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January
24

 

Getting ready to move is a big endeavor. When people have small kids, it is especially daunting. With really little kids, like babies, they come with extra baggage and things they need to keep them entertained. Getting settled can feel like a bigger chore than anyone ever realized. Try some helpful tips when thinking about whether or not to move with small children and how to make it more successful. 

 

Packing

This may seem like a no-brainer, but packing with kids is pretty difficult (if not impossible). There may be no way around it, but packing and unpacking is easier when they are asleep. Toys are especially hard to wrestle away from them. Leave a box of toys out until the end and leave a few things to play with at the new house. 

 

Get Support

Family, friends, and loved ones are especially helpful for taking care of kids. They need to be entertained, but sometimes adults have to do the cleaning and getting the house ready for the buyer. If friends or family want to serve them, it is best to ask in advance. Plan ahead and bring in recruits to keep things fun and easier to manage. They might even consider taking them away from the house to get things done quicker.

 

Do it Early

Don't wait until the last minute (unless there is no choice). Start months earlier than seems necessary. It may take twice as long to get things done with kids. Get small stuff done, like decluttering, donating unwanted items, and putting things into storage bins now. Hands are full of kids, but even more full when it comes to dealing with packing up a house. Get a head start to keep things moving more smoothly. 

 

Use Social Media

Social media sites are huge right now for selling unwanted items. It is like a big garage sale. Craigslist and mom's groups on Facebook are a great place to get some help. Just leave it on the doorstep (for most things) and people can come to pick up what they want and leave the money. It is surprising what people may buy (old toys, unused clothing, furniture or accessories) and give some pocket money to buy new things for the next home.

 

Take the time to say good-bye properly to the old house. Walk around the neighborhood, meet people, and say good-bye to each room, one by one. Honor the memories made in those rooms and acknowledge the new days ahead. It will be challenging for a while, but then things settle and it begins to feel like home again.

 

Families who are looking for properties to purchase need look no further than Ohio. We provide a service for you that is stellar and professional. Our goal is to help you find the right next home for your family. With our resources, we are able to support your journey of finding the next home while navigating the sale of an existing home or becoming a first-time buyer. Let Choice Properties be the place you go to get help with your home search.

August
17

Companies are working hard to bring in extra money for business all the time. Airlines are charging for extras which used to be free (baggage, extra leg room, snacks) and food companies are putting less in packaging for the same or even a higher cost. The bottom line has become more important than meeting consumer needs, in some cases. Consumers may forget this fact when signing a lease for a home. Renters may feel reasonable fees are charged to lease space but forget about itemized charges for utilities and other amenities which add to the total cost. A competitive rental market has driven prices higher than ever before in many urban markets. Learn more about the hidden costs and fees associated with leases and what to look for before signing a lease on the dotted line.

 

Utilities

Tenants tend to overlook amenities and utilities in a lease in a desire to either renew a lease or move into a new apartment. The overall cost of a property can become more than was bargained for if a consumer is not careful. Landlord/tenant laws in each state govern how utilities are billed and what recourse is available when payments are missed or shutoffs occur. Utilities may be included in the overall charge yet other times tenants must pay electric or gas bills. Third-party billing happens when an entire building is metered and the landlord splits charges among all tenants in the building, then bills individually. The charges are usually an add-on the rental charge.

 

City Ordinances

Third-party billing is seen by some states as a deceptive practice. Ordinances such as one in Seattle,  cover all residents living in buildings with three or more units to protect tenants from fraudulent overcharging practices. Some questions can be asked of a landlord prior to signing a lease. The following are just a few a tenant may ask about add-on fees:

  • Ask about utility service before signing a lease

  • Set up utility accounts quickly

  • Pay utility bills promptly and document payments

  • Take steps to protect self from landlord

  • Act immediately for better dispute resolution

 

Hidden Charges

Landlords in a competitive rental market may increase fees based on supply and demand which is cause for even more awareness around hidden fees. Additional fees may include:

  • Pets

  • Separate parking fee

  • Application fee (with approval or not)

  • Condos or HOAs may charge move-in fees for tenant-occupied units

  • Cable TV, internet may be billed through HOA or the landlord

  • Security deposit payments

  • Pre-paid fees (first and last month's rent due on move-in)


The best way to protect oneself in the rental market is to be a savvy consumer, know rights afforded tenants and don't sign anything without asking questions and reading the paperwork. Advocacy organizations and state agencies provide information to consumers. Lawyers are also available who specialize in landlord/tenant law to provide support and dispute resolution.

