6 Great Ways Your Kids Can Help Move

6 Great Ways Your Kids Can Help Move

Moving to a new home can be exciting but also stressful for both you and your kids. But if you allow your kids to help preparing to move, then it will be better on your whole family. Giving your kids some responsibilities will not only keep them entertained but will also make them feel important during this big move. We at North Beach Realty have 6 great ways your kids can help move. Let’s look at what the kids can do to help move or prepare to move to the North Myrtle Beach area.

House Hunting

6 Great Ways Your Kids Can Help Move

The first stage of moving is finding another home to live in. Let your kids provide you with some input on where to move to. Bring them when you go look at a house or two and ask for their opinions on the home. You will learn some important insights from them about what they thought of the house and what they didn’t. Finding a house just isn’t about what you like, but it’s what the whole family loves. This in the end will help you and your family find the perfect home.

Getting Rid of Things

When moving, one rule of thumb to remember is less is better. Honestly, you never know how much stuff you have until you start to pack. Then it seems that you find everything and anything that you haven’t used for years. A good rule of thumb for getting rid of things easier is if you haven’t used it in the past two years let it go. This goes for your kids too, if they have clothing or toys that they haven’t worn or played with in years, let it go. But allowing your kids to help get rid of things is the best as they can say what they want to bring with them to the new house. And if your kids have a hard time parting with something, just let them know that there are less fortunate children out there who have nothing. Most times, this works like a charm and it helps them feel like they are doing something special too.

Decorating the Boxes

6 Great Ways Your Kids Can Help Move

After you have packed up a box or more, let your kids decorate the boxes. Giving them access to designing the boxes with what is in them will help make the job go a long way. If your child can write, have them label each box as well. Asking them to help participate in with packing will help them adjust a little easier too. And when you are finished packing up each room, finding them will hopefully be a little easier. Just including your kids in something like decorating the boxes can make them more excited for moving.

Clean Up Time

After the house or say each room is packed up and hopefully on a truck headed to your new home, you will want to clean it. But cleaning the house on your own can be stressful in its own, so why not let your kids help. Even toddlers can help clean up like wiping down surfaces and sweeping corners. If you assign each kid with a cleaning task appropriate for their age then your old home will be clean in no time. By middle school, your kids should be capable of doing things such as vacuuming, dusting and wiping the fridge clean. Just remember to not give the tasks to your kids if it involves using a lot of chemicals. But asking for help with the dusting, vacuuming, sweeping and more can help you not feel so stressed out.

Pack an Essential Bag

Whenever you move, we understand that not everything is going to get packed away. Packing an essential bag for each member in the family will help you for before and after the move. For each kid, pack items such as their toothbrush, toothpaste, pajamas, favorite blanket or toy, and a few changes of clothes. When it comes to packing an essential bag for the older kids, give them a list of what they will need and have them pack it. That way it gives them the flexibility to pack what they want, but they are still sticking to the list you gave them. They will also feel more like an individual and grown up if they do it on their own.

Unpacking Mode

6 Great Ways Your Kids Can Help Move

Once you have moved into your new home, you want to get your kids involved in the unpacking process. Put them in charge of unpacking their own boxes for their new room. Let them put their books on their bookshelf or their clothes in their dresser or closet. Just remember that you can always go back and rearrange what they have done if you don’t like it. But asking for their help with unpacking can help you as well. Once they have finished their bedrooms, then you can ask them to help put away other boxes in the house. This will help them feel important and will have less anxiety about moving to a new home. Make this process fun for them as they too are adjusting to a new home too.

There are many other things or ways to help your child not be stressed about moving, but these are a few we thought you would like. If you haven’t moved yet but are thinking of moving, then please contact one of our North Beach Realty Team Members to help you. We hope that you and your family can have a stress-free move.

5 Tips for Preparing Your Home for the Market

5 Tips for Preparing your Home for the Market

We understand that preparing your home to put on the market can be difficult, but we have 5 tips that can help you get your home ready to put on the market. We at North Beach Realty can help you with putting your home up on the market and getting the best value for your home. Let’s look below at a few steps and things you can do to help get your home ready to sell.

Make Lot’s of Closet Space

5 Tips for Preparing Your Home for the Market

When it comes to selling your home, storage is something that every home buyer is looking for. If they are coming from a small home or even an apartment, their storage space for closets have been limited. So here is a little tip for you, take half of the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize them. The buyers will snoop to see the closet space, so keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.

