Relocating

8 Tips for an Organized Move

8 Tips for an Organized Move

You have made an offer on the house, and everything is moving along quickly. As you start planning to move from one location to another, it is easy to become overwhelmed by all of the details. Several things that you do ahead of time can keep you organized during a move, and make the process a smooth one! Plan ahead Start early with planning your move. Decide on whether you are doing a partial hands on move, a complete DIY move, or hiring movers for the entire process. Regardless of what kind of move you are making, reserve your truck as early as you can. Movers and moving companies are particularly busy as the year progresses, and you don’t want to be scrambling to find a company or moving truck. Make a punch list A punch list will keep you organized and on course with your move. A punch list is a loose timeline with all of your tasks on it. Maybe you reserve your moving company three months in advance, start packing holiday and seldom used items a month in advance, start switching mailings a couple of weeks before, and packing all of the important household items a week to ten days before. Whatever timeline you use, keep it in sight so that tasks don’t get overlooked, and you can adjust as you need to. Buy the correct supplies Save yourself from ripped boxes and broken dishes or damaged goods. Buy quality boxes in a number of different sizes. Buy good moving tape, bubble wrap, sharpie markers for labeling,   and packing paper. Smaller boxes may seem tedious, but...
Preparing For A Long Distance Move

Preparing For A Long Distance Move

Moving involves so much planning, from buying boxes and masking tape to changing utilities. Whether you have several months or mere weeks, even a crosstown move takes preparation. Long distance moves can be especially challenging, but taking certain steps will lessen stresses and ensure that your new home feels like your real home. Keep a timeline in mind As soon as you know you are moving, try to keep a timeline in mind. If you are selling your current home and buying a new home concurrently, timing is very important. Make sure you keep up with dates, from offers to counteroffers to appraisals to inspections to closing dates, make sure that you plan for every important event. Moving long distance requires even more planning, from finding a cross-country moving company to allotting time for driving or travelling to your new home. Research and choose movers There are countless cross-country moving companies, but make sure you do your homework before you pick a company to move your belongings. Check company credentials, both online and with an organization like the Better Business Bureau. Ask for a written estimate, and reserve a truck as soon as possible. Read the fine print- you don’t want to expect your belongings on Day One at your new home and find out that the company is waiting 3 weeks for a full truck before they drive across the country. Decide if you are packing, and plan accordingly Once you have narrowed down what moving company you are utilizing, you should know whether or not they will be packing your belongings or you will be responsible for...
Getting to Know Your New Neighbors

Getting to Know Your New Neighbors

You’ve signed the closing papers. Gotten the keys to your new home. Watched as the last box has been unloaded from the truck. Found the box holding your wine opener and light bulbs that will get you through the first night. Now, your next big task is to get acquainted with your new neighbors. We have a few helpful ideas that will help you meet your new neighbors in no time! Social Media Facebook isn’t just a place to look at cute cat memes or your college roommate’s vacation pictures. More and more community groups are popping up on Facebook. Doing a search of your new neighborhood or town on Facebook might let you know if there are playgroups or groups of people with similar interests in your area. Other apps and websites like meetup.com are a good way to find potential friends. Meetup has everything from Mommy and Me to vegan cooking to weekend hiking groups – you just type in your interests and area to find a group that might fit what you are looking for. Check out local amenities If your new neighborhood has a recreation center or a clubhouse, become familiar with all of the activities it has to offer. The chances are good that you will meet neighbors in a yoga or spin class at the local rec center, or at the neighborhood pool. If you are moving into a master-planned community, taking advantage of all of the amenities will help you meet neighbors and quickly feel at home. Join in local community happenings Depending on the time of year, your new neighborhood may...
Understanding the Total Cost of Home Ownership

