How to Avoid Damaging your New Home While Moving

There is a lot of activity happening on moving day. With so many people coming and going throughout your home carrying large and heavy items, some damage can happen to your home. Here are some of our best tips so you can avoid damaging your furniture and your new Hayden home on moving day.

Prepare in advance

Most damage happens when we’re rushing. Planning and preparing for your move in advance are the best ways to avoid rushing on moving day. Pack as much as possible and declutter before moving day. Here are some more ways you can prepare for your upcoming move.

While your furniture obviously fits your current home, that may not be the case for your new home. Measure the doorways, hallways, stairways, and your furniture to make sure you have enough space to move your belongings through. This will also enable you to come up with a contingency plan in case something won’t fit.

Cover walls

Walls and corners are especially vulnerable on moving day. Thankfully there are a lot of different ways you can protect these fragile surfaces. Avoid wearing rings and loose chains so you don’t risk rubbing them against the wall. You can cover your walls with drop clothes, cardboard, or even bubble wrap to prevent scratches, holes, and other bumps and bruises. Wrapping bulky items and taking your time moving heavy or large furniture items provide additional protection from dings and nicks.

Protect floors and staircase

There’s a lot of activity happening on moving day. Protect your carpet and floors by covering high-traffic areas with some self-adhesive plastic coverings. This will keep your carpet clean from dirty shoes, tears, and spills. Cardboard or felt are great options to protect hardwood floors. If you have stairs, be sure to add a nonslip runner and cover the banister with moving blankets.

Your moving company may provide removable runners and floor coverings but you can also purchase floor coverings from a home improvement store.

Don’t forget the door frames!

Trying to maneuver a large piece of furniture through a tight door frame is always tricky. Even the most careful mover can accidentally bump the door frame. Avoid dings and dents by covering the door frame with moving blankets or door jamb protectors.

Carry large items

Resist the urge to slide heavy items, like furniture, across the floor. Instead, carry them or use a dolly or hand truck to move heavier items through the house. Make sure there are enough people to move especially heavy or awkward items. If possible, dissemble larger objects and carry it out piece by piece. If you must slide something, use moving blankets or pads to minimize damage.

Use a spotter

It’s difficult seeing where you’re going through a narrow doorway or tight staircase when you’re carrying something large. Have a spotter to help you navigate through these tricky areas.

Use a professional for specialty items

Do you need to move a piano, hot tub, or other oversized item? Then you should call in the pros. If you’re hiring movers, discuss these items with them ahead of time so they can have the right equipment to safely move your items.

Have a cleaning plan

Protecting your home during a move goes beyond preventing scuffs and scratches. Don’t pack your doormat; keep that out so people can clean off their shoes before entering. While you most likely protected the high traffic areas with plastic coverings, but chances are the individual rooms are not. This will protect the carpet in those areas and reduce the amount of dirt that gets brought in.

You should also keep a cleaning kit on hand to tackle smaller cleaning tasks: paper towels to wipe away spills, a wood pen to cover any scratches in wood, and a Magic Eraser to remove scuffs on the walls. Some damage gets worse the longer it sits so it’s good to take care of these things as soon as possible.

Following these simple steps will help you avoid costly repairs and keep the home you’re moving out of and your new Hayden home from being damaged.

Now is the perfect time to make the move to a new Hayden home. We offer affordable new homes that fit your needs at any stage in life, backed by our commitment to quality. Visit us at to learn more about our new home communities in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Things to Consider When You’re Ready to Upsize Your Home

Things to Consider When You’re Ready to Upsize Your HomeOur homes don’t grow with us. The house that worked when you were a single person, a young couple, or a young family with small children may no longer fit now that your family has grown or your living circumstances change.

Making the decision to move into a larger home is a big decision. Here are three factors you should consider before you make the move into a larger home.

1. Do you really need to upsize?

It’s always wise to stop and think about why you wish to upsize your home. Do you need more space or do you just want more space? Either option is fine! You just need to understand your motivation for moving.

Take a close look at your home and determine if you’re using your living space efficiently. Sometimes renovating, reorganizing, or decluttering your home can create the additional space you need. But if there isn’t a way to create more space despite your best efforts, buying a new home is the best solution.

2. Can you afford a larger home?

If you need a larger home, its important to do your financial homework to make sure you can comfortably afford your new home. Review your monthly income and expenses and determine how much you’ll have available for housing costs. Use our mortgage affordability calculator to help give you a sense of the price range that is affordable to you.

