Crocker Park

Everything Happens at Crocker Park!

Crocker Park is a hub for shopping, dining, working, relaxing, working out, and even living. It offers a wide variety of restaurant and bar options to suit all tastes including:

  • 3 Palms
  • Aladdin’s Eatery
  • B Spot
  • Bar Louie
  • Barroco
  • Bibibop Asian Grill
  • Blue Sushi Sake Grill
  • Bonefish Grill
  • Bruegger’s Bagels
  • Burntwood Tavern
  • Condado Tacos
  • Crepe’s In The City
  • Dave’s Cosmic Subs
  • First WatchFive Guys
  • Graeter’s
  • Hot Chicken Takeover
  • Hyde Park
  • Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes – available during the summer
  • Mikey’s Pizza
  • Pacific East
  • The Pasta Co-Op
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
  • Starbucks
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Yard House

Crocker Park has a plethora of stores from apparel, footwear, and jewelry to electronics, sporting goods, and furniture. Some stores include:

  • Altard’d State
  • American Eagle
  • Ann Taylor
  • Anthropologie
  • Apple
  • Apricot Lane
  • Arhaus
  • Athleta
  • Baby Gap
  • Banana Republic
  • Banyan Tree
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Buckle
  • Cara’s Boutiqes & Gifts
  • Carhartt
  • Chico’s
  • Cle Clothing Co.
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Dry Goods
  • DSW
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Emily Roggenburk
  • Evereve
  • Express
  • Francesca’s
  • Gap
  • Gap Kids
  • H&M
  • Homage
  • J. Crew
  • Jos. A Bank
  • Learning Express Toys
  • Loft
  • LoveSac
  • Lululemon
  • Lush
  • Market District
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Orvis
  • Sephora
  • Soft Surroundings
  • Soma
  • Sunglass Hut
  • Sur La Table
  • Talbots
  • Trader Joes
  • Urban Outfitters

The lifestyle center is not just fit for those looking for a place to eat or have a fun shopping trip; in fact, there are many well-known and recognized salons and spas as well.

Salons, Spas, Etc. include:

  • Aveda
  • Charles Scott
  • Dina Palmieri
  • Massage Envy
  • European Wax Center
  • Massage Heights
  • The Lash Lounge
  • Westlake Plastic Surgery

You can get your fitness on at the Cycle Bar or LA Fitness, stay the weekend at the Hyatt Place, or go see a movie at Regal Cinemas. Additionally, there are residences in Crocker Park in the form of both apartments which are located above the restaurants and stores and townhomes which are located in the back of Crocker Park.

Besides the lifestyle center’s regular restaurants, bars, gyms, stores, and salons, Crocker Park also holds a lot of fun events including a farmer’s market every Saturday, Truck Stop Tuesdays from April to September, 5ks, outdoor movies in the summer, massive decorations for Christmas, and so much more.

Whether you live in the Cleveland area or are just here for a visit, you should definitely make a stop at Crocker Park!

For more information on everything it has to offer, visit Crocker Park’s website: https://www.crockerpark.com


Posted on April 6, 2020 at 5:30 pm
Susan Flood | Posted in Around Cleveland |

Making Your Move a Successful One

Ways You Can Make Moving a Little More Bearable

It’s no secret that moving is stressful but did you know that research shows that it’s even more stressful than divorce? According to studies, moving is stressful because there are so many small details involved when it comes to moving into a new home. While there is no way to completely eliminate stress during the moving process, here are some things you can do to make the process less overwhelming.

Forward your mail earlier – Obviously you’re moving to a new address so it’s crucial that you change your address so you’re not chasing your mail all over the city. It’s not just the post office you have to remember either; update your address on your credit cards, bank accounts, student loans you might have, magazine subscriptions, car insurance, and don’t forget to give your friends and family a heads up.

Turning the utilities on – The last thing anyone wants to deal with after moving is living for a few days without electricity or even worse, without WiFi. Remember to contact any utility companies before your big move and ask them to transfer utilities; make sure to allow enough time as it may take a few days to get the new accounts set up and good to go.

