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Omaha, NE Weekend Events - November Edition

by Nancy Heim-berg

Goodbye October, you were filled with spooky fun – Hello November, we are ready for you! Just because Halloween is over doesn’t mean the fun is. Below we have listed a few can’t-miss events and adventures happening in and around our beautiful city of Omaha, NE this weekend for you to check out. So, grab your friends and family for a weekend filled of fun and celebrating the new month! 

What: A Night at the Forbidden Forest
When: November 1st
Where: 1111 Bellevue Blvd. North Forest Bellevue, NE

What: A Time for Hope & Healing with Modern Warrior LIVE
When: November 1st
Where: Holland Performing Arts Center | 1200 Douglass Omaha, NE

What: Annual Halloween Party with Line Dancing 
When: November 1st
Where: Rednecks | 3421 S 84th Street Omaha, NE

What: Madama Butterfly
When: November 1st – 3rd
Where: Orpheum Theater | 409 S 16th Street Omaha, NE

What: I Am, He Said – A Neil Diamond Celebration 
When: November 1st
Where: 2700 College Road Council Bluffs, IA

What: Benson First Friday
When: November 1st
Where: Military Ave & 60th Street Omaha, NE

What: Dia de Muertos/Day of the Dead Ofrenda Exhibit
When: November 1st – 3rd
Where: El Museo Latino | 4701 S 25th Street Omaha, NE

What: Diggin’ Dinos
When: November 1st – 3rd
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th Street Omaha, NE

What: First Friday Old Market
When: November 1st
Where: Old Market | Harney to Jackson Streets and 10th to 13th Streets Omaha, NE

What: Karaoke Friday Nights
When: November 1st
Where: 510 N 33rd Street Omaha, NE

What: Space: A New Generation
When: November 1st – 3rd
Where: 28210 W Park Hwy Ashland, NE 

What: Rocky Horror Picture Show
When: November 1st & 2nd
Where: Omaha Community Playhouse | 6915 Cass Street Omaha, NE

What: A Holiday at Hogwarts
When: November 2nd
Where: 1111 Bellevue Blvd North Forest Bellevue, NE

What: Read It & Eat Culinary Event
When: November 2nd
Where: Omaha Public Library | 215 S 15th Street Omaha, NE

What: Royal Tea in Camelot Princess Party
When: November 2nd
Where: Camelot Community Center 

What: Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Backstage Pass
When: November 2nd
Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium | 3701 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Old Market Walking Food Tour
When: November 2nd
Where: 1002 Howard Street Omaha, NE

What: Old Market Walking History Tour
When: November 2nd
Where: 1001 Farnam Street Omaha, NE 

What: WeBop at Omaha Performing Arts
When: November 2nd
Where: 1200 Douglas Street Omaha, NE

What: Word and Image: The Saint John’s Bible
When: November 1st – 3rd
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE 

 

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Tips For A Fun And Safe Halloween In Omaha, NE

by Nancy Heim-berg

The spookiest week of the year has finally arrived! Today we have a blog post for all the candy loving, face painting, pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating ghosts and ghouls out there who are looking for a few tips on ways to stay safe this Halloween. We have also included a few can’t-miss Halloween events happening in and around our city in the days leading up to the scary evening! 

-Did you know the risk of a child being hit by a car is higher on Halloween night than any other day of the year (according to Safe Kids Worldwide)? Knowing this, it’s important to make sure kids walk on lit sidewalks and always use crosswalks to cross the street. 

-Additionally, you may want to think about giving your child a flashlight to carry with them or wearing glow sticks to help make them more visible to drivers. 

-When your child gets home from trick-or-treating, help them sort through their sweet goodies and throw away any candy that is not sealed. 

-If you have young children, be sure to supervise them while eating hard candy or chewing gum to avoid choking. 

-If you are staying home to hand out candy, take a quick look at your front yard and remove anything that may cause a child to trip or slip. 

-Even if your family pet is great with visitors, it may be a good idea to keep them away from the front door while handing out candy as the commotion may cause them anxiety/stress – and thus to act out.

-For older kids who go out on their own (this is for parents to review with their kids): Make sure to trick-or-treat in a group and always stay together so no one gets lost, and never go into a stranger’s car or home. Additionally, only approach houses that have porch lights on, have a planned route and agree on a set time they will be home by. 


