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Unexpected First-Time Home Buyer Costs

As a first-time homebuyer, ensure you budget for the following 4 unexpected first-time homebuyer costs.

Moving Costs

After buying your new home, you may need to hire a moving service to help you move into your new home. If you engage a moving service, you’ll have to pay moving costs. Moving costs generally vary depending on various factors including the distance from your old to a new location, type of moving service, shipment weight and additional services. According to the American Moving and Storage Association, movers charge an average of $4,300 and $2,300 to move household goods weighing 7,400 pounds interstate and intrastate, respectively. Based on these figures, moving into a new home can be an expense. Thankfully, you can cut your moving costs by choosing an affordable moving service, moving during the off-peak season and taking only the items that you need.

Home Inspection Costs

Once the seller accepts your offer, you should hire a certified home inspector to examine the home thoroughly before you close the deal. After examining the home, your home inspector will provide you with a detailed analysis and report of the home’s structure, mechanical systems, and appliances. This information is important because it would tell you whether the home is in good condition or not. If your home inspector uncovers any issues, you can either request the seller to carry out the necessary repairs or opt out of the contract altogether. It is important to note that real estate contracts usually have a home inspection contingency period that allows buyers to get out of a contract without incurring any penalties if they are unsatisfied with the results of a home inspection report. This period usually lasts for about ten days. With that in mind, home inspection costs range anywhere from $200 to $400 depending on factors such as the location of a home, intensity of the inspection and size of the home.

Homeowner’s and Hazard Insurance

Your new home is a big investment, so you should ensure it against various hazards. At a minimum, you will require homeowner’s insurance coverage to protect your home and household items from damage. Additionally, homeowner’s insurance would offer you liability coverage against accidents on your property. The cost of homeowner’s insurance ranges anywhere from $500 to $2,000 per year depending on factors such a home’s location, condition and the deductible amount. However, homeowner’s insurance does not cover all possible causes of loss to your property, meaning you may have to purchase additional hazard insurance depending on the potential hazards in your area. For instance, if your home is located in a flood-prone area, you should purchase flood insurance, too.

Property Taxes

Property taxes can be a considerable cost depending on where your property is located. In general, properties taxes tend to be higher in urban areas and larger cities than in rural areas. For instance, New Jersey has higher property taxes compared to Alabama, according to data from the Tax Policy Center. In other words, property taxes vary across the US.

Conclusion

First-time homebuyers often come across some unexpected costs when buying a home. 4 unexpected first-time homebuyer costs property taxes, homeowner’s and hazard insurance, moving costs and home inspection costs.

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Planning Is Key To Knowing What Packing Meterials Do I Need To Move

One thing you can count on is that moving is actually a lot harder than you think it is going to be. When people think about the question “what packing materials do I need to move?”, the last answer they expect to get is: “more than you can imagine. They never realize how much stuff they really have until the time comes to pack it all up in preparation for the big day. Once they start boxing things up, they quickly run out of the materials they had originally squirreled away and departed on a frantic search for liquor stores or any other place else that has a lot of empty boxes lying around.

Here at D-Town Movers, we are of course able to get anything and everything you own from your old residence to your new one in apple pie order, but we also know that a hastily-executed move often leads to confusion and frantic improvisation at the last moment. We would therefore like to suggest that you spend some time working out exactly what does and does not need to be moved as a critical first step, which is then followed by decisions on how to categorize various goods into lists of items that need to be immediately accessible, those that can be unpacked once the household is minimally operational, and those that can wait until a more convenient time once everyone is settled in and everything is working as it should.

Furniture is often a surprise sticking point for many families. Even when moving to larger homes, they sometimes find that their old furniture doesn’t really fit or look appropriate in their new surroundings. Sketching out some room plans and taking a few measurements can be a big help. In that regard, making sure that you are only moving items that are going to be useful or desirable is a critical part of the whole packing decision tree.

Since people often find themselves short of boxes or necessary cushioning items such as bubble wrap or styrofoam peanuts, it is always a good idea to pack your most precious and irreplaceable items first and don’t skimp on the care needed to ensure their safe arrival. Our experienced moving crews know how to take the greatest possible care with everything entrusted to them, but it is very important that items are not left loose in their containers. If things are packed tight and securely cushioned on all six sides (including top and bottom), they will arrive safely without a doubt.

Once the most important possessions have been secured, move down the list from most fragile to least fragile. In the event of a shortage of cushioning supplies, ordinary clothing items make excellent substitutes that can fill in the gaps around valuable items rather than just waiting to be sent out in their own separate boxes.

Finally, arrange your boxes on a LIFO basis. This means that the last ones packed into our truck are going to be the first ones unloaded. Use this space for the urgent and immediate essentials. If the move gets interrupted for some reason such as inclement weather, you will at least have the critical items needed to get the household going while you wait to finish unloading when the weather clears.

