Don’t Pack These Items Up When You Move Into A New Home

Don’t Pack These Items Up When You Move Into A New Home

From medications to plants, here is a list of items you need to put some extra thought into for your packing strategy.

Guest Post by NorthStar Moving Co-Founder Laura McHolm

You have gone through the packing drills: Boxes? check; Tape? check; Precise type of boxes? check. Ready, set, go! Start packing! Wait a second! Hold it! Before you pack every tea cup and toy car in your home; take a break and step back. There are some items  you should first set aside; these items should not be packed. Certain valuables should always be kept close to you during a move, other items can be dangerous and some items simply should be left to the pros to pack to prevent injury and breakage.

Here are some of the items NOT to pack and move with the rest of your belongings:

1. Treasures: Money, securities, valuable papers and jewelry – Keep your treasures with you. If they are already tucked securely in a safe deposit box in the bank, don’t forget to get a new safe deposit box close to your new home and transfer the items there before your move.

2. Flammables: Items such as aerosol cans, paints, and gasoline – Ask the local hazardous waste organization in your community how to dispose of these items properly. The local fire department can point you in the right direction.

3. Perishable Items: Frozen foods and produce – You can donate food to your local food bank. Move for Hunger is a great organization for linking you to a food bank near you. Or, have a very eclectic left over dinner: ice cream and frozen waffles, anyone?

4. Plants & Flowers: Some states don’t allow plants to cross state lines so a moving company won’t be able to transport them for you. Moving locally? Way in advance of moving day: Ask the moving company if they can move plants. Can they move them in one day or  would you be better off moving your green friends yourself? You don’t want those plants in the dark without water too long!

5. Soaps & Polishes: Check with the water department and fire department on proper disposal.

6. Medications: Speak to your pharmacist, get your prescriptions transferred to your new home and find out how to transport them safely. Don’t forget your pet’s medications too. Talk to your vet and get those records and prescriptions transferred to your new home.

7. Explosives: Have guns, firearms, fireworks, explosives, or toxic substances? Check moving details with your local police department. Many cities have a no question asked turn in your firearms policy. Don’t under any circumstances leave them unattended. Children get very curious during a move and the last thing you would want on moving day is a horrible accident.

8. Family: Children, special need individuals, elderly family members and pets including fish and reptiles – Now, I know you aren’t packing these loved ones! BUT it is very important to make sure they all have a safe, cool and have a secure place to be on moving day, away from all of the boxes, commotion and movers. Make those arrangements way in advance of moving day and make sure everyone knows where everyone is going during the moving process.

The Ultimate Lifesaver Packing Tip:  Items you want to have easily accessible and close by your side on moving day be sure to pack a suitcase for each family member so everyone has their pjs, a change of clothes, phone/computer chargers, toothbrush, toothpaste, meds and favorite teddy bear. Also, make sure each family pet is microchipped, tagged and has a backpack full of food, meds, treats and toys to keep them settled where ever they will be babysat during the move. If you’re moving a long distance, make sure each family member has enough to get them through until the moving van rolls up to the new home. Really, you don’t want anyone to start that new school or job in their polka dotted pjs!

 Laura McHolm is an organizational, moving & storage expert and co-founder of NorthStar Moving Company. NorthStar Moving Company is an award winning, “A+” rated company, which specializes in providing eco-luxury moving and storage services.   www.northstarmoving.com.

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3 Reasons Your Real Estate Search is Better in the Summer

3 Reasons Your Real Estate Search is Better in the Summer

Spring and summer are hot when it comes to real estate, and it is often seen as a seller’s market. However, there are great reasons the summer season can aid buyers in their real estate search. Here are the top-three reasons to buy in the summer.

It’s no secret that spring and summer are hot when it comes to real estate, and it is often seen as a seller’s market. However, there are some great reasons the summer season can help buyers in their real estate search. Here are the top-three benefits of buying a home in the summer.

1. Weather

With plants and shrubs in full bloom, buyers are not only able to get a sense of potential property maintenance requirements; they can gain a lot of information from the neighborhood itself. A quick tour around the neighborhood will quickly tell how well properties in the area are maintained — something which is important when it comes to resale value. Just be sure to check any home carefully for signs of moisturethat wouldn’t be present in the dry months and that could indicate issues over the fall and winter — or better yet, ensure that a qualified home inspector reviews the property before finalizing.

Fair weather also tends to bring people out of doors, so summer offers valuable opportunities to speak to others who live in the neighborhood and gain their input on the area. You may even find out one or two local benefits that you otherwise wouldn’t have known. With many people off work and kids out of school, you should also be able to determine the demographic of the area fairly easily — this can be great if you have kids and are looking for opportunities for them to be social in the neighborhood.

2. Selection and Condition

The real estate market tends to become saturated with listings in the spring and summer months, something that brings with it ample opportunity to check all the items off your wish list. While you may encounter slightly higher buyer competition in these months, the abundance of available properties will allow you to narrow down your targets areas. A few well-planned open houses can also help you realize where you can compromise in your wish list so that you are ready to act when the right property comes available.

As summer brings with it easier working conditions, buyers will also discover an increase in odd-jobs and maintenance upgrades sellers are making to their property before selling, which may otherwise have gone undone. It may not be a huge money saver, but a new coat of paint or a freshly landscaped yard can be one less thing to worry about when settling into a new space.

3. Bargaining Power

Even with the abundance of homes that hit the market each spring, summer buyers, especially those who can offer a quick closing, can capitalize on the need for sellers with kids to move and get their families settled before school starts. This provides a degree of bargaining power for buyers.

Additionally, sellers who have been trying to sell in a saturated market may feel that they have missed the boat on gaining a sale as summer rounds the bend. This offers a chance for motivated buyers to knock a little bit off the asking price while still ending up with the home that fits their needs.

Though summer brings with it a hectic pace, buyers who aren’t intimidated by a little viewing competition and can commit relatively quickly will find that there is a benefit to beginning their real estate search in the summer months.

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