Monday, November 26, 2012

Avoid Moving Scams

Thinking about moving? The following advice will help you choose a professional moving company by avoiding moving scams. First and most importantly, make sure the moving company can prove they are legitimate. Any legitimate company should then offer you a in-home estimate. This will give you a realistic idea of how much there is to move and how much it will cost for your move. 

After your in-home estimate a moving company should provide you with a  written copy of your estimate. You should visually be able to see this estimate for example via e-mail so you can see what you are paying for and have to opportunity to ask questions. Another item you can look at is the reputation of the company. Take the time to search the company’s name and see what others experience was, some websites that provide reviews are Google Maps or Angie’s List

One thing to keep in mind is moving companies that offer coupons for their clients. There are strict state laws that forbid moving companies from offering coupons. This is a scam to lure in new clients and usually never end up getting their discount. Moving companies must also hold the correct certifications and licenses. Ask the moving companies you are looking into for their DOT and MC license numbers. If they can not provide those for you, you might want to re-think your decision. The Better Business Bureau may be another way to research your moving company and verify these certificates and licenses. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Buying a Foreclosure? Look at these Considerations 1st!

Look at buying a vacant house? Foreclosure homes can come at a really great bargain for you wallet but may turn out to be a huge unexpected headache! Now this depends on a variety of things, you might consider asking yourself these two important question, why has this house been lift empty? How long has this home been vacant? Below are a few tips you might want to take a second look at before making your final decision. 

Home inspection result. Home inspectors and we regular John and Jane Doe do not have x-ray vision meaning we can’t assess the real condition of  all wiring and plumbing inside walls. Sometime in vacant houses the utilities aren’t even turned on which really poses the question, do they even work? Having a home inspection is crucial in giving you a general overall condition of the home. Also make sure to find an inspector that will put a house to the test. A good inspector will test outlets, water flow, radon testing, ect. If he/she is only using their eyes you may want to get a second option. 

Cover-ups. Former owners of a vacant property can try to cover up their reason for leaving the house. Serious problems like mold, electric or plumbing issue, and water damage can be covered if your not looking carefully. Look carefully for any fresh paint spots, new drywall, or anything looks suspicious. You never want to buy a house blind, make sure your looking for the signs of a cover up. Many vacant homes will also be subject to vandalism, this is another good question to consider asking the seller, inspector, or realtor when viewing a showing of the home. 

Balancing values. Vacant homes are discounted which is most likely why you are looking at them versus a home with a current resident but sometimes under the surface they are not a bargain. How much of the home are you actually seeing? A simple repair like a new coat of paint or appliances can be a easy fix but having to replace an entire house’s plumbing or electrical could be devastating. How much of a deal are you really getting after a catastrophe like that?  Buying a new home can be exciting but try stay realistic about what it will require in terms of financial investment. It’s much easier to budget for the worst case and have extra money to spend rather than have no money to spend because of a problem you overlooked. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Top 4 Ways to get Rid of Unwanted Items

When thinking about packing and moving all your things, you probably feel overwhelmed. When your in the process of planning your move you may be dreading the number of things that have to be put into boxes.  Instead of seeing your time and energy wasted, try some of these potential money makers. The things you don't necessary like anymore may be a treasure to someone else.

#1 Sell your items online 
This is the easiest and most efficient way to get rid of your unwanted items and you make some extra money. Some people are overwhelmed at the number of places you can sell your items online but here’s my suggestion, Craigslist. It’s as easy as putting a picture of your item and an e-mail or phone number to be contacted at. This way you just sit back and relax as individuals contact you while making some extra cash! 

#2 Have a Garage Sale 
If you can make some money by selling your items instead of just throwing them in the garage, you should. Have a garage sale can be more time consuming than selling your items online but it can be a lot of fun. If you ask neighbors and family members to join in this task can be less daunting and create more traffic to your sale. Organize the items you will be selling, tag them, make signs to attract a crowd, and finally sit back and watch the extra cash stack up. This can be a great activity to get the whole family involved in getting rid of their unwanted items cluttering up under beds and in closets. 

#3 Donate your items 
If you don’t want to sell your items online or go through a garage sale you might want to think about donating items to a non-profit organization of your choosing. There are many people who need your items but can’t afford them so why not give your items to a worthy cause? Plus this will save your time and energy if you do not want to answer inquires about items or organize an event like a garage sale. The first step in donating your items may be checking out your organizations website or contacting them to see what the guidelines for donating are

#4 Recycling items that can not be sold or donated 
There are always some items in your possession that don’t seem to sell or can’t be donated and now you have to ask yourself what do I do with it? You can always throw it in the trash but what about the accumulation of garage? Green is the new black. It’s always a good idea to check if your items can be recycled and how. For example computers, paint, and batteries might be some items you question before throwing away. If you just throw these items in the trash they can damage the environment or cause health-related illnesses in landfill areas. So before you just throw items in the trash find out if it can be recycled first! 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Moving to another State?

Moving any size home or distance can cause stress and anxiety.  But when it's a interstate move, the concerns seem to increase.  What most people find is that staying organized and creating a plan of action helps reduce your moving stress significantly and who doesn’t want that? We've put together some great ways to organize your interstate move to make it as simple as possible:
Make a checklist. Decide what items in your home you’ll take with you, donate or get rid of. This checklist will also help make sure you have everything when unpacking in your new home.

Research first.
Before you spend time getting moving estimates, think about the types of moving services you need and what your budget is then start contacting moving companies.  When researching moving companies make sure to ask yourself some of these important questions: What is their hourly rate? Are they insured? Do they offer Free moving boxes? Using the internet has also made research easier! Try looking up your company on Facebook, Twitter, Google Maps,  and Angie’s List to read reviews from other clients. This will give you a good idea of what the companies values are and if your interested in getting a quote.

Start getting moving estimates. Once you've decided on companies that meet your standards, begin requesting estimates. If possible make sure to set up an on-site estimate this way you get a accurate price ball-park for your move. If the estimates don't line up with your budget, make sure to speak directly with a representative; companies like Hedberg Moving Solutions can often offer options that lower the cost of your move.

Get packing. Quality boxes can often be purchased from your moving company; make sure to ask about Hedberg Moving Solution’s Free Box Promotion.  Start by packing items that you don't use regularly, such as out-of-season clothes, decorations, books, etc.  Some tips to keep you more organized are to clearly mark each box with the room it should go into and the items enclosed. Designate one room to hold all your packed boxes until move day. If possible pick a room closest to your front door this will save time when the movers are running boxes to the truck and ultimately save you money.

Some things you don't want to load into the moving truck are items like daily hygiene products, medications, and the family pet. These items need to make the trip in your personal vehicle. Chances are you'll need these things before you make it to your new home in a different state.
Relocating a long distance can be stressful, but there's no doubt that starting out with an organized interstate move can make it much more enjoyable and exciting!  If you have questions about your move or want to know how Hedberg Moving Solutions can help, give us a call at 763-434-6683.