If you are thinking about making a move some proper planning will go a long way. Moving can cost more than you might think and can be stressful. Keep costs and headaches to a minimum by preparing a plan and get organized early.

Here is a checklist of moving tips to help make your relocation go as smoothly as possible:

1. Save and set a budget.
Moving expenses can set you back thousands of dollars. There can be unexpected costs like shipping charges, personal travel costs, temporary housing expenses and start-up fees at your new residence. As soon as you know you’re going to move try to plan for all of these things and set a budget and start saving.

2. Mover or do it yourself?                                                                                    
Decide whether or not you will be hiring a moving company or managing the move on your own. If you are hiring a mover you will need to call for estimates and reservations. If you go it alone you should try to secure some help and proper transportation.

3. Look for Work.                                                                                                                              
If you are moving for a new job it may not be as easy for other family members to find work. Start reviewing the job boards and calling on personal contacts before you go.

4. Research the schools.                                                                                                          
Check school schedules and enrollment requirements. Pick up school records or have them sent to the new schools.

5. Protect Your Belongings.                                                                                        
In order to ensure your possessions will be covered while in transit or storage during your move you will want to obtain appraisals for high-value items. Make an inventory and take photos of your valuables to have a record if you need to file a claim. Make sure to also contact your homeowners insurance or renters insurance company to ensure your possessions will be covered.

6. Do a car check.                                                                                                                      
Take care of auto maintenance and repairs before you make a long trip. Don’t forget to notify your auto insurance company of the move.

7. Turn it on and off.                                                                                                            
Make sure to notify your utilities of your move and plan disconnect dates. Also make sure to order new utility services for your new address.

8. Change Your Address.                                                                    
Fill out an online change-of-address form through the U.S. Postal Service to ensure important mail will be forwarded to your new home. Also, be sure to send your new address to friends and family, your physician, schools, magazine publishers and providers of financial services.

 

Immaculate Contemporary Townhouse with Cathedral ceilings and wonderful abundant storage inside this unit !Stunning brick converted school house in Historic Washington Estates Condominium Complex. Great open ,bright and modern floorplan offering lots of living space! Beautiful large living room with Cathedral ceiling and gleaming Bamboo wood floors . Extra large second floor 25X15 loft bedroom .Bonus First floor office or extra guest room .Elevator comes right next to this pet friendly townhome with 2 Deeded parking spaces . This home is minutes from the commuter rail ,bus and all the great local restaurant’s and shops in Lovely downtown Melrose.There is a park with a golf course and another one without very close by to enjoy!

This is a Townhouse style home and features 7 total rooms, 1 full bath, 1 half bath, 3 bedrooms, and is currently available for $362,900.

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This is your July market update for Beverly, Massachusetts presented by Kathleen Militello, REALTOR of J Barrett & Company 1 Beach Street, Manchester, MA.

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If it seems like you never have time for a homemade meal, a crockpot may be the answer. When you think crockpot you might be thinking it is something your grandmother used. Crockpot recipes have come a long way since then. Today you can find posts of fabulous slow cooker meals getting a lot of attention on social media sites. Here are just a few reasons why you may want to add a crockpot to your kitchen:

1.  They are inexpensive. You can find a crockpot for about $25.

2. You can put your food in the crockpot in the morning and by dinner time the meal is done.

3. Using a crockpot cooks the food slowly and can improve the flavor.

4. It is easy cleanup, only one pot.

5. You can cook just about any meal. A crockpot is not just for soups and stews.

What is your favorite crockpot recipe?

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Date: 07/13/2014 Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM  
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Direct Ocean Front ! Picture perfect post card view of Thatcher Island and the Historic Twin Lighthouses. This gracious home offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic from almost every room. This residence features a large eat-in kitchen and a formal 18 x 14 dinning room with built-in cabinetry .The fire-placed 26 x 18 living room has breathtaking views of the Atlantic and beautiful hardwood floors. There is a full bath with each of the 3 bedrooms. Master bedrooms with private baths on the first and second level so you can choose which is best for you now or in the future .3 wood burning fire-places. There is a library made of exquisite chestnut walls with book shelves and fire-place . Plenty of natural light. Multiple glass sliding doors lead to out-door patio and in-ground pool. See the ocean while relaxing pool side. This Fabulous New England home offers swimming and fishing right off the rocks. Throw in some lobster pots and see what happens. The perfect summer or year round home.

