Making room for a baby is an exciting adventure in every parent’s life. There is so much to look forward to and so much to do before the baby arrives, it can all get pretty hectic. Here are five pieces of advice that stand the test of time from experienced parents who have been there and survived.
It is vital for anyone buying a new home to know what their credit is score is, and if yours is below 620, you cannot begin too early in the home search to improve it as much as you possibly can. This must be done way before you attempt to secure a mortgage loan of any size. Raising a credit score can take months, but all it takes is some discipline and a plan.
Your children learn from you and learning to be a responsible person is vital to their young lives, to their growth into adulthood and to the rest of their adult lives. Children as young as two or three can start becoming involved in household responsibilities.
Buying a home is a huge decision. It is one of the biggest investments you will ever make, and you want to get it right. There is a huge variety of home sizes, styles, floor plans and prices on the market making the decision of which home to buy even more difficult. Besides your budget, one good way to start narrowing down the confusion is to start with your top priority, then make a list below that of your must-have options and nice-to-have inclusions.
The largest potential home buying group in 2020 will be millennials, which includes those aged 23 to 38. They are looking for starter homes, of course. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of these smaller, lower-priced homes on the market. Fortunately, though, there are some states that do have affordable homes, and, in all states, mortgage rates are below 4 percent.
Buying a starter home involves tough decisions, and making the right decisions is extremely important to a buyer’s financial future. As with all important decisions, this one takes some soul-searching and deep thought.
Perhaps you purposely bought your home because it included a spare bedroom or perhaps a family member moved out and now you have been left with an empty room. No matter the case, an extra space is a wonderful thing to have in your home because of the versatility it provides. Not sure what to do with it? The first thing is to decide on a purpose for the room, and the purpose depends on what you and your family do for fun, hobbies or recreation.
When most people think of great cities in Georgia, Savannah or Atlanta generally come to mind. If they stop there, they are missing one of the most historically beautiful, charming and hospitable cities in all of Georgia – Brunswick. Brunswick is highly worth exploring its vibrant culture set among shops, galleries, restaurants and theaters offering new adventures to experience day and night.
Moving to a new home in a new community is stressful. The mere logistics of packing and loading all your stuff into a moving van and then unpacking it all in an unfamiliar home and unfamiliar neighborhood are daunting. However, once all that is finished and you are settled into that comfortable, spacious new home, things begin to look up.
Working with a contractor to build your new home is a lot different from buying an existing structure. While it requires some patience, having your home built to your specifications has many advantages. You can add features to a custom-built home that you just cannot find in an existing one.
You have just made a huge investment by purchasing your first home. Like all investments, it must be preserved to keep it from losing value. While you may be tempted to immediately splurge on home décor, the first thing to do is set up a budget to include utilities, insurance and property taxes. Don’t forget to include routine home maintenance, both inside and out, that you didn’t have to worry about as a renter.
The topic on everyone’s mind today is how to cope with climate change and its negative effects on our planet and our future. Fortunately, it has become the trend to care about this crisis and take steps in our own homes and communities to do something about it.
We honor veterans every day for the sacrifices they have made for this country, but it should be an even more personal, genuine outpouring of support on Veterans Day. One thing we can all do is communicate in some way with veterans to get to know them better and listen to the tales they want to tell. It’s an educational experience for the listener – and lets the veteran know that someone is interested.
The winter months are a great time to explore the wonders of Savannah, Georgia. With cooler weather and fewer crowds, the streets are easily navigated and there are no major line-ups for the various events. Leave your heavy coats, woolen hats and mittens at home. Bring your sunglasses, though, as there are many beautiful sunny days here during the winter months.
New Year’s resolutions are usually about self-improvement. However, many of them last only a few weeks before they are totally forgotten – and life goes on as usual. This year, try making those New Year’s resolutions a family affair.
It’s our nature to be grateful for a multitude of reasons during the holiday season. We get to see family and friends that perhaps that we haven’t seen for a while. There is fine food, great conversation, catching up on the year’s activities and an exchange of presents. Everyone is in a jolly mood. These are events that bring out our gratitude for just being alive. What if every day could be like that?
No matter how many sacks of food you send home with guests, half of Thanksgiving dinner still remains in your refrigerator. Turkey sandwiches and turkey soups are only appealing for so long. Be innovative this year and try some of the many delicious things you can do with leftover turkey, stuffing, yams and cranberry sauce.
Holiday season is food season, when we eat the best – and most – food of the year. There are roast turkeys, hams, pies, cookies, and fruitcakes, not to mention eggnog, hot toddies, and hot chocolate with marshmallows.