10 Tips for Moving with Kids

Making a big move with children can seem like a daunting task. There are new friends to make, possibly a change of schools, and new bedrooms to get used to! We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite tips to make moving with your kids as easy as possible.

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  1. Pack up your child’s toys while they are asleep (but leave one box of toys until the very end!).
  2. Keep your child’s belongings separate and organized by using a different colored duct tape for each child. You’ll know exactly who belongs to which box with a quick glance!
  3. Let your child help decorate their new room. Give them three “parent-approved” paint color choices to choose from to let them feel like they have a say without picking something crazy.
  4. Find a fun playground or restaurant in your new neighborhood to visit even before you move (if possible!). This creates a sense of excitement and shows your children how fun your new part of town will be!
  5. Pack a “moving day bag”. Let your children keep a special toy or fun activities out and in an easily accessible bag that will give them things to keep them occupied while the adults are working.
  6. Keep a positive attitude. Children will feed off of your energy. If you can stay positive and excited about the move, they will be too! Think of this as a fun, new adventure for your family.
  7. Create a “moving day plan” and talk about it a lot before the big day arrives. This will help relieve some of your child’s anxiety when they know what to expect!
  8. Let your kids help with the move. Children love to be a part of the action. Let them dust, pack a box, or sweep!
  9. Say “goodbye” to your old house and then say “hello!” to your new home! This small gesture is big for younger children.
  10. Most of all, listen to your children and their concerns. Even the youngest of children can have a hard time adjusting during a move.

If you’re ready to make a move with your family, we are ready to help! Contact us here to find your dream home!

5 Tips for Hosting a Successful Open House

If your real estate agent is holding an open house to help sell your home, there are some things you can do on your end to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible. We all know that it is necessary to clean your house and clear the clutter, but here are some additional tips for presenting your home in its best light to potential buyers!

  1. Remove your pet (and all signs and smells of your pet). If you can, it is a really good idea to bring your pet with you the day of the open house. Put pet beds, bowls and toys away and do your best to vacuum up pet hair and spray pet odor eliminating air freshener. Pet smells that really turn off potential buyers, so do your best to eliminate them before the big day.
  2. Brighten up your home. Open the curtains or blinds, wash your windows and let the sunshine in! Grab some cheery fresh flowers from the store and place them throughout your home. It’s also a great idea to turn the lights on in each room.
  3. Leave a treat. Display cookies or cupcakes on a pretty stand in your kitchen as a “thank you” to your visitors. Not only is it a nice gesture, but it is a great way to encourage them to stand in the kitchen and chat with the realtor showing your home! Bonus points if you leave bottles of water or some fresh lemonade to drink!
  4. Think about the exterior. Start off with a great first impression by power washing your exterior, cleaning up your landscaping, and purchasing a new, clean welcome mat.
  5. Think about every closet and drawer. People are nosy! They are most likely going to open drawers and closet doors. Make sure they are as organized and clutter-free as possible. If you need to, rent a storage unit to place your extra items until you sell your home.

Want more open house tips? Contact an ARE Real Estate agent today!

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Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ August 5, 2019 – August 11, 2019

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Selling Price
Alpine Forest 22151 Andermatt Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-0 2 2 1011 $143,000.00
Stallion Springs 28400 Carry Back Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5520 4 3 2615 $256,000.00
Tehachapi City 1193 Canyon Dr E, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7577 4 2 1975 $304,900.00
Bear Valley Springs 24010 Jacaranda Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-6523 4 4 3169 $450,000.00
Tehachapi City 213 Bartlett St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2205 4 2 1575 $247,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 25660 Deertrail Dr Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9140 3 3 2396 $335,000.00
Stallion Springs 30540 Condor Pl, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5109 2 2 2104 $405,000.00
Cummings Valley 24715 Haven Ln, Tehachapi, CA 93561-0 3 3 2128 $375,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 26281 Columbia Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9238 3 2 1594 $310,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 23971 Coral Springs Ln, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9100 2 2 1260 $215,000.00
Stallion Springs 17010 Bold Venture Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5508 3 2 1951 $324,900.00
Golden Hills East 21420 Santa Barbara Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-6734 3 2 1292 $225,000.00
Stallion Springs 28881 Shannon Ct Ct #17, Tehachapi, CA 93561-0 2 2 1148 $137,000.00
Tehachapi City 104 Chaparrel St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2401 3 2 1402 $249,000.00
Golden Hills East 22900 Tulip St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8257 3 2 2127 $385,000.00

5 Ways to Fall Back in Love with Your Home

Feeling stuck in a rut with your current home but not sure you are ready to sell? It might just be time for a little switch up! Here are 5 easy ways to fall back in love with your home.