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Date: 07/13/2014 Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM  
For Directions: feel free to contact me.  
For more information: click here for the full details  

Immaculate Contemporary Townhouse with Cathedral ceilings and wonderful abundant storage inside this unit !Stunning brick converted school house in Historic Washington Estates Condominium Complex. Great open ,bright and modern floorplan offering lots of living space! Beautiful large living room with Cathedral ceiling and gleaming Bamboo wood floors . Extra large second floor 25X15 loft bedroom .Bonus First floor office or extra guest room .Elevator comes right next to this pet friendly townhome with 2 Deeded parking spaces . This home is minutes from the commuter rail ,bus and all the great local restaurant’s and shops in Lovely downtown Melrose.There is a park with a golf course and another one without very close by to enjoy!

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A vegetable garden is the perfect addition to your landscape adding color and texture to your yard.  It is wonderful to grow and harvest your own fresh vegetables. If you are considering adding a garden to your landscape or you already have one, here are some tips you may find helpful.

Location:

Choosing the correct location for a vegetable garden is key.  You want to ensure the optimal growing conditions while complimenting your yard at the same time.  Stay away from the family’s high traffic areas, avoid your children’s favorite places to play, and be aware of the path the dog takes when running through the yard.  Raised beds and container gardens can compliment many areas of the yard as well as the deck and patio.

Sunlight:

Find an area in your yard that gets the maximum amount of direct sunlight.  Eight hours of sunlight per day is optimal, however many plants will still thrive with less.  Gardens that  encounter partial shade during the day can be planted according to the need of each plant.  Just keep in mind, the more sunlight the better.

Planting:

When choosing what to plant in your garden, you will need to take into consideration the length of the growing season, the amount of space you have to work with, and the potential yield of each plant.  Purchasing small, well established plants is a great way to get started, however sowing  seeds directly in the garden soil is preferred for some vegetables such as carrots, and radishes.  Be sure to leave the appropriate amount of space between plants to allow them to grow to their full potential.  Be sure to provide the proper support for plants that grow vertical such as beans, peas and cucumbers, and stakes for your tomatoes.  The professionals at your local garden center can help guide you to the plants that will best meet your needs.

Feed and Water:

As with every living thing, your garden plants will need food and water to grow.  Be sure the garden soil is kept loose at the base of the plants so the water will be absorbed.  It is most beneficial to your plants to water in the early morning or later in the evening.  There is a wide range of plant food available, organic fertilizer is always a great option.  Be sure to read labels carefully, and always use as directed.

Maintenance:

To ensure your garden grows to its full potential you will need to keep the weeds under control.  Pull out the weeds and loosen the soil with a hand scratcher or cultivator to inhibit re-growth.  Grass clippings, straw, and other organic matter can be placed around the plants to keep the soil cool and moist and keep weeds from growing.  There is also a variety of garden cloth and plastic sheeting for weed control available at your local garden center.

A vegetable garden is a wonderful addition to any yard.  There is nothing better than being able to pick your own fresh produce. The more time you have to put into your garden the better your harvest will be.

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Direct Ocean Front ! Picture perfect post card view of Thatcher Island and the Historic Twin Lighthouses. This gracious home offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic from almost every room. This residence features a large eat-in kitchen and a formal 18 x 14 dinning room with built-in cabinetry .The fire-placed 26 x 18 living room has breathtaking views of the Atlantic and beautiful hardwood floors. There is a full bath with each of the 3 bedrooms. Master bedrooms with private baths on the first and second level so you can choose which is best for you now or in the future .3 wood burning fire-places. There is a library made of exquisite chestnut walls with book shelves and fire-place . Plenty of natural light. Multiple glass sliding doors lead to out-door patio and in-ground pool. See the ocean while relaxing pool side. This Fabulous New England home offers swimming and fishing right off the rocks. Throw in some lobster pots and see what happens. The perfect summer or year round home.

This is a Cape style home and features 10 total rooms, 4 full baths, 1 half bath, 3 bedrooms, 0.72 Acres, and is currently available for $2,700,000.

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