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Posted by Robin V. Wish on 10/5/2020

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Does anyone look forward to moving? Sure, it's exciting to relocate to a new home, a new city and/or a new neighborhood, but the physical act of getting your belongings from one place to another can often be time-consuming and stressful. The good news is there are steps you can take to make this process easier. It goes without saying that you should start as early as possible. In addition, keep the following tips in mind.

1. Use this opportunity to de-clutter.

Moving is a great time to rid your household of those items you seldom or never use. Whether it's collections, books, clothing or sporting equipment, take a close look at the items you're packing and make a pile to send to a local charity, to sell or to give away to friends or family members. You'll be grateful when you have less to unpack and find homes for in your new residence.

2. Label your boxes with colorful paper for easy sorting.

Create a color-coded system for each room of your home. Label your boxes with a colored paper so you'll know easily which room they belong in when you get to the new house. Sticky notes are a great option because they come in a variety of bright colors. Be sure to mark at least two sides on each box and secure the labels with some extra tape so they stay in place during transit.

3. Use small boxes for heavy items.

While it's tempting to fill large boxes to the brim, these can be back-breaking to carry from the house to the truck and into the new place. Instead, opt for small boxes for things like books, dishes, kitchenware and other heavy items. One book or one plate isn't very heavy but an entire set of them can be extremely difficult to lift.

4. Pack a moving day emergency box

Whether you are moving with or without a professional mover, you'll want to pack a box with your essential items and keep it with you. This can include glasses, phones and chargers, prescriptions, toiletries, important documents, cleaning products, a change of clothes for all family members and even a set of plates and utensils to use until you get all of your kitchen boxes unpacked.

Moving your household belongings doesn't have to be something to dread. Make your move less stressful by de-cluttering your rooms and closets before you move, marking your boxes so you know where to put them in the new house and making sure to pack an emergency essentials box.




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Posted by Robin V. Wish on 5/18/2020

If you need to relocate from one address to another, it usually pays to plan an early-morning move. In fact, there are many reasons to consider an early-morning move, such as:

1. You can beat the heat.

No one wants to deal with extreme heat on moving day. However, the weather sometimes can be unpredictable, and hot temperatures may force you to rethink your moving day plans if you're not careful.

One of the best ways to beat the heat on moving day is to schedule an early-morning move. That way, you can pack all of your belongings into a moving truck and begin your journey to your new address before the hottest points of a given day.

Typically, the sun reaches its pinnacle in the mid-afternoon, i.e. the period when you'll likely encounter the highest temperatures during the day. But if you complete the majority of your move before this period, you can limit the risk that excess heat will slow you down.

2. You can avoid heavy traffic.

Ideally, you'd like to take all of your belongings to your new address as quickly as possible. Yet heavy traffic may add several hours to your moving day travel.

An early-morning move offers a great opportunity to avoid heavy traffic. For instance, if you pack a moving truck early in the morning, you may be ready to drive to your new home by late-morning or early-afternoon. Thus, you can avoid the heavy traffic associated with people traveling to work in the morning, along with the traffic associated with people heading home from work at the end of the afternoon.

3. You can finish your move earlier in the day.

Remember, the earlier that you begin your move, the sooner you can finish. If you kick off an early-morning relocation, you can complete your move earlier in the day and immediately start to get settled into your new address.

If you need help planning for an early-morning move, there is no need to worry. Many moving companies are available nationwide to help you alleviate stress prior to moving day.

A moving company employs highly trained specialists who can help you take the guesswork out of getting ready for moving day. This business also offers expert moving day recommendations and suggestions and will ensure that all of your big and small items can reach your final destination without delay.

In addition, if you're unsure about where to find a moving company, you can always consult with a real estate agent. This housing market professional can help you buy or sell a home, as well as connect you with the top moving companies in your area. By doing so, a real estate agent will guarantee that you can get the moving day support that you need, precisely when you need it.

For those who are preparing for moving day, it may be worthwhile to consider an early-morning move. If you start mapping out an early-morning move today, you can increase the likelihood of a fast, seamless moving day experience.





Posted by Robin V. Wish on 7/29/2019

You hear about this magic "cost-of-living index" number, but where does it come from and how can you use it to improve your real estate experience? The cost of living index is a numerical measurement of the relative cost to live in a specific geographic region. There are a lot of economic formulas out there, but it basically adds up and compares the cost of goods and services that are part of ordinary living expenses. These include clothing, utilities, health care, transportation, groceries, restaurants, building materials and more. The index is relative and not an exact measurement, so you always want to compare with the actual cost of living you're familiar with to get an idea of the comparative costs where you want to move.

What’s the Math?

To begin, researchers collect a representative sample of goods and services and then compare prices. To determine what goods and services to include in the formula, they use a "typical family budget." When comparing the cost of living, remember that your budget may not be "typical." While they may sound similar, the cost of living index and the consumer price index aren't the same thing.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics sets the consumer price index—and the US government uses it to measure inflation in day-to-day-purchases, changes in interest rates and taxes. To make the CPI and Cost of living index more easily relatable, the CPI now measures housing costs using "owners' equivalent rent" instead of mortgage payments which allows them to remove the investment part of homeownership from the cost of living index and make it more equivalent for renters and owners.

Different companies use different market values and various products and services to make their calculations. One example, the Council for Economic Research, actually divides goods and services into six different categories, then chooses 60 items to represent the whole, gets the prices all at once and uses that to compare costs between locations. 

Other sources take a variety of goods and service cost comparisons and combine them for a broader cost comparison between locations.

