If you’re passionate about protecting our environment, using renewable or reusable resources during a move might be on your mind. As you have your friendly Detroit Palmer movers help you get your home packed up and moved to your new house, keep these tips in mind to help keep your move eco-friendly.
1. Use recycled cardboard boxes. After you move, you can either recycle these boxes at a recycling facility or sell them for another person to use for their move. You can put an ad in your local newspaper or even Craigslist to find someone to buy your boxes. There are many other packing materials that are recyclable and more environmentally friendly, just ask your Detroit Palmer movers to help you with your options.
2. Use professional movers. Your Detroit Movers can do an estimate of the size of truck you will need to fit all of your things and make the move in one trip. The right sized truck uses less gas and produces fewer emissions. A truck too large will use an unnecessary amount of gas, and a truck too small will make for extra trips. It’s the same idea as carpooling- make as few trips as possible to use less resources and not add more emissions.
3. Use reusable water bottles. You might not think twice about how many water bottles you’ll drink while moving, but it can create a lot of waste. Using a reusable water bottle helps reduce plastic wastes, as plastics are hard to recycle.
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If you don’t want to be spending all your free time painting, mowing, and doing other outdoor home maintenance every weekend, a condo or a townhome might be a good option for you. But what’s the difference between the two? Here’s a short overview to help you sort out which is right for you before you relocate to the Detroit area.
A townhome is basically the style of structure, where each individual and identical home is in a row sharing at least one wall. Townhomes usually have outdoor space that’s maintained by the community, but the interior is fully your responsibility. You’ll have a homeowners association that will require you to pay a fee to maintain the exterior and lawn of your townhome. While offering a little more privacy by sharing fewer walls with neighbors, townhomes sometimes have multiples floors and plenty of stairs.
A condo typically shares walls and possibly ceiling and floors with neighbors, depending on the size of the building. A condo is much different than a townhome in the fact that the owner of a condo does not own the actual building but only the interior. In larger buildings it’s much like an apartment, but you can change the interior and put as many holes in the wall as you want. While you might have some outdoor space, its usually shared space, and you don’t have to worry about any exterior maintenance. Much like the townhome, you’ll pay a monthly fee to your homeowners association to take care of the maintenance.
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Ask any real estate agent what the most valuable asset to a home is, and most will tell you the same thing: “Location, location, location.” In terms of location, its best to go into your house hunt knowing what you want, and what you are (and aren’t) willing to compromise on to make your move as efficiently as possible.
Take a moment and think about your priorities in your current life stage. If you’re young and single with income to spare, you’ll likely be looking for a vastly different location than family with kids and pets. While families might want access to amenities like parks and schools, singles will want to be close to social life. Making sure you know what you can and can’t sacrifice will help you narrow down areas in your new town pretty quickly.
It might help to print out a map and circle locations that you’re interested in. Talk through these areas with your realtor or spouse, and research homes in that area to get an idea for price range. If possible, visit each area and take a walk through the neighborhoods. Then, go to as many open houses as you can to see all the homes in your desired area(s) of town.
If you can’t find a house in the neighborhood you’re really wanting, consider a few things. First, see if there are homes that couple be remodeled or expanded to fit your needs. You may need to revise your budget a bit to get into the neighborhood you want. Or you could also expand your search to other nearby neighborhoods. A house a mile or two away could make a huge difference in both price and space.
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Credit scores can be a mysterious thing, but your credit score can greatly affect your lending rates. Even for those looking to rent, your credit score can impact your ability to find a nice place. Here are three things you need to know about your credit score before you make your relocation to Detroit.
1. The credit score ratings system. Numerically speaking, credit scores range from 300 to 800. But even so, 600 isn’t the greatest score. Here’s the quick breakdown of the credit score ratings:
Excellent: 720 and above.
Good: 675 to 719
Fair: 620 to 674
Poor: Below 620
These rating are important as they tell lenders, statistically speaking, how trustworthy you are to pay back your loan in full and on time. The lower your rating, the bigger risk the lenders are taking, which typically ends in you paying more money.
2. How to improve your credit score. Improving your score takes more than just paying your bills on time. Developing a credit history takes some time. Securing credit is easier once you have more credit history. So for people like recent college grads, it might take a few years renting to show an improvement in your credit score to be able to qualify for a mortgage.
3. Order your credit report yearly and review all information for inaccuracies. By law you’re entitled to one free credit report a year from the top three credit reporting agencies. Review all the history reported on these, such as the amount of each loan and the dates. If something doesn’t look familiar, try and clear any discrepancies up as soon as you can, especially if you are looking into qualifying for a mortgage.
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Has your family recently made a move to Detroit? Are your kids still lounging around the house, bored to tears because they haven’t toured the city yet? Cheer the family up by taking a weekend and exploring some of Detroit’s best family attractions.
During the chillier months, hop inside for some educational fun at the Michigan Science Center. If the word “science” reminds you of boring teachers and lectures you slept through in high school, fear not! The Michigan Science Center boasts an IMAX theater, laser light shows, and plenty of interactive exhibits for everyone in the family. The Science Center hosts loads of live demonstrations and has extra space for larger groups. So whether it’s just your family in tow or you’re hosting a child’s birthday, be sure to check out the Michigan Science Theater.
Every Wednesday at the Riverfront Conservatory is a dedicated family fun night. Families are encouraged to bring games and snack on the riverfront to have some good ol’ fashion fun. During the summers you can also bring your kids to the water fountain to splash and cool down. And be sure you don’t miss taking the kids for a ride on the carousel.
Beyond all of the traditional zoo animals (lions, tigers, and bears, oh my!) this zoo boasts a butterfly and bird exhibit your family can walk through and explore. The Detroit Zoo also has a special penguin exhibit, where guests can learn about conserving the planet’s resources and making it a better place for all animals to live.
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