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Flexibility is Key to Escrow Process

You just bought your new home and the buying process with the Realtor, mortgage company and escrow service are all in motion. Packing is well underway and you have determined what you can live with over the next few weeks rather than packing everything in boxes. You have a closing date and everyone in the family is excited. Everything is a go, or so you think.

The exact date of escrow these days can sometimes shift by a day, a week or even several weeks. Where does that leave you? You have presumably already provided a moving date at the current residence, the utilities have been scheduled for disconnection and switched to your new location, items you use daily are in boxes and the moving company has been prepaid to show up on a predetermined day. Now, the moving date has been delayed a few weeks, the movers can not show up on your new date, you lose your moving deposit, and you find yourself in transition – between homes – needing temporary storage.

The problem? Escrow was delayed with no confirmed date provided, leaving your family in limbo. Solution, call PODS, to store everything until the new home closed, then had the PODS containers delivered to her new address.”

Moving can be stressful on families during this hectic time. If you are not exact on your date, or the date changes, PODS can accommodate moving and storage needs on your timeframe, leaving you in control of the move. PODS offers the following tips to homeowners.

5 tips to remaining flexible during a move:
1. Expect the unexpected. A closing escrow date is never guaranteed until you have signed all documents and are officially presented with keys to your residence.
2. Plan ahead when packing your home. Label each box clearly and keep a list of items in 3. Do not pack items you may need to use on a daily basis. Items to hold out until moving day include personal hygiene, medications, at least one week of clothing, phone books and a folder with all moving records.
4. Stay connected. Leave your home computer connected until the actual moving day to allow for important communication.
5. Let there be light (and heat). Allow for overlapping services with electric, gas and other utilities to avoid shut-off while you are still in residence.

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December 29, 2010 Posted by | Tips | , , , | Leave a comment

Should I Buy or Should I Rent?

When moving to another country, another state or even another city, one decision you’ll have to make is if you should rent or buy a new home. Often, renting is clearly the better option simply because of the cost and possibly the length of stay. However, if feasible when moving overseas, foreign ownership is an opportunity to not only secure an oversees investment, but also makes you feel a little bit like a local.

Before you leave take a time to really look at the markets she what you can afford and what the price ranges are, you would want to do as much research as possible before you leave so when it comes time to making your decision you can make the correct one.

Many websites can give you tips on whether buying or renting is the best for you. With the internet at your fingertips your possibilities are limitless.


November 12, 2010 Posted by | Tips | , , , , | Leave a comment

Organizing Tips

Organization, seems like a pretty basic concept but for some it doesn’t come that easy. You always catch yourself saying I will get to it tomorrow, or “I’ll wear it someday, lets keep it!” Then before you know it stuff begins to pile up and pile up and next you’re looking at a room or a garage that has no floor. Here are some organizing ideas that can help you begin thinking about ways to make your life easier and more organized for you and those around you.

1. Determine your goals. Before you start anything, determine its goal. If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you ever get there? Set mini-goals and reward yourself for successes. Use goals to help you set deadlines and stay organized. 

2. Declutter your desk. A clutter-free desk erases unnecessary distractions and helps keep your mind on tasks that need immediate attention. Keep only the items on your desk that relate to your current projects.

3. Don’t rely on your memory. You run the risk of letting things fall through the cracks. The best way to never forget an appointment, a deadline, an event or a detail again, is to write everything down. Keep a note pad, or a folder with all your lists so you have something to reference when you can’t remember.

4. Consolidate similar activities. Instead of starting and stopping at different levels of activity, you’ll save time by making all of your outgoing telephone calls together, taking care of all your errands at once, etc.

5. Clean out your files. Before you go through the expense of purchasing more file cabinets, folders, etc., take the time to purge all unnecessary paperwork and materials. Make sure to shred any personal information, the last thing your going to want is someone getting a hold of your personal information.

6. Use one calendar. The biggest mistake people make when using planning calendars is to have one for personal, another for the office, and yet another for the family. Keep personal, professional and family items on one calendar. It will help to eliminate scheduling conflicts. Remember, “The man who wears two watches, never knows the correct time.”

7. Reduce telephone tag. Plan telephone calls (whether to doctors, plumbers, clients, etc.) whenever possible. Have all necessary materials in front of you. Write key questions down in advance.

8. Set up files for projects. Don’t waste time searching for papers. Keep all paperwork that pertains to a certain project together in one large folder. Get creative with this sometimes color coordinating can make things more organized and faster when searching for that particular folder.

9. Make phone calls more productive. Say, “I’ve got only 5 minutes to talk.” Outline your calls, Say, ‘I’d like to discuss these 2 possible solutions to problem A ….”

10. Make appointments for YOU. Make at least one screened appointment with yourself each day. Screened time is quiet, uninterrupted time allowing you to concentrate on a project or catch up on your reading.

Let PODS help you we can store your belongings right at your home or at one of our secure warehouses, use it for as short or as long as you need. We allow you to pack at your own pace. PODS is the Best Moving and Storage Idea Ever. For more information contact your local PODS at www.pods.com

October 7, 2010 Posted by | Tips | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Joy of Moving

The Bottom Line Moving takes a lot of planning, but with being organized & planning, will help in the long run. Make lists, that will really help.

