Moving Into A New Home Checklist

If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in 2019, then you’ve got some moving to do in your near future. With moving can come a lot of unwanted stress and anxiety as all the things in your home seem to expand and multiply. However, this process doesn’t need to be a dreaded one. With the proper preparation and help, packing and moving will become far easier than you ever thought it could be. To help you out, here is a checklist from our friends over at A&C Brothers Moving and Storage by Amanda Schultz. Hopefully their knowledge and experience on the subject will allow you to breathe a little easier as you apply their tips in your next home move.

Moving Into A New Home Checklist:

Mentally keeping track of all the things you have to do when relocating can be tough. When transferring to a new place, forgetting anything can spell the difference between a smooth move and a stressful one. That’s why drawing up a checklist is one of the smartest things you can do when you’re about to move to a new home.

A good moving into a new home checklist should contain the following:

A list of moving companies

Write down the names of at least three moving companies, because it’s not wise to hire one on the spot, without any research or comparison with other movers.

A detailed budget

It’s easy to go overboard on packing materials, various fees, and other expenses when you have no budget to follow. So always have a budget prepared so you won’t spend more than is appropriate.

Your new home’s measurements

If you’ve already been to the house you’re moving into, make sure you take measurements of its interior. That way, you’d know which things of yours would fit right in, and which ones won’t.

A list of moving supplies to buy

The moving supplies you need may vary, so it’s best to take stock of your things and list down the moving supplies that you have to buy. Bubble wrap, for example, is a must if you have lots of fragile stuff. And while it’s alright to recycle old boxes, newer boxes are typically sturdier and therefore will protect your things better while in transit.

A list of essentials

You need toothbrushes, a clean change of clothes, things for a baby if you have one, and medications for your bag of essentials, which you must prepare if you don’t want to end up digging into various packed boxes once you need any of them.

These are just some of the various things that your checklist must contain before getting the services of a moving company. While moving can be stressful, having a checklist to follow should at least reduce the stress that comes with it.

Using a Real Estate Agent VS. For Sale By Owner

When looking to sell real estate, one of the first questions one asks is, “Should I use a real estate agent?”

While it might be tempting to forgo an agent in order to save money, and people often think “How much do they really do anyway?”- using a real estate agent could be one of the best choices you make in your future home sales, and we aren’t just being biased.

Statistics show that selling your home with the help of a real estate professional will get you a higher profit in the end – enough to cover the commission as well as put more money in your pocket. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), in 2017, “for sale by owner” (also known as FSBO) homes accounted for only 7% of home sales. On top of that, the average FSBO home sold for $200,000, compared to $265,500 for agent assisted home sales (www.nar.realtor). That’s a $65,500 difference!

Though marketing and selling your home may seem like a breeze, there is actually a lot of work and thought that go into what real estate professionals do. Here are three main points to consider when debating on whether you should sell your home FSBO or use a real estate agent:

  • First off there is setting a price for your home. When you do this yourself, you run the danger of either 1) setting the price to low, therefore cutting the earnings you could have potentially made, or 2) setting the price too high and having your home sit on the market for FAR too long, which makes the home look bad and will make buyers hesitant about it when you drop the price later on.

These two things often happen because those who put their homes on the market as FSBO try to use an online assessment tool to gage their home price, which are not reliable, or go off what neighbors claim they were offered. The real estate market varies and changes constantly, and when you use an agent to sell your home, you are getting someone who works in the fluctuating market on a daily basis. They will have the best knowledge and experience to price your home at just the right spot to ensure you get the most for your home.

  • Another issue with doing a FSBO is that marketing your home is not as easy as it looks. You may have it on a few social media sites and listing websites, however, your home is unlikely to get the amount of exposure it needs – the amount it gets with a real estate agency – without using an agent.

