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Tips for when It’s Time to Move – Your Parents!

In Home Upgrades, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment, Selling your home, West Houston on May 26, 2015 at 5:54 pm

It’s one thing to try to move yourself – but as our national senior population continues to expand, many more of you will play a role in planning or moving mom and dad.

One Dallas Real Estate company pitched in to help by partnering with local experts at to host a seminar called “Moving Mom and Dad: 5 Common Mistakes Adult Children of Aging Parents Make and How to Avoid Them.”

Amy Goyer, writing for AARP, described one particular challenge of that decision for her own parents:

“During the transition, it was clear that Mom wasn’t as excited about The Big Move as Dad was. She loved her home and felt moving would be a huge loss. She acknowledged that Dad had most of the responsibility for keeping up the house, but her heart still had a hard time letting go. Sensitivity to her viewpoint was essential; no one wants to be “told” she has to move. We allowed her time to get used to the idea, and that made a big difference emotionally.”

Goyer also said she had some success using an assisted-living locator service, which assessed our needs and discussed housing options.

If moving a parent or parents INTO your home, has a practical 10-step guide that could be very helpful. Among its points of advice is:

Here are some other things to consider:

  • Is there a bathroom available on the floor the older adult is on?
  • Is the bathroom big enough to handle a wheelchair or walker if necessary? For a wheelchair, the doorway needs to be at least 32 inches wide, and preferably 36 inches.
  • Will one of your children have to give up a bedroom? Could a child share his or her bedroom with the older adult?
  • If there’s no extra bedroom, can you convert a living room or den into a bedroom? Can you convert an attic or basement into a bedroom for you or a child and have your parent or relative move into an existing bedroom?
  • Will everyone have a level of privacy they’re comfortable with?

What renovations will be necessary to make your home older-adult-friendly, and how will you pay for it? and

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Remodeling by the Numbers: Smart Home Renovations that Increase Curb Appeal, Value and Comfort

In Buying a Home, Home Upgrades, Home Values, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment, Selling your home on May 20, 2015 at 5:43 pm

Remodeling by the Numbers: Smart Home Renovations that Increase Curb Appeal, Value and Comfort

A new online survey conducted by Harris Poll shines light on which priorities are top of mind—and where homeowners may need guidance—when taking on home improvement projects. The survey of over 2,000 U.S. adults was conducted on behalf of CertainTeed, a national provider of sustainable building products.

U.S. adults who own a house consider several factors when planning an exterior home remodel, with curb appeal, return on investment and outdoor living and lifestyle considerations being top priorities. Based on the March 2015 study, when asked which one factor is most important to U.S. adults who own a house when considering an exterior home improvement project, 39 percent cited curb appeal, 26 percent cited return on investment, and 21 percent noted impact on outdoor living and lifestyle considerations.

“In home design, there is an increased interest in individualization and creativity — true for both interior and exterior design,” said Mike Loughery, CertainTeed director of corporate marketing communications. “We’ve found that homeowners want healthy, energy efficient homes that offer complete comfort and curb appeal, but don’t always know the best way to start.”

Ultimately, the study showed 40 percent of U.S. adults who own a house say they understand colors but are not exactly sure which direction they would want to go when selecting a new exterior color for their home. Furthermore, 11 percent said they are “clueless” about colors and wouldn’t know where to begin.

“While consumers want their homes to stand out, it’s important to seek colors that will be appealing year after year,” said Loughery.

Considering the financial impact of a home remodeling project, kitchen remodels, additions and exterior projects provide a strong return on investment according to the “2014 Remodeling Cost vs. Value” report released this year by Remodeling and Realtor magazines.

“Comfort is key now more than ever,” said Loughery. “The growing boomer population has led to increased home renovations tied to aging in place. And it’s not just our population that is aging — according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, 41 percent of the nation’s homes were built in 1969 or earlier. That’s why we strive to supply sustainable, groundbreaking products that significantly impact long-term energy efficiency, comfort and indoor air quality.”

Source: CertainTeed    or 

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NEW LISTING! 13823 Threadall Park Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 99672354

In Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Parkway Villages, Terry Hershey Park on May 8, 2015 at 8:25 pm

NEW LISTING! 13823 Threadall Park Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 99672354

13823 Threadall Park DriveBeautifully Updated Home in The Villas gated section of Parkway Villages. Open floor plan, light and bright with beautiful high windows with views to Sparkling Pool and Waterfalls. Completely remodeled kitchen with new cabinets and appliances, fully remodeled master retreat down, wood floors throughout, plantation shutters and electric shades, custom built staircase, new roof in 2011, whole house water filtration, premier garage flooring, upstairs AC unit 2011,radiant barrier in attic.


If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit  or .