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Moving Checklist

We know moving into a new home is a major ordeal. It's a big job, but the earlier you start getting everything organized, the easier the transition will actually be. You may need to do a little bit of editing depending on your situation, but we have compiled a general schedule that should help you get the ball rolling. 

 

8 Weeks Before

☐ Call moving companies for estimates.
☐ Throw out any unnecessary possessions.
☐ Start compiling an inventory of your possessions.
☐ Get a floor plan (with room dimensions) of your new home to help you decide which furnishings you want to keep and which room they will go in.
☐ Start a file of moving-related papers and receipts.
☐ Locate schools, healthcare professionals and hospitals in your new location.
☐ Arrange to transfer your children’s school records and family medical records.

 

6 Weeks Before
☐ Choose a mover and sign contract.
☐ Contact your homeowner’s insurance agent about coverage for moving and secure more, if necessary.
☐ Contact insurance companies (auto, homeowner’s, medical, and life) to arrange for coverage in your new home.

 

4 Weeks Before
☐ Create a file of important papers, such as auto license, registration documents, and title; any medical, dental and school records; birth certificates; wills, deeds, stock certificates, and other financial documents.
☐ Notify the following of your change of address:
☐ Post office
☐ Banks
☐ Credit card companies
☐ Relatives and friends
☐ Insurance agent, lawyer, tax/financial advisor
☐ Magazine subscriptions
☐ Notify utility companies of date to discontinue/transfer service and/or establish service at your new home. Also arrange for final readings and bills, including refunds on prepaid services. (Electric, Heating, Internet Service, Natural Gas, Telephone, Television, Trash Collection, Water, etc.)
☐ Notify your state’s department of motor vehicles of your new address.
☐ If moving from an apartment, arrange for refund of your security deposit.
☐ Discontinue additional home services (housekeeper, gardener/lawn service, snow removal, and pool cleaner), if applicable.
☐ Start using up things you can’t move, such as perishables.

 

3 Weeks Before
☐ Make travel plans, if necessary.
☐ Make arrangements with condo or homeowner’s association to reserve elevator usage time if moving into or out of a high-rise building.
☐ Arrange to close existing bank accounts and open new accounts in new area.
☐ Arrange for child care on moving day.

 

2 Weeks Before 
☐ Arrange special transport for your pets and plants.
☐ Contact your moving company and review arrangements for your move.

 

1 Week Before
☐ Pack moving-essential boxes—important documents, travel clothes, personal items and prescription medications.

 

2–3 Days Before
☐Confirm all final arrangements with your mover and other service providers.

Beware of Dog

Everyone knows that dog is man's best friend and we all want to keep our four-legged friend as happy and healthy as can be. Roaming around in the backyard is always one of their favorite activities, but before you open the door and let your pooch galavant happily, there are a few things you need to make sure you are on top of. 

Whether your dog is the most laid-back creature who strictly goes outside to lay in the sun for hours, or they run laps through the mud and mulch with a large chunk of leaves in their mouth, these suggestions are not to be taken lightly. What you plant in your yard along with what you spray are equally important.

Some plants, indigenous and popular to your region, are very unhealthy for your animal if they digest it. The ASPCA has compiled a lit of toxic and non-toxic plants at https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants. Although daffodils and daisies make a great arrangement in your kitchen or bathroom, consider planting basil, lilies, or roses in your yard just to be on the safe side. 

A lot of insecticides have the potential to sicken dogs. Most insecticides these days say they "get rid of pests - not pets;" however, it is best to use these with caution. 

Your furry friend's yard should include shade and be free of hazardous garden tools as well. Give little Benji his dream home by making sure he has a safe place to wander. 

 

 

Duke Energy Summer Tips

Here are some tips from Duke Energy to help you save energy and money during these summer months! 

It's getting hot, hot, hot...outside. Save inside with our summer energy tips.

Open House!

Visit Our Open House This Sunday!

                                                           

Bring Your Buyers, to 124 Fairwood Drive, Morrisville, NC will be open to the public!  Check out www.124Fairwood.com to get a preview of this luxurious Home in a Prime Location. Stop by on Sunday, July 30th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm EST and see this gorgeous home for yourself. $350,000, 2,231 Square Feet, 4bd/2.5ba.  Call Mike Montpetit at 919-614-9100 for a personal tour.

Backyard Patio Tips

The backyard space can be a make-it-or-break-it selling point of any house for a lot of home buyers. 

In order to present your outdoor living space in a way that will wow all of your guests, it is important to keep it in tip-top shape.

  • Sweep away any leaves, sticks, or debris from your patio to keep it in pristine condition; free of mildew stains and dirt patterns.
  • Rearrange the furniture to create a welcoming vibe that promotes conversation between parties.
  • Keep an eye out for any loose boards or protruding nails that might cause someone to trip or injure themselves. It is important to fix those split boards or loose screws as they are not only an eyesore, they're definitely going to get worse over time. 
  • Painted decks tend to peel and fade after the years. Instead of a quick coat of paint, consider staining your deck an earthy tone or simply using a protective sealant to give the natural wood a nice finish. 
  • Wash your stone patios on as "as needed" basis. Stone has a tendency to flake and break if washed too often or too harshly. If you notice your pavers are getting a little dirty and they look like they could use some TLC, try washing them with your household detergent periodically.