Understanding the Total Cost of Home Ownership

You’ve diligently completed the recommended steps of the home-buying process. You are pre-approved for a mortgage loan and are starting to look at homes in your price range. You may even be thinking about making an offer on a home that fits your needs and wants. This is the exciting part of the process where home ownership gets real. While you are in this stage of the home buying process, take some time to calculate the TCO, total cost of ownership. Definition of TCO Total Cost of Ownership is so much more than simply your mortgage amount. No doubt, the mortgage amount is an important one, and comprises the bulk of your monthly budget for home ownership. But, several other amounts come into play when figuring out the TCO. Taxes, insurance, utilities, regular maintenance, and HOA dues should all be part of what you look at when figuring out the true total cost of ownership. Taxes Property taxes are an important part of the TCO equation, as they can vary greatly from area to area. Property taxes typically include taxes for the school district, any improvements in the area, and any mill levies for the area. Previous amounts paid by prior owners of a property are often available online or upon request. Homeowners Insurance Insurance for your home is another substantial and important expense. Homeowner’s insurance covers your home’s replacement value if it is damaged or destroyed by a covered loss, such as fire. The cost of your insurance can vary greatly, depending on what deductibles you choose, the home’s details, and the area you are buying in. Quotes...
Resources and Tips for House Hunting Online

Resources and Tips for House Hunting Online

You’ve decided to take the leap, concluding that owning your own home, and paying a mortgage instead of rent, is the best choice for you and your family. Like most others in this situation, the first place you will likely turn to begin your home-buying research will be the Internet. With so many websites competing for your attention, it can be a bit overwhelming determining which will be most useful in your home search and home buying process. Read on to learn more about a few of the most popular websites, and discover valuable tips for getting the most out of online resources. First, the money… Before you start perusing real estate sites, take a look at mortgage calculators and get an idea of what you can afford on your budget. Mortgagecalculator.org is a great place to start. Though there are a blue million online calculators out there, this one comes with extra features including a handy mortgage repayment summary and monthly vs. bi-weekly payment comparisons. Simply input the amount of the home, the amount that you are planning to use as a down payment, and the term of your loan, and the calculator will forecast your monthly payment amount. The calculator will also factor in property tax and current interest rates. And, if you are putting less than 20% down, the calculator will also calculate PMI (Property Mortgage Insurance). Then, getting the money… Most lender websites have ample information to get potential home buyers started on their paths to ownership. Many feature online applications for pre-approval. Though pre-approval is generally considered an important part of the mortgage process,...
Downsizing Could Be An Upgrade In The Right Community

Downsizing Could Be An Upgrade In The Right Community

The kids are grown and the nest is empty. While you know you don’t need the space anymore, it’s hard to think of downsizing without feeling like you’ll be downgrading. That’s why you need to make a trip to visit Cordera. Seeing the amenities offered in our master-planned community and touring the gorgeous model homes, you’ll know that Cordera is a community where you can downsize and upgrade at the same time.   Lifestyle Downsizing isn’t just about building a smaller home. It’s important to choose a community where you can build friendships and cultivate a sense of connectedness. Modern neighborhoods often have activity centers and infrastructure that makes those connections easier to forge. Cordera’s Cul-de-sac streets, for example, make it easy to know your neighbors. A network of interconnected trails offer endless opportunities for outdoor recreation – biking, walking, running. A heated outdoor pool and complete fitness center make staying fit easy, convenient and fun. And the community center is a home base for countless neighborhood events. The home When you decide to downsize and you decide to build new, you’re opening yourself up to a world of luxury, convenience and beauty. There’s nothing to stop you from creating exactly the home you want. Granite counters and wood floors – of course. Big beautiful windows and breathtaking views – why not? Working with one of the best Colorado Springs home builders gives you the opportunity to design the perfect home. You’ll find that smaller spaces can be infinitely more useable than large areas were in your last home if they’re designed right. The term right-sizing is so accurate...
Tips for Relocating to Colorado Springs

