Moving Day Tips #2

In my last blog I gave you some tips on moving and packing, today I would like to explain about having your larger items professionally moved.

Beds: The mover will disassemble your beds and reassemble them in your new home.

China Cabinets and Entertainment Centers: Empty the cabinet but leave the glass shelves in place, the mover will dissemble the unit and then reassemble it in your new home.

Large Hanging Mirrors: Leave them hanging on the wall, the movers will take it down and move it but they will not rehang it in your new home unless the proper hanging hardware is already in place.

Swing Set: You should have your set dissembled before the movers arrive. Older sets will have rusty screws that may break and your re-assembly on the other end may need new hardware. Your mover will usually not put together anything that they did not take apart.

Washing Machine: The moving company will disconnect your washing machine hoses but now is also a good time to replace those old worn hoses. Before the move purchase new hoses and put them inside the washing machine tub, tape a note on the washer to the driver: “Driver, please use the new hoses when reconnecting the washer in my new home, you will find them inside the tub. Thank You”

Dryer: if you have a gas dryer to move you will have to call your gas company ahead of time and have the gas shut off and removed, your mover cannot do this because of insurance liability issues.

Gas Grills: the moving company can move your grill but because of insurance liability issues they cannot take the propane tank, you will have to move the tank yourself.

Refrigerator and Freezers: Empty and unplug your refrigerator preferable the day before the move, but most definitely the morning of the move, if you have food to keep cold use coolers and blue ice.

House Plants: These are tricky since they will vary in size and container weight; ask your mover what his policy is towards the plants in your home during your estimate. Some movers will not move plants because they are easily broken or damaged.

Pool Tables: Ask you mover what their policy is on moving pool tables, most companies will not move or insure the table because the slate and rails are easily broken. You may want to call a pool table mechanic, and yet they are out there!

Good luck in your new home and feel free to contact me with any of your moving or real estate related questions.

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Moving Day Tips

St Augustine Team RealtyThere’s more to Real Estate then buying and selling property, and that’s the Elephant in the room, Moving Day. I’ve spend most of my adult life in the moving business and one thing a good mover knows is this, they are not just moving your furniture they are moving your life. What may look like an ordinary piece of furniture could be a valued treasure to you and your family and a reputable mover will understand and respect that fact.

Before you call the mover take a good look around your house the garage and or shed. Do you really want to move everything you own or perhaps it’s time to have a garage sale or better yet some charitable donations? Are you going to do all your own packing or would you like the moving company to pack your items. Remember anything you pack will not be insured so careful packing using a lot of packing paper is very important, and mark every box you pack: fragile, kitchen, bedroom 1, garage, etc. making life much easier when it’s time to unpack. Do not use newspaper to wrap china, china is porous and will absorb the news print and you’ll never be able to wash it off. Leave clothing and linen only in your dresser drawers. The movers can put your hanging clothes in wardrobe boxes and rehang them in your new home, most movers will rent you the wardrobe boxes for your move, and they are worth the nominal fee, saving you time and work.  And most importantly consider your valuables, pack all your jewelry, cash and important papers yourself, keep that with you in your car, MOVE THESE ITEMS YOURSELF!

Once you’ve gotten rid of everything you no longer need and have decided on who’s going to do the packing it’s time to get a moving estimate. If you have family or friends that were satisfied with a particular moving company I wouldn’t hesitate to hire that company, after all word of mouth it the best advertising any company can have. If not, then get at least three estimates, make sure the company is licensed and insurance, find out if there is a deductible that you may be responsible for and what items are not insured, obtain their certificate of insurance for your records. Ask about their fee structure, do they charge by the hour or by the pound, get the cost estimate in writing. If you’re making a local move most likely the mover will charge you by the hour, this is the best way to go. You will save money by using a local moving company because a van line may be local but that company is paying a fee to the van line, and of course passing that cost on to you the consumer. Family owned and operated are usually good key words you can trust with reliable experienced professionals.

On Moving Day, wake up and put your bed linens and pillows in a plastic garbage bag, put the bag in your car so it’s not mistaken for trash. Do have someone at the home during the move to be sure everything is on the truck and to lock the doors after the movers are done, you may be at closing. Be sure to have your phone on and a second contact number, have that given to the driver in case he needs to reach you during the move. And for Heaven’s Sake don’t ask your movers to take off their shoes, it’s an unreasonable request that will be denied, movers need steady footing and will be careful of your hardwood floors and light colored carpet. After closing get to the new property ASAP, the mover will be waiting for someone to unlock the door and cannot control how long it takes for this to happen, remember you are paying them by the hour and if they are waiting for you that’s costing you money. So get an early morning closing, you would be surprised at how quickly a good moving company can load a 3 to 4 bedroom home into the back of that truck.

Good luck in your new home and feel free to contact me with any of your moving or real estate related questions.

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Should I consider a Short Sale?

St Augustine Team RealtyAbsolutely! Please don’t ignore Short Sales when purchasing property! I recently spoke with a family member up North who’s looking to buy some Real Estate. She told me that her Realtor was not a fan of Short Sales and my advice to her was “Get Another Realtor.” In today’s market short sales are everywhere and it’s a good way for a buyer to get a lot more home for the money. By definition a short sale means that a lender is willing to take less than the loan amount owed on a property. If you don’t’ include short sales when you’re looking for property you’re missing out on what could be a valuable opportunity and something you will  soon come to regret. I believe Real Estate is still the very best investment and the market pendulum is on an upward swing, so see it all and become an informed buyer before you sign on the dotted line.

Yes a short sale takes more work on the part of your Realtor, more forms have to be filled out, lots of phone calls will be made and follow-ups will be constant. The lender may drag their feet and settlement can take a bit longer, they may even counter your offer months after the seller has accepted it. You should be prepared to buy, in as in condition, your Realtor will advise you on all the pros and cons concerning a short sale. The first and most important issue is that the offer to purchase must have lender approval, commonly referred to as third party approval. The wait is going to be the worse part for all concerned, Seller, Buyer and Realtor, but so what, that’s what I say, so what; if you get the property in the end than it was worth everyone’s time. All real estate sales involve knowledge, hard work, time and money, but that’s what we’re in business for, a Realtor brings the seller and buyer together. Why should it matter if the seller and buyer has to have bank approval on a sale, I’m here to tell you it doesn’t matter.

For example I sold a condo for many thousands of dollars less than the seller purchased it for a few short years ago. The Seller accepted the offer and about a month later the lender countered the buyers offered price, the buyer said no and wasn’t willing to pay more, in the end the lender relented and accepted the original offer. Don’t get me wrong this will not happen every time but it does happen. So do your homework and work with a realtor who does the same, look at a short sale like any other sale, it’s on the market for a darn good reason, it’s looking for a buyer and that buyer might just be you!

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