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An informational source for people who are relocating, with a particular focus on moving to the Carlsbad area of North County San Diego (and nearby coastal communities), with advice, guidance and true stories to help you on your way and make it a great journey, from a REALTOR� with plenty of personal (4 major moves, most recently from Boston to Carlsbad, California) and professional relocation experience. Are you running into problems selling your home? Need to find a new one quickly? Never moved before and haven't a clue? You'll find some great tips on how to solve your relocation issues here. Or ask me a question any time and I'll share some solutions or tell you where to get more information. CA BRE Lic. #01490977


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February 2008

Watch Out for That Appraisal

AppraiserIf you are buying a new home, or are a seller who has a buyer who is purchasing your home, and it will be financed by a bank, watch out for that appraisal.

Why do I raise a red flag?

BUYERS:
Well, as a buyer, the home you are purchasing must appraise at an amount that meets the underwriter's requirements for the loan amount. They won't loan you $500,000 for a home that appraises at $475,000. Not good business for the bank. So this is a critical step.

Secondly, the timing is important here. The appraisal MUST be reviewed by the underwriter in order to review it and then approve the loan. That can take a day or two, or more. So if the appraisal itself is delayed in getting to the bank this may hold up the loan approval process.

Make sure you talk with your lender and that they order the appraisal as soon as you have a signed purchase agreement. It may take a few days for the appraiser to schedule the appointment, and then several days more before the actual appraisal is sent to the bank. You will have to bird-dog this process, as will your agent, to keep things moving along.

SELLERS:
The appraisal is critical for you as well. Obviously if the home does not appraise the buyer will not get a loan and will not go to closing. Bad for you. Herein lies the risk of selling a home at over market value - the bank will wonder about loaning $500,000 when comparable homes are selling at $475,000.

The timing for you is important too, for obvious reasons. While it is not your responsibility directly you have a vested interest in things moving along. So, your agent may want to keep tabs on what is happening at the buyer's end so the appraisal get scheduled promptly. And since it is likely your listing agent may need to let the appraiser in, you don't want any delays.

Don't let a delayed appraisal cause you grief!

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Posted: 8:10 PM, Feb. 27, 2008
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Should I Rent my House or Sell It?

Sometimes folks run into a problem when they are relocating and need to sell their house...and they can't.

The decision then is...Should I rent my house or sell it?

If you are facing this decision, or think that you might, there are some important considerations. You can read more on this issue here on my ActiveRain blog.

Posted: 7:15 PM, Feb. 25, 2008
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Getting Organized - Moving Into Your New Home (Part 2)

Get Organized in Your New HomeHere you are at the end of your journey - moving into your new home, where you need to focus on preserving the organization you put in place before this whole relocation process started.

Here Kathi offers her final suggestions on unpacking in your new home so you can maintain that organization.

I hope you have found this series of articles on getting organized useful and will implement some of these suggestions, even if you are not moving yet. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Good luck with your relocation!

Here's the first article of this last part of the series - Getting Organized - Moving into Your New Home - Getting Settled

If you missed part 1 of the Second section on Preparing for your move, you can read it here: Organizing for Your Move
Here's Part 2 - Packing to Move
And here's Part 3 - Moving Day

Here are the posts in the first part of the series on Preparing Your House for Sale:
Part 1 - Get Organized: Preparing Your House for Sale (Getting Started/Space Clearing 101)
Part 2 - Get Organized: Preparing Your House for Sale (Donate and Recycle/Trash)
Part 3 - Getting Organized: Preparing Your House for Sale
(Reload your closets, and Help)

Kathi Burns, Founder of addSpace to Your Life!, talks now about being organized in your new home and offers some final unpacking suggestions.

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A Few More Unpacking Tips

 
1. As you unpack, spread drop clothes under boxes and in high traffic areas to catch dust and foot debris.

 2. To help your kids get used to their new space, create an agreed upon ‘home’ for each possession. The ‘home’ is the place where the item will get stored when not in use.

 With this method, when it comes time to clean up, you should say, take that toy home, not put it away. There is a BIG difference between putting away, i.e. under the bed or pillow and taking it home to a pre-determined and unmistakable holding zone until further use.

 
3. After moving, resell or recycle your boxes. Pack and ship faculties will gladly recycle your bubbles. Peanuts have a half-life of 500 years so think twice before you toss them into the trash.

