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July 22, 2019

Small Rent Raising Improvements

No matter what type of rental property you’re dealing with, what most investors are looking for is a way to maximize the rent and to keep the tenants as long as possible. To achieve that, you need to put more time and effort into home improvements than before. In other words, a fresh coat of paint on the walls and a clean carpet just won’t cut it. You need to put some thought into rental property upgrades that won’t cost you a fortune but will raise the value of your property and pay off in the long run. Here are some useful ideas on how to improve your property value and get the best return on your investment.

 

1. Replace your plumbing fixtures.

Upgrading all faucets, both in the kitchen and the bathroom, will undoubtedly give your property a more polished look. Faucets, sinks, and sprayers tend to get dingy and out of date quickly. What’s more, they can make the entire room look repelling. Since we’re talking about kitchen and bathroom which are the rooms most associated with hygiene and cleanliness, old faucets may turn down potential tenants even if everything else in the apartment is brand new. Investing in new plumbing fixtures will give a new look to your rental property and also boost your home’s value. There’s a great variety of options to choose from. Depending on your overall decor style, you can go for a classic chrome finish or something more refined like oil-rubbed bronze or brushed nickel.

2. Upgrade the floors.

When it comes to floors, there’s a battle between carpets and wooden floors. No matter how strong the pro-carpet arguments are, the wooden floors always win. First of all, there’s a wide range of options to explore. From laminate, hardwood, bamboo or plank to faux wood, you can make your choice depending on how much money you’re willing to spend. Wooden floors are absolute winners when it comes to maintenance since the carpets need to be cleaned now and then. Not to mention that one stain can ruin it forever. Another great thing about the wooden floors is that it’s fantastic for people who have allergies caused by carpet dust. When it comes to kitchen and bathroom, ditch the linoleum and replace it with ceramic tiles. It will be a major turn-on for renters.

3. Give your walls a fresh coat of paint.

Nothing brightens up space more than freshly painted walls. Not only will it remove the dirt and stains on the walls, but it will make the room brighter and livelier than before. When it comes to choosing the right color for your rental property, the general rule of thumb is – the brighter the better. This is especially true for countries like Australia that have more than 300 sunny days per year where people want to incorporate that natural light into their homes. If you’d rather leave the job for the professionals, look for some local qualified painting services that will offer high-quality workmanship and affordable prices. By doing this, you’ll make sure that the job has been done perfectly plus it’ll leave you more time to deal with other important things.

4. Make more room for storage.

If you want your rental property to stand out in the sea of offers, you have to think like a renter. One of the things that will put your place high on the list of desirable rental properties is storage. It is undeniably one of the top priorities for renters, so investing in it will boost your property value. If your budget and space allow you, install permanent shelving in the garage. Built-in shelves or in-wall storage will attract the renters and it will give you the possibility to maximize the rent. Even some small and simple ideas can make a change. We suggest you add some hooks to key areas and install closet organizing systems. This will make the whole property more put together.

5. Invest in new countertops.

Upgraded countertops will boost your kitchen’s appeal and increase the value of your property. Depending on how much you’re willing to splurge, there’s a great variety of options to choose from. Granite is always a good choice, but if you want the more high-end product then opt for quartz or marble. The more you invest in your countertops, the more durable and functional they’ll be.

Investing in your rental property doesn’t have to be a splurge. The key is deciding what to invest into so that you can maximize your rent and keep the tenants for a longer time. Following these tips will get you clued up about all the important improvements you need to make to achieve that goal.

July 17, 2019

Five Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly for the Summer

During the summer, many of us tend to waste more electricity, water, and plastic materials than we do during any other part of the year. To compensate for high temperatures outside, we blast the air conditioning to stay cool. We fill water balloons, top off the pool, guzzle cold water bottles, and take more showers. 

As a result, we spend a lot on our utilities, and we waste a lot. There are several steps you can take to make your home more eco-friendly over these next few months. Here are five ways you can embrace “green” practices while also reaping the financial benefits of avoiding waste.  

