Bridget Alves                of Valencia

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Does downsizing really save you money?

Bridget Alves - Monday, April 18, 2016

When couples decide to start a family, they often look for homes of a size that will comfortable accommodate them and their kids. This is great while everyone is living there, but once the kids move out and it’s just the two parents again, the subject of downsizing often arises – especially when said parents have retired and are living on fixed incomes. Before deciding to move into a smaller home, there are some considerations that need to be taken into account if you really want to know whether or not it makes financial sense.


Moving costs money in packing materials, a truck, helpful hands, etc. All of these costs are going to have to come out of pocket if you’re living on a fixed income, and they can be considerable. Is it really worth digging into your bank account to foot the bill for moving?


What about storage? Over the course of a person’s life, they tend to accumulate a lot of “stuff.” If you move into a smaller home, what are you going to do with the things that aren’t going to fit? Many people choose to put these items into storage, but that’s going to cost you more money. A storage room (or, heaven forbid, two storage rooms) can easily cost 2 to 3-hundred dollars a month. And then there’s the work involved. If you’re the type of person who gets emotionally attached to a lot of things, odds are these things are all over your house; in the closets, crawlspaces, attic, etc. and de-cluttering the place is going to be a ton of work.


Downsizing can indeed save money in the long run, provided that you take into account all of the costs associated with moving and storage. If you have your heart set on a smaller place, odds are you’re going to get one. If you need a smaller place, but lack the energy to move yourself, there are a number of services available that can not only help you de-clutter the home, but they’ll pack and move your things without you ever having to lift a finger. Just know that the easier you want your move to be, the more it’s going to cost.

Pests: A new homeowner’s unwelcome guests

Bridget Alves - Monday, October 19, 2015


According to pest experts, moving into a new home doesn’t always mean it’s uninhabited. If a home has been vacant for a while, there’s a good chance that insects and/or other pests may have taken up residence themselves. Also, the acts of moving in/out provide ample opportunities for all sorts of critters to find their way in. Think about it: doors are propped open for hours at a time, things are carried in and out, and items are often left outside and untended until they’re moved to their new location. If you’d like to reduce the odds of an insect infestation in your new home (and who wouldn’t?) here are a few simple steps to follow:

  • Be careful where you acquire packing materials
: In an attempt to save money, many movers will look to grocery stores and other major retailers to try and get free boxes. The problem with this is that you don’t know where these boxes came from, or how long they’ve been sitting around. Cockroaches, for example, love to eat the glue used in the construction of cardboard boxes and are highly likely to be found in ones acquired at grocery stores and warehouses.
  • Watch what you eat: Your meals, when moving, will likely consist of fast food and take out. Be very careful not to leave the trash out, as the leftovers from the meal will act as a beacon which lures pests from insects to mice. When possible, try to dispose of your garbage away from your home.
  • Don't store items in packing materials: As mentioned above, pests love packing materials. Anything you plan to store in the home should therefore be kept in plastic bins with tight-fitting lids as opposed to cardboard boxes. Even if you only plan to keep the boxes around for a day or two, it’s often in your best interest to unpack them and be rid of the boxes immediately. You’ll have plenty of time to find a place for things once you’re moved in.


Moving is a lot of work, but doing it smartly can greatly decrease the headache involved and help keep your new home free of any unwanted guests. 

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