7012 Shawnee Run Rd

3 beds| 2.5 baths|2,256 sqft

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Fabulous location! Charm abounds in this beautiful traditional home.Fantastic spaces, nice wood floors, outdoor patio with gas fireplace and in-floor heat in the family room and master bath. Private wooded retreat that is close to business district. A truly special home.

 

Moving with Children

If you think moving is hard on adults, imagine what it’s like for children. They’re starting over and trying to meet new friends while getting used to a new home, neighborhood, and school. Think about your children’s specific needs before, during, and after the transition and you’ll make a big difference in how your children feel about the move and how they adjust afterwards.

Before the Move: Preparing

Give your children a chance to express their feelings, and be honest about your own feelings. Children who have a chance to express themselves work through their doubts more easily.

Help children compile a list of phone numbers and addresses of friends, relatives, and other important people. Knowing they can stay in touch with these people will be reassuring.

Take your children to your new home before you move and explore the new neighborhood and town or city together.

Try to line up some activities in which your child can participate after the move: a sports team, music lessons, or a scouting troupe. Not only will activities like these keep your children involved but they will help the kids feel like part of a group.

During the Move: Remembering What’s Important

Stay as upbeat and calm as you can. Your own mood will impact your children’s moods.

Involve your children in the packing. Older children can put their own belongings in boxes, and children of all ages will enjoy decorating the boxes containing their things.

Stick to your routines. Have meals at the same times you normally do.

Don’t pack things that your children treasure. Take special blankets, favorite books, and other prized items in the car or on the plane with  you.

Help your children say goodbye to the important people in their lives. For their friends, a party is a fun way to celebrate the friendship.

For many families, moving day means a long car trip or cross-country flight. Prevent backseat blues and airline angst by adding travel fun and games to your plans.

Allow you child to bring an album with pictures of their old home and friends. This will allow them to express their feelings and provide you with a chance to reassure your child that it is natural to feel loss and initial discomfort with such a big change.

After the Move: Getting Settled

To make your new home seem more like home, hang your child’s or family portrait in a prominent location or create a tabletop display of family photographs.

Take pictures of the new home, neighborhood playmates, family members, and school. Start a new family album to show there is fun and family togetherness available at the new home.

Don’t spend too much time unpacking–at least not right away! In the first few days, take time to enjoy your new home with your family. Take walks and check out local restaurants.

Above all, listen. Be there when your children get home after the first day at their new schools, even if it means having to leave work early. Ask often how things are going, and take time to listen when they talk.

Spring Cleaning!

Spring Cleaning time is here and for many, it can be quite an undertaking. Check out these tips to make the entire process easy and organized!

Step One: Determine what you really need/frequently use and put the rest aside.

There are a variety of different items people hoard, and closets bear the brunt of the hoarding. Do you still have clothes and shoes you wore in high school? It may be time to get rid of these items. Don’t worry, your groovy bell bottoms and miniskirts may have been appropriate then, but if they are sitting in your closet collecting dust, you should probably just get rid of them. A good rule of thumb is: If you haven’t worn it in the past two years, throw it out; excluding special occasion gowns and suits, of course. Follow this rule with everything in your house. If you haven’t used something in the past two years, there’s a good chance you won’t miss it when it’s gone.

Step Two: Make a profit or a charitable donation with your excess belongings.

They say “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” You may not have any use for your old belongings but someone else could see them as a great benefit to their lives and may even think they are worth a pretty penny. Your vintage clothing we discussed earlier can be put up for auction on eBay to make some decent money from the hipster crowd. The same can be said about shoes, books, kitchen appliances and more. Another alternative method for gaining profit from your old, unwanted belongings would be to hold a garage sale. Garage sales can actually bring in a pretty good amount of money that you never knew your old junk was worth. If there is any excess after the sales, or if you would just rather not mess with sales at all, you can simply drop your excess belongings off at a local thrift store to make a charitable donation.

Step Three: Take it room by room.

Once you get all of the excess junk out of the way, cleaning can still seem like an overwhelming task. The best way to ease the stress of the job is to simply start with the easiest room in the house and work your way up from there. For example, you can clean the bathroom one day, the living room the next and so on.

Step Four: Cleaning while you organize.

To ease the task of cleaning after everything is organized, you can practice cleaning while you organize. Use this time to attack major problems as you see them, such as a stain or spill on the carpet beneath a pile of junk.

Step Five: Clean on a day when the kids are gone and there will be little interference.