Remember that a larger home also means higher property taxes and utility bills. While you may not be able to change your property taxes, you can find ways to mitigate the increase in utility bills by looking for energy-efficient homes.

Another factor that’s often overlooked is the cost of additional furniture you may need for your new space. You don’t need to buy everything at one go (in fact, we recommend you don’t!) but it’s a potential new expense that should be on your radar.

3. What do you need that your current home lacks?

If you’re considering moving into a larger home, you probably already have an idea of what features your next home needs to have. Have a conversation with your family to discuss additional features you will need in your new home.

Its also important to look at the long-term picture. Consider how your life may change in the next few years. How long do you anticipate staying in your new home? Will your family size change? As you’re looking at homes, consider how each home will be able to accommodate potential changes.

Factoring in these possibilities will enable you to find a home that not only meets your current requirements, but may also accommodate future changes.

Is it time to upsize your home?

If your once cozy home is now starting to feel cramped, it’s probably time to upgrade to a larger home with more space.

At Hayden Homes, we help buyers find the right-sized dream homes in Oregon, Idaho, and Washington. We invite you to view our collection of beautiful, smartly designed new homes and contact us to learn how we can help. We look forward to welcoming you home.

Tips for Spending the First Night in Your New Home

No matter how well-planned, moving day always ends up being hectic. After such a long day, the last thing you’ll want to worry about is figuring out which box has the towels so you can take a shower or end up sleeping in your clothes overnight.

Navigating the first night in a new home can become trickier when you have kids or pets. Reduce the stress and help make everyone’s transition to your new home smoother by using the tips we put together in this guide, so you can make the first night in your new home more comfortable for everyone.

1. Pack a ‘First Night’ Bag

Before your move, put together a bag for each member of the family filled with some essential personal items they’ll need the first few days in your new home. This is especially helpful if you’re moving from out of state and need to wait for the movers to arrive.

Here are some items you should have in your survival kit:

  • Toiletries
  • Medication
  • Pajamas
  • Extra clothes and underwear
  • Device chargers
  • First Aid Kit
  • Baby supplies (diapers, wipes, bottles, formula/baby food, etc.)
  • Favorite comfort item

2. Pack a ‘First Night’ Box

In addition to the first night bag of personal items, put together a box for those home essentials you’ll need the first few days in your new home. Make it simple by putting everything together in a single box and clearly mark it so you’re able to locate it on moving day; a plastic tote is a great way to distinguish it from the rest of your boxes.

Here are some ideas of what you can pack inside this box:

  • Bath towels, shower curtain, and toilet paper
  • Bedding (sheets, blankets, pillows)
  • Toys/entertainment
  • Trash bags
  • Light bulbs and flashlights
  • Small kitchen appliances like a coffee maker and toaster
  • Snacks and water
  • Selection of kitchen items (utensils, plates, cups, can opener, etc.)
  • Important documents and paperwork relating to your move and new home

3. Set Up the Bedrooms and Bathrooms

After such a long day, you’ll appreciate being able to shower and get into your bed. Take a few moments during the day to set up the bathroom and bedroom (even if all you can do is put sheets on the mattress).

4. Reestablish Routines

Moving with children can be challenging. If you have young children, getting back to normal helps them begin to acclimate to their new surroundings. Do your best to set up the kids’ rooms first so they have something familiar. Doing so helps reinstate their sense of security and lowers stress and anxiety caused by the big change.

5. Make Dinner Plans

Chances are you won’t be cooking the first night. Instead, figure out what you’ll have for dinner, whether you order in or go out to a restaurant.

6. Make Your Pets Comfortable

Don’t forget your furry family members. If you have pets, make sure you have their necessities like food, a litter box, bedding, etc. Set up their bedding with their favorite toy, and their food and water bowls so they can start settling in.

7. Enjoy Your First Night!

When all is said and done, moving into a new home is an exciting moment. As you’re winding down in the evening, take a moment to enjoy spending your first night in your new home. This guide will help make the first night in your new home more pleasurable.

Find your dream home with Hayden Homes

When you’re ready to buy a new home, Hayden Homes is here to help. We offer gorgeous homes that are perfect for every stage in life. With over 30 home plans, you’re bound to find the right home for your family. Visit us online at to learn more about our new home communities throughout Idaho, Oregon, and Washington!