Halloween Events Around Omaha:

What: Halloween Party at Fat Brian Toys
When: October 29th (10:30-11:30am)
Where: 16909 Burke Street Suite 131 Omaha, NE
*Free 

What: Trunk-or-Treat at Montclair
When: October 29th (5:30-7pm)
Where: Montclair Community Center | 2304 S 135th Ave Omaha, NE
*Free

What: Out & About Storytime: Marquis Place
When: October 30th (10-10:30am)
Where: 20800 W Maple Road Omaha, NE
*Free

What: Tiny Tots Halloween Party
When: October 30th (10am-12pm)
Where: A.V. Sorensen Branch | 4808 Cass Street Omaha, NE
*Free

What: Kroctober Carnival
When: October 31st (4:30-6pm)
Where: Omaha Kroc Center | 2825 Y Street Omaha, NE
*Free

What: Halloween Storytime 
When: October 31st (10:30am)
Where: Ralston Library | 5555 S 77th Street Ralston, NE
*Free

What: Toddler Trick-or-Treat
When: October 31st (9:45-10:45am)
Where: Sump Memorial Library | 222 N Jefferson Street Papillion, NE
*Free

 

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(Spooky) Events And Adventures Around Omaha, NE This Weekend

by Nancy Heim-berg

Calling all witches, vampires and ghosts! In anticipation for Halloween next week, this weekend is full of spooky events and adventures in and around our beautiful city of Omaha, NE, and we have listed a few can’t-miss activities for you to check out below. There are countless events for adults and children alike! So, if you are wanting to kick off Halloween early, or are just looking for something fun to do this weekend, keep reading below. Enjoy! 

What: Baseballoween at Werner Park 
When: October 25th
Where: Werner Park | 12356 Ballpark Way Papillion, NE

What: Autumn Constellation Viewing at Neal Woods
When: October 25th
Where: 14323 Edith Marie Ave (Neale Woods) Omaha, NE

What: Art Auction and Concert Featuring Deerhoof
When: October 25th
Where: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts | 724 S 12th Street Omaha, NE

What: ‘Rein Vanderhill: Intimate Arrangements’ 
When: October 25th & 26th 
Where: Anderson O’Brien Fine Art Gallery | 3201 Farnam Street Suite 6109 Omaha, NE

What: Bridal Expo
When: October 25th
Where: 11730 Peel Circle Papillion, NE

What: Cobweb Castle
When: October 25th – 27th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th Street Omaha, NE

What: Blackstone Walking Food Tour
When: October 25th
Where: 3804 Farnam Street Omaha, NE

What: Comedy in Omaha
When: October 25th & 26th
Where: The Backline Comedy Theatre | 1618 Harney Street Omaha, NE

What: Dia de Muertos/Day of the Dead Offrenda Exhibit
When: October 25th – 27th
Where: El Museo Latino | 4701 S 25th Street Omaha, NE

What: Diggin’ Dinos
When: October 25th – 27th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th Street Omaha, NE

What: Healthy Trick-Or-Treat Night
When: October 25th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th Street Omaha, NE

What: Ghouls & Glow
When: October 25th – 27th
Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium | 3701 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Louder Than Words: Rock, Power & Politics
When: October 25th – 27th
Where: Durham Museum | 801 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Rocky Horror Picture Show
When: October 25th & 26th
Where: Omaha Community Playhouse | 6915 Cass Street Omaha, NE

What: Space: A New Generation
When: October 25th – 27th
Where: 28210 W Park Hwy Ashland, NE

What: Halloween Bash with Karaoke
When: October 26th
Where: Moe & Curly’s Pub | 2946 N 108th Street Omaha, NE

What: Halloween Bar Crawl
When: October 26th
Where: Dubliner Pub | 1205 Harney Street Omaha, NE

What: Omaha’s Great Pumpkin Festival
When: October 26th
Where: Village Pointe Shopping Center | 17305 Davenport Street Omaha, NE

What: Halloween Scary-oke Party
When: October 26th
Where: Goldeez | 5502 N 103rd Street Omaha, NE

What: Superhero Spooktacular
When: October 26th
Where: Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum | 28210 West Park Highway 

What: Trick or Treat the Museum 
When: October 26th
Where: Union Pacific Railroad Museum | 200 Pearl Street Council Bluffs, IA

