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Vermont Movers

 

How lucky are you? You’re moving to Vermont. Your life is about to get a whole lot better just by your new location. You’re probably already thinking of the best ways to get all your belongings there, especially if you’re about to set off on a long-distance move to Vermont.

 

Long-distance movers can be a tricky bunch, if only because there are so many moving parts (so to speak). That’s why iMoving came up with a new idea in moving; the idea of someone who is on your side. We think it is quite revolutionary.

 

Moving is on the all-time list of high-stress events, but we have been in the business for years and we don’t agree that it needs to cause your head to explode. iMoving is here to act a bit like the classic vision of an older sibling – you know, someone you can rely on who is going to help.

 

Here’s how it works. We have a nationwide network of movers who know us and we know them - thoroughly. iMoving adheres to a rigorous vetting process and we only work with highly-qualified, ethical moving companies that have proven to be the best in the business. The local and long-distance Vermont movers we partner with like working with us because the customers who come their way from us know what they are going to get and they know what to expect. It makes it easy on everyone.

 

Does a fixed price for your Vermont move sound like a good idea? It does to us too! We really like the idea of no surprises because long-distance movers are expensive enough as it is. Give iMoving a try. You really have nothing to lose and possibly everything to gain.

 

Moving Services in Vermont

 

Our hand-picked movers offer a huge range of services and the best thing you can do is understand what is out there. You might be lucky and have a moving company do the whole thing, but most people want to choose from a range. Long-distance and local Vermont moving companies will offer services like:

 

  • A full packing service: Short on time? Not as mobile as you used to be? Consider a mover with the staff and training to take care of all the packing.

 

  • A storage service: If you can’t move in immediately but have to move out, where does your stuff go? Movers that offer this service can help.

 

  • Special handling options: If you want to make sure grandma’s china or valuable antique end table is safe as it moves cross country without you, look for special handling capabilities.

 

  • Oversized items: What about the piano or the tall grandfather clock? When it comes to large items that need special care, it is wisest to pay extra to hire a moving company with the experience and equipment required. Don’t risk it.

 

Tips for a Smooth Move to Vermont

 

There are things you can do to make moving to Vermont easier. Here are a few our iMoving professionals recommend:

 

  • Start as early as you can with the things you don’t need. If it's the winter time pack your summer clothes and vice versa. Even if you just do a few boxes a day it will help. The move seems to be ages away and then before you know it, the moving company is on your doorstep.

 

  • Mark everything. You can’t overdo this. When you arrive at the new place, the movers will move fast and you’ll find yourself directing faster than you thought. Give yourself clues on the boxes so the moving crew does as much of the work as possible.

 

  • Let the crew do the work. They do this all the time and are fit and healthy and strong. Don’t get in their way – they will do it faster than you can imagine. Just be as much help as possible by marking the boxes.

 

  • Pack a first night bag to carry with you and an “Open Me First” box. The last thing you need to be doing when everyone is tired and cranky is face a desperate search for pajamas and toothbrushes. Have all that in a bag, and help yourself out by having the basics for the next morning (coffee pot, toaster, some utensils, etc.) in one box that you can keep track of. Maybe even put it in the car and not on the truck so you can put your hands on it anytime.

 

  • Hire cleaners after you leave the old place. Considering the total costs of an interstate or cross-country move, this is a tiny drop in the bucket, but it leaves you able to walk away when you’re packed and not have to worry about it.

 

What to Expect in Vermont

 

Vermont is the land of Ben and Jerry’s, where the cows are truly happy. The lifestyle there is all about the outdoors. If you’re moving from a major metropolis, you are going to need to make an adjustment, because the pace of life is going to be much more stop and smell the roses.

 

This is a state for all year round. Vermont is, of course, famous for its winter sports – why do you think the von Trapps of Sound of Music fame settled there? (Yes, the real ones, you’re not going to see Julie Andrews). When it comes to winter sports you’re going to be spoiled for choice and, if the idea of making a decision at 8 am and being on the slopes 45 minutes later appeals, you have just moved to heaven.