Heart of the Home is the Kitchen

We all know that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where you as a family may have gathered to spend time together and it’s the kitchen that many home buyers are looking at. They are looking for a kitchen that feels like it was made just for them. If your cabinets are old or look outdated, then update them or change them a bit. You can do this without having to spend a ton of money to freshen it up. If you have a little extra money, buy one fancy stainless steel appliance for your kitchen. Reason being is when people see one high-end appliance, they think that the rest are expensive, and it updates the kitchen. Also, give the walls a new neutral color so that the new homeowners can envision their own style.

Take the Home out of your House

5 Tips for Preparing Your Home for the Market

One of the most important things to remember when selling your home is to depersonalize it. Take the more personal things out of the house or pack them away before staging your home. This helps because it not only keeps things private for you, but also allows the potential buyers to imagine themselves living there. Staging is everything and you want to make sure that your furniture is arranged to showcase the floor plan the best. Make your home be the home that everyone wants!

Always Be Ready to Show

We understand that life can become busy and hard to want to keep clean. When you have your home on the market you have to always be ready for a potential homebuyer to come see the home. You have to have your home in tip-top shape and that means not leaving dirty dishes in the sink and keeping the dishwasher cleaned out. Also, it means making sure that your bathrooms are clean and there are no dust bunnies in the corners of your living room. It may seem like it could be an inconvenience but keeping your home clean will help it sell.

First Impression is the Only Impression

As potential homebuyers come in and see your home, the first impression is the only impression. Buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the front door. So, it’s important that you make people feel welcome, warm and safe as they approach your home. Curb appeal is everything, so sprucing up the landscaping will go a long way. You will typically get a 100% return on the money you put into your homes curb appeal. Make your entry way warm and inviting by adding a small bench, a console table with some fresh cut flowers in a vase.

5 Tips for Preparing Your Home for the Market

Now that you have completed the 5 tips on how to prepare your home for the market, allow us to help list it for you. We at North Beach Realty take pride in being your realtor and hope that we can help you find a new home in the process of selling yours. Give us a call today at 800-274-1105 and allow us to help you sell your home and find a forever home in the process.

 

Naming Your Vacation Rental and Why It’s Important

Naming Your Vacation Rental and Why It's Important

Have you recently purchased a new beach home but it didn’t come with a name? Or did it come with a name but you don’t care for it and want a new one? We at North Beach Realty can tell you that having a name for your vacation rental is a must. Below are just a few of the reasons that naming your home is so important. 

Create a Brand for your Beach Vacation Home

A name is a way to establish an identity for your vacation home. It’s a way to build up a brand and help generate word of mouth marketing for you. A name is another way for guests to help remember your rental. We can guarantee you that when someone who stays in a vacation home a year from now is not going to remember a house number. They will instead remember the name of your home such as “Endless Summers” because when you vacation in Myrtle Beach it feels like the summers will never end.  It helps you in the long run with keeping the home booked for years to come. 

It’s your Vacation Homes Face to the World

Naming Your Vacation Rental and Why It's Important

Another good reason in naming your house is it gives your home and identity to the world. Your homes name is a way to attract new guests and help retain former ones. But be sure not to make it too long because let’s face it, who wants to remember a name that is way too long? You don’t want to make it something generic like 4-Bedroom House on the Blvd. Make it something that people can remember like “Shabby Chic by the Sea” or “Gone Coastal”.

It Tells a Story & Gives Guest Something to Remember

Whether your beach house is a personal vacation home or a vacation rental, give it a name that will tell a story. A story that you wouldn’t mind sharing in a welcome book that gives your guests more insight in the name of your home. It also is a good way to help give a lasting impression with your guests for making it more memorable knowing how you came up with the name. Also, if you are wanting those guests to return, this will help them want to come again. It also sets your house apart from the others. You house reflects who you are as a person whether it’s the style of the home, how you decorate it and even how you name it. 

How to Find the Best Name for Your Beach Home

When you are trying to come up with a name for your beach house, consider the brand you want to represent to your guests. Sometimes trying to find something that means the most to you and your family works best on the name of your home. Come up with something witty or really something you can see yourself never wanting to change. Make it a name that will be remembered for years to come by all your guests and their friends. 