What: Trunk or Treat
When: October 26th
Where: Zen Coffee Company | 230 S 25th Street #3 Omaha, NE

What: Game Day at The District
When: October 26th
Where: 1022 Capitol Ave Omaha, NE

What: Hallo-weekend at The Durham Museum
When: October 26th & 27th
Where: Durham Museum | 801 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Junktoberfest Fall Festival
When: October 26th & 27th
Where: 100 Main Street Springfield, NE

What: Rockbrook Village Cars and Caffeine
When: October 26th
Where: Rockbrook Village Shopping Center | 2800 S 110th Ct. Omaha, NE

What: WeBop at Omaha Performing Arts
When: October 26th
Where: 1200 Douglas Street Omaha, NE

What: Ghoulish Garden Adventure
When: October 27th
Where: Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft Street Omaha, NE

What: Old Market Fall Festival
When: October 27th
Where: The Old Market District Omaha, NE

What: Spooks and Spokes Bike Scavenger Hunt
When: October 27th
Where: 2285 S 67th Street Omaha, NE

 

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Why Great Photos Are Crucial When Selling Your Omaha, NE Home

by Nancy Heim-berg

If you are in the market to sell your home, you may have a long checklist of items to do before your listing goes live. As we will discuss in today’s blog, one of those items should be to have professional images taken of your home. Curious why this is such an important step for you? You are in the right place, keep reading along! 

It is no surprise that the internet is one of the first places people go to search available inventory in their desired neighborhood, school district, etc. – it is 2019 after all! And if the old saying “A picture is worth a thousand words” is true, then you want to make sure your visuals are on point! 

While you may have spent countless hours stringing the perfect sentences together telling buyers why your home is the best on the block, the truth is many people gravitate towards the images first and thus create an opinion before they read the first word of the listing. Professional images of your home will help to boost visibility and give potential buyers a real look inside your abode, and ultimately pushing them to call their agent to schedule a showing if they like what they see. 

You also want to be sure to have a variety of images that showcase all the areas/rooms of the home so buyers can get a true feel if the layout will work for their needs. In essence, your images should tell a story and give buyers a virtual ‘walk through.’ And the best part? Buyers can experience an intimate and thorough look into your home through these professional images without having to leave the comfort of their couch, giving you a leg up on the competition and helping to sell your home sell in less time. 

 

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Weekend Fun Around Omaha, NE

by Nancy Heim-berg

With Halloween just around the corner, there are many spooky and fun adventures happening in and around our beautiful (and haunted) city of Omaha, NE this weekend! We have rounded up a few can’t miss events for you to check out below. Grab your family and friends for days filled with zombie walks, pumpkin carving, walking food tours, plays, trunk-or-treating and much more. Enjoy! 

What: Healthy Trick-Or-Treat Night
When: October 18th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th Street Omaha, NE

What: 2019 Omaha Zombie Walk
When: October 19th
Where: 56th Street & NW Radial Hwy Omaha, NE

What: Carved at Rockbrook Village
When: October 19th
Where: Rockbrook Village Shopping Center | 2800 S 110th Ct. Omaha, NE

What: Dark Sense: An Evening of Mystery
When: October 18th & 19th
Where: Apollon | 1801 Vinton Street Omaha, NE

What: ‘Rein Vanderhill: Intimate Arrangements’ 
When: October 18th & 19th
Where: Anderson O’Brien Fine Art Gallery | 3201 Farnam St. Suite 6109 Omaha, NE

What: Cobweb Castle
When: October 18th – 20th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th Street Omaha, NE

What: Blackstone Walking Food Tour
When: October 18th
Where: 3804 Farnam Street Omaha, NE

What: Benefit Art Exhibition
When: October 18th – 20th
Where: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts | 724 S 12th Street Omaha, NE

What: Diggin’ Dinos
When: October 18th – 20th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th Street Omaha, NE

What: Ghouls & Glow
When: October 18th – 20th
Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium | 3701 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Rocky Horror Picture Show
When: October 18th & 19th
Where: Omaha Community Playhouse | 6915 Cass Street Omaha, NE

What: Space: A New Generation
When: October 18th – 20th
Where: 28210 W Park Hwy. Ashland, NE

What: Halloween 5K Walk/Run
When: October 19th
Where: Nebraska Furniture Mart | 700 S 72nd Street Omaha, NE