 

Get more advice on spotting those hidden costs in your lease.

Contact one of our agents today.

July
11

Moving houses can be one of the most stressful endeavors any person experiences. Problems may occur at any stage in the process, particularly when relocating personal items. Find out what some of the common moving problems can be and how to avoid being a victim.

 

Bad Movers

Many horror stories surround poor companies or personal movers who promise but do not deliver. Some of the common problems include:

  • Late movers or no-shows. Once an agreed-upon time comes and goes with no sign of a moving van, this can signal trouble. Stress and wasted time can make the process more difficult.

  • Careless or inexperienced movers. When movers arrive late, with a smaller than requested moving truck or lack proper knowledge and equipment for the job, relocation can quickly turn into a nightmare. Amateur movers may ruin property in the moving process.

  • Scam artists. Worst case scenario, an individual falls victim to a moving scam whereby movers request money for extra services and hold items hostage until the fee is paid. Some may steal expensive belongings and discard the rest.

 

Careful research and a thoughtful hiring process can make sure people deal with licensed, experienced professionals who can be trusted. Insurance for belongings can bring peace of mind to the process and save aggravation down the road.

 

Traffic

Traffic and road accidents can make a move more difficult. For instance:

  • Traffic jams: a moving truck is delayed, postponing the relocation goals until the next day or some days down the road.

  • Traffic accidents: a moving truck has to wait until damaged vehicles are removed and normal traffic is restored prior to moving on after a road accident. All possessions may be lost or in bad condition if something happens to the truck.

  • Breakdown: a moving truck may need to wait for help if the truck breaks down on the way to pick up belongings. In another scenario, items are damaged in transit.

 

Not much can be done to prevent accidents or breakdowns but selecting a moving company with experienced drivers with a positive reputation is a good place to start.

 

Get Organized

Many problems can be avoided when moving house if relocation plans are meticulous and done in advance. Some of the following ordeals may ensue, otherwise:

  • Packing more than movers agreed to relocate including items which won't fit in the truck, mislabeled boxes or not being ready when movers arrive.

  • Large furniture which does not fit in the doors may force items to be left behind or request additional services to move.

  • If utilities aren't transferred, electricity, gas and water will not be ready move-in day. License and registration needs to be updated or fines accrue. Documents can cause wasted time and money.

  • Booking movers last minute will surely cost more than booking in advance. Set a realistic moving budget, pack items after sorting and stick to the plan.

  • Avoid injuries and accidents by practicing safety first.

 

Get more advice on how to make sure you avoid these moving nightmares.

Contact one of our agents today.

November
13

Part of settling into a new house so that it feels like 'home' is getting to know the neighbors. Having that community connection helps establish a feeling of permanence and belonging. Here are some ideas for breaking the ice when you're the new kid on the block.

 

1. The direct approach … sort of

If you're an extrovert, then walking up to a neighbor's home to say hello will be easy. If you're on the shyer end of the scale, you can build up to it. Wave when driving by or checking the mail; a friendly "Hi" as you walk by with the dog or taking the kiddos to school lets you interact without being committed to stick around. When you're ready, you can hang out for a chat. Word of caution, avoid dinner hours when heading over to knock on the door.  

 

2. Old school … with pen and paper

With the advent of the technological age, old fashioned hand written notes have gone by the wayside, and as such, are a welcome surprise when received. A small personalized note left in the mailbox or on the front door can make a big impression—and lay the groundwork to meet for coffee, or something similar.

 

3. Meet at the bus stop

Go with your kids to the bus stop the first few days (or weeks). It'll give you a chance to meet the neighborhood kids your child is likely to end up playing with in the future, and get you on a level playing field with the parents. When you have kids 'in common,' conversation easily flows from there.

 

4. Trust your dog

Animals are often good judges of character, and great conversation starters. Go for a walk, find the local dog park, just get out with Fido and before you know it, the opportunities to meet the local folks will come to you! Just remember to carry supplies to clean up any accidents along the way. Nobody likes a party pooper.

