complaining of boredom or wanting to go out.  They do not need a lot of things for this activity. They only require having papers and paint boxes as well as some glue.  You can help them make monsters or even animals. Using these tools, you can help them to make stories. If you have one child, you can help him or her through the whole process and provide moral support. However, you can invite other kids to your house and have them work with your child. If you have two more kids in the house, you can assist them for a while and then leave them to have fun and exercise creativity on their own.

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Making Your House Ready for a Sale!

No no, we are not getting ready to move. I’m pretty sure the house we have now can accommodate the craziness that twins is about to bring us…at least for a while!

However, in all my perusal of fabulous shows on HGTV (which is where, let’s face it, my TV is most-often tuned to) one of my favorite things to see is when folks “stage” a house. Basically, they make it look the way buyers dream it can look! And I tend to take a lot of cues from that around our home when it comes to design and basic decor.

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So when Daisy from The Rug Seller contacted me about an infographic on making sure your house is ready to be sold, my immediate thought was, “Hey, I would do all these things to just make my house BETTER, whether or not I was actually selling!” (Well…except the depersonalizing!) Check it out and see if you agree with me!

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