Top Reasons Why We Choose to Move

Top Reasons Why We Choose to MoveAre you planning on moving soon? If so, you’re not alone! On average, Americans move about every five to seven years. From new jobs to changing familial relationships, there are lots of different reasons why people move.

With the summer months coming up, more families will be packing up and moving into a new home. Coincidentally a lot of the moves happen in May, which is why it’s National Moving Month. Here are some of the top five reasons why we choose to move:

For a better home

According to 2017 American Housing Survey, over half of recent homebuyers (55%) moved for a better home. First-time buyers are making the leap from renting to owning and some move-up buyers simply outgrow their “starter home” as their families grow.

Or perhaps you stopped loving (or tolerating) the quirks of your current home. Maybe the street noise turned out to be louder than expected, or you need more storage space. Whatever the reason, sometimes moving to a new and larger home is in order.

For a better neighborhood

46% of homebuyers moved for a better neighborhood. Neighborhoods change over time. Your neighborhood could have been a quiet, sleepy bedroom community when you moved in, but thanks to area development projects, has become too commercial and busy for your liking. Likewise, if you have children (or plan to start a family), you may desire to move to be in a better school district.

To form a household

About 39% on homebuyers (and an astounding 61% of first-time buyers) listed forming their own household as the reason why they moved. Whether you’re getting married or having kids, getting a home to call your own was part of the process.

To be closer to family

22% of homebuyers moved so they could be closer to family. This is common as we age; parents desire to be closer to their children and grandchildren, and sometimes grown children move closer to home for the same reasons, especially if they want help taking care of the kids!

To reduce housing costs

19% of homebuyers claimed reducing housing costs as their prime reason for moving. Some are downsizing into a smaller home (which means smaller utility bills, home insurance, and property taxes) or relocating from a location with a higher cost of living location to one with a lower cost of living. Many residents of states with higher costs of living, like California, find they have more buying power in other states like Idaho, Washington and Oregon than they otherwise would. Which means they can afford a much larger home.

Some other reasons for moving also include: a change in household composition (18%), getting a new job (14%), and reducing commute times (12%).

Let Hayden Homes help you with your next move

Whatever your reason for moving to a new home, Hayden Homes is here to help. With new home communities throughout Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, you’ll find plenty of options for quality, affordable homes for every stage in life. View the benefits of buying new to learn what makes a Hayden Home the right new home for both you and the entire Pacific Northwest.

