One of the most important decisions you can make in your life is where you choose to live. Everyone wants to be able to come home to a place they can relax in, feel proud of, bring friends to, and most importantly, feel safe in. As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, with all of the transitions happening in my life, I have found myself looking around for places on a few different occasions.
Today, technology has made it easier than ever to scope out potential places to live. Sites like Trulia, Realtor, ApartmentRatings, and even Craigslist have all provided resources for you to start a search for your ideal place to live. However, the purpose of this post is not to serve as a database of resources. I wanted to write this post to outline a few tips that I have learned in all of my home hunting that will hopefully be helpful to you in your search, as well.
1. Know what you can (really) afford.
This might sound like common sense, but more often than not, the prices you see on any of the various searching sites like the ones above do not reflect the total cost of living. Even for places that boast ‘all utilities included,’ most of the time there will be more costs associated, such as renter’s insurance, cable, and internet. Figure out a ballpark figure of how much these extra utility costs will be, along with water, gas, and electric bills if they are not included. Tack all of that onto the base rent, and then you will really know if you can afford a place. At my current apartment, none of our utilities were included, and we are also paying extra fees for parking—when all is said and done, there is probably an extra $400 or so tacked onto our base rent. You do not want to find yourself in a position where you are unable to pay your bills—don’t neglect to factor in these extra monthly costs!
2. Read reviews, schedule tours, and ask questions.
Another function of the sites listed above is to provide a place for current tenants to post reviews. Try to do as much reading as you can so you can become aware of any potential issues that people are having with maintenance, management, safety, etc. However, with online anonymity, one can never be completely sure that competing landlords aren’t flooding sites with bad reviews of other complexes to make themselves look better. To try to combat this, make sure you are getting your info straight from the horse’s mouth. Schedule tours and check things out for yourself. If there are any issues brought up in reviews or that you see in-person, make sure to directly approach the leasing officer or manager giving you your tour about them. Hopefully you will be able to feel out whether or not they are being honest and sincere with you. This can prevent a huge amount of headaches and stress that could arise if these were not addressed.
3. Start your search in as far advance as possible.
So you did the math and figured out exactly what you can afford. You’ve done your research and found a few potentially great places that meet your budget and living needs. You call the leasing offices only to find out they are completely occupied. If you are in a situation where you are trying to find a place fast, this is obviously the worst news you can get. However, if you’ve given yourself enough time, more than likely something will open up in the time before you have to move out of your current place. This can save you a lot of heartache. In some circumstances, you still might find that even if you’ve given yourself a few months in advance, there still might not be any vacancies available. That is simply out of your control—but don’t let that perfect place slip away because you’re only giving yourself a 2-week or month window to move!
With all that to say, if you are currently looking for a new place to call home, I wish you the best of luck. Trying to find a place to live that meets all of your needs can be extremely frustrating and unfortunately the stars won’t always align, but hopefully if you’ve taken the above precautions, you will be much more likely to find and secure your own personal paradise. When that day does come, you know that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® can help get you there. Bon voyage!
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For the last month or so we’ve been actively engaged in collecting items for Harvest House Dayton as part of our annual Movers for Moms® program. We’ve done two radio segments and we’ve dropped off collection boxes at Pathway School of Discovery. Along with the boxes we passed out a coloring page as a thank you to the kids for their support.
This morning I decided to print out a few coloring pages for my little ones and talk to them about the importance of helping those in need around us. They are great little listeners when armed with crayons and paper! We talked about all of the things we use everyday at home to take care of ourselves. Later today we’re going to take a trip to the store and I am going to let the shop for items off the list of needs from Harvest House Dayton. It’s always an adventure when you let a 2 and 4 year old push the “kid” carts at Kroger! I’d take pictures of that, but I think I’ll be too busy apologizing to people who get bumped!
Want teach your child to love others? You can start today no matter what age they are! Feel free to download our coloring page here. You can also go here to find the list of items needed by Harvest House Dayton.
Not only will your kids have fun coloring, they’ll be learning, and loving. What more could a Mom ask for?
