Moving out of state isn’t a decision that is taken lightly for anyone. Picking up and settling in another part of the same state can be difficult enough, but when moving to a different state entirely, there are a host of new concerns to think about. Understanding what to expect when crossing state lines will help you handle the relocation process properly and with confidence.
Hire a moving company.
First of all, make sure that you have the right moving company hired to handle your move. You should get quotes from at least three different companies before choosing one. Make sure to ask them questions about how they handle out-of-state moves. If you need suggestions on moving companies, please check out the HUNT Homeowners Club for more information on HUNT approved vendors. Federal regulations mandate that moving companies must hand out brochure material about moving across state lines to reside in a new state, which will further explain your rights and responsibilities.
Purchase mover’s insurance.
You may want to purchase mover’s insurance to protect against the risk of your personal belongings or furniture potentially being damaged in transit to your new home. This insurance is typically not too expensive and can be a great comfort to you.
Keep packing costs low.
Do what you can to keep your packaging costs low. Next to the moving company, packaging will make up the lion’s share of your moving costs. Cardboard boxes are cheap and you can purchase them in bulk. U-Haul will even buy back unused boxes if you buy too many. If you’re looking for a more durable option, plastic containers could be a good option. They may be more expensive but are useful for more fragile items. Using a combination of cardboard and plastic containers is a great option.
Purge items you don’t need.
If you can, reduce the number of belongings coming with you to help keep your moving costs down. Gather items that you can part with and try to hold a yard sale to get rid of them and make a little extra cash towards your move. Try out the Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist for larger furniture items. There are also a number of organizations that will accept donations. Be sure to check with them to see what items they are accepting and if you need to drop them off or schedule a pick-up before your move.
With HUNT Real Estate ERA, finding a residence in a different state is made easy. Trust our expertise to get you to a new state without a worry.
For more information on relocation, contact: Mary Croglio Director of HUNT Relocation (888) 370-7737 HUNT Relocation Services
Recently, many of us are re-thinking how they use the spaces in our homes. With many families now working and attending school from home, it’s important to have a designated area to complete your work. Here are some considerations if you’re looking to design your perfect home office.
Use your space wisely.
If your home doesn’t have a large office space, don’t invest in large furniture. Find contemporary pieces that will help maximize storage space. Slender silhouettes also help make your space appear larger.
Try a closet office.
What happens when there’s no room in your home to dedicate to a home office? You create one where you have space! A simple home office can be created out of a closet. There are plenty of options and plans for creating your space. Check out our Pinterest board for more inspiration.
Built-ins or shelving can help.
If you’re looking to create more space, having shelving can be a tremendous help. It allows you to keep your desk surface clean and uncluttered and can help with your organization.
Arrange your desk to face a window.
Natural light can help increase your productivity and improve your mood. Plus, it can offer great lighting for any Zoom meetings! Try to face a window or at the very least have a window near your desk.
“Float” your desk.
Don’t push your desk into the wall if you can avoid it. Shoving your desk in the corner can make your workspace appear dark and uninviting. Leave it “floating” in your room. The closer to the center of the room, the more important that piece of furniture will look, so your desk will look like an important piece in your office space.
While it could be appealing to purchase an upholstered chair for your office, it may not be the best for your back. Check out your local office supply or furniture store for a chair that can support your back. You can even find standing desk options if you’d prefer the flexibility of sitting or standing.
Add some greenery.
Plants can help make your space brighter and increase productivity. It will add a touch of color and improve air quality, too. Just make sure they’re easy to maintain.
If you need more space now that you’re spending more time at home, let one of our sales professionals help you find the perfect house for you and your family.
We are pleased to welcome the following sales professionals to the HUNT Real Estate ERA family. Their association further affirms our commitment to offering the highest level of service to our clients.
Rochester/Southern Tier Region
Central & Northern NY Region
WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN HUNT? HERE ARE JUST A FEW REASONS…
The HUNT® Reputation Rankings & Accolades
#1 Family-Owned and Operated Real Estate Firm in New York State
Top-Ranked Broker in the ERA Real Estate network
Ranked #35 on REAL Trends Top 500 Brokerages Survey*
Gene Francis Memorial Award Winner Honoring ERA’s Top All-Around Company
Member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate
Ranked one of Western New York’s Fastest-Growing Companies
The Most Productive Agents
1600 Licensed Real Estate Professionals in 50+ Branches
Today’s market can seem intimidating if you’re a first-time homebuyer. Mortgage rates are at or near historic lows, but inventory is limited. However, you can prepare yourself for the competitive market and the road to homeownership ahead. Here are 4 ways you can prepare yourself as a first-time homebuyer.
Carefully select your real estate agent.
It’s important that the person who is guiding you through your first real estate transaction is a brilliant partner and resource. That’s why being selective when you choose yourreal estate agent is so important. Be sure to ask them questions about how they handle business, what their communication style is, and what you can expect from them. Your agent should be a wealth of knowledge and will be the one to help guide you through the process, so make sure your goals and expectations line up.
Know your budget before you look.
You’ve found your dream home. It has everything you need and want. The only problem is: it’s WAY out of your price range. Don’t start viewing homes, even online, until you’re aware of what your budget is. Reach out to a local mortgage consultant and getpre-qualifiedfor your mortgage before you start your home search. You’ll be thankful you did in the long run.
Know your wants vs. needs.
Make a list of features you would like in your home (wants), and a list of must-haves (needs). Understand what items that are an absolute requirement for your future home. For example, if you have a dog, a “need” might be a fenced-in yard, while a dog wash tub inside the house may be a “want.” Interested in some help to make your wants and needs list? Be sure to check out our blog post: Wants Vs. Needs.
Be prepared for a multiple-offer situation.
With many homebuyers in the market and limited inventory, it is common to be in a multiple-offer situation. But don’t fret! Working with a real estate professional gives you a significant advantage. Your agent will assist you in creating the best offer you can give, and guide you through that process. There are plenty of ways to help you win in a multiple offer situation, so don’t worry if this comes up in your home buying journey.
When you’re ready to start your home buying journey, be sure to reach out to one of our knowledgeablesales professionals in your area.