 

 

Buying a Home: Fact or Myth?

The National Association of Realtors shared a few myths and facts about home buying. Here is what they said:

Upgrades That Are Worth It

Whether you just moved into your new home or are just looking for something to change things up a bit, these 5 design ideas will give you the most bang for your buck!

  • Headboards
    • Adding a headboard above any bed can be as easy as buying one that fits your style and simply attaching it to the wall. If you want to make it a project, DIY headboards are fun and customizable. With the addition of a headboard, the eye is immediately drawn to the bed and it becomes the new focal point of the room.
  • Patterned Pillow
    • Design pillows in any room are not only comfy and cozy, but they also provide an energizing look and a pop of pizazz.  
  • Rugs
    • Having a living room arrangement without a rug seems a little off. Rugs give every room that finishing touch that creates a completed ensemble. 
  • Flowers
    • Adding flowers to your bathroom is a great way to create a relaxing yet refreshing sense for your guests. 
  • Graphic Wallpaper
    • An accent wall with a decorative patterned wallpaper give the room dimension and add that pop you were looking for. 

Open House

OPEN HOUSE

Bring Your Buyers to 1002 Askham Drive in Walnut Hills Subdivision, Cary, NC 27511 will be open to the public! Check out www.1002Askham.com to get a preview of this charming Home. Stop by Sunday, July 9th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and see this home for yourself. $299,000, 2,490 Square Feet. Call Town & Country Realty, Inc at 919-614-9100 for a personal tour.

Renovation Suggestions

How do I know which rooms could use a face-lift?

Are you thinking about selling your home or are already in the process? In-home renovations are a great way to get your house ready for the market. Always remember that the goal of fixing up your house is to make these newly renovated spaces appealing to interested homebuyers. Keep in mind that while you like the pop of bright green walls in the kitchen, not everyone has the same taste. Here are a few suggestions if you're stuck on where to start: 

1. Lofts/ Attics

Lofts are a great way to make use of an extra space available. We admit it's a large project to take on if your game plan is to convert it into an additional bedroom, however. Other ideas you may want to consider are a home theater, office/study, or a studio space. 

2. Laundry Room

Laundry and mud room updates make the house more functional for potential buyers. Once you sort out the plumbing and organizational aspects of the room (e.g. dishwasher, sink, washing machines), you will have a designated room for the daily chores that might have previously been crowding the kitchen or hallway.

3. Kitchen

Renovating the kitchen might seem like a no-brainer, but it is the selling point for a lot of home buyers. Updated appliances, freshly painted cabinets, up-to-date backsplash, a functional pantry space, and maybe some new light fixtures are all things to look at when updating your kitchen. 

4. Basement

Everybody loves the idea of a basement; so why not help the buyer picture themselves moving into a new home with that added space? A basement can be used as a craft room, an in-home gym, or even a billiards room. Creating a space with a neutral colored coat of paint and great lighting is an awesome way to sell your house. 

Patio Parties

Summer is in full force and even into the Fall months, hosting parties outback or even just relaxing with the family is a very popular activity. You can't have guests over though if your outdoor space isn't in tip top shape! Here are some ideas on how to spice up your patio space.

  1. Benches: Adding some benches makes seating cozy and comfortable
  2. Fire Pit: Whether you plan on roasting smores or just staying warm on those cool summer nights, the sound of the crackling fire makes for a relaxing vibe. 
  3. Matching Furniture: Get rid of your "hodgepodge-y" chairs and get a patio set that really ties everything together.
  4. Hanging Beds: Balcony swings provide fun and relaxing seating that the kids are sure to love
  5. Lighting: The right lighting is important; consider stringing lights around your patio or placing gas lanterns out.
  6. Outdoor Counter: Serving food and drinks couldn't be easier that if you had this outdoor counter space to set everything up.
  7. Adjustable Fan: Just in case those summer days start to feel humid and sticky, install a fan to circulate the air and keep everyone cool.
  8. Poolside Table: Instead of running inside for snacks as you drip water all over the kitchen, set out food, drinks, towels, and music on your poolside table.
  9. Shade Trees: Bring in some nature with large trees to block out the sun if you are looking for something a little more different than the typical canopy.
  10. Citronella Candles: You can never have too many of these as we all know bugs, mosquitos, in particular, are the absolute works when you are trying to enjoy some time outside. 

 

© 2017 Triangle MLS, Inc. of North Carolina. All rights reserved. Information deemed to be reliable but not guaranteed. The data relating to real estate for sale on this website comes in part from the Internet Data Exchange TM Program. Real estate listings held by brokerage firms other than Town & Country Realty Inc. are marked with the Internet Data Exchange TM logo and detailed information about them includes the name of the listing brokers. Listing broker has attempted to offer accurate data, but buyers are advised to confirm all items. Information last updated on 2017-08-20.

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