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9 Tips to Make Your Next Move Hassle-Free

Categories: Design Tips, Home Buying FAQ | Posted: July 26, 2011 | Comments Off on 9 Tips to Make Your Next Move Hassle-Free

That’s right. It’s that time again:  Moving day. Not to worry, though. Big change doesn’t have to be hard. Here are some essential tips to make your next move go as smoothly as possible:

1)       Friends can make the transition much easier. With the promise of beer and pizza, ask a few friends around your LaGrange, GA new homes if they’d be willing to help you. The more hands you have on board, the faster the move will go. Just be sure to give them ample notice!

2)       Make sure to shop out moving trucks and accommodations in advance. Not only can this help you save money, but reserving the truck in advance can keep you from getting stuck in a desperate situation the week you have to move out.

3)       Collect boxes and newspapers for packing purposes at least a month before your move. This way, you can begin to pack those items you don’t use regularly, like books, seasonal clothes, decorations, DVDs, CDs, and other non-essentials. The last thing you want to do is procrastinate and make yourself feel rushed!

4)       Spend your last month in your current house getting rid of things you may not need anymore. You should probably spend this time eating through food you already have in your pantry or donating non-perishables or old clothes to goodwill around your LaGrange, GA new homes. There’s no reason to move more than you have to.

5)       Make sure everything but your living essentials are packed for move-out day. Failing to pack before move-out day usually ends in tears. Not only does this mean you and your friends are now in a mad scramble to get everything stowed in boxes AND get the rental truck back in time, but it also means you’ll probably never find the things you haphazardly shoved in boxes when it comes time to unpack. Taking proactive steps beforehand makes everything easier.

6)       Do yourself a favor and invest in a sharpie. Very few things are quite as intimidating as a mountain full of mismatched boxes or furniture pieces looming in your foyer waiting for you to organize and unpack. When packing, be mindful of fragile items and label the boxes with the rooms they should go to. For instance, make sure boxes of pots and pans go straight to the kitchen, and clothes go up to your bedroom, so when you finally get around to unpacking, the legwork is already done.  Labeling your boxes also makes it much easier for your lovely volunteers to help you put things where you need them.

7)       Keep a tool box handy. Whether you need a measuring tape to see if your furniture can fit up your staircase, or you need a screwdriver to remove a door from its hinges to squeeze in that couch or piano, you want to be able to find your tools ASAP.

8)       Before you unpack and arrange your furniture, be sure to take care of chores like painting before anything gets put in place. The last thing you want is to finish unpacking, and then realize you need to move all of your furniture to the center of the room to prime and paint the walls.

When unpacking, prioritize what you need. Certainly, your LaGrange, GA new homes would look nicer with those pictures and sconces on the walls, but that certainly isn’t as important as having your bed set up

First-time Homebuyer Tips

Categories: Home Buying FAQ, New Homes, Women Centric Building | Posted: July 18, 2011 | Comments Off on First-time Homebuyer Tips

Dragging your feet before you invest in a new home? Worried you won’t know what to look for? Not to worry. We have some great tips that can make the process even easier. As it turns out, it couldn’t be a better time to buy a home.

  • Typically, in a seller’s market, homeowners can sell their homes for more than they purchased them.  Right now, the economy favors buyers, who can find all Montgomery, AL homes for sale on the market are priced lower than they have been valued in decades.
  • Homes are one of the sturdiest investments a person can make in their lifetime. Many studies show the sooner a person or couple purchases a home, the richer they will be later in life.
  • Talk to your local homebuilders and see which features would be cheaper to buy as part of the primary floor plan, or which can be renovated later. A home with luxury features may be valued more than the cost of the installation of an addition like a hot tub.
  • When you find the perfect home, don’t waste too much time looking at other homes. The buyer’s market is competitive, and someone else could be making an offer on your ideal home while you shop around
  • When you go to look at each of the Montgomery, AL homes for sale, take a digital camera with you and take inventory of each room, including features you may or may not enjoy. Begin each series of photos with a close-up of the house number to help organize your photos from start to finish. Take note of unique features, luxuries, color schemes, or whatever catches your eye. This will help you stay mindful and make a well-informed decision.
  • Take careful note of the location of each of the Montgomery, AL homes for sale; is it by a school or park?  This can greatly increase property value and make living in the area safer and more enjoyable.
  • After coming up with your top choices, view the home again to make sure you didn’t overlook anything the first time, and be sure to have your real estate agent check to make sure no one has made an offer on the house already. If everything checks out, be ready to make an offer!