Hire help – While it may look appealing to cut costs where you can after buying a home, this is NOT the place to do it if you can avoid it. Take it from us, it’s absolutely worth the expense. With the internet, it’s pretty easy to find reputable movers and there’s also many apps that help you find and hire movers. We also have some movers we personally recommend if you would rather go that route.

Donate, donate, donate – There’s no better time to clean out and donate any unused items than when you’re moving into a new home. This is a win-win, you’re helping those in need and it means there’s less stuff for you to have to move to your new place.

Organize your boxes – This should be done according to necessity. Which items will you need ASAP when you move in? Think toothbrush, wine opener, pajamas, hair dryer, etc. Let’s be honest, after a long day of moving, the last thing you’ll want to do is go hunting for your toothbrush.

Photos are necessary – While this step may seem a bit over-the-top, it is actually extremely helpful and you’ll be so glad you did it. Take photos or videos of how electronics and complicated furniture pieces are assembled. You may think you’ll remember how to re-assemble your favorite electronics or that shelf in your office but why take that chance when you can snap a few pictures or take a short video?

We get it, moving is not fun. There’s going to be some bumps in the road and annoyances but you can certainly make it easier on yourself by preparing beforehand.

Moving is worth it in the end but the stress and anxiety that comes with it can be daunting. Consider following some of the tips in this article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/living-the-questions/201703/ten-simple-tips-manage-the-stress-moving

We offer a Moving Checklist. To download a copy, click HERE.


Posted on April 4, 2020 at 12:34 pm
Susan Flood | Posted in Buyers, Sellers |

House Hunting Red Flags

Signs of Damage in a House

It’s so easy to get distracted by the cute barn doors, the recessed lighting, and the shiplap walls – that we miss the water damage on the roof! Luckily, the inspection period is written in the contract to give buyers a chance to hire a licensed inspector to assess the property. However, it’s important to know the signs that something may be wrong before getting too invested in a home.

Here’s a great article discussing what a home inspection is, when it happens, how much it costs, what exactly happens at a home inspection, and what a home inspection report includes: https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/mortgages/home-inspection/

Here are some signs that there may be big problems with a house.

Signs of roof damage:

  • Cupped, curled or warped shingles
  • Lots of shingle granules in the gutters
  • Cracked or broken tiles
  • Missing sections
  • Mismatched roof sections
  • Ceiling stains
  • Sagging roof deck

Signs of foundation damage:

  • Visible cracks in exterior or interior
  • Door jams/doors not shutting
  • Gaps on top of doors when closed
  • Windows not square
  • Wall corners not square
  • Cracks in driveway or sidewalks
  • Drainage not pointing away from the house
  • Large trees with roots close to foundation

Signs of water/mold damage:

  • Water stains on ceilings and walls
  • Cracks around windows
  • Bowed roof
  • Visible mold
  • Musty smell
  • Missing caulking or tile in baths
  • No bathroom vents
  • Wood rot around doors and trim
  • Peeling paint

Signs of electrical damage:

  • Exposed wires
  • Warm outlets
  • Damaged or rusted electric panel

Signs of plumbing damage:

  • Water stains in sinks, toilets, bath
  • Low water pressure
  • Screeching when turning on/off
  • Slow drains
  • Bad odors from sinks

A good real estate agent will be able to help you catch these things.

Ready to start looking for homes? Contact us and let’s get started!


Posted on March 31, 2020 at 12:50 pm
Susan Flood | Posted in Buyers |

Considering FSBO? Here’s What You Need To Consider

6 Things To Consider When Selling Your Home, Alone

If you are planning to sell your home in the near future, you may be considering selling “By Owner.” The idea of saving the money you might spend on broker’s commissions is attractive. After all, who wouldn’t want to have a few thousand more dollars to spend on their new home? However, selling your home by yourself is more time consuming and stressful than most people realize. One of the scenarios we agents see all too often is the homeowner that puts their house up for sale without planning realistically for the whole process. Then, after weeks or months of frustration, they call on a real estate agent to bail them out and get the job done quickly.