1. Invest in a Programmable or Smart Thermostat 

A programmable thermostat can save you at least 20 percent on energy costs. Smart thermostats can save you even more by giving you the capability to change the temperature when you’re not at home. Not only will this lower your utility bills, but it will also prevent you from being wasteful with your AC during the summer. Saving money during the warm months can be a struggle. You can get yourself up to speed with an air conditioning guide on the best practices. 

Additionally, a programmable or smart thermostat makes your home more comfortable. You can be precise about your temperatures while you’re at home, at work, or on vacation. The last thing you want to do is pour tons of money into your air conditioning while you’re not even in the building. 

2. Hang Drapes or Install Curtains Over Your Windows

During the summer, about 76 percent of the sunlight that comes through your windows turns into heat. Don’t underestimate the powerful protection of a simple window covering. Whether you install blinds or black-out curtains, blocking the sunlight can drastically lower your waste of energy. Plus, you want to protect your home and furnishings from the harsh sunlight that streams inside. 

3. Be Careful About Your Water Usage

When temperatures rise outside, water use often does, too. You’re watering your lawn frequently, taking more showers, and filling pools. Be conscious of how much of this water you’re actually wasting. 

Now is the perfect time to compare your current amount of water usage to your usage during the winter. If you notice that your water bill is skyrocketing, it may be due to a leak, waste, wind, evaporation, or runoff from over-watering. 

4. Begin Recycling, Even if Your Neighborhood Doesn’t 

Think about all of the plastic you use during the summer – those plates at your cookouts, the frozen drinks that come in convenient one-use bottles, all of the empty sunscreen bottles littering your backyard. These are just some of the things you could be recycling in an effort to make your home more eco-friendly. Although many apartment complexes and neighborhoods don’t offer a recycling service, you can always start one yourself. 

To learn how to start a recycling program, check out this article from HomeGuides

5. Install Lights That Automatically Turn Off 

Did you know that the IDA estimates that we waste at least 30 percent of our outdoor lighting? There’s no need to leave your porch light on all night, even when you’re out late during the summer. Instead, install an automatic light that turns on whenever you approach. 

Automatic lights are a great idea for your indoor rooms, too. By only using lights when you’re actually home, and automatically turning them off when you leave the room, you’ll help prevent the overproduction of carbon dioxide. Plus, you’ll save more on your electricity bill. No more worries about leaving the lights off when you go to work or leave for a summer getaway

In Conclusion 

These five steps might not seem like big acts, but every little bit counts when it comes to making our homes eco-friendly. Whether you live in an apartment or a house, you can use these tips to save money and protect nature.

Even though summer is here, it’s not too late! Start implementing these changes now to reap the benefits during the rest of the season.

Amy McConaghy is Reliance Home Comfort’s Digital Marketing Specialist, managing the editorial, video and visual content creation for all digital platforms. Amy’s writing is focused on bringing energy and money-saving tips to Canadians and answering homeowners' questions about all their home comfort needs. You can find Amy on LinkedIn.

July 12, 2019

Prepare for Your Move by Packing Like a Pro

A huge part of knowing how to prepare for a move is knowing how to pack. What do you do with all those necklaces? How do you keep those electric cables organized? Here are our best tips and hacks to prepare you for packing like a pro.

Purchase the right packing supplies

Moving is expensive enough without wasting money on supplies you don’t need. For example, you’re going to want the right kind of boxes to fit your personal items. Have a lot of books but very few hanging clothes? Buying the appropriate shape and size of boxes can make all the difference when packing up your home.

 

Know how to pack tricky items

Some items are harder to pack than others. Know how to wrap and pack your fragile belongings so they make it to your new home in one piece. Try packing your jewelry in plastic wrap, take photos of your electronics before unplugging them, and learn to pack your food like a grocer. And remember, always accurately label your boxes. You don’t want your books landing on your glassware.

