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Packing and Moving Tips

by Samia S. Morgan

Once you have purchased a new home there are many things to be done. First and foremost is packing and making the actual move. While most new homeowners are not looking forward to this process, you can make the chore less stressful if you are organized and make a plan.

 Below are a few tips to get you started.

 

  • Having a plan as well as budgeting for moving expenses before the move will be vital to having a smooth move. You will need to make decision such as: Will you be moving yourself or will you require the assistance of a moving company? If you are planning to use a moving company it’s a good idea to price this out ahead of time by using a moving calculator.
  • Make sure you stock up on the following packing supplies: strong packing boxes (more than you think you will need), markers and tags to label boxes, rolls of packing tape, bubble wrap for fragile items, packing paper, scissors and a knife for opening boxes.
  • Pack room-to-room keeping similar items together.
  • Use towels, linens and curtains to line the bottom and sides of boxes with fragile items. All fragile items should be individually wrapped. Clearly mark these boxes FRAGILE.
  • Create a color coded system. Use colorful tags to identify the contents of the box and which room it will be taken to in your new home.
  • Pack any rugs last so that they will be the first thing unpacked and placed in the home.
  • Be sure to pack a box with all the essentials and mark it “Open Me First”. This box may contain items such as: a few basic tools (flashlight, pocket knife, masking tape, light bulbs), bathroom essentials (toilet paper, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes & paste, hand towel), Kitchen items (paper towels, coffee maker & filter, paper plates, cups, utensils, pet food, trash bags). 

Having a plan will help to make your move successful and smooth. Check out additional tips for your move here.

 

Moving With Pets

by Samia S. Morgan

Moving to a new home can be a stressful time for people so when it comes time to pack up your pet, you need to take their needs into consideration. All pets require special attention and it is a good ideal to make a plan ahead of time to make the move for your pet a smooth transition and less stressful.

Pre-planning is the key to an easier move, travel arrangements should be completed as far in advance of moving day as is practical, keeping departure day tasks to a minimum. It is a good idea to appoint one person in the family that will be in charge of the pet. This will eliminate any confusion as to who has responsibility and will help for a smoother move. Below are some tips that can help you to get organized and make your move a calm transition for your furry members of your family.

  • Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian a few weeks before your move for a check up. Be sure to attain your pet's veterinary records so that they can be forwarded to your new veterinarian. Certain localities may have stringent requirements or restrictions regarding pet ownership. You may need permits or registrations.
  • When you arrive at your new home, designate a unused room with a door that is quiet and just for them. Provide them with fresh food and water and their bed or favorite toy, something that is familiar to them. This will keep them safe and calm while the move is going on. 
  • If you are moving your pets by car be sure to plan for several stops along the way. Pets may find car travel extremely distressing and stopping for fresh air and breaks can help. Don't forget any medications your pet might need as well as a leash.
  • If you are traveling long distance and plan on staying overnight at a hotel, be sure to call in advance to make sure that pets are accepted.
  • If you are moving your fish, be sure to check with your local Aquarium or Pet Store ahead of time on the best way to safely transport your fish.

 
If your pets are not micro-chipped be sure to get a new pet ID tag with your new address and contact phone numbers and if they are micro-chipped be sure to update the info with your
microchip company.   
 

What Parents Should Know When Moving Children

by Samia S. Morgan

Moving can be extremely stressful especially if you have children. It is important to be aware of the things that may be a concern to your children when making a move.

A few areas of concern for children when making a move may include:

  • Preschool children tend to worry about being left behind or separated from their parents.
  • Kids aged 6 to 12 can be concerned with how their daily routines will be affected.
  • Teenagers are concerned primarily with fitting in and having their social life disrupted.

A way to ease these concerns may include:

  • Communicating with your child about what the new house will be like.

  • Take them on a visit of the new home and neighborhood (if possible)

  • If you can, visit the school with your child and meet some of the teachers.
Involving your children in the move can help make the transition easier. Your kids can be a great help to you and the move if you involve them such things as:

  • Packing some of their own special belongings, and decorate the box with stickers and markers.
  • Make plans together on how to decorate their new room.

