Guide to Relocating to Clark County

Moving is a very busy time that involves coordinating a lot of details but relocating to a new city entirely adds another layer of research and planning. If you’re planning relocating to Clark County, give me a call. I can provide a lot of background information to support the following step by step guide, so you are ready to get settled into this beautiful part of the Pacific Northwest.

Step #1: Schedule a time to visit the area.
If you’re planning on a move to Clark County, set aside a time to visit the area and do some exploring. This will allow you to get familiar with where things are and what activities and amenities exist. It will also give you a chance to drive around and get a feel for what living areas might suit you best.

Step #2: Start researching Clark County neighborhoods.
Whether you love being in the middle of city living, or you are looking for something more rural so you can be closer to country life, the first step in your search is to find an area of town that is accessible to the things that are important to you. Research what places are close to public transportation, grocery stores, restaurants, activities, or hospitals. If you plan on commuting to work, determine which neighborhoods are closest and if you telecommute, be sure you know how you’ll get that done in your new location. Next, look for neighborhoods that demonstrate pride of ownership, so you can ensure that you’re in a place where homes are well taken care of and neighbors look out for one another. Not sure where to begin? I can help take you with a tour of some neighborhoods that can fit your specific request.

Step #3: Start home search.
Knowledgeable real estate agents can help you find the right home that fits your specific needs and desires. I have more than two decades of experience helping clients of all kinds helping find a home that fits their unique requirements. I am happy to sit down and talk to you about your budget, the type and size of house you prefer, and help you narrow down some options to make your search more efficient and less stressful.

Step #4: Get pre-approved.
If you’re planning on purchasing a home in Clark County, it’s important to talk to a mortgage professional early in the planning process. This gives you a clear idea of what you can afford to buy and will help you determine which loan is right for your situation. I am happy direct you to reliable companies and individuals that work in the mortgage industry to help get you started.

Relocating can be an exciting process and doing some planning ahead of time can help make the moving process go smoothly. As a Realtor®, I can help you start the process and can provide tips before, during and after your relocation. I am glad to help you with the information you need to start your adventure.

Posted on December 5, 2018 at 5:51 pm
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How to Help Your Teenager Adjust to an Upcoming Move

Moving can be a challenging time for people of all ages, but as a teenager, it can be even more life-changing. Emotions and hormones are changing and developing and for a teen, it could feel like you’re changing everything about their life. They may feel uprooted or feel like you’ve taken the foundation out from underneath them – especially if the move is far away. Here are some helpful tips on how to help your teenager deal with an upcoming move.

Tip #1: Give them time to prepare.
Give your teen plenty of warning and time to process the move that’s coming up. Communicating about it well in advance will be helpful. It might be tempting to hold off on breaking the news to her/him, but in the end this could be detrimental, because they may feel like it’s been “sprung” on them with little time to contemplate what changes will need to happen. Keep communication open and let them know various details about the move and let them do some research on the new neighborhood or city so they can get an idea of what it will be like.

Tip #2: Give them some input.
Allowing your teen some input on the process will help them take ownership of it a little bit and it could also help them get excited about the prospect of change. Consider what your teen has to say about neighborhoods and schools, explore places in town that are popular, and make sure that their voice is heard. Allowing them to express their feelings about it will not only help them deal with the upcoming change that’s about to happen, but it will also help them contribute to decisions that may need to be made. Whether it’s decisions on neighborhood or just picking out the styles/designs in their new room, your teen wants to be heard.

Tip #3: Give them opportunities to stay in touch with old friends.
Goodbyes are not always easy. The teenage years are immersed in building friendships and one of the hardest parts of moving for your teen might be that you may not ever see your friends again. Encourage your teen to stay in touch through social media, phone calls and texts, or if you will still be within driving distance, let them know that you are committed to helping them stay in touch by driving them back to the area to visit.

Tip #4: Talk positively.
Your teen will pick up a lot about your feelings, stress, and attitude about the move, sometimes without you even knowing it. So if you want them to react as positively as possible, you’ll need to talk about the move in a positive and encouraging way.

Moving can be difficult, but communication throughout the process can help greatly. New memories are waiting to be made and a new chapter in your new home will be an exciting time.

Posted on February 20, 2017 at 4:44 pm
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Important Tips for Winter Moves

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Winter is on the horizon and that means the temperatures will be steadily dropping. Because of that, it might not be the ideal time to move, but moving during the winter months can actually have some benefits to it. Moving service companies are not as busy, so that means you might see more flexibility in schedules and possibly even lower rates for different types of services. However, moving in the winter comes with a few challenges –especially when it comes to inclement weather, so here are some helpful tips to help you complete a smooth move to your new home.

Tip #1: Start moving early in the day.
Winter days are short, so that means you have less daylight to work with. If you’re moving during the winter, take advantage of the daytime hours and get started early in the morning. Pack well the night before and then plan on getting ready to move your items first thing in the morning so you can be done before it gets too dark outside. Moving in the dark can pose some safety risks, simply because you cannot see as well. Moving early in the day will also mean you’ll have slightly warmer temperatures, which will make it more comfortable.

