Blog Archive for January, 2014

Preparing Your Children To Move

Categories: Blog | Posted: January 30, 2014

Moving with Children

Moving is one of life’s changes, that can take a toll on us all. Specifically, moving to a new town and even more so when there are children involved. This doesn’t make your move a negative experience, however. In fact, once settled, you usually find that moving was the BEST thing to do for you and your family. Here’s a couple of tips to help your children reach that phase quickly and effortlessly.

Disclose info upfront

No matter the age of your child, it’s important to share info about moving with them as soon as possible. The chances of them adjusting to the move quickly are much higher when they are included in the entire process. Explain what you can, as quickly and often as you can, early in the move. Begin looking at features and amenities offered in your new community, and allow them to take part in the excitement!

You may also want to make a visit to their new school/daycare early rather than later in order to give them time to adjust.

Prepare for moving day

Moving day can be hectic, and your child should be prepared according to their age. If you have an toddler/younger child it is a good idea to arrange for a babysitter or play date on moving day in order to keep them out of the way. Older children and teens can be great helpers in the moving process, with structured task. If you plan on having children help you on moving day be sure you communicate their task beforehand to eliminate the stress both of you will endure if you sink into sergeant mode barking orders on the day of the move!

Keep old habits alive

It’s fun to start new traditions when you move into your new home, but continuing with your old traditions is important as well. Make sure to keep up your family’s routine when moving into your new home. This can include dinners together, Friday night movie nights, or even visits to your favorite restaurant (although you may need to find a new favorite restaurant). Also, before moving to your new area research any activities/sports your child is involved in your new area to ensure you don’t miss any deadlines or upcoming team events. Tuskes Homes is also dedicated to make you and your families next move your best move! We will work with you to ensure you become acclimated and familiar with your new community!

Spice Up Your New Dwelling

Categories: Blog, Uncategorized | Posted: January 23, 2014

Homes For Sale

All the paperwork is signed, and the boxes are unpacked. Now that you’ve successfully moved into your new home, it’s time to put the touches on it to make it reflect you and your family. Chances are, even the thought of diving into decorating and DIY projects is overwhelming.

WORRY NOT! Decorating does not have to be stressful, expensive, or overly time consuming. Here are a few tips to help you add more of your personality into your new home.

Make it work

Make your new home 100% you by adding the touches that make your home work for your unique family. Try setting up a kitchen command center, where you keep all your families important notes, bills, grocery list, calendar, etc. This is one of the most important areas of your home and should be located in a place easily accessible to you and all of your family.  It also helps to keep it a bit fun with inspiring quotes and quirky notes.

And when you’re ready for a change:

Once your ready for a change, one way to change the look of your home with very little work, is to simply rotate. By rotating the artwork, and swapping out curtains and drape you can create a totally different look to your dwelling. This is especially true if you have taken the color tip above, and added an accent wall to your home.  Accent walls give you many options to accessorize color with décor.


Decorating and redecorating can be addictive. Most people find that once they’ve completed one project, they are ready to dive into the next project right away. The trick is to breathe, keep a pace that is comfortable to you, and take each project one step at a time. It is also very important to stick to timeframes/timelines for your projects. It is probably not a great idea to begin a 4 week project 2 weeks before you’re scheduled to host the next holiday with your entire family!

And the most important tip to decorating your home…. ENJOY!!!!!

Why Build?

Categories: Blog | Posted: January 17, 2014

Why Build?Are you first time buyer looking to achieve the significant milestone of homeownership? Are you an existing homeowner needing an upgrade from your current home in order to fit your family’s changing needs? Or maybe the kids have left the nest and you are looking to move to your “forever home”.

Building a home is the best way to go, when working to fulfill your situation. The wide range of possibilities and options make building a home ideal for almost any situation. There are several advantages to building new home, rather than buying a used home.


The cost of building a new home is much better than buying a used home in terms of getting the most for your money. When purchasing a new home, you put the money exactly where you want it. Used homes, on the other hand, may require money to go directly into repairs and renovations in order to get the home you want.

Location, Location, Location

Location is everything, and you shouldn’t have to settle. If you are looking for the perfect Used Home you’ll likely have to choose between sacrificing the perfect home or the perfect location. When building, you can enjoy both. You will choose everything from your neighborhood, street, and even lot. Always wanted to live on a corner lot? Enjoy a backyard facing the east? These are all features that can be decided on before building the home of your dreams.


To build a new home is to create a blank canvas for your family’s story. All of the memories within the house are your own. Homeowners who build take even more ownership and pride in their homes than those that have purchased a used home. You will never look at a spot on the floor, or a crack in the pavement wondering, “what happened here, or caused this”.


