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Ease Moving Frustrations

Ah summer. Popsicles, swimming, rest and relaxation. And moving!

uhaul It’s true more families move during the summer than at other times of the year. I understand why, parents don’t want their kids switching schools mid-year; the housing market flourishes; less snow. But, geez, what a way to ruin a perfectly good season.

I actually had this post titled, “Moving Made Easy” then I realized, no move is easy.

There’s always a glitch or two along the way. No matter if you pack and move yourself or hire a moving company something always goes wrong.

And, if you’re claiming to have found a way to avoid moving glitches you should write a book and make bank.

Despite this, there are some some things you can do to help keep your move as smooth as possible. *Note: these moving tips cover tips for packing and moving yourself. Moving with a moving company is a long post all to itself. Which I promise to do later.

Pre-plan: Always make some preliminary plans. Make some lists. Typical lists may include:

Your rented moving truck:


The actual move:

Need more (of course you do) we could never cover it all here: Century21 has a good site with tips and tricks for having a smooth move with the kiddos.

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Should I Rent or Buy a House?

A question that many renters and home owners ask is, “should I rent or buy a home?” Luckily, the New York Times has found the answer through their new Rent or Buy Online Calculator. Their calculator let’s you enter the following information and then graphs the results.

We’ve been renting a house for almost two years now, but we’re currently in the market to buy. After running the numbers on our current rental house, the calculator determined that we were better off renting, but only for three years. So, it looks like we’re looking for a new home at the right time.


Posted in Finance, Home and Mortgage | 1 Comment » Introduces New Mortgage Calculator

When looking for a house, one of the most important aspects is how much you can afford. Our advanced mortgage calculator allows you to input the most common elements that make up mortgage loans. When you submit your loan information, our calculator creates on-the-fly graphs and charts to help you understand the cost of your loan, and to help you create a home budget. Mortgage Calculator

Posted in Finance, Home and Mortgage | No Comments » Claims To Have The Most Home Building Plans Online

I would love to build my own custom home one day. In fact, my wife and I have talked about it often. However, we’ve also talked about how much it would cost to hire an architect to put a house plan together. Whenever we bring that up, we usually drop the subject.

Interestingly enough, I just found out about a website called They provide over 21,000 house plans from over 150 leading designers in North America. They offer the plans in many forms, including CAD, reproducible masters, construction sets, and more. Each form has its own price. I looked at a nice European style home, and the forms ranged anywhere from $400-$1,500 — which is pretty reasonable considering you don’t have to hire an architect.

The site has a bunch of other resources too. They have a place to answer frequent questions about building your own house, an estimator for how much it will cost to build your home, and a resource to find builders in your area. I’ll definitely be re-visiting this website if my wife and I are ever lucky enough to build a new home from scratch.

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