10 Of The Best Activities To Do With Your Kids While Social Distancing!!

 

 

Running out of ways to entertain your kiddos? It’s important to stay occupied and keep learning, even in quarantine. Here are a few activities and resources that will keep your family active and connected in the safest way possible! 

 

 1) TOY WASHING STATION 

A quick and creative way to get your kid’s toys clean and prevent the spread of germs! 

 

2) NATURE COLLAGE

Take a walk outside to get some fresh air! During your time outdoors, instruct your kiddo to search for all the colors of the rainbow, in nature. Use your findings to create art!

 

3) DANCE PARTY 

Who doesn’t love a good family dance party? Put together a playlist of your kid’s favorite tunes and get moving! 

 

4) BAKING WITH KIDS 

Make memories in the kitchen! Check out these tips and kid-friendly recipes. 

 

5) CREATIVE PLAY 

Let their (and your) imaginations run wild! Encourage creativity. Time and space are the only boundaries! 

6) FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT 

Snuggle up on the couch for a night full of your kid’s all-time favorites. Don’t forget the popcorn!

 

7) FAMILY GAME NIGHT 

Enjoy some quality times with your kiddos while you show them who the Monopoly champion is. 

 

8) KEEP LEARNING 

It’s vital that we all continue to learn and grow during this time indoors, especially young, developing minds. Check out these free resources from scholastic so that our kids can learn at home! 

 

9) LITTLE SCIENTISTS 

Try out a few of these simple science experiments with household supplies you probably already own! 

 

10) SCAVENGER HUNT

A fun activity that will help your kids burn off their energy by the time they’ve solved every clue!

 

If it is giving you the best ideas for activities with your kids or your real estate needs, we are here to help! COVELLE&CO is a team of professional real estate agents here to sell your home for top dollar. Experience our white-glove service and cutting edge strategies firsthand — contact us today.

Whether your spring cleaning or downsizing, here are four tips to help you along your way!


Downsizing can be a challenging project to tackle. You may find yourself asking, “where do I begin?” It may be helpful to break things up and start with the items that might not have a purpose in your new home. There will be a handful of items you have been meaning to part with for years. Determine which items can be tossed and which you’d like to pass down to your children or grandchildren. Simplifying this process will make downsizing more like a walk down memory lane, rather than a chore you don’t want to complete.

GET RID OF ANY UNESSCARY MEMORABILIA
Once you’ve sorted through rooms with the most clutter, the next step is to sift through memorabilia in rooms that won’t be a part of your new home. Determine if there is space in other areas of your new location for these items. If you no longer have access to a basement or a guest room, it may be beneficial to leave those items behind. Creating piles of what you plan to keep and what you plan to let go of will help things stay organized. Try to make definite decisions right away. This will make things move along quickly.

DO NOT TACKLE MORE THAN ONE ROOM AT A TIME
Give items enough of your time and attention so that you will not look back and regret a decision to keep or let something go. Do not try to tackle more than one room at a time, as this can get confusing and overwhelming.

CONVERT EVERYTHING TO DIGITAL
People find themselves emotionally attached to our homes and the items that fill them. We are fortunate today to be able to access our photographs digitally. This is an excellent option if you own collections of pictures that you would like to hold on to, but don’t have the space for. Other collections like tableware could be sold or gifted to family members.

GIVE AWAY ITEMS TO LOVED ONES
There may be items in your home that family members would get more use out of than you do. Watching your loved ones enjoy your treasures will make parting with them a little bit easier. Be sure that your family is aware that you can’t keep everything. That would defeat the purpose of downsizing! Inviting them over to sort through things is an opportunity to reminisce. A few extra hands will also help to get the job done.

Do you or your loved one need help to transition to their new community? We understand the concerns, fears, and emotions that our seniors and their families experience when making a move from their long time cherished homes. Our interest is to become your trusted professional partner to help you.

As a Senior Real Estate Specialist, we are here to make the transition smooth. Contact Covelle & Company today and let us help you streamline the process by supplying you with the support you need every step of the way. We have relationships with professional organizers, estate sale companies, estate planning attorneys, movers, and much more.. we come fully prepared and take pride in surrounding ourselves with a team of professionals whose interest is in a happy client and a successful transaction! Call us today for a confidential consultation on taking those next steps to successfully downsizing.

“I contacted Erica after receiving recommendations from friends when I was seeking support for my mother in the selling of her house in Stoneham. At the time, she wasn’t sold on the idea of putting the house on the market and was considering a quick sell to an investor. It was critical to me to find a realtor we could trust to guide my mom (in her 70s) through the process. We got that and so much more from Erica, the realtor. I genuinely don’t know how the move would have occurred without Erica’sErica’s incredible support. Moreover, her understanding of the needs of older clients who have lived in a home for a long time was invaluable. She connected us with trusted contacts who supported my mom through the move, with everything from legal agreements to downsizing and packing. Ultimately, my mother received far more for the house than she ever anticipated, and it was truly the most seamless home sale I could imagine! I would COMPLETELY recommend Covelle & Company to anyone selling their own home, but especially to those looking to help their parents with a home sale. They took so much pressure off of us and were incredibly trustworthy and professional.”
-Anne

Tax Season has ARRIVED!!!