Enjoy creating your new life and lifestyle. You worked hard to find your dream home and you deserve a break. If possible, schedule time off after your move so you can recover from the move and fully settle into your new home with ease.

Kathi Burns, founder of addSpace To Your Life!,
a Professional Organizing and Image Consulting Agency

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Posted: 6:58 AM, Feb. 18, 2008
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New Blog on MOLD

Andy Konopacki, President of VM3 Environmental, was a guest blogger a while back, sharing his thoughts and expertise on mold. Good stuff to know about - NOT good stuff to have in your house.

Andy has started up a new blog on mold so I wanted folks to know about this for future reference. Stop by when you can and see what he has to say. And feel free to ask questions and leave comments.

Posted: 5:58 PM, Feb. 14, 2008
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Why is That Circus Tent in Your Yard?

If you are relocating to the Carlsbad, California area, or elsewhere in Southern California, you may see an occasional "circus tent" over a house in the neighborhood as you are driving around. As a buyer of Carlsbad real estate, you should know about this and what it means.

Termites are a common problem here and inspections for termite infestation and dealing with getting rid of these critters is a part of most real estate transactions involving residential property. How this is handled by the buyer and seller is subject to negotiation, but there are some common practices.

You can read my recent post on termites on my Carlsbad Homes and Real Estate Tidbits blog.

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Posted: 8:18 AM, Feb. 14, 2008
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Getting Organized - Moving into Your New Home

Get organized in your new homeIf you have been reading my series on Getting Organized, you know we are now at the final stage of the process.

  • We have gotten very organized as part of preparing our home for sale, and sold it.
  • We got organized in preparation for packing and moving...and did.
  • Now we are moving into the new house. And naturally we want to keep the momentum going and be as organized as possible in our new home and not let the old habits re-emerge.
If you missed part 1 of this section  you can read it here: Organizing for Your Move
Here's Part 2 - Packing to Move
And here's Part 3 - Moving Day

Here are the posts in the first part of the series on Preparing Your House for Sale:
Part 1 - Get Organized: Preparing Your House for Sale (Getting Started/Space Clearing 101)
Part 2 - Get Organized: Preparing Your House for Sale (Donate and Recycle/Trash)
Part 3 - Getting Organized: Preparing Your House for Sale
(Reload your closets, and Help)

Kathi Burns, Founder of addSpace to Your Life!, talks now about being organized in your new home.


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Getting Settled into Your New Home

Congratulations! You are in your new home and ready to begin anew.  Creating a new home environment is exciting. Before you begin unpacking, pause and take a moment to consider your newfound space. This is the perfect time to begin creating an uncluttered and improved lifestyle.

Even though you might have purged and donated while packing for this move, unpack and reconsider every item to determine whether you will use it before you assign it a home.

Your life may have changed dramatically since your last move. Do you have more children or are perhaps now empty nesters? Even if nothing much has changed in your life besides your new home, it makes sense to rethink your old storage routines before you recreate them again.

Rethink each room before you unpack your boxes. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. What activities will take place in each room?
  2. What items will be needed for these activities?
  3. How many people will use this space?

Create one room that will be your haven until your home is in order. Start unpacking with this goal in mind. The master bedroom is a great place to begin. Work on that space until it is unpacked completely or at least until it feels like home. Comforter and bed skirt are in place, pillows fluffed, and bedside table is equipped with all necessities. This way, after each day that you are unpacking, you can slip away to sleep in a non-chaotic environment. You will awake feeling refreshed and much less stressed with at least one area in order.

Before you load your wardrobe closets, think about how you decide to get dressed everyday. For instance, I begin by determining which top I will wear. This starts with what sleeve length; sleeveless, short, ¾ or long. Once I make this choice, which is usually based on the weather, I then make the decision about what slacks, shorts, skirts or jeans I will also wear that day. After that, my choice becomes shoes. Based on this routine, I place my shirts in the front of the closet, followed by slacks, skirts and then shoes in the back. 

There is no single way to get dressed, some people start with pants, others shoes. Load the closet following the method that each person uses to get dressed. This way, when you have finished unpacking each closet, the space within will be customized and optimized for each family member.

Kathi Burns

Founder - addSpace to Your Life!

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Posted: 5:12 PM, Feb. 13, 2008
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How to Relocate Speciality Items

catamaranSome folks have specialty items they need to move when they are relocating.

