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Moving Tips for YOU!

Categories: Misc | Posted: July 20, 2015

Moving into a new home can be an overwhelming experience: not only must you clean, organize and pack up everything you own in a way, but then there is the task of unpacking and finding a place for every item in your new home.

But, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You will wake up in your dream home will be a reality. To help make your new home move quick and simple, here are some moving tips to help ease the transition:

Packing Hacks

It’s easy to lose or break things when packing, so use these tricks to help prevent any messes or broken items without spending too much on specialty packing items.

Bonnie Dewkett, a professional organizer in Connecticut, suggests purchasing an expandable file folder for important documents such as birth certificates, passports, important mail or receipts. This will prevent those important items from being lost in the move.

Dewkett further suggests color coding boxes to correspond to each room, so you won’t have to rummage through them to know what’s inside.

When it comes to packing, don’t be afraid to improvise with things you already have. Trash bags, for example, can also be used for pillows, blankets and even as garment bags.

“When it comes to packing electronics, keep cables under control by threading them through the middle of toilet paper tubes and wrapping the cable around the cardboard,” says Blake Connoy, managing director of Helpling Canada, a Toronto-based cleaning service. “Be sure to keep cables, remotes and other accessories with their piece of equipment.”

Most important, don’t leave packing for the last day or even week! Starting a month before your move can help keep things stress free, while leaving time for you to organize and get rid of things you don’t need.

Preliminary Maintenance

About a week before you move into and start sleeping at your new place, you’ll want to set up utilities, such as gas, electricity and cable/Internet. Some people don’t consider this and will call the day of a move or just a few days before, without realizing that it can take a few days for the companies to send someone out. This means you’ll be living with no water, electricity and, worst of all, no Internet (horrifying, I know).

Feel at Home
Connoy suggests packing a “survival box” that will be easily accessible when you arrive at your new home. This box should include dishes, bedding, towels, toiletries, coffee, snacks, favorite toys for the kids and/or pets and anything else that will make you feel comfortable for that first night and morning. This will help reduce some of the stress of moving.

To keep things moving, plan for a housewarming party a month or two away, so you have a chance to settle in and share your new home with family and friends and without feeling too stressed about getting things in place in just a few days. And, to ensure that you’re not left with boxes of unpacked items months after you’ve moved in, set weekly goals of which rooms you want to complete so it’s not overwhelming.

And, last but not least, enjoy your new home!

Maria Galizia is a digital content intern for New Home Source, where you can search the largest collection of newly built homes and new home communities.

5 Benefits of Owning a New Home

Categories: Misc | Posted: February 12, 2015

If you’re among those struggling to decide whether or not to purchase a new home, consider these 5 reasons to take the plunge into homeownership:

1. Energy Efficiency. With Legacy Homes, building an energy efficient home is a top priority for us. Nothing will save you more money over time than having a certified Energy Right home. This helps to reduce energy bills, and improve comfort, all while protecting the environment. By using the latest technology and building techniques we are able to accomplish this without sacrificing the style and elegance of the home you expect from us.

2. You can customize your new home by choosing floor plans, cabinets, granite, lighting fixtures, colors and every other detail! In the Legacy Homes showroom we walk you through a selection process step by step to choose every detail of your new home. You’ll be sure to leave with the confidence and excitement!

3. Unlike rent, a fixed mortgage can’t go up (even if inflation does). Fixed mortgage rates don’t go up, even if the cost of everything else does. To protect yourself, Jack Otter, author of “Worth It … Not Worth It?” suggests making a 20 percent down payment and taking out a 30-year fixed mortgage to lock in today’s low interest rates. “Mortgage rates haven’t been this low since GIs were heading home from France. Lock in a low monthly payment, and you’ve just taken a huge step in protecting your family against inflation,” he writes in his book.

4. Homeowners can take tax deductions. The chief tax benefit of homeownership is the ability to deduct mortgage interest payments, but the perks don’t stop there. Homeowners can also deduct eligible expenses (certain energy-efficient improvements, for example) and in some cases can avoid federal taxes on earnings from the sale of a home.

5. You can take advantage of currently low interest rates and prices. Despite creeping back up, interest rates remain relatively low from a historical perspective.

Now is the time to buy. With great locations in Madison, AL, Huntsville, AL and Meridianville, AL you can be sure to find your dream home in the location you want. Legacy Homes will also Build on your Lot. Call us today and let us Build Your Legacy™