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Posted by RE/MAX Main Street Associates on 7/14/2019

Moving at the wrong time.

It is very crucial for people who plan on relocating to consider the time of the year in which they would move. Not doing this may influence how stressful their move will be. To be sure, call a professional quality mover. It is advisable to make the first contact between three and four months before the desired move date.

Preparing on the D-Day 

For a successful move, it is essential to organize. So it is unthinkable to arrange your boxes or defrost your fridge the morning of your move. Unplug your refrigerator 1 to 2 days before to allow it to defrost and be movable on the D-day. For preparing your cartons, doing that a few weeks in advance can help you manage space. 

Not researching movers and insurance 

You should entrust your furniture and belongings to the right movers. These professionals will have a heavy responsibility to transport your property in the best possible conditions and without damage. Just as you would not leave your child to just any nanny, it is vital to choose the right mover.

Not estimating the cost of the move 

Before making the final decision to go through a professional mover, it is vital to ask for a detailed quote of all the services you will need for your move. Doing this will help avoid financial hassles during your journey.

Underestimate the importance of the inventory 

On your moving day(s), you will have to deal with many things; the movers, the last adjustments, the final cleaning touches. A lot of traffic and cardboard in your house and so many upheavals. However, do not neglect the importance of the inventory list. 

When preparing all of your boxes, take the time to make an inventory that will help you, on the one hand, to find everything when you unpack your boxes in your new home, but that will also allow you to make a good follow-up check of your belongings during the move. You guarantee that you can track and verify that your property is complete. 

It is important to read the list of the inventory at your departure carefully; to check that nothing is left behind. Then do not forget to re-read this inventory when unloading your belongings in your new home. It will be easier for you to do the necessary steps on the day of unloading than a few weeks later. 




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Posted by RE/MAX Main Street Associates on 6/2/2019

Every homeowner seems to come to a point where they wonder if itís time to sell their home or renovate the one that they currently have. Whether or not you decide to sell immediately, you can start with some renovations to your home that will offer you a big return on your investments and more comfort. Certain renovation projects are more beneficial than others. Weíll go over some of the best projects that you can take on in your home to add value and comfort to your home.



Curb Appeal Pays 


While you may turn to the inside of your home to make improvements first, itís actually more beneficial to update the outside of your home before you even begin to tackle the inside. Curb appeal can boost the value of your home significantly. 


Check Your Insulation


You can improve the overall energy efficiency of your home by sealing unattended places in the home. Add insulation and sealing right in your attic. This helps to save on energy costs the whole year through. New insulation brings quite a return on value in your home. 


Make Your Spaces Peaceful And Open


If you have plenty of space available in the house, youíll get a big return on your investment. Add a bedroom to the home if you are able. Expand on the master bedroom to include large closets along with a master bathroom. Some of these renovations can become a bit of an expense, but youíll be happy you did them when you get a large return on your investment.     


Add A Deck


Adding an outdoor space to enjoy will not only give you financial returns, it will give you an increased sense of happiness as well. Youíll have a new outdoor space that youíll be able to enjoy for a good portion of the year.


Think Small


Sometimes even small improvements can add returns and more appeal to your home. Does your kitchen need new tile? Could your dishwasher use an upgrade? Maybe the bathroom counter can be replaced. Anything small around your home thatís upgraded can add up. The kitchen and the bathroom are the two rooms of the home that people most desire to have updated. Doing any and all projects in these rooms can have a really big impact on the value of your property. 


After The Renovations


After you complete the desired renovations in your home, live in it for awhile. If youíre still itching to move on from your property, make an appointment with your realtor. There is nothing wasted in doing renovations to your home whether you decide to stay on the property or move on.




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Posted by RE/MAX Main Street Associates on 3/10/2019

You hear about this magic "cost-of-living index" number, but where does it come from and how can you use it to improve your real estate experience? The cost of living index is a numerical measurement of the relative cost to live in a specific geographic region. There are a lot of economic formulas out there, but it basically adds up and compares the cost of goods and services that are part of ordinary living expenses. These include clothing, utilities, health care, transportation, groceries, restaurants, building materials and more. The index is relative and not an exact measurement, so you always want to compare with the actual cost of living you're familiar with to get an idea of the comparative costs where you want to move.

Whatís the Math?

To begin, researchers collect a representative sample of goods and services and then compare prices. To determine what goods and services to include in the formula, they use a "typical family budget." When comparing the cost of living, remember that your budget may not be "typical." While they may sound similar, the cost of living index and the consumer price index aren't the same thing.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics sets the consumer price indexóand the US government uses it to measure inflation in day-to-day-purchases, changes in interest rates and taxes. To make the CPI and Cost of living index more easily relatable, the CPI now measures housing costs using "owners' equivalent rent" instead of mortgage payments which allows them to remove the investment part of homeownership from the cost of living index and make it more equivalent for renters and owners.

Different companies use different market values and various products and services to make their calculations. One example, the Council for Economic Research, actually divides goods and services into six different categories, then chooses 60 items to represent the whole, gets the prices all at once and uses that to compare costs between locations. 

Other sources take a variety of goods and service cost comparisons and combine them for a broader cost comparison between locations.

