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CONTENTS Opening Remarks  

Premier Moving Concierge

Feature Quick & Easy Ways To Make Your House

The Importance of Term ite Inspection… What can termites cost you? A lot more than you want to bite off.

Stand Out Moving With Pets Don’t forget about the little guys when it comes planning your move!

Your everything moving checklist Check it once, check it twice, check it three times! We’ve got you covered to keep you organized and stress free.

OPENING REMARKS What’s the worst part of moving for you? Is it keeping your lawn in tiptop shape for prospective buyers? Perhaps it’s tackling that long list of home improvements your realtor keeps suggesting to make your home more competitive? Maybe its packing boxes and organizing a moving crew? What ever it is, we agree, moving can be down right stressful. Fortunately you’re not alone. Premier Moving Concierge is here to help you conquer that to-do list! Our priority is to simplify your moving process and connect you with great local companies in the process. We try to feature articles and tid-bits that most people run into during their moving process but often overlook during their planning. The average family moves only once ever 12.7 years, that means no one is an expert in this area! Hopefully our insight and suggestions can help you go into the process more prepared and come out less stressed. And after you have completed your move, pass along your knowledge. We love hearing suggestions about articles we should include or resources that were useful to you. Here at PMC we understand that moving is more than just packing boxes. We invite you to simplify your tasks, free up your time, and let moving be the exciting new chapter in your life that it should be!

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Termites, and  what   you  need   to  know…     Termite  damage,  no  matter  how  small  it   may  be,  is  never  good  for  a  home.    During  a   real  estate  inspection,  if  any  termite  damage   is  found,  it  will  affect  the  outcome  of  the   home.    In  most  cases,  the  buyer  is  told  that   the  seller  will  fix  the  problem.    Although  this   may  sound  good  to  some  buyers  that  the   seller  will  treat  for  termites,  other  buyers   often  wonder.   Of  course  it’s  nice  that  the  seller  will  pay  to   have  the  termite  problem  treated,  which   will  normally  cost  around  $1,000  or  so.     Even  though  the  termites  will  be  gone,  you   have  to  wonder  about  the  damage  to  the   structure.    In  the  more  severe  cases,  damage   to  the  structure  can  cost  up  to  fifty  times  the   cost  of  the  treatment.    The  last  thing  you   want  is  to  move  into  a  home  that  you  know   has  been  treated  for  termites,  only  to  find   the  structure  to  be  in  very  bad  shape.   If  any  type  of  damage  was  done  to  the   wooden  structure  of  the  home,  you  may   need  to  get  immediate  repairs.    While  some   damage  may  be  visible,  there  are  other   types  of  damage  that  may  seem  invisible  to   the  naked  eye.  To  find  out  just  how  bad  the   damage  is,  carpets  and  rugs  will  need  to  be   lifted,  furniture  and  appliances  moved,

walls and  ceilings  will  need  to  be  opened,   and  even  some  types  of  excavation  may  be   needed.    This  is  the  only  way  to  tell  the   extent  of  the  damages,  especially  in  cases  of   termites.    If  you  don’t  inspect  every  area  of   the  home,  you  could  be  moving  into  a  home   that  has  severe  structural  damage  -­‐  which   can  cost  you  thousands  to  repair.     There  could  also  be  latent  damage  present   as  well.    To  determine  this,  you’ll  need  to   have  invasive  and  destructive  testing   performed  on  your  home,  which  will  need  to   be  performed  by  qualified  contractors  and   specialists.    This  will  help  to  determine  the   extent  of  the  damage  and  the  cost  of  any   needed  repairs.    This  can  be  very  costly   however,  although  it’s  the  only  way  to  find   and  repair  any  latent  damage.     Destructive  and  invasive  testing  can  cost   you  an  arm  and  a  leg,  although  you’ll  need  to   have  it  done  if  you  suspect  termites  or  know   for  a  fact  that  the  home  was  treated  for   them.    To  protect  yourself,  you  should   always  get  a  treatment  and  repair  history   before  you  purchase  the  home.    If  you  are   renting  the  home,  you  will  need  get  written   documentation  from  the  specialist  that   details  the  damage  to  the  home  and  cost  of  

