Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Planning A House Move With Young Children

Planning A House Move With Young Children


Even without young children moving house is a stressful enough, but throw a child under the age of five into the mix and you have a potential recipe for disaster! However, there are a few easy steps you can take to make relocating more manageable for both you and your little ones.

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Talk to them early

Once you have chosen a property and finalised a moving date, it is time to sit your child down and break the news. Because kids younger than five often have limited attention spans, it is important to adapt the information to make it simple for them to understand. Rather than trying to discuss the topic in one evening, break the news down into short snippets which you can repeat regularly over an extended period of time. In addition, see if you can find a story book that focuses on a house move to help them get their head around the concept.

Get them involved

Another way to ease the move is to ask your child how they would like to have their room decorated- this will work well with slightly older children. Let them choose the colour of the walls and perhaps even the curtains that they would like hanging at the window. However, try not to make promises that you will not be able to keep, like offering them a new pet when you know it is not a viable option- this will only let them down.

Keep the same furniture

One tip to help your child adapt to the new house is to keep the same furniture where possible, particularly in their room. Buying all new things will only make the place seem scary and unfamiliar, so try to keep the same bed, wardrobe and bedspreads. This way, when your child will enter the property for the first time they will gain a sense of security from seeing their old bits and pieces in the new surroundings.

Pack well in advance

Make the packing process a slow and gradual one by ordering moving boxes in advance. This way, the transfer of belongings from the old house into boxes will not be alarming to your child, because it will happen over a long period of time. This gives them a while to adapt to the idea, and you plenty of opportunity to answer any questions. You could even let your child help load up the cardboard moving boxes if they want to lend a hand.

Take them to the new area

If you can, try to take your child to the new area before you actually make the move. For example, if there is a play park nearby, you could spend a morning or afternoon familiarising them with the equipment. By giving the child a happy memory of the new place, they will be more willing to return to it when the time comes. If your kid is a little bit older, you could even take them to the house itself and point out where their room is going to be, and what you are going to do to the garden.

Spend moving day away

Most importantly, take your child to a friend or a relative when the moving day comes. Young children will find the process stressful and upsetting, and slightly more mature kids may feel left out when your attention is focused elsewhere. By sending your child to stay with people that they know, you can unpack their room first and get everything ready for them before they see the new house. That way, a familiar sight will greet them when they come through the door for the first time.

Chloe is an English Literature graduate with a love for words, and finds this a useful skill to have when writing about different things. She also enjoys keeping fit by going on runs and dancing in her free time.

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Should You Buy A Pool? Things To Think About Before Planning That Pool Installation

Should You Buy A Pool? Things To Think About Before Planning That Pool Installation


The idea of owning your own swimming pool is an appealing one for many people. Having somewhere to swim, hold parties and relax and make the most of good weather is certainly nothing to sniff at, and for people with children the benefits can be even greater. However, some people are put off by the thought that their pool is going to end up being a huge maintenance responsibility, the benefits of which will fade as the novelty wears off. For every family the situation is different, however if you are in two minds about whether to invest in adding a pool to your property, here are some things it is worth considering:

Work Out a Cost Per Use

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One thing a lot of people do to work out how much value they’ll get out of their pool is to work out a rough cost per use. If you think, for example, that a pool will cost you $50,000 to install and around $3000 per year to maintain, and you and your children will use it four times a week for four months per year, perhaps for 15 years into the future, how much does that actually equate to per swim? Is it vastly more expensive than using other swimming options like a municipal pool or the ocean, and do you consider it a fair price for benefits like privacy and being able to let friends use it?

Is the Increase in Property Value Significant?

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While a pool can undoubtedly add to the resale value of your home, this is often something people don’t really analyze properly when they are trying to decide whether or not to put one in. While your home may gain an equal amount in value to what you spend on the pool, whether or not you’d actually get that amount on top of your home’s value (with inflation) if you don’t sell for 20 years is hard to say, and a pool can actually be a turn off for some home buyers as much as it can be an appealing feature to others. Look at other similar homes to yours on the market in neighboring areas and see what kind of effect different types of pools have on property prices if you may sell in the next ten years. If you plan to stay in your home for far longer (for example if you have young children and won’t be likely to move before they leave home), the effect on property value is so hard to gauge that this probably shouldn’t be a huge factor in your decision. Consider value for money rather than the potential for future profit in this situation.

Safety and Insurance

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Pools do represent a certain amount of risk, particularly if you plan to let neighbors, friends and family use yours. You will probably need to take some safety measures in terms of keeping the pool area secure (so children and pets from neighboring homes don’t find them tempting places to try and explore unsupervised) as well as making sure you are insured if anything happens to anyone using your pool. Even if you haven’t given permission for them to be there, someone who gets hurt using your pool (or worse) can present you with serious financial problems, as well as of course the bad feeling that an accident happened at your house.


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Different kinds of pools need different pool supplies and maintenance, some of which you can take care of yourself, and others which will require professional help. Make sure you are clear on what needs to be done to keep the style of pool you are considering clean and usable in summer, and protected when not in use through the colder months. Factor these costs into any estimates you make regarding the price and value of having a pool.

This guest post is by Marshall Stinson, is a plumber who works with a company that deals with fasteners and other pool supplies. He is a passionate blogger and likes blogging about random topics affecting his life. He likes reading books and playing indoor games.

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