Franchises partner with local shelters, schools and other community organizations to collect goods that will make Mother’s Day special for moms living in shelters.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has women in key leadership roles across the country — some of the most successful franchisees are mothers. Movers for Moms® is a way for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® to appreciate the efforts of mothers everywhere, despite their current circumstances.
In 2012, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will partner with National Heritage Academies (NHA) schools (K-8) and many other schools throughout the country to facilitate classroom collections. In markets where no NHA schools are present, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will partner with other charter and private schools, as well as local organizations such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will pick up and deliver the collected items to partnering women’s shelters on or before Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13.
2012 Dayton Ohio Movers For Moms
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Moving and Storage is proud to announce Harvest House Dayton as our partnering shelter. All items collected will be donated to Harvest House and their mission to “prepare disadvantaged young women to take on the world with new hope and life skills.”
Please join us in collecting items such as toilet paper, canned goods, laundry detergent, paper towels, towels, wash clothes, and other everyday items for the ladies. Harvest House also organizes a Princess Program were graduates are showered with a true “Princess Day” where they are pampered and presented with a goodie bag. Small feminine type items such as newly purchased lotions, soaps, and lip gloss would help make this day even more special! Last year Movers for Moms® was able to collect over 65,000 donated items nationwide and this year their goal is to break 100,000!
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Moving and Storage is committed to collecting as many items for this shelter as possible to support the everyday needs of a fully functioning household. So far Pathway School of Discovery is on board again this year in collecting items for these worthy women. Here are a few shots from our collection last year.
Currently we are looking for more schools, businesses, and churches to become donation sites. If you are interested please contact us asap! We have several PR opportunities lined up (WHIO Radio and WGTZ (92.9 Fly) to name a few) and we’d be happy to mention you as a partner!
So you’ve hired us to do your move (just assuming), and although that gets rid of a big chunk of work there’s still a long list of things to do. What’s one to-do that’s easily forgotten (or done last minute in a boring bulk-email-type-of-way)? Telling people that you’ve moved!
Hopefully I’ve made this task a little easier for you by selecting (what I think to be) the most stylish moving announcements on the web and listing them here!
Moving announcements are a great way to help your contacts update your address in a fun memorable way. Consider including a short message to your recipient that lets them know you care. Don’t miss this opportunity to reach out. You never know what a quick, old-fashioned, handwritten note might mean. One small word of encouragement could be the world to someone!
Moving to a new neighborhood? Perhaps the proper way to meet the neighbors would be for them to pop in with a warm plate of chocolate chip cookies and introduce themselves. But what if they don’t?
What if you’re left waiting, wondering…
People are busy these days and more and more we find ourselves trapped behind an ever-glowing screen. It’s where we work, it’s where we play, it’s where we socialize. Like it or not you really have to be intentional about meeting the people around you– In person!
So why not break the neighborhood mold and introduce yourself for a change. You might even unpack some bakeware and break in the new oven! Even if you don’t do anything fancy, a simple note with your name and contact information would be nice. This way if they’re not home you can leave it in the mailbox. At least you tried! Now the ball’s in their court. Hopefully this will break the ice and help them feel comfortable enough to stop by and meet you.
It’s a wonderful thing to know your neighbors. Who knows you may need someone to grab the mail from time-to-time or keep an eye on things when your out of town. But hopefully your little introduction will be the start of a beautiful friendship!
Recently I found this great little chart over here, but it was a small 8.5×11 file. So I redesigned it a bit and made it into an 18×24 poster!
I loved the idea of hanging it in the office, but I wanted it in a spot where people would have a few seconds to look it over from time-to-time. Ah-ha! The bathroom!
Now we can all take a few minutes to ourselves, do our business, and enhance our integrity all at the same time 🙂 You can hang it anywhere of course. Isn’t it great?!
To download a large 18×24 PDF or a small 8.5×11 PDF click HERE!
***Update! I’ve also blogged about this poster and its origin at One Mom and a Blog.***