Tips for Relocating to Colorado Springs

Whether you are just relocating across town, from city to city, state to state or even nation to nation, they say every move is unique. Colorado Springs has its fair share of military personnel who come and go with regularity. The idea of moving is daunting and can feel overwhelming; but if you break the process down into important tasks to get done – and chunks of time to get them done in – you may be surprised how efficiently you are able to accomplish your goals. Most folks have a good amount of lead time before a move. Use this time wisely. Here a just a few ideas to help guide you through this important and often stressful time. Less is more. Yard sale! Do you really want that old couch to following you on this move? Do you have children’s toys and clothes that they have outgrown? How about that exercise equipment posing as a shirt rack? A yard sale can help you in a number of ways. It will help you pare down your things to the essentials you want to take with you. It is also a great way for you to connect with your neighbors, chat and socialize before your big move. Boxes are your friends and labels help you know them. Most moving sites suggest you start collecting boxes early and often. You will need boxes of various sizes and shapes. As you pack them, remember not to over fill any of them. Nothing is worse than a box breaking open in transit! Label every box with more than “Kitchen” as this will...
Relocation Resources for New Colorado Springs Residents

Relocation Resources for New Colorado Springs Residents

If you’re considering or planning a move to Colorado Springs, you almost certainly have a lot of questions. Some of them are big ones, like “which schools should I send my children to?” and “where should I live?” –  others are more detailed, i.e. “how do I get Internet at my house?” While we hope you will consider relocating to the beautiful Colorado Springs master-planned community of Cordera, we’re happy to provide you with some resources to guide your transition regardless of where you end up moving. Schools: Colorado Springs boasts some of the best public schools in the state, great charter schools and even some nationally regarded private schools. www.greatschools.org offers some good objective information about Colorado Springs schools in Districts 49, 11, 2, 12 and 20. Cordera is located in Academy School District 20, which has an outstanding reputation and a history of sending an impressive number of graduates off to four-year colleges. There are also several quality charter schools in Colorado Springs; as well as the nationally renowned Fountain Valley School, a private academy with a boarding option. Cable and Internet: The primary cable provider in Colorado Springs is Comcast. You can get more information about their services for cable and Internet connection at: www.comcast.com or 719-203-1121. You may also wish to explore satellite entertainment options available at: DirecTV: http://www.directv.com  or 855-802-3473 DISH Network: http://www.dish.com/ or 800-333-DISH CenturyLink, which also provides landline telephone service, offers Internet service. You can reach CenturyLink at: www.centurylink.com or 719-694-2212. Phone: CenturyLink, listed above for Internet services, provides landline phone services. You will also find that cell phone carriers like AT&T...
Outdoor Enthusiasts New to Colorado Springs Feel Right At Home

Outdoor Enthusiasts New to Colorado Springs Feel Right At Home

Whether you are currently residing in Colorado Springs or considering relocating to a new home here, rest assured that there are plenty of recreational options available to satisfy even the most avid outdoor enthusiasts. So, what is your flavor of outdoor fun: hiking, biking, running, fishing, climbing, caving; maybe just gazing at natural beauty and wildlife? Are you up to extreme challenges or do you like the easy and beauty filled amble through spectacular vistas? Well, you are right at home in Colorado Springs. Let’s start at the top and work our way down the mountain to below ground! Pikes Peak: named after Zeb Pike in 1806; referred to by Spanish Settlers El Capitán before then as  Tavakiev, and “Sun Mountain” by the Ute Indians before that.  This peak rises 14,115 above sea level and is often covered with snow. There are great hikes up on the Mountain, a coffee shop with donuts and an all around, fantastic view of the Pikes Peaks Region. Pikes Peak Cog Railroad: 8.9 miles of “cog” or “rack” track up the mountain. A round trip takes about  3 hours and 10 minutes. The special track enables the train to climb very steep grades not passable by a regular train on standard track. The Train Conductor will talk you through the different ecozones, pointing out the beautiful fauna and flora to be seen on the way up and down. Catamount Lakes: Three reservoir lakes that feed the Colorado Springs water supply and are open, part of the year, to non powered boating and fishing. There are also great trails around the lakes for biking,...