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The 3 things you have to take into account when moving to another country

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So, you have decided to move to another country, and a whole new life is waiting for you on the other side of the world, or for that matter just across the border. You are without a doubt excited, overwhelmed and scared all at once, and seemingly at a loss when it comes to knowing what to do and how to organize your international move. And while there are a lot of important decisions to make and difficult tasks to complete before moving to another country, packing for your international relocation should be one of your top priorities. Why the hurry? Shipping all of your household items to another country is not as easy as moving them to another state. There are 3 things you have to take into account when moving to another country. You are going to have to: Make the correct choices as to what to take to your new home as shipping your belongings overseas is both very costly and very risky. Pack your belongings with the highest care as they are going to travel a great distance and will …

Buying a home with your valentine

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With the average time to save a deposit as a singleton at 11 years and three months, it’s no surprise people are coupling up to get on the ladder. But what questions should you ask your sweetheart before you take the plunge?

It makes sense to buy a home with a partner. Two lots of savings can reduce the time and cost of buying a property, and for many, it’s the only way they’ll ever own a home. 

It's seen as a right of passage, just like marriage or choosing to have children can be. But with the average age of a first time buyer at 32, and the recent Stamp Duty exemption, is it possible couples are rushing in to buying with the wrong person?

Buying a home together is a huge commitment, and changing over the name on a mortgage, or having to sell the property if you can’t afford it alone, can be costly and stressful.

However, it’s the season of love, and whilst you’re feeling all dreamy with your darling, picturing what the garden will look like, or how much shorter your commute will be…

5 Hurricane-Proof Improvements You Can Make to Your New Coastal Home

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With hurricane season upon us (hello: Harvey and Irma), it’s more important than ever for coastal homeowners to prepare their abodes for hurricane-force winds, tropical storms and possible flooding. While we hope you never have to deal with any of these horrible disasters, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. Fortunately for those who live in a hurricane zone, there are ways (very good ways, in fact!) to protect your home from hurricane damage. Some improvements are as simple as pruning trees and cleaning gutters. Other changes may cost an extra thousand dollars but are well worth every penny. Not only is hurricane-proofing a home good for resale value, but it also ensures that you’ll still have that home to sell later on. If you’re currently house-hunting for a beach house, I recommend adding these 5 hurricane-proof improvements to your home buying checklist as well. Trust me when I say that they can make a big difference when it comes to how well your home weathers the next monster storm. …

10 of the Best Home Staging Tips

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When you’re selling your home, you want it to look its absolute best for the potential buyers who walk through the door. That’s where home staging comes in. Home staging is a method of decorating meant to highlight your home’s most impressive assets and help buyers imagine themselves moving in and living there. Do it right, and you should have no problem selling your home quickly. According to the National Association of Realtors’ 2017 Staging Stats report, 49% of buyers’ agents believe that home staging has an effect on how a buyer views the home, with 77% saying that it makes it easier for buyers to visualize the property as their own. On the sellers’ agent side, 21% report that home staging increases the value of a home between 6% and 10%, and 39% note that it greatly decreases the total amount of time a home is on the market. With so much to gain, it makes sense for sellers to put time and effort into staging their home, and fortunately, many of the best staging tips don’t requir…

10 Questions to Ask When Buying New Home Construction

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My husband and I recently signed a contract on a new construction home. While it’s been exciting getting to this point (and will be even more exciting once permits are in and the actual building can commence), it’s also been quite the learning experience. Buying new construction is a different process than buying your typical pre-built home. What’s included, what’s not, and what’s hidden in that massive contract depends on the builder that you use. As with any situation where you’re moving or about to spend a lot of hard earned money, it’s important to go in prepared – and that means asking the right questions. The first interaction you’ll have with the builder – and in fact, the first several, at least – will be with the builder’s sales representative. These early meetings are your chance to ask all of the questions you might have regarding costs, labor, and other essentials that you need to know about before jumping in. Write your questions down before you go in so that you can be …

10 Moving Mistakes to Avoid

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To help your move go smoothly, we offer these 10 common moving mistakes to avoid: 1. Failing to research your mover Thoroughly check your moving company before committing to a contract. Are your movers licensed by your state’s Department of Transportation? Have you examined their record with the Better Business Bureau? Did you check their references? 2. Spending too much on packing Boxes and newspaper are easy to come by, and often free of charge. Spend a little extra time scrounging to save money on packaging. 3. Packing heavy items in large boxes Heaviest items should always go in the smallest possible boxes. Your back, shoulders and legs will thank you later. 4. Forgetting to take measurements Make sure to measure the clearance space in your new residence prior to moving day. You don’t want to arrive at your new home only to find that your furniture won’t fit through the front door. 5. Packing flammable, explosive or corrosive materials You’ll be in violation of the law and put yoursel…

Long-distance home buying: how to make it work

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Whether you’re moving for love, you’ve landed a sweet new gig, or you’re just looking for a change of pace, buying a new home is never not stressful. Doing it from a distance can be daunting, to say the least, but never fear: the pros at Moveline have some tips to help you make sure you’ve got the home of your dreams waiting for you at the finish line. Know before you go Get as clear and specific about what you want (and don’t want) before you head out for a weekend of home tours. If you’re working with a professional, don’t be shy about sending emails and hopping on the phone with them often. This way, when you take a trip to look at potential homes, you’re only looking at places that could conceivably be winners. A good agent will expertly narrow the field so they’re not wasting your time with things you don’t want. Friends of friends Just because you’re not in your destination city yet doesn’t mean you can’t still gather a ton of information. One of the best ways to do that is, of…