There is no subjective best time of day to clean because everyone has different schedules. Choose a time according to your schedule where you will have a full or even a half day of free time to devote to cleaning. If there are other people in your house, encourage them to either help you clean or leave the house that day so you can clean and organize without interruption. As far as a general time of day, it would probably be best to begin early in the morning so you can make quick trips to the store as needed throughout the process.

Step Six: Give each room a unique cleaning treatment.

Every room is structured differently and serves different purposes. Because of this, you should apply different organizational techniques and cleaning strategies to each room. For example, the garage requires more organization and less cleaning than other rooms in the house. The kitchen will need to be mopped and scrubbed. Another good tip is to clean in old clothing so you don’t mind getting it ruined. One of the best products you can use to help organize your closet is the Closet Genie, which can be found at a local dollar store and is an easy-to-use and secure way to maximize closet space.

Step Seven: How to stay organized.

The best way to stay organized is to constantly get rid of things you don’t use anymore. For example, if you just bought a pair of new shoes, get rid of an old pair you don’t use anymore and replace the shoes instead of adding to a collection. This allows you to keep a steady amount of belongings in your home and will eliminate the build-up of clutter. Another easy way to stay organized is to simply put things back where they belong after you use them. Staying organized is a great way to avoid Spring cleaning until the next year comes along.

Tips on Packing!

If you are moving  and aren’t sure where to begin, take a look at some of these tips for successful packing.

Use strong containers that are in good condition and can be secured tightly with twine or strapping tape. these can usually be purchased from your moving company. Purchase special boxes for dishes, wardrobe, and other special items.

Label each box with its contents, which room it should go in, whether it is fragile, and whether it should be loaded last so as to be unloaded first.

Don’t load more than 50 pounds into any one box, and make sure that the weight is evenly distributed.

Cushion contents with newspaper or other packing material to prevent breakage. Use newsprint paper or tissue paper for items that might be soiled by newpaper. Towels and cloth napkins are great for wrapping fragile items.

Pack books tightly in small boxes. Alternate bindings and wrap valuable books separately. Have your rugs and draperies cleaned before moving and leave them in their wrappings for easier handling.

Remove all breakables and liquids from drawers and pack them separately. Seal medicines and other containers to prevent leaking and pack them in a leak-proof bag or container.

Pack linens and clothing in drawers, but don’t overload them.

Carry all valuables with you. Do not pack jewelry, documents, coin or stamp collections, or anything that will be difficult to replace. The contents of a safety deposit box can be moved for you by your bank.

Moving Preparation Checklist-Tips

Tips on Having a Garage Sale!

1. Allow plenty of time–three or four weeks–to prepare for the sale.

2. Choose a date that will not conflict with holidays.

3. Weekends are more convenient for more people than weekdays.

4. Your sale is likely to attract more people if you join together with neighbors in an effort to have more merchandise. Some homeowners’ groups are sponsoring neighborhood sales that are proving popular!

5. Practical household goods are popular items; adult clothing has less appeal.

6. Merchandise your items attractively in neat, clean surroundings.

7. Cluster like items together; place the more desirable items in the back of the garage so browsers are urged to look at other merchandise on their way to the most popular items.

8. All items should be clean, polished, and in good repair.

9. Locate your appliance table near an outlet so customers can try before they buy!

10. Be sure that there is adequate parking space and a place to load large items.

11. Have plenty of bags and boxes for packing and newspapers for wrapping glass items.

12. Place a classified ad in the local paper. Include 3-4 items for sale, directions, and other details.

13. Take advantage of free publicity on bulletin boards in grocery stores and other public places.

14. Provide directional signs to your property.

15. If your home is listed for sale, have flyers about your home available for people to take.

16. Visit other sales to form an idea on how to price things. Be prepared to bargain down your prices.

17. Post a notice that all sales are final and payment must be cash.

18. Have plenty of change in a cash box that is kept in a protected spot. Keep a record of sales, especially when there are several sellers. One recording method that is simple and efficient is to use small white stickers for prices. When an item is purchased, remove the sticker and place it next to the name of the seller on a piece of paper.

19. On a hot day, have ice water or lemonade available so people will stay longer, and on cold days serve hot chocolate.

20. Tell your real estate agent about some of the major items in your sale. She/he may have a client looking for just that thing! One person’s trash is another’s treasure!

Tips on Having a Garage Sale!

1. Allow plenty of time–three or four weeks–to prepare for the sale.

2. Choose a date that will not conflict with holidays.

3. Weekends are more convenient for more people than weekdays.

4. Your sale is likely to attract more people if you join together with neighbors in an effort to have more merchandise. Some homeowners’ groups are sponsoring neighborhood sales that are proving popular!