Prepare to move by paring down

Unless you’re a true minimalist, chances are you don’t need everything you own. Prepare to move by going through your belongings and getting rid of what you don’t need. Hold a garage sale or a yard sale and donate anything that’s left at the end of the day.

Pack in the right order

As long as you aren’t moving in a hurry, you can start to pack up your home in stages. If you want to know how to prepare for a DIY move, much of your planning is in the packing. Start boxing up any off-season clothes and items that you rarely use as early as you can, especially if you aren’t going to use them before you move. The last items on your packing list should be your important documents, moving day dog kit, and your “open first” box which contains the essentials for the first days in your new home.

Prepare to move with the professionals

Choosing a moving company can be daunting, but knowing what to expect can significantly help.  Make sure you ask the right questions to moving companies and get multiple estimates before making your selection.

Interview moving companies

When it comes time to interview potential moving companies, asking the right questions is crucial. Be sure to get to know the company’s history and their licensing information. 

Understand the rules of professional moving

Before your moving company arrives, you should know what can and cannot go in the moving truck. Flammable items, for example, are not allowed in the vehicle and you should keep important documents with you when you move, not in the back of the truck. Once you select your moving company, figure out how much to tip your moving company and withdraw the correct amount of cash the day before your move.

originally published by updater.com

Posted in Moving
June 28, 2019

The Ultimate Moving Checklist - Post-Move

You’ve finally got all of your belongings into your new home, but don’t lose steam now! You’re in the final stretch of your new home checklist and there’s just a couple more essentials to get through. It’s a good idea to set a daily (or weekly) goal for yourself when it comes to these final steps. Be realistic, stick to your schedule, and you’ll be settled in before you know it.

 

1. Recruit family and friends to unpack

The more hands on deck the better. Those first few days of unpacking can be made a whole lot easier if you recruit (or rather, entice with food and drink) a couple of close friends for the first big haul. To make the process run smoother, set deadlines and figure out the most logical order of unpacking. Before you know it, your new home will actually start looking like, well, a home.

2. Change your locks

Who knows what the previous owners did with their keys? Whether you hire a locksmith or reinstall the locks on your own, it’s a simple task and it will give you peace of mind. You’re always better off safe than sorry.

3. Locate shut-off valves

In the event that there is an emergency leak or you’re doing repairs and you need to shut off your water, it’s necessary to locate your shut-off valves. Many houses and apartment buildings have a number of cut-off points to stop the water at its source. From your own shut-off valve, to your water company’s shut off valve, to the water meter, there many locations to get familiar with both inside and potentially outside your home.

4. Locate the circuit-breaker

Although uncommon, every once in a while you may need to replace a fuse or reset a circuit breaker. If there’s a power outage, you don’t want to be searching through the dark to find it. Common locations for circuit breakers are outdoors, in basements, in storage closets, or in hallways. Also be sure you know the difference between a circuit-breaker and a fuse box, in the event you need to restore power.

5. Set up your home security system

Moving is one of the best times to set up home security. If you already have a system in place or are tied to a contract, be sure to call your provider or update your information online. Smart or DIY home security systems are a great option for renters and homeowners who want more flexibility, so take some time to shop around if you’re selecting your first home security system.

6. Decide on a lock-out solution

You will get locked out of your house every once in a blue moon, it happens! What’s important is that you have a backup plan for when the time comes. Some common ideas are to hide a key under your doormat or to install a garage code (that is if you have a garage), but you can be as creative as you’d like. Maybe you have a buddy down the street who holds on to an extra set, or you’ve slid it under a planter. Whatever the case, be prepared!

7. Test your smoke detectors

Installing a smoke detector is an easy and inexpensive way to protect you and your loved ones in the event of a fire. However, smoke detectors can fail you when you need them most if you don’t address their malfunctions. This is why testing your new home’s smoke detectors is so important. Light a match or spray a smoke test aerosol in front of its sensor every month to ensure it’s
working.