Tips for Moving into Your New Home

Family packing up boxes to move into a new homeYou’ve purchased and close on your new home and now it’s time to move! As your moving date creeps closer, you may start feeling overwhelmed by the thought of packing up your home and moving into a new one. Moving doesn’t have to be stressful, and with a bit of planning, you can have a less stressful moving experience, whether you’re a repeat mover or its your first time.
If you need help planning, organizing and executing your move, read on for some helpful tips and hacks to get you ready for moving day.
Prepare Before the Move
Getting prepared and organized for your move long before the moving van shows up will help get you started on the right foot. Here are some things:
  1. Contact utility companies and begin transferring services. Once you have a firm moving date, begin contacting your utilities to transfer service to your new home. You’ll also want to submit a change of address form with the post office too.
  2. Arrange donation pick-ups. If you’re donating larger items like furniture, schedule a pick up before your moving day so you can make sure they’re able to get them.
  3. Plan your packing supplies. Figure out how many moving boxes you’ll need, packing tape (especially if you’re using colored tape to organize your move), and other packing supplies you’ll need. Begin looking for free moving boxes or check Google to see if there’s a local place where you can rent moving bins.
  4. Empty your pantry. Avoid bringing food to your new home (raise your hand if you’ve ever packed expired canned food) by stopping grocery shopping a few days before your move and trying to eat as much food as possible. Donate any unopened/unexpired food to a local food bank and toss the rest. You’ll want to start fresh in your new home anyway.
Packing Tips
  1. Color code your boxes. Use map out your new home and assign different colors of duct tape for each room (red tape for the living room, yellow tape for the kitchen, etc.). On moving day, place the coordinating tape on the room doors in your new home so people can quickly and easily identify which box goes to which room.
  2. Leave your dresser and closet intact. Instead of emptying your dressers and closets, pack them all together. Take the dresser drawers out and wrap them in plastic to keep everything in place. Likewise, slide trash bags over your hanging clothes so you can quickly rehang them in your new closet. No need to pack and unpack!
  3. Skip the bubble wrap. Instead of shelling out for bubble wrap or packing peanuts, use your towels, linens, and other soft items to pad your breakable items like glasses, lamps, and vases.
  4. Use suitcases. Suitcases can be used to pack heavier items like books. The handles and wheels will make it easier to transport them and will mean you’ll need less boxes.
  5. Create a ‘Moving Day Essentials Kit.’ Put together a box or small bag of your essentials you’ll need for your first night in your home. Your moving day kit can include important documents, medications, basic toiletries, chargers, and a couple changes of clothes to start. That’ll save you from having to hunt through boxes to find what you need.
Cleaning Tips
  1. Start cleaning before moving day. Moving day is a long and hectic day. The last thing you’ll want to do is spend that day also trying to deep clean your home while directing movers. Instead, clean and scrub your home in advance of the move so all you’ll need to do is simple spot cleaning the day of.
Moving Day Tips
  1. Find a sitter for small kids and pets. Give yourself one less thing to worry about by having a trusted family member or friend take care of your pets and small children the day of the move. With so many things happening, you’ll appreciate not having to worry about them underfoot of the movers.
  2. Be packed BEFORE moving day. Shorten your moving day by having your home all packed the day before the moving truck arrives. You’ll want your full focus on coordinating your move instead of trying to pack last minute.
  3. Keep it fun. Fun and moving sound like oxymorons but stay with us. Keep the energy up by playing music and taking short breaks for water and snacks throughout the day to keep your energy levels steady.
Settling into Your New Hayden home
  1. Start with your bedrooms and bathrooms. You’re not excepted to unpack your entire home the same day you move in. Instead, prioritize which rooms are most important and start there. If you can only unpack one room, start with the bedrooms because you’ll feel much better sleeping in a properly made bed then anything else. This is especially helpful for smaller children to help them with the transition into a new home. Since bathrooms are smaller, they’re easy to set up as well.
  2. Toss boxes as you empty them. Don’t hang onto your boxes. Begin breaking them down and recycling or tossing them as you empty them. Doing so will clear up much needed space in your home and give you a clear progress marker.
  3. Do a little at a time. Don’t stress yourself trying to completely unpack and set up your home within the day. Give yourself permission to take your time. Focus on getting your priority rooms done and then knock out the rest as you have time. Even if it’s just ten or fifteen minutes of unpacking a day, you’ll feel much better over the long run.
  4. Treat yourself. After a long day of moving, treat yourself (and any helpers) out to dinner, whether it’s a dinner in a restaurant or take out at home. You’ve worked hard today so let someone else take care of you for a bit.
These amazing moving tips will make relocating into your new Hayden home easier than you imagined possible.

Tips for Buying and Selling a Home at the Same Time

Tips-for-Buying-and-Selling-a-home-at-the-same-timeAre you a homeowner looking to move into a new home? Navigating the homebuying process as a second-time homebuyer can be challenging, especially if you have a home you need to sell as well! There’s a lot of logistics you need to coordinate! This home buying guide will walk you through some strategies to keep in mind when you need to buy and sell a home at the same time.

Research your local housing market

The local housing market will play the biggest role in the timing of your home purchase and sale. Before you list your home or start looking for a new one, you’ll want to review your local housing market and see how long it’s been taking to buy and sell homes.

  • Buyer’s Market: a buyer’s market means there are more homes available than buyers looking. This means homes will typically stay on the market longer and buyers have more options to choose from. In a buyer’s market, you’ll have an easier time buying a new home than selling your current one.
  • Seller’s Market: a seller’s market means there are more buyers than homes available. This is a hot market! You’re more likely to sell your home first before you’re able to buy.

Choose an experienced real estate agent

Navigating the ins and outs of home buying and selling can be difficult so it’s helpful to have a professional available to guide you through the process. Hire a trusted real estate agent who understands your housing market. They will be able to advise on the expected market value of your home and the best strategy to buy and sell your home at the simultaneously.

