Who Knew? 10 Great Things About Moving
Is all the lifting, hauling and packing of your move squashing the thrill of a fresh start? Totally understandable. But there’s a silver lining to every cardboard box. Here are 10 reasons to look forward to moving day.
- You can lose the junk mail. When you fill out your USPS® change-of-address form, it’s easy to check the “do not forward catalogs, etc.” box.
- You might find that lost earring, shoe, cellphone, etc. Though the cellphone may be too old for today’s tech, the satisfaction of finally discovering what happened to a lost item as you’re packing things up is priceless.
- You’ll find out who your true friends are. The ones that show up to help you pack and move are keepers.
- You can pay people to do just about every aspect of moving for you. There are professional services or people on Craigslist looking for odd jobs who will do it all, from cleaning the fridge to boxing your underwear.
- As you pack, you’ll probably come across things that spark vivid memories. It’s a great time to smile, remember and be grateful.
- The promise of having one more box you don’t have to unpack later is a powerful motivator for de-cluttering. And, if you can’t let things go, you’ll at least have a better idea of how serious your hoarding issue is.
- Your new neighbors will have no idea you accidentally backed over your old neighbors’ mailbox.
- The quiver of excitement and satisfaction that comes with taping shut the very last moving box.
- Moving is a very good excuse for a cocktail party to empty all your remaining bottles and finish off those condiments in the fridge. Why risk transporting that bottle of fine bourbon?
- The housewarming party!
The best thing about moving, of course, is your new home. Contact a Nick & Cindy Davis to help you find it: www.TampaHomesSold.com
6 Questions to Ask on a Home Tour
Thanks to the Internet and our digital tools, you can learn a lot about a home before visiting, such as when the house was built and the HOA or tax costs. Some things, however, are best to ask us in person when you’re touring a property.
1. Why are the owners selling?
The agent isn’t obligated to tell you, but he or she might. The answer could reveal issues not included in the listing description. Is there a new highway planned nearby? Are the HOA restrictions too much for the sellers to handle? If the agent does reveal, for instance, that the owner is desperate to close quickly, you might be able to use that to your advantage when negotiating price.
2. What’s the sellers’ timeline?
Do the property owners need to relocate immediately for work? Or are they waiting for their children to finish the current school year? It’s important that your timeline for moving into the home and the owner’s timeline for moving out line up.
3. What, exactly, is for sale?
Find out precisely what’s included in the sales price. That nifty new fridge with the built-in smart screen you admire might be going with the sellers to their new home. Learn whether the appliances and fixtures, such as ceiling fans, are included in the sale price.
4. Are there any issues with the property?
Yes, the sellers are required to reveal most problems, but a chatty sales agent might reveal more than is included in the disclosure document. It certainly can’t hurt to ask.
5. How are the neighbors?
Ask about the types of people that live nearby. Retirees? Young families with kids? College students? The primary population will influence the overall culture of the neighborhood and can help you determine if this is the home for you.
6. Have the owners completed any major home projects?
Lots of recent home improvements could mean the property is in better shape than ever, ready for you to enjoy. It could also indicate more work will need to be done in the future. Be sure to get the full story about any recent property updates.
You’ll have tons of questions as you search for your next home. Nick & Cindy Davis can help you find the answers. To get started on your New Home Search, start here: www.TampaHomesSold.com
6 Considerations Before Turning Your Home into a Rental
Sometimes moving out doesn’t necessarily mean moving on. If you need to relocate but aren’t ready to sell your home, you may be thinking about renting out your home.
Beyond considering how much equity you have in your home, the market forecast for real estate in your neighborhood, your savings and other financial factors. Here are some things to ponder if you’re thinking about becoming a landlord.
Make sure you can legally rent your home
Check into the local rental market
Talk to your tax accountant
Look into the law
Consider a property management company
Your new housing needs
3 Ways to Compete in a Bidding War
Here are 3 strategies that may help turn the odds of winning the war in your favor.
- Help the seller out
Do whatever you can, within reason, to make the decision easier for the seller. This can include being flexible on the closing date to accommodate the seller’s moving plans. And although it’s not unusual for buyers to ask a seller to pay for a portion of their closing costs, now may not be the time to press your luck. If you’re able to cover your own closing costs and you don’t ask for seller assistance in your offer, you definitely could stand out. Also, the greater your down payment, the more secure a seller may feel that your mortgage financing will close with no problems. That’s not to say you can’t compete against someone who is offering a larger down payment; sellers will weigh various factors as they review offers with their agent. Overall, limiting your requests of the sellers and submitting your highest and best offer are the best approaches to being competitive.
- Be prepared to act fast
Both you and your agent should be constantly monitoring homes for sale so you can evaluate potential homes as quickly as they’re posted. Research the properties as much as possible before your showings so you can be prepared to make an offer on the spot if the home is a good fit. Talk with your agent about adding an escalation clause into your offer that automatically increases your bid if other buyers come in. Finally, include a pre-approval letter from your lender stating that you qualify for a loan in the amount of your offer.
- Don’t be shy
There isn’t always a lot of cash separating the top bid from the next closest contenders. For a seller with a strong emotional attachment to their home, an extra thousand dollars might mean less than passing their house along to the right buyer. Draft a letter describing why you fell in love with their house. Is it the perfect size for your growing family? Do you want to bring the backyard garden back to life? It just might give you the edge over the competition.
If you’re looking for advice tailored to your specific situation, a licensed buyer’s agent may be able to help. Contact Nick & Cindy Davis Today!
In the market for a new home but have no idea where to start? There are several decisions you should begin to make before you even start your home search. By asking yourself the right questions, you can quickly pinpoint what you want – and can afford – in your next home.
What’s your budget?
What do you need in your new home?
Do you want a condo or single-family home?
How do you feel about living under covenants?
What school district do you want to be near?
Should the home be move-in ready?
After considering all these factors, you’ll be ready to start the home search with a clearer picture of where you’re headed. When that time comes, let a Nick & Cindy Davis guide you all the way there. To see the complete article visit www.TampaHomesSold.com/Nick-Cindy-Davis-Blog.aspx