 

Ladies and gentlemen, tax season, had ARRIVED!!

      

Did you know that many taxpayers received more money in their paychecks every week last year, which resulted in a lower tax refund than previous years because the IRS lowered the federal tax rates.  

2019 Tax Rules & Regulations     

  • Standard deduction increased to $12,200 for a single taxpayer and $24,400 for married taxpayers.
  • Federal penalties are no longer applicable for not having medical insurance; however, it still applies to the state.        
  • The IRA contribution has increased to $6,000; for taxpayers over 50 years old, a “catchup” of $1,000 is allowed. 

Depending upon your taxable income, there are 7 different tax rates that may apply to you:

         

• 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35%, & 37%

         

 If you are in the market for an accountant you can trust, please contact Covelle & Covelle Public Accountants at (781) 844-2935 or rcovelle@comcast.net. 

 

 

Erica Covelle is a seasoned Realtor ®, a Senior Vice President at Compass with 13 years of experience. She has seamlessly married her interior design expertise with her passion for helping both buyers and sellers create visions for the most beautiful homes. Erica Covelle surpasses industry standards, when you work with Covelle & Company, you gain access to the tools and professionals one needs to BUY and SELL in today’s market. Through creative and enticing strategies, Erica and her team help sellers to make money and buyers to save money.

How Covelle & Company will maximize the value of your home. 

 

 

Exclusive to Covelle & Company, our Concierge program helps you quickly prepare your home for sale by fronting the cost of home improvement services so that you can sell it faster and for more money. Whether you’re facing basic wear-and-tear or your home requires more significant upgrades, Concierge has the power to transform a property — and the price it can claim. Using this service with Covelle & Co. is a hassle-free way to bring your home to the next level.     

  1. Show your home in its best light.

  From painting to flooring, Covelle & Co. services can help your home look its best before hitting the market. Our very own Erica Covelle was born with the gift of bringing listings to the next level. Being an experienced Realtor as well as a professional interior designer, She transforms “what it is” to “what it can be,” building equity and setting the scene to achieve top dollar numbers!   

  1. Sell your home faster.

  Covelle & Co. helps you attract more buyers so that you can sell your home quickly. Once our concierge program is in play, our team creates a customized marketing plan to help boost your home to the audience needed. At an average of 25 days on the market compared to the competition 53-day average, our team offers an impressive turnaround compared to the competition.   

  1. No upfront costs or interest.

  Funds will be advanced to you for home improvement services. When your home sells, you’ll pay the costs of services rendered and nothing more.   

  1. Working with Covelle & Co. is hassle-free.

  From assessing which updates will increase your home’s value the most, to recommending the best vendors for the job, you’ll have our complete guidance and assurance at every step as a seasoned real estate agent and professional interior designer.    Check out some of our transformations; these homes resulted in record-breaking sale prices with our upgrades. 

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56 Mystic St | Behind the Transformation 

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56 Brookbridge Rd | Behind the Transformation 

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201 Franklin St | Behind the Transformation               

 

Are you selling your home? It’s clichéd, but it’s true — you never get a second chance to make a first impression! Don’t leave money on the table. Covelle & Co. helps clients sell two times faster for an average of 1.5 percent more. With an average sale price of $600,000, that’s $24,000 extra in our seller’s pockets. Call us today to learn more about how our team can help you sell your home:  covelleco.com/contact-us

Behind The Transformation — 56 Mystic St

  New to Compass, we are now able to give our clients an opportunity to bring a competitive edge to their properties when selling their homes! Being able to stage and renovate your property will allow you to create a vision hand in hand with Covelle and Company, taking your home to the next level.

 

“As a seasoned REALTOR & Interior Designer, I have sold hundreds’ of homes, and Compass without a doubt has played a considerable role in my clients’ success when selling. The Compass Concierge program allows me to ensure my clients that we are creating a perfect picture property when debuting their home to the market, leading to top dollar pricing for long term investments.” 

                                                                                                                         -Erica Covelle

A little work is all it takes to get your property to reach its full potential, and 56 Mystic St is an excellent example of that. This Arlington condo renovation aided in a multiple offer situation, which lead to a sale price that was $41,000 OVER the asking price.   With a few simple fixes, along with our vision and strategy, we were able to bring this condo to its full potential! We were able to put $41,000 more in the sellers pocket as well as get this property off the market in UNDER 7 days. 56 Mystic St sold with a 111% list to ratio price and a thrilled seller!

 

Here’s how the home looked before our renovations and staging:

 

Here’s just a snippet of how we transformed this home:      

Hall View

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Kitchen

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Bathroom 

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 Master Bedroom 

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Home Exterior

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Selling your home? It’s clichéd, but it’s true — you never get a second chance to make a first impression! Don’t leave money on the table. Covelle & Company helps clients sell two times faster for an average of 1.4% percent more. At an average sale price of $600,000, that’s $24,000 more that we help put in our sellers’ pockets! Call us today to learn more about how our exclusive white glove designer service can help you sell your home for top dollar. Contact Us | Covelle & Company | Compass