Ready to Relocate? 3 Tips on How to Set a Moving Budget That Won’t Break the Bank

Relocating to a new area can be exciting, but it can also be expensive. There are many resources to help, but most cost money. However, if you take your time and plan carefully, you can reduce the expense so you don’t start your new life with new debt. Here are three tips to controlling your moving budget.

1. Find Out What’s Free
Nothing is better than paying nothing, right? Don’t assume you have to fork out money for everything you need to move. If you have accepted a new job, ask your new employer whether the company can cover any of your moving expenses. When it comes to moving supplies, see what you can get without having to pay for it. Stock up on free moving supplies by asking your workplace, local grocery stores, and friends and family for unneeded, sturdy boxes. Instead of paying professional movers, see if you can barter with friends or family for help in moving boxes to and from the truck.

2. Focus On Essentials
After you’ve pursued every possible angle to cover your needs for free, you will likely need to pay for something. The trick is to only do so for what is absolutely necessary. Many providers will offer you help along the way, but you should only sign up for basic services. This could include moving big items such as a piano, paying for gas and tolls, or buying cartons for oddly-shaped or particularly valuable items. If you are not able to move things yourself, this could include hiring professionals.

3. Do It Yourself
If you have the time and are physically fit, start long before moving day and pack everything yourself. Rent or borrow a truck and move your boxes yourself, perhaps with the help of a friend. Take care of disconnecting old utilities and signing up for new ones. Handle both cleaning your old home and preparing your new one. Anything you can do with a little elbow grease will mean less money out of pocket.

CALL ME for advice on keeping moving expenses down. Ask about providers who may give you a discount for being referred by your agent. Remember that you are in charge of your move, so don’t automatically sign up for every service available. By using free goods and services when available and doing much of the work yourself, you can set and follow a moving budget you can afford.

 

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Los Angeles is in the top 13 of The 20 Hottest Markets in September 2015! Wooooooop!

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The season has officially changed to fall, and it looks like would-be home buyers can benefit from a wide selection of homes that are becoming more affordable, according to an early read of the exclusive September data here at realtor.com®. Even better news: This year’s market looks substantially better than it did last year at this time. So if you’re looking to buy a home, now is the time to give me a call! 🙂

LA Housing Construction and Development: Going Up!

High demand for housing, historically high rents and condo/loft prices are keeping the Los Angeles region’s housing market hot, with both domestic and foreign vertical developers keenly in the game.What’s your home, land or investment property worth???

I don’t usually post my Listings, but this one is to die for! Do you know anyone who would LOVE to LIVE HERE?? ( Besides me;) )

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The pinnacle of style, design and location!

SELLERS strike while the Real Estate iron is hot!!

Robert Kleinhenz, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said the report is good news for homeowners. If this guy doesn’t know what’s up…then no one does!!

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Property values in Los Angeles County increased by 6.13 percent in 2015 ó the largest jump since 2010, the assessor reported on Thursday, June 16, 2015. The median price of a single-family home in L.A. County increased 7.9 percent, to $480,000 last year. The average price was $780,000.

Apartment rents increased 6.4 percent in 2014. In the city of Los Angeles, the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment last year was $2,591 per month.

The increase in property values is advantageous for those selling their homes, the assessor said.

“If you’re selling, you’re going to be able to command a better selling price,” adding that values are going up everywhere in the county.

“They’re seeing that their home values are coming back and so that’s good news for homeowners because for most households, the primary store of wealth in their portfolio for the typical homeowner is their home, particularly in Los Angeles,” Kleinhenz said.

Keep on readin’…

Happy Father’s Day aka National Man Cave Day! What’s the Man Cave Update in Real Estate?

According to the Wall Street Journal, the man cave is very much alive, it’s just evolved a bit—from leather couch meets big-screen TV, to something with more of a “sophisticated twist.” Turns out, modern day renditions of “ultra-luxury manly spaces” can be neatly categorized into four types—the “tech lair,” the “haute hobby room,” the “gentleman’s greenhouse,” and the “bookish hideout.”

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Man Cave Rules
  • My Cave, My Rules
  • No Sitting In My Chair
  • Keep Your Hands Off My Remote
  • Women Not Allowed
  • Bar Always Fully Stocked

Here are some links to make YOUR day great!

DIY Man Cave

ESPN

The Art of Manliness

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Pending home sales up 3.4% in April, highest in 9 years! The Real Estate Market is on fire!