What: Harvest Ale Festival
When: October 19th
Where: 18003 Club View Dr Plattsmouth, NE

What: Healthy for a Lifetime Conference
When: October 19th
Where: 455 N 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Incubus 20 Years of Make Yourself
When: October 19th
Where: 409 S 16th Street Omaha, NE

What: Omaha Beer and Bacon Festival
When: October 19th
Where: 1022 Capitol Ave Omaha, NE

What: Trunk-or-Treat at Florence Community Theater
When: October 19th
Where: Florence City Hall | 2864 State Street Omaha, NE

What: SumTur Twilight Dash 
When: October 19th
Where: 11691 S 108th St. Papillion, NE

What: Yin Yoga
When: October 19th
Where: Fontenelle Forest/Neale Woods | 1111 N Bellevue Blvd. Omaha, NE

What: Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Backstage Pass
When: October 19th
Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium | 3701 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: WeBop at Omaha Performing Arts
When: October 19th
Where: 1200 Douglas Street Omaha, NE

What: Symphony Spooktacular: The Haunted Hall
When: October 20th
Where: 1200 Douglas Street Omaha, NE

What: Dia de Muertos/Day of the Dead Ofrenda Exhibit 
What: October 19th & 20th
Where: El Museo Latino | 4701 S 25th Street Omaha, NE

What: Yoga in the Forest
When: October 20th 
Where: Fontenelle Forest/Neale Woods | 1111 N Bellevue Blvd. 

 

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If you are currently selling your home or thinking of listing it in the near future, you don’t want to miss today’s blog post! We are going to be discussing common mistakes to avoid when it comes to pricing your home to sell: 

-The first mistake you want to avoid is pricing your home too high from the very beginning. We understand how sentimental your home can be and why you think it should sell for top dollar. But making the mistake of pricing it too high can cause it to sit on the market for a while before the right buyer will finally make their way to a showing or you finally decide to lower the price. Either way, making sure to accurately set the price right when the listing hits the market is a great way to help ensure the home will sell closer to the asking price. 

-Another mistake you want to avoid is not basing your price on similar comps in the area that have already sold. Take some of the guess work out of it and do research to see where your home holds up among the other inventory that has already been purchased. Just because you can list a home for any amount does not necessary mean it is going to sell for that! Do yourself a favor and look at the data.

-Our third piece of advice is to avoid using a strange/odd listing price. Instead of using something like $387,921, you want to be sure to use round numbers and see that your price falls in line with search windows that agents will use such as “$150,000 to $275,000.”

-Lastly, don’t be the person who refuses to negotiate! The price you list your home for should have some built in flexibility to ensure that you have room to negotiate with buyers who are motivated and qualified. 

 

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Can’t-Miss October Events Around Omaha, NE This Weekend

by Nancy Heim-berg

With cooler weather on the way, there is no denying that Fall is in full swing. Below we have listed a few can’t-miss events happening in and around Omaha, NE this weekend for you to check out while enjoying the colder temperatures. You will find everything from music concerts and plays, to spooky Halloween events, children’s activities, farmers markets, aquarium adventures and much more! 

What: Phil Collins Still Not Dead Yet, Live!
When: October 11th
Where: CHI Health Center Omaha | 455 N 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Rocky Horror at the Castle
When: October 11th
Where: 3902 Davenport Street Bello Omaha, NE

What: Annie
When: October 11th – 13th
Where: Omaha Community Playhouse | 6915 Cass Street Omaha, NE

What: Blackstone Walking Food Tour
When: October 11th
Where: 3804 Farnam Street Omaha, NE

What: Cobweb Castle
When: October 11th – 13th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th Street Omaha, NE

What: Ghouls & Glow
When: October 11th – 13th
Where: 3701 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: The Cat in the Hat
When: October 11th
Where: 2001 Farnam Street Omaha, NE

What: Annual Peace Conference 2019
When: October 12th
Where: 3647 Lafayette Ave Welsch Omaha, NE

What: Dark Sense: An Evening of Mystery
When: October 12th
Where: Apollon | 1801 Vinton Street Omaha, NE

What: Brass & Voices at the Movies
When: October 12th
Where: 2825 Y Street Omaha, NE

What: Night Hike
When: October 12th
Where: Fontenelle Forest/Neale Woods | 1111 N Bellevue Blvd. 