repairs.   Thus  it  is  very  important  that  before  you  buy   a  home,  you  should  always  have  it  checked   for  termites.    There  are  a  lot  of  termite   inspection  companies  out  there,  many  of   which  go  above  and  beyond  to  check  the   home  for  any  type  of  termite  damage.    You   don’t  want  to  buy  a  home  only  to  find  out  that   it  has  been  infested  with  termites.    If  you   have  the  proper  inspections  performed   before  you  make  the  purchase,  you’ll  know   for  a  fact  that  you  don’t  have  to  worry  about   termites  or  termite  damage.     If  the  inspector  or  contractor  doesn’t  find  any   termite  damage,  you  should  always  have  it   documented.    This  way,  if  termite  damage   does  exist,  you’ll  have  the  documentation  to   back  you  up.    Termites  can  be  very   destructive  to  your  home,  especially  if  you   are  looking  towards  a  log  home.    Termites   can  destroy  wood  in  little  to  no  time  at  all,  

which is  why  you  should  always  do  what   you  can  to  have  your  home  treated  as  soon   as  you  suspect  any  type  of  damage.    If  you   know  a  home  has  been  infested  with   termites  before  -­‐  you  should  really  make   sure  that  the  structure  isn’t  damaged  and   the  termites  are  gone  before  you  commit   to  buying.  Termite  damage  is  a  very   serious  issue  when  buying  a  home.  If  you   take  it  too  lightly  then  you  will  not  have   much  of  a  home  left!  So  take  the  time  to   pay  for  the  inspection,  it  will  be  worth  it  in   the  long  run!  

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MOVING WITH PETS Moving can be stressful, irritating, and tiring for humans, but it can be even worse on animals. Often times an animal’s entire world is within the home. For your pet, the home isn’t just a home its a favorite place to sleep during the day, a favorite place to hide during a storm, favorite tree and favorite play spot in the yard. Consequently, when a pet goes through a move it can quite literally be a life altering event. All the familiar smells and feelings that used to comfort the animal are quickly and shockingly ripped away with no notice. In extreme cases moves can even put the animal into a depression for a period of time.

Its also be good to try booking a direct flight if possible. This will reduce the amount of handling of your pet by others, and reduce the amount of times the animal has to go through different air pressure zones.

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During the move is the peak stress time for the animal. It is very important to keep them as relaxed as possible. Try to keep their routine as normal as possible. Be sure to keep feeding and walking times in sync with their day-to-day routines. While the move is going on, try to keep the pets out of the way of the movers. It can be helpful to keep your pets in a separate room, to keep them away from the commotion of the move. (CONTINUED ON PAGE 9)

Fortunately there are several ways make this transition to a new home much easier on the animal. The first thing you should do is talk to your veterinarian. Remember to ask for your pet’s medical and shot records (especially if you are moving to a new state), and your vet may be able to make a recommendation for a vet near your new residence. Its also very important to make sure your pets records are up to date. If your pet has an id chip, make sure the address is current. Make sure any collar information also reflects your new address. If you will be flying to your new home in a different city or state, it is important to remember that air plane travel can be extremely stressful on a pet. Be sure to talk to the airline when you book your ticket to find out about

If possible, introduce your pet to the new residence a few times before the move. This will allow the pet to get acclimated to the new house and become more comfortable once the move occurs. This is a very good technique when you are a dog owner. During the Move

After the Move As you begin to settle into your new home, remember that it will take time for your pet to get used to their new home. Try and give them a room where they can feel safe. Put familiar toys, bedding in with the pet while it grows comfortable. Gradually give them access to the rest of the home, as this is especially critical for cats. Be sure to give them a lot of attention and keep an eye on them when they venture out of the house. Many animals are tempted to run away in search of more familiar territory. In no time your pet will grow accustomed to the household, after all it is still with its best friend and in a loving home!   Travel Checklist When Moving With Pets ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪

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Veterinary records, certificates, and recent photos Medications Beds (pillows, towels, or other crate liners) Plastic bags and scoops for dogs Your pets’ usual foods and plenty of water from the home you’re leaving (changing their water source can be disorienting and upset their stomachs) Food and water bowls, a can opener, and resealable lids Leashes for cats and dogs Litterbox for cats Cage covers for birds and rodents Paper towels for messes Toys, chew bones, and treats

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STAND OUT When selling a property, it is important to remember that most buyers are looking at a lot of listings. This means your goal is to make them remember your home. Take these steps to make buyers remember your home: Some people get a bit conservative when it comes to selling their home. They tend to view it as a family heirloom. Instead of taking all possible steps to make it attractive to a seller, they get offended by even the remotest of suggestions that any such steps need be taken. The simple fact, my friend, is the moment you decide to sell, your property goes from a family residence to a product. If you fail to make this emotional leap, you are going to have problems selling it. When you show your property to buyers, it is important to remember something. They did not jump into the car just to come see you. Nope, they are two, four and maybe even six timing you. By this, I mean they are most likely visiting multiple houses on the day in question. Put in practical terms, you are in a competition with those other mystery houses and you must make your house stick in the mind of the buyer.   To “win the day”, you obviously need to have your home in good overall condition. This

