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5 Tips to Help You Find a Realtor

clock February 6, 2012 22:31 by author Janet Corniel

 

Finding a the right realtor to help you through the process is so important.  Here are five tips to help you find the right professional to guide you and your family through the process.

  1. Do your research.  Take the time and do your research.  You want to look at who is available in the area where you want to purchase.  Make sure they have the experience and credentials you need.  Once you do your research on-line, narrow down your options and create a short list.
  2. Face to face.  It is so important that you meet this person.  Whether you set up a time to meet with them personally or use Skype, you need to get a feel for this person.  I suggest you start with a set list of questions that you can ask them.  This helps you to compare answers among the realtors you interviewed.  
  3. Experience, knowledge and personality.  Once you have interviewed your short list, review their experience and knowledge.  However, do not just focus on these two.  You need to look at their personality and demeanor.  You will be working with this person during a stressful time and you will need the reassurance that you will be able to get along with them.  Make sure that their personality is one that you can work with.  This is critical.
  4. Know the difference between a buyer and seller’s agent.  It is self explanatory.  A buyer’s agent represents the buyer and a seller’s agent represents the seller.  Most realtors have experience in both but some specialize or do better with one part of the transaction.  Therefore, when you are asking your questions make sure you understand the realtor’s experience in both areas.
  5. Word of caution. If you are looking to purchase as opposed to sell, sometimes you may fall in love with a property prior to finding your own realtor.  The realtor selling the property can act as both the seller and buyer’s agent.  I want to caution you about that situation.  It may seem convenient to do and the agent may be very professional about the transaction.  However, we have done this in the past and it did not go so well for us.  Therefore, before you decide to agree to this arrangement consider getting an agent to work on your behalf.  This will give you the confidence that someone is not torn between two clients and you have someone to work only on your behalf.

 



PCSing? Let ClickandMove Help You.

clock January 30, 2012 22:22 by author Janet Corniel

 

If you are about to embark on a Permanent Change of Station (PCS), ClickandMove can help you.  Many times as a member of the armed services, you are responsible for the coordination of your move.  Time is often of the essence and you must work within a budget.  ClickandMove is the perfect way to help you with your PCS.  By a simple click of a button, you are able to take your inventory at a time that is convenient for you.  Once complete, email your inventory to our movers, who then can return an estimate for you.  This is a great way for you to get results quickly and efficiently.  Once you receive the estimates, you are able to make comparisons and come up with a short list.  After you have your short list, contact the moving companies directly and discuss your needs with them.  Once you have all your information to hand, you can make a selection.  You have other things to worry about with a PCS, so let ClickandMove help you, so you can get on with more important things with your family.


 



5 Tips to Help You Choose the Right Professional Mover

clock January 23, 2012 19:37 by author Janet Corniel

 

It is so important to find just the right mover for you and your family.  Your professional mover should feel like a member of your team.  Here are five tips to help you make the right choice.

 

  1. Plan ahead.  Set a date early so that you will have the time to find the right mover.  ClickandMove can help you do this by facilitating the process.  Put together your inventory by the click of a mouse and then send movers your inventory electronically, which will help you save time and energy. 
  2. Once you get your estimates, you can begin to short list your movers.  You can start by seeing which companies fit in your budget.  
  3. With the short list of movers, you can then begin your due diligence.  Check with professional organizations like AMSA (American Moving and Storage Association) and BBB (Better Business Bureau).  Review their credentials and reputation.  Further, you want to get the MC number of the company, which will allow you to do more research on the size of the company, their fleet and standing. Once you have this number go to ProtectYourMove.gov and enter it in to the form and it will give you a great deal of information about the company. 
  4. Call your mover and get a feel for their personality and customer service.  This will help you understand their corporate culture.
  5. Review their reputation and presence online.  This will help you understand their connection to their customers and if they are tech savvy.

 

The key takeaway is to do your due diligence ahead of time to ensure you find the right moving company to be your team member through your move.


 



Helping an Elderly Family Member or Friend with a Move

clock January 16, 2012 15:11 by author Janet Corniel

 

Many of you may find yourself in a position where you are helping an elderly friend or family member with a move.  This situation can be challenging because of the additional emotional stress involved.  However, there are several things you can do to minimize any problems.  First, have a detailed conversation with your senior and clarify their needs and wants.  If you can have this conversation years ahead of the potential move the better, especially if you find yourself helping someone struggling with dementia.  Second, make sure all other family members and significant others are on board.  This is a case for a unified front.  Third, minimizing the stress on this elderly person is key.  Change can be hard to embrace, so being patient and recognizing how this could impact them is important.  If it is available to you, get them involved.  Often times you are having to downsize and get rid of lots of unwanted items.  Being sensitive to how this will impact them will help with the transition.  Fourth, identifying one point of contact who can make decisions on this person’s behalf is essential. It is so important to have one person give direction to your mover to minimize confusion.  Fifth, stay positive.  You set the tone for the move and it is so important to keep positive.  There will be challenges but if you come at them with a positive attitude, it will help your elderly family member or friend overcome it. 


 



Moving plants? Here are 5 important tips.

clock January 9, 2012 18:12 by author Janet Corniel

 

For those of you who love plants, it seems natural to want to take them with you to your new location.  Here are five great tips to help you successfully move your plants.

  1. Do your research

Depending on where you are moving, there are rules and regulations that govern the transportation of plants whether your are moving domestically or internationally.  For example, if you are moving to or within the United States, there are many restrictions that you need to know.  Federal regulations prohibit a moving company to accept a shipment containing perishable items, which include plants if the shipment is being transported greater than 150 miles and delivery occurs after twenty-four hours.  Some states have even more regulations to control the introduction of gypsy moths.  Therefore, before you move discuss your options with your moving professional.

  1. Avoid Shock

Once you have determined that you can bring your plant with you, you want to consult your local nursery or university extension office.  Because every plant is different, these professionals will be able to help you take the right steps to prepare your plant for transport and avoid shock. 

  1. Packing Plants

A few weeks before moving, you want to make sure that you repot your plants to containers that will not break.  You don’t want to transport your plant in a glass or ceramic pot because if the container breaks it can cause further damage to the plant.

  1. Moving Day

Depending on the temperature, you want to make sure that the plant has been watered and is ready to sustain the journey.  During colder climates, do not over water the plant because you do not want it to freeze.  Try to make sure it is insulated to help regulate the temperature.  If you are concerned, you may want to transport the plant yourself.  You want to make sure that you put stakes to help prevent the limbs from breaking during transport.  You also want to make sure that the box is labeled correctly which identifies the top and bottom and says fragile plant material.

  1. Introducing the plant to its new environment

Once you have moved into your new home, you want to introduce your plant as soon as possible.  You want to take care with unpacking your plant to reduce the chances of shock and damage.  Remember, some plants may loose its leaves or turn brown.  If you are at all concerned with the health of your plant, check with your nursery.

 

Once you have done your research, you want to discuss your options with your moving company.  Some companies may not transport live plants so you need to clarify this with your mover ahead of time.  Further, you may want to consider calling the extension office of your local university and see if they have any words of wisdom for you.  If you have a good relationship with your local nursery, definitely discuss your plans with them.    Here are some additional great resources to reference.