8. Check out your HVAC system

Your HVAC system, (A/C and furnace) is a necessity, and an expensive one at that. For the sake of heat, cooling, and big bucks, it’s important that yourself, a property manager, or a technician checks out your HVAC system in the weeks following your move. Inspect your heating and cooling units, insulation, and ducts, for warning signs that something’s off. If it looks like repairs or
replacements are needed, get on top of them as soon as you can. Although it’s a pain, it’s a worthwhile investment!

9. Create a home maintenance checklist

It’s a good idea to perform seasonal maintenance checks to ensure your new home is in good shape. Some of these maintenance checks you may not have had to do at your previous home. Things like cleaning the gutters, landscaping, unclogging bathroom drains, or checking up on snow plow services may be relevant to you now, so you should gather the contact info from local services for when the time comes.

10. Find a spot for a safe

Remember those important documents we mentioned before? They’ll need a new home too. If you don’t already have a trusty safe or filing cabinet, it’s a good idea to invest in one. Even more so, it’s important to find a spot for them. Some common areas for safes are in closets, attics, basements, but there’s room for creativity here also. Hardcover books, freezers, brick walls – whatever sneaky spot will keep your private information on lock. Even if you live in an apartment and don’t have room for a massive safe, it doesn’t mean
your valuables should be left unsecured. Use your imagination and protect your possessions.

11. Start a take-out menu file or drawer

We guarantee that you will be ordering a lot of take-out within the first few weeks of your move-in. Any free time you have will solely consist of unpacking and redecorating, not cooking. Treat yourself and get a taste of local eats take-out style. Save menus and bookmark your favorites in a take-out file for you to reference later on. Or just throw all the menus in a drawer. That works too.

12. Throw a housewarming party

Last but not least on our new home checklist, the infamous housewarming party! Once you’re done unpacking, save any energy you have left for this shindig. Setting a date for a housewarming party also sets a great unpacking deadline for you to follow. So many new homeowners beat themselves up over tiny improvements and repairs instead of celebrating their hard work. Don’t make that mistake. Trust us, you’re going to have plenty of time in your new home to put in more work. Instead, invite your closest family and friends over for a great time. Start making memories!

Posted in Home, Moving
June 25, 2019

The Best Eco-Friendly Bedroom Products for Your Home

We’re always trying to find ways to make our home more environmentally friendly. Adding eco-friendly products to your home is one easy and efficient way to do your part to help our environment little by little. We recently came across some of the best eco-friendly products for the bedroom. 

Eco mattress

Believe it or not, one of the simplest eco-friendly changes you can make in your home is purchasing a mattress that is good for the environment. If it’s time to replace your mattress, consider purchasing one that is eco-conscious and made from a material like renewable natural latex or plant-based memory foam. Mattresses like these are much more sustainable (and they can even be more comfortable than your traditional bed!). 

 

Organic cotton or hemp sheets

Replacing your bedding with sheets and blankets made from organic materials is another easy switch. Not only are these materials more sustainable, but they can also contribute to the air you breathe, as greener materials grown organically without chemical dyes will lead to less toxic particles in the air in your bedroom. 

Recycled, pre-owned, or natural furniture

Just as it’s important to recycle our plastic, paper, and aluminum, so too is it important to use recyclable materials in our home. Purchasing furniture made from recycled or natural materials, or purchasing pre-owned furniture instead of new, is a fantastic way to contribute less waste to our earth. Plus some of the coolest furniture pieces are those that have been passed down or the ones we acquire from garage sales, thrift stores, and antique shops. Who wouldn’t want a home full of furniture with neat stories behind it?

VOC- free air purifying paint

Did you know that you can paint your home in an environmentally friendly way? Paints like these come with a protective finish and don’t emit any toxic odors. This type of paint is also free of VOCs and neutralizes chemicals and pollutants in order to improve the indoor air quality of your home. It’s highly important to check the ingredients in the paint you use before painting your home. 

Smart lighting

Installing smart lighting in your home is an easy and efficient way to make sure you and your family are conserving energy. LED lighting is highly energy-efficient, and you can switch out the lights in your home by purchasing LED lights at any hardware store. But if you want to take your energy conservation a step further, try purchasing a lighting system like this one, which is highly efficient and sustainable. 