The US Department of State provides links to a lot of this information along with some great tools like the "Cost of Living and Salary Comparison Wizard." It combines information on goods, services, real estate, and average salaries to create a short 3-step process: enter your current base salary, the nearest metropolitan area to where you live and work, and the most adjacent metro area to where you want to move. The wizard will spit out not only cost of living comparisons, but what you can or should expect your salary difference to be, and whether that salary will actually be workable in the new area.

How do I Use it?

For example, if you have an annual salary of $50,000 in Dallas, Texas and you move to San Diego, California in a similar position, you can expect a 5.8% salary increase, which brings you to about $53,000. That $3,000 seems like a lot, but now you must look at the cost of living difference between the two areas. According to all these calculators, the average cost of living increase between Dallas and San Diego is roughly 36%. That calculates out to $15,000 less in disposable income. So now you can compare, do you really HAVE $15,000 you can give up in order to move to San Diego? If not, it might just be time to start looking elsewhere or trying to find a San Diego job with a salary of at least $68,000 to maintain the same lifestyle.

What If I Have no Choice?

Sometimes you don't have a choice about moving. Maybe you're being transferred by your company, or you need to be near a school, university or family. If you are stuck moving anyway, use the cost-of-living numbers to help you plan for your new budget and negotiate for a better salary.

Your real estate professional is familiar with the cost of living index for the area, and they will be able to help you find the right place for your budget.




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Posted by Robin V. Wish on 11/26/2018

After you buy or sell a house, you may have only a short amount of time to relocate to a new address. As such, it helps to plan ahead for moving day. Because if you start preparing for your move right away, you can budget accordingly.

There are many moving costs you need to account for as you prepare to relocate, and these expenses include:

1. Packing

The costs of moving boxes, packing tape and other packing supplies can add up quickly if you are not careful. Fortunately, if you consider what you will require so you can pack your belongings, you may be able to minimize your packing costs.

Oftentimes, you can repurpose cardboard boxes for appliances and use them for moving day. If you have empty cardboard boxes for appliances you purchased, you may be able to re-use these boxes during your move.

You also may want to reach out to local supermarkets. In some instances, grocery stores have empty cardboard boxes and bubble wrap that they no longer need. And in these cases, you can pick up assorted supplies that you can use to get ready for your upcoming relocation.

2. Storage

If you have a large collection of items but do not have a place to keep them at your new address, there is no need to stress. In fact, you can rent a storage unit to keep these items safe until you are ready to bring them to your new home.

A storage unit is valuable for those who are moving to a temporary location until they find a permanent house. Or, you may want to rent a storage unit if you still unsure about which items you want to bring to your new residence.

There is no shortage of storage unit providers in cities and towns nationwide. If you shop around, you can find a storage unit company that offers you the space you need to keep your items safe for the time being.

3. Travel

If you want expert help on moving day, you may want to hire a moving company. That way, you can work with a moving company that can accommodate your moving day requests at a budget-friendly price.

Of course, you should account for travel costs associated with food and fuel, too. And if you are relocating from one state to another, you also may need to account for hotel costs as part of your travel expenses.

If you are uncertain about how to prepare for moving day, you may want to consult with a real estate agent as well. In addition to helping you buy or sell a house, a real estate agent can help you plan for moving day. Best of all, he or she can offer tips to help you seamlessly relocate from one location to another.

Create a moving day budget – you will be happy you did. If you account for the aforementioned moving expenses, you can avoid the risk of spending beyond your means to get ready for moving day.




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Posted by Robin V. Wish on 1/1/2018

If you live in one state, but are trying to buy a home in another state, you’ll face some obvious challenges. There’s certain steps that you can take to help you get through the home buying process in another state. Whether you’re buying a vacation home, or are in a complete transition, you’ll need to follow a few steps to make life easier for you. 


Know How Much Time You Have


First, you’ll need to ask yourself when you’re planning to move. If you have flexibility and are planning a trip to the new state before you need to move, that paints a much different picture than a more rushed move. Consider:


  • The time it will take to sell your current home
  • When the closing will be on the new home


Keep that timeline in mind.


You’ll definitely want to hire a realtor to handle everything for you on both ends when you’re in this situation. A Realtor’s knowledge and experience is definitely worth it to help you.


Get Your Finances In Order


You’ll need to apply for a loan on the home you’re buying in the new state. You should start by getting pre-approved for a mortgage in that state. You don’t want all of your important paperwork to be buried in the midst of packing and moving. Also, you’ll need to have that loan secured before you even head to the new state to close on the home. Everything should be in order. This situation may be more challenging for you than a typical home purchase. Since big purchases affect your credit score, you’ll need to hold off on buying a car, furniture, or any major appliances that you may need. 


Get As Much Information As You Can


As a buyer who is from out of state, you’ll need to do your homework. Maybe you have visited the state many times before. Perhaps you know nothing about it. The more you know ahead of time, the easier that your transition will be. You’ll need to find recommendations about which neighborhood to search in. You’ll also want to learn a bit more about the lifestyle the area provides for activities like dining, entertainment, and recreation. You can learn a lot in the internet, but talking to locals- even a local realtor- can help you to find the right spot to live in. 


Find The Right Realtors


You’ll need to find the right realtors in both your home state and the state that you’re moving to. The seller’s agent will assist you in getting your old home sold. From marketing the listing to home showings to sending you all of the paperwork that you’ll need to sign, a seller’s agent is very valuable to someone who needs to move out of one state and into another. 


The buyer’s agent can help you in your new state, communicating with you on new listings and advising you on the neighborhoods that you’ll be the most happy in. Hiring these two realtors may be one of the most important steps in your feat of moving across two different states.


With the resources that are available online, moving from state-to-state isn't as hard as it may seem. Do your research for a smooth transition. Happy moving!




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