means the structure needs to be in acceptable shape. The paint should be perfect. The landscaping should be cut back to something less than a rainforest. Clutter should be removed. Basically, you should give the property the once over. This means stage your house. Remove non-essential items such as kids play houses, garage clutter, and anything else that takes up space. You can rent a storage unit and store things there during the selling process. To really make your property standout, however, you need to take a few extra steps. First, emphasize comfort by playing some soft music. Second, bake something that smells nice, but is not to strong. If you can’t cook, go to the baker and get a cake or something. Third, potpourri should be used

in all bathrooms. Fourth, cut and put fresh flowers in various rooms that otherwise appear bland. Five, provide more detailed information on the home in a written form you can hand out. Six, if there is a particular reason you are moving, tell the sellers on said memo. I just want to cash out or the new neighbors are noisy, is not a good reason!  If you take these steps, the buyers will remember you at the end of the day. If your property is one that fits what the buyers are looking for, an offer will soon follow. Everyone wants their house to sell quickly so you have to be willing to go the extra mile to stand out. Make your house something to be proud of when prospective buyers walk in and it might inspire them to want it to be their house as well.  





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information about your move organized in one place.

Make a moving file – Keep all your essential

after your close (to keep from having overnight freight fees, or extended storage). Arrange for storage – If you need storage, shop around for a facility that is both safe and close to you in proximity. Book a mover – There are tons of movers in every city…Be choosy! Shop around for a company you feel safe and comfortable with. Gather boxes – We recommend renting containers or purchasing new boxes. Too many people try to save and gather old boxes only to run into bed bugs. Containers are a great solution if your moving close and want to take over small items in multiple trips.

Plan your move Select the date – If possible, schedule your move

what needs to be done to make your home a quick sell. Listen to these professionals.

Follow your realtors’ advice – Realtors know

throw-out. Now go to work on decluttering your home room by room (see our article titled Welcome Home).

Declutter – Make three categories; keep, donate,

might be to spend money on upgrades when your moving out, do what needs to be done to keep your home competitive in the market.

Upgrade what’s necessary – As painful as it

down the street an overnight suitcase is a most. You are not going to have the energy to unpack everything. Set aside phone chargers, toiletries,

Overnight suitcase – Even if you are moving

and start packing! Use labels to detail what room it will go into and what all the contents of the box holds. Essentials Box – Keep a separate box with all your essentials. Make sure it does not get buried with other boxes or placed in the truck.

Majority Pack – Focus on one room at a time

valuable possessions or artwork should be documented with pictures and descriptions prior to moving. Contact your insurance company with any items that you may have insured.

Take pictures / document – Any extremely

anything you don’t use on a day-to-day basis.

Pack up less used items – Go ahead and box up


and return borrowed books, DVDs, cooking pans, and anything else you have on your hands over the years.

Return borrowed goods – Be a good neighbor

fellow friend or family member can host them for the day. This will help your stress level and keep them

Elders – If you are caring for an elder, see if a

day might be a good day for a trip to Grandmas house or out to the movies with friends. Kids curiosity can place them in danger when roaming around big moving, furniture and standing below eye level. Pets – (Read our article on Moving With Pets).

Kids – Depending on the age of your kids, move in

Day of Move

renovations prior to moving in. Home renovations while living in the space rank as one of the most stressful environments for individuals. Upgrade your countertops, bathrooms, kitchen, etc, if you can prior to moving in.

Upgrade before you move in – If possible to

furniture to arrive prior to your current possessions. Painting – Leave walls unpainted, however go ahead and tape up borders and place furniture a foot away from the wall. Then decide the best colors to make your new rooms and furniture pop!

Furniture delivery – Schedule your new

furniture will go if you have access to your new home prior to move in. If not, use a scale drawing or at the very least have a good idea in mind.

Address change with USPS – You will want

things that create a lasting impression buyers tour your home. Hire a professional to make whatever fixes that might hinder a buyer from making an offer. to file a 3575 PS form or by going online. Doctor, Insurance, etc – Notify your professional network to ensure all important documents get properly delivered to you. Transfer utilities – Cable, power, water, everything, needs to be transferred to your new address.

Layout – Use masking tape to layout where


Fix minor repairs – Unfortunately it’s the small

medications, a change of clothes and anything else you would bring on a typical trip.

Preparing your new home

reduce your stress knowing you have this taken care of.

Overnight or long move – Book a hotel, it will


prospective buyers. Hire a professional if this is not your forte.

Preparing your home Thorough Clean – Maintain a clean home for



Know how to plan your move and make the transition into your home stressfree!