Clean Up Your Home Before Leaving: 2

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

kitchen-cleaning_300Now that we have talked a little bit about how you should leave your house – let’s go ahead and talk about in detail what you should be doing when all of your furniture is out of the house and you are left with an empty shell of a house.  Firstly, you want to make sure that you paint anything that you changed.

Usually, white is a good color as the new tenants will be able to paint over it.  This is just if you painted anything while you were in your apartment – if you didn’t don’t worry about painting.  You always want to make sure that you leave the place spic and span though. 

That includes breaking out the cleaning supplies and vacuuming down the entire place.  This will leave a good impression on your landlord and you will probably get your full security deposit back!

Clean Up Your Home Before Leaving: 1

Friday, November 20th, 2009

spring-cleaning-main_fullWe all move.  Whether you are moving to a brand new house or you are moving into a new apartment, you want to make sure that you leave your old apartment in good shape.  Currently, I am going through a move myself and while I am not exactly moved out yet, I intend to leave the property the way I found it.

That does include some things that you may not want to be doing.  For example, cleaning out everything and making sure that the walls are painted.  This is something that many people forget about, however you always want to make sure that you do not burn any bridges when you move.

In the next blog, we will talk about exactly what you should be cleaning out and what you can leave.

Where Are You Going to Go? 2

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

moving-2Now, a lot of the information in this post may seem completely obvious, but speaking from experience, when you are trying to plan and execute a move, a lot of really important things can slip your mind. So, what do you need to check out when you move?

If you have children or plan to, you need to check out the schools in your area. Moreover, you may want to make sure the neighborhood you choose is kid friendly. Schools and neighborhoods should be as diverse as possible.

How are the hospitals where you are moving? How well are they equipped, what can they do? You never know what might happen, remember; it is worth it to be on the safe side.

How is the city or town itself? Where are the libraries, the grocery stores, the parks? Make sure that wherever you are moving suits you. If you like music in the park and cafes, look for that. If you like malls and movie theatres, look for that.

Where Are You Going to Go? 1

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

moving-1Hardly anyone stays in one place any longer these days. People tend to move around much, much more than they used to. That is all well and good — we call it progress, anyway, and whether you think of it as a good thing or a bad thing, that does not change the fact that it happens.

It is also a fact that moving can be a stressful and often scary experience. There are things you can do to allay any fears and frustrations, such as making sure your home is organized when you start to pack, that you plan things well, and things of that nature.

You also need to research the location where you will be moving to — seems like that goes without saying, right?

However, you need to know more than just where you are going to live and if the place is close to your job.

How to Choose the Best Neighborhood: 2

Friday, September 4th, 2009

neighborhood-2Speaking in terms of real estate and in your personal investment, especially if you are buying a new home in your new neighborhood rather than renting a property, there are a number of other things you can do when choosing a neighborhood.

For instance, while it is important to pick out a house or apartment in a neighborhood which meets your price range, you can follow a few helpful strategies.

One thing you can do is look for a neighborhood likely to become the new hot spot within the next several years. If you can get in on the ground floor and are willing to wait a while, you can wind up in a phenomenal neighborhood without having to pay steep prices.

If you happen to fall in love with a neighborhood in which you can not yet afford to buy, then you pay consider buying either a co op or a condominium. By doing so, you still have a chance to buy in a great area.

How to Choose the Best Neighborhood: 1

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

neighborhood-1When you are preparing to move, the neighborhood you will ultimately live in is and should be a very important consideration. This is especially true if you currently have children or plan to have kids. However, it should be a concern for childless couples as well as single individuals. We all want to be in a good, safe neighborhood. Our ideas of what constitute as a good neighborhood may differ, but there are some universal tips you can follow to help you find the best one for you.

By and large, several factors are almost universally important, though they may differ for you personally. You want to check out the quality of the schools in a potential neighborhood, as well as traffic conditions, property values, the crime rates, how much construction goes on or is planned, and the neighborhoods proximity to areas like your job, hospitals, schools, the stores, public transportation, freeways and airports, and prisons. You may want to see how close the neighborhood is to any applicable beaches or lakes as well, in addition to parks, museums, stadiums, theaters, and other sites for cultural activities.

Increasing the Value of Your Home: 1

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

increase-1The housing market is an absolute disaster right now. Homes are staying on the market for months, even years at a time. More often than not, when you are trying to sell your house, you want it to get snatched up as quickly as possible — preferably for an amount that is at least somewhat close to the asking price. You are probably trying to buy something else yourself, after all. You need the money; you need the closer. So, what can you do to compensate for the state of the market? Believe it or not, there is a number of ways you can take matters into your own hands.

First of all, spruce up the outside of your home. Spend some time tidying up your front and back yards. Make sure it is clean of yard waste and trash, try to keep it mowed regularly, and get rid of all those unsightly weeds.

If you have the money to do so, even try a little landscaping. Plant some flowers, keep your hedges neatly trimmed. A house that looks great on the outside is going to draw a lot more attention.

Tips and Tricks For Buying a Vacation Home! Part 2

Sunday, May 31st, 2009


Now that we have talked about how you should locate your vacation property, the next step is going to be actually looking for one.  The destination is obviously going to be the most important thing; after all, you are probably going to be spending a lot of time there.

Costa Rica is definitely one of the top vacation investment property places however, you do not have to go there – you can find your dream vacation home really anywhere!

After you have picked the destination, you next want to find yourself a mortgage broker as well as a real estate agent.  Agent first then mortgage broker.  The real estate agent will actually take you around to all sorts of different properties and help you pick out a home that matches all of your specifications, so you will not have to worry about hunting down a property that fits everything that you are looking for!

Tips and Tricks For Buying a Vacation Home!

Saturday, May 30th, 2009


Investing in a vacation home is something that is very, very scary in the beginning, however, if you are the type of person that goes on vacation a lot, getting a vacation home is going to save you time and money in the long run!  That is exactly what we are going to explore in this article, just how you should go about getting your own vacation home and what you should look for!

First and foremost, you need to make sure that you figure out exactly what you want out of a vacation home.  Making a list of all of your wants is something that you absolutely need to do, after all, this is going to be your second home and you should absolutely make sure that it meets all of your needs!

After your list is made, you now need to make sure that you decide on a location.  There are so many different locations available that it can be overwhelming but really think about where you would visit all of the time and research some of the airfares to these places … that way you can know just how much money you might be spending on traveling.  More in the next blog!


Things You can Do to Feel at Home after Moving

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Moving from one place to another can be a great experience or it can also be a stressful one. To make sure that yours fall under the first category you can do the following:

Before Moving

  • Inform people of your new home address. You might need to this for your bank or for some subscriptions that are being sent to your doorstep.
  • Pack a box of essentials for the first few nights. Make sure that you have a first aid kit, enough clothes, and toiletries.
  • Make sure that the electricity, water, internet and other utilities in the new place are properly installed and functional.
  • If you have children, enroll them to a new school.

New Sweet Home

  • If it will make you more comfortable to change all the locks or install extra security details then please do so.
  • Scan the community and be familiar with the emergency services like ambulance, police, or the fire department.
  • For the first few days, have a stock of quick to prepare foods so you can devote the bigger chunk of your time to fixing your new place.