 

5. Groups and clubs are all the rage

Knitting, cooking, reading . . . there are all kinds of reasons that people join clubs. At the heart of them all is the socialization that comes from them. These are a great way for you to meet your neighbors and slowly acclimate. You can start off as a quiet observer if need be, then involve yourself more as you get comfortable. Before you know it, you'll be taking a turn at hosting the group! Tea party, anybody?

 

Get more advice on more ways to meet your neighbors.

Contact one of our agents today.

November
3

At some point in your career, you or somebody you know will likely be offered an employer relocation package to assist with a big move. It's been estimated that about seven million people in the USA relocate each year, many for work-related reasons. A growing number of companies are willing to invest in relocating talented professionals and may be able to offer you some reimbursement for moving expenses. It just depends on the company.

Whether it's to stay employed with the same company or because you're looking at greener pastures, you'll want to keep some things in mind before packing up the home and hitting the road.  

 

1. Make no assumptions.

You know what they say about those who assume. If a relocation package is paramount to your final decision on whether or not to accept the job and the potential new employer doesn't bring it up . . . then you should say something! Ask questions. Interviews are for the employee as much as the employer. It would be a good idea for you to have done your homework first, though. Check out current moving expenses and what the change in cost of living is going to be so that you have viable numbers to discuss.

2. Find out if there are "extras".

Your employer may be willing to cover a moving van, but nothing more. Or, you might be one of the lucky ones that gets a comprehensive package that covers a bit of everything, like transporting vehicles (if your relocation is overseas, this could be a huge expense), covering closing costs on a new home, and/or a guaranteed buyout of your existing home.

3. You can always do it yourself.

There are pros and cons to handling the entire move on your own and sometimes it's the only option. When packing up and moving your household goods on your own, you have few assurances of replacement if items get lost or damaged. That aside, a physical move is exhausting and can be taxing on your relationships with your family and any friends you've asked to help. It's important to remain appreciative rather than critical. Depending on how far you are going, you'll want to compare prices and estimate a budget to help you decide if you want to attempt to do it all with private vehicles, rent a moving van (which includes gas and company insurance), or take advantage of a portable storage container system.

4. Keep records of everything for tax purposes.

Moving costs, in addition to the traveling expense associated with the move, can be deductible if they meet IRS rules. You'll want to look into these as they involve factors such as the distance you're moving and how long you've been employed with the company. Also keep in mind that depending how the employer pays for your relocation, you may have to claim the money as income; i.e. it's taxable.

 

If you're considering a move to any of Central Ohio's beautiful hometowns, contact one of our agents for insder insights into the best properties available inLogan County and Indian Lake.

September
7

 

You've scoured the house listings for weeks and walked lots of miles with your realtor checking every property that piqued your interest. It hasn't been in vain. Congratulations on choosing your new Logan County home! Now it's time to prepare for the move to get you there. Once upon a time this was an extremely daunting task, but with the advent of technology, guess what? There's an app for that!

 

Home Inventory Photo App

This one is great for many reasons. If you're feeling anxious to get started, then this will let you begin organizing your belongings. Not only can you document how you have everything laid out (in case you don't want to create a new arrangement in the new space), but by snapping away, you'll have a full inventory at your fingertips should you need it following the move. Accidents do happen.

Several FREE apps can be found on Google Play for Android (this is the currently top ranked:Encircle). Apple users can try this FREE one:Home Inventory Photo Remote.

 

My Move

This app is great if you really need to stick to a budget with your move. It will let you calculate potential prices, estimate household weight, check reviews for moving companies, and more.

Available FREE forandroid users and forApple users.

 

Moving Checklist

A good checklist will give you the flexibility to create your own lists, but will also give you suggestions for things you might not have thought about. Take advantage of these apps to make your transition that much smoother with reminders to look into schools, arrange for utilities on both ends of the move (shutting down and turning on), getting estimates for or setting up paper, pest, and lawn services, etc.

For android users:Moving Planner Checklist ($0.99).

For Apple users:Moving Checklist Pro ($0.99).

 

Gogobot

Once you've closed out the old house and gotten on the road toward your new destination, Gogobot is a great app to help you plan your road trip with recommendations for food and lodging, and even places to have some fun if you want to stop and stretch your legs.

FREE forandroid users andApple users.

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