Friday, February 22, 2013

What Not to Pack

After getting all your supplies to start packing your belonging before move day stop and make a list. What don’t you want to pack in your moving boxes? Things like valued documents or hazardous chemicals should be packed in a separate box. You might want to keep your valued documents with you in your moving process. This makes them easy to find when your unpacking so you don’t accidentally throw them away. Another idea to keep in mind is the fact that moving companies can not move hazardous chemicals. 

Items to include in your valuable item box include: 

  • Medical records
  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage licenses
  • Laptop computers
  • Expensive jewelry
  • Rare collections
  • Photo albums
  • Spare keys
  • Medications

These valuable items can be irreplaceable or a hassle to replace. Depending on your personal preferences you may have more or less items on your list, this just gives you some ideas to start with. Make sure to pack these items yourself and keep them in your personal vehicle as you navigate to your new home to insure that they are not damaged or lost.

Items that are illegal for moving companies to move include: 
  • Flammable items (i.e. pesticides, acid, aerosols, pool chemicals, kerosene, motor oil, fireworks, lamp oil, weed killer, etc.)
  • Batteries
  • Paint
  • Ammunition
  • Perishable food items (i.e. eggs, milk, cheese, meats, poultry, etc.), especially if you’re making a long distance move

So what do you do with the items you can’t bring? If your unsure you can always call your local city hall or waste management company, this way you are disposing the chemicals properly. Another resource to use is the internet, your local companies may have resources and instructions on their website. 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Utility Costs in a New Home

So your interested in buying a new home, do you know what the utilities are going to cost each month? Some of these small details like gas, electric, or water can be over looked when setting up your new monthly budget. This could be the deal breaker when looking at a home. 

Ask your realtor for the utility bills if your serious in buying a particular home. It’s a good idea to not only look at only the last month but also the past 12 months. This way you get an idea of the utility bills across all seasons. The selling realtor of the home can be contacted by your realtor to get this information. If this information isn’t given to you by the realtor you may also try contacting the current utility providers. They might be able to give you a ball park of the utility costs for that home. 

Look for clues of the energy efficiency in the home. Does the home have cathedral ceilings? This can draw conditioned air up from the areas you want it to be. Other things to look for are older water-chugging plumbing fixtures, spas, complex landscaping that requires a lot of watering, and single-pane windows. These are all small details to take into account when figuring the utility bills. 

If you are head over heels for a home with high utility bills you still have a chance to lower your bills if you have a budget that allows for improvements. Install ceiling fans to help direct heated and cooled air. Select lightbulbs and fixtures that are energy efficient/energy savers. Make sure the home is insulted well and choose new windows that have double panes. Also spend some time looking at your landscaping, smart drip irrigation systems can cut down the costs of water. 

Before you move into your new home take the time to look at all aspects of the home including utility bills. You’ll avoid any surprises and have the opportunity to fix inefficiencies ahead of time.