This post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional advice. The point of view and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of Realty Executives International. This post was written by Bailee Abell. Bailee Abell is a writer born and raised in California. A graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, she loves reading classic literature, sipping warm beverages, and visiting theme parks every chance she gets. Find her at baileeabell.com.

Posted in Home, Home Improvement
June 24, 2019

Top Architecture Designs for New Homes

We’re well into 2019, but the architecture world is evolving now more than ever. From eco-friendly living to accessibility and even minimalism, the architects of today are changing the game. Here’s a closer look at the top architecture design trends right now.

Local and sustainable materials

The need for sustainability is increasing more and more, even to the point of influencing home design. Now more than ever, architects are sourcing recycled, sustainable, and even local materials when designing new homes and spaces. But just because architects are using more environmentally-friendly materials doesn’t mean they are sacrificing quality craftsmanship and beauty. Even homes made from locally sourced and sustainable materials can be aesthetically
pleasing to the eye. And, arguably, a locally and a sustainable designed home is even more appealing than anything else.

 

Green urban planning and energy efficiency

The move toward sustainable home design goes hand in hand with the need for green urban planning and energy-efficient spaces. Architects are designing homes with energy-efficiency in mind, from roofs with installed solar panels to exterior “garden walls” that use plants and greenery as insulation. The trend toward green urban planning is also causing local architects to design green spaces in urban areas, like parks that double as venues for concerts and local events and building designs with soil and water conservation in mind.

Accessible design and affordable housing

There has always been a need for accessibility in home design, but architects are finally moving toward creating more and more accessible spaces in 2019. Designers are meeting the needs of homeowners by creating spaces and environments with wheelchair-accessible paths and doorways, as well as homes that support aging or disabled residents. Additionally, we’re seeing more newly designed housing communities that support those struggling with homelessness and poverty.

Small space and tiny houses

With minimalism in mind, living in small spaces and tiny houses has become an increasing trend in recent years, and it’s only getting more popular. From small cabins and refurbished vintage trailers to multi-functional spaces with convertible furniture, you’d be surprised how much you can do in a tiny amount of space. Architects are keeping minimalism and small living in mind when creating innovative yet simple home designs for 2019 and beyond.

Digital innovation

Technology is having a huge impact on home design in recent years, and digital innovation is allowing architects to bring their blueprints to life with 3D printing and artificial intelligence. Additionally, many homes of today utilize technology as a part of their spaces, rather than technology as the main feature of home design. Architects today can seamlessly integrate digital features into spaces, like installing smart speakers and smart outlets and creating hidden
yet functional places for your tech.

This post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional advice. The point of view and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of Realty Executives International. This post was written by Bailee Abell. Bailee Abell is a writer born and raised in California. A graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, she loves reading classic literature, sipping warm beverages, and visiting theme parks every chance she gets. Find her at baileeabell.com.

Posted in Design, Home
June 17, 2019

Best Time to Move with Kids

The right time to move can be different for everyone. Depending on your job opportunities, the housing market, your timeline for moving, or your kids’ ages, there are plenty of factors to consider when deciding when is the right time to move with your family. But is there a perfect time to move with kids, and how should you approach the move? Here’s what to keep in mind when moving with kids.

 

Make the move during the summer

If your kids are old enough to be in school, it’s typically easiest to move during the summer. This way, your kids won’t have to grapple with leaving their classrooms and friends and trying to adjust to starting school in the middle of the year. The summer marks the season of a fresh start, so making a move to a new place (or even just across town to a new school or district) will be much easier during the summer months.

Moving can be easier while your kids are young

Generally, the younger your kids are, the easier it is to adjust to the idea of moving. Kids in elementary school are more likely to be open to moving than kids in middle or high school. As children get older and more involved in school, they are more likely to make strong emotional bonds with their friends, be well-adjusted to their current school or classes, and even become involved in romantic relationships. Even though older kids and teenagers tend to understand moving better than young kids, young kids are less likely to put up a fight about the move.

