How to Settle Into Your New Home and Connect with Neighbors

One of the most exciting parts of moving into a new home is decorating and making each room comfortable and appealing. The colors, furniture, and décor are all up to you, so you’re truly creating your own space when decorating a new home.


If you’ve moved from one town to another, it’ll take more than some Pinterest-worthy interior design to truly start feeling at home in the new area. Before you and your partner start swapping paint swatches, use these tips to settle into your new surroundings.


Unload Boxes and Start Loading a Grocery Cart

As soon as you unload the last box, make sure the fridge is working and head to the nearest grocery store for ingredients to make your first dinner and to prepare a treat for the neighbors.
Even if your table and chairs are covered with boxes, make a point of enjoying a simple meal at home as soon as possible. “There’s nothing that’ll get you feeling like yourself in your new kitchen quite like cooking,” according to Cambria Bold for the Kitchen. You can easily whip up some steamable veggies and a box of macaroni and cheese without completely unpacking.

While waiting for the water to boil, take an opportunity to get your bed set up and your basics unpacked and ready to rock. Your clothes and toiletries are easy to move when you begin organizing later, but you’ll be happy that they’re accessible at the end and beginning of each day while you’re still unpacking a week later.


Eating at home makes you comfortable with the layout of the kitchen and appliances. You’ll also get a better idea of what your counter space should be used for when you start pulling the toaster, blender and other small appliances from their boxes. These could be useful for preparing the treats you can hand out to neighbors.

Go for the Gut When You Introduce Yourself
A quick way to introduce yourself to the neighborhood and start getting comfortable is by leaving a letter or postcard in mailboxes. Let them know who you are and give them a little bit of information about you and your family, including your pets.


In an article for Realtor.com, Lorrie Cozzens suggests baking something to share or buying “little gifts to drop off as you introduce yourself.” Doing something like this cuts back on the time you would normally give to small talk, but it still leaves neighbors with a good impression — or taste — of what you offer the community.


Then, when you start to venture outside for small breaks from unpacking and staging furniture, your neighbors will feel much more confident approaching you. If they remember your dog’s
name because of your small note, even better.


Every Fur Body Needs Time to Adjust

Your dog needs to adjust just as much as you do to a new home. Moving can overwhelm your dog, and a stranger who knows their name might put them at ease. New smells, sounds, and people might cause your dog to act strangely until they settle in as well.


When you can, walk your dog on a leash around the new neighborhood and spend time together in your yard. Besides, spending time on your front porch lets you plug into the neighborhood, possibly making acquaintances and friends with passersby. Expand your connections by making playdates with other people’s pets.

Get Involved
Find your place in the community by learning about it, and you’ll be surprised how quickly the new town feels like home. From attending meetings to finding your new favorite restaurant, you have to expose yourself to new experiences before you start feeling like a local.

If your new neighborhood is part of a Homeowner’s Association, go to the next meeting. Your neighbors are a helpful source of information about the area. You could meet someone there that shares an interest with you, and you could either join or start a group together.

Other Things to Consider
When you move into a new neighborhood, there’s a lot of stuff to consider. So, don’t let any of the “smaller stuff” fall through the cracks as you get settled.


– Familiarize yourself with the local auto insurance laws and statistics. For example, in Oklahoma, the cheapest insurance company is State Farm Mutual Auto. However, you still need to shop around for rates before selecting a policy.
– When you move to a new town, chances are you’ll need a new dentist. Mouth Healthy has some tips to keep in mind when you start looking for a replacement.
– Similarly, you might need to find a new doctor, especially if you’ve moved far away from your old primary care physician. Fortunately, many websites provide information about the doctors in your area so you can see who you can depend on.
– If you have younger children and work full time, you might need to find reliable daycare. Do plenty of research to ensure you find one you feel comfortable with.

Once you’ve finished unpacking and made acquaintances along the way, finish settling into your new home by throwing a party. Knowing people are coming over will give you an extra boost of energy to finally unpack the last box and finish decorating your home. And is there a better way to feel good about your new home than by filling it with smiling faces?

Image via Pixabay. Thanks to our guest author Natalie Jones.