Well once again we are moving. My husband and, I looked around,for about three months. It was hard to find just the right apartment, as we live right next to RPI Collage. We wanted to stay in the same area, as the grade school, middle school & high school are just around the corner from us.There are also two Hospitals close by. Well let me tell you, the long wait was worth it. My husband & I found an apartment right around the corner from here and, still around the corner from the schools.

When moving, never just take the first thing that comes along. you will have to be there awhile, so choose wisley.

We have moved enough times and, we kind of have a routine that makes moving a little less painful & stressful. I am a very organized person & a stickler for detail. I start planning the move visually in my mind. I write lists of to-do’s. Here are some of my tips. I hope it is helpful.

Try to collect boxes of different sizes,when you are looking to move. It helps to have them on hand & ready to use.Also make sure to have tape on hand.

Tip #1 Make note of the number of windows you will have. Will you need new curtains & rods, hooks etc.Will you need electrical extension cords? Light Bulbs are a must have. Also you may need rugs,get the right size. Make sure you will have plenty of cleaning supplies,to clean old & new place. Tally up cost of everything you need, before you spend, so you know.

Tip #2 Clean out all junk,give it away, throw it away, but get rid of it. there is nothing worse than packing & moving things you don’t need. It just makes more work.

Tip #3 Go to the Post Office and,get the change of address cards,as soon as possible, make them out & keep them in a safe place till needed.

Tip#4 Call all the utilitie companies, to change your service, also credit cards, Insurance companies, Banks etc.,as soon as possible. You should do this at least 2 weeks in advance. You should also call & have a moving truck reserved if needed, also get all your moving help lined up,for the big day. You don’t want to end up carring everything yourself.

Tip#5 Try to sort and, pack as much as possible to start, then gradually pack what’s not needed as the days go by. The last few days, pack as much that won’t be needed as possible.

Tip#6 I use towels, sheets & blankets to pack breakables, such as:Knick knacks, & dishes. Also by using them , it is less to pack seperatley & move. Plus I’ve never had anything get broken in a move.

Tip#7 Also if you can move things in gradually before, the big day. This is what I do: I take my pictures & curtains and unpack & hang them up. I always wash my curtains before moving. I also bring what dishes and, closet clothes that I can & put them away as well. Also small pieces of furniture as well. This will help, when you move the rest of the stuff in. You won’t have 10 million boxes in the way and to un-pack.

Tip#8 Try to keep up on housework in the old place. I know it’s hard, but in the long run it will be less work, when you leave, you will be sure to get your deposit back. you also need to make sure the place is in good shape when you leave. There will be the normal wear & tear, don’t let the owner take advantage of you & they do try, they want to keep that extra buck.

THE BIG DAY !

It’s almost over and, you are halfway there. The help has arrived and, you have the truck. We like to take the biggest pieces first, while this is going on, I am packing the last of the things we needed to use.The next trip, all the smaller things & some boxes. Now everything is out, go back after last trip & check to make sure you have’nt missed anything, and place is clean. Notify Landlord you are out. do not give keys back, till you get deposit back.

“Whew” moving is a lot of work. But you are not done yet! You still have to finish un packing ( groan)

One Last Note Pizza & wings & beer party, for the people that helped us move in. We will be be having a really nice party here.

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September 23, 2010 Posted by | Tips | , , , , | Leave a comment

PODS offers 6 tips for an organized garage

 

As life progresses, we tend to acquire items of all shapes and sizes. Often, when items have outlasted their usefulness, they are placed in the garage. The garage can be an amazing resource for the home, but a messy garage can cause frustration and can even be dangerous.

The idea of cleaning out the garage may be unpleasant, but now is the perfect time to clear out the clutter in preparation of warmer weather and summer fun—a time when surfboards, swim gear and camping equipment are put to use!

Throughout the year, it is easy to allow items to accumulate in the garage. Organizing a garage can be done in stages. Consider these helpful hints:

1. Make a plan to reduce the number of items stored in the garage. Divide the garage into zones: Storage Zone, Charity Zone, Garage Sale Zone and Trash Zone. Relocate zoned items to a PODS storage unit while the garage declutter is in progress.

2. Never store gasoline-powered equipment, petroleum products, flammable gasses, paint, fertilizer, pesticides or cleaning chemicals in the home.

3. Work at your own pace. The garage did not become cluttered in one day; do not expect reorganization to take place in one day, either.

4. Consider using garage organization systems to organize tools, sporting equipment, lawn and gardening tools. Everything should have a place.

5. Once the garage is organized, maintaining it should be a family affair. Set some ground rules, such as keeping the parking area free from clutter and putting tools and sporting equipment back in its place.

6. A garage that is free from clutter offers a setting for weekend or school projects with the kids and an opportunity to bond with family and friends.

For more information, visit www.pods.com

August 31, 2010 Posted by | Tips | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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