Make Your Move: 10 Tips and Tricks for a Pain-Free Move

Considering moving to a new home?

Of course it’s never easy: there are movers to hire, boxes to find or buy, and of course the packing to be done. Use this list of 10 tips and tricks to help you make your move pain-free and efficient.

  • Photograph your new place before moving in, and your old place after moving out. This provides evidence of the condition of the home if needed, and it also will help you plan where everything is going to go.
  • Use all of your existing luggage, storage bins, hampers, etc. to pack your items in to reduce the number of boxes you’ll need.
  • Start gathering boxes far in advance of your planned move. Warehouse clubs, liquor stores, and grocery stores are all good sources of cardboard boxes suitable for moving.
  • Use a utility knife to cut hand-holds into the sides of your boxes to make it less awkward to carry them.
  • Don’t just list the contents of each box – label the room where it will be going. Use different rolls of colored duct tape to color-code each box to the room it is going to.
  • Use towels, sheets, and articles of clothing to cushion your fragile items. Socks in particular are fantastic for protecting glasses and stemware.
  • Keep ziplock bags and a sharpie handy so that you can keep small parts and other items neatly organized and labeled.
  • Seal drawers with a press-and-seal wrap or wrap them in saran wrap to keep the contents from spilling out.
  • If you hire movers, ensure that they are bonded and/or insured. Go over your contract with them very carefully and make sure you are satisfied with the terms.
  • Pack an overnight bag. When you’re done moving into your new home, unpacking can seem daunting. An overnight bag packed with clothes and toiletries will allow you a day or so to get the bare essentials unpacked.

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The New Chisholm Trail Parkway Means Fast Commutes to Fort Worth

Stretching 27.6 miles from Fort Worth to Johnson county, southwest of the metroplex, the Chisholm Trail Parkway is a project 9-years in the making. Linking the previously cut-off suburbs of Joshua and Cleburne it promises to bring rapid development all along the corridor.

The Chisholm Trail Parkway is run by the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) and, as such, is a toll road. Drivers with a toll tag can expect to pay just less than $5 to drive the complete length of the road. Without a toll tag, the NTTA charges a little more than $7 using their electronic Zip Cash billing system.

The benefits to drivers using the new parkway are manifold. Commutes that used to take nearly an hour have been cut to as little as 20-minutes. Besides the time savings, fuel savings also quickly adds up to hundreds of dollars a month.

Construction is still ongoing through the end of 2014, particularly in the downtown Fort Worth section of the parkway where it connects to I-30, which itself is currently being rebuilt. In the meantime drivers must use Montgomery or University to enter the road from the downtown area. Additionally, ramps linking I-20 are not quite yet complete and surface streets must be used there as well.

Is it all worth it? For residents of Joshua and Cleburne it soon will be as drive times from their rural abodes to the city are slashed by as much as 50%. Drivers utilizing I-35 will also benefit from the reduction in congestion as well.

Are you looking for a rural lifestyle and a fast commute to the city center? Are you ready to own your own piece of the American Dream? Are you ready to own a home of your own? Perhaps you just want an affordable place to rent out away from the hustle and bustle of city life. You can do it, and we can help.


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City Profile: Joshua, TX

WelcomeTheodore Roosevelt Strube, Joshua’s first mayor, and his florist wife Sylvia never had any children, but they raised a town. Since the early 1900s when it was incorporated until 2008 when Sylvia passed, they were icons of this small Texas community.

Today the city of Joshua has a population of right around 5,000 people. Despite it’s close proximity to the bustling urban centers of Fort Worth and Dallas, Joshua retains its small-town charm. You won’t find any sprawling mansions or high-class condos here. The homes are modest and inexpensive, yet clean and well-kept.

The award winning Joshua Independent School District was formed back in 1902 and now covers areas of Cleburne and Burleson along with Joshua. This Texas Education Agency (TEA) Recognized District offers schooling from pre-k through high school. Among the 9 campuses throughout the district, North Joshua Elementary stands out as a school recognized by the TEA as “Exemplary.”

Despite its small size, the city of Joshua still boasts a number of dining establishments including Napoli pasta and pizza, The Laughing Pig, along with chain restaurants such as CiCi’s Pizza and Chicken Express. Nearby retail shopping is also available, saving you a trip fighting traffic into the city.

You’d be hard pressed to find a more idyllic place to live. There’s simply nothing like the peace and quiet of a rural life and the charm of a the nearby small-town atmosphere.

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Affordable Housing in a Good School District

You’ve found the perfect school district for your child, but home prices seem to be through the roof! What can you do?

Often, when home ownership in a particular area is simply out of reach, renting may be an option that should be considered. This is especially true when relocating to an area for a certain period of time, such as your child’s high-school years. In that case, it doesn’t always make sense to get a 10, 20, or even 30 year home mortgage. Additionally, home prices themselves may be too high, or credit could be an obstacle.

You can still find affordable housing in a high-quality school district. Tucked in small enclaves, or resting on large estate-sized lots on the outskirts, you can find nice homes for rent, often at prices that are quite affordable.

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The Godley School District spends $5,276 per student for academic programs and $9,618 per student for all school functions. Additionally, the Godley Independent School District officials announced that the district has received a rating of “Superior Achievement” under Texas’ new Schools FIRST financial accountability rating system for the 2011-2012 school year. The Superior Achievement rating is the state’s highest, demonstrating the quality of Godley ISD’s financial management and reporting system. Godley was one of three schools in Johnson County that met all 70 of the indicators on the rating system. (See Cleburne Times Review article )

The Schools FIRST financial accountability system for Texas school districts was developed by the Texas Education Agency in response to Senate Bill 875 of the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999. The primary goal of Schools FIRST is to achieve quality performance in the management of school districts’ financial resources, a goal made more significant due to the complexity of accounting associated with Texas’ school finance system.

