Moving and Hoarding Don’t Mix!

Getting ready to move? Are you a hoarder? You might want to read this article from realtor.com,

 8 Things Even Normal People Hoard: How Many Are Hiding in Your Home?

As your local movers, we can say that we come across hoarding during any given month. Preparing for a move is the best time to address what you are hoarding because it will actually save you money and obviously space in your new place. It is time to let it go!

Good luck with your pre-move purging. When you are ready to hire your movers, contact Carey Moving & Storage. We are standing my to make your move go easy!

Spring Cleaning Projects!

Spring is here! So why not add some spring cleaning projects to your to do list?

Spring cleaning projects may be the perfect thing to do for those who are ready to put their home on the market for a future move!

Zillow provides this article-10 Spring Cleaning Projects to Tackle This Weekend . There are some great ideas for essential home selling preparation projects, so be sure to check it out!

When you are ready to move, Contact Carey Moving & Storage. We are standing by for all of your relocation needs!

 

Dig Deeper When Looking for a Home

So much to do and consider when looking for a home. You comb the on-line real estate sites. Check the classified ads. Perhaps taking weekend drives to explore neighborhoods. There is a lot to choosing the right home.

AOL Finance shares this helpful blog article, 5 Crucial Things to Consider When Buying a Home. These tips encourage you to dig a bit deeper than appearance. Consider neighborhood, mortgage, hidden problems and more.

Good luck finding that perfect place for you! When you have your move date, contact Carey Moving & Storage for all your relocation needs.

What to Shop for After a Move

Contemplating your move and settling into a new space? We know how stressful moving can be. There are so many things to think of before, after and during your move. That’s why at Carey Moving & Storage, we like to keep breaking things down for you to keep it simple and ease your stress. We are always on the look-out for tips, tools and information.

Be sure to check out our Moving Resources page for tons of useful information to keep you organized. And! Check out our latest find this week on Moveboxer. Read Home Shopping List for After Your Move. It lists the top 10 things you should consider purchasing for your new space to keep you organized and feeling at home.

Happy Moving!

Post-Move Blues

Are you feeling a bit down since you moved away from your previous home? Apparently this is not uncommon. You built a life there-friends, routines, favorite places to shop etc. Settling into a new place without all of that in place could lead to post-move blues.

No fear though, most everyone eventually gets used to their new home and settles into new friends, routines, etc. But if you feel like you could use some inspiration or ideas to help you get there, enjoy this article in Realtor.com, “Homesick After a Move? How to Beat the Blues“.

The team here at Carey Moving & Storage hopes you feel right at home. We wish you all the best in your new home!

Getting to Know Your New Neighborhood

So you just moved into your new home. You unpacked and put some of your individual touches here and there to reflect who you are at home. Now it is time to get to know the surrounding community-shops, restaurants, involvement, etc.

Trulia put out a great article that talks about 15 things to do in your first year to get to know your new community. Read all the good advice here: New Neighborhood? 15 Things to do your First Week, Month, and Year.

Carey Moving & Storage is happy to share this with you and hope it inspires community connections for you. We hope you will be very happy in your new town or city!

Apartment Renter Checklist

If you are looking to move into a new apartment, Carey Moving & Storage can easily handle the move process with you. However, be sure that you are checking out that new rental carefully. There are many things to look into before moving in and Carey wants to help you think of everything.

Homes.com provides a useful Apartment Checklist of items to beware of when you think you have found that “perfect” apartment. We suggest you read it over before you sign that lease. Good luck with your new space! Carey Moving & Storage is always here to help you move in.

City to Burbs Move

Making a big change by moving from the city to the suburbs? It will be a huge transition to say the least but we are sure you are up for the challenge. After all, you chose to move there for good reasons so keep your chin up as you prepare to get used to the new surroundings and keep a good sense of humor all along the way.

You may get a few laughs (we did) and some tips from the article, 5 Rude Awakenings You’ll Experience Moving to the Burbs, by realtor.com. Though we can’t promise that you will run into Justin Timberlake in the grocery store. 😉

Good luck with your big move! Enjoy the suburbs. And! Carey Moving & Storage is here to provide all your moving needs to make your life easier.

10 Best-Kept Secrets for Buying a Home

The hottest time for the house buying market is right around the corner. Thinking on bidding on a house soon?

Enjoy this countdown of the 10 best-kept secrets for buying a home. We would like to thank RealtyMark for this great list!

Buying Secret #10: Keep Your Money Where It Is

It’s not wise to make any huge purchases or move your money around three to six months before buying a new home. You don’t want to take any big chances with your credit profile. Lenders need to see that you’re reliable and they want a complete paper trail so that they can get you the best loan possible. If you open new credit cards, amass too much debt or buy a lot of big-ticket items, you’re going to have a hard time getting a loan.

