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    Getting Around the September Moving Day Crush

     

    The sight of moving trucks jostling for space in the busy streets those first few days of September is a familiar one to every Bostonian. After helping people move around Boston, around the country, and around the world for 20 years, Olympia Moving & Storage is an authority when it comes to moving. Olympia's Keven Doherty explains how to make the process a bit less stressful.


    Moving in Boston is challenging. Many of the historic charms that make our city attractive, such as narrow streets, 4th floor walk ups with no elevators, and antique floors and fixtures, add additional obstacles to the moving planning. Probably the biggest and most unique Boston moving difficulty is the tradition of the September 1st moving day.

    Due to the large student population in Boston, the majority leases in the city renew on the same day—September 1st—resulting in traffic jams, completely booked moving and rental companies, and chaos. I've been helping Boston families move for eight years with Olympia Moving & Storage, a premier Boston moving company, so these are the tips I give my clients who are moving on or around September 1st.

    Moving in Boston on Sept. 1
     
    1. If you can avoid it, move another time.
     
    It is simply the worst day of the year to move. The volume of moves on that date will add a lot of stress and cost to your relocation. Due to the demand, the rates with the moving companies and truck rental companies are the highest they will be all year. In addition, due to traffic and the crew working around the other residents moving, your move will likely take longer than it will on a different day, which also adds expense. If you are able to wait until September 3rd to move, you will save significantly.
     
    2. If you must move that week, book your move as far in advance as possible.
     
    Moving crews for August 28 - September 3 are completely booked weeks in advance at Olympia Moving & Storage and other reputable companies.
     
    3. Beware of unlicensed and uninsured moving companies.
     
    Since the reputable moving companies book so quickly for those dates, there are more people and companies than ever trying to take advantage of consumers on those dates. A low rate may look appealing, but it's a red flag. Don't hire a company unless:
     
    • They are willing to give you a written, itemized estimate of the costs, not just a rate over the phone. Otherwise, you may have an unpleasant surprise when you get the bill.
    • They are a licensed moving company. If you are moving locally, you can click here to look up if the company is licensed in Massachusetts. If you are moving across state lines, you can click here to look up if the company is licensed for interstate moving.
    • They are insured. Hiring an uninsured moving company means you're liable if a mover gets hurt on your job, and you're not covered if something happens to your belongings. The best way to figure out if they're insured is by asking if they can provide a certificate of insurance. Even if your move doesn't require them, you can tell a lot about a company by how they respond to that question.
    • The company has options for valuation coverage in case one of your belongings is lost or damaged during the move.
    • It's always best to look up a company's Better Business Bureau rating, website, and online reviews before you hire them.
    It's hard to believe, but Olympia Moving gets many calls during this time period from desperate families whose moving companies took their money and bailed, so be sure to do your homework.
     
    4. If you're moving into an apartment or condo building, be sure to check the move in requirements.
     
    Many apartment buildings, especially luxury buildings, require elevator or loading dock reservations for moves, and many will require your moving company to provide a certificate of insurance. Not having these details set with the building in advance will cause delays and expense. Again, book your move-in time with your building as far in advance as possible, since demand will be high during the last week of August and first week of September. At Olympia Moving, your moving coordinator can help you with this process.
     
    5. Be sure to get a parking permit.
     
    Boston parking permits are more important on September 1st moving week than any other time of year. It's not just about avoiding a parking ticket from the city, the permit reserves the space for the truck in front of your residence. Without a permit it will be nearly impossible for your moving truck to find parking that week. As a result, the truck will have to park far away from your residence, and it will double or more the time it takes for the movers to load or unload every item. Since most local moves are priced as an hourly rate, skipping the parking permit will quickly become a costly mistake. You can check out this blog post on the Olympia Moving website to learn more about getting a parking permit.
     
    6. Be prepared.
     
    For more tips, visit Olympia Moving's comprehensive resource center for hundreds of packing and moving tips, articles and videos. Olympia Moving also provides each client with a dedicated moving coordinator to assist every step of the way.
     
     

    Best of luck! If you're ready to get a free, no obligation moving estimate, click here to request one from Olympia Moving & Storage.


    Keven Doherty is a moving consultant with Olympia Moving & Storage, a local, interstate, and international Boston moving company. Olympia Moving & Storage has over 20 years of experience moving families in Boston, an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and a 95% client satisfaction rating. To schedule a consultation, call Keven at 617.231.1214 or email him at kdoherty@olympiamoving.com.

     

    Fall is Here! Watch Your Mailboxes for Our Fall 2015 Report

    Our Fall 2015 Real Estate ReportSouth End residents: keep an eye out for our 25-page South End Stakeholders' Report, arriving at your doorstep in the coming days.

    In it, you'll read all about the latest real estate trends, forecasts, and an in-depth look at the South End community.

    If you live outside of the South End, or just can't wait for it to arrive in the mail, you can download the PDF here.

    We hope that you enjoy it, and find our analysis both informative and insightful!

    I'm A First-Time Homebuyer, What Should I Do First?

    Five essential pieces of advice for first-time homebuyers, and one bonus tip.