Be sure to discuss moving with your kids in advance

One of the most common mistakes parents can make is not giving their children enough time to adjust to the idea of moving. Telling your kids about the move last minute (even if you think they will have a hard time adjusting to the idea of moving) is more likely to cause feelings of stress and anxiety. Children can benefit from having plenty of time to transition out of their lifestyle in their current home and get excited for the idea of moving to a new home. No matter your kids’ ages, discuss your reasons for moving in a way that they will understand, and try to get them excited for their new house, school, and environment. Involving your children in the move as much as possible can help them feel more positively about it.

If the time is right for your family, should you wait?

If everything is lined up for you to have an ideal new living situation, why wait? Sometimes, you can’t predict the right time to move, no matter what time of the year or what stage of life your children are in. If you have found a great new home, you or your spouse has a career opportunity, or you believe moving is the right decision for your family, you may decide that this the time to make the leap.

This post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional advice. The point of view and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of Realty Executives International. This post was written by Bailee Abell. Bailee Abell is a writer born and raised in California. A graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, she loves reading classic literature, sipping warm beverages, and visiting theme parks every chance she gets. Find her at baileeabell.com.

Posted in Moving
June 17, 2019

Executive Travel: Summer Guide to the South

With school out and summer in full swing, you’re probably looking for some fun vacation ideas for your family. Several southern U.S. states offer plenty of relaxation and activities for the whole family, and with so many places you could visit, it can be hard to choose just one! Our summer travel guide to the South makes vacation planning easy, so you can spend less time worrying about the details of your summer vacation and more time having fun with your family.

 

Sanibel Island, Florida

If your family wants fun in the sun like no other, Sanibel Island, FL is the place to be. This family-friendly island is only 25 miles south of Fort Myers and is filled with enough fun and relaxation to satisfy every member of your family. Spend time on white sandy beaches covered with the most beautiful and unique seashells, or rent some kayaks and visit the mangrove-lined trails. We recommend staying at Casa Ybel or the Island Inn for seaside sunset views. Whether you’re a short drive away or you’re willing to catch a flight here, Sanibel Island is one destination you won’t want to miss this summer.

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, GA will give you a taste of authentic, slow-paced southern living. Families flock to Savannah every year for its leisurely lifestyle, summertime events, beautiful beaches, and variety of activities for every taste. During your stay in Savannah, rent some bikes or segways to explore the adorable downtown from a different point of view. Take your kids to the Tybee Island Marine Science Center before spending the afternoon at the beach, or tour the area’s historic waterways by boat on a Dolphin Magic Tour. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to find some fun and adventure on your trip to Savannah.

Knoxville, Tennessee

You haven’t seen the beauty of Tennessee until you’ve made the trip to Knoxville. If your family loves the great outdoors, you’ve got to take them to visit Knoxville this summer. This beautiful city in the South is full of activities and adventures to last all summer long, and it’s within driving distance of other breathtaking destinations, like Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Explore the beautiful Tennessee River via the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center, or hike through Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. This is a must-see destination for any nature-loving family.

Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina is another hidden gem on the East Coast. Legends of pirates and the spirit of the outdoors come alive in Ocracoke Island, a charming travel destination for North Carolina locals and tourists alike. Charter a yacht to try your hand at fishing, rent some kayaks for a seaside adventure, or go for a sunset bike ride to dinner and ice cream. For a true taste of Ocracoke, stay at Blackbeard’s Lodge or Captain’s Landing Waterfront Inn, two hotels with a pirate twist. Kids will love the legends and fun of Ocracoke and parents will love the romance of the beachside place.

Charleston, South Carolina

You can never go wrong with a visit to Charleston almost anytime of the year, but summertime is when this southern city comes alive. Charleston is full of a rich history that anyone can appreciate, from its colorful, quaint streets to the charming downtown area constantly bustling with local events and fare. Charleston’s close proximity to beaches like Isle of Palms and Folly Beach and its variety of family-friendly tours and museums make it the perfect weekend getaway for every family. While you’re here, be sure to take a food tour of the city for a taste of what southern cooking is all about.