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3 Ways To Feel At Home In Your New Apartment

If you are planning to move into a Dallas-Fort Worth area apartment, congratulations! D-Town Movers has been serving the DFW area (including Frisco, Plano, Allen, and McKinney) since 2005, so we know from personal experience that you are moving into a great community. Apartment moves are exciting, but they can also feel stressful if you try to handle them on your own. Therefore, we are proud to offer 3 ways to feel at home in your new apartment!

1. Bring Your Own Furniture

Whether your old apartment was down the street or across the country, you are likely to feel a little homesick at first. Taking something with you that you strongly associate with home, such as a favorite sofa or family heirloom, can provide that sense of the old you need to complement the new.

If you’re worried about the hassle and expense of packing up bulkier items, don’t be. D-Town Movers offer full-service packages that allow our experienced, professional movers to handle every step of the moving process, from providing the boxes to filling them up and carting them to their final destination. You won’t even have to lift a finger!

Alternatively, we can provide you with all of the materials you need to handle your move yourself. You can plan your move at your own pace, and we can even come in and assist you if you start to feel overwhelmed. At D-Town Movers, we take great pride in being the kind of locally owned company that can provide personalized service tailored specifically for each individual client.

2. Choose The Right Apartment

If you’re going to feel comfortable in your new apartment, it is vital to choose the right location. It has to fit your budget, and ideally, offer easy access to the types of restaurants and entertainment that you enjoy. Finding the perfect dwelling can take time, so you do not want to rush the looking around the process.

Some movers demand that you have a perfect itinerary before you even contact them, but D-Town Movers understands how often life gets in the way. We offer safe, clean storage for both the short and long terms, ensuring that you can find the perfect place and trust that your stuff will be there whenever you’re ready for it.

3. Take Your Time

It is off-putting at first to be in a new apartment, especially if you’re constantly stressing out over unpacking. We recommend allowing us to handle the unpacking process instead! Our bonded and insured team of safety-vetted moving technicians will unpack your boxes with the care required to avoid breaking even your most fragile belongings. What would probably take you weeks to do will be accomplished in a matter of hours!

Free of the hassle of opening boxes, you can introduce yourself to your new neighbors and get a feel for everything Dallas has to offer. You’ll be feeling at home in no time!

If you want to feel at home in your new apartment, contact D-Town Movers at 469-222-0613 or online at DTownMovers.com today. You can design a personalized movement plan to fit your needs and budget, and even get a free quote on what it will cost!

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Planning Ahead When Moving

Moving never is fun but a necessary fact of life at some point. In case you are wondering, How do I pack my boxes properly before I move? here are some tips and strategies. These tips and strategies can ease the stress of receiving the boxes at the other end of your move.

Same sized boxes

Limit the different sized boxes when you pack. Instead of going to the grocery store and asking for boxes purchase or rent Small, medium and large moving boxes. Large sizes can be used for lighter items such as clothing or fragile items. Fragile items should always be bubble wrapped and cushioned with packing supplies such as “packing peanuts.” Medium boxes are great for similar items that you can pack together always cushioning if they are breakable. Smaller boxes are great for books. They not only help the movers manage weight but when it is time to unpack you will not have to lift any extra heavy boxes on your end. Limiting your sealed boxes to 3 uniform sizes helps minimize loading and weight shifting of boxes during transport. Always use packing tape; it is designed for the job. Although it may not look strong, since it is clear and looks like an over-sized roll of scotch tape it is weight tested and sticks tightly to a good seal on each and every box.

Wardrobe boxes

Another great option of box available in the wardrobe box. This box has a hanging bar inside that you hang your clothes on limiting the wrinkle effect of stacking clothes. Dress outfits and suits that require costly dry-cleaning will travel well. The best thing about the wardrobe box is that when it arrives re-hanging your recently pressed suits is easy.

Room labeling

The best tip for, How do I pack my boxes properly before I move, is label, label, and label! A good permanent marker is your best friend for the move. It is important not only to label which room, but what is inside, and some people even identify what drawers the items go in. Room labeling in as much detail will help your stress level when it is time to unpack.

Let someone else do this for you

The only other moving tip is let someone else do this for you. If you are in the Dallas area D-TOWN MOVERS will pack, move and unpack all your possessions. Their professional teams are trained to either pick-up and deliver or help you with the start to finish moving project. They have a four-step moving process: (1) request a quote, (2) they contact you, (3) confirm the day and (4) D-TOWN MOVERS arrive. They specialize in “Door to Door Residential Moving” as well as local or long distance moving requests. Lastly, sometimes things happen if your move gets delayed D-TOWN MOVERS also offer short and long-term storage that can take a lot of stress off your plate.