So, before you put that FSBO sign in the yard, give some thought to these points from your local real estate experts:

  • You’ll need a fair market value on your home. You may think you know what your home should sell for, but often homeowners overprice their home, which will lead to more time on the market. Real estate agents have many tools available to evaluate the market in your area and give you an accurate sales price.
  • Buyers will lowball you on offers. Knowing you aren’t paying broker’s commissions, buyers will offer you well below your asking price, so you may not save as much as you hope. Research shows homes listed with a broker sell for more money and less time on the market than those sold by owner. Having an agent who is experienced in negotiating price and terms is well worth the cost.
  • You will need to coordinate your own showings and open houses. Do you have the flexibility to field calls and schedule showings at all hours of the day and night? Agents are used to working 24/7 and juggling ever-changing showing schedules. You may not be prepared for shifting your family’s schedule around daily so that someone can be home to show the house. How will you respond to strangers roaming through your home, closets and cabinets? It’s well known that homes show better when the seller is not home and the buyer can look freely, under the supervision of a real estate agent.
  • You’ll need to advertise your home. When you list with an agent, your home goes into the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), where it is available to every agent in your area, and it will appear on Zillow.com, Realtor.com and other national sites. Additionally, your agent will market your home within their network of agents, on social media, in print media, mass mailings, local signage, open houses, or other sources. There are flat fee listing services that will put your home in the MLS system, but they don’t offer you the support and personalized services a dedicated agent can give you.
  • The process is just starting when the contract is signed. Getting under contract is the first step of many in the process, and things can, and often do, go wrong along the way. The escrow deposit, home inspection period, home appraisal, buyer’s financing approval, obtaining a clear title, and the buyer’s final walk-through are all hurdles that must be cleared. Each step requires a clear and legal paper trail that an agent knows how to properly execute to protect your rights as a seller. An agent can guide you through any complications that might arise and will be able to speak effectively on your behalf to the other parties working on your transaction.
  • We’re here for the long haul. As your real estate agent, we want to build a lasting relationship with you. We’ll be here after closing day to help you with any additional needs. Even if you are moving to another city, you can call on us to give you referrals for professionals in your new area.

For a more in depth look at FSBO’s vs. using a real estate agent, you might want to check out this article: https://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/071514/8-reasons-not-sell-your-home-without-agent.asp

FSBO or a Real Estate Professional: Are you still not sure what the right choice is?

Not sure if you want to sell your house yourself or hire a real estate agent? Meet with some local real estate agents to see their listing impressions. It certainly cannot hurt to vet all your options and it costs you nothing.

If meeting with local agents is not a step you necessarily want to take right now, call or email us and we’d be happy to send you copy of our complimentary Seller’s Guide that walks you through the entire process…no strings attached.


Posted on March 31, 2020 at 12:31 pm
Susan Flood | Posted in Sellers |

Dream Home Drama? Here’s How To Win A Bidding War

How To Be Competitive In A Bidding War

One of the most stressful situations in home buying occurs when other buyers are competing for the home you want. To make an offer on the perfect house only to find out you have entered a bidding war is certainly frustrating.

It doesn’t always happen, but if there is a shortage of homes for sale, or you are looking in a particularly sought-after area, it’s a possibility.

What exactly is a bidding war? Read this article for an in-depth explanation: https://www.investopedia.com/terms/b/bidding-war.asp

To that end, we have put together some tips for how to make a multiple offer situation as comfortable and successful as possible for my buyers.