What: Trick-or-Treat in the Forest
When: October 12th
Where: Fontenelle Forest/Neale Woods | 1111 N Bellevue Blvd. 

What: The Met Live in HD: Turandot
When: October 12th
Where: Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater | 1340 Mike Fahey St Omaha, NE

What: Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Backstage Pass
When: October 12th
Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium | 3701 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Diggin’ Dinos
When: October 12th & 13th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th Street Omaha, NE

What: Game Day at The District
When: October 12th
Where: 1022 Capitol Ave Omaha, NE

What: Omaha Farmers Market – Old Market
When: October 12th
Where: 11th and Jackson Streets Omaha, NE

What: WeBop at Omaha Performing Arts
When: October 12th
Where: 1200 Douglas Street Omaha, NE

What: Yoga in the Forest
When: October 13th
Where: Fontenelle Forest/Neale Woods | 1111 N Bellevue Blvd. 

What: Word and Image: The Saint John’s Bible
When: October 11th -13th
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE

What: Prospect Hill Cemetery Guided Historical Walking Tour
When: October 13th
Where: Prospect Hill Cemetery | 3202 Parker Street Omaha, NE 

What: ‘Radium Girls’ Performance
When: October 11th – 13th
Where: 900 N Clarkson Street Freemont, NE

Things To Look For When Walking Through A Omaha, NE Home

by Nancy Heim-berg
The home buying process, while stressful at times, should be a fun and exciting time for you and your family. Touring new potential homes is a great way to see if each would be a good fit for your needs, but there are also certain things to pay special attention to while touring the property. Below we have listed a few things for you to keep in mind during your walk through:
 
1. While walking through the home, make sure to take note of the layout and if there are any areas/rooms that you will need to renovate. Rarely will you see a home that checks every item off your wish list, so noting what things you will want to change/update is a must. 
 
2. Next, you will want to pay close attention to any evidence of water - especially when it comes to ceilings and under sinks. You will also want to check for wet spots or water stains under windows.
 
3. Third, be sure to check the condition of the floors around the home. Keep an eye out for any stains, fading and/or buckling flooring as these costs can add up if you need to replace down the road.
 
4. Make it a point to check any and all appliances that would be staying in the home after the purchase. You may even want to turn them on to ensure they are in good working condition and will not have to be replaced immediately. 
 
5. Finally, take a walk around the exterior of the property to check for foundation issues, as well as caulk around doors, windows and siding. 
 
 
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October Fun Throughout Omaha, NE This Weekend

by Nancy Heim-berg
Welcome to the first weekend of October! Omaha, NE and the surrounding areas are kicking things off with fun events, adventures and activities all around town – we have listed a few of them below for you to check out. You will find many Halloween themed events, music concerts, plays, children’s activities, walking food tours, yoga in the forest, art exhibits, game day festivities and much more! So, grab your friends and family and enjoy a fulfilled weekend around our beautiful city of Omaha, NE! 
 
What: Boos and Birdies 4-Person Golf Scramble 
When: October 4th
Where: Knolls Public Golf Course | 11630 Sahler Street Omaha, NE
 
What: Ghouls & Glow
When: October 4th – 6th
Where: 3701 S 10th Street Omaha, NE
 
What: Howl-O-Ween Safari
When: October 4th & 5th
Where: Wildlife Safari Park
 
What: Gary Allen Concert
When: October 4th
Where: Baxter Arena | 2425 S 67th Street Omaha, NE
 
What: Oktoberfest
When: October 4th
Where: 230 West Lincoln Street Papillion, NE
 
What: Eclipse Trio
When: October 4th
Where: The Jewell | 1030 Capitol Ave Omaha, NE
 
What: Harvest Family Night at the Museum
When: October 4th
Where: Union Pacific Railroad Museum | 200 Pearl Street Council Bluffs, IA
 
What: Capitol Record Nashville’s Adam Hambrick 
When: October 4th
Where: Reverb Lounge | 6121 Military Ave Omaha, NE
 
What: Annie
When: October 4th – 6th
Where: Omaha Community Playhouse | 6915 Cass Street Omaha, NE
 
What: Benson First Friday
When: October 4th
Where: Military Ave and 60th Street Omaha, NE
 
What: Cobweb Castle
When: October 4th – 6th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th Street Omaha, NE
 