Tip #2: Keep your walkways clear.
Moving is physically demanding, so the last thing you want to worry about is falling and injuring yourself on a slippery driveway or walkway while you’re carrying a heavy box of fragile valuables. Be sure that all of your entryways and exit points are clear of ice, snow, or any other obstacles that could threaten the safety of you or the people that are helping you move.

Tip #3: Layer up.
Even though you’re going to be physically active during your move, you should still dress with a couple of layers. You will need to stay warm, but wearing a bulky coat could get in the way. Instead, dress in a few layers of clothing. That way you’ll not only keep big, bulky clothing out of the way while you’re lifting boxes, but if you get warm, you can take off a layer or two to stay comfortable.

Tip #4: Keep supplies handy.
If you know you have a winter move coming up, be sure to keep your winter supplies handy, rather than packing them away in one of the many boxes you have piling up. Keep your gloves, hats, ice scrapers, and any other winter supplies that you think you might need in a place that is easy to get to.

Moving during the coldest part of the year doesn’t have to be completely miserable. With a little planning, your winter move can go smoothly and before you know it, you’ll be ready to settle into the warmth of your new home!

Posted on November 2, 2016 at 7:47 pm
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How much does it cost to move?

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Moving: it’s a huge job. It requires significant resources including time, money, and energy. If you’ve recently bought or sold your home, the thought of packing and moving may make you feel overwhelmed. If you have grown out of “do it yourself” moving style, that’s okay! There are some teams of professional movers out there that can help get you moved quickly and efficiently. Here are some helpful tips when it comes to hiring movers.

Tip #1: Find a company that has great ratings.
It’s definitely okay to look for the best price in town for movers, but your first priority is to find a company that has a solid reputation for efficiency, attention to detail, and responsive customer service. So, look for companies with good ratings online, then compare costs after that. Read reviews on Angie’s List, Yelp, or via their website. Ask for their insurance information to see what kind of liability coverage they have and have them explain any problems or situations that they have had in the past with customers and how they have corrected those. Moving companies should have no problem providing this type of information to you. And last but not least, talk to your friends, family, and your Realtor® about this. They will likely have some suggestions on reputable companies that you can use.

Tip #2: Get a price estimate.
Moving can be costly. Whether it’s paying upfront for a storage unit or eating out several times a week while your kitchen is being packed and unpacked, paying for the move is a big factor for people that have recently bought or sold their home. So, once you begin searching for a moving company, get a written price estimate that start comparing. These estimates should be as detailed as possible, describing services that will be offered. If you are moving locally, the American Moving & Storage Association says that the average move is a little over $1,100 and that usually includes a crew of four. (1)  If you just need help for a couple of hours for the heavy lifting, you can often have laborers come out for an hourly rate.

Tip #3: Ask the movers for a timeline.
Your moving company will offer specific services and you should get a timeline nailed down on how long they expect the move to take. This will not only help you project what the exact cost will be, but it will also help you solidify any other details such as when to get your personal belongings out of the new house and into the new one.

  1. Glordullo, Staci. “How Much Does It Cost To Hire Movers?” Angie’s List. June 17, 2015. Accessed online June 8, 2016. https://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-much-does-it-cost-hire-movers.htm
Posted on June 22, 2016 at 5:05 am
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Tips for packing fragile items during your move

Moving is a huge job and packing is one of the biggest parts of it.  When it comes time to pack up everything in your home, packing fragile items will take a little bit of extra time and maybe even more planning. Here are some tips on how to pack your most fragile items so they can stay protected and intact during all parts of the move.

Tip #1: Make sure you have a large enough workspace.
Plan for enough space to pack your items. Don’t crowd your items together where they’re susceptible to being knocked over and broken. Display them carefully in a way that you can reach them easily and wrap them individually.

Tip #2: Stock up on newsprint:
Wrapping your most delicate items in newsprint is a great idea because it’s substantial enough to provide a cushion against damage. Regular newspaper is good, but if you’re wrapping fine china, use bubble wrap instead, because newspaper ink can stain the china. 

Tip #3: Use the right boxes.  
Using boxes that are the wrong size could cause your fragile items to be put at risk for breakage. Get boxes that are 5.2 cubic feet, as these are double corrugated and are made specifically for fragile items.

Tip #4: Don’t get lazy.
When you’re packing, it’s easy to feel rushed or tired, so you might try to take some short cuts. But if you slow down and put a little bit of extra time wrapping your valuable items, it’s worth it. Pack the boxes in tiers, by adding a layer of wrinkled paper at the bottom of the box. Then, wrap each item on an individual basis with several pieces of paper. Be sure to keep the heavier and less breakable items on the bottom of the box and then build layers from there with the more fragile items (like glassware or stemware) on the top.

