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Common Moving Mistakes You Should Avoid

Common Moving Mistakes You Should Avoid

Few things in life are as less fun as moving. Relocating is, in fact, one of the most exhausting and stressful things a family typically has to go through at least once. Some have even moved dozens of times in their lives.

But since relocating to another address is necessary and inevitable in most cases, the best thing you can do is to make it as less stressful as you can make it. Avoiding the following moving mistakes would be a great place to start:

Doing the grunt work yourself

We understand the need to handle your precious belongings personally, but can’t you at least limit it to stuff you are actually capable of carrying? Sure, you might save some money if you passed on hiring movers to do the grunt work yourself but getting hospitalized because you threw your back after trying to lift that heavy box by your lonesome is a not-so-smart way of spending those savings, is it?

Hire reputable movers in the local area.  If moving from Manchester NH to Meredith NH then you'd want to use movers in this area. All you will ever have to carry are your valuables and light, fragile stuff you wouldn’t trust other people to handle.

Not researching movers

Considering that there are “moving companies” out there that are nothing more than scams, it would be foolish to hire movers without doing any research on them.

If you’re looking for a moving company, you have to make sure that the movers you’re eyeing have the proper licenses and insurance, both of which should at least tell you that they are legitimate and not some shady operation. An actual office address, a website, a moving truck with a conspicuous logo, and complete and verifiable contact details are also excellent indicators that you’re not dealing with con men.  Also look to see that they are listed on google and are there any reviews?

It would also be great if you can examine their Better Business Bureau record, and find out if there have been complaints against them in the past.

Failing to ask for estimates from multiple companies

Getting the best deal should always be on your mind when hiring movers. And the best deal doesn’t mean the cheapest, because the service could be that cheap as well.

So if you can, ask for estimates from at least three different movers. We’re talking about on-site ones, because they tend to be more accurate than those made over the phone or the Internet. When a representative of the moving company is already on-site, give him or her all the information that you think is relevant from special requirements to potential complications.

You will also have to be extra vigilant when reviewing the paperwork. Some unscrupulous movers may sneak in an extra charge or two. You also have to read the fine print. It may be tedious work, but it’s for your own good. The bill of lading must be very clear and that you agree with every single provision. If they ask you to sign blank documents, you better rethink your decision to hire them. Never sign those papers no matter what.

Bringing everything with you

Surely, you have stuff that you don’t need or want anymore. Why bring them to your new place when you already have the perfect opportunity to get rid of them once and for all? Before moving day arrives, it would be best if you have already thrown, sold, or given them all away.

Not labeling your boxes

You know what would make moving even more stressful? Not knowing which box you put which stuff because you forgot to label the boxes. Imagine how frustrating it would be to scour through dozens of boxes to find that one thing that you want or need. Sharpies aren’t that expensive. Buy a few and save yourself all that trouble.

Spending too much on packing materials

If you have the budget for new boxes, bubble wrap, and cushioning rolls, then go ahead and buy them. But if you don’t want to overspend on packing materials, you can always recycle old boxes, newspapers, and other packing stuff readily available in your home.

Not checking the weather forecast

Nothing puts a damper on moving day worse than rain, snow, or hail. Check the weather forecast to verify weather will not cause your moving process to be any longer or harder than it needs to be. If the forecast does not look in your favor, reschedule the moving truck before it is too late.

Miscalculating your available time

Most people think they have all the time in the world to pack, only to wake up one day and they still have tons to pack. Plus, the moving truck is already on its way to pick everything up.

Procrastinating is incredibly common but packing when you’re scheduled to move is a surefire way of ending up with frayed nerves. Always pack ahead of time. You can do it gradually, or you can do it one time as long as all your things are packed at least a day or two before moving day.

Packing everything into the moving truck

Your couch, appliances, piano (if you have one), and most of your belongings should be in the moving truck. Your essentials, on the other hand, should be with you the entire time, especially when the move takes you to another city or state. The truck could arrive late, and you wouldn’t want to be stuck without anything to wear, eat, drink, or brush your teeth with, among other things.

If you’re moving to a faraway location, always pack a survival bag containing a change of clothes, toiletries, water bottles, snacks, medication, phone charger, and anything you consider necessary for your survival.

Forgetting about your mail

It’s common for people who are relocating to forget about their mailing address. To avoid losing your mail, all you have to do is go to the website of the post office and fill out a change of address form. Don’t forget to indicate that your relocation is temporary or permanent.

