Tips to Get Settled In A New Home

Moving into a new home? We know how exciting it can be! We’ve compiled a list of a few things you can do after your move to make sure your experience is comfortable. The hardest part of a move is getting settled in, after that, you just’ll need to handle a few loose ends that sometimes get forgotten about until the last minute.

CHECK MAJOR APPLIANCES
Be sure to check all the appliances to ensure everything is still in working order after the move. You want to make sure nothing was broken in the move or stopped working suddenly. Look at things such as your stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer, refrigerator, and microwave. If you brought any appliances yourself and you used movers, you’ll want to make sure everything still works as soon as possible, since mover’s insurance companies give a limited timeframe for when you can make a claim.

CHECK ALL OF YOUR BOXES & FURNITURE
Be sure to go over all your boxes and furniture to make sure nothing got damaged during the move. Be sure that everything has arrived and nothing got lost in the process. If you notice something is missing a month later, it may be too late to file a claim with the moving company. Even if you don’t plan on unpacking everything as soon as you move in, just do a quick review and inventory everything you brought to protect yourself and your belongings.

SET UP UTILITIES
Did you remember to set up your utilities before moving in? There’s nothing more frustrating than moving into your home to realize the lights don’t work. Make sure you’ve gotten with all of the necessary utility companies to have everything turned on in time for your move.

REGISTER INTO A GOOD SCHOOL
You may have already known to look for a school for your kids prior to your move, but if you haven’t yet found one, be sure to research all the schools local to you to find the right fit for your family. The sooner you can find the right school and register, the easier and less stressful it will be to get them in and settle.

REGISTER YOUR CAR
If you’ve moved to a new state or country, you’ll want to make sure to register your car in your new hometown and update your driver’s license, tags, and plates.

CONNECT TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Join sites like Nextdoor.com or get a subscription to your local magazine/newspaper to stay in touch with what’s going on in your neighborhood. Be sure to also join local community Facebook groups. You can find out about events or concerns relating to your community.

GETTING YOUR MAIL
Have you updated your address for all the people you’ll be expecting to get mail from? Like your bank, friends, family, and services you still pay for after your move. Check with the post office to have things redirected to your new address while you work to update your info with everyone else.

FIND THE RIGHT PROFESSIONALS
If you’re moving far from your last home, you’ll want to have the right connections. Find a new doctor, dentist, vet, handyman, plumber, etc. Add them into a contact book that’s easily accessible.

EMERGENCY CONTACT LIST
If you’re moving to a new country, 911 won’t be the local emergency number. Make sure you have all the correct numbers in the case of an emergency. This can also include doctors, the local police station, a vet, etc.

INSURANCE COMPANIES
More than likely, you handled home insurance and home warranty during the purchasing process. If you haven’t, be sure to get those taken care of right away. You’ll also want to get your auto, health, and any other necessary household insurances sorted for your move.

Any other questions or still looking for your next home, call me and I can help!

Posted on April 4, 2019 at 7:29 pm
Allison Higgins | Category: first time home buyer, help | Tagged , , ,

Simple Spring Sprucing Tips for Your Home

You don’t need thousands of dollars to fully refurbish your home to make it feel like new again. Instead, you can DIY a lot of features in your house to help spruce it up for the upcoming season. Whether you plan to sell your home, have guests over, or are just tired of how drab it’s been feeling lately, here are a few tips and tricks you can use to refresh your space:

CLEAN + DECLUTTER
Throw out all of the junk taking up space! You’d be surprised  how much more you’ll fall back in love with your home when you take out the collection of accumulated stuff that has piled up over the years and finally get to see your home’s features for what they are. Store what you don’t need/use in either the attic, basement, or in a storage unit. After you’ve decluttered, be sure to finish it off by cleaning your home. Clean windows, walls, and the floors for the best results.

BRING IN NATURAL LIGHT
Do you have heavy curtains covering your windows? Bring them down! Not only will this make your space feel bigger by removing stuff off the walls, it’ll also feel alive again with all of the natural light that pours in.

ADD FRESH PAINT
Nothing refreshes a home like a new coat of paint. If you have dark dull colors, opt for lighter tones. Covering up stains on the walls, or drab old paint, can help your house feel brand new all over again.

ADD TILE
Consider adding a tile backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get beautiful results. Be sure you get tiles that compliment the colors in the space, so it doesn’t clash and look unappealing.

ADD COLOR
Although neutral colors are always recommended as the base of any home décor, don’t be afraid to compliment your neutrals with a pop of color. You can add it throughout the home by using flowers, pillows, décor, or even light curtains that are staged on the sides of your windows.

CHANGE OUT FIXTURES + HARDWARE
You’d be surprised by how much more a kitchen can look different just by replacing the hardware on the cabinets. A bathroom or living room can come alive again by installing a brand new light fixture. If you moved into a place that still has the same stock hardware or fixtures, replace them and add a little creativity with the new pieces you have installed.

REARRANGE FURNITURE
Head to Pinterest and get inspired for new living room, bedroom, or dining room arrangements. Most homeowners decorate “incorrectly” when it comes to standard staging rules. View a variety of furniture set-ups on social media and let it motivate you to rearrange your space. You don’t have to buy a bunch of new furniture to make a drastic change.

Do you need help buying or selling your home? Contact me today!

 

Posted on February 24, 2019 at 1:49 pm
Allison Higgins | Category: help, Selling, Spring

Seasons Changing Means Oppurtunity for Sellers!

It is a special time of year: School is getting out, days are getting longer and the families are planning for the future!  Seasonal adjustments help make it easier to compare month to month adjustments in the market. You can’t get a good picture of whether it’s a good or bad year by comparing a typically slow January with a typically busy July.

The raw data tells us that real estate follows a clear seasonal pattern. Inventory  peaks in the summer, sales peak in the summer, real estate web traffic peaks in the summer. Notice a trend?

But each local market has it’s own cycle. The school calendar plays a big role since families with kids prefer to move while school is out. And not all school calendars are the same.

Weather also influences the real estate cycle. Cold weather markets such as Boston, Minneapolis and New York start later in the Spring. Does anyone in other parts of the country realize how much snow we get in the Northeast? You have to see the curb to have curb appeal!

Warm weather such as Miami, San Diego or Phoenix start earlier and demonstrate less seasonal variation overall.

There is also a herd mentality that influences the market peak. Driven by years of observations that there may be an optimal time to list that perfectly aligns with the peak demand to command the highest price and to do so as quickly as possible. Right now is one of those times!

When the sales are slower due to the season, the age of inventory rises and we start to monitor the median days on market of active listings. This typically bottoms out in June and peaks in Winter months like December and January.

As the age of inventory increases, buyers gain more leverage. That is why prices are also seasonal, peaking each summer when demand is highest and the age of inventory is lowest. If you are a buyer and can wait until the Fall or Winter you will find the prices will come down a bit and there will be less competition in the off season!

If you are a Seller or thinking about selling than now is the time! The inventory is low and the buyers are anxious to move while the kids are out of school and the weather is fabulous!

Contact me today to get more details about what is happening in the market in your area!

 

 

 

Posted on May 31, 2018 at 11:22 am
Allison Higgins | Category: help, Spring, Summer

Does Your Credit Score Need Improving?

Recently some of my clients have realized that their credit scores are lower than they expected. To buy a house and get approved for loans and mortgages you must be in good standing with your credit. If you have no idea what your credit score is go to www.creditkarma.com and check it then read this article of  5 simple tips to improving your credit so that when you are ready for that next big step in life!

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Posted on March 6, 2018 at 11:57 am
Allison Higgins | Category: help