Category Archives: Relocation

Are you moving? Not sure what to do with your unwanted household items. Multiple organizations are looking to help the less fortunate. Why not donate? If your household item is too old to donate consider recycling it.

Who to contact is the major issue. Here are some great websites that can help:

Best Buy:  Best Buy accepts most electronics and large appliances, with a few exceptions, and will take them at no charge. Best Buy will also take your computer monitors and TVs up to 36”, charge you $10, and give you a gift card.

NSTAR: Refrigerator or freezer costs up to $150 a year to run. If you are looking to get rid of your second refrigerator or freezer, let NSTAR pick it up and they will give you $50. The refrigerator or freezer will be recycled into new products, keeping materials out of landfills while also saving you energy and money. You must be an NSTAR customer. Freecycle is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Consider giving to others.

Bikes not Bombs: Consider donating your old bikes that are sitting in your garage. Each year they collect roughly 6,000 used bicycles and tons of used parts from their supporters around Greater Boston and New England. They ship most of these bikes overseas.

Bikes that don’t get shipped often land in their Youth Programs where teens learn bicycle safety and mechanics skills in the process of earning bikes to keep for themselves.

Their retail Bike Shop also reconditions and sells some of the donated bikes that they receive, employing many graduates of their programs. The Shop’s profit from the bicycle sales, parts sales, and repairs goes towards funding their youth and international work.

Cars for Kids’ Sake: Donate your old car that is left rusting out in the drive way. Whether your car starts or not, donating it can certainly start something in your community. Big Brothers Big Sisters Cars for Kids’ Sake helps them raise funds through the donation of your unwanted vehicle. Donated vehicles may qualify as charitable gifts and may be eligible for a tax deduction.

My Brothers’ Keeper: Consider donating the furniture you don’t need that is still in good condition. My Brother’s Keeper accepts donations of basic residential furniture in very good condition. In keeping with their mission, high-quality items are important because they allow them to serve families with dignity and respect.

Don’t forget your local churches and charities.

JanineAbout the author: Janine Elkhoury is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy and is interested in recycling. For more ideas and to learn more about Janine visit her website at

movingGetting Ready …

Congratulations on the purchase of your new home! Here are some tips for making this day a smooth, error and stress free move.  I should know I have moved countless times in my childhood.

Get rid of possessions you no longer need or want. Why pay in effort and cost to move clothes, furniture and fixtures only to get rid of them once you have moved into your new home? You can always hold a garage sale, donate these items to your local charity such as Mission of Deeds or put them out for the trash. There are trash collectors that drive around and look for valuables, remember what you don’t want someone just might be looking for. You can always call 1-800  Got Junk, they are very reasonable.

Are you are going to move yourself or hire a professional moving company?

If you decide to move yourself you will need to start collecting the following:

1. Boxes of all sizes-  will you need to order wardrobe boxes?  Boxes can be gathered from anywhere. Go in the store and ask when they get their shipments and if you come back on that date, could you grab some boxes?

2. Packing tape with the professional handle

3. Newspapers / tissue paper

4. Bubble wrap

5. Markers

Tip – use it or lose it, do not buy new frozen food or cleaning supplies. Get rid of it..

When Packing:moving2

1. Do not wait until the last minute. Start early, this process is overwhelming and can take some time.

2. Pack heavy items in the smaller boxes and lighter items in the bigger boxes. Remember you don’t want to pull your back out. Keep the boxes lighter than 30lbs.

3. Wrap all breakables in bubble wrap, newspaper or clothes and place in boxes with lids.

4. Label all boxes on where they should go in the new home.

5. Involve your kids by allowing them to pack their toys.

Tip – Bring a carry on

Be sure to pack a box full of necessities, things like paper plates, utensils, drinks, a bucket, sponge, soap and paper towels. If you are traveling far you might need another box of clothing and food.

Congrats if you do all of the above you will have a stress free move.

Patty 2About the author: Patricia Lovett is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy and is excited to help you with your next move. You can contact her on her website

Many years ago my parents moved with three young children from the Boston area to Williamsport, Pennsylvania. I will never forget that summer as I was a shy young girl going into second grade and leaving the only home I ever knew. I was leaving behind a neighborhood full of friends, my school acquaintances, and my entire  extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. My sisters and I had never been to Pennsylvania, and we knew nobody in Williamsport almost 370 miles away! That summer was a traumatic experience, and something I have never forgotten.

Here are some Moving with Children tips that could help with your move!

Let your children share in the experience of moving, and this will help with the transition. Tell them you are depending on them to help with the move.

Encourage your children to express their feelings concerning leaving their old home and moving to a new home.

Have a yard sale or donate to charity. This will help your kids sort through their rooms and decide with a positive attitude what isn’t coming to the new house.

Let your children plan their new bedrooms. With your help they can arrange their furniture, pick out the color of the paint or wallpaper, and shop for the curtains or blinds.

Help your kids to get their friends contact information. Possibly make plans for some of their friends to visit once you are settled.

Map the moving route with your children. Are there places you can visit along the way?

