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Save Money and Minimize Problems When Moving

by Delray Beach Real Estate Pros 01/21/2019

Perhaps the ultimate test of your planning and organizational skills is moving to a new house. If you fail to plan ahead and make the necessary preparations, moving can be a stressful and frustrating experience.

On the other hand, if you approach it in a methodical, goal-oriented way, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how smooth the process will unfold.

That's not to say that there won't be a few bumps along the way, but staying focused on the details can help ensure that the experience won't feel like a roller coaster ride!

Depending on how many weeks you have before your actual move, you'll probably want to get rid of stuff you don't need, want, or have room for. Planning a garage sale and a donation truck pickup are often among the first orders of business for families on the move. If a lot of your excess belongings are of questionable value (to anyone), you may want to call a junk removal service. For some people, renting a dumpster is a convenient and affordable way to have household junk hauled away.

Since one person's junk is another man's treasure, you can also get rid of things you don't want by posting them on social networking and classified websites. If the items you want to pass along are even marginally useful, the word "free" will almost always generate a few emails and phone calls from interested people looking to save or make money.

It also helps to have plenty of packing supplies on hand. That would include an ample supply of cardboard boxes, packing tape, permanent markers, and cheap packing material. Although you may be able to get your moving company to "throw in" some wardrobe boxes and other containers into the price of their service, cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, and packing paper are often free for the asking -- especially from friends, neighbors, relatives, coworkers, and sometimes retail stores.

One word of caution when it comes to cardboard boxes: Flimsy containers often have a way of tearing and falling apart at the most inopportune times! Another mistake people make is filling large boxes with too many heavy items. Not only are heavy boxes difficult to move, but it also increases the probability of dropping them or having the boxes tear while you're carrying them.

If you're hiring a professional moving company to transport your belongings to a new home, it usually pays to get two or three quotes. As is the case with other services and contractors, you can often save headaches and hundreds of dollars by comparing prices, terms, incentives, and online reviews.

Probably one of the most important methods of making sure things get done in a timely way is writing out your own detailed to-do list and revising it on a regular basis. Unless you commit goals, priorities, and tasks to paper (or a computer file), there's a good chance it will be forgotten about or left to the last minute.

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Delray Beach Real Estate Pros

With a 18-year track record of exceptional customer service, Diana Byrne specializes in single-family condos, oceanfront homes, golf course communities, and investment properties in Delray Beach, Highland Beach, and Boca Raton. A member of the National Association of Realtors® and the Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches, she prides herself on knowing the market, providing personalized attention, and handling every phase of the transaction with the utmost professionalism. "Diana is a great Realtor® and I would highly recommend her," comments one of her previous clients online. "She has an extensive knowledge of the local market, immediately honed in on what I was looking for, and negotiated the deal well." Adds another satisfied customer who has already bought two properties through Diana: "She is a very patient, reliable business agent, with excellent ethics." Born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio, Diana graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a degree in Business Administration and holds a Real Estate Broker License and Realtor License from Florida's Gold Coast School of Real Estate. In 1998, she relocated to Wellington, Florida, and currently resides in Boca Raton, whereas during her off time, she enjoys traveling, reading, tennis, golf, boating, beach activities, and cooking. She also contributes to the community by helping to paint shelters for the disabled and distribute food and clothing for the homeless.