In 2014, home ownership dropped to its lowest percent in nearly 20 years-just under 65%. The drop in home ownership happened because of changes in the perceptions and realities of property rental. In the last 20 years, renting has become more attractive and more practical than owning a home. Whether… Continue reading.
When you want to buy a home for the first time, you may feel overwhelmed with everything you have to remember. You can’t forget to file for pre-approval. You need to add open houses and meetings with loan agencies to your calendar. And you have to save all the important… Continue reading.
When your family moves for the first time, each person has to get used to a new bedroom, a different neighborhood, and a new set of friends. For children and teenagers who have always lived in the same house, the prospect of making new acquaintances can seem daunting. What’s more,… Continue reading.
When you look for a new apartment, you likely focus on certain criteria. You want an apartment that fits in your price range and that offers the floor plan, size, and number of bedrooms you prefer. You look for accommodation in a safe area, preferably near your office or close… Continue reading.
As a child, you may have watched Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. In every episode he sang an adorable song about being good neighbors with the people he meets: I’ve always wanted to have a neighbor just like you. I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you. But as an… Continue reading.
You and your spouse just tied the knot and bought a new home together. You want to create a space where you both feel creative and comfortable. However, you may disagree about how you’ll decorate your home, and those disagreements can throw a wrinkle in your happily ever after. By… Continue reading.
After months of searching for a new home, you’ve finally found one with enough room to accommodate everyone. You wanted the house to look picture-perfect, so you applied a fresh coat of paint to each room and even installed new carpet and hardwood flooring. But now that moving day has… Continue reading.
The transition from an old house to a new house affects children in different ways than adults. Many children lack previous experience with moving, so they don’t know what to expect with such a major life change. As a parent, you want to make a move as comfortable as possible… Continue reading.
Many appliances require servicing, disconnecting and preparation before moving. Upon request, your local Bekins agent will gladly schedule a third party to provide these services, though you may be able to perform some of the requirements yourself. Refrigerators Turn off and dry out: The refrigerator should be turned off 48 hours… Continue reading.
If you live in a rental apartment or house and are in the middle of moving out, it’s time to start thinking about cleaning. Most landlords require a move-in deposit that covers any damage or dirt left behind once you move out. Instead of giving up your deposit, you can… Continue reading.