  1. Rearrange the furniture. Configuring your rooms in a new way is an easy way to see your house in a new way. And your new configuration might just work better for you!
  2. Declutter. If you’ve been in your home for a long time, there’s a good chance you’ve accumulated a lot of things. Removing the clutter from your drawers, counters, and shelves will make your home feel fresh again.
  3. Make easy décor changes. Add new throw pillows to your couch, replace your rugs, switch out your hardware or even give your walls a new coat of paint! These easy changes allow your home’s style to evolve with yours!
  4. Switch out your photos. Update the photos in your picture frames and gallery walls with something new! They are sure to bring a smile to your face every time you walk by.
  5. Take a look at your lights. Do your rooms feel light and airy or dim and dingy? Reevaluating your lighting needs in each room can help you improve your home’s functionality and help you to enjoy it more.

If you just can’t seem to find the love in your current home and you are ready to sell, we’d love to help you! Contact us here and let’s get started!

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ July 15, 2019 – July 21, 2019

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Selling Price
Alpine Forest 18311 Basil Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 1736 $224,000.00
Golden Hills East 20017 Bald Mountain Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9591 3 2 1444 $252,000.00
Stallion Springs 27940 Stallion Springs Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5260 3 2 1404 $268,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 23801 Lakeview Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 2048 $365,000.00
Golden Hills West 22620 Paddock St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8024 3 3 2448 $393,500.00
Tehachapi City 1300 Fair Oak Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2468 3 2 1672 $300,000.00
Golden Hills West 22101 McCarthy Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8881 3 2 1752 $260,000.00
County 21020 Rountree Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8812 3 2 1887 $479,000.00
Tehachapi City 829 S Green St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2348 3 2 1191 $246,500.00
Tehachapi City 813 S Mill St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2216 3 2 1200 $195,520.00
Bear Valley Springs 29721 Jamaica Dunes Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8584 4 3 2112 $365,000.00
Sand Canyon 13260 Umtali Rd Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8135 3 2 1456 $212,000.00
Tehachapi City 220 E J St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-1419 3 1 1000 $170,000.00

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ July 1, 2019 – July 7, 2019

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Selling Price
Hart Flat 29618 Hart Oaks Dr, Keene, CA 93531-1507 3 3 3196 $488,145.00
Golden Hills West 20908 Ridgeway Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8820 4 2 2088 $360,000.00
Golden Hills West 22813 Yearling Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-6805 4 2 1632 $297,500.00
Tehachapi City 123 Clearview Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2327 4 2 1310 $252,500.00
Bear Valley Springs 30081 Jamaica Dunes Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7427 3 3 1806 $330,500.00
Bear Valley Springs 26840 Medicine Bow Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9233 3 3 2614 $435,000.00
Golden Hills West 22612 Mariposa Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9573 3 2 1624 $286,500.00
County 21560 Sunnyslope St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8850 2 2 1715 $360,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 28251 Cumberland Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9177 4 3 2143 $402,000.00

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ June 17, 2019 – June 23, 2019

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Acres Selling Price
Golden Hills East 22441 Bogie St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8227 3 2 1922 0.23 $284,900.00
Golden Hills West 21108 Brentwood Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9587 3 2 1586 0.29 $275,000.00
County 26000 Marcel Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8010 3 2 1650 20.09 $319,000.00
Tehachapi City 706 Oakwood St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-1931 3 2 1255 0.18 $226,000.00
Alpine Forest 23317 Zurich Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-0 3 2 1680 0.47 $289,000.00
County 19569 Cherry Ln, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8659 2 2 1186 4.62 $299,900.00
Stallion Springs 30020 Arvin Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5404 3 2 1457 0.81 $217,500.00
Sand Canyon 11054 Dearborn Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5018 3 2 1351 2.5 $156,000.00
Tehachapi City 109 Oak Pl, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2453 4 3 2850 0.17 $370,000.00
Tehachapi City 1370 Arabian Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8107 2 2 1248 1.34 $127,000.00
Cummings Valley 26929 Trotter Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-6306 4 2 1768 20 $322,500.00

5 Outdoor Upgrades to Increase the Value of Your Home

Now that the weather is nice, it’s the perfect time to add some upgrades to the exterior of your home. But don’t start just any renovation! There are some projects (like adding a swimming pool) that could actually reduce your homes attractiveness to potential buyers. Even if you aren’t thinking of selling your home soon, but you do want to take on some projects this summer, consider these five value-adding exterior projects when deciding what to tackle.