Tip #5: Support the box well.
Don’t leave any extra space in the box. Without the proper support, your box could be put at risk for dropping and items inside could be damaged. 

Tip #6: Get the markers ready for great labeling.
Labeling the outside of the box is very important. Label what is inside of the box and make sure that you write FRAGILE on at least two sides. Also, in order to be extra clear, consider drawing arrows to mark which part is top and which is bottom.

There’s no doubt about it, packing is a lot of work! However, if you do it right, you can trust that your most fragile, valuable items will arrive in your new home in one piece!

Posted on September 1, 2015 at 4:33 am
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Moving? How to Prepare Your Kids

Moving is a really big job: it’s demanding and stressful, not only on adults, but especially on kids. Moving is a juggling act and it requires attention to detail. One of the most important details is figuring out ways to make things easier on your children when it comes to changing homes. Whether it’s the first move you’ve ever made with them, or your fifth, relocating your family to a new place can cause anxiety. To make the transition smoother, here are some tips on how to prepare your kids for the move.  

Tip #1: Try to make the transition as easy as possible.
Relocating homes? This can affect your kids greatly – sometimes more than you know. Oftentimes, they’ll have to leave their friends or school in addition to what they have come to know as their home and familiar surroundings. For some kids, this can trigger painful emotions.  So, while you’re preparing to move, try to keep communication as open as possible. Talk about moving in a positive way. Allow each child to express their concerns or their fears, if they have any. Also, try to keep their daily routines the same as possible. Throughout the process, be sure that they are made to feel supported and loved. The more stable you can make the transition feel, the better.

Tip #2: Let them be involved.
Throughout moving preparations, keep your kids aware of what is happening and let them be involved with some of the tasks. Allow them to help pack boxes with you, especially their room, or write and label the boxes. Let them pack their favorite items and pack them in a special box and decorate it. Or, give them a camera to take pictures of their old room to look back on when they are older. And once you’re moved into your new house, let them pick out a color for the walls or give them ownership in decorating their room.

Tip #3: Get plugged into the new neighborhood.
Once you’re settled into your new home and neighborhood, help your kids make friends by getting involved in local neighborhood activities. Explore new parks in the area and sign them up for a sport team in the area if they are interested. Spend time outside taking walks or playing in the front yard so your kids can meet other children in the neighborhood.

Tip #4: Fill the new home with familiar things.  
Moving away from everything that is familiar is a very difficult aspect of moving. Integrate things from your old home into the new home so it feels familiar and not so new. In addition, keep rituals the same, too, so your child’s schedule and routine isn’t really thrown off. For example, do you always have tacos on Tuesday or pizza and a movie every Friday? Keep those types of traditions in place. The little things make a difference!

Most of all, remember that your kids will pick up on the attitudes you express about the moving process and this can rub off on them – either in a positive or negative way! The bottom line: it’s easier for your kids to adjust well if you’re trying to adjust well, too!      

Posted on August 17, 2015 at 1:01 am
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Tips for Unpacking Efficiently

One of the most dreaded parts of moving is organizing everything and packing it all into what might seem like endless amounts of boxes. That in itself is a big job, but when you get things moved, then you have the other huge task of unpacking. Looking for ways to help make the unpacking more efficient and quick? Here are some helpful tips.

#1: Remember the essentials.
When you’re packing, pack the essential items last. And when it comes time to unpack, make sure to remove those items first. These are usually the easiest boxes to find and should contain everything you need to get settled in for the first few nights.

#2: Kitchen, kitchen, kitchen!
The kitchen is one of the most important parts of your new home, so start unpacking those boxes first. Getting the essential kitchen items like coffee pot, silverware, toaster, plates, and other items that you use most often will allow you to cook meals at home so you don’t have to eat out a lot.

#3: Tackle the bedrooms individually. 
It might be tempting to start unpacking the bedroom boxes all at once, but instead, unpack each bedroom one by one. Start by taking the linens and bedding out so you can use those right away. Don’t concentrate too much on decorating or getting all of the décor and accessories set up, just get the basics going first.  

#4: Take a little bit at a time.
If you look around your house and see boxes everywhere, it’s okay to feel overwhelmed. Moving is one of the biggest jobs you’ll do and it’s downright stressful at times. Instead of diving into all of the boxes at once to unload, just focus on attempting little bits at a time. Work in stretches for a few hours at a time and take breaks. While you’re unpacking, organize as well. Consider “staging” your boxes in one room (maybe a bedroom) so that you can close the door on them when you’re taking a break.  Don’t just throw things into drawers without any semblance, but instead focus on organizing while you go. This will save you time in the long run, because you won’t have to go through again later and redo the organization portion.  

Once the boxes are unloaded and set up for the most part, the fun part of arranging and decorating your new space can happen. Hang your favorite art pieces, display your family heirlooms, and do what you can to make the area feel familiar and like “home.” Packing and unpacking is an arduous process and it takes time, but keep a positive outlook and try to have fun with it!

Posted on August 4, 2015 at 9:43 pm
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