Not doing inventory

We cannot state enough how important an inventory is when moving since it's your only way of making sure that everything important made it  on and off the moving truck. While it’s next to impossible to watch every single possession packed, loaded into the truck, and off-loaded once it reaches its destination, an inventory will at least reassure you that you never left anything behind.

It may be next to impossible to make moving day a stress-free one. By steering clear of the mistakes mentioned above, you can at least avoid adding to the issues that usually hound people who are relocating and make the entire thing more bearable for everyone involved.

article courtesy of https://www.acbrosmoving.com/  

If you’re looking to sell or buy a lake home in NH give us a call?   

Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550, e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our website to view lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com   

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Increase Your Home Resale Value with Maintenance and Improvements

While we often think of a house as one of our biggest investments, the truth is most real estate and financial experts do not see it that way. Since the 2008 housing crash, many advisors see that as a “1990s mentality.” They advise that you look at your house as simply your home, a place you begin and end each day in and where your family makes its memories. Finding something simple that works with your family’s budget is a better way to approach house buying. By doing that, you can take any extra money you have and put it towards actual working investments. 

But while you should not look at your house as an investment, that doesn’t mean you should let it grow in disarray without ever thinking of its resale value. Most people eventually end up selling their homes at some point for reasons such as a having to move for a job, downsizing when the kids move out, or any other of the myriad of big changes life throws our way. Because of this, you want to make sure to maintain your house’s function and appearance in case the day comes where you need to put it on the market. 

Here are some of the most common home improvement projects homeowners should do to increase their house’s resale value. 

Roof Maintenance and Repairslake winnipesaukee home for sale

The roof is the ultimate barrier between the weather and elements and your house. As hard as it works, it eventually starts to show wear and tear. Moisture leads to mold and algae that causes your roof to darken, makes it harder for your house to cool, and can even worsen allergies for your family. Rain, sleet, and snow damage shingles and can lead to leaks or worse. 

The best way to prevent a roof catastrophe is through regular maintenance. To remove mold and algae, hire a professional cleaner who will gently power wash the debris away without damaging your roof. Additionally, throughout the year, check your roof for broken shingles and fix them as you go. This is especially important to do if your area experiences a harsh storm that results in hail or falling tree branches. 

Older houses may eventually need a new roof altogether. If your home needs a roof replacement, look for a contractor who specializes in cool roofs that can lower your utility bills and make your home more comfortable in hot weather. Also be sure to look for contractors with good reputations. Unfortunately, roof repair scams are pretty common. Watch out for contractors who chase storms and show up at your door using high-pressure sales tactics. These people are more likely to display questionable, shady behaviors like asking for down payments before work even begins or changing up their prices in the middle of a project. 

Energy Efficiency Increases Resale Value

It is not just cool roofs that can help your home’s resale value. Any time you update your home-- for instance, buying new appliances-- keep energy efficiency in mind. The more energy efficient your home is, the more modern and appealing it is to potential buyers. Your utility company probably offers free energy audits where they can point out ways to maximize your house’s efficiency for lower bills now and a better sale price later. 

A Fresh Coat of Paint

If it is time to sell, you can add thousands of dollars to your property’s value with a project that costs pennies. A fresh coat of paint breathes new life into a home and makes it more appealing to potential buyers. Many real estate experts suggest painting in neutral tones, but analysis shows that redoing your bathroom and kitchen in a light blue can add up to $5,440 to your final selling price on average. 

While you shouldn’t look at your home as an investment, you still need to protect its resale value in case the day comes when you need to put it on the market. The roof is the part of the house that is most likely to be damaged by outside forces. Regular maintenance can help keep its value while improving your home’s look and feel. When making updates, always keep energy efficiency in mind. An energy efficient house is a modern house. Finally, if it is time to put your house on the market, update it with a fresh coat of paint to make it more appealing to potential buyers. 

If you are looking to buy a lakefront home in New Hampshire Lady of the Lake can help you. We have comprehensive knowledge of the lakes sizes, water quality, amenities around the lake and even what kind of fish are in the lake. Yes, we can also sell your lake house for you to a new family looking to build new memories. 

Call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550, e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our websites to view lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com to begin your search 

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley #nhlakesrealty

Article Credit: Seth Murphy

 

Some Real Estate Highlights from the new Tax Bill!

Some Real Estate Highlights from the new Tax Bill!

Quotes from the National Association of Realtors. President Elizabeth Mendenhall issued the following statement:

"The results are mixed. We saved the exclusion for capital gains on the sale of a home and protected the mortgage interest deduction for second homes.