This can include a wide range of items - boats, tractors, snowmobiles, canoes, kayaks, motorcycles, dirt bikes, large kids playground equipment, golf carts and so forth.

Transporting these recreational items in a relocation can be a challenge. If you are used to moving you equipment around anyhow, such as a boat or snowmobile, then you are all set provide you are willing and able to DRIVE to your new location. And that may be the most economical thing to do.

When investigating movers, you will want to also check on their policies and costs for moving specialty items.

  • Some movers may not be willing to move these things or not be able to accommodate them, so you may need to arrange your own transportation.
  • There may be premiums you will have to pay for these things, and the mover's insurance may have restrictions (or additional costs).
Moving companies these days are pretty sophisticated so this may not be an issue, although small movers may simply not have the ability to be accommodating. Just be sure to take stock of all you have to move (make a list of these items) and be sure to ask questions so there are no surprises.

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Posted: 10:30 AM, Feb. 10, 2008
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Relocating Your Car

Most folks have at least one car, and when you are relocating you will need to deal with moving your vehicle as well as all the household stuff.

So what are your choices?

Car on the roadFirst, and perhaps most obvious, you can drive your car to your new destination
, depending on you willingness to do so (you might not want to drive all the way across the country, but on the other hand it can be a fun way to see the US). Make an adventure out of it if you have time (remember the moving truck will take a while to get there too), plan some touristy things to do along the way, and take plenty of photos to commemorate the trip. Do keep in mind the potential for weather issues - driving across the northern plains in January may NOT be prudent.

The second choice is to ship the car. There are several options here.

  • The moving company can load the car on a trailer and tow it behind the truck. We did this on our trip from Boston to Carlsbad.
  • The moving company may load the car right into the moving van itself if it is a big truck. This was how we moved one vehicle from Minneapolis to Boston.
  • You can arrange your own shipping through a car transportation company or move it by train.
  • If you are moving overseas the vehicle will likely go by ship with the household goods containers. It could be more cost effective to sell your car stateside and simply buy a new one in your new home
It may be less expensive to have the moving company move the car as part of the overall package, but look into the alternatives. What you do may also depend on your time availability. You may prefer to ship the car and fly rather than drive. Perhaps it is not worth moving the vehicle - sell it an buy a new one

Check also your relocation package if you have one since there may be restrictions or limits on what you can and cannot do.

Whatever you decide, I would strongly suggest you check into the Department of Motor Vehicles and insurance requirements in your new state beforehand so you are prepared. There may be more restrictive emissions requirements. And find out what you need to do about registering you r car in your new home - how much time you have, costs, etc.

You will also want to talk with your insurance company when moving your car to make sure you are covered with regard to damage. The moving company may provide some coverage if the car is towed or shipped in the van.

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Posted: 7:37 AM, Feb. 8, 2008
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Getting Organized - The Move Itself: Moving Day

We just talked about moving day a bit - all the emotions, seeing your life go into boxes. It's part of the reality but even though you might know this is coming, the reality is often a shock.

Being organized on moving day will help you tremendously. Kathi Burns has been helping us all get organized in preparation for the big moving day. Here's she helps us COPE with moving day itself.


If you missed part 1 of this section  you can read it here: Organizing for Your Move
Here's Part 2 - Packing to Move

Here are the posts in the first part of the series on Preparing Your House for Sale:
Part 1 - Get Organized: Preparing Your House for Sale (Getting Started/Space Clearing 101)
Part 2 - Get Organized: Preparing Your House for Sale (Donate and Recycle/Trash)
Part 3 - Getting Organized: Preparing Your House for Sale
(Reload your closets, and Help)

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Moving Day

  1. Have prepared food and beverages on hand
  • Keep nourished and hydrated throughout your move
  • Buy snack packs for in-between meals 
  1. Consider moving your computer or flat screen in the backseat of your personal vehicle to avoid potential damage
  • Back up all files onto a separate disc or hard drive and pack your other valuables
  • Protect the monitor by facing it backwards and positioning it against the back seat
3. Pack valuable papers separately and consider moving them in your personal vehicle

4.  Pack carry-ons with toiletries and two days of clothing for each family member


  • Take these with you so you don’t have to unpack to find your pajamas and necessities upon arrival 

5. If you move yourself, load “First Out” Boxes into the truck last

  • Upon arrival, these will be positioned to unload first - If you are too tired, the rest can wait until the following day

Kathi Burns, founder of addSpace To Your Life!,

a Professional Organizing and Image Consulting Agency

 

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Posted: 7:57 AM, Feb. 7, 2008
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The Stress of Moving Day

Wow. MOVING DAY has arrived. Hard to believe how time flies and now it's time for your life's possessions to be packed into boxes (if they aren't already), loaded on a truck, and to head out for your new home. Kinda scary in some way, even though you have been planning for your Carlsbad relocation for months.