    1. Make sure you're ready for the commitment! Before you buy, make sure you're financially and personally ready. Save money for a down payment. Consider the kind of mortgage you'll get: fixed-rate vs. adjustable. Also, remember, there is the mortgage, but there are also taxes, homeowner's insurance, Homeowners Association (HOA) fees, and other monthly costs you should keep in mind. Pay down your debt, check your credit score and credit report. And make sure you have some money left in the bank for any post-closing expenses.

    2. Start gathering your paperwork, including your federal income tax records, recent paycheck stubs, canceled checks for rent or utility bill payments, and anything else a mortgage lender might want to see, like credit card and student-loan information.

    3. Scout out where you want to live. It's not enough to just have a general geographical area. Remember, different communities have different tax rates, and building plans for your neighborhood may affect what you're allowed to do with your home.

    4. Drill down during a home inspection. A good home inspector will go over the basics of how the house functions, what you should be aware of immediately, and what you may have to keep in mind for further down the line. It's an opportunity for you, the buyer, to learn a little bit more about the property.

    5. Read through your Settlement Statement and ask questions during the closing. This is, after all, your last chance to make changes to your paperwork!

    6. Bonus: get an agent! An agent makes everything easier.

    Featured image courtesy of Mark Moz and flickr.

    Why Do I Need a Home Inspection?

     

     


     

    Most sellers, when they put their property on the market, know that a buyer coming in will probably want a home inspection. What this home inspection is, is an opportunity for the buyer to learn a little bit more about the property, especially the systems, the roof, the big items that could cause problems for them down the road.

    A lot of it is educational, but some of it is also to see is the property as it's represented, as it looks to them. There are some things that you may not see when you're touring a beautiful house on a Sunday afternoon, but when an inspector comes in they can say "oh, there are some issues here that are of concern." 

    That is an expectation for any seller. For a buyer coming in, having a home inspection is a tool for you to learn about the house. You are having a person who is knowledgeable in a whole bunch of general areas, generally not an electrician or a contractor or a plumber, any of that. But they can tell you the basics of how your house functions and what are some things that you should be looking out for.

    It's also educational in that you will learn where your keypads are for the alarm system or the heat and the cololing, you'll learn where you water shut-off valve is, should you need that. So it's little things that are really helpful for you as you move into this house and live in it. The inspector will also look at some things that they feel would need to be handled in the immediate future or further down the line.

    They can tell you if your water heater is near the end of its life and if it's something that you might want to plan a budget for replacing. They can tell you if your roof is in good condition, if it might need some work done right now or in the future. You can then use this information to go back to your sellers and say, "There are some real points of concern in this home, I love the home, I still want it. But I would like you to either take care of some of these issues or at least address them and let me know if this is something that's been talked about, if there's a plan in place for making these repairs, or if it's an issue you've had in the past and maybe it has been already solved and I'm just seeing the residual effects of it."

    The reason you want to go with a true home inspector, somebody who you are paying, who is a professional, is that they will be able to find, for the most part, anything that's going on in the home. If you have your brother, who's a contractor, come in and look, that's great. They can give you an assessment based on their expertise, but it's nice to have someone who is not associated with the deal, has no skin in the game, and can show you what's going on, show you about your house, and update you on anything that you might want to handle in the future. 


     

    Should I Rent Or Should I Buy

    Kevin Concannon, buyer specialist for the Steven Cohen Team, discusses the pros and cons of renting vs. purchasing your home.

    Kevin Concannon, Buyer Specialist

     

    I frequently get clients who come to me trying to decide between renting and purchasing, often the same type of property and in the same neighborhood. Lately, I see more people lean toward purchasing than renting.

    The number one reason I see consumers renting is for the flexibility. Not only do you have the option to move and follow an evolving career path into a different city after a few months or years, you're also not tied down to a long-term investment in Boston. Renting is also a great way to to figure your way around a neighborhood, try out a type of living-style - whether it be a brownstone or an elevator building - before you really invest in that part of the city. You might also want to rent while you save up for the down payment that's going to come with financing a mortgage one day. So it's either a flexibility or a money-saving decision.

    But while there is definitely still value in renting, recently I'm seeing a shift. The incentives to purchase are a little more obvious these days. People want to have more control over what they do with the property. They also see the direction Boston's real estate market is headed and they want to be a part of that appreciation. They want to build equity. They'd rather pay interest now, when it's so low, versus paying into an owner's equity. And signing a lease often includes paying first and last month's rent, a security deposit, and a broker fee. People start to think that if they are already paying so much for a rental, maybe they can afford a 5% or 10% down payment to purchase a home.

    And a counter to the flexibility point of rentals is that you can always move to San Francisco and get that amazing new job, and just rent the place out. Granted, not everyone wants to be a landlord, be tied to Boston, and take that tenant phone call when the dishwasher breaks. But become a landlord, and you have the flexibility to move in a year even if you purchase your Boston home.


    To learn more about renting vs. purchasing your home, email Kevin at kevin@stevencohenteam.com or call the Steven Cohen Team office at 617.861.3636.

     

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