For example, as opposed to a few websites when listing a home FSBO, when a seller lists their home with the Kathleen Yamauchi Group, we market their home in all of the following ways: professional photography, distinctive signage, short message service (SMS) sign riders, our website kathleeny.com, matterport 3D video tours, print in Homes and Land Magazine, print in Prescott Woman Magazine, realtor.com, zillow.com, trulia.com, tourfactory.com, homesandland.com, listhub.com, point2.com, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and the multiple listing services (MLS) in both Prescott and Phoenix.

When it comes to people marketing their home on their own, or with us, there is no comparison. We want your home to be exposed and viewable in as many places as possible to ensure we find a buyer, and we do everything we can to do that because we want to help you!

  • Lastly, one of the main reasons to use a real estate agent over listing your home as FSBO is the paperwork. Unless you have a background in contracts or law, this part of the transaction tends to get tricky. While every transaction has a contract, there can also be counter offers, the HOA Addendum, Lead Based Paint Disclosure, Seller Disclosures, any Addendums to change contract terms, Solar Lease Addendum, Buyer Contingency Addendum, Additional Clause Addendum, and more. Every transaction is different and you never know what you might need, but you will want to make sure that you are covered legally on every aspect of selling your home. If you use an agent, they will take care of everything for you, explain everything to you, and all you have to do is sign when you’re ready. This will help you avoid any liability and makes sure you will not open yourself up to any future lawsuits.

At the Kathleen Yamauchi Group, we seek to do all of the above for you and more! We want to make your real estate transaction as easy, stress-free, and painless as possible. We put your needs first, seek your best interest, and strive to remain a level of professionalism above reproach. With over fifty years of collective real estate experience, hearts that seek to help our client’s dreams come true and to continually improve ourselves, and a kindness and character that far outweigh the rest, you will not be disappointed with us.

If you’re interested in selling your home or looking to buy, check out our website at kathleeny.com, or give us a call at 928-771-1111. You could even stop by our office at 600 E. Gurley St, Suite A. We are open Mon-Sat from 9AM-5PM and Sunday from 11AM-3PM. We would love to talk to you, get to know you, and see how we can help you with your next real estate adventure!

 

 

 

Tips to Winterize Your Home in Prescott

As the temperatures drop and we patiently await our first snow – not just the flurries, but the kind that sticks – now is a good time to look at precautions to take in order to winterize your home in Prescott.

While don’t get as much snow as other places such as Flagstaff just north of us, or Colorado’s white winters, we still get some chilling temperatures and blizzards that can wreak havoc on unprepared homes. Burst pipes, inadequate insulation to keep in heat and save energy, a furnace that cannot keep up with the freeze, and many other things.

Below is a blog from Talking Rock Ranch Realty featuring our agencies very own Sheila Mengarelli on how to winterize your home this season. Take a look at her tips and tricks, and make sure your home is properly equipped for the cold months – and hopefully snows – still to come!

 

Realtor Series: Winterize your Home

December 13, 2018

Tips to Winterize your Prescott Home

By Sheila Mengarelli, realtor at Kathleen Yamauchi group

As part of our ongoing Realtor Tips series, we asked one of our expert realtors, Sheila Mengarelli, to share some tips about living in Prescott. She lives right around the corner from Talking Rock.

Keep your family snug and warm while saving on energy bills during the winter months by following the winterizing tips below. Prescott experiences freezing temperatures from November through March, so be prepared. With a forecast of a wetter-than-normal winter predicted, these tips will help protect your home from damage that can lead to costly repairs.

  • Service your Furnace– Have your furnace serviced fall and spring by a local HVAC company to keep you high and dry.

 

  • Change the filters— Don’t forget to change the filter in your furnace. When you put the first furnace filter of the season in, don’t forget to set your digital calendar to remind you to replace it at monthly intervals throughout the cold season.

 

  • Inspect your Gutters– Clogged gutters can cause water that is blocked to freeze and seep into your home. Take the time to clean them out and make sure that your downspouts are carrying the water away and not toward your house.

