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How Ready Are You to Buy a Home?

Determining Your Dream Home and Finding It!

Factory Built Homes Are Worth a Look

Purchase Manufactured Homes with FHA Loan

How to Buy a Foreclosed Home

Pros and Cons of Corner Lots

Know the Neighborhood Before You Buy

Tune in to an Open House on the Radio

Finding a Qualified Broker or Agent

Shopping for a Loan and Choosing a Lender

How to Improve Your Credit

How to Survive the Loan Application Process

Making an Offer and Signing Contracts

Cancel Your Contract in 3 Days

Understanding the Closing/Settlement Process

Choosing Home Inspection and Settlement Professionals

Double Check Your New Home - The Walkthrough

Know Your Consumer Rights

Seniors Have Many Housing Opportunities

Preparing for the Big Day -- Relocating Moving

Make Your Home Your Castle - Cost Effective Redecorating Ideas


Is a Do-It-Yourself
Move for You?

Don't answer too quickly.

Are You the DIY Type?
Take a look at some of these factors to consider.


Depending on how much stuff you have and how far you have to haul it, doing it yourself may just save you money. Here are some factors to consider when looking at a do-it-yourself (DIY) move.

  • If you are going a long distance, consider the truck rental rate, gas, oil, food and lodging. Many rental places assess a fee for one-way rentals.

  • How much property do you have to move?

  • Will you have access to people in the new location to help you unload? o Have you ever done a move by yourself before?

  • Can you get packed and ready in time by yourself?

  • How much will it cost to feed your friends when they come to help? You need to factor in funds for pizza, sodas and beer (in most cases).

  • Are you licensed and able to drive a big truck or do you know someone who is?

  • What will you do if your friends bail the night before the move?

  • What if they drop your goods and do damage?

  • Do you have the time?

An Important Note:
It's more than just moving boxes.

DIY moves can be extremely stressful and tiring. They can save you money in some cases. In others, the cost of pizza and beer may exceed the cost of a local moving company. Check out all your options. Be prepared to compare the costs (both direct and indirect) to find the right solution for you.

Protecting Your Property

Our next step looks at insuring your stuff in route.

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