 

Spring might come a little later than it does further south, but it is just as refreshing for all of that. But it neither starts nor ends there. In the summers there’s everything you can imagine to do outside. Hike, fish swim, sunbathe, watch outdoor theatre – you will find it all in Vermont. You’ll get great hot days but it will be cool enough to sleep at night.

 

In the fall, Vermont has one of the best foliage displays in the country. It changes from year to year, but you can be certain of spectacular colors and vistas which will take your breath away.

 

Vermont is a delightful mix of the quixotic and the pragmatic. You’ll find you can buy wool from someone who owns the alpacas, and you’ll also be able to go to a grocery store like every other place in the country. Once you’re used to the slower pace of life, you’re going to wonder how you ever lived anywhere else.

 

How Long Does It Take to Buy a House and Move In?

You’re moving to a new place, and things are busy. Whether you’re getting ready to own your first home after years of renting, or you’re relocating to a new home because of work or school, there’s a lot that needs to be completed before moving day.

 

Putting together your to-do list may seem overwhelming. You have to shop around for homes, secure a mortgage, and do research on different areas that you may want to reside in. And, on top of that, you need to start packing, figure out the cost to hire movers or rent a moving van and determine how you’ll get everything done.

 

So, how long does this whole process take? In this article, we’re going to answer some common questions associated with the amount of time it may take for you to find a new home and move into it.

 

What’s the Average Amount of Time it Takes to Find a House?

 

For the majority of people, they’re looking for a house during a period of time from 3 to 6 weeks. This gives them plenty of time in which they can search the area and it allows for more homes to get on the market, as well.

 

In cases where you’re moving further away (50 miles or more from your current location), you may need some additional time to try and figure out which home will be best for your family. You will also need to take some time to really research the area so that you can determine which neighborhoods, schools, and other local entities may be best for you to live in or near.

 

Obviously, not everyone falls into that time frame – and with good reason. In some cases, individuals may need to move a lot more quickly, and they may be able to find the right home within a shorter time frame if necessary.

 

But, if you have the time to do so, be sure that you really look around and find a home that you like. Don’t settle on something just because you’re tired of looking around for a home. If you just settle on something, you’re likely going to be in a position where you want to move out within a couple of years. Why put yourself through that?

 

How Long Does it Take to Complete the Purchase of a Home?

 

You should have been pre-approved for a mortgage as soon as possible, even if you didn’t have a specific home in mind when you did it. You can get approved for a dollar amount and have that amount adjusted when it comes time to actually purchase the home that you want to move into. It saves time when you actually know where it is that you want to move.

 

When you find the home that you want, you will work with your real estate professional in order to determine what sort of offer that you want to put on the home. This will be based somewhat on what the home was listed at, but also based on your own research and information from your real estate agent.

 

The seller will have the option to determine whether or not to take your offer. They may take it, or they may decide to go ahead and make a counteroffer based on their own knowledge and the information they have about the home. If you eventually come to a compromise, you’ll have an offer set up in the form of a contract called a purchase agreement. But, that offer may not be your final home cost – it all depends on the next step.

 

After the seller accepts your offer, a home inspection will be completed within a week or so of the purchase agreement. This home inspection will let you both know if there are any issues that need to be dealt with before you are able to complete the sale. Then, you will have the opportunity to adjust your offer based on information from the inspection.

 

For example, maybe the chimney liner needs to be replaced. On average, the cost of replacing a chimney liner is between $2,500 and $3,500. So, the seller may say that they’ll replace it for a $1,000 increase; or you may offer to replace it if they knock the price down $2,000. You will also have the opportunity to back out of the agreement at this point, if the repairs are too extensive.