6 Brilliant Staycation Ideas

Categories: Opelika AL, Things to Do | Posted: July 10, 2011 | Comments Off on 6 Brilliant Staycation Ideas

Summer’s in full swing and the time to enjoy it is now! While many use the summer to go on get-away vacations, getting time off and traveling can be difficult and expensive. Luckily, there are lots of fun and relaxing “Staycation” ideas to help you take full advantage of your new homes in Opelika, AL:

1)       Have a picnic. On a sunny day, find a park or field around your neighborhood, bring a blanket, and a meal and enjoy the afternoon! From sandwiches to salads, lemonade or a crisp wine, set the mood however you’d like depending on your company. Bring a Frisbee or a kite, or even bring fresh watermelon to cut.

2)       If you have a lake or river nearby your new homes in Opelika, AL, take your family or friends for a walk and rent a paddleboat or kayak and spend an afternoon on the water.

3)       Plant a family garden. Flowers and vegetables will be in season well through the Fall. Try your hand at heirloom tomatoes or even sunflowers, and take turns watering and pruning and teach your family responsibility and patience.

4)       Host a cocktail party. Get your favorite drink recipes together, from Mojitos to Margaritas, and have your friends over. Smoothies and virgin drinks can also prove to be incredibly tasty and fun!

5)       Go strawberry picking. May through July are some of the best times to harvest strawberries. If you have a local farm nearby your new homes in Opelika, AL, pick up a basket and find some of the freshest berries you can.  After you’re done picking as many as you want, make milkshakes with your favorite in-season fruit, like blackberries, peaches or strawberries for a refreshing treat!

6)       Have a field day. Sack races, croquet, chubby bunny, volley ball, obstacle courses, scavenger hunts, and spoon races are great ways to get in touch with your roots and even create some events of your own! Invest in some water guns. Regardless how old you are, getting soaked in the heat of a summer day can be a blast. A few water pistols and water balloons can make up the stuff summer is made of.

 

Make Your Dream Vacation a “Staycation”

Categories: LaGrange GA, Opelika AL, What to do this Weekend | Posted: July 7, 2011 | Comments Off on Make Your Dream Vacation a “Staycation”

You don’t have to take a train, plane or extended car ride to an expensive resort to have a dream vacation. Sometimes the luxuries of home and your own backyard can create the best vacation experience. You won’t have to wait in line or deal with the hassles of peak tourist season if you make your vacation time this year a “staycation”.

New homes in West Point, GA by Danric Homes in the beautiful neighborhoods of Amhurst and Webb’s Way are near West Point Lake Dam. Spend your vacation days at the lake relaxing by the water and soaking up some summer sun. Take your family hiking, camping, fishing, jet skiing, water skiing, wakeboarding or sailing around the lake. There are plenty of outdoor vacation activities at West Point Lake Dam to enjoy.

New homes in LaGrange, GA, like the lovely neighborhoods of Lakemont, Cameron Pointe and The Grove also have plenty of vacation amenities. At Cameron Point and The Grove you can lounge by the swimming pool or play a pick-up game of tennis. You can treat yourself to a day of exercise and spa relaxation at the Fitness Centers or cool off at the community Club House. The Grove also has a stocked fishing pond for an afternoon of picnicking and fishing. Lakemont neighborhood is also close to West Point Lake so your family can enjoy a relaxing day at the lake. 

New homes in Opelika, AL, like the Cottages at Fieldstone, also have their own swimming pool, Club House and Fitness Center. Who needs a hotel, when you have luxury living at home? Consider staying home this year for a “staycation” and revel in all of your new home community’s best amenities! Contact Danric Homes today to find out how you can live on vacation year round at your new home!