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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 11/24/2014

Are you making a big move? If so there are lots of tips on how to pack and move the contents of your home but what about your car? How can you get your car from point A to point B without actually having to drive your vehicle a long distance? If you are relocating there is good news. There are auto transport companies that can help in moving your car or motorcycle long distances. Here are some tips to help get you started: 1) Pick a date In order to get an exact quote you will need to pick a moving date, the sooner the better. Most moving companies need at least seven days notice to accommodate such a request. 2) Get a referral Ask around to see if anyone knows people who have recently made a cross-country move. See if they have references on a company that transports automobiles. Do your due diligence by researching the Better Business Bureau and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. 3) Get several quotes Call around and get several quotes (including insurance options) from a number of reputable car transport companies in your area. The transport companies will need to know the type of car you drive, your destination and the dates of your move. 4) Check with your insurance agent Make sure your insurance needs are squared away before you move. Ask your insurance company about your coverage in the event of an accident, theft or damage to your vehicle during the move. 5) Prepare your car The car transport company probably will not let you pack your car full of stuff to be shipped. Remove any miscellaneous items and take photos of your car before you send it off to the movers. 6) Pick up your car Try to be present when the car transport company delivers your vehicle. Inspect your car from top to bottom to make sure it was not damaged during the move.





Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 3/24/2014

Do you have too much stuff? Are you making a move and looking for storage options? If so, the fist thing you will need to determine is how much storage space you need. As you are going through your things ask yourself if you really need to store everything, or is it better to donate or sell some things. This could cut down on the amount of storage space needed and ultimately reduce the cost. Once you determine which items will be stored take an inventory of your items. Make a list and have this information ready when you start calling storage companies. So what size storage unit will you need? Here are some standard sizing options that most storage companies use. Always check with your company first.

  • 5 x 5 x 10 = Small items, boxes, books, etc...
  • 5 x 10 x 10 = Small 1 bedroom home
  • 10 x 10 x 10 = 1 bedroom home
  • 10 x 15 x 10 = 2-3 bedroom home
  • 10 x 20 x 10 = 3-4 bedroom home
  • 10 x 30 x 10 = 5-7 bedroom home
Note: the measurements above are represented as L x W x H in feet  





Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 4/7/2013

If you happen to find yourself moving to another state in the near future, you've got your work cut out for you.  On top of having to deal with the stress of relocating your family in an unfamiliar place, you'll have a lot of paperwork and research to consider before the big day.  Here are four things that you'll need to have covered if you hope to have a seamless transition into a new residence.  Keep in mind that the more bases you've got covered, the easier it will be for you and your family to get accustomed to a new state. 1.  Cost of living. - The cost of living can vary dramatically from state to state.  If you're moving for a new job, then make sure to research the cost of living close to your new place of employment.  If you lived in a metropolitan area before, then it may serve you better to move to a town surrounding the city and pull a commute than to take a gamble at throwing yourself into a new city that may upset your current lifestyle.  Alternately, you may find that the state you are moving to has a fairly low cost of living in the metropolitan areas compared to what you are used to paying.  Every state is different in this regard.  Doing the research now will save you major headaches. 2.  Moving companies. - Unless you are packing up all of your belongings yourself, odds are that you will be relying on a long-distance moving company to handle most of the work.  Prices of this service can very dramatically from company to company, so be sure to get at least three quotes from reputable moving companies as to ensure you're getting the best deal.  Also, make room in your budget for an insurance plan that you are comfortable paying for.  The last thing you'll want to deal with during your move is the worry of your possessions being damaged with no recourse. 3.  Taxes. -  You may not think that taxes are an important thing to consider this early in the game, but if you live in a state that doesn't collect an income tax, moving to a state that does can impact your cost of living.  Meet with a tax specialist and review any hidden taxes and expenses you may incur as a result of your move so you aren't surprised later on down the road. 4.  Neighborhoods and local culture. - This may be one of the most important steps that a lot of people overlook.  Just because you do a virtual walk through of a home and like what you see, doesn't mean you'll like where you're moving.  Do some detective work before you sign papers.  Look into crime statistics, school ratings, reviews of the city and neighborhood you're considering moving to, and local taxes and ordinances.  You can find all of this information online relatively easy.  If you can manage it, then plan a visit to your potential new home to see everything your new town will have to offer.  Look at the commute to your new place of employment, the sights and sounds of the local culture, and keep an eye out for anything you don't particularly like about a place.  You can make your transition a lot smoother by connecting with a reputable real estate agent who has a healthy knowledge of the area.