On moving day give each child a special job. This will make them feel important and appreciated on what could be a very hectic day.

A week after you have moved in plan a special family field trip to somewhere in your new town.

The bottom line is:  make your move a positive experience with good memories for your child.

About the author:

Gale Spadafora is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy and has had both personal and professional experience when it comes to moving with children. Visit her website at

Your home purchase is probably your biggest investment in life. In order to avoid the stress of buying a home you should be prepared by doing homework. You must start by educating yourself in order to avoid any surprises later. Make sure you hire your private teacher for every step.  Every person in this list has a key role and will help educate you. Your choice will make or break the deal. Make sure they all have the same values you have in order to make this deal as smooth as possible.


Stress Free Tip # 1: Hire a buyer agent. Your agent is your key person to the transaction. Make sure to sit down with them and get educated. Questions to ask your new buyer agent:

  1. How many buyers does he/she represent at the same time?
    It is important for you to know how much of their time will be assigned to you.
  2. Is he/she a full-time or a part-time Realtor?
    Most real estate agent free-lance so they make their own schedule. Make sure their hours line up with yours. Do you prefer to see homes in the morning or the afternoon, week days or weekends? Make sure you know who to contact when he/she is on vacation.
  3. How many transactions did she close in the last year?
    This will show you how dedicated and experienced he/she is.  By knowing the number of transactions you will be able to evaluate the experience he/she has.
  4. Ask about their extended team?
    Can he/she recommend the names of home inspectors, mortgage brokers, attorneys and pinpoint the values of each.
  5. Google the web for testimonials.

Your real estate agent is the key person to the transaction they should be knowledgeable, patient, and a great project manager. He/she must be able to manage the team you hired in order to have the transaction close on time.

Stress Free Tip # 2: Hire a mortgage broker. He/she is another key person to your transaction. They will educate you on programs available and rates. Questions to ask your new mortgage broker:

  1. Do they close their loans in house?
    Having the underwriter in the same office is much easier to deal with issues and to follow up in case of issues.
  2. What are the documents you will need to get the loan approved?
  3. Google the web for testimonials.
    Check what people say about your mortgage broker.
  4. How will they keep you informed about the process?
    Some parts of the process are long and quiet but will they stay in touch weekly with you and your buyer agent or are you supposed to chase them? Will they call or email?
  5. Who chooses the closing attorney?
    They have a set of attorneys that they work with but can you use your attorney or choose from the list?
  6.  Do they have guide lines to follow?
     What are their policies?

Stress Free Tip #3: Hire a good home inspector. They are a key element to your transaction. They can be very detailed and scare you out of the deal or not give you enough information that they might scare you away. Hire a person that has been referred to you by your agent or your friends a good experience is a good one. Make sure you know who is coming since big companies have multiple inspectors and they all have different approaches.

Stress Free Tip #4: Hire a good attorney. Not all attorneys are the same you don’t want to be a number on a file.

  1. Make sure you know what their turnaround time is to answer your emails and get your questions reviewed.
  2. How are they going to communicate with you? (phone, email, text message…)
  3. Are they going on vacation during your transaction?
  4. Who is covering for them?
  5. Who is paying them? You or the bank.
  6. Who do they represent in case of instigation?

 You are now ready to go through a smooth and stress free transaction.

About the Author: Janine Elkhoury is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy and has been helping her clients enjoy the stress free home buying process for 9 years! She can be contacted at her website

Are you relocating? Don’t know where to start you house search?

Questions you might want to ask yourself before choosing the place you want to live in…

When are you moving and is the move definite?  If you have an exact date of when you are moving because of personal reasons or you have a job relocation you are ready to start. Your company might offer you a relocation package, but you still have the choice of your relocation agent. Make a wise decision and don’t think you are forced to use the one person they assign to you. You can request an agent of your choice.

How long are you moving for?  If you are not sure of the term of your stay a rental might be the option whether long or short term.

Have you visited the town you are moving too?  Have you toured the neighborhoods close to your office to get a feel of where you are moving?

What type of area do you like to live in?  Are you a city person who loves restaurants and night life?   Are you a suburban person who would like to be close enough without paying the high cost of living in the city? Are you an urban person who would like to have a home with a yard, side streets, parks, and be in a more quiet area. Is commute the last thing you worry about? Do you like being in the woods far from everything, are you a nature lover. Would you rather live in a rural area?  Also what type of community do you like? Apartment buildings, townhouses, single family home or you want to be a landlord at the same time.

Let us now zoom in to the type of neighborhood you like?  Important criteria:

  1. What is the most important thing for me in a neighborhood:
    Shopping Centers
    Commute time to work
    Does the town have a downtown?
  2. What is the average median price of the neighborhoods you are looking at?

Now that you have narrowed down your commute time and the towns available organize the towns in order depending on your most important search criteria.

Visit your favorite 3 neighborhoods, and visit 3 properties in each within your price range.

Start shopping for homes.

About the author: Janine Elkhoury is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy and is a relocation specialist helping her clients find the perfect home in Eastern Massachusetts. Visit her on her website