 

  • Repair drafts– Electrical outlets, door frames, windows, and recessed lighting areas typically tend to be drafty. Sealing up these areas can save on your energy bill. Simply use a wet hand, or incense, to move over the areas to spot potential leaks.

 

  • Check your insulation– Attics require 12 inches of insulation. Moisture problems can occur if your insulation has backing paper, so take the time to do an inspection.

 

  • Check for any exposed pipes outside– Pipes must be insulated from the cold too. Not only does it keep the pipes from freezing, it will prevent condensation from freezing on them, helping to save on energy bills. Make sure any drip systems are drained and water spickets are off.

 

  • Vacation — Will you be away for an extended period of time? Never turn your furnace off. Set it at 50 degrees. This will keep your home at a steady temperature no matter what the weather brings. It’s also a good idea to set your water heater to vacation or away mode

 

  • Check your smokealarm – While you are inspecting so many other aspects of your home, don’t forget to make sure that your smoke alarms are all functioning, and replace the batteries as needed. Also, make sure that you have a functioning fire extinguisher as well.

 

To view the full article, you can visit Talking Rock Ranch’s blog by clicking here.

 

 

Tips to Make Packing and Moving Into A New House Easier

With over 50 years of collective real estate experience, we here at the Kathleen Yamauchi Group have quite a bit of our own experiences and tips for packing and moving from one house to another.

However, we love to support other businesses and get the real expert’s opinion – the ones who specialize in that business and do it every single day.

The following article is by Amanda Schultz, content specialist over at A&C Brothers Moving and Storage in Phoenix. A family owned and operated company, they have over three generations of experience and specialize in full service local and long distance moving. They offer services of temporary and long term storage, moving services locally and across state lines, full packing and unpacking services, and more!

Here are some of their best tips and tricks on how to make your moving experiences as smooth and as stress free as possible:

Almost everyone who has relocated at least once in their lives knows that the entire activity is a highly-stressful one. You can hire a moving company, but unless packing is part of that deal, you still have to pack your own belongings, and packing alone can make even the most patient person lose it. Add to that the day of the move itself, and a person can be under so much mental, physical, and emotional strain that he or she may end up inches from being a nervous wreck by the time the move is done.

That said, moving doesn’t always have to be that stressful. As long as you are prepared for everything that comes with relocating, the stress won’t always be so overwhelming. Here are some packing and moving tips that should help moving into a new house easier for you.

Pack early

One thing that you should keep in mind once the decision to move into a new house becomes final is that time can move so fast you won’t realize moving day’s already a day or two away, and you have barely done any packing. So you should start packing on the very day you finalized your moving plans. That way, you get to avoid doing any panic packing and the tremendous stress that comes with it.

Declutter your home

For most people, moving is that one, big chance to finally do some decluttering. If you decide to sell, give, or throw away things you don’t really need, then you will be reducing a significant amount of the stuff you’ll be packing and bringing into your new house. That is quite a load off, figuratively and literally.

Always use quality packing materials

Whether you’re recycling old boxes and packing materials or buying new ones, make sure that they’re of good quality. You can’t have your boxes full of your most precious things fall apart on the way to your new home, so it’s in your best interest to get quality boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, zip tie bags, and other quality materials for the move.

Labels, labels, labels

Labels are extremely important because you don’t want to be digging into every box just to determine what kind of things are in it or to whom they belong. Markers will be fine, but you can also use stickers to label each box. You can even use colored stickers as some sort of a code or category.

Create an inventory

An inventory is always good because it helps you keep track of all your belongings being moved. By creating one, you will know if you lost something in transit as well as give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing everything’s where they should be.

Hire professionals

Moving can be done in a do-it-yourself way, but more and more people are realizing how easier relocating would be if you hire professional movers, who know every trick in the book when it comes to moving your belongings from one point to another. While you will have to shell out money for their services, the convenience they provide will make everything worth it.

These are just a few of the many ways that you can make moving into a new house easier. Consider the tips above and search for many others, and you won’t have to be that stressed-out by a move anymore.