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Posted by Granite Group Realtors on 9/8/2019

If you are not used to the process, moving your home will cost you more than what you budgeted. Your moving costs hinge on how far you’re going, how much stuff you own, and many other factors. However, understanding some of the hidden costs of moving is one of the ways to minimize your moving expenses. Therefore, take a look at the costs and decide if you are paying them or avoid them by considering an alternative. Below are some of the hidden moving costs and how you can avoid them. 

Paying movers to help with packing your belongings

Movers are always ready to help you pack up your belongings for a price. They have specialists as well as a moving team that will assist you in packing your belongings in faster than you could. But, they charge hourly, and you have to pay for their professional service. You can avoid packing cost by doing the packing yourself. You may not be as fast as the professional team, but it is a way of saving your moving cost.

Paying movers to load and unload your belongings

Movers will help you pack and offload your things at a price. The cost may be worthwhile because they are experts that are trained to lift heavy, awkward, and large items. You can also decide to load your belonging at your leisure since many moving companies will drop a trailer or pod container at your home. Also, some movers will even leave their trailer for you to offload your household belongings, giving you the privilege to unload them whenever you feel up to it.

Paying movers according to the weight and quantity of your items

The best way to reduce this cost is to pack only what you need in your new home. Also, check all the things that you have not used for the past three or four years and do away with the ones you don’t need again. 

Stair carry charges

This cost applies when movers take or collect from a higher floor in the house. Also, these charges hold if they have to negotiate steps when moving in and out of your home. The only way to avoid this cost is to make sure that movers don't have to negotiate steps when carrying your belongings. And, what you can do if you are living on a higher floor is to move your items to the main level yourself.

You can realistically minimize costs and avoid several hidden charges once you consider the above tips when moving your belonging to your new apartment. Make sure you ask the movers clearly what all their fees are so that you don't get surprised with an invoice at the end of your move.




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Posted by Granite Group Realtors on 3/3/2019

Right now, one version of minimalism drives the tiny house movement. More than simplifying life and being mindful of excess, the move to a tiny home purports to be environmentally friendly, budget conscious, and somewhat Utopian. So, is it just a fad? Or, is it all that and a bag of chips? 

Accentuate the positives

For those living in tiny homes, either mobile or stationary, several advantages make it a great option. One of those is merely having less space in which to gather clutter. Of course, if you're a hoarder personality, the austerity required by most tiny homes might just drive you crazy, or it could cure your gathering habits once and for all. Since most tiny home dwellers subscribe to the "a place for everything and everything in its place" philosophy, making decisions on what and when to buy something filter through that lens. For example, if you buy this, you’ll need to sell that to make room, since they both won’t fit.

Another advantage is budgetary. In short order, full ownership of the tiny home becomes possible. If you build yours from scratch, you can build it debt free, so you end up owning your home outright. Of course, this concept—owning a home that is mobile—is not the same as owning a house on a property that you also own, but it does reduce monthly outgo in many cases. Most often, unless your home sits on your or someone else's property for free, you'll have space rent in an RV park (if your tiny house is on wheels, it’s legally considered an RV) or tiny-house community (several tiny houses built on foundations around a single more substantial dwelling).

There are negatives

As the movement grows, city, county, and state zoning laws need to adjust to allow for the differences in a tiny home from a typical dwelling before they're accepted everywhere. Some locales now have specific codes to cover where tiny houses sit, what connections they require, and other things like egress and ceiling height. So, before you follow the trend to build your own, make sure you know the rules in the location you want to live.

Living in tight quarters can stress relationships. If you're a person that needs time on your own, living by yourself in a tiny house might be perfect. But living with someone else means sharing space all the time. Even bathrooms aren't as private in a tiny home, and by nature, they're incredibly small. In inclement weather, those prone to cabin fever might find the confined space difficult. And when things go wrong (a broken composting toilet, roof leak, or broken appliance, the often feels magnified.

Before embarking on a permanent tiny space lifestyle, consider renting one or living in an RV for a while to see if it’s for you. If you know it’s what you want, then talk to your property specialist about where to buy with favorable zoning laws for your setup.




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