Make Moving Easier

How to Make Moving Easier for a Child With Autism

How to Make Moving Easier for a Child With Autism – This is a guest blog. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Ocala Screen and Patio.

Make Moving Easier

How to Make Moving Easier for a Child With Autism

Buying a home is always stressful, but life changes are made all the more complicated when you have a child with autism. Kids with autism have really specific needs, and often this includes stability and consistency. Moving is inherently inconsistent, but there are still things you can do to make the process easier on your little one.

Ocala Screen and Patio understand the importance of facilitating a smooth transition for your family, and we offer the following tips on how to manage your move.

 

Applying for a Loan, and Securing Pre Approval

 

The financial portion of buying a home comes with numerous complexities, many of which are just part of the process. If you can limit complications here, it will make the rest of the process easier. Once you set your budget, shop for a loan that fits your circumstances. A seasoned, financially established home buyer might opt for a conventional 15-year fixed rate that allows them to pay off their home sooner, while a first-time veteran home buyer will do well to apply for a 30-year VA fixed loan that doesn’t require mortgage insurance or a down payment. Whatever your situation, shopping for the best loan and getting preapproved ahead of time will better position you to make your offer and move more quickly.

 

Finding Your Home

 

All house hunts start with researching the market and securing financing. Take time to investigate the market to determine your ideal budget. See what kinds of homes in the market have the space and features your family needs to get an idea of what size loan you should consider.

 

You might be tempted to bring your child on tours with you, but this can make the process more complicated than it truly needs to be. Children — autistic and allistic alike — are not good at judging properties. It’s hard for adults to not get attached to homes that won’t work, or which fall through at the offer stage — keep kids out of the tour and they can avoid that heartbreak.

 

Prepping Your Home

 

Once you’ve closed on your home, there are some steps you should take to ensure it’s move-in ready. Have any carpeting professionally cleaned to reduce dust and other allergens in your home. If the yard isn’t fenced, consider having one installed to prevent elopement. There are a ton of other autism-friendly renovations you can consider (such as a screened-in patio from Ocala Screen and Patio to help protect your child and keep them from wandering), but budget ahead for these upgrades.

Try to get as much of this work done as possible before you move. Not only will this keep your home safe and consistent from the start, but house repairs and renovations can be noisy and overstimulating for some children with autism. This will only make the transition harder, especially at the beginning.

 

Prepping Your Child

 

You can start preparing your child for your move as soon as you know it’s happening. Start explaining the process to them as clearly as possible. If your child is very little, you might consider getting them a picture book about moving to help them understand the process. Have them visit the home once you’ve closed so they can start getting familiar with the space.

 

You can also talk to your child’s OT or speech therapist about your upcoming move. They will be able to offer suggestions on how to communicate with your child about these changes, in addition to discussing this in your child’s therapy sessions to help lay a foundation for this significant transition.

 

It’s important to accept that, no matter how well you prep, this still might be very hard for your child. Encourage them to use effective coping tools, and remind them (and yourself) that the stress will pass. Soon, you’ll all feel right at home.

Home Improvement Projects that Will Boost the Value of Your Home

Home Improvement Projects that Will Boost the Value of Your Home – This is a guest blog. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Ocala Screen and Patio.

Home Improvement Projects

Home Improvement Projects that Will Boost the Value of Your Home

If you’re looking to put your house on the market, there are some home improvement projects you can do that will boost the value of your home. Some require the skills of a professional, but others are DIY projects that can add thousands of dollars to your asking price.

For example, adding a new deck, a screen or patio enclosure, or even a sunroom are significant investments that can give your home quite a value boost. However, these are improvements that should be handled by experts. On the other hand, if you want to stain your deck or pressure wash your patio, these are projects you can DIY.

Ready for some more ideas? Here are some that the experts at Ocala Screen and Patio think are worth considering.