Buying Secret #9: Get Pre-Approved for Your Home Loan

There’s a big difference between a buyer being pre-qualified and a buyer who has a pre-approved mortgage. Anybody can get pre-qualified for a loan. Getting pre-approved means a lender has looked at all of your financial information and they’ve let you know how much you can afford and how much they will lend you. Being pre-approved will save you a lot of time and energy so you are not running around looking at houses you can’t afford. It also gives you the opportunity to shop around for the best deal and the best interest rates. Do your research: Learn about junk fees, processing fees or points and make sure there aren’t any hidden costs in the loan.
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Buying Secret #8: Avoid a Border Dispute

It’s absolutely essential to get a survey done on your property so you know exactly what you’re buying. Knowing precisely where your property lines are may save you from a potential dispute with your neighbors. Also, your property tax is likely based on how much property you have, so it is best to have an accurate map drawn up.

Buying Secret # 7: Don’t Try to Time the Market

Don’t obsess with trying to time the market and figure out when is the best time to buy. Trying to anticipate the housing market is impossible. The best time to buy is when you find your perfect house and you can afford it. Real estate is cyclical, it goes up and it goes down and it goes back up again. So, if you try to wait for the perfect time, you’re probably going to miss out.

Buying Secret # 6: Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Everyone’s drawn to the biggest, most beautiful house on the block. But bigger is usually not better when it comes to houses. There’s an old adage in real estate that says don’t buy the biggest, best house on the block. The largest house only appeals to a very small audience and you never want to limit potential buyers when you go to re-sell. Your home is only going to go up in value as much as the other houses around you. If you pay $500,000 for a home and your neighbors pay $250,000 to $300,000, your appreciation is going to be limited. Sometimes it is best to is buy the worst house on the block, because the worst house per square foot always trades for more than the biggest house.

Buying Secret #5: Avoid Sleeper Costs

The difference between renting and home ownership is the sleeper costs. Most people just focus on their mortgage payment, but they also need to be aware of the other expenses such as property taxes, utilities and homeowner-association dues. New homeowners also need to be prepared to pay for repairs, maintenance and potential property-tax increases. Make sure you budget for sleeper costs so you’ll be covered and won’t risk losing your house.

Buying Secret #4: You’re Buying a House – Not Dating It

Buying a house based on emotions is just going to break your heart. If you fall in love with something, you might end up making some pretty bad financial decisions. There’s a big difference between your emotions and your instincts. Going with your instincts means that you recognize that you’re getting a great house for a good value. Going with your emotions is being obsessed with the paint color or the backyard. It’s an investment, so stay calm and be wise.

Buying Secret #3: Give Your House a Physical

Would you buy a car without checking under the hood? Of course you wouldn’t. Hire a home inspector. It’ll cost about $200 but could end up saving you thousands. A home inspector’s sole responsibility is to provide you with information so that you can make a decision as to whether or not to buy. It’s really the only way to get an unbiased third-party opinion. If the inspector does find any issues with the home, you can use it as a bargaining tool for lowering the price of the home. It’s better to spend the money up front on an inspector than to find out later you have to spend a fortune.

Buying Secret #2: The Secret Science of Bidding

Your opening bid should be based on two things: what you can afford (because you don’t want to outbid yourself), and what you really believe the property is worth. Make your opening bid something that’s fair and reasonable and isn’t going to totally offend the seller. A lot of people think they should go lower the first time they make a bid. It all depends on what the market is doing at the time. You need to look at what other homes have gone for in that neighborhood and you want to get an average price per square foot. Sizing up a house on a price-per-square-foot basis is a great equalizer. Also, see if the neighbors have plans to put up a new addition or a basketball court or tennis court, something that might detract from the property’s value down the road.

Today, so many sellers are behind in their property taxes and if you have that valuable information it gives you a great card to negotiate a good deal. To find out, go to the county clerk’s office.

Sellers respect a bid that is an oddball number and are more likely to take it more seriously. A nice round number sounds like every other bid out there. When you get more specific the sellers will think you’ve given the offer careful thought.

Buying Secret #1: Stalk the Neighborhood

Before you buy, get the lay of the land – drop by morning noon and night. Many home-buyers have become completely distraught because they thought they found the perfect home, only to find out the neighborhood wasn’t for them. Drive by the house at all hours of the day to see what’s happening in the neighborhood. Do your regular commute from the house to make sure it is something you can deal with on a daily basis. Find out how far it is to the nearest grocery store and other services. Even if you don’t have kids, research the schools because it affects the value of your home in a very big way. If you buy a house in a good school district versus bad school district even in the same town, the value can be affected as much as 20 percent.

Women’s Choice Award 3 Years in a Row!

We did it again! We are thrilled to announce that we are the recipients of the Women’s Choice Award for the third year in a row!  Women all across America voted and Allied Van Lines, Inc. came out on top as the most recommended moving and storage service brand.

We are proud and honored to display the illustrious Women’s Choice Award seal.  It proves our entire team’s dedication to our philosophy-to treat every client with care and respect and to provide them with the highest quality moving services available. We treat your belongings as if they were our own.

We are thankful for all the women who voted for us again in 2017!

We look forward to delivering your next move! Learn more about our  Moving Services here.