Moving vanMOVING DAY can cause a great deal of anxiety
. It's very unsettling to see everything you own go into boxes after living with it for so long. If you are working with movers, which many folks do when they relocate, you will likely find it hard to stand by and watch as things are packed for you. Someone else is taking YOUR STUFF and putting in boxes, not you. That in itself is sorta freaky, especially if it is a new experience for you.

Someone who is dispassionate about your things (that's not to say they aren't careful but they just don't have personal feelings about YOUR STUFF like you do) is wrapping it in paper and tossing it in those brown standard moving boxes without regard to what it means to you. Movers will pack just about anything - that trash can that still has trash in it? Yep. All the clothing in your dresser drawers? Yep. no matter what the mess, it will go into boxes.

It can be very disconcerting to walk into a favorite room where so much of your life took place and see nothing but stacks of boxes.

YOUR WHOLE LIFE IS NOW IN BROWN BOXES,
carefully labeled and listed numerically on multiple inventory sheets.


Not to mention how weird your home looks with bare walls, nail holes, and dust bunnies from behind the couch.

So how does one cope with moving day?

Some like to be around to watch, take care of last minute personal packing, keep the pets out of the way, and so on. Others like to be out of the house, preferring NOT to watch the process, or needing to be at work, run errands, manage the kids. Neighbors might pop by to say good-by. Last minute phone calls and chores have to take place. It's a day of many mixed emotions, without a doubt.

How will YOU handle MOVING DAY?

Stay tuned for Kathi Burns' next installment in her series on GETTING ORGANIZED - dealing with moving day.
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Posted: 5:00 AM, Feb. 7, 2008
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Communities and Subdivisions in Coastal North County San Diego

If you are considering homes in the North County San Diego area, here's a summary table of some of the coastal communities, and some neighborhoods and subdivisions within them.

Happy home searching.

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COMMUNITY PROFILES and NEIGHBORHOODS

CARLSBAD

Aviara, La Costa, Rancho Carrillo, Calavera Hills, Brookfield,

La Costa Greens, La Costa Oaks, La Costa Ridge, The Bay Collection,

La Costa Meadowridge, Azure Cove/Isla Mar/Tramonto, La Costa Condos, Avocet, Sea Point Tennis Club at La Costa, Bressi Ranch, Carlsbad Waterfront Homes, La Costa Golf Course Homes, La Costa Resort Villas, Aviara Point, Bella Lago, Trieste, Alga Hills, Balearas, The Fairways, La Costa Valley, Brindisi, BluWater Crossing, Building lots, Tamarack Beach Lofts, The Bluffs, Harbor Pointe, Viridian, Emerald Pointe, Poinsettia Cove, Bristol Cove, Serenata, La Costa Resort area homes

 

ENCINITAS

Leucadia, Encinitas Ranch, Olivenhain, Nantucket and Costa Laguna in Leucadia, Surfer’s Point Resort, Waterfront Homes, Coral Cove, The Sands

 

SAN MARCOS

 

San Elijo Hills, Lake San Marcos, Masterpiece and Symphony at San Elijo Hills

CARDIFF

 

Walking District, Composer District, Park Place

RANCHO SANTA FE

Cielo, The Lakes, The Crosby

 

 

 

SOLANA BEACH

Cedros Design District

 

 

 

DEL MAR

No Neighborhood articles


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Posted: 2:47 PM, Feb. 6, 2008
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Getting Organized - The Move Itself: Packing to Move

Moving BoxesPacking for your move can be a real tough job, especially if you have LOTS of clutter. Hopefully you have come away with some great tips from Kathi on how to get prepared for your move.

Unless you are having the movers pack everything, you are going to need to deal with some stuff yourself. And why pay to have stuff packed and moved it you really don't want it?

