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Tips for Parents Helping Kids Move Home From College

clock February 27, 2012 19:02 by author Janet Corniel

 

As the school calendar inches its way to a close, it is never to early to plan on helping your kids moving home from college.  Here are a few tips to help them prepare and plan for their move back home.

  • Before the end of the school year, have a chat with your child and discuss their plans.  Are they coming home for an extended period of time? Will they be seeking employment? Are they spending a short time at home only to move back early for school, projects or employment?
  • Once you have a clear understanding of their plans, you can help them take the steps they need to make an easy transition.  If they are planning on moving out of their dorm room and heading home for the summer, you may want to help them find a short-term storage option if they are far away.  If they are planning on driving home or you picking them up, chances are they will not necessarily need this as an option.
  • In the midst of their studies, they may be preoccupied.  Therefore, if they are planning on getting a job for the summer, you may want to remind them to take steps early especially in this competitive job market.
  • If this is the last year of school for your child, not only will he or she be completing their studies but also trying to find employment.  Therefore, their end destination may not be clear.  Discuss with them various scenarios and how you could be of help.  They will be faced with transitioning from student to professional life and moving will be an integral part of this new start.  ClickandMove is always there to help.  With a click of a button, your child can take his or her inventory and submit this to several movers for a quick estimate.  By understanding the cost involved, they will be able to budget for it accordingly.

 

 

 



Finding the Right School for Your Child

clock February 20, 2012 21:20 by author Janet Corniel

 

When you are moving with your family, finding the right school is so important to a successful transition.  Therefore, you want to start this search early.  Once you get an idea of the location of where you are moving to, start to narrow your search.  If your child has any special needs, you want to make sure you have the proper paperwork and assessments.  Take the time to evaluate the schools in the area and find the one that is best for your child.  Once you have narrowed down your search, visit the schools.  Most schools are happy to have you but call ahead.  This way you will not be disappointed.  Also, find out who is the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) or Parent Teacher Association (PTA) President.  Call them and have a chat.  This will give you a clear understanding of extraneous information, like the parental involvement in the school.  Parental involvement is a great barometer of the overall health of the school.  

There are some great tools online to help you find just the right school.  Greatschools.org provides a great deal of information about the school and its academic standings.  It is a great resource to use to start your search.  In any event, a move is time consuming and challenging.  However, you definitely want to make time for this search.  Finding the right school for your child is the best way to ensure a successful transition.


 



Keeping in Touch After Moving

clock February 13, 2012 19:48 by author Janet Corniel

 

Once you have moved, keeping in touch with those you left behind is so important to help make the transition easier on your family.  This is especially important for your children.  The amazing thing is that there are so many options available for you and your family to use.  If you have access to a computer, internet and a webcam, Skype is fantastic.  If you and your family member or friend is a member of Skype, you can use the service for free.  It is a fabulous tool because it allows you to speak face-to-face with your friends and family.  Your children will be able to see them and make the important connection they need.

If you have an iPhone, FaceTime is another great way to keep in touch.  It works if the other person has an iPhone and it will enable you to have a phone call and see each other in real time.  It is a great tool because it is portable.

If these options are not available to you, consider other methods.  Facebook, email, phone and letters are all great ways to keep in touch with your loved ones.  Make sure that your child gets the contact details from their friends they left behind before you leave.  Children love to get mail and keeping in touch with their friends will help with their transition and feelings of missing home. 


 



5 Tips to Help You Find a Realtor

clock February 6, 2012 22:31 by author Janet Corniel

 

Finding a the right realtor to help you through the process is so important.  Here are five tips to help you find the right professional to guide you and your family through the process.

  1. Do your research.  Take the time and do your research.  You want to look at who is available in the area where you want to purchase.  Make sure they have the experience and credentials you need.  Once you do your research on-line, narrow down your options and create a short list.
  2. Face to face.  It is so important that you meet this person.  Whether you set up a time to meet with them personally or use Skype, you need to get a feel for this person.  I suggest you start with a set list of questions that you can ask them.  This helps you to compare answers among the realtors you interviewed.  
  3. Experience, knowledge and personality.  Once you have interviewed your short list, review their experience and knowledge.  However, do not just focus on these two.  You need to look at their personality and demeanor.  You will be working with this person during a stressful time and you will need the reassurance that you will be able to get along with them.  Make sure that their personality is one that you can work with.  This is critical.
  4. Know the difference between a buyer and seller’s agent.  It is self explanatory.  A buyer’s agent represents the buyer and a seller’s agent represents the seller.  Most realtors have experience in both but some specialize or do better with one part of the transaction.  Therefore, when you are asking your questions make sure you understand the realtor’s experience in both areas.
  5. Word of caution. If you are looking to purchase as opposed to sell, sometimes you may fall in love with a property prior to finding your own realtor.  The realtor selling the property can act as both the seller and buyer’s agent.  I want to caution you about that situation.  It may seem convenient to do and the agent may be very professional about the transaction.  However, we have done this in the past and it did not go so well for us.  Therefore, before you decide to agree to this arrangement consider getting an agent to work on your behalf.  This will give you the confidence that someone is not torn between two clients and you have someone to work only on your behalf.