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There are plenty of tough decisions to make when buying and selling a home, and choosing good movers is one of them. To provide some insight on the options, I’m sharing ratings from some recent Connecticut area moves as well as a national moving company comparison. The Connecticut input comes from a few people who completed an informal survey about four movers that handled local moves in the Fairfield County area. The national review comes from a comprehensive report by Reviews.com and provides the results of their in-depth comparison.
I asked a handful of people who recently moved for feedback about the moving companies they chose. A 10-question survey asked respondents to rate their moving company on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being terrible and five being excellent. They were asked to score based on their opinions of the quote process, price, range of services, scheduling process, efficiency and timeliness of the move, and care in handling their belongings. I received four responses, each rating a different mover. Keep in mind that every move is different with unique circumstances, but here is some feedback about one move with each company.
The customer moved from a condo in Stamford to another condo in Southport for the price of $3,500. The company received a low overall rating of 2.2. Aside from satisfaction with the process of obtaining the quote (score of 4), the available services (score of 3), the customer was not pleased with the movers, giving the company a 2 for the scheduling process and timeliness and 1s for price and handling of belongings. Their comment was, “The movers just wanted to get it done quickly and they did damage to some of my furniture. They also did not pack the items as they had indicated they would in their estimate.”
Lippincott Van Lines
This move was from a house in Seymour to another house in Fairfield. The cost was $2,000. The overall score was 3.7 with ratings of 4 on price, quote process, their range of services, and timeliness/efficiency, and 3 for the scheduling process and handling of belongings. They said they would recommend this mover, and their comment was, “Actual movers were good, sales staff could be more responsive”.
All My Sons
This company was used for a move within Connecticut from a condo to a house for $750. The customer gave them an overall rating of 3.7 with ratings of 4 on all aspects except for price and care in handling belongings for which they gave a 3. They did not share a comment.
The highest rating of the four went to Junkluggers with an overall score of 4.5. They handled a move from one house to another within Fairfield for $800. Although they received a 3 for their range of services and a 4 on their quote process, they received 5’s in all other categories. The customer said, “Junkluggers only does close moves, but they also will haul your junk away and give you a receipt for things that they bring to Goodwill. We used them for our move – you pay by the amount of things you have (how much space it takes in the truck). They were super quick and handled everything great!”
I hope this article provides some insight for readers getting ready to attempt a big move!
For questions and info regarding your future moving plans, send me a note on the form below. I’m here to help!
If you are a home buyer and don’t see many options during your initial search online, make sure you get a Realtor on board to help you.
Even though inventory may be low and declining, there are at least three key actions your agent can take for you. Make sure your agent knows what you are looking for, the location you want and your ideal timing.
3. Last, but not least, your agent can write a letter or design a postcard describing your dream home and mail it directly to the homeowners on your favorite street or in the area you are focused on.
If you are a seller dealing with buyers that are circling and taking no action or facing a complete lack of buyers altogether, there are key action steps you can take too.
So don’t give into a slowing market, surge ahead, get the market to work for you, and make your move!
For questions or help in this market, send me a note using the form below.
Many people come to their Realtor with an attorney already on board. They figure the attorney is of no concern to their agent thinking that if they know the attorney or have dealt with them before, that lawyer is the best option. They may think a recommendation from a friend covers all the bases. Besides price, most people haven’t considered the critical factors below about the attorney they hire to successfully close their real estate transaction.
Here’s a Top 10 List of questions you should know the answer to before bringing your attorney on board-
Is there an attorney you are considering that you would like feedback about? Have you had a good or bad experience you would like to share? Is there something you would add to the list above? Your questions and comments are welcome below.
Many people believe that winter is the hardest time of year to try and sell their house. While it’s true that sellers can’t showcase their colorful warm-weather landscaping, there are plenty of other things you can highlight.
The good news about selling in the winter is that the people out looking are typically very serious buyers with a clear timeline in mind for purchasing a home. Add to this the benefit of less competition to deal with as other sellers wait for the crowded spring market.
One key marketing activity is to hold an open house. What can you do to make an endearing impression of your fabulous house that offsets any winter doldrums?
Make prospective buyers feel like welcome guests and present your house as though you are hosting a special gathering for family and friends. While your agent highlights all the selling points, the special effort you make will give an enchanting edge toward a special intangible attraction you want buyers to feel that I like to call chemistry!
Start by planning ahead as you would for a big party.
Excite with Winter Curb Appeal
Let buyers see from the street what a warm, charming, romantic and inviting place this will be when they come in.