As we continue the discussion on how to prevent disorganization from ruining your relocation, Kathi shares some great tips on actually packing for your move.  Enjoy!

If you missed part 1 of this section  you can read it here: Organizing for Your Move

Here are the posts in the first part of the series on Preparing Your House for Sale:
Part 1 - Get Organized: Preparing Your House for Sale (Getting Started/Space Clearing 101)
Part 2 - Get Organized: Preparing Your House for Sale (Donate and Recycle/Trash)
Part 3 - Getting Organized: Preparing Your House for Sale (Reload your closets, and Help)

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Packing Tips

 

  1. Some of your closets and cabinets might already be packed from your pre-move organizing project
  2. As you continue packing, mark each box with three lines
  • Priority for unpacking

                                                              i.       “Unpack First” or “No Worries”

  • Room destination

                                      i.      Consider moving the “No Worries’ boxes into that room’s closet

  • Brief description of contents

                                                              i.      Mark ‘Fragile’ or ‘This End Up’ if necessary

  1. Tape dresser drawers and cabinet doors closed with painters tape to avoid damage during the move.
  2. Shop on-line or Craig’s List for gently used boxes, peanuts and bubble wrap
  • This saves money and makes less environmental impact
Kathi Burns
Founder - addSpace to Your Life!

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I am Only Doing This Meme Because I was Asked To

I am veering off my usual path of writing articles on real estate to share some information about myself (if you only want to read about REAL ESTATE or a CARLSBAD RELOCATION you can stop here).

Not because I necessarily want to, nor because you need to know this stuff. And normally I write for real estate consumers, not about myself. But I was tagged by my friend Lola Audu in Grand Rapids, Michigan as part of her meme, which she describes as a game of virtual tag. She was tagged by Linda Scanlan (another friend and fellow REALTOR in Fort Worth, TX) who had been tagged by Ginger Wilcox on ActiveRain where lots of us agents hang out in the blogosphere.

Since Linda also memed me in her post I owe this to her as well. Thanks…I think I’m honored for the meme but do I really have to do this? (Plus I still I owe Diane Aurit in Lake Norman, North Carolina, a meme on books from weeks ago. Still working on that, Diane).

Soooo…the requirement is to share 7 interesting things about myself and to Tag 7 other people who have blogs outside of ActiveRain (I assume they should be equally interesting…perhaps more so. That’ll be easy). Not sure I can count that high on the interesting scale. Maybe I can make something up.

  • When I was 12 I was in an opera – “Aida” in fact (by Guiseppe Verdi). At the Philadelphia Lyric Opera. I got to lead a horse onstage with leading tenor Enrico Caruso as part of the Triumphal March (listen to it) on Opening Night. Caruso had a bit of a tough time getting off, as reported by the Philadelphia paper. It was NOT graceful as I recall. I did NOT get my feet stepped on. Whew.

Cantering horseSpeaking of horses, I was very involved in equestrian sports from grade 3 until I was a senior. Competed in horse shows and 3 day events (locally, regionally and a few times nationally on a team – we won twice). Had a bad fall one time and broke my collar bone which I didn’t know about for years. No wonder it sticks out.

Riding along Long Island Sound in ConnecticutI rode my bike between Boston and NYC twice. Not just for fun (well, it WAS fun) but for the AIDS Ride benefit. About 325 miles the first time (Boston to NYC over 3 days, the first day in pouring rain), the second time was 350 miles over 4 days from NYC to Boston. I raised several thousand dollars each time in order to ride. Very cool.  A life changing experience. Man, was I sore. That's me on Day 2 (NYC to Boston) along the Long Island Sound in Connecticut.

  • My wife and I are avid art collectors (no, not the million dollar stuff, silly). We have probably 150 pieces (mostly original) on our walls and stashed in 3 closets since there is not enough room. We keep buying. We also owned a successful art gallery in Cambridge, MA near Boston for 3 years before moving to Carlsbad, California. (see some snippets of our collection below).
  • I climbed over the top of a railroad bridge over the Muskingum River in Marietta, Ohio while in college…several times. Why? It was there. Who cares?!  It seemed like a fun thing to do at the time. I was probably skipping class at the time.