This Weekend in OKC

 

 July 19 – 21, 2019

KWCO

FREE Rides on the OKC Streetcars in Downtown on Friday

  1. Meet Me at Main in Yukon on Friday
  2. FREE Wheeler Summer Music Series presents a Wiggle Out Loud Preview in Oklahoma City on Friday
  3. Let It Glow Event at the Westwood Family Aquatic Center on Friday
  4. BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Expo at the Cox Convention Center on Saturday & Sunday
  5. “The Day We Walked On The Moon”  – Smithsonian Film Screening at the Oklahoma History Center on Saturday
  6. FREE Heard on Hurd Street Fest in Edmond on Saturday
  7. FREE 50th Anniversary Of The Apollo 11 Moon Landing Star Party in the Boathouse District on Saturday
  8. FREE Youth National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show opens at State Fair Park on Sunday
  9. Big3 Basketball at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Sunday

Free Fun

Here are some other  inexpensive ways for kids to try out new skills without great expense:

 

February 23rd & 24th Open Houses

Please be our guest this weekend during these 3 Edmond Open Houses.

Saturday, February 23rd from 2 pm – 4 pm our listing in Marbleleaf will be open for you to tour.   1617 NW 143rd has new flooring in the family room and master bedroom and is just down the street from the neighborhood pond and park.

On Sunday, February 24th from 2 pm – 4 pm we have two homes open for you to visit.

1408 NW 192nd Terrance  is in the heart of Edmond . The home is in the Barrington addition, just off Danforth Rd, between Western & Penn.  This home has an amazing kitchen and a beautiful back patio with a built in kitchen & fire pit.

The last home we have available to tour Sunday during  an Open House, 2 pm – 4 pm, is 2520 Alexa Ave.  Take Covell Rd east 2.5 miles past I-35 and turn south into the Redbud Canyon addition.  This beautiful home is nestled among mature trees and sits on 1.42 acres with a circle drive.  The kitchen has NEW granite counters, a breakfast bar, a stainless steel topped island, a pantry, and it has a unique hearth living space.

We can wait for you to see these homes in person.  Please fee free to call us with any questions you may have or to schedule a private showing.

The RED Team, Keller Williams Central  Oklahoma.

Terra Myers 405-474-4242.

Kim Spencer 405-474-4774.

Kiley Hendley 405-410-9696.

 

 

 

New Listing: Pastoral Escape In Edmond!


1300 Echo Dr.
Edmond, OK 73034

4 bedrooms – 2.1 bathrooms – 3360 SF mol – Edmond Schools

                                                                                                        

Rest from a long day to your pastoral escape w/out leaving Edmond! Stunning traditional home on 1.5 acres offers beautiful view through large windows of lush landscape dotted w/ trees. Pull into the long & private driveway & walk to the lovely covered porch. The formal dining room is flooded w/ natural light. Down the hall the spacious living room has plenty of room to entertain/relax by the fireplace! Kitchen offers plenty of room to entertain too & a great central island makes for easy serving area & more counter space. Large master bed plus master bath w/ jetted tub, double sinks & matching walk in closets. Upstairs is a movie room w/ built in shelves & storage plus a game room w/ built ins & a retro booth! Relax on the back covered patio & enjoy the green of the property compliments of underground sprinkler system. Comes w/ detached workshop that holds up to 5 cars plus a bed/office, bath, & the possibility to build out an upstairs apartment! You’ll love this peaceful getaway!
Click here for a virtual tour!

Spring Cleaning Made Simple

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Though this really warm weather may cast doubt, it actually is still Spring and not yet Summer. It’s coming, though! Which means if you haven’t started Spring cleaning you’re running out of time until it becomes Summer cleaning. It’s an understandably daunting task which is why so many people put it off as long as possible. To help you get this looming task off your back here are some of our favorite tips, tricks, and how to’s for Spring cleaning 101!

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  1. Clockwork Cleaning
    This tip will definitely help you in eating the elephant (one bite at a time… hopefully everyone is familiar with this saying). Break down tasks into timed sections. It’s overwhelming to consider everything you have to do but if you set an allotted amount of time and find the most efficient tasks to fill that time it will help you get a lot done and not end up burned out in the end! For example, only have ten minutes to fill? Try a quick dusting session, wipe down those ceiling fan blades, and polish up any doors and switch plates that have collected smudges and finger prints. Presto! Check those of your list and move on to another ten minute session or a longer session for bigger tasks.