Consider ideas like a planter or two with colorful evergreen plants and branches, window boxes or hanging baskets.
A bench or trellis can add a nice focal point and polished look to an otherwise bare area. A brightly colored chair and new welcome mat can go a long way toward creating a fresh look. Here are some photos of welcoming winter homes and a historic winter home for further inspiration.
If there’s snow on the ground, a well-shoveled driveway and path are an absolute must. The last thing you want to do is make visitors feel like it’s a treacherous hardship to get to your house, or worse, let them risk injury. If parking is tight, clearing some space along the street is also a good idea.
Of course, an adorable snowman fully adorned with your most innovative accessories, and maybe an open house sign can help to set the tone! Consider leaving some outdoor lights on for an added welcoming glow on an overcast day. On a practical note, you may want to have a basket of booties inside the front door to keep your house clean.
Make it Delightful and Warm Inside
Think about what makes you feel warm and fuzzy when you visit a friend’s house for a winter get together and aim to delight all the senses.
Light a fire in the fireplace or light candles (real or artificial) on a dining room table and in the bathrooms, simmer apple cider with cinnamon on the stove. play some nostalgic music.
Implement some whimsical touches, such as displaying a card game, a recipe book for creative holiday drinks or hanging brightly colored winter scarves or hats on hooks in a mudroom.
If it’s the holiday season, display festive touches with glass, silver, and natural materials for an elegant, romantic look that will have the broadest appeal. Avoid commercial decorations and religious symbols that may distract, turn off or offend some people.
Use photos to showcase key features of the home that may be hidden during the winter such as colorful gardens, scenic views, a furnished deck or patio or beautiful pool. Show pictures of the house across all seasons. This can be done with an open photo album or by framing and hanging a few beautiful photos around the house.
Invite the Guests!
Last, but not least, with your preparations under way, your agent can feel confident about promoting your wonderful open house. They can get the word out near and far with an ad in the paper, special door-hanger invites to the neighbors to come for the first hour, posts to all the social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, a published Event on Facebook to which guests can be invited, the date published on all the real estate websites and the MLS, a bulletin in your town’s local Patch.com and on your agent’s blog, and of course, plenty of signs leading the way!
If you wonder about the benefits of having an open house, take a look at the discussion of “Open House Pros and Cons” and feel free to leave a comment on the page.
If you have more ideas for hosting a magical open house, please share them below!
Well, the winter weather was balmy for awhile, but we’re off to a brisk start for the New Year. It’s a perfect time to dream about summer, so mark your calendars for some great beachfront open house events you can look forward to!
Lordship Lifestyle at Russian Beach
OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, January 24, 1-3 PM
Visit this better-than-new colonial with a new price of $859,000 and water views from every room! Enjoy an open flow, high ceilings, ample light and a private fenced yard for relaxing and entertaining.
Kensie Point on the Sound
OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, February 28, 1-3 PM
Come to the beach in Fairfield to see this turnkey beachfront condo priced at $845,000 and enjoy the fabulous water views!
Come to the beach and make an offer that can change your life!
Contact us with any questions or to request more info-
You might say the phenomenon is like a rollercoaster ride when a house changes hands. It goes from someone’s beloved home to being the commodity of ‘a house’ and then back to a dear home again when the new owners move in.
And during this process, the lives of those connected to the transfer undergo such a monumental, emotional and bittersweet transition.
Cathy and Sal passionately enjoyed two decades of raising a family on Charles Street in the Fairfield Beach area. They always celebrated holidays to the hilt. Their elaborate lawn displays each Halloween included their camouflaged kids as spirited spooks who actively taunted trick-or-treaters before handing out candy. And their Christmas displays included every conceivable festive (inflatable and not!) item they had in their attic during the off season! Top these 20 Halloweens and 20 Christmases with a beautiful wedding ceremony for their eldest daughter this past summer, and you have just a few exceptional memories in your chest.
But now that the last of two girls and a boy have grown up and found a place of their own, it was time to move on. They didn’t expect it all to happen so quickly, but they priced their house to sell , staged it to look great and had it under contract for above their asking price in just 23 days!
Cathy and Sal found another fantastic home near the shore in New York and will be much closer to their family. This was an exciting change and the start of a new chapter, yet I know Cathy was fighting back the tears as she waved goodbye to her old house and smiled for the picture before making the full transition to her new home.
Today Charles Street welcomes a new family with two little boys, and like Cathy and Sal, they’re ready for lots of new good times to be had!
For questions and about your own transition, just send me a note below, and I’m happy to help. -Linda