This post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional advice. The point of view and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of Realty Executives International. This post was written by Bailee Abell. Bailee Abell is a writer born and raised in California. A graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, she loves reading classic literature, sipping warm beverages, and visiting theme parks every chance she gets. Find her at baileeabell.com.

Posted in Home
June 14, 2019

The New Home Checklist: Pre-Move Essentials

Congrats on the new home! You’re probably excited, exhausted, and in need of somewhere to start – sounds like a job for our new home checklist.

Let’s cut to the chase, the new home journey can be overwhelming. You’re excited to start your new life, but getting there can feel like a lifetime of preparation. From cable to comforters to crock-pots, there’s a lot that goes into moving into a new home. If you don’t stay organized, move-in day can be a total bust. It’s common to worry, but lucky for you, this ultimate new home checklist will put your mind at ease and simplify the moving process.

 

1. Transfer utilities

Before you can move into your new home and get comfortable, you need to set up your physical utilities: water, gas, and electricity. Depending on where your new home is located, you may or may not have some say in which company you work with. Although physical utilities companies are usually timely about activation, the sooner you notify them of your move-in date, the better. This is especially true if they’re in the midst of moving season when they’re working with a ton of accounts.

2. Connect TV and internet

No one likes moving into a dead zone. Make sure you’re up and running before move-in day by setting up services that work for you. Do your homework in order to know where you stand in order to compare pricing and figure out what service providers will best suit your needs. Schedule installation at least 2-3 weeks in advance to ensure that your services are activated in a timely manner and to also get the appointment slot that is most convenient for you.

3. Update your address

Your address is connected to so many aspects of your life that you may not even realize. From forwarding your mail, to maintaining subscriptions and loyalty programs, to banks and credit cards, to insurance, to checkbooks, to car registration and driver’s licenses… We think you get the point. When you update your address, you update your life! Not sure how to go about doing this? No worries, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know about updating your address.

4. Gather important documents

You know those super important documents that sit and collect dust in your filing cabinet? They have to come along for the ride too. We’re talking birth certificates, social security cards, medical records, insurance policies, and anything else of that nature. Now’s the time to purge what you don’t need and label and organize everything that you do. Grab your shredder and some banker’s boxes and get to work! Important documents are items that cannot be overlooked on your new home checklist.

5. Take photos of valuable items

Moving your valuables is nerve-racking, but if you take proper precautions you’ll be more than fine. A good method of damage control is creating a valuables inventory and taking photos of each item. This could be anything from your grandmother’s antique mirror to your TV and computer monitor. By taking photos of these items, you have proof of their original condition in the event that they are damaged during the move. No matter how careful or responsible your moving company is, accidents can happen so moving insurance is worth looking into.

6. Research local businesses

When you move to a different town or state, it’s good to get the lay of the land of local businesses. Chances are you won’t be frequenting the businesses you usually do anymore, so you’ll want to explore your new options. From a new doctor, to a new hairdresser, to new landscapers, you’ll have to do quite a bit of research. Apps like Yelp can show you reviews, recommendations, and photos of local businesses to help you make educated decisions.

7. Take off from work

Within the first few days of your move, not only will you be unpacking a sea of boxes, but you’ll also be waiting on deliveries, repairs, and installations. It’s a good idea to notify your employer that you’ll be moving so you have ample time to coordinate these appointments before you head back into the office. The 48 hours post-move is crucial to getting (somewhat) settled, so make sure you plan and schedule accordingly.

8. Schedule a cleaning

Before you move your furniture, it’s a good idea to clean all the nooks and crannies of your new home. Chances are, the previous owner didn’t take the time to thoroughly clean it for your arrival (at least not to your standards), so schedule a cleaning service to come in and do a thorough once-over. With all the effort that you’re putting into your new home, you deserve a spotless canvas!

