Thursday, January 31, 2013

Spotting a Bad Landlord

The landlord is one of the last things you think about in all the hype about getting a new home. Funny thing is having a landlord is like having another spouse. Your making a large commitment to an individual that you may not know anything about, sounds scary right? Well here are a few tips that can make you more aware about what your getting yourself into when it comes to having a landlord. 

Ask Questions, you never can ask enough questions. You have the right to know what kind of a person you will be dealing with throughout your housing commitment. For starters make sure you take a walk through of the home your leasing with the landlord him/herself. This way you can ask all the questions you want face to face with them. This also allows you to get to know your future landlord and their management style. Don’t fool ourself, whether you like it or not this individual will become part of your life. Here are some sample questions to ask when completing a walk through: 

1. How long have you owned the property?

2. Do you handle maintenance yourself? Am I responsible for any repairs?

3. How long did the last tenants live here? Did they have pets? 

4. What kind of security measures do you take? 

5. What is the neighborhood like? Any crime in the area? 

Examine the property, is it clean? are there any visibly obvious damages? these clues can say a lot about the landlord. If your questioning damages that look like pest infestation, water leaks, mold or other damages get a second opinion. A inspector may be a good investment if you are making a long term commitment. If repairs are needed you want to make sure to include them in the lease or make sure the are completed before signing the lease and moving in. If they are not included in the lease or not fixed the landlord could hold you accountable if the deal falls through. 

Talk to others, see what other tenants think of their landlord. This can give you a large clue to what he/she is like after moving in. It’s good to hear both the good and the bad. Another option may be doing your research on the landlord using technology. If they are part of a property management group then their maybe some reviews online. You can also research the property via public records in your city. This will help you figure out if there are any set backs with the property or landlord. 

Read carefully, once you sign the lease you can’t take it back. It is important to re-read the lease you are about to sign, it is not uncommon for a landlord to sneak in or restructure the current sections in their favor. It may not be a bad idea to familiarize yourself with landlord/tenant laws in your state. This way you know your rights and what is supposed to be in the lease itself. You also want to ask about any sections you do not understand in the lease. The most important thing to remember is if you feel uncomfortable then do not sign the lease. There are a million different options for a new home out there you don’t have to settle! 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Moving Your Office

Is this the first time you have to move your office? Well have no fear it’s easy when you follow the tips explained below. Moving day is always a stressful event but preparing in advance can help you feel relief. Plus as soon as you pick your move date you can start packing and labeling boxes slowly so it’s not such a burden in the future. This way you can keep your employees working successfully instead of closing down for a day to pack and prepare. 

Once you know your moving and you have the date set it’s nice to let your client’s know in advance. Make sure to put it on your website, make signs for the office, and maybe even mention it on the phone. It wouldn’t be good if a client showed up at your old office, who knows how many potential clients you could lose just because they weren’t notified. It’s also important to change your billing address. You wouldn’t want important mail going to someone else, they might just throw it away. 

For office moves it’s important to research for a reliable moving company ahead of time. You should request a on-site estimate that way you get a realistic idea of what it will cost and how to prepare for the big move. Hedberg Moving Solutions even offers a packing demonstration that explain how to pack your office boxes for free before your move. This way you know how to pack certain items and make sure your items are not damaged. 

Now with all your preparation your move day will be easy! The movers will even put your employees boxes, desks, and items in their office so that all they have to do is unpack. This will save you downtime, you could even choose to move on a weekend that way no business days are wasted. Your employees will leave for the weekend on Friday and show up at the new office Monday to continue their work as usual. 

Whatever the reason for your office relocation – the need of a bigger space, moving the business to another town, finding a less expensive alternative when renting a place, etc., try to save yourself the troubles and let a professional take care of your move. By doing this you can stay focused on activities that you heave to do instead. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Did you know?

Most individuals don’t want to even think about moving but moving is on a lot of people’s mind. One-sixth of American’s relocate every year. Think about that! That’s about 43 million people a year that move. So choosing a professional and trust worthy moving company is a important part of planning your move. Below are some fun facts about moving you might that know! 

  • Job related moves make up about 40 percent of total moves throughout the year. Another 42 percent is due to personal reasons and the last 18 percent is due to military or government relocations. 
  • Around 62 percent of individuals still live in the state which they were born in.
  • Families, a married couple between 25-44 years of age with 1-2 children from the ages of 2-11 years old are the typical moving clients seen
  • The busiest moving season is made up of only  about 4 months, from May to the beginning of September. If you are planning to move during this time frame make sure to schedule your move date ahead of time. This way you get your preferred moving date and time. 