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  2. Start Where You Live
    One way to get things done is when you’re feeling encouraged and inspired. The easiest way to galvanize yourself to that kind of work is to be able to see the progress you’ve made. Take the time to start cleaning where you and your family spend the most time in the house. Clean up the kitchen or living room quickly and you’ll get to see the result of your hard work all day long while you work on the following project!

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  3. Clean Routine
    If you’ve got a busy schedule and don’t have time to clean until the weekends but the messiness is getting to you in the meantime, here’s a tip, clean as you go. This may seem obvious but take it further and make it a part of your daily habits! We recommend in the morning beginning your day by making the bed and when you’ve accomplished some personal tasks empty the dishwasher or start a load of laundry. This will make it much easier for yourself in the evening to come home to work on and will help you keep on top of everything!

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  4. Slow & Steady Wins The Race
    Although there’s nothing wrong with busting out all your cleaning in one to two sittings there’s also nothing wrong with doing it gradually. You know yourself better than anyone else does so clean according to your schedule! It’s much less pressure on yourself to dedicate some time over a period of time to accomplishing all your spring cleaning. It also ensures that what you clean will be really really clean compared to if you had done it more quickly to get more done at a time. If you’re spread thin and running on fumes you won’t get much done anyways so relax and take a quick break if you need to!

Adorable NEW Listing You Don’t Want To Miss!

3608 Jim Robison Dr.
Edmond, OK 73013

4 Beds – 2.1 Bath – 2,111 SQFT mol – Edmond Schools




   
     














Location! Location! Location! Located in the sought after Chisholm elementary this home is both gorgeous and in a great location! Great floor plan for entertaining with two living areas and two dining areas. The kitchen has double ovens, granite, bar seating, built in desk/hutch, a walk in pantry plus it is open to the living and dinette. There’s also a lovely little half bath off of kitchen for guests. The updated master bathroom comes with new tile, counter top and shower area. The spacious master bedroom is tucked away at the end of the hallway and it has two walk in closets. Three, secondary bedrooms are the perfect size and share the hall bath. Over-sized backyard with plenty of room to run and play. Seller offering $3000.00 flooring allowance to replace carpet or make updates. Storm shelter in garage floor. Close to Oklahoma Christian University, walking trails, and the park! You don’t want to miss out on this fantastic buy!

For a virtual tour of this listing click here!

Maintenance Tasks That Will Save You $$$ In The Long Run

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Okay, so this isn’t the sexiest topic but maintenance is so critical to well… maintaining the integrity of your property! Some things are more important than others but it can be hard to differentiate what you really need to keep on top of and what you can get away with doing once a year. When something slips through the cracks (maybe literally) year after year there are potential pitfalls lying in wait that could cost you dearly. Let us remind you to not forget about these particular maintenance tasks and hopefully you’ll get to save your hard earned money in the end!

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  1. Roof and gutter maintenance
    Oh, leaves in my gutter? How cute! Fall! Then BOOM, you’ve got overflowing gutters, foundation damage, and drainage issues. Don’t indulge your sentimental side here, leaves in the gutter can cost you a lot of money in the damage they can do! It’s easy to forget to do this since you probably don’t check out your roof very much. Be sure to to check out your roof too! You can have minor cracks that you probably won’t notice if you’re not looking for them. They can allow water to slowly enter into your home and cause damage to ceilings and walls which will also rack up the bill! Be sure to spend some quality time with your roof and gutters, your wallet will thank you!

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  2. Creepy Crawler Critter Maintenance
    Unless you’re really alright with raccoons as roommates you might want to listen up. You’re careful… it’s not like you leave all your doors and windows open all the time and leave out bowls of cat food everywhere (to the people who identify with everything I just said… you might have raccoons). But even not doing those things can set you up with critters if you’re not being diligent about safeguarding the rest of your house. It’s easy to disregard those venty looking things sticking just slightly off your house but that’s exactly where your friendly family of squirrels will climb up in the winter time. Place mesh over vent faces and cover up any access points leading to underneath the house. Save yourself from waking up in the middle of the night to a mouse trying to make a nest in your hair and save yourself from hiring a pest control guy!

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  3. Chimney Maintenance
    I doubt that chimney cleaners look like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins anymore but nonetheless be sure to step in time and be sure to inspect your chimney and have it cleaned regularly (how about that Mary Poppins reference, huh?)! It’ll make it easier for you to spot cracks should the ever appear! If you do happen to find cracks in the bricks of the flue or there are gaps in the mortar on the outside of the chimney between the bricks, your home could be in trouble. This sort of damage could ultimately bring the chimney down on your roof if you’re not careful! That’s why regular maintenance and inspection is so important!