Selling your home first
Selling your current home before buying your new home can be the less stressful option. The benefits of selling first mean you know exactly how much you can spend on your next home and have funds for the down payment. However, you may need to find alternative housing to tide you over until you’re able to move into your new home. Here are some options you can consider if case you sell your current home first:

  • Make an offer with a settlement contingency. Once your home is officially on the market, begin looking for new homes. You’ll want to hold off on making any offers (if possible!) until you’ve accepted an offer on your current home. The settlement contingency means you’ll buy the new home once your current home closes. This method is best in a seller’s market when you’re more likely to receive multiple offers.
  • Get a short-term rental. Secure temporary housing and storage (whether a short-term rental or staying with understanding family) until you’re able to close on a new home.
  • Create a rent-back agreement with the new owners. If the new owners of your current home agree, you can sign a rent-back agreement that will allow you to stay in your home for a set period of time in exchange for rental payments. This will give you some additional breathing room to find your new dream home without the stress of finding temporary housing.

Buying your home first

Sometimes you find your dream home faster than planned. This is great because then you’ll only have to move once, instead of having to find a short-term rental or stay with family in the interim. If you happen to buy your new home before selling, you have a few options:

  • Extend your closing. If you’re sure your home will sell quickly, you can request to extend the closing date of your new home past the typical 30-45 days.
  • Apply for a bridge loan. Bridge loans are short-term loans that cover your down payment until closing. This is an enticing option; however, it can be difficult to qualify for a bridge loan and not every lender offers them, so you’ll want to check if this is available through your lender early in the buying process.
  • Apply for a HELOC. HELOC stands for home equity line of credit. This enables you to use your home as collateral and borrow up to a certain amount.
  • Rent your current home. If you’re financially able to purchase your second home without needing to sell your current home, you can consider turning it into an investment property and rent it out.

Don’t let the process rush you

Whether you buy or sell first, try your best to keep fear from rushing you through the decision process. You may want to create a contingency plan in case you sell your home before you buy. This will help keep some of the anxiety at bay since you already know where you’ll be going next. Conversely, if you buy your home first, don’t feel pressured to accept a less than ideal offer because you’re unable to float two mortgages.

Buying and selling a home certainly has his challenges, but if you’re properly prepared, you can navigate this journey with flying colors.

With new home communities in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, we offer affordable new homes that fit your needs at any stage in life, backed by our commitment to quality. Visit us online at to learn what makes a Hayden Home the right new home for both you and the entire Pacific Northwest.

Moving to Idaho from California Here’s What you Should Know

Moving to Boise from California what to knowMoving to a new state can be both exciting and a little unnerving. As you weigh your options of where to go and what life will hold for you next, Boise should be at the top of your list. Boise is not only a beautiful place to live that could lead to an improved quality of life. Here are some top reasons why a move to Idaho, especially the Boise area, from California may be the right choice for you.
The Cost of Living in Boise is Significantly Lower than in California
One of the top reasons that you may be thinking about saying goodbye to California and relocating to Boise is that the cost of living in Boise is significantly lower than the cost of living in California. In fact, California is on the list of the seven most expensive states in the country in which to live. And it’s not just housing that’s more expensive in California; food, gas, and taxes are also pricier in California.
Boise, on the other hand, is a much more affordable. While the average cost of living in Boise is slightly higher than the U.S. average, housing is still plenty affordable, and food and utilities are ranked as less expensive than U.S. averages. If you’re moving to Boise from California, the savings on housing alone can make a huge difference. If you sell your house in California and come to Boise, you may be able to pay cash for a brand new – never been lived in before – home by Hayden Homes.
Improved Quality of Life
While California is beautiful, it’s also extremely busy with people, cars, and often in the summer, polluted by smoke from wildfires and CO2 emissions from vehicles and industrial operations. When you move to Boise, you may be able to experience an improved quality of life. In Boise, you may be able to walk or bike to work, or go for a jog before your busy day starts because of the time you may save with less congested commuting. On your days off, you can get to the mountains or to a trail in a matter of minutes, enjoying fresh air, blue skies, and plenty of year-round sunshine. In Boise, there are dozens of indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy, from mountain biking and indoor tennis to fine dining and live concerts. With less traffic to navigate, you’ll have more time to recreate, shop, dine, wine taste, spend time with family, and invest in your own health and well-being.
Idaho Ranks Among the Happiest and Best Places to Live/Retire
In several recent surveys, Idaho has been called out as a great place to live and/or retire. The state not only ranks among the happiest, but also one of the best places to retire. In a study conducted by WalletHub, they compared 50 states on multiple dimensions and Idaho ranked sixth in happy factor and first for community and environment (read article).  If that wasn’t enough to convince you, especially if you are ready to retire, in another study conducted by Forbes Boise ranked in the top 10 for best places to retire! With it’s low crime rates, high ranking in walkability, bicycling, and volunteering – it’s no wonder this is such a popular place in which to move.
Is it Time for a Move?
If you’ve been thinking about moving from California, now may be the perfect time. At Hayden Homes, we have homes for sale in Boise, as well as other cities located in the Treasure Valley such as Eagle, Meridian, Kuna, Nampa and Caldwell. To see our brand new homes for sale in the Northwest and learn more about buying your first home or moving into your dream home, get in touch with Hayden Homes today. We can’t wait to help you make your move a reality!