  • Pick a real estate agent who is well organized and an exceptional communicator. A lapse in communication could be interpreted as disinterest. Don’t get overlooked because your agent did not communicate with the seller’s agent in a timely manner.
  • Have your pre-approval letter or proof of funds in hand. You may have a great offer to submit, but if you can’t back it up with proof you are qualified to purchase the home, the seller may move on. Make a cash offer if you are able. If not, make as large a down payment as possible, and use a lender that communicates effectively with all parties.
  • Offer more than the asking price. Your agent should do a comparative market analysis to give you a good idea on the home value as soon as you decide to make an offer. If it’s not too out of line with the CMA or your budget, offer more than the asking price.
  • Keep your offer clean and simple. Don’t ask for contingencies that are not necessary to closing the transaction.
  • Shorten the inspection period. Asking for a 5 to 7 day inspection period instead of the traditional 15 lets the seller know that you aren’t going to waste anyone’s time. Find a home inspector who has availability to schedule your inspection as soon as your offer is accepted.
  • Have your escrow deposit ready. Offer an escrow deposit that sends the message that you are serious about your offer and have the funds ready to turn in as soon as your offer is accepted.
  • Offer flexibility with your closing date. Convey through your agent that you are willing adjust the closing date to suit the seller’s needs.
  • Include a personal letter. Let the seller know who you are, what you like about the home, and that you intend to take good care of their former residence. Let them know what it is about the home that has already made it special to you.
  • Consider an escalation clause. Let the seller know your offer isn’t the highest you will go by including a clause stating that you will increase your offer, up to a set price, if the seller shows you a higher offer from another buyer.
  • Be diplomatic with negotiations after your contract is signed. Remember that the seller has other interested parties to fall back on. If you turn ugly after the contract is signed, making additional demands or not following through with your promises, the seller may hand you back your deposit and work with someone else.

Have any questions, want to know more about the buying process, or ready to start the search for your next home? Give us a call!


Posted on March 31, 2020 at 12:16 pm
Susan Flood | Posted in Buyers |

New Construction: Is It For You?

Questions You Should Ask When Buying New Construction

There’s nothing like moving into a home that is truly new, with no smells, smudges or dust left behind by a previous owner. Even better is when you get to make your own custom selections. But buying from a builder is a different ball game and it’s important you know how to play.

Consider these questions if you are considering new construction.

Should you use a real estate agent? Yes! The builder may have sales agents or an assistant that helps buyer’s through the process, but those people work for the builder. It’s always a good idea to have a professional advocating for you, and most builders will pay agents a commission for bringing the buyer. It’s important that your agent accompany you to the first visit to the model center or builders’ office so that representation is established.

Does the builder have a good reputation? We’ve all heard stories of builders who fail to deliver on their promises, using lower grade materials than quoted, or even disappearing before the work was completed. Check out your builder before signing anything. Find out if there are any complaints registered against them and ask for references from other homeowners. Find out if you can tour a model or a recently completed home, and bring someone who can judge the quality of the workmanship.

Should you use the builders’ lender? Many builders work with a preferred lender that offers attractive discounts on closing costs when you finance through them. It’s important to know if the lender is working as a referral or if the mortgage company is owned by the same company that is building your home. If your lender and builder both work for the same company, it’s a good idea to have an attorney review your contracts as an independent set of eyes.

What are the deed restrictions and is there an HOA? Developers usually file a subdivision’s restrictive covenants when applying for approval to build the development. Any persons buying property in the development are bound to abide by these restrictions. You can get a copy of the deed restrictions from the builder. Also ask if there is, or will be, a homeowner’s association, what the HOA fees will be and what they cover.

Can the builder charge extra for unexpected cost increases? Look over the builder’s contract carefully, or have an attorney do so, and note if there is an escalation clause that would allow the builder to pass cost increases onto you in the event that materials or labor costs increase during construction.

What warranties are provided? Normally a builder offers a warranty lasting from six month to two years, possibly longer for some items. You should know what is covered under the builder’s warranty and for how long. All the major structural items and mechanical systems are usually covered. Appliances are not, but they should come with a manufacturer’s warranty. Damage from weather, shrinkage or expansion of the home or foundation, and anything resulting from the homeowner’s failure to provide maintenance or from work done on the home after construction is not covered.

What is the timeline for completion? This will depend on whether the build is a production home, meaning the builder is building select models throughout a development, or if you have hired the builder to build a custom home. Production homes can be completed in three to four months, where custom homes usually take a minimum of six months. Regardless, the builder should be able to give you a timeline outlining each phase of construction. Factors affecting the timeline include weather, delays receiving building supplies, or the number of changes you make along the way.