9. Schedule home improvements

Repairs and home improvements are an inevitable part of moving into a new home (whether an apartment or a house). There are some repairs that require more attention than others (i.e. leaky plumbing, windows that don’t lock, etc). It’s necessary that these are taken care of beforehand by either the previous owner or your property management company. If they aren’t, get on that ASAP! But maybe you just want to paint an accent wall or install built-in bookcases, these are the kind of home improvements you’re in charge of. You should schedule these improvements ahead of time so you’re not worrying about them come move-in day. Get the messy stuff out of the way first, it’ll make your life way easier.

10. Prepare to pack

As you inch closer to move-in day, start to throw out or donate things you don’t need and take note of what needs to be replaced. Keep the layout and measurements of your new home in mind as this could mean more or less space for your belongings. Save money by collecting free moving boxes from local businesses and retailers or use laundry bins, suitcases, and large bags to transport items. It’s also a good idea to label or color coordinate all boxes according to what room they go in to expedite the process for your moving company. Lastly, an open-first box is a must! You should include in this box everything you need to survive the first 24 hours in your new home. Think air mattress, a fresh outfit, a toothbrush, some snacks, water, and extra cash. You will thank yourself when the time comes. Trust us, it’s a not-to-be-missed item on your new home checklist!

June 10, 2019

Moving for a Job: When is the Right Time?

There are many reasons you may decide you want to move, from wanting to live in a larger home or a different area to desiring a better school district for your kids. But there’s one type of move that is a little more unique than the rest: relocating for a job. If you’re transferring locations within your company or you got a great new job opportunity in another area or state, there are some things you should keep in mind when deciding the right time to move for your career. Here are some questions to ask yourself before you move away for a job.

 

Do I have a job lined up for when I move?

The first determining factor for whether or not it’s the right time to relocate is if you have a job lined up. If you don’t want to quit your current job until you have a new position line up, you probably won’t want to begin planning for your move until you’re positive that you’ll have work when you get there. On the other hand, moving may be a bigger priority for you than finding a job right away. Maybe your lease is up on your current home, or maybe you’ve just experienced a significant life change, and you’re taking this move as an opportunity to start fresh in a new city at a new company. Whatever the case may be, consider your priorities in finding a position where you’ll be moving.

If I have a job lined up, do they offer relocation assistance?

Once you have a job lined up for your upcoming move, it’s recommended to ask if your company offers relocation assistance. Most companies who relocate their current employees to new locations will offer some sort of relocation package or assistance to aide in the moving process. However, many people forget that relocation assistance is a common advantage to moving for a job. Have a discussion with your manager or the HR team at the company to find out whether they will be able to help you find temporary or permanent housing, as well as whether they will assist with the moving process.

What’s my budget?

Budget is one of the top reasons why many people decide to move, and it’s important to consider your budget even when moving for a job. Your budget can determine when you are able to move for your job. Whether or not you will be offered relocation assistance can affect your budget, as well. Before you become too invested in relocating, add up all of the costs associated with moving to your new place to help you determine when you will be able to afford to move. Additionally, as with any move, you need to ask yourself whether buying or renting is more of a priority for you. Buying or renting a home in the location of your new position can significantly impact your decision to relocate as well as your timeline and budget for relocating.

Talk through the decision with your significant other

If you’re moving for a job and you live with a significant other or spouse, you should spend some time talking through the decision to move to make sure you are both on the same page about relocating. If you live in a dual-income household, research what the job market is like in the new area to see if relocating will have a positive impact on both of your careers. Even though moving for a job may be beneficial for you, it’s important to weigh your options with your significant other to ensure that the move happens at an ideal time for both of you, if possible.

This post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional advice. The point of view and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of Realty Executives International. This post was written by Bailee Abell. Bailee Abell is a writer born and raised in California. A graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, she loves reading classic literature, sipping warm beverages, and visiting theme parks every chance she gets. Find her at baileeabell.com.

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