Moving to Yakima. What should I know? | Hayden Homes New Homes for Sale

Deciding to move is a big decision, especially if that move involves a brand new home and a brand new town. If you are moving to Yakima and wondering “what should I know?” At Hayden Homes, we understand that moving can be stressful, so we want to with you our favorite things about Yakima. Plus, when you work with us, we make the home-buying process exciting and fun, and provide peace of mind along the way. If you’re thinking about moving into a brand new home, our new homes for sale in Yakima should be at the top of your consideration list.

New Homes in Yakima
What’s so Great About Yakima?
Yakima is a great place for those who love the outdoors, want access to the things that a city has to offer, but also want to enjoy a small-town feel. Yakima has all of these offerings and more. Yakima is located just 60 miles from Mt. Rainier, maintains a population of under 100,000 people (but just barely), and is located in a region known for its wine, hop, and apple production. Favorite things to do in the area include visiting wineries (the region is often referred to as “wine country”), learning more about (and sampling) hops and beer, enjoying fresh produce (you can even pick your own), or doing a myriad of things outdoors, from biking to hiking to skiing to rafting and more.
Yakima Ridge by Hayden HomesYakima and Home Buying – Is Now a Good Time?
It’s not just about loving the new city in which you plan to live; it’s about knowing whether investing in real estate in that city is a smart idea. According to Zillow, the median home value in Yakima is currently just over $208,000*. What’s more, home values have gone up by 9.9 percent in the area over the past year, and Zillow predicts that they will rise another 4.1 percent over the course of the year. With values increasing, getting into the market now is recommended.
The Villas new homes in Yakima WAWhat Makes Hayden Homes Special?
Finally, after you’ve decided that your life is in the right stage to invest in your dream home and the market agrees that it’s a good time to buy, and you’ve found the perfect town in which to live, the next step is finding a trusted homebuilder you can count on. At Hayden Homes, there are multiple reasons to work with us and purchase your new home in Yakima. These include:
  • Our Hayden Homes commitment to quality;
  • Our warranty;
  • Our charitable work – you can feel good about working with us;
  • Our homes – you can count on energy-efficient homes outfitted with the best technology; and
  • Our home-buying process – we make home buying easy with great financing options.
Homes for Sale in Yakima WaLearn More About New Homes in Yakima Today from Hayden Homes
If you’re ready to learn more about new homes in Yakima today, we can help. Contact your new homebuilder at Hayden Homes today – whether you’re buying your first home or upgrading to the home of your dreams. Not only are we building in Yakima, but in communities throughout the Northwest, including Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Find out more about our homes for sale now!
* Hayden Homes new home communities in Yakima may have starting at pricing higher than the medium home value. To view our communities and home plans in the area, visit the Yakima City page HERE.

Best and Worst Time to Sell a House

Best Time to Put Your Home on the MarketIf you are thinking about selling your home in the Pacific Northwest, you should learn when the best or the worst time to list your home, in order to sell as quickly as possible and upgrade to a new home. According to a recent article in MarketWatch, listing your home at the wrong time could mean difficulty selling, and it could also mean that you are not taking advantage of the recent research on homebuyer trends. The article discusses a new study conducted by Zillow which argues that the best time to put your home on the market is the two-week period from May 1 through May 15. What else do you need to know about listing homes for sale and getting your property sold?

Listing Your Home During the First Half of May Could Mean a Quicker Sale and Higher Profit

According to the Zillow study, homeowners who list their properties for sale during the first two weeks of May this year are likely to see a couple of major benefits: these properties “sell on average two weeks faster and for $2,400 more.” In other words, timing impacts the time it takes to sell the home, as well as the profit on your investment. The Zillow study reached these calculations by analyzing home-buying trends in the 24 largest real estate markets in the country.