  • A household has a average moving shipment of 6,000 - 7,000 pounds, this is equivalent to  the weight of an elephant! 

  • Most of all moves, two-thirds to be exact, are local. For example most of Hedberg Moving Solutions moves are within the same county.
  • In a lifetime most individuals will move about 12 times. 

Moving is the third most stressful event in life aside from death of a loved one and divorce. A professional moving company can relieve this stress and even save you time/money from renting a truck and moving yourself. As always the key to success when moving is planning, preparation and contacting your moving company early! 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Moving In Must Do’s

Finally, your done with moving and your in your new home after all of your careful planning and hiring a excellent moving company. Now it’s time to take a deep breath and start some adventures in your new home. Although you feel like there’s been a weight lifted off your shoulders, there’s still some unpacking and last minute items to take care of. Here are a few things to put on your must do list after you move in: 

1. CLEAN: Even tho the landlord or last home owners have done their best to clean it’s never "your"   kind of clean. Make sure to give your new home another disinfecting, unless you know the last owners you never really know what your walking into. If you don’t have time to clean the whole house make sure to clean the kitchen, bathroom and carpets. These are areas where dust and germs like to hide out. 

2. CHECK FOR UNINVITED GUESTS: It might not be a bad idea to check for signs of rodents and bugs. Look for droppings, entry points, gnawed items, or nesting materials in tight, hidden warm areas where critters like to make homes. It’s not a pleasant thing to do when moving in but it could prevent larger issues in the future. Keep in mind if you don’t want to look yourself you could always hire a exterminator to do a preventative check. 

3. UNPACK THE SMART WAY: If you made a “open me first” box then do as it says and open it first. You might want to start by organizing your boxes and putting them in the room in which the items belong. Then you can unpack a room a day or even a weekend and still have room to walk throughout your new home. This helps minimize clutter and ultimately minimize stress. You might consider unpacking and hanging your pictures or decor so you feel more at home and comfortable. 

4. CHANGE YOUR LOCKS: It’s hard to know how many people have access to keys to your new home. It’s better to be safe than sorry, you’ll feel safer in your new home after you’ve changed the locks.

5. MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS: It’s sometimes awkward to walk up to a new neighbor’s home to introduce your but you’ll be happy you did it in the long run. You may meet a new friend or learn something about your new neighborhood. The added bonus is the awareness you gain of those that live around you whether that may be a good or bad thing, you’ll know who you can trust or who you should stay away from. This in sight is something only a resident of the neighborhood can give you! 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Moving in the Winter!

Moving in the winter can have it’s advantages. There are plenty of homes on the market and you can almost always get a great deal on a home because seller and rents are waiting for a buyer. Although it may be cold, braving the winter to relocate can have it’s perks. Plus you’ll be already settled in your new home by the summer. This way you can relax and enjoy the summer instead of stressing over your move. Below are some tips to keep in mind while moving in the winter. 

Plan for the worst, make sure you are aware of the weather conditions on your planned move day. Salting and shoving your walk aways can be the deciding factor of whether your move runs smoothly or not. Make sure your move is safe by planning ahead, even if it means waking up an hour early to shovel or salt. 

Moving into storage? Consider a climate-controlled storage when making your storage decision. The elements such as cold weather or snow can damage your prized possessions. A climate controlled storage takes the risk of damaged belongings away. You will be happy about your decision  even if you are only storing your items for a short period of time. 

Is your new home a large distance from your old home? Make sure to pack a emergency car kit just in case. The cold weather can go from bad to worse in a hurry and you don’t want to be  caught unprepared. Even if you have a reliable car you never know when and if you’ll break down. Unlike summer when you can sit outside and wait for help with ease, the winter is not so easy. Having a first aide kit, water, snacks, hot packs, a flashlight, salt, sand or kitty litter, and jumper cables may be some handy things to keep in your car for emergencies. 

The wonderful uses of cardboard. The flooring in your old and new home can be protected by simply laying down cardboard. Slush and salt from the snowy winter can damage your flooring. Creating a walking pathway from your front door to each room can save your floors. Plus it’s an easy clean up compared to scrubbing floors after a long day of moving in.