North Beach Realty in North Myrtle Beach, SC can help make your home ownership dreams come true! Whether it’s for relocation, retirement, personal vacation, year-round or as an investment, allow us to help find your dream home. We look forward to working with you and helping your beach home become a reality!

Ready to Relocate or Purchase a Vacation Home in North Myrtle Beach

family moving into new house

Have you made the decision that now is the time to relocate or purchase a vacation home in the North Myrtle Beach or surrounding areas?  At North Beach Realty we strive to find you the home that will be your forever home or find you a vacation home you will never want to leave. With so many choices of homes in the area, we understand it can feel a bit overwhelming. Our agents can show you where the best communities are for you and your family to find that perfect home.

We have the perfect investment condo or vacation home for you to check out. While the investment can seem a little overwhelming, it can be wonderful in the end as you can come visit the area a few times a year, and rent out the property when you aren’t. Check out some of our featured homes below as you to begin your search today.

Feature Properties

 

1418 S. Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 is a perfect home in the Crescent Beach area for a beach home or even possibly a vacation home. It’s located in the North Myrtle Beach area, on the second row. With 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, what a great place to go relax when you want to get away from life in general at home. This home has a private pool which for many can be a plus when you want to go and get away for the weekend or a few times a year. It can also be a good investment home for all of you who want to only visit a few times a year but want to have an extra income in during the summer month. Myrtle Beach is happening to be a hot place to head to for family vacations every year and this could be a perfect vacation home to rent out. Listing price on this home is $649,900.

Bahama Sands – North Myrtle Beach Unit #705

1321 S Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 is a condo that comes fully furnished for you to have oceanfront property. What a better way to start on a home if you are looking to retire to the area and don’t want to have a large home. With 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 1400 sq. ft in the unit you won’t be short of anything to do. There is so much to do while you are living in this beautiful condo, with having access to indoor and outdoor pools, a lazy river (which many can only dream about having at their own home), hot tub and exercise room. This is located in the Crescent Beach area of North Myrtle Beach and is listed at $349,900 and can be yours today!

1210 Loblolly Lane, Conway, SC 29526 is a detached home located in the neighborhood Myrtle Trace. This 3-bedroom, 2 bath with 2000 sq. ft home is located in the Myrtle Trace community. This is a 55+ golf course community and is perfect for a couple who decided that retirement is calling their name! With a split floor plan, large corner lot along with a sprinkler system who wouldn’t want to move here? So many updates have been done to the home and is close to many restaurants, stores and more. This is a must-see property as it won’t last long! Home is listed at $219,000.

6244 Catalina Drive #4803, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 is a townhome located in the Bay Village neighborhood. This is a 3 bedroom, 3 1/2-bathroom home with 2350 sq. ft and built in 2010. This home has many opportunities for those who are looking to relocate to the Myrtle Beach area and want to have a big neighborhood with all the amenities available to you. This is located inside the Barefoot Golf & Yacht Resort and you will have privacy as your home looks over a small lake. This home has been recently upgraded with vinyl plant flooring, high ceilings and more. Such a beautiful home that you don’t want to overlook. With an extra-long driveway to a single car garage and with ownership of this property you will get access to the amazing Barefoot Oceanfront Beach Cabana with secure owner parking. You will also get access to the Clearwater double pool, clubhouse and access to North Tower pool and hot tub. This property has so much more available to you and this is a property that you will want to own. Don’t let this one slip by and own this home for $329,900!

North Beach Realty has many more homes and condos listed and these are just a few properties that we felt you’d like to see and possibly make your own home or vacation home. If you’d like to talk to one of our qualified agents, we’d be more than happy to help you with what you are looking for. Just give us a call at 800-274-1105 today to schedule a showing of one of these properties.

Mortgage comparison: 15 year vs 30 year

Determining whether to finance for 15 year or 30 year can be challenging.  With a 15 year mortgage you will pay significantly less interest, which is desirable for obvious reasons.  But that is only if you can afford the higher monthly payment.  A 30 year term will allow you to afford more home.  It depends on what is more advantageous for you personally.

Example:  $200,000 morgtgage

Interest rate for 15 years  4%

Interest rate for 30 years 4.5%

15 year monthly payment:  $1,479

30 year monthly payment:  $1,013

15 year term saves you $98,526 in interest but costs $466 more per month.

Weigh the options carefully before making a decision.