Why is Early May the Prime Time to List Your Home for Sale?

First, consider a first-time purchaser who wants to buy a property that is ready for move-in. As the study highlights, by May, many of those buyers may be in a position where they have already submitted multiple unsuccessful bids and want to move quickly on a property. In such situations, those potential buyers may be most likely to put in a high offer during the first two weeks of May and, in fact, may ultimately spend more than they wanted to as they engage in competition and/or rush to finish the deal before the summer begins.

Listing Over the Weekend for the Best Premiums and Fastest Sales

Many of these potential home buyers we mentioned above are eager to move on a property. Moreover, they want to move in before summer when kids are on vacation from school and moving prices climb. While a lot of people search for homes on websites like Zillow everyday, sellers should also think carefully about the day that is best to list the property. In addition to planning for a listing in early May, you may sell your home even faster and for a higher premium if you list over the weekend. More potential buyers are searching for homes on the weekends, and they are visiting more properties and open houses.

What happens if you fail to list your home during an ideal period and on a weekend? In short, you may learn that it will take longer for your home to sell and you may end up settling for less than your asking price. Online listings get 50 percent (or more) of all views during the first week the properties are on the market, and more than 75 percent of sellers who fail to find buyers within the first month of the property being on the market will end up taking an offer below the initial list price for the home.

Learn More About New Homes for Sale and How a New Home Builder Can Help

By listing your home for sale between May 1 and May 15, you increase your chances of selling your home quickly and for the highest price. If you are able to make enough money on the sale of your home, you may be able to afford your dream home. To learn more about buying your first home or working with a new home builder to move into a brand new – never been lived in – home, contact us today. We build new construction communities in Oregon, Idaho, Washington!

Relocating? Here’s What You Should Consider

Relocating to a new city and buying a new home, can be a fun and exciting time, but it can also be somewhat stressful. Since there are a lot of people moving to the Pacific Northwest, and you may be one of them, you may be asking yourself, “what to consider when relocating”? Not only do you need to figure out the logistics of moving, but you want to make sure that the location to which you’re relocating is one that you truly, like. If you’re thinking about relocating in the Northwest, here are the top four tips to consider when relocating.

Budget-for-Relocating1. Consider Your Budget

One of the most important things to think about when you’re moving somewhere new is your budget. Putting together a moving budget in advance is highly recommended. This budget should factor in all costs of your move, including things boxes (rather than buying boxes, consider looking on Craigslist or going to your local grocery store’s deli department and asking for empty boxes) moving supplies, a moving truck, gas, days missed from work, etc. When putting together your budget, you should also consider the cost of living in the new city. Will you be saving more, or spending more on day-to-day purchases and activities? Can you afford this? How much do you think you’ll need to have saved once the move in complete to help cover the costs of your first year in your new home?

5 Tips for Asking parents for help with a down payment2. Renting vs. Buying New

Another thing to consider is whether or not you want to rent in your new location, or buy something new. This may depend on how permanent your relocation is – if you plan to be in the new city for a brief period of time – say 1-2 years, then renting may be a better option. On the other hand, if you’re ready to put down roots, buying would most likely make more sense. We have homes for sale in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, with countless communities to choose from. In many of our markets such as Boise, ID, real estate is booming so buying a new home now can be a great investment.

Location, location, location3. Location, Location, Location

If you know that you’ll be relocating to a new city, you should think about where you want to live within that city, as location can make a significant impact on your comfort, quality of life, and enjoyment of your new home. For example, if you have kids, you’ll probably want to be located in a neighborhood that is near top-rated school districts. If this is important to you, each of our community pages, has a “Schools” tab, that provides you with a list of the schools that are within the district of that community! Or, if you work downtown, you’ll want quick access to the city and highways. Things like natural beauty for the outdoor lover and proximity to public parks, libraries and restaurants are all important, too.

Tips for Relocating4. More Work Now, Means Less Work Later

Finally, keep in mind that relocating is a lot of work. However, it’s also very motivating to know that you’re starting a new chapter in life and that comes with many benefits. One of those benefits is you are probably in a better financial situation now compared to when you last moved, so there’s a good chance you’ll be able to afford a newer home. As is the case with most things, relocating goes smoother if you put more work in now, give yourself plenty of time, and prepare in advance rather than waiting until the last minute.

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