There is a lot to consider during a move and by involving your children you just may relieve the stress your children are feeling, reduce your own stress and be able to focus more on other aspects of your move!

Get Pre-Qualified before Moving

by Samia S. Morgan


How much home can you really afford? The first step in buying a home is to have a budget and figure out how much you can actually afford. Your agent or lender can help you with this in a couple of ways:

 

  •  Pre-qualifying process This process will give you a general "estimate" of what you will be able to afford.

  • Pre-approval process This process will allow your lender to review your finances in more detail in order to determine the amount of money they agree to loan you for your home purchase.

Your lender will review your finances and focus on a few main areas such as:

  • Gross monthly income
  • Credit history
  • Amount of outstanding debts
  • Source and amount of money available for down payment and closing costs
  • Interest rates, etc.

All these things put together will help your lender determine two important qualifying ratios.

  1. Debt-to-Income Ratio Generally the amount of debt you pay each month should not exceed 36 percent of your gross monthly income
  2. Housing Expense Ratio Most lenders will not approve your loan if the mortgage payment exceeds 28 to 33 percent of your gross monthly income

These are the first steps in determining how much you can afford when purchasing a new home. For more mortgage and finance information feel free to contact me at any time or visit my Finance Information page.

In Part 1 of the Moving Guide series we discussed the types of moves that are available. Now we would like to continue with Part 2. You have everything packed and loaded in the movers van or vehicle that you will be driving yourself. Once you arrive at your new home, you may or may not set out to unload and pack as soon as you arrive so you want to be prepared.

Below is a list of some of the essential items that you should pack separately and have with you during the move, for your first night in your new home. These few things will help to ensure that everyone in your family, including pets, is taken care of for the first night in the event that you don't get around to unpacking or if the moving truck hasn't arrived the same time as you.

Food & Kitchen Supplies
It's a good idea to pack a few snacks, sandwiches and bottled water as cooking may not be a top priority when you arrive at your new home. A few additional items you will want to have on hand include paper plates, cups, utensils, napkins and garbage bags.

Toiletries
With everything packed and in boxes or possibly still in the moving van you will need necessities such as toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and a few towels. Also you will want to keep with you any contact lens solutions and hygiene products that may be required.

Medication
Always pack prescription medication and keep it with you. A first-aid kit and extra band-aids are also a good idea to have on hand during the move and on the first night...just in case.

Tools
Try to have a few emergency tools on hand for unforeseen circumstances. Tools such as flashlights, candles, matches, screwdrivers, pliers and scissors.

Clothing
Clothing for a couple of days should be sufficient to see you through the first night (or two) and maybe a couple of extra blankets or sleeping bags.

Children's Items
For your children you will want to have baby food, diapers and their favorite toys and blankets for their first night in the new home.

Pet Items
Your pets are affected just as much by a move as you and the rest of the family are so be sure to have food, treat, water and any medication that they may require.

These are the necessities that will help you get through the first night in your new home. Keep this list handy well in advance to your move date and add or delete items that you feel will help you best in achieving a stress free first night in your new home.

Your San Mateo CA Moving Guide - Part 1

by Samia S. Morgan
Spring is among us and it is the time of year when people decide to list their houses and move on to their next place to call home. It is the time in between the listing, and the final sale, to the time when you are settling into your new house that can be overwhelming and stressful if not planned right.

In the coming weeks I will provide you with the information, tools and resources that will assist you with your move to help you and your family with this transition.

Part 1 of this moving guide will outline the three "types" of moves and which method will be best for you and your family.

Full-service Movers
This type of move is an all-inclusive type package. Full-service movers are professional and licensed and handle all aspects of your move from packing and loading to unloading. Full-service movers may cost more than the other options listed below, but keep in mind it may be well worth the investment to free up your own time and lessen the stress on you and your family.