• Capital gains exclusion. In a huge win for current and prospective homeowners, current law is left in place on the capital gains exclusion of $250,000 for an individual and $500,000 for married couples on the sale of a home. Both the House and the Senate had sought to make it much harder to qualify for the exclusion.

• Mortgage interest deduction. The maximum mortgage amount for households deducting their mortgage interest has been decreased to $750,000 from the current $1 million limit. The House bill sought a reduction to $500,000.

• State and local tax deductions. Both property taxes and state and local income taxes remain deductible, although with a combined limit of $10,000. Both the House and Senate bills sought to eliminate the state and local income tax deduction altogether.

• Pass-through entities. The bill significantly reduces the effective rate of tax on business income earned by independent contractors and income received from pass-through entities. This change will lower the taxes of many real estate professionals.

Lake Winnipesaukee home Interested in New Hampshire Lake Homes call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550, e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our websites to view lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com to begin your search

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley both specializing in NH Lakefront Sales #nhlakesrealty

Lake Waukewan Executive Waterfront Home has new owners!!

Mike and Katie are ecstatic about their new dream home on Lake Waukewan. 

Built-in 2008 this beautiful home has a private setting, open water views and sandy swim area. The home featured wood floors, granite kitchen, tons of glass, fireplace, a great deck for entertaining, and just under 3000 square feet of living area. 

Check our new website out! It was designed for you to get to lakefront homes in one click.  You don’t have to view hundreds of listings to find those that have owned waterfront. One click and success.  www.nhlakesrealty.com 

Or Call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail info@nhlakesrealty.com and we will find that dream home for you.  Lake Waukewan Real Estate - Waukewan home for sale

If you are selling or looking to purchase a lake home in New Hampshire contact Paula at Lady of the Lake Realty.  Lady of the Lake can help you with selecting a lake meeting your lifestyle. We have comprehensive knowledge of the lakes sizes, water quality, amenities around the lake and even what kind of fish are in the lake.  

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley both specializing in NH Lakefront Sales  #nhlakesrealty

Pleasant Lake, New London NH. Perfect home for boating, swimming, skiing.

 

Just Listed in New London, NH.  Ski and Beach Access home to Pleasant Lake, Sunapee and Ragged Mountain Ski Areas 

If your new home criteria checklist includes an open concept post and beam home with 2 bathrooms, 3 plus bedrooms with room to expand, private setting, granite kitchen, screened porch, wood floors, metal roof, on 1.9 acres this home is perfect for you. What if this beautiful home included a private 500-foot beach to use on crystal clear 600 acre Pleasant Lake. Slope and Shore Club offers a clubhouse, mooring field, tennis, basketball courts, ice skating pond along with storage for your canoe or kayak. Slope N Shore is a family-oriented community with a beautiful, gently sloping beach. Children of all ages can take swimming, tennis and sailing lessons. There are weekly planned activities including climbing Mt. Kearsarge, swimming to Blueberry Island, sandcastle day and field day. Adults enjoy cocktails on the beach at 5 PM, tennis leagues for men, women and mixed, doubles; plus, there are several summer parties including: pot luck, theme: (60’s, Titanic, etc.), and barbecue. Location is everything, restaurants, hospital, shopping, golf plus Mount Sunapee and Ragged Mountain Ski Areas are just a short drive. Two bedrooms are on the first floor, the master on the second floor with a guest or family room. There is room to expand in the basement and you will never lose power with a whole house generator. Boston is less than 1.5 hours, and your Pleasant Lake home is 10 minutes off Rt 89.

Lady of the Lake Realty has been working with buyers and sellers since 1999. Our marketing area includes all the New Hampshire lakes from Sunapee to Ossipee. 

We can help you with selecting a lake that meets your lifestyle. We have comprehensive knowledge of the lake sizes, water quality, amenities around the lake and even what kind of fish are in the lake.  

Call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550, e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our website to view lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com   

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley   #nhlakesrealty

 

Lady of the Lake Realty has another happy seller of a Lakefront home in NH

Silver Lake Home has New Owners! 

Great news, Paula working with sellers on a Silver Lake helped them find buyers in the first two weeks the home was listed. The new owners have just enjoyed the first weekend at their Silver Lakefront home in Tilton. This affordable home has beautiful views and five bedrooms for family get-togethers.