The Grand CanyonI have driven across the country from Massachusetts to California 3 times in the last 10 years. I’d rather fly. Quickest trip was about 3 days (3400 miles). Saw some things I will never forget (Grand Canyon, for example) – others, I have no desire to ever see again. I’m staying mum on that so as to not offend anyone. Don’t ask.


 


  • Lastly, I have moved around a bit. Certainly not as much as some folks but enough. Having had 4 major relocations – to Boston from Detroit, to Minneapolis, back to Boston and to California (our Carlsbad home is our 9th, not counting a few rentals and temporary housing along the way, plus 2 vacation homes at the beach) - is part of my interest in this blog on relocation and helping others navigate the sometimes treacherous waters of a move.

There you have it. Nothing very exciting on the interest scale, but, hey, it’s me and what I feel like sharing.

Now for the hard part. Who to tag? People I know? Those I don’t?  There are so many to choose from. But like Maureen I think I will think local and stick to Cali (and of course those who also have other blog sites). If you have been memed before, sorry. But I have too, so you don’t get much sympathy from me. 

I, and others, look forward to hearing from you.

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Posted: 6:32 PM, Feb. 5, 2008
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Getting Organized - The Move Itself:Organizing Your Move

We have been talking about getting organized as part of your RELOCATION.

In the first 3 posts we talked about getting organized as part of preparing your house to sell. If you missed this series here are the 1st 3 posts:

Part 1 - Get Organized: Preparing Your House for Sale (Getting Started/Space Clearing 101)
Part 2 - Get Organized: Preparing Your House for Sale (Donate and Recycle/Trash)
Part 3 - Getting Organized: Preparing Your House for Sale (Reload your closets, and Help)

In this next section Kathi Burns talks to us about THE MOVE ITSELF and how to get organized before and during the actual move, including packing. Some great tips here. Enjoy!!

And please let me know how you are enjoying this series.


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Organizing For Your Move

Get Organized for the Move1. Once you know your new address, send change-of-address forms to magazines, utilities and friends and family once you know your new address.

    1. You can get pre-made forms and moving tips sheet at the Post Office
2.  Arrange for utilities to be turned off several days after your move and turned on several days in advance of the arrival your new home and avoid potential frustration with late connections.

3. Make or get a floor plan of your new home

    1. Mark the electrical, cable and phone outlets

                                                              i.      Arrange for utility companies to rewire if needed

    1. Make a ‘Purpose Chart’ for each area/room

                                                              i.      For example: Spare BR=  guests/crafts/ games

                                                            ii.      Create zones within each room for each type of activity

                                                          iii.      List the furniture to move into that area

4. Empty the refrigerator the day before the move

    1. Store what you will use during the move in a large cooler
    2. Give remaining items to a neighbor or take to local soup kitchen
    3. Unplug fridge and leave door open so you can clean it out the next day
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If I can provide more information about the housing market in general, or otherwise assist you in your homes search, please contact me by phone or text at (760) 840-1360
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Posted: 7:12 AM, Feb. 4, 2008
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Pain or Pleasure

I'm curious...why are you thinking about relocation?

Is it for pain or for pleasure?

In general, folks decide to move for 1 of these two general reasons, and as a real estate professional I want to know WHY you are moving so I can best assist you.

It's also a test of how serious you are
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Unfortunately some sellers decide to put their house up for sale but are really not all that serious about selling. You know...if we can sell our house for the price we want, then we'll move.

In this market, there's a lot of pain associated with selling your home because of competition, pricing, concerns about the market.

  • Are you REALLY ready to deal with this pain?
  • Are you WILLING to do what is necessary to sell?
If so, then that means you will PRICE it correctly to sell. Quite frankly, if you are not TRULY serious about moving, then I can probably not help you sell your home.

People sometimes sell because of PAIN - changes in family circumstances (divorce, child moving out, over-crowding as the family expands). They have a problem that needs to be solved by selling. Is this you? I suppose a job transfer COULD fall into this category, but hopefully not.

Another major reason is for PLEASURE - wanting to be near distant family members, a desire to live in a warmed climate, retirement, and so on. Perhaps this describes you?

So why ARE you moving? And how SERIOUS are you?
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If I can provide more information about the housing market in general, or otherwise assist you in your homes search, please contact me by phone or text at (760) 840-1360
or email me at JDowler@remax.net.

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Posted: 8:33 AM, Feb. 2, 2008
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