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Advantages to Rural Living

Horse3Many people dream of an idyllic country lifestyle, with room to spread out, no nosy neighbors, low crime rates, good school districts, and a little spread of land with a simple home. Sounds great in theory, but is rural living all it’s cracked up to be?

It sure can be.

In Texas in particular, rural areas boast low property taxes compared to urban areas, and at the same time provide great schools with low student to teacher ratios. Small class sizes mean that your child gets more one-on-one attention than they would in a larger school district in the city.

Lower populations mean lower traffic and, ironically, a commute that is often faster than those of city dwellers. All that stop-and-go city traffic is an enormous waste of your precious time. Inner-city traffic is often many times worse than commuter traffic entering and leaving the city. If you’re going to be stuck in your car anyway, why not make the commute to your own peaceful abode just a few miles away from the bright lights of the city?

The biggest reason people cite for moving to the country is the staple of American liberty: Freedom. Many neighborhoods in the city and suburbs are very nice, though expensive, master-planned communities with overbearing and restrictive home owner’s associations. These HOAs dictate everything from the color of your house, to the type of grass you plant on your lawn. Need a shed in your back yard? That’s a shame, because your HOA won’t allow it. Want a vegetable garden? You’d better make sure it’s permitted. Having guests over who need to park their car in the street? That may not be allowed either, and violations of HOA rules could mean fines or even the loss of your home!

On your own acreage in the country, you’re free to do nearly anything you like. You can paint your house, plant a vegetable garden, have any sort of lawn you like, or even no lawn at all.

Did we mention the peace and quiet?

With your own place in the country you’re far removed from the hustle and bustle, and the stress of the urban rat-race. Imagine being able to stretch out on your porch in the cool night air with a nice beverage in one hand, able to gaze up and actually see the stars! You certainly can’t do that in the city!

We have homes and properties available in rural locations just minutes from the DFW metroplex.

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How Interest Rates Affect Your Home Buying Decision

Save money when you buy a home.If you’ve been waiting for the right time to buy a home, now is that time. This is, without a doubt the most affordable time to purchase real estate of any type, and the easiest time for a first time home buyer to get their piece of the American Dream.

Why is that? Put simply, it’s the interest rates. Nobody really has the money to pay cash for a home. Even wealthy buyers finance their real estate. Why? Because it’s actually cheaper in the long run.

Let’s go back a few decades and look at the interest rates in the early 1980’s. In October of 1981 mortgage interest rates for well qualified buyers in a 30-year mortgage hit a high of 18.45%. In the 32 years since then they have fallen to lows hovering just around 3.5% for a 30-year loan for well qualified buyers according to information provided by Freddie Mac.

The amount of money you can save with these historically low interest rates will astound you. It’s quite feasible to have a mortgage payment that is hundreds less than you currently pay in rent. Just imagine owning your own home on an estate-sized lot for less than the cost of a small apartment.

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We mentioned earlier that even the wealthy finance their homes. Why? Because with interest rates this low, their money can better serve them when it is invested in other places. The financial advantages of home ownership is something that you too can enjoy, and there is quite possibly no time better than right now.

The fact is, the future is unpredictable. Interest rates can rise at any time, and you don’t want to look back and find this opportunity passed by.

YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO WAIT!

If interest rates rise from these historic lows, you could find yourself paying hundreds more every month, and those hundreds quickly add up to thousands! You owe it to yourself and your family to take advantage of this unique economic situation and buy the home of your dreams.

Are you ready?

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Finding a Good School District

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Looking for a good school district? Let us help you find the home of your dreams.

If you have kids, and you’re looking for a new home, finding a good school district is usually right at the top of the list.

SweetHomeDFW.com and 7 Investments offers properties and homes in some of the best school districts in the DFW metroplex. Our semi-rural properties offer the advantages of both rural and urban living, including small class-size and low property taxes.

Many people are under the mistaken impression that good school districts are only found in wealthy suburban enclaves. Nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, some of the best schools are a bit further out and are made up of kids coming from families across the income spectrum. We’re not talking about forced integration or cross-district bussing either.

Truly the best schools are found outside of the urban areas where the courts have forced things to be as they are.

SweetHomeDFW.com and 7 Investments offer properties and affordable homes located in some of the best Blue Ribbon school districts in North Texas. Areas like Godley, Joshua, and Weatherford are all some of the finest most caring school districts you’ll find.

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Why buy a manufactured home?

122 Blue Moon KitchenWhen a traditional home is built, a general contractor brings in many different specialized companies to perform different parts of the construction. Earth moving companies dig the foundation, plumbers and electricians run sewer and power, while foundation experts pour and finish it. The general contractor usually does the framing theselves but then it’s time to call in more subcontractors. Drywall installers, roofers, bricklayers, and many others all perform just one small part of the job.

Despite all the checks and signoffs, mistakes can and do happen. The general contractor has to approve all of the work done by others, but it’s nearly impossible for him to find and correct every deficiency.

With a manufactured home, this is no longer the case. Every home is finely engineered. Manufactured home builders are able to scrutinize the assembly of each and every home from raw lumber to finished product. This level of quality control is virtually unparalleled in traditional home building.

When you buy a manufactured home you’re purchasing a level of quality control that is nearly impossible to match with a site-built home, and you sacrifice none of the modern amenities either. Parts compatibility and consistent manufacturing techniques, pioneered by Henry Ford so that the automobile could be made affordable to everyone, have now made their way to home manufacturing, and with similar results.

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