What: Blackstone Walking Food Tour
When: October 4th
Where: 3804 Farnam Street Omaha, NE
 
What: First Friday Old Market
When: October 4th
Where: Old Market | Harney to Jackson Streets and 10th to 13th Streets
 
What: Junkstock: Harvest Edition
When: October 4th – 6th
Where: 1150 River Road Drive Waterloo, NE
 
What: Karaoke Friday Nights
When: October 4th
Where: 510 N 33rd Street Omaha, NE
 
What: The Cat in the Hat
When: October 4th
Where: 2001 Farnam Street Omaha, NE
 
What: Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Backstage Pass
When: October 5th
Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium | 3701 S 10th Street Omaha, NE
 
What: Game Day at The District
When: October 5th
Where: 1022 Capitol Ave Omaha, NE
 
What: Japanese Ambience Festival
When: October 5th & 6th
Where: Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft Street Omaha, NE
 
What: Nebraska Pet Expo
When: October 5th & 6th
Where: 8420 144th Street Weeping Water, NE
 
What: Omaha Farmers Market – Old Market
When: October 5th & 6th
Where: 11th and Jackson Streets Omaha, NE
 
What: Omaha North Hills Pottery Tour
When: October 5th & 6th
Where: 13210 N 47th Street Dennison Omaha, NE
 
What: WeBop at Omaha Performing Arts
When: October 5th & 6th
Where: 1200 Douglas Street Omaha, NE
 
What: 2019 Komen Nebraska MORE THAN PINK Walk
When: October 6th
Where: Baxter Arena | 2425 S 67th Street Omaha, NE
 
What: Bride to Bride Flea Market
When: October 6th
Where: il Palazzo | 13316 Hascall Street Omaha, NE
 
What: 2019 Omaha Monster Jam
When: October 6th
Where: 455 N 10th Street Omaha, NE
 
What: Word and Image: The Saint John’s Bible
When: October 4th – 6th
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE
 
What: Sunday Yoga in the Forest
When: October 6th
Where: Fontenelle Forest/Neale Woods | 1111 N Bellevue Blvd
 
 
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Tips And Tricks For Selling Your Omaha, NE Home With Kids

by Nancy Heim-berg

As if the home selling process wasn’t stressful enough, adding kids into the mixture can be a surefire way to send you over the top. Between the endless packing, cardboards boxes in every corner and last minute showings – oh, and let’s not forget piles of homework, school plays and kid sporting events – you may begin to question why you even put the ‘For Sale’ sign up in the first place. We get it, and we are here to help! Below we have listed a few tips and tricks to help you and your family not only survive the move and sale of your home but thrive during the whole process! 

-Our first piece of advice when it comes to moving with children is to sit down with them, prior to the sale sign appearing on your lawn, and let them know what is going on. It is so important for them to understand not only why you are moving, but what the process will look like. It will also ease any anxiety they may have around the move and allow them to feel like they are part of the process.

-Our next bit of information is around décor – kid décor to be more specific. While there is a chance that the next people to purchase your home will also have children, there is also a chance that your abode will appeal to couples who either don’t have kids or have kids that no longer live with them. Either way, you want to make sure that your home appeals to all buyers, and thus is important to ensure that the aesthetic is pretty neutral, so potential buyers don’t feel overwhelmed by kid ‘stuff’ in every corner and on every wall.

-Playing off our last point, decluttering your home from kid items not only is a great way to appeal to a range of buyers, but it is also a great opportunity to get rid of items that no longer serve your family. Old toys, sports equipment and random items that were once adored by your children may now better serve another family and are better off in the donation pile. For any left-over toys that you want to keep but not display in your home while it is on the market, you may want to look into renting a storage unit until your new home is ready to settle into. 

-If you have ever sold a home before, you may understand how last minute showings can be. These appointments, while potentially inconvenient, are a way for buyers to get a feel for your home and if they can see themselves moving in. You may want to have a list of things you can do with your kids in the event that a last-minute showing pops up so you are not scrambling to kill time. Locations such as local playgrounds and or/movie theatres are great ways to pass the time during the showing. 

-Lastly, clean, clean then clean some more! We sometimes don’t realize just how messy our home can become, especially with children, so doing daily/weekly cleanings and monthly deep cleanings ensure that your home is putting its best foot forward for potential buyers. 

 

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