Family Relocation Guide: Moving, Packing, Mortgages and More
Sometimes it seems we're all on the move. Corporate relocations have become accepted and frequent. Here are some resources to keep you current. Check back often for more resources and timely news items.
If you have professional packers, you are lucky indeed. Treat them well. Give them cold drinks, warm food, and a generous tip. You'll want to take care of the movers - the guys who load the truck - as well. $20-$25 per person per day seems to be pretty average.
The Checklist - Comprehensive list for a smooth move.
Pre-Pack Kids' Rooms for Sanity on Moving Day - Maybe your children keep their rooms perfectly picked up and organized at all time. Or maybe you're like the rest of us. Use these tips to get things in order before the moving van rolls up.
Put Your House in a Box - Portable moving containers are gaining popularity because they are convenient and less expensive.
FlyLady - My ultimate favorite way to stay organized, one baby step at a time. Start using FlyLady's cheesy system now for a smoother move later.
Make the Most of Realtor.com - Learn how to use the web's most popular real estate location site. This article teaches you to be efficient with your dream home browsing
Fizber - This new site is for for sale by owner properties. However, keep on eye on them. Their technology and features are better than Realtor.com. You can compare all sorts of demographic stats and the maps are fantastic! Maybe in the future we'll all sell our own houses.
Compare Cost of Living - Your house payment is not the only expense that varies depending on where you move. Make sure you get an idea of what you're getting into by comparing your current city to your destination with this calculator.
The house you can afford depends on many factors. The price of a home is significantly affected by supply and demand as well as mortgage rates.
Here's a simple mortgage calculator that estimates a payment amount. Don't forget to add in POA Dues, Insurance, Taxes, and Private Mortgage Insurance. Can you afford it? A good rule of thumb is that housing should not exceed 30% of your pre-tax income. 25% is more comfortable for most people. Remember, you'll have maintenance and furnishings to pay for as well.
Thriving in Relocation Limbo - Do's and Don'ts for Happiness in Between Moves - Too often we are left hanging. It's hard to live in a state of not knowing for long. This article gives some tips of for maintaining your cheerful disposition!
Corporate Relo Assistance - Some companies are offering compensation to cover real estate losses. Read this article to find out how your benefits stack up.