Moving 21 Ideabooks

Our son and daughter-in-law just purchased their first home. It's in a location that allows an easy commute into Boston, where our son works, and is just a few towns away from where his wife works. The house is in a older suburb adjacent to Boston, and is itself older and in need of some TLC. So rather than move in right...
The Moving-Day Survival Kit: Lifesaving Items and Niceties
The day I moved into my very first house did not go smoothly. I had to drive from Boston to Atlanta, and I had tarried too long with friends in Virginia along the way, not realizing that every RV in the Southeast combined with seemingly endless construction...
Home-Buying Checklist: 20 Things to Consider Beyond the Inspection
If you are in the market for a house, you’ll likely want to make sure you have a roof that won’t leak, a solid foundation, proper wiring and so on. But what about the things not covered by the inspection? Sometimes it’s these less obvious...
Tips for Winning a Bidding War in a Hot Home Market
With the real estate market finally recovering, some markets across the U.S. are seeing the return of the bidding war. While this is great news for sellers, it’s a source of stress for buyers who not only don’t want to overpay, but also may not have...
What Those Home-Sale Disclosures Are Really Saying
While a home inspection is your first line of defense against hidden property damage, your inspector can report only what can be seen. And while an inspector can peek into an attic, he or she can’t peer into the home’s past. Fortunately, most states...
How to Avoid Paying Too Much for a House
The postrecession real estate market can be a confusing market to buy a house in — especially if it’s your first one. In some regions low inventory has provoked heated bidding wars reminiscent of the heady days of the mid-2000s. In others the...
Hiring a Home Inspector? Ask These 10 Questions
A home inspection is the real estate equivalent of bringing a date home to meet your parents: It’s your opportunity to get a knowledgable assessment from someone you trust and whose opinion you value. While it’s tempting to go with the inspector...
A First-Time Buyer’s Guide to Home Maintenance
When you buy your first house, you have a lot going on with moving in, perhaps buying some furniture, hosting your first party at the house and getting used to those mortgage payments. With all that excitement, it’s easy to overlook routine home maintenance,...
5 Ways to Protect Yourself When Buying a Fixer-Upper
A fixer-upper can often seem like a first-time homebuyer’s dream: an older home with great bones that simply needs an update or perhaps a few tweaks to its layout. Unfortunately, even seemingly straightforward projects can be fraught with hidden...
5 Risks in Buying a Short-Sale Home — and How to Handle Them
Short sales can be great opportunities for home buyers to maximize the bang for their buck. But much like foreclosures, they can have hidden problems that can erase or even cost more than the potential savings. A short sale occurs when a homeowner...
Relocating? Here’s How to Make Moving In a Breeze
You’ve spent days or weeks packing your worldly possessions into boxes, bags, cars, trucks or even shipping containers. Your old house is long gone from your rearview mirror. You’re excited about your new life and home. Then the reality of unpacking,...
Relocating? Here’s How to Make the Big Move Better
Whether you’re relocating across the country or just across town, moving can be stressful even given the best circumstances. Without a clear plan, packing up a household, getting a family prepared and orchestrating myriad services at both ends...
Downsizing Help: How to Get Rid of Your Extra Stuff
Once you’ve decided to downsize and have edited your belongings, it’s time to get rid of all the stuff you’re leaving behind. Chances are, your garage is piled...
Downsizing Help: Choosing What Furniture to Leave Behind
Moving to a smaller space can lift a lot of the burdens from your shoulders. But it can also be fraught with decisions, like what furniture to keep and what to leave behind. Editing your stuff can be a challenge. Don’t panic. Chances are, what...
Tips for Moving Into a Smaller Space
It seems more likely these days to hear of people downsizing their homes than to hear of companies downsizing businesses — and...
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