 

Then, after all of that is completed, it’s time to wait for your closing date, which is typically 4 to 6 weeks later. Closing is when you sit down and sign all of the paperwork from the bank and other entities, completing the final sale of the house and officially signing it over to you. The purchase is completed, but you typically can’t move in the same day.

 

How Much Time Will I Need to Wait Between Closing on a Home and Moving In?

 

It depends on the seller of the home. In some instances, you may be able to move into your home within a week of closing on it. This is especially true if you’re considering a home that has been on the market for a while, or a home that has been “flipped” (bought, repaired, sold for a higher price). But, this is the exception and not the rule.

 

In the majority of cases, you will have to wait at least 15 days before moving in, because it allows the current owner to complete moving out and take care of anything that they want done before you move in. In some cases, you could wait 30 to 90 days.

 

When you decide on the day in which you’re going to start the process of closing on your home, your realtor will also ask you about an occupancy date. They will, then, provide your request to the seller and their realtor. You may have to compromise a little bit in order to ensure that you can get in when you wish to do so, but you should be able to come to a resolution rather quickly.

 

If the seller wants to live in the home after the closing date, you may also need to work out something called a “lease back,” where the seller pays rent (or reduces the cost of your home by a certain amount) based on how long they continue to reside there.

 

What Do I Want from a Moving Company?

 

Now that you’ve got everything settled with your home, it’s time to determine who your moving company will be. Here are some of the big things that you’re going to want to be sure that you look out for as you’re trying to pick the right movers for your job.

 

  • Availability

 

Are they available on your moving dates and do they move to the area that you’re headed to? Some companies only offer local moving services, or only offer long-distance options. Either way, you want to be sure that they’re actually going to be able to complete your move in the way that you wish for them to do so.

 

  • Affordability

 

How much will they cost? And how do they come to their price point? Many movers will give you some sort of range to work with so that you can determine if it’s even worth your time to get a quote from them.

 

  • Professionalism

 

How do they address you? Do they answer emails or phone calls promptly, or are you waiting days to hear from them? You want to work with a company that focuses on their customers and providing them with the best information and service while the moving process is being dealt with.

 

  • Additional services

 

What other services do they have? Do they rent storage units so that you can store items? Do they have white glove services available? How do they take care of large or fragile items? Are they able to take care of packing and unpacking? Many of these will come with additional fees, but not all movers offer these services.

 

With online searches and other tools, it’s a lot easier to get this information quickly. Do a little bit of legwork and you’re more likely to find the moving company that can help you the best.

 

How Much Time Off from Work Should I Schedule in Order to Move Into My New Home?

 

For many people, they feel a lot better if they take a few days off around the time in which they are planning on moving. There are always last minute things that need to be completed before moving day comes around, and you definitely don’t want to work on moving day itself.

 

Moving day is exhausting, as well, so you probably want to try and get it accomplished a couple of days before starting your new job or going back to work. Many people suggest that you move on a Wednesday or Thursday, take the day before off, and then go back to work the following Monday or Tuesday.

 

As you can see, there are a lot of details that you’ll want to go ahead and work out. Explore your options, see what’s out there, and ensure that you are doing things in a manner that is beneficial and that reduces your stress about the process. If you start the process early enough, you’ll find it much easier to take care of the details.

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    Moving supplies

     

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    Deposits and reconnection fees

     

    If you thought leaving your old home was free, think again. If you break a utility contract or even just your rental contract, there could be a fee. Then, once you’ve disconnected, there’s all kinds of ‘reconnection’ fees; you might even have to pay just to apply for apartment housing.

     

    Keep these deposits in mind because they could have a hefty impact on your moving expenses:

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    • First month’s rent

     

    Food and gas

     

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    You have to get where you’re going, right?

     

    Often this means driving your own car, potentially a considerable number of miles, which can be quite a bit of gas. Then you have to eat along the way, and there might even be hotels to consider. For example, if you move cross-country, you’ll have to stop along the way to sleep. Think about how easily and fast these ‘small’ expenses can add up.

     

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