Not only do I get to do what I absolutely LOVE for a living, I also get to work with incredible people who end up being dear friends. I'm honored to announce my latest sales involving the most darling couple who have been more than clients over the years. I sold them the Vineyard Lane condo back in 2013 and now they're ready for a change of scenery. We found them their perfect spot in the new Grow Community Development right in town where they are settling in for a convenient lifestyle of walking into town on a daily basis!
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The Census Bureau tells us that 43 million people move households each year. That definitely makes it a Big Business opportunity! You would think that huge commercial empires would have sprung up to take care of every tiny detail (for a price), but in truth, those companies generally serve a minority of corporate clients. For most of us, we can plan on being pretty much on our own.
If you are going to be headed for a new home in Bainbridge Island (or know someone who is), there are a few things you can do to make this summer’s move to a new home a little easier.
Before you move to your new home, make sure you get ahead of the curve: reserve some advance time getting everything organized. In the process of packing, you’ll work more efficiently if you have more than enough boxes and trash bins at the ready. By having ample storage containers available, you can pack your belongings slowly and in an organized manner.
If you have young children, arrange childcare well in advance of the move. Unless your children are older and able to help, your suspicion that they are not wholly compatible with the moving process will prove to be correct.
Inform your utility providers well in advance of your move. The few minutes spent could give them the option of a smooth transfer of services to your new property — sometimes even avoiding restart service fees.
Let your bank know that you are moving your residence. This will reduce the risk of your sensitive banking info ending up lost in the mail (or in the wrong hands). It also makes it much less likely that your bank will block your account for suspicious activity when you first begin using your cards in your new town.
A new home on Bainbridge Island will be an exciting beginning – so if you’ve already found that home, congrats! If you’re just getting the search started, or are preparing to sell before you find your next, contact me this week to go over your options.
Close to 70% of families say they have a dog or a cat in their household. If you are in that sizeable majority and are planning on relocating to Bainbridge Island, there are some planning steps you can take to help ease the move for your four-legged family members.
Since the daily routine is going to be thoroughly undermined, on the day of your move, do as much as is practical to retain a calm atmosphere. If possible, provide a small quiet area where the pets can stay out of the way and safely clear of any wide-open doors. If you have portable fencing that’s strong enough to do the job, remember to make it available with the first wave of unpacking.
Fostering calm is especially important while your goods are being moved in and out by big, scary strangers. If you will be using cages for transportation, make sure they are roomy enough, and put in some familiar, comforting toys. For especially excitable pets, you may want to consider spraying their cage ahead of time with a pheromone formulation that helps retain calm.
Relocating to Bainbridge Island or moving into any new home is apt to create opportunities for pet prison breaks. A move can disrupt behavior patterns for even the most loyal four-footer. Both cats and dogs who have gotten lost during relocation have famously made their way back home — even when home isn’t there any more. Prevent such misdirected heroics by making sure the garden has been fully secured before you move – and have all collars equipped with new tags with new contact information. A doubly failsafe method is to have your pet micro-chipped.
Relocating to Bainbridge Island will be a big event, and a big adventure. Pup and Kitty will settle in shortly: the truth is, as soon as you are content, they will be, too. If you are in the early stages and have not yet found your new Bainbridge Island home, I offer some of the best service in town – and I’d be delighted to introduce you to some of our best Bainbridge Island neighborhoods! Call me anytime.