Fall is a great time to downsize everything outside your home since indoor projects can happen once the weather turns cooler. Even when you are not planning to move, a quick clean-up will give you a head start in the spring. Think of starting at the edges of your property and working inward from the areas most visible from the street (and your neighbors). If you are planning to move within the next year or two, you will save yourself significant stress by taking care of the outside cleanup early, enabling you to focus on the inside of your home later... Read the rest
The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) has designated the week of September 11-17 as National Senior & Specialty Move Managers Week. During this recognition week, NASMM and NASMM members around the world are promoting the value of Senior & Specialty Move Management and Move Managers’ commitment to assisting older adults and their families with later lifestyle transitions and individuals who have unique needs.
Senior & Specialty Move Managers assist adults and their families with both downsizing to remain in their current home, as well as the entire process of moving to a new residence. Move Managers specialize in helping their clients with the emotional and physical aspects of sorting through a lifetime of memories in the transition process, while providing them with effective options and resources to increase efficiencies and reduce stress... Read the rest
During the months/weeks/days before your move, remember to stop buying food and supplies. Eat the food in your freezer and pantry, and wait to replace tools and small appliances until you arrive at your new home. For more tips, download our Move Checklist.
Do not underestimate the time it takes to pack. If you have ALL of the materials you need and have made ALL of the decisions about what to keep, it may still take 20-40 hours (or more) to pack up your home.
10 Packing Tips from the Pros
- Set up an area in each room to place items you will need before, or immediately after your move (medications, computer and phone chargers, vitamins, toiletries, clothing, etc.).
The newness of spring not only brings buds to the trees but a change in real estate as sellers gear up to put their homes on the market. With more homes on the market comes more competition. And with more competition, many homeowners are looking for an advantage of how to make their homes more appealing to buyers.
A clean and uncluttered home sells faster and often for more money, according to Trulia.com.
Here are a few tips to help your home ready for the peak home-buying season.
Make a Plan
You would be hard-pressed to find a home that is so well kept that it is ready to go when the homeowner decides to sell. .. Read the rest
This is part 2 of our article about the hidden cost of moving. This month, we discuss costs that may creep up in the latter part of your move. Check out last month’s post for more information on moving costs you may not have considered here (link to Part 1).
- Too much weight on long distance moves – according to the American Moving and Storage Association, the cost of long-distance and intrastate (over 50 miles) moves are calculated based on weight and distance. Boxes of books are some of the heaviest non-furniture items that are moved from a house. Consider paring down your collection and other heavy items if you want to save money on your long distance move.
This month is part 1 of our 2-part article on the less obvious costs of moving:
You’ve sold your home and you’ve found the perfect place to relocate. All that’s left to do is pack up your belongings, arrange for some movers, and be on your way. But don’t be in a hurry to pack your calculator, because moving households can add up in ways you may have not expected.
- Storage – you’re all ready to move to the next location. But is your new place ready? If not, be prepared to either rent back your own home from the folks you just sold to, or place your goods in storage.