Repair or replace your flooring

Floors are one of the most important parts of a house, and they can be a big consideration for home buyers. If your flooring is new or in good shape, you can probably get away with a deep cleaning. There are places like home improvement stores, rental agencies, and even your corner hardware store where you can rent commercial-grade machines to clean your floors. Of course, you can hire a professional to do it as well. If your surfaces are worse for wear, on the other hand, or simply outdated, it may be a good idea to replace them. These resources will help you decide how to handle your floor situation.

 

 

Modify the kitchen

Wanting a fabulous kitchen seems to be a universal trend for home shoppers, so it’s a room worth paying attention to when you plan on listing your home. There are lots of options worth considering when you’re looking at kitchen upgrades. You can address worn cabinets, spruce up your countertops, install new appliances, brighten your backsplash, refresh your walls or improve the lighting. Or, do the whole shebang. Whether you go for a full-scale remodel or opt for more minor DIY repairs, you’re likely to see a return on your investment in the kitchen.

 

 

Make master bathroom updates

Your master bathroom may be a relatively small space, but it has a major influence over interested home shoppers. Thankfully, you can make updates that won’t eat up your budget but will give the room new life. Some of the simplest things can make a big difference in how the room looks and feels. Just changing the shower curtain, towels and wall decor can completely alter the aesthetic, and none of those changes are going to make you dig too deep into your wallet. There are other small upgrades that pack a punch, too. Refreshing the walls makes a big difference, or changing up lighting and hardware. Here are a few more ideas:

 

 

Upgrade your home’s curb appeal

Curb appeal is important to increasing the value of your home, and there are many DIY projects even beginners can take on. Planting annuals bring color and eye appeal to your front walkway, and you can brighten your landscaping with some new mulch. Tidy up shrubbery and remove any that is overgrown. If you’re not much of a green thumb, take heart, because there are plenty of other ideas you can try. A simple power washing of your siding and driveway will be a good refresher. Tap into these other tips for advantageous curb appeal:

 

Home improvement projects are a great way to increase the value of your home. Take a look at your repair budget, and get started today!

 

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Pool Time for the Family-Keep it Safe to Keep it Fun

Pool Time for the Family-Keep it Safe to Keep it Fun. This is a guest blog. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Ocala Screen and Patio.

 

Pool Time

Pool Time for the Family-Keep it Safe to Keep it Fun

Before you and your kids can have untold hours of family fun under the sun, you do want to ensure that everything is ready for swimming this season and, more importantly, reinforce safety at all times. This way, pool time really is a fun time, and you and your family are certain to reap the amazing privileges of this beloved pastime. Let’s break it down with some easy tips and resources brought to you by Ocala Screen and Patio.

 

Best for Family Fun

 

Swimming is as fun as it is beneficial to one’s health. For this reason, it’s one of the best activities that the whole family can partake in.

 

  • Swimming can be enjoyed as early as infancy according to Baby Chick.
  • It’s a beneficial pastime for the entire family.
  • There are even great games to add to the fun, playing, and bonding together.
  • Swimming lessons ensure your kids stay safe and have fun. Business Insider notes that there’s an 88-percent reduction in the risk of drowning for kids who take lessons.

 

Much-Needed Home Prep

 

Warmer weather means it’s time to bring the pool out of hibernation. But before the family can splash away, make sure that your pool and home are ready to withstand hours and hours of wet family fun.

 

  • As tempting as it might be to dive right in, you have to properly open your pool for the season.
  • Invest in a robotic pool cleaner so your pool always stays clean.
  • The pool area is a great place to designate as your backyard’s entertainment space, so get creative with how to pipe in music and maybe even a flatscreen TV. Some families enjoy movie night outside so much that they install a projector and a screen to get that “drive-in” movie feel, big screen and all.
  • In addition to summertime necessities like sunscreen, beach towels, and flip-flops, be sure you’re ready to be poolside and in the water with swimsuits and trunks. Stocking up on these items can be had on a small budget thanks to online promo codes, cash-back offers, and Old Navy coupons.

 

Safety Above All

 

It’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to pool time.

