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.
Before the Move
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! Â 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. Â
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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