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Posted by Stacey West (NH/MA) on 1/5/2018

If youíve recently purchased a new home, congratulations! The hardest part and most stressful part of the process is behind you. But moving day can still be difficult, especially if youíre moving with kids, pets, or over a long distance.

Today, weíre going to provide you with a moving day checklist in hope that youíll personalize it to your own needs, making your moving day as smooth a process as possible.

Not all of the items on the list will apply to everyone, but we can guarantee that if you follow most of our guidelines youíll be able to sleep more soundly the night before your move and rest assured once youíre in your new home that everything has been taken care of.

Before the big day

The weeks leading up to moving day are an important time to iron out all of the details of your move. It includes making arrangements for pets, setting and confirming appointments with movers, and making sure your all of your belongings are accounted for. Consider this your pre-moving day checklist:

  1. Meet with your family and make your master schedule and to-do list. This could include things like sending change-of-address forms, calling your doctors to update your address, setting up an appointment with cable and internet companies, and so on. Doing all of these things before the move will make moving day much simpler.

  2. Hire your movers early. Donít wait until a week before the move as some may already be booked for the day. A day or two before the move, call to confirm your appointment and double check to see if the movers require anything else from you before the move. Confirm your current and future addresses with them, as well as routes if itís a long distance move.

  3. Also for long distance moves, plan an itinerary for things like driving and fuel breaks, hotels, food, etc.

  4. Clean house. Have a yard sale, donate used items to charity, and put unwanted items in your front yard for free. You donít want to move more than you need and leaving junk at your old home isnít polite and might be a violation of your contract.

  5. In the weeks leading up to your move, use or discard old pantry items or frozen food. You donít want to be moving a lot of groceries to the new house, especially perishables.

  6. If you have pets who arenít used to leaving home, get them used to the new house if possible and have them stay with a friend or pet care facility on moving day to avoid them getting lost or in trouble.

On moving day

Once moving day is here, if youíve followed the items above, everything should run somewhat smoothly. Here are some checklist items for moving day.

  1. Pack a bag with items youíll need the first day of your move that can be easily accessible. This includes toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, toilet paper, etc.

  2. Do inventory for your boxes. Odds are you wonít forget any, but having a correct count at your new home will set your mind at ease.

  3. Bring nutritious snacks like granola bars (moving is hard work).

  4. Donít lift heavy items alone.

  5. Use sliders to move big items to avoid scratching your floors.

  6. Show your helpers theyíre appreciated (pizza is always a good ďthank youĒ).

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Posted by Stacey West (NH/MA) on 12/29/2017

You may have been thinking that youíd like to sell your home. You probably want to sell it at the right time and you want to go about it for the right reasons. Thereís so many different that you may want to sell your home that you probably havenít even thought of. 

Thereís Not Many Homes To Choose From

If thereís a lack of inventory on the housing market, itís a great time to put your home up for sale. Certain times of the year have lower inventory than others, so you may want to consider the fall and winter as a prime time to sell. If you know your home is in a great location, or has little work to be done in it, youíre probably going to want to sell sooner rather than later if you have been contemplating the idea in a low inventory market. 

Remember That Spring Starts Early

Especially in warmer climates, ďspringĒ is a relative term and can start as early as January. People will start their searches online early in the year and the demand for homes only becomes more crucial as the year goes on. The earlier the listing, the better chance the home has to stand out on the market, even if it doesnít sell right away. In fast moving real estate markets, it may not matter what time of year you sell your home. If the demand is there, you have a great chance to sell the home.

Price Matters

The lower the price point on a home, the faster it will generally move off the market. First-time homebuyers want homes and they want them fast. when your home is priced lower, itís probably going to move a bit faster no matter when or where youíre selling it. Buyers are always looking for a good deal. 

Interest Rates Affect Home Sales

If thereís rumors that interest rates will rise in the coming months, buyers will be on the hunt for a home. Thatís when itís a good time for you as a buyer to put your home on the market. When buying power for those searching is high, youíre better off selling because youíll get a lot of interest. Your home will leave the market much faster as well. 

The Decisions Is Yours

Selling your home is not a small decision. Youíll need to find another place to relocate to. Your kids may have to switch schools, and your lives can be a bit disrupted in the process of moving. If you think the time is right to move, you can keep the above suggestions in mind in order to make the entire process a bit more seamless for you.

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Posted by Stacey West (NH/MA) on 12/22/2017

When it comes to home buying a home, thereís a ton of different information available out there. A lot of what has been presented as ďfactĒ actually is quite false. These misconceptions could keep you away from achieving the very real dream of home ownership. Below, youíll find some of the most common myths that youíll find about home buying.

