Ann Bennett - KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY / Metropolitan

Posted by Ann Bennett on 9/21/2017

A house full of furniture isn't the only thing that makes a house seem too small. Young,energetic children make a house seem too small as well. And it doesn't take them long.

You don't have to be a single parent to feel s if it's impossible to get five minutes to yourself because your children are either always calling for you or right at your side. If you have two or more young children, feeling as if you never get much time to yourself may be compounded with competitiveness and fighting.

Spaces that make a house kid friendly

As much as you want your kids to get along, you're constantly refereeing and breaking up fights. You could move into a bigger house to give your children more space. You could also look for a house that has perfect spaces for children.

Amenities and spaces that children love are, most of all, durable. Children can climb in these areas without fear of injuring themselves. Among these great spaces are:

  • Finished basements with concealed wiring - Lack of sharp corners and securely covered wiring help to make a finished basement safe for children to play in. If the basement is carpeted, all the better. Another thing that makes a finished basement a great space for children is lack of metal or cement poles. Older houses were built with one or more cement poles in the basement. Without these poles, children can run and play without the risk of running into a large, solid object.
  • Open attic - Similar to a finished basement, a finished, open attic offers lots of open space for children to play in, especially if the attic covers the entire top area of your house. For safety, make sure that the attic is properly insulated. Also, check that the attic window is secure and that children won't be able to open the window.
  • Screened in porch - A front or back porch that's screened in offers shelter from weather elements, allowing children to play outside even if it's raining mildly. During hot weather, a screened in porch is a great place for young children to play in without being directly in the heat.
  • Backyard - You don't just want any backyard. Go for a house that has a backyard that's fenced in. Make sure that the fence is tall enough so that children can't climb it. Stay nearby while young children play outside. As you still want to keep a watchful eye on young children while they're outdoors, even if they're still in your yard.
  • Open floor living room - A living room with an open floor plan makes it easy for you to see your young children while they amuse themselves with games, reading or playing with friends or siblings.

A house that's designed with children friendly spaces can help you to relax. These homes offer more playing room and safety. Not only will your children enjoy playing in these spaces, you'll feel as if you have more freedom to do what you want while your children amuse and entertain themselves.

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Posted by Ann Bennett on 5/28/2017

When you're a new homeowner, it's hard to refrain from walking down the aisle of Bed Bath & Beyond and dumping everything you see into your cart. Initially, when making a shopping list for your new home it will seem like you need everything  and you need it now. It doesn't always make sense, however, to go on shopping sprees and starting several different renovation projects at once in your new home. Whether you need to be conservative with your money or you want to take your time and furnish one room of your house at a time, creating a household spending budget can be an invaluable tool. In this article, we'll cover how to make your own personalized household budget that you and your family or housemates can use to keep yourselves accountable when it comes to making your new house uniquely your own.

Set priorities

Moving into a new home can be sort of like camping out for the first few nights. Many of the basic things you take for granted might not be unpacked  or set up yet. Other items you might still need to purchase. This is a good reminder of which items matter the most when moving into a home. When you prepare to make your budget, think about the items on your list that are the most vital to your daily life. This may be different for each person. If you're an avid yoga practitioner but your yoga mat got ruined in the move, buying a new one might be higher up on your list of priorities than the average person who occasionally stretches. The best way to find out what items are high up on your list is to go through a few days in your new home and write down everything you need, then arrange it in order of importance. From there, we can start setting your budget.

Budgeting tools

Depending on how comfortable you are with technology, you have several options when it comes to ways of keeping a budget. In your Appstore you'll find a plethora of free budgeting apps that all fit a specific need. One of the most popular, Mint, connects securely with your bank account and lets you set up several budgets. It will track your income and spending and categorize your purchases automatically (groceries, gas, bills, etc.). You can set a "household" budget in Mint and make sure all your home purchases go into that category. If you're more inclined to using a spreadsheet, you can use Google Sheets, or a program like Excel to create your budget. The benefit of using Google Sheets is that it is easily shared and synced with others, allowing you to collaborate on the budget together. Your final option is to use a good old fashion hand-written budget. If you don't want it to be forgotten, you could hang it on the refrigerator or write it on a whiteboard hung somewhere highly visible in your house.


The hardest part of budgeting is committing to it. You and your housemates will need to work together to make sure you keep track of your purchases and take the time to plan out your budget, be it weekly or monthly. The best way to do this is to set a reminder in your calendar for a budget planning day once per month with your housemates. Decide what needs to be purchased and who will be buying it. Once you've made a habit of keeping your household budget, you'll be on your way to completing your home in a way that makes sense for you financially.

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