Where is the Heart of Your Home?

by D.D. Dolan 05/19/2019

You know the cliché, "Home is Where the Heart Is," well, every home can and should have a heart as well. The heart is the place where you and your family spend the most time together, make memories and grow. You might already have a special place in your home, established by activities you do together, but you might not. Here are some thoughtful ideas to help you find or create the heart of your home.

Your house, along with a bit of work from you too, should help bring your family together. The kids might have separate rooms, and there might be multiple floors, but there is always a place to spend time with each other, you simply have to find it. Think about the types of things you do with your family, or want to do, and how you can establish a central point in your home to help.

Family meals. You and your kids have busy lives and varying schedules, but everyone needs to eat right? Try putting a family mealtime in place to allow some time for you to enjoy each other’s company and communicate as a family. Maybe you can have a family breakfast each morning, or always have dinner at the table together and hear about everyone's day. If a daily get-together isn't possible, try a recurring weekend brunch or Sunday dinner where you all set aside the time to be together. 

Game night or movie night. If you’re not big on cooking or family meals don’t work you’re your schedule, try implementing a weekly game or movie night. You can make snacks together, and all curl up on the couch. You can take turns selecting the movie and learn more about each other’s interests. Perhaps getting into a tv show as a family will help you all set aside an hour each week to do something everyone likes while getting in some good family time. A family game night at the table or in the backyard is another excellent way to be together. Are your kids into sports? Have a weekly family pick-up game. Are you great at cards? Teach your kids a new card game and let them teach you a new game the next week. Maybe you’re huge football fans and can make a pact to always watch the game together during the season. 

Your family members might all have different interests, but there is always some common ground you can find. Take some time, and maybe some input from your family, to figure out what that thing is and use it to help you develop your relationships for a long-lasting closeness and friendship with each other. 

Talk with your professional real estate agent about the home features that are important to securing continuous family time with your loved ones. They can help make sure your new home continues to support your family growth.

About the Author
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D.D. Dolan

SReS SRS GRI e-PRO

First, let me be clear about what I am not. I am not just another salesperson. I am a service professional. Buying or selling your home is a significant and often emotional event in your life; it is not at all the same as buying a product in a store. Choosing the right Real Estate Professional to assist you is essential. Just as you rely on your attorney or accountant to serve your interests with honesty, diligence and integrity, so can you rely on me to represent your real estate interests in the same manner. Real Estate is a Service Profession and my approach is Client-Oriented. More than numbers, success lies in achieving your goals. I understand that every situation is unique, and statistics do not tell the whole story. My strong repeat and referral business is a clear indication of that success. Listening to the client is crucial. Identifying the clients' needs is the first, and most important step in the practice of Real Estate. I pride myself on my attention to detail. From fact-checking, to enticing and thorough descriptions in a listing, to providing the most current information, I never stop at "good enough.” My promise... Client service is always handled personally. Your research, your marketing … all of your real estate needs are my concern, never delegated. Marketing will always be creative, memorable, and far-reaching. Enthusiastic, evocative descriptions and high-quality photos engage buyers! Technology has greatly impacted the practice of Real Estate, and I fully utilize current capabilities. As technology advances, you will always benefit from the best of it! Communication with clients is always prompt and pertinent. Whether you want to know how your home is being perceived, whether new possibilities have come on the market for you, or simply what the next steps are, you will have the information you need when you need it. My skills, dedication, and "straight talk”, combined with enthusiasm and professionalism make me a valuable asset to the buyers and sellers I represent. I will help you easily navigate the complexities of the Real Estate process for a superior service experience. 

EXPERIENCE: Re-sales and new construction, across all segments of the residential market: Single-family homes, Condominiums, and Co-operatives 

EDUCATION: BA in Political Science with Minors in English and History from William Smith College, Geneva, New York 2 years attendance Syracuse University College of Law 

DESIGNATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS: Licensed Associate Broker, New York State Member, National Association of Realtors Member, New York State Association of Realtors Seller Representative Specialist Seniors Real Estate Specialist Graduate, Realtor Institute e-Pro Certified Certified Home Marketing Specialist President, White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival