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New Home Moving Tips

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

One of the very first and most important things to get you started with the moving process is to make a list. Use a simple spiral notebook to keep track of everything. Note contents of boxes, things to remember, and everything important that you want to be sure not to forget. Proceed with the lists by jotting down where everything should go, which will assist movers in this process. It is an excellent idea to begin early, so you do not run out of time. Remember, packing is very tedious, so do not overdo it.

Now that you have begun the packing process, it is time to find the perfect movers. This is a vital decision to be made to ensure the safety of your belongings. Make sure that the person has excellent referrals, and can be trusted. If you are unsure of where to begin this search, contact a real estate agent who can offer some trustworthy choices. It is a wise idea to get bids from several movers before deciding on one. Also, make sure that the person moving your belongings is insured, bonded, and licensed; you can check up on their business by contacting the Better Business Bureau. Here you will find information to determine if any other individuals have had concerns with their work. Also, the BBB can ensure that the company is legit and not a scam. Keep in mind that price is not the only thing that should be used to make a decision; sometimes cheaper equals desperate.

Now let’s move on to some moving tips to help you pack quickly and efficiently. First, in order to avoid backtracking and having to go through the packed suitcases, it is a good idea if every family member packs a suitcase to use for the next few days. Pack everything that you will need such as a change of clothes, bathroom supplies, etc. When packing, it is a good idea to start in one room, and stay there until it is completed. This is the best way to ensure that things are organized for the new home. While packing, if you find items that you no longer use, consider donating them to the needy. Be sure that when you take apart items such as small tables, use tape to secure the screws to the item so they do not become lost. Furthermore, you can save a lot of space by packing pillows with fragile items; this will also protect these items so they do not become broken in the moving process.

When closing up the boxes, form a criss-cross with the tape. Start where the seams of the flaps meet, and run the tape perpendicular to form a cross. Additionally, remember to always stack heavier boxes on the bottom, while trying to keep all boxes under 30 lbs. You can keep a scale handy to weigh boxes to ensure that they are under the limits. This will make the moving process much easier for you and the movers. When packing electronics, it is a good decision to take a photograph of the cords and wires to help you put it back together in your new home. Also, if you have the original packing box, then use it. Additionally, if an item is super heavy, double boxing is a superb idea. Make sure that there are no ends that are loose or cords hanging out, to prevent injuries in the moving process.

Finally, when everything is packed, you need to label the boxes and take inventory. Refer to your lists to ensure that everything has been packed. Also, use a large black marker to write on the boxes what the contents are, or where they belong in the home. Make sure that you label two sides of the box so you can always find the contents when needed. Also, if a box has breakables, do not forget to write fragile on it. Furthermore, if you need something opened first, it is a good idea to write this on the box, which will make the unpacking process much easier. Then, when the boxes are being delivered, verify the delivery with your notebook to ensure nothing has become missing from your belongings.

Choosing The Best New Home Builder

Monday, May 7th, 2012

If you and your family are embarking on the project of building a brand new home, one of the most important things that you will need to look at is employing the best new home builder for the job. There are plenty of builders out there, all with different specialties and levels of skill, so do not despair if the first couple you look at just aren’t up to scratch. This guide is designed to help you know what to look for (and, therefore, what to avoid) when looking to employ a new home builder:

Do an online search for new home builders in your area. Their websites should have photos (and even addresses) of some of their past and most recent projects, allowing you to have a look at the quality of their work. Note: if they don’t have any past work examples, it is a good idea to keep looking, as there is probably a reason for this.

Ask people that you know who have had a new home built or had work down by a builder in the last few years. They may be able to point you in the direction of a company that has done some fantastic work for a great price, or they may be able to tell you which companies turned out to be a nightmare. Note: just because your next-door neighbour says that this builder did a great job in adding an ensuite doesn’t mean that they’ll be any good at adding a kitchen, as each builder specializes in a different area.

Once you have a list of home builders that you are considering employing, ask them for quotes on your building project. Once you have received all (or most) of the quotes, arrange them in order of cheapest to most expensive. You can then decide which builders you can afford and which you can’t. Note: it doesn’t matter how much you love a particular’s builders work – if you cannot afford it, it is never a good idea to put yourself into that much debt.

Check that the new home builders you are interested in are properly certified and licensed. There is nothing wrong with asking for proof that the company has the proper accreditations, and if you have any suspicions as to the legitimacy of these documents do not hesitate to call the accrediting company and double check them. Note: having builders on site that are not properly certified, licensed or even insured could mean big problems for you should something go wrong during the construction process.

There is no defined formula for use when it comes to choosing the best new home builder for your job. Instead, you will need to do your research, make a decision about your budget, and use your own discretion. Using this guide, you will know exactly what you’re looking for.

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