Things To Do Before You Move In To A New House

moving daySo you’ve bought the house and moving day is just around the corner. Although you may have crossed all the Ts and dotted all the Is in your paperwork, it doesn’t mean you’re actually ready to move in to that new house!

Here are a few things to consider before you unpack and settle into your newly purchased home.

Clean The Carpets

Probably the most important thing to think about before moving into your new home is what the status is of the carpets. This is something that is almost always overlooked by new homeowners, and yet is one area that is extremely important to get done before moving day!

Why is that?

After you move, you’ll have all of your furniture in the way. Properly cleaning your carpets requires you to clear each room of all major items, including tables, couches, dressers, and bookcases, so that the cleaners can do their job properly.

Bolingbrook Carpet Cleaning experts John and Lisa Melucci, of Windy City Carpet Cleaning add that having the carpets cleaned before moving in can actually save you money.

“On most jobs, we need to add an extra fee to prepare the room, which means we spend our time cleaning out furniture rather than cleaning the rugs. If you have us come in before you move, we’ll be able to get the carpets cleaned faster, which ultimately saves you money.”

Touch Up On Paint

Another area that’s really easy to address before you move in but insanely difficult afterwards is interior painting. Even if there’s just a few spots or rooms that you’re thinking about touching up with a little paint, make sure you do all of that brushwork before your furniture comes in and gets in the way.

Otherwise you could be in the position of needing to re-pack and move room by room to get the job done, adding hours, and possibly weeks, to your “finishing touch” timeline!

Check out more moving day tips in the video below, or in this article from Buzzfeed!

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What To Think About When Buying a House Boat

lake house boatHave you always dreamed of having your own boat that you could live on 24/7? For many, the idea of being on the water all the time, with spectacular views on every direction is awe-inspiring, and the thought of living on a boat brings up the romance of crystal clear calm waters and a relaxed, easy-living style of life.

Before you take the plunge and purchase a boat to live on, however, there are a few things you’ll want to consider.

Is Living on a Boat Right for You?

The first and perhaps most important question is whether or not living on a boat is right for you. This can be the dream life for some, and a terrible illusion for others.

Check out this video for a brief introduction to what it takes to live on a boat:

Boat Construction Information

Another important consideration make whenever you’re going to consider living on a boat is to take a firm look at all of the available informationon the boat’s construction.

Many house boats and other permanent boat homes are actually do it yourself projects from amateur boat builders. This can be either a plus or a minus, since it could mean you get an amazing, hand-crafted boat for a very affordable price, but it also means that you need to be careful when you evaluate the boat and make sure it’s inspected.

Since the lakes here in Arizona are calm-water conditions for living on the boat, you don’t have as much to worry about as you would if you lived someplace off the ocean!

You can find more boat building information, including DIY boat plans and kits from

Boat Safety Inspection

Regardless of who built the boat, amateur, professional, or large company, you always want to have a boat thoroughly inspected before you decide to make a purchase.

This is especially true if you’re planning to live on the boat, since you’re going to be spending all of your time on it. The inspections for house boats are often different from those of recreational boats, however. Since you’re unlikely to take the boat out of the dock as often, on the water performance is far less important than stability and basic living safety.

You’re going to want to make sure that all of the mechanical and electrical systems on the boat work well, since these can be a hassle to deal with. Often times, with boat ownership, multiple systems will fail together, since there is generally a close interdependency among them.

Read more about boat electrical systems from

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When Your New Home Needs a Handyman

handymanOne of our commitments here at Buyerside Realty is that we will stick with you through the entire home purchase process.

To us, that means we want to make sure you have a smooth transition all the way to the point of moving into and getting settled into your new home.

In other words, our job doesn’t end the second you sign a contract! Unfortunately, however, that’s not the philosophy most realty agencies take.

One of the most common needs that new homeowners have is to get a handyman to fix a number of small odd-jobs around the house. While many choose to find this contractor after they move in, we generally recommend you have someone come to a handful of necessary tasks before you settle in.

That way, you can move into a house that’s already running the way you want it, so whether you need a small electrical repair, want to install new toilets, or any other job, it’s good to get those out of the way first.

According to, one of the leading Handyman companies in Central Virginia, approximately 60% of homes need at least some minor contracting work at the time of sale, but fewer than 10% of home buyers have this work done before they move in!

That means that many people are faced with problems in their home that may only grow with time, rather than making the upfront investment to get things ready first!

In addition to the potential long term costs, there’s also the convenience hassle. If you work with one of our approved contractors before you move in, our team at Buyerside is happy to schedule a time for the contractors to work and be ready to meet them with the key, rather than have you take time out of your busy schedule to do so yourself!

We have no extra charge for this service, it’s just a part of who we are, and what level of customer service we’re committed to!

Click here to contact us to learn more about our services or find a home, or read more handyman tips!

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Welcome To Buyerside Realty!

buyersideWe are more than your average real estate company!

Buyerside Realty is a full service home owners agency, and we are your one stop shop for anything that you need as a homeowner.

Whether you need to repair or remodel part of your house, get an appraisal, or are looking to sell or buy a home, we have a service offering that’s right for you!

We partner with a variety of different home services providers across the country, so that you can have a stress free, hassle free experience with whatever project or transition you’re undertaking.

Why Use Buyerside?

The major of benefit of working with Buyerside Realty is our extensive experience with home work. For many homeowners, regardless of whether you’re just thinking about purchasing your first home or you’ve been a homeonwer for decades, there can be many confusing things to deal with.

We don’t expect you to know how to evaluate which roofer is right for you, or which kitchen remodel you really need.

We help you assess what actually needs to be done, rather than try to upsell you to the latest and greatest product, and then we connect you to the right contractors or realtors in your area to get the job done right, the first time!

We look forward to working with you!

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