 

  • Parents magazine suggests that a pool safety plan is a must for the family.
  • It’s also a good idea to have pool rules in place and really enforce them.
  • At the most fundamental level, you’ll need to supervise kids in the pool.
  • When kids aren’t being supervised, remove all the toys from the pool, so they won’t be tempted to go swimming without you there.
  • Learn some basic first aid and keep a kit available poolside.
  • Consider adding a pool alarm.

 

Having a pool at home can be a wonderful treat for the family, but it also comes with a great deal of responsibility. You must be up to the task of keeping the pool a secure place for your family, as well as keeping everyone safe in the water. It’s a small price to pay for the priceless fun you’re going to have.

 

Ocala Screen and Patio is your outdoor building and remodeling source for screen room enclosures, sunrooms, pool enclosures, pool cages, decks, patios, lanais, and more. Contact us today for a free estimate on a custom screen enclosure, and start enjoying the great outdoors! ocalascreenandpatio@gmail.com

Sunroom

Ocala Sunrooms – Here Is Why You Need A Sunroom For Your Home

Ocala Sunrooms – Here Is Why You Need A Sunroom For Your Ocala Home – Today’s guest blog is by Assalone and Associates. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Ocala Screen and Patio.

Ocala Sunrooms

Here Is Why You Need A Sunroom For Your Ocala Home

When people are looking for an existing home or building a new one, people may not consider having a sunroom addition. Sunrooms are not a new concept and have been around for ages, though maybe not as popular as they once were. Recently, Sunrooms are gaining new attention and more people are willing to add a sunroom to their existing home, given the benefits that come with them.

A sunroom is an extra room attached to your house which is almost entirely made of glass including the roof. Although, some may choose to build the roof conventionally as well. It is basically a separate room made to bask in the sun. It’s an enclosed place surrounded by nature and lit up by natural sunlight. The usefulness of a sunroom may depend upon where you live and the design can be altered according to your needs. A sunroom is made to be transparent so that you’re surrounded by the outdoors while staying indoors.

Adding a sunroom to your house is not illegal unless you’re planning to use it for criminal activity; although that would not be wise, because they are literally see-through. If you’re living in a desert and experience the scorching sun all year round, a sunroom might not be suitable for you. It is more suitable for tropical to mildly cold regions.

Advantages of Ocala Sunrooms

A sunroom is a wonderful place for some peaceful alone time and a great place to relax with family and friends as well. It’s an ideal space to sunbathe in the winter afternoons and a convenient room to keep potted plants. A sunroom with a glass roof is great for carrying out activities in natural sunlight all day and getting to stargaze all night. You can even think of it as camping, minus the harshness of the outdoors and fear of bugs.

Areas that experience extremities in one or more of the seasons can always opt for a customized four-season sunroom that comes with air conditioning or central heating. You can use energy-efficient glass to keep it warm in winters and cool in summers. It may serve as a great spot for doing some reading or painting in broad daylight, working out in a natural environment, having breakfast/lunch with a picnic feel, and growing your very own indoor garden.

The sunroom will work like a mini greenhouse that brings sunlight from all sides and only allows minimum heat to escape. Thanks to the controlled environment, you can grow certain herbs, fruits, or vegetables all year round. Another great idea is to surround the outsides of your sunroom with greenery like a canopy; this will decrease the intensity of sunlight/direct heat and provide a more sheltered escape.

At night, the sunroom can be used as a theatre for movie time with your loved ones; imagine the unique and exotic experience! Writers, lawyers, college students, and teachers who spend most of their day doing research and study can utilize it as a library or getaway, where they shall unwind and get work done.

Ocala Screen and Patio specializes in Ocala Sun Rooms and offers free estimates. If you would like to find out how easy and affordable adding a sunroom to your home can be, call us at 352-316-5889.

Ocala Sunrooms

What Is a Pool Cage

What Is a Pool Cage?

What Is a Pool Cage? A pool cage is just another name for a pool enclosure. Pool cages or pool enclosures can be constructed from different materials, but aluminum is one of the best because it is lightweight and durable.

 

What Is a Pool Cage

What Is a Pool Cage?