5. Practical household goods are popular items; adult clothing has less appeal.

6. Merchandise your items attractively in neat, clean surroundings.

7. Cluster like items together; place the more desirable items in the back of the garage so browsers are urged to look at other merchandise on their way to the most popular items.

8. All items should be clean, polished, and in good repair.

9. Locate your appliance table near an outlet so customers can try before they buy!

10. Be sure that there is adequate parking space and a place to load large items.

11. Have plenty of bags and boxes for packing and newspapers for wrapping glass items.

12. Place a classified ad in the local paper. Include 3-4 items for sale, directions, and other details.

13. Take advantage of free publicity on bulletin boards in grocery stores and other public places.

14. Provide directional signs to your property.

15. If your home is listed for sale, have flyers about your home available for people to take.

16. Visit other sales to form an idea on how to price things. Be prepared to bargain down your prices.

17. Post a notice that all sales are final and payment must be cash.

18. Have plenty of change in a cash box that is kept in a protected spot. Keep a record of sales, especially when there are several sellers. One recording method that is simple and efficient is to use small white stickers for prices. When an item is purchased, remove the sticker and place it next to the name of the seller on a piece of paper.

19. On a hot day, have ice water or lemonade available so people will stay longer, and on cold days serve hot chocolate.

20. Tell your real estate agent about some of the major items in your sale. She/he may have a client looking for just that thing! One person’s trash is another’s treasure!

Moving Timeline Checklist

Moving can be a very daunting task!

Here are a few tips for making your move as smooth as possible!

One month before your move:

* Arrange for moving your furniture and personal belongings either by hiring a moving company or renting a truck. Get estimates from several moving companies or truck-rental companies and be sure to obtain a hand truck (appliance dolly) if you’re moving yourself.

* Gather moving supplies: boxes, tape, rope, and anything else you might need.

* Plan your travel itinerary and make transportation and lodging reservations in advance if you are driving to your new home. (Leave a copy with a friend or relative.)

* Some moving expenses are tax-deductible, so you will want to save your moving-expense receipts (if the move is employment-related) for tax deductions, including meals, lodging, and gasoline. Record expenses incurred during your house-hunting trips.

* Develop a plan for packing, such as packing last the things you use the most. See page 46.

* Notify others of your new address: post office, charge accounts, subscriptions, relatives and friends, national and alumni organizations, church, mail order clubs (books, videos, catalogues), firms with which you have time payments,and your past employer to make sure that you receive W-2 forms and retirement-account information. Save your old address labels to speed up filling out change-0f-address forms for your new address.

* Notify federal and state taxing authorities or any other governmental agency necessary.

Two weeks before your move:

* Notify and get refunds from your present utilities: gas, electric, water, cable, and phone. Arrange for services at your new address.

* Have your car serviced if you are driving a long distance to your new home.

* Recruit people to help you on moving day.

* Arrange for someone to take care of your pets and children during the move.

* Confirm moving company or rental-truck arrangements.

One day before your move:

* Keep moving materials separate so they don’t  get packed until you are finished.

* Pick up rental truck if you are moving yourself.

* Fill up your car with gas and check oil and tires.

Take a deep breath and before you know it you will be on your way to your new home !

Helpful Tips on Finding Your Home…

Of the many things on your to-do list when house shopping, “stress” should not top the list.

Granted, buying your first home, or simply a “new” home, is a major event and brings about many issues to deal with and decisions to make, but why not make it fun?

The key to being able to enjoy this exciting time in your life is to be organized. Don’t allow all the options to overwhelm you. Lay out your list of things to-do, then work the list.

At the top of that list should be to find a GREAT realtor! There are many “good” Realtors out there, but why settle for “good” when GREAT is an option?

Allow your realtor to do their job and take the stress off of you! They want to help in any way possible and have the tools necessary to make the process of house hunting an enjoyable one! Using the MLS makes finding your dream  home a breeze with the criteria you provide!

Next, getting pre-approved really helps with the entire process. It allows you to have a very accurate idea of what you can afford to pay for your future home. It also tells the bank, your realtor and potential sellers that you are serious about buying and organized in your approach!

Now that you’ve found the “perfect” realtor and are pre-approved, you need to provide your realtor with a top ten list. This list should include the top ten priorities or desires you have for your future home. Location, size and price are usually at the top of the list somewhere and then you can begin to think about the details that are important to you! It’s exciting, right? Think about the things that are comforting to you; that will send a home over the top. A nice den with a fireplace or a great back yard? The sky is the limit!

Finally, believe that the “Perfect” home for you is out there! Don’t stress over looking at several homes, look at it as an opportunity to fine tune your criteria! Embrace the blessing of being able to choose where you will continue the next phase in your journey through life!