Replace your garage doors. Beautiful, new garage doors are a great way to increase curb appeal and draw buyers from the get-go. While new garage doors are not cheap, the value that a new garage door can bring to your home when you are ready to sell it is almost guaranteed to offset the cost.

Build a fire pit. While some backyard additions can be polarizing, almost every one can agree that there is nothing nicer than enjoying a fire on a cool evening. Install a high-quality, classic fire pit to enjoy now that will eventually woo buyers when you are ready to sell. Want to build your own? Here’s how!

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Spend some time on your landscape. Really dedicating some time this summer to focus on the health of your lawn is worth your investment. Lush landscaping is another curb-appeal factor that will start any home showing off on the right foot.

Build a deck or patio. Adding a deck or patio to your backyard extends your living space which is a huge plus for homebuyers. And of course, you’ll love using it too!

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Plant a tree. Trees are one of the only things that actually appreciate over time. Plant one (or two!) now so that when you are ready to sell, they add value to your home. Looking for the perfect tree for your front yard? Check out this list of “14 Favorite Front Yard Trees”!

What exterior upgrades are most important to you? Comment below and let us know!

10 Hacks to Make Moving Out Easier!

Planning on moving soon? We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite hacks from the internet to help make moving as easy as possible!

  1. Fill your pots and crock pots with spices when you pack them. It saves space and keeps them safe during the move!
  2. Keep your utensils in their organizer, but cover them with plastic wrap so they don’t move!
  3. Remove drawers and put plastic wrap over each. Then you don’t have to empty the contents at all.
  4. Put a fitted sheet on both ends of your mattress before loading into the moving truck to keep it
  5. Before moving complicated electronics, snap a picture of the wiring setup. Then label wires with tape before unplugging so that you can easily rewire your devices when setting up at your new house.
  6. Leave your bathroom necessities in a clear, labeled bin and leave it in an easily accessible space. That way you can grab it quickly when you get to your new place!
  7. Put tape in an X across mirrors to prevent them from breaking or shattering.
  8. Pack books or other heavy items in suitcases with wheels for easy transport.
  9. While your clothes are still hanging in the closet, put them inside a trash bag to make unpacking simpler.
  10. Instead of bubble wrap, protect your dishes and fragile items with clothing and linens. You need to pack them anyway, so might as well make them useful!

For more ideas check out this and this! Do you have any moving tips that we missed! Comment below and let us know!

Yes, You WANT a Home Inspection and Here’s Why!

You’ve found your dream home and you’re convinced it’s perfect. While you may feel like you can skip the home inspection, having one done really is essential to the home buying process and totally worth the money. Here are our top reasons why home inspections are essential:

  1. Uncover Safety Issues. A proper home inspection will ensure that the home is safe. A home inspector might find leaky plumbing, improper electrical wiring, fascia problems, improper fan ventilation or inoperable windows during the inspection. Other safety issues that may be uncovered are things like radon, carbon monoxide and mold. Be sure that your home-buying contract states that if any of these hazards are found, you have the option to cancel the offer to buy.
  2. Use it as a Negotiating Tool. If the inspection reveals repairs that need to be made, your inspection report gives you the opportunity to ask the seller for a price reduction to accommodate those repairs. Your realtor will know which repair requests are worth asking for and which can help you negotiate a better deal.
  3. Project Future Costs. A home inspector will be able to take a look at large equipment like the HVAC, water heater and plumbing systems and let you know their current condition and when they might need to be replaced. This will help you predict home much you’ll need to spend on these large items in the future and adjust your home budget accordingly.

You’ll get peace of mind knowing that your future home is in great condition by having a home inspection completed by a qualified home inspector. Ask us who we recommend!