Buying a used home can require being very crafty when it comes to space. You may find yourself needing to repurpose rooms or spaces in an effort to make the home fit your needs. This problem is completely eliminated when building a home. Building allows you to choose the floor plan that fits your needs, rather that be an office space, media room, play room for the children, etc. You can ensure all of your family’s special needs will be met prior to the first brick being laid.

These are just a few of the reasons buying a home is a much better investment than purchasing a used home. If you have questions about the building process, or are interested in any of communities feel free to Contact Us today!

Good Neighbor Etiquette

Categories: Blog | Posted: January 10, 2014

NeighborEtiquetteA home is about much more than just a house. It’s about the community. Having good neighbors helps to boost your satisfaction in your community, and ultimately your home. Have you ever taken the time to wonder what your neighbors think about YOU?!?! Chances are it’s happy thoughts IF you are following the basics of neighborhood etiquette. In this day and age of split shift work schedules, and diverse neighborhoods, etiquette can vary from place to place. Ultimately, you should know your neighborhood and neighbors enough to practice common courtesies to comfortably co-exist amongst each other. There are, however, a few basic rules of thumb when it comes to neighborhood etiquette:


Ever been delayed when you were in a rush due to a group of children/teenagers blocking the street either by playing or walking? It can be frustrating, and your neighbors feel this way too. Be sure your children are playing in areas that are not obstructing traffic and ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS stress to children the importance of street way safety. This is not only neighborhood etiquette, but for their own safety as well.

If your town/community has a curfew in place for children, it is a wise idea to make your children aware of this and to enforce it. This is also for their safety, and can save you money from fines which may be imposed if curfews are not adhered.


The general rule of thumb is to avoid unnecessary noise between the hours of 9:00pm and 9:00am. This can include raised voices, children playing, car engines revving, and even the lawn mower. There are of course occasions when this will not be possible (i.e. holidays or gatherings you are hosting). In these cases, you should use your best judgment, and try to stick to weekends when possible. A sleeped deprived neighbor is a cranky neighbor! Also, when hosting gatherings be sure to ask your guest to park in the driveways or in front of your home as to  not block the neighbors driveways or parking spots.

Welcome New Neighbors

You make don’t have to be a gourmet casserole maker or master baker in order to welcome a new neighbor to the neighborhood. A simple introduction, and sharing of services (local restarturan suggestions, emergency services, post office, schools, etc.) go a long way. Make sure your neighbor knows that they are welcomed into the community. It’s always nice to be able to greet your neighbors by name.

Basic Upkeep

Ever see that one home on a street that just sticks out as a eyesore? Don’t let that be you! Be sure to follow basic upkeep of your yard and home exterior. This includes keeping your lawn mowed, painting and removing mold from the exterior walls when necessary, and keeping trees, shrubs, etc. trimmed and away from your neighbors yard.  Your yard should be free of clutter and debrise. If your neighborhood has a homeowners association, be sure to follow the rules and guidelines.

Building Community Relationships

Categories: Blog | Posted: January 3, 2014

The satisfaction of being a homeowner, doesn’t end with the home itself. How you interact with your neighbors, and within your community are important as well. While it isn’t necessary, or plausible,  for you to be best friends with each and every person in your community; it’s nice to be able to call them by name and know that you or your children can reach out to them in the case of an emergency.


There are several ways that you can work towards building that relationship within your community:

Don’t be afraid to get out there with the kids!

Encourage your children to interact with the kids in your neighborhood, and don’t be afraid to join in on the fun! Plan a sports match at your home, or a game night! Not only will this help you to know who your children are hanging around, it also opens the gates for you to meet their parents as well.

Learn the local spots

Keep in mind the phrase “When in Rome, do as the Romans”. Find out the local hangouts for your community or neighborhood, and make a point to visit. This could be anything from the neighborhood farmer’s market, group activities at the local recreation center or library, or even a local barbershop.  Chances are, your experience at one place will lead to suggestions on more new places to visit.

Don’t be a stranger!

Many of us are guilty of falling into the trap of just “minding our own business” nowadays. You may be worried about coming off as pushy or annoying by trying to hard to interact with neighbors. Bonding with your neighbors, however, does not mean you need to stand around for hours sharing your innermost secrets. Try, instead, to just push a little farther than friendly. If you see your neighbors outside, don’t be afraid to go out front and say allow or ask them about their day. These smaller gestures can often lead to lifelong friendships, and even when they don’t, they make for a great sense of community satisfaction nevertheless.

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