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Helping Your Pet Get Acclimated

clock August 20, 2012 18:19 by author Janet Corniel


Helping your pet acclimate to the weather in your new location is so important.  If your pet has lived outside in a temperate climate, you will have to bring them inside if you are moving to extreme temperatures.  If your pet is not used to the cold, you may want to consider purchasing some gear for your pet to keep them warm, when you take them out.  There are coats and booties you can buy to help your pet go for a walk in the cold.  Salt on the sidewalks used to melt the snow can get in your dog’s paws and make them very uncomfortable, so the booties will help prevent this.  If your dog is not willing to wear them, just make sure you clean out their paws when you return from your walk. 

If you are moving to extreme heat, you will have to be cognizant of taking steps to prevent heat stroke.  Smaller pets that stay indoors will not be affected.  However, for your four-legged friends you may want to consider cutting their hair short to help keep them cool.  Keeping them hydrated is also very important.  Also, just as you would not walk barefoot on extreme hot surfaces, you want to be careful with your four-legged friend.  Their paw pads can burn in extreme heat, so you want to make sure they have access to grass without having to walk on concrete or black top. 

It will take some time for your pet to build up a tolerance to the temperature change. Take steps to monitor your pet to prevent heat stroke or frost bite.  Pets will need time to get used to their environment in order to help make the transition successfully.  Keep in mind that your pet will not be able to tell you if something is wrong, so discuss with your vet warning signs to look for so that you can adequately address any issues before they happen.  


Moving Tips: Don’t Forget the Warranties

clock August 14, 2012 04:34 by author Janet Corniel


When you are moving, you will need to remember your warranties.  Keep in mind that they may be for your home or vehicle and you will have to address them.  If you have purchased an extended warranty on your vehicle or one for your home, take the time to read the agreement.  You want to understand what is covered and the duration.  Most extended warranties for your car are provided by the manufacturer and will be available no matter where you go.  In any event, you still want to contact your dealership and confirm.  

As for your extended home warranty, you will have to read the agreement carefully.  Most extended home warranties are nontransferable, meaning that you will not be able to apply it to your new home nor will you be able to transfer it to the new owners.  Take the time to call and clarify.  You may be able to use your extended warranty to cover some of the repair expenses noted on your home inspection by the buyer.


Clean Out Your Shed Before You Move

clock August 6, 2012 22:08 by author Janet Corniel


Once you know you moving, don’t forget to clean out your shed.  As we all enjoy our backyards during the few weeks left of summer, keep in mind that as you prepare for a move, you will have to get rid of flammable items.  These include but are not limited to propane tanks for your grill and outside heaters, fertilizer, gasoline tanks paint and any pressurized canisters.  Make sure that your lawn equipment is not full of fuel either.  Take a look at your lawn mower and trimmer to ensure that they are not laden with fuel.

Although it may seem inconvenient, for obvious reasons, you simply can’t include flammable items with your shipment.  Therefore, before you move, take the time to inspect and  clear out that shed.   All of those flammable items should be given away or taken for disposal.  Keep in mind that most of these items can’t be thrown away.  Therefore, you want to make sure that you have prepared ahead of time because it will take you extra effort to dispose of these items.  You do not want to be frantically trying to rid yourself of these items while the movers are packing you.  Alleviate the extra stress and do it ahead of time.  For further information, please check out this helpful list from Highland.


Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Professional Mover

clock July 30, 2012 17:13 by author Janet Corniel


When you are looking for a professional mover there are several things you should ask before making your decision.

  1. What is your previous experience?  You want to get an idea of their experience and reputation.  Ask them if they have experience moving long distances, overseas or specialty items.  You want to make sure if they or their subcontractors can handle your move.
  2. What is their standing in the profession?  What is their MC number or US DOT number?  You want to get an idea of where they stand and what is their professional reputation.  You can do some research online to double check the company’s standing.  By getting the company’s MC or DOT number you can go to Protect Your Move and check this company’s standing and complaint history.
  3. What is there pricing structure?  Understand your estimate.  You want to understand how they price your move and what is included and what is not.  It will also help you make the right comparisons between company estimates.
  4. What are their policies and procedures?  You want to understand what are their deadlines and their procedures for handling claims.  All of this information should be clarified before you move forward.  Make sure to get a point of contact who is able to answer questions on your move.
  5. Do you have any references or testimonials?  Ask them for any references or testimonials for clients in your area.  This will help you get an understanding of their interactions with their clients.   

Taking time to ask these questions and getting the answers will help you manage expectations and find just the right mover to move you.


First-Time Home Buyer Costs

clock July 23, 2012 17:06 by author Janet Corniel


Once you have gotten the keys to your first home, the fun begins.  It is important to realize that the steps you have taken leading to the day of close will make a significant impact on your budget.  Keep in mind that once you make it through the closing process, their are additional settling costs that can creep up for the first-time home buyer.  Some of these costs can be mitigated prior to close.  For example, make sure to get a home inspection done and have any items flagged addressed by the seller.  A home-warranty is another item that can help offset the cost of any repairs to major items to your home in the first year.  These steps will help to offset some additional expenses.

Expenses that you may encounter once you move in may include painting, cleaning, windows, window treatments, carpets and fixtures.  When you are evaluating what needs to be done, identify what is cosmetic and what needs to be addressed.  This will help you prioritize your budget.  When you are completing this list, identify the work that you can or are willing to do yourself and what you have to hire out.  This is important because it will impact your budget significantly.  Once you have done this, get estimates and price out the projects.  You may be very surprised at your findings.  For example, window treatments can be very expensive.  Therefore, you want to think about your needs versus wants and the impact on your budget.

Owning your first home is a wonderful experience full of excitement.  Taking extra steps to prepare and evaluating your options will help you maximize your budget.