If Your Credit Score Isnít Up To Par, You Canít Buy

To get good mortgage rates, having a good credit score doesnít hurt. You can still buy a home if you donít have amazing credit. A low credit score means that your mortgage rates will be higher than the average. There are loans like FHA loans, that allow for you to get a loan with a credit score as low as 580. Donít let a lower credit score discourage you from buying a home. If your credit score is low, there are plenty of things that you can do to help you fix the score in a short period of time.  

You Need 20 Percent Down To Buy A Home

This is a long-standing myth about home buying. While putting down 20 percent on a home purchase saves you the extra expense of Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI), you can still be in the running to buy a home if your down payment is less than 20 percent. There are even some home loan programs that allow buyers to put as little as 0-3 percent down for the purchase of their home.

You Have To Make A Lot Of Money To Buy A Home

Your monthly income is one of many aspects of your financial life thatís considered when youíre buying a home. Home loans can be denied to those who make a large income just as easily as to those who have lower incomes. What matters is the debt-to-income ratio, which tells lenders how much debt a buyer has compared to the amount of income the buyer makes each and every month. Keep your debt down, and youíll be in good shape to buy a home. 

You Donít Need To Be Pre-Approved To Get A House

Being pre-approved gives you an upper hand in the home buying process. Being pre-approved allows your lender and you to go through the entire process of getting a mortgage. When you find a home that you love, youíre able to breeze through the process of making an offer if youíre pre-approved. The pre-approval process is one of the most important aspects of buying a home. 

If youíre prepared with knowledge, buying a home isnít such a daunting process after all. Find a realtor you trust, understand your finances, and the rest will fall into place!

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Posted by Stacey West (NH/MA) on 12/21/2017

This Condo in Hampstead, NH recently sold for $270,000. This style home was sold by Stacey West (NH/MA) - Coco, Early & Associates ~ Bridge Division.

10 Spruce Drive, Hampstead, NH 03826


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
Well maintained interior ranch unit in highly desirable Angle Pond Woods is now available! Features include; hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, open concept kitchen/dining and living room, 2nd floor laundry, large pantry, gas fireplace with dental molding on the mantle, central air, central vac, large closets, a private deck, deeded access to the Angle Pond Woods beach, beautiful walking trails and much, much more! Close to major routes and shopping too! Come see why this is such a desirable place to live!

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Posted by Stacey West (NH/MA) on 12/15/2017

There are many different ways that you can stay safe around your home. One of your top safety priorities should be to try to prevent a fire from happening at your home. Below, youíll find some tips to reduce the risk in your home.

Pay Attention To Your Dryer

You need to prevent your dryer from overheating. To do this, clean the lint screens after each and every use. A dryer that overheats can cause a serious fire.

Keep A Fire Extinguisher On Hand

Every home should have at least one fire extinguisher accessible. Keep these out of a childís reach. Youíll want to choose an extinguisher that is rated A-B-C. These extinguishers fight different kinds of fires including those that have been started by liquids, electricity, and combustible materials. You never know what could start a fire in your home. When using an extinguisher, think of the acronym PASS (pull the pin, aim, squeeze, and sweep across the fire.)

Smoke Detectors Are Incredibly Important

A smoke alarm should be installed on every floor of your home. Itís preferable to have these installed outside of and inside of bedrooms. Be sure that you test smoke alarms each month so that you know theyíre working properly. 

Be Mindful When Burning Candles

When you light a candle, be especially careful. As the candle burns, the temperature of the outside of the glass gets very hot. This can start a fire easily. Youíll also want to keep the candle away from any combustible materials like paper and cloth. Itís a good idea to have the candle on a heat-resistant surface. You should also place candles in a place where they cannot be tipped over by children or pets in the house while lit.  

Never Leave Space Heaters On Unattended  

Space heaters can be very useful, but you should never leave them on unattended or while youíre sleeping. If you do choose to use a space heater, make sure that it is far away from combustible items like curtains, blankets, or papers. 

Keep Matches And Lighters Away From Children

Children get curious and tend to want to play with whatever they can get their hands on. This means that you should keep the matches and lighters in your home locked away in a space thatís preferably high up. This is an important safety measure for any home with kids. 

Have A Fire Escape Plan

You and your family should collaborate on a fire escape plan just in case of an emergency. You can even have periodic practice drills, showing children where they need to meet outside the home to have everyone accounted for. Help children to understand what the fire alarm sounds like. Younger folks should also understand that you never go back into a burning building once you have successfully escaped.