Can you choose different finishes or colors? Again, it depends on the type of build. Certainly, if you are building a custom home, you can make as many changes as you are willing to pay for. But if the home is part of a development and the builder has color palettes and finishes chosen, there may be a limit to how much you can change. Often the builder will allow you to change paint colors, flooring, fixtures, tile or appliances, as long as what you choose is in line with the budget he set, and those items have not already been ordered.

Can you get a credit if you buy your own appliances? If you already own your own appliances or prefer to choose something different from the builder’s choice, ask if you can be credited back the amount he had budgeted to pay for those items.

Is landscaping included? It’s no fun to get to the end of construction and find out there is no budget for landscaping. Find out what the builder plans to put in in terms of grass, trees and shrubbery. You may want to make additions or changes to his landscape plan.

Is new construction the best fit for you?

Now that you know the questions you should ask yourself when considering new construction, you need to decide whether or not new construction is for you.

Some perks of buying new construction are:

Everything is NEW. (Yeah, obviously) but most likely everything will last much longer than buying used. A new home means modern plumbing, appliances, heating and air, etc. meaning it can leave you worry-free for years. With less stress and fewer unexpected expenses after you move in, you’re able to spend time reveling in your new home instead of making possible repairs and updates.

High-Rated Energy Efficiency. Modern construction and the integration of advanced technologies has the added benefit of energy efficiency. New construction homes are built with the latest advances in construction materials and building methods, which provides new homeowners with the benefit of reduced monthly utility bills.

Home Warranty. As mentioned above, new builds usually come with home warranties that can last from 6 months to 2 years. This usually covers all appliances in case something goes wrong after you move in.

Modern Floor Plans. New homes often offer open floor plans, high ceilings, and an overall feeling of spaciousness. Think open kitchens and family rooms that are perfect for entertaining, large islands, and strategically placed bedrooms.

Customizations. New builds provide a clean slate; no popcorn ceilings, dated wallpaper, or shag carpeting that you’ll have to update. While some builders limit the colors or materials you’re able to choose from, you have more power over what your home will look like with a new build than you will when purchasing a pre-existing house. You get to pick and choose from several details and finishes to ensure your home is exactly the way you want it.

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To search for new construction homes in the Cleveland area, visit my New Home Source website to see everything from what’s available, builders, community names, school districts, featured builders & so much more!

There are many pros and some cons to new construction. Give us a call and let’s discuss if it’s a good fit for you.


Posted on March 31, 2020 at 11:46 am
Susan Flood | Posted in Buyers |

Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

Buying Your First Home? You’ll Want To Know 3 Things 

We love working with first-time home buyers. Helping you find your first home, learn the buying process, and guiding you from house-hunting to move-in day gives us the warm fuzzies.

Here are three things you should know before you start looking.

1. Work with one real estate agent.

It’s best to have one agent who is helping you with your search. Your agent will be dedicated to finding you the right property, and then negotiating on all the terms of your transaction on your behalf. You want that person to get to know you and your family’s needs and preferences, rather than starting over with someone new each time you go look at a house. Keep in mind that the agent who shows you a home is, ethically, the one who should continue the transaction. Also, when you call an agent from a yard sign or advertisement, you are dealing with the seller’s agent. While most real estate professionals are adept at handling both sides of a transaction professionally, it makes more sense to deal with someone you have already taken time to get to know and who has your best interests at heart as the buyer. You aren’t paying your agent; unless otherwise stated, he or she is paid by the seller upon closing. Still, you are hiring someone to work for you, so feel free to interview multiple agents and pick the one that you feel fits you best.

2. You need to be pre-approved for financing.

Unless you are paying cash for your home, you do need to talk to a lender before you start looking at houses. One reason is that it helps you set an accurate price range for house hunting. Looking at homes that you can’t afford to make an offer on just leads to frustration. A mortgage lender will not only tell you what amount you can borrow, but also your projected monthly payment, your closing costs, and what you should or shouldn’t do with your finances to maintain your eligibility throughout the lending process. Another reason for having an up-to-date pre-approval in hand is so you don’t lose out to another buyer. If you find the perfect house, you will want to get an offer in before someone else gets it, and that pre-approval letter must accompany your offer. I would be happy to provide you with names of mortgage lenders in our area who have provided excellent service to my clients.

