June 2012 - Summer moving tips

June 2012 - Hammer Home News

As our world is becoming paperless, use trees to build our homes
Summer is upon us and what a great week for hot weather!  As many of you know, I  am in the middle of moving myself and I found this great article from another real estate agent named Linda Ludlow that I would like to share it with you and those who are currently moving as well.

Plan ahead- If you plan to use a mover, shop around to get the best rates—check their credentials and policies, and make sure they have a good rating with the Better Business Bureau. Fill out a change of address form and notify banks, creditors, and utility companies of your move.

Organize and purge- Take inventory and get rid of any items you haven’t used in the past year. Plan a garage sale or donate these to charity. You’ll reduce the total weight and the cost of your move.

Get plenty of supplies- Order boxes, tape, bubble wrap, markers, and specialty containers including dish barrels and wardrobe boxes. Chances are you’ll need more than you anticipate and you can eliminate a last-minute trip to the store on moving day. Also, many places will allow you to return unused supplies.

Pack carefully- Pack one room at a time and label or color-code each box. Because of the summer heat and moisture, reinforce the bottoms of all the boxes you pack by doubling up on the tape. Wrap up electronics with bubble wrap or cloth. If you’re moving freezers or refrigerators, be sure to defrost them. Secure drawers from opening during transit. Label boxes with fragile items and place them on top.

Keep valuables close- Keep your jewelry, medications, passports, and important papers close by to ensure they don’t get lost. If possible, these items should travel in your car during the move.

Make a final walk-through- After you’ve packed, do a final walk-through and get another family member to double check to make sure you don’t forget anything. Also, lock all the doors and windows, and turn off the lights.

Remember, moving days can be long and tiring. Make sure you stock a cooler with snacks, bottled water, and refreshments to keep you energized and help beat the heat!

Enjoy the hot weather and hope to see you soon!




More Canadians locking in low-rate mortgages, reducing debt 

By Garry Marr, Financial Post - May 30, 2012

 Canadians have been taking advantage of record-low interest rates to lock in their mortgages, according to a new survey. 

The Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals, in its annual spring release, says among the 3.8 million Canadians with a fixed rate mortgage, 14% chose to lock in during the past year. 

“This data supports comments by lenders that they have high numbers of new borrowers who start with variable rate mortgages but soon opt for the security of fixed rates,” says CAAMP in the report.


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