The US Department of State provides links to a lot of this information along with some great tools like the "Cost of Living and Salary Comparison Wizard." It combines information on goods, services, real estate, and average salaries to create a short 3-step process: enter your current base salary, the nearest metropolitan area to where you live and work, and the most adjacent metro area to where you want to move. The wizard will spit out not only cost of living comparisons, but what you can or should expect your salary difference to be, and whether that salary will actually be workable in the new area.

How do I Use it?

For example, if you have an annual salary of $50,000 in Dallas, Texas and you move to San Diego, California in a similar position, you can expect a 5.8% salary increase, which brings you to about $53,000. That $3,000 seems like a lot, but now you must look at the cost of living difference between the two areas. According to all these calculators, the average cost of living increase between Dallas and San Diego is roughly 36%. That calculates out to $15,000 less in disposable income. So now you can compare, do you really HAVE $15,000 you can give up in order to move to San Diego? If not, it might just be time to start looking elsewhere or trying to find a San Diego job with a salary of at least $68,000 to maintain the same lifestyle.

What If I Have no Choice?

Sometimes you don't have a choice about moving. Maybe you're being transferred by your company, or you need to be near a school, university or family. If you are stuck moving anyway, use the cost-of-living numbers to help you plan for your new budget and negotiate for a better salary.

Your real estate professional is familiar with the cost of living index for the area, and they will be able to help you find the right place for your budget.




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Posted by RE/MAX Main Street Associates on 2/24/2019

Looking for a quality daycare can be pretty overwhelming. There are probably many childcare centers in your area, but you want to make sure you find one that suits your family. It's always crucial to ask the right questions when interviewing daycare centers into which you're potentially enrolling.

1. Is the center licensed?

It's important to be sure that the daycare center has certification under state regulations. You are legally able to request to see their license and any notes written regarding safety hazards or other infractions issued to the center.

2. Do they have an open door policy for parents?

Itís crucial to know the facilityís policy on parents dropping in unannounced. If the center does not allow you to come by anytime, this could be a potential red flag. 

3. Whatís your policy on____?

Itís important to ask about the centerís protocol on things such as discipline, nap-time, screen time, and allowing sweets. If you have strong feelings about any of these topics, itís important to ask about providing specific instructions geared toward your child. 

4. Can you accommodate special circumstances?

Itís important to note in the interview certain special circumstances to your children such as breastfeeding, cloth diapering, allergies, medications, or special food requirements. Some daycares will not be suitable for your childís specific needs. 

5. Whatís your sick child policy?

If your child or another child in the facility becomes ill while in the care of the center, it's important to note how the staff will handle it. Proper care is especially crucial to infants as illness among children can spread rapidly. Be sure that the facility takes sickness seriously and will send any child home if they become ill.

6. Whatís your policy on immunizations?

Regardless of your stance on vaccines, itís important to know what the daycare policy is for each child and if they are required to be kept up to date. 

7. Whatís the staff to child ratio?

Your state will require each center to have a certain amount of qualified staff members available in the classroom. Be sure to research the requirement of your state and if the center adheres. 

8. What are the qualifications of the staff here?

It's important to note the process staff members have to go through before they are allowed to interact with children. Ask the facility manager what type of training is required, what they teach them, and whether staff members need specific certifications? It will bring you peace of mind to know that each teacher is trained for emergencies and are fully certifications in Infant and Child CPR and First Aid.

Finding the right daycare facility may take time, but it's a decision that you want to be sure you make the right call. Ask friends, neighbors, and other parents in your community which daycare center in their area they like best.




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Posted by RE/MAX Main Street Associates on 1/6/2019

If you recently bought or sold a house, it may be only a matter of weeks before moving day arrives. As such, you may want to start planning ahead and contact a moving company to help you prepare for the big day.

Ultimately, not all moving companies are created equal. And if you make a poor selection, you risk encountering problems with your moving company as you try to take your belongings from one address to another.

Differentiating one moving company from another can be simple. In fact, there are several questions that you should consider before you hire a moving company, and these are:

1. What do I need from a moving company?

Moving from a big house to a small one is very different than relocating from an apartment to a home. Thus, you should consider your moving day needs and tailor your search for a moving company accordingly.

Don't forget to evaluate your moving day budget too. If you consider how much money is at your disposal, you can map out a search for a mover and discover a moving company that falls within your price range.

2. What services does a moving company offer?

Many moving companies will help you pack up your belongings, move them to your new address and help you unpack. Comparatively, some moving companies only offer limited support on moving day.

Think about which moving day services you'll need before you choose a moving company Ė you'll be glad you did. If you know what you want out of a moving company, you can narrow your search and quickly find a mover that will match or exceed your expectations.

3. What are past clients saying about a moving company?

Oftentimes, it helps to look at client reviews for moving companies. These insights can help you understand what it is like to work with a particular moving company before you make your final decision.

If customers frequently rave about a moving company, this is a positive sign. In this instance, you may want to move quickly to hire a moving company for your upcoming relocation.

On the other hand, a moving company that receives many negative reviews should raise red flags. If most customers are not satisfied with the support they receive from a particular moving company, you may want to consider other movers.

Finding the right moving company may seem difficult, particularly for individuals who have only a limited amount of time to relocate. But if you collaborate with a real estate agent, you may be able to discover the ideal moving company in no time at all.

In addition to helping you buy or sell a home, a real estate agent will make it easy for you to enjoy a seamless move. A real estate agent likely can put you in touch with the top moving companies in your area. As a result, a real estate agent can help you find a great moving company, regardless of when you need to relocate.







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