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 Hayden-Homes.com to learn more about our new home communities in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Tips for Buying a Pet-Friendly Home

Girl petting her dog in front of their new homeFor many of us, our four-legged pets are part of the family. There’s no denying they often hold a special place in our hearts! Just like you consider the needs of each of your family members, it’s important to think about what your pets will need in a new home as well. Here are a few tips to make sure your new home is not only people-friendly, but also pet-friendly!

Consider Your Pet’s Needs

When thinking about the features you need in your next home, don’t forget about your pets! Be sure to consider your needs now and in the future.

  • Flooring. Look for a home that is built with durable flooring. Most homeowners opt for engineered hardwood, tile, or laminate flooring instead of carpet since they are easier to clean and keep cooler during warmer days.
  • Layout. Consider the home’s layout while touring. Make sure your pets will be able to easily move from room to room and that there will be plenty of room for everyone (and their stuff!). Be sure to consider your pet’s age and physical abilities: do you have an elderly dog that may have trouble navigating stairs? If so, a multi-level home may not be the best idea.
  • Yard space. A fenced-in yard is the top feature most homebuyers consider, especially dog-owners. Make sure the fence is sturdy and does not have any gaps that could lead to potential escapes. Also check that the plants are non-toxic.

Research Local Rules and Regulations

Be aware of any local rules and regulations that may restrict the number or types of pets you may have. Just because you own your home doesn’t mean your pets may be welcomed! Be sure to check with your city and state for breed-specific laws and limits. There may be additional requirements for pet owners to follow.

Find a Pet-Friendly Community

You’ll want to make sure your neighborhood is welcoming to pets. When touring homes, check out the neighborhood and see if there are any other pet owners in the area. Seeing other pets in the neighborhood is a good sign that pets are welcomed in the neighborhood. Be sure to notice how much street traffic is occurring as well!

Also take note of any pet services or amenities near your home: are there sidewalks or a dog park where you can safely walk your dog? Are there any veterinarians, pet sitters, groomers, or walkers nearby? How close are pet stores? Knowing if these amenities are close by will make it easier to maintain your pet’s health and happiness.

Find Great Pet-Friendly New Construction Homes

Finding a home that’s comfortable for every member of your family is possible! At Hayden Homes, we build attractive, friendly communities in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our brand-new homes for sale in the Pacific Northwest. We can’t wait to help you find your dream home.

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!