3. There are some up-front costs.

When you find the right house, and you and the seller have agreed on the price and terms and have signed the contract, you will first need to make your escrow, or “good faith” deposit. This is money you are risking if you back out of the deal for reasons not protected in the contract. Usually it is between 1% and 5% of the sales price but can be more or less depending on what you and the seller agree to in the contract. Your agent will help you with this during negotiations. The escrow deposit counts towards the sales price.

Don’t Skip The Inspection

Next, you should have an inspection of the property done by a certified home inspector. This cost varies depending on the size, condition, age, and features of the home, but is usually a few hundred dollars. You will need to pay this at the time of service. You may elect to pay for other inspections based on the results of the initial inspection. For example, if the inspector notes an issue with the HVAC system, you may need to pay a service fee for an HVAC contractor to look at the system. You want to get as much information during your inspection period as you need to confidently move forward with the purchase.

Aside from not skipping the inspection, here are some other things you should avoid when purchasing a home: https://www.bankrate.com/real-estate/first-time-homebuyer-mistakes/

Onto The Appraisal 

An appraisal and a survey of the property will be ordered, but these are usually added to your closing costs and not expected to be paid in advance. However, you may be asked to provide a credit card number to be charged in the event that the closing does not take place.

We will guide you through all of these steps throughout your buying journey to find ‘home sweet home.’ Ready to get started? Give us call!

For an in-depth breakdown of the buying process, please don’t hesitate to call or email us and we’ll send you our free Buyer’s Guide!

440.558.8841

sfloodrealestate@gmail.com


Posted on March 25, 2020 at 5:56 pm
Susan Flood | Posted in Buyers |

Managing Emotions in Home Shopping

Avoiding emotional decision making when falling in love with a home is crucial.

Every home buyer hopes to find the perfect house. The one that, as soon as you walk through the front door, you know it is the one for you.

It happens, and when it does, I am really happy for my buyers. I always want my buyers to fall in love with the perfect house and live happily ever after.

Just like in relationships, however, emotions often come into play during the home buying journey…Emotions that may result in some not-so-loving feelings.

While I’m not a therapist, I can help you talk through your emotions about the homes we visit and help you identify if you are making decisions with your heart and not your head!

There are six basic emotions; let’s look at how they can affect your decision-making skills.

  • Fear: We have all learned that fear triggers a “fight or flight” response. In terms of making decisions, fear may cause you to “flee” from making any decision at all, which could make your home buying experience exhausting. If you are afraid you will run out of time, or that if you pass on a house you won’t find another one, you may “fight” by making a rash decision too quickly.
  • Sadness: Feeling sad can cause you to lower your expectations and settle for less than you truly want. You may decide you don’t need certain features that you previously wanted. Or you may settle for one of the first homes you see instead of persevering with the search.
  • Disgust: Disgust can cause you to eliminate choices that otherwise might have been in the running. You might find the perfect floor plan, style, or location, but if the home has a bad odor, a filthy floor, or some other off-putting defect, you might not be able to stomach it, even if it is a completely reversible problem.
  • Surprise: Surprise is an emotion that is fleeting– it happens quickly and then subsides. Surprises can be pleasant, like if you go to see a home you were not expecting to like and find it is much nicer than you expected. But if you are touring the home and you get a negative surprise like dated wallpaper you may let that one negative thought dissuade you from an otherwise perfect home. While surprise doesn’t last, the memory does, and it can influence how you feel about the event.
  • Happiness: We all want to feel happy when buying a home but be careful that your excitement doesn’t cause you to make bad decisions. When you are happy or excited, you tend to underestimate risks, assuming everything will work out. People also tend to spend more money than they planned when super excited.
  • Anger: Anger can also cause you to take bigger risks. Research shows angry people are more likely to make impulsive decisions. Anger can sometimes be helpful. If handled properly, anger can help you to identify your needs and outline action steps to get the information you need to act responsibly.