Self Service Movers
If you want a little more control over the move, the Self Service move may be the way to go. Here you will be responsible for packing, loading and unloading of the moving vehicle provided by a professional and licensed mover while they take care of the actual driving. This is a popular option for small to medium interstate moves.

Do It Yourself Move
If working with a professional mover doesn't fit into you moving plan you can always "Do It Yourself". Consider the number of items you need to pack and move as well as the distance you need to go; it might be quit manageable on your ow using a rented truck. When renting a truck to drive yourself, you want to make sure it is large enough to accommodate all your boxes and furniture and whether or not the truck requires a special license to drive it.

Which ever method you decide to go with, try not to let it overwhelm you. There are a number of moving tips that we are going to share with you to make this transition as stress-free as possible.

Don't forget to check back for Part 2 of our San Mateo California Moving Guide.

Samia Morgan Helps Make Your San Mateo Move Easier

by Samia S. Morgan
 
Using Technology To Bring Buyers and Sellers Together, Saving Them Time and Money! Stay informed on the latest
Real Estate Update for San Mateo, CA

I pride myself on using the latest technology to assist my clients in their home search and making the transaction as seamless as possible. In an effort to stand behind this promise I also offer FREE use of a moving van when you buy or sell with me.


For more information please do no hesitate to contact me.

Top 10 Packing Tips

by Samia S. Morgan
When you decide to make a move to a new home there are a number of things to take care of including the dreaded packing. Not many people enjoy this process, but it can be a lot less stressful if you are organized and make a plan.

 

Here are a few tips to get you started.

 

  1. Plan ahead and budget for the move. Will you be moving yourself or will you require the assistance of a moving company? If you are planning to use a moving company it’s a good idea to price this out ahead of time.

 

  1. Make sure you have plenty of the following: strong packing boxes (more than you think you will need), markers and tags to label boxes, rolls of packing tape, bubble wrap for fragile items, packing paper, scissors and a knife for opening boxes.

 

  1. Pack room-to-room keeping similar items together.

 

  1. Use smaller boxes for heavier items so it is easier to lift.

 

  1. You can use towels, linens and curtains to line the bottom and sides of boxes with fragile items. All fragile items should be individually wrapped. Clearly mark these boxes FRAGILE.

 

  1. Make sure that any opened boxes or jars are tightly sealed before packing them.

 

  1. Use colorful tags to identify the contents of the box and which room it will be taken to in your new home.

 

  1. Pack any rugs last so that they will be the first thing unpacked and placed in the home.

 

  1. Make a master list of all household items and personal belongings.

 

  1. Finally pack a box with all the essentials and mark it “Open Me First”. This box may contain items such as: a few basic tools (flashlight, pocket knife, masking tape, light bulbs), bathroom essentials (toilet paper, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes & paste, hand towel), Kitchen items (paper towels, coffee maker & filter, paper plates, cups, utensils, pet food, trash bags).

 

Planning ahead will make all the difference to an overwhelming move. Do your research and make a plan.

Tips For Moving With Children

by Samia S. Morgan

Moving can be extremely stressful especially if you have children. It is important to be aware of the things that may be a concern to your children when making a move.

A few areas of concern for children when making a move may include:

  • Preschool children tend to worry about being left behind or separated from their parents.
  • Kids aged 6 to 12 can be concerned with how their daily routines will be affected.
  • Teenagers are concerned primarily with fitting in and having their social life disrupted.

A way to ease these concerns may include:

  • Communicating with your child about what the new house will be like.

  • Take them on a visit of the new home and neighborhood (if possible)

  • If you can, visit the school with your child and meet some of the teachers.
Involving your children in the move can help make the transition easier. Your kids can be a great help to you and the move if you involve them such things as:

  • Packing some of their own special belongings, and decorate the box with stickers and markers.
  • Make plans together on how to decorate their new room.

There is a lot to consider during a move and by involving your children you just may relieve the stress your children are feeling, reduce your own stress and be able to focus more on other aspects of your move!

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