Moving Checklist: RealtorKJ

The whirlwind of moving can quickly take on the effects of a hurricane when you add in kids, pets, or special circumstances. As is the case with most things in life, planning is key!

Whether you have six months, or six days to get it all done, just take a deep breath, prepare and let’s get planning!

Once you have decided to move, and established a loose timeline, its time to prep, prioritize and pack. Knowing what you touch and use daily as opposed to items in closets, storage and in the very back of cupboards makes it easier to start packing early on. If you are able to spread the work out, you, your family, and your pets will all feel at ease.

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New Years Resolutions for your Home – Part ONE

For many people, the start of the new year is an opportunity to set new goals; a chance to achieve the things that may have overwhelmed them previously. Whether your goals are for your pocketbook, your waistline or your family- they’re all achievable! Make a list, set a plan and hop to it! Below are some of the top resolutions, no matter how cliche, and how they pertain to your home. This year could be the year you not only improve your mind, body and soul… but your HOME! Enjoy these top 5 resolutions, and check back in a few days for the remaining five.

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Lose Weight

Fitting into your favorite jeans, or buying a size down is exciting, but in your home, fitting all of your belongings in the space you have is key to pleasant day-to-day living. It doesn’t have to be a long drawn out, over the top project. Break your space out into zones. Perhaps its easiest for you to go room to room. Maybe you prefer to pull anything that doesn’t have a home into a common space and organize it from there. The most effective practice for me is setting locations for everyday items. Office supplies, utility items, craft, miscellaneous can all migrate into designated areas. Streamline your life! Imagine what you could do with an empty shelf in the garage, or how much easier it would be to cook after clearing old items you no longer need or use in the kitchen. You know what you can handle. Set a timeframe, and goals– you can do this!

 

Quit Smoking

Everyone knows it’s a nasty habit, its rough on your body and is proven to shorten your lifespan. In your home, smoking can be interpreted in many ways. Make new, healthy habits in 2017 by designating January as the month you ensure the cleanest air possible inside your home. Check and replace air filters, vacuum out registers, wipe down hard to reach surfaces, and clear your dryer vents. You’ll be shocked by how much dust might be lying around your house. Especially living in Central California with seasonal weather. Another way to protect those in your home would be replacing batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors, using air purification machines and dehumidifiers can also reduce allergens like dust, mildew and mold in your home.

 

Save Money/Get Out of Debt

Your home can be a money pit or you can leverage it to be a worthwhile investment. Understanding your finances is the first step. Know what your limits are and don’t over extend yourself. Some simple steps could free up cash to be put toward your mortgage, or toward various projects to increase your equity. Reevaluate your utilities- has your gas bill jumped? Is your water use out of control? Are you throwing money at landscaping that dies every season? Are you paying for more channels than you could watch in a year? Take stock of your daily habits and examine how you could make changes to put some extra cash in your wallet.

 

Learn a New Language

Learning something new, as challenging as an entire language, can seem daunting. The home-buying process can hurl new words, acronyms and topics that can easily sound like greek at times. An easy way to reduce stress before you start your search, is by reading up on the basics. Get to know financial terms, discover essential steps, and clarify any questions you might have prior to beginning the process. Learning these things before you proceed is a great way to ensure you make educated decisions. Find a book, a blog, a magazine or website that you can relate to, and always, always  make sure it is a reliable source. Some of my top picks are: Forbes  Money  and for real estate RealtorKJ , of course.

 

Get Organized

Don’t worry, we already covered purging your closets and tackling those junk drawers. This topic is dedicated to the organization of everything that goes into your home. Collect all of your utilities, chart them on a calendar (electronically allows you to set reminders), and streamline everything from home maintenance to monthly expenses. Additionally, you will benefit come tax-season! Get rid of those stacks of papers and make your life easier.

 

Implementing these resolutions could allow you to be prepared if you take the leap of listing your home with me Kristen Jurevich, if it sells faster than you anticipate, or if you decide to purchase. Having your life organized, being educated and prepared will make the moving process far easier to handle. I am always available as a resource and am happy to answer any questions, refer you to resources, or help to navigate your next step toward homeownership. I look forward to finding your first home, an additional income property, or your forever home. Give me a call (831) 801-8206 or shoot me an email at KJurevich@gmail.com and let’s resolve to make a move in 2017!

 

Check back in a few days for part two of two!

Pop, clink, drink…309 Riesling Way is ready for your celebrations

Do you love wine just as much as every other Realtor? Why not live on Riesling Way, so everyday is a celebration of life?

The move-in ready home has three bedrooms plus an office with new paint and carpet. The open kitchen has granite counter-tops, pantry cabinets, a new dishwasher, under cabinet lighting, secretary desk, breakfast bar, and eat-in kitchen area. Separate family and living/dining areas. The living room and dining area has built-in cabinets, archways, and half-walls for open entertainment. Cozy up this winter by your fireplace. The master bedroom has a huge walk in closet and private backyard access. The two bathrooms has new flooring, toilets, a tub and shower combo. The home has an indoor laundry room and extra storage in the attached two car garage. The hallway has built-in storage for all your treasures. Enjoy your low maintenance private back yard. Alarm system. Close to Target, Walmart, BJ Brewhouse, and more.

Since the topic of wine made you come to my blog, here are a few local Rieslings that would be great for your first New Home party:

Matt Laconis Riesling Monterey County 2015 a Racy Riesling with a touch of sweetness

ONEHOPE MONTEREY RIESLING Our 2015 Monterey Riesling leads with aromas of honeysuckle flower and peach blossom on the nose.

SeaGlass Riesling the high acidity is lusciously balanced by its fragrant floral aromas and sweet fruit flavors.

Centrally located between Salinas, Hollister, and Gilroy | 1104 Third Street | San Juan Bautista

Newer two-story home built in 2007 in San Juan Bautista close to historical downtown just came on the market. The three bedrooms and two and half bathrooms home has an open floor plan with living and kitchen areas ideal for entertaining. A large walk-in closet for the master bedroom with space for sitting area.  The master bathroom has dual sinks with a separate shower/tub combo and shower stall.  The front bedrooms have a Jack and Jill dual sinks bathroom with a shower and tub combo.  Large upstairs hall closet for storage.

Lots of natural sunlight from double pane windows that allow the afternoon breeze to cool down the home. An indoor laundry area and walk-in pantry near the kitchen.  Extra storage in the garage.

The manageable back yard has a patio to enjoy the sunset light.

Asking price $495,000

For a private viewing please contact listing agent Kristen Jurevich with Intero Real Estate Services