Check out this article for a light-hearted breakdown of the emotional stages of buying a home:https://www.huffpost.com/entry/emotional-stages-buying-your-first-home_n_6599148 

For more on the home buying process, follow the link to download our Home Buyer’s Guide: https://mailchi.mp/f9f545cb0ebf/homebuyerdownload 

That’s What We’re Here For

While purchasing a home is a financial transaction, it’s a highly emotional one as well. With so many moving parts, buying a home can feel like a juggling act. This is a normal feeling and one your realtor should strive to mitigate throughout the home buying process so that the only emotion you feel in the end is pure happiness.


Posted on March 25, 2020 at 5:54 pm
Susan Flood | Posted in Buyers |

5 Tips For Making Memories In Your New Home

Let’s Make Some Memories

What comes to mind when you think back to your childhood home? One of the best things we can do for our children is to create lasting memories. These often come from family traditions that are repeated throughout their lives. Whether your children will one day come home to visit the house they grew up in, or if you are a family that will move many times during your children’s lives, repeating traditions will help reinforce memories even if the location changes.

Here are some ideas for creating memories outside of the usual holiday traditions.

1. Plan a regular activity in which everyone participates.

Whether once a week, once a month, or every few months, plan an activity that the whole family is required to attend, and doesn’t involve screen time. This can be game night, a walk through the neighborhood, a family talent show, crafting days, or camping in the back yard or the living room. Get creative!

2. Decorate year-round.

Seasonal decorations don’t have to be limited to major holidays, and you don’t have to break your back or the bank putting them out. It can be as simple as changing your front door wreath or front porch décor, adding a seasonal change to your fireplace mantel, or changing out place settings in the dining room. In addition to celebrating the changing seasons and major holidays, have some fun by getting creative on Cinco de Mayo, Shark Week, or National Dog Week.

3. Put on some tunes.

Music helps develop children’s minds and bodies in many ways. Exposure can help them in school and may instill a lifelong love of music and an interest in playing instruments. Share your favorite songs with your children, and show an interest in theirs, by playing music during family dinners, game night, play time, or during household chores.

4. Develop a neighborhood spirit.

Get to know your neighbors, and create memories for everyone, by organizing community get-togethers. You’ll make family friends and your family will remember many great times in your neighborhood. Friday afternoon porch parties, flag football or kickball games, a dog friendly block party, or a neighborhood community service project are just a few ideas for bringing people together.

5. Start a family journal.

Your family journal may become a priceless treasure one day. You might start by recording something each family member is grateful for daily or weekly. Add everyone’s favorite memories from holidays or family vacations. As your children grow, let them write about the things they consider to be significant in their lives. Reading back through your family journal later on may be poignant, hilarious, or a mystery, but you won’t regret the time you spend recording your memories together.

Moving into a new home is a big deal and a big change. Coming up with ideas on how to create memories in your new home may not seem that important but you’ll be glad you did years down the road.

For some great design tips on making your house a home, we highly recommend these ideas by HGTV: https://www.hgtv.com/design/design-blog/design/7-ways-to-make-your-house-a-home


Posted on March 25, 2020 at 5:50 pm
Susan Flood | Posted in Tips For Homeowners |

Get Your Home Spring-Ready

Is Your Home Prepared For Spring?

It’s no secret that springtime can breathe new life into a home. And in many markets, spring is the most popular time to buy or sell. Freshly manicured lawns and immaculate interiors add a certain appeal that may not be there during other seasons.

A property that’s in excellent condition is sure to catch the eye of a buyer. Even if your home isn’t currently on the market, it’s a good idea to make a habit of regular upkeep.

As the days get longer, so could the list of buyers in your neighborhood. Spring may be the most popular time to sell, but is your home ready?

Ready to tackle your home maintenance tasks? Here’s your spring to-do list.

Check out this more in-depth article from Houzz for more ways you can get your house as spring-ready as possible! https://www.houzz.com/magazine/your-spring-home-maintenance-checklist-stsetivw-vs~62779344


Posted on March 25, 2020 at 5:49 pm
Susan Flood | Posted in Tips For Homeowners |