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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 3/7/2019

New to an area or just finding yourself lost more often than you would like. There is a remedy! All it takes is the courage to explore. For some, this will be more about the courage, and for others, you may look at this and say who has time for that, but it is much easier for you (with both arguments) to muster it up and go for it. Practicing your route can give you several benefits. 

Time saved

How many times have you lost yourself, gotten turned around, taken a wrong turn (because really who can keep it straight when your app is telling you to turn in 500 feet), or sat in a parking lot waiting for your maps app to find out how to get you where you want to go? Add all these together, and you may be surprised at what you find. The average driver can lose themselves and end up driving an extra over 250 miles per year. Still, think you don't have the time to spend just driving around your area to become familiar with the roads?

Courage found

Let's say that you get lost going from home to work. This event happens on a regular basis, and you have just come to figure that you will get lost anywhere no matter what. Being lost does not have to be the case, as given enough of an opportunity you too can develop a sense of direction. All it takes is a chance to focus on your surroundings instead of the traffic around you or what's happening that day.

Start driving

The suggestion would be to determine some areas that you travel to (or get lost in) more frequently. Pull up your GPS, find a couple of base points that you know and then start driving around. You can choose a particular pattern that you want to try to drive or just aimlessly turn at different roads; this part doesn't matter. What matters is that you are paying attention to landmarks, layouts, and some major road names and intersections as you drive. You may wonder if this will honestly do anything for you later, but you will reap the benefits next time you are driving in that area and remember that 7-eleven or funny shaped building that give you a point of reference and enable you to get back on track much faster than you would have otherwise.

Another drive, another chance 

Give yourself a few trips around and reap the rewards of your courage and the extra time that you will now have by not being lost as much. You will also get the chance to learn places that are around you and, if you choose, to give you a fun time with anybody that comes along for the ride.




Categories: real estate   Moving Tips   Relocating  


Posted by Cynthia Owens on 4/14/2016

If you happen to find yourself moving to another state in the near future, you've got your work cut out for you.  On top of having to deal with the stress of relocating your family in an unfamiliar place, you'll have a lot of paperwork and research to consider before the big day.  Here are four things that you'll need to have covered if you hope to have a seamless transition into a new residence.  Keep in mind that the more bases you've got covered, the easier it will be for you and your family to get accustomed to a new state. 1.  Cost of living. - The cost of living can vary dramatically from state to state.  If you're moving for a new job, then make sure to research the cost of living close to your new place of employment.  If you lived in a metropolitan area before, then it may serve you better to move to a town surrounding the city and pull a commute than to take a gamble at throwing yourself into a new city that may upset your current lifestyle.  Alternately, you may find that the state you are moving to has a fairly low cost of living in the metropolitan areas compared to what you are used to paying.  Every state is different in this regard.  Doing the research now will save you major headaches. 2.  Moving companies. - Unless you are packing up all of your belongings yourself, odds are that you will be relying on a long-distance moving company to handle most of the work.  Prices of this service can very dramatically from company to company, so be sure to get at least three quotes from reputable moving companies as to ensure you're getting the best deal.  Also, make room in your budget for an insurance plan that you are comfortable paying for.  The last thing you'll want to deal with during your move is the worry of your possessions being damaged with no recourse. 3.  Taxes. -  You may not think that taxes are an important thing to consider this early in the game, but if you live in a state that doesn't collect an income tax, moving to a state that does can impact your cost of living.  Meet with a tax specialist and review any hidden taxes and expenses you may incur as a result of your move so you aren't surprised later on down the road. 4.  Neighborhoods and local culture. - This may be one of the most important steps that a lot of people overlook.  Just because you do a virtual walk through of a home and like what you see, doesn't mean you'll like where you're moving.  Do some detective work before you sign papers.  Look into crime statistics, school ratings, reviews of the city and neighborhood you're considering moving to, and local taxes and ordinances.  You can find all of this information online relatively easy.  If you can manage it, then plan a visit to your potential new home to see everything your new town will have to offer.  Look at the commute to your new place of employment, the sights and sounds of the local culture, and keep an eye out for anything you don't particularly like about a place.  You can make your transition a lot smoother by connecting with a reputable real estate agent who has a healthy knowledge of the area.







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