If you are selling or looking to purchase a lake home in New Hampshire contact Paula at Lady of the Lake Realty. lakefront home sold on silver lake, Tilton NH

Lady of the Lake Realty has been in business since 1999 and we have exhaustive knowledge of the lakes. Our marketing area includes all the lakes from Sunapee Area to Ossipee including Winnipesaukee and Squam.

We can help you with selecting a lake meeting your lifestyle. We have comprehensive knowledge of the lakes sizes, water quality, amenities around the lake and even what kind of fish are in the lake.

Call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550, e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our websites to view lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty to begin your search

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley both specializing in NH Lakefront Sales #nhlakesrealty

Lake Winnipesaukee - Happy new home owners - Alton NH

Congratulations to Peter and Bridget! They are taking possession of a dream property in Alton NH on Lake Winnipesaukee. Their lifestyle goal was a property with spectacular views open water views, sandy swimming area, and a private setting.  Their new home has it all plus 314 feet of shoreline on over 1.5 acres, covered boat slip and unbelievable views .  If you are looking to purchase or sell a lake home on any of the quality lakes in the region contact Lady of the Lake Realty. 

Lady of the Lake Realty has been working with buyers and sellers since 1999. Our marketing area includes all the New Hampshire lakes from Sunapee to Ossipee. 

We can help you with selecting a lake that meets your lifestyle. We have comprehensive knowledge of the lake sizes, water quality, amenities around the lake and even what kind of fish are in the lake.  

Call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550, e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our website to view lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com   

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley   #nhlakesrealty

Lady of the Lake in NH - New Lakefront Real Estate Website Features

We just added new helpful features to our Lady of the Lake website that will help you in selecting a home and region that fits your lifestyle.

  1. Interactive map search that provides more listing information on each lake search making it easier to find your dream home. 
  2. Town demographics around the lake you have interest in. Including market reports. This feature will help you whether you are selling your lakefront home or getting a handle on the market to purchase. 
  3. We also added a page that people love, new lakefront listing. One click and you can find newly listed lakefront homes.  

Lady of the Lake Realty has been working with buyers and sellers since 1999. Our marketing area includes all the New Hampshire lakes from Sunapee to Ossipee. 

We can help you with selecting a lake that meets your lifestyle. We have comprehensive knowledge of the lake sizes, water quality, amenities around the lake and even what kind of fish are in the lake.  nh lake homes for sale - lakefront home sold on winnipesaukee

Call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550, e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our website to view lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com   

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley   #nhlakesrealty

Selling Your NH Lakefront Home Lady of the Lake gets the job done!

Just listed and went under contract in the first weekend of showings on Silver Lake in Tilton. Lady of the Lake Realty is your connection to quality lakefront homes in the NH Lakes Region. 

We handle all price point listings from a landmark property sold for over $3 million on Lake Winnipesaukee to seasonal cottages on smaller lakes. Call or e-mail us for an immediate response to assist you in listing your lakefront home to helping buyers find the perfect dream vacation lake home in the greater lakes region. 

Silver Lakefront home - we can sell your lake home we can list and sell your luxury lake home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake or Ski Real Estate LLC. 3 Winona Road, Meredith NH 566-6608 - paulahinckley@gmail.com

Lady of the Lake Realty is a registered tradename of Lake or Ski Real Estate LLC

 

 

Sanbornton NH Real Estate, Passive Solar Home

Sanbornton New Hampshire 

Own this Passive Solar Prow Front Lindal Cedar Home and commune with nature while being only 5 miles to Rte. 93 for easy commutes North and South. Owners have made many upgrades to include granite kitchen, upgraded baths, new furnace and newer roof, enclosed porch addition. The new wood stove in the kitchen keeps the whole house cozy but there are fireplaces in the master and the living room as well. The Master Bedroom and Bath, Kitchen, and Livingroom have vaulted pine ceilings. There are 3 levels of living space with separation if needed for guests. There are 2 offices in the basement for work at home types and an adjacent exercise room. Storage in the Furnace Room and lots of storage in the Workroom with work shelf for the handy homeowner. Fenced in dog yard. Fruit trees, blueberries, and strawberries. This property is private and can not be seen from the road. We have proudly made this our home for 14 years but it time to downsize. Broker is Owner Priced to sell at  $350,000 

4 bedrooms - 2.5 baths - Den - 2 offices - 2 car garage - 2 sheds - water views - 5 acres - private location - nature galore 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550, e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com  or visit our website to view homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com   

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley   #nhlakesrealty