 

 

Just Hit The Market: Breathtaking NEW Listing!

9125 SW 36th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73179

4 Beds – 3 Bath – 3,284 SQFT mol – Mustang Schools

                               

    

   

 

 

 

 

  
    

Spectacular new home with all the bells and whistles! Beautiful, hand-scraped wood floors in the main living, formal dining and all bedrooms. Open floor plan makes it easy to entertain all your guests. Master suite with jetted tub, walk in shower, electric plugs for your hair dryer in the drawers and double sinks. Split floor plan with two beds on one end of the house sharing the guest bath. All beds have walk in closets, tall ceilings and ceiling fans. Bonus/theater room with built in cabinet storage, storage closet, and walk in attic access. Gourmet kitchen has over & under cabinet lighting, pantry, coffee bar, & island. Spacious backyard with extended, stamped, stained, & covered patio plus a wood fence. Study with wood floors and built in desk with bookshelves. Sink and mud bench in laundry room. Plenty of space to work in the 4 car garage plus the doors are insulated! Storm shelter is also located in the garage. The home is also equipped with full sprinkler system on a larger lot. Tankless hot water heater, low E windows, central vac, & surround sound! You don’t want to miss out on this gem!

Click here for a virtual tour!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing The Newest Member Of The RED Team…

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Little miss Kinzley made her long awaited entrance into the world on March 22nd, 2018! Weighing in at 7lbs 4 oz and 19.5 inches, she is a perfectly beautiful and healthy little girl! Kiley did such a great job in delivery and is doing well too! Both ladies looking as fabulous as ever! Kinzley is just about 3 weeks old today and though she hasn’t met too many people just yet, she already has everyone she has met just wrapped around her tiny little finger. It’s easy to see why with how sweet she is and how well dressed this girl is! We can’t wait for you to meet her but until then be sure to send any referrals to her Aunt Terra or her Kimma, Kim Spencer! Don’t worry, it won’t be long before this precious girl is in the office helping us sell houses and helping people buy their dream home!

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Why I Love Living In Edmond

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I first stepped foot in Edmond, OK in 2013. I arrived after driving 29 hours in my cramped ’94 Toyota Corolla to the front entrance of Oklahoma Christian University. Coming from the North West, I wasn’t sure what to expect of the people or culture of my new home but let me tell you I was not prepared for what warmly greeted me! I was caught off guard by how clean and neatly manicured the beautiful landscaping around the city was. I was caught off guard by how friendly and social everyone is- especially the drivers! My four years at school were so sweet and I felt so safe here, even walking around in the dark, enjoying the warm summer evenings! Now that I’m out of school, married, and looking for my first home- I’m beginning to view Edmond through an entirely new lens and I’m falling in love with it again for entirely different reasons! Last year, Edmond was ranked among the 50 best U.S. cities to live in and here’s why!

  1. Livability
    Edmond has retained it’s charm and inviting almost small town feel while being home to several nationally recognized and very profitable businesses. You’d think that the steady economy and the low crime rates in the area would cause home prices to sky rocket as people move to the area but it is still an affordable area to live in!
  2. Community
    I believe that the small town charm effect that Edmond tends to have is due to the incredible community involvement in the area! There’s always fun and free opportunities happening around the area to do with your family. For that reason, among others, it’s a great place to raise your children! You’ll find endless opportunities for exciting learning times and chances to grow together!
  3. Location
    Located in the heart of Oklahoma, Edmond is just minutes away from great attractions, beautiful scenery, and of course OKC! For the outdoor enthusiast, ignore the flack you might hear about Oklahoma being flat and hop in your car. You’ve got options but one of my favorite places to visit is the Wichita Mountains And Wildlife Reserve. Technically, they’re not mountains but they are sure beautiful and make for great hiking! If you’re more interested in what the city can offer you, try out the fabulous dining and entertainment in the area to start! Edmond is home to so many original and unique restaurants and businesses you can only find here!

If you’re looking to move to Edmond, which I highly recommend, let us give you a hand in transitioning! Give The RED Team a call at 405.330.2626 if you’d like to learn a little more about the area and what it offers! From there we’d love to help you find your dream home!