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Making New Friends After A Move

October 3rd, 2017 by tisner

Relocating to a new city, or even a new area, can be hard enough without missing your old friends. Finding new friends and acquaintances can be easy if you put some effort and a little research in it.

Your New Neighbors

  • Once you’re settled, go for a walk and introduce yourself when you see neighbors outside.
  • Have a porch or front yard gathering on a weekend afternoon. Offer light, simple snacks and invite the whole neighborhood.
  • Get outside and work on the landscaping, small DIY projects, or sit on the front steps with a good book. Your neighbors then have the opportunity to say hello.
  • Just a few outdoor decorations can bring compliments from neighbors, always an easy way to start a conversation.
  • If you have pets, especially a dog, they make great ice-breakers when you’re out for a stroll.
  • Visit your local small businesses and you’ll see enough familiar faces over time that saying “Hello” will be easy.
  • Ask your realtor if there’s a neighborhood community center, and call to see how you can get involved.
  • Children make great conversation-starters. They love finding nearby kids to hang out with, and taking them for a bike ride is a great way to get to know other families.
  • Host a fun, child-centered activity in your front yard with outdoor games and snacks. Invite the kids in the neighborhood and their parents, and they will come!

Your New Town

  • Ask current friends if they know anyone in your new area, and get in touch with them.
  • Contacts from local organizations–these can provide you with lots of information about your new hometown, as well as introduce you to new people.
  • Search social media for events taking place in your area and go to them!
  • Invite your new coworkers to lunch or coffee.
  • Getting the kids involved in activities will connect you with locals and other parents.
  • Hobbyists sometimes have get-togethers for like-minded people. Find a nearby group with your same interest, and join them.
  • School parent organizations are a great place to meet other parents.

It seems that we are always busy working, or driving our children to so many activities, that a relaxing weekend in front of the tv sounds like the perfect down time. Getting to know who your neighbors are, however, can be invaluable to feeling at home in your new home, and only takes a little effort on your part.

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You deserve professional real estate service! You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently.  You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.

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Tips for Working through the Moving Blues

August 28th, 2017 by tisner

Moving into a new home can be a very exciting time in the lives of all of those involved.  Moving can also however be a time of sadness and or a feeling of displacement.   Both feelings of sadness and happiness are quite normal when it comes to moving.  Most folks likely don’t ever think they will feel sad when they move into a new home and are many times quite surprised by the feeling when it creeps up on them.  There are a few ideas listed below for you to help you make it through your feelings of sadness and blues during your next move.

  1. Be sure to plan some road trips back home before you move away from your loved ones.  Planning ahead to spend quality time with those whom you are moving away from can give you the sense of comfort  that you might not otherwise have.
  2. Many times when you move into a new home you think it is going to be so much better than your old house, especially if it is bigger and brand new. However, many times when you move from a small old cozy house into a large new house it can seem cold and sad.  Be sure to decorate your new home as quickly as possible once you move in.  Use your old decorations mixed with some new ones to keep those feelings of sadness at bay.
  3. If you have just moved to a new area and you want to feel connected to those who live around you, do your best to get out and make friends with your neighbors as soon as you can. Perhaps they can show you the local hot spots so that you can connect with even more people.  The more connected you become the less likely you will suffer from the moving blues.
  4. If you moved for your job, do your best to make friends with your new co-workers and let them know how you are feeling. You may find a few friends that are going through a similar situation as your own that you can connect with.
  5. If you have left family and friends behind, take advantage of your smart phone and or computer and video chat on a regular basis so that you stay connected.

These are just a few ideas on how to keep the blues away  when moving.  Keep in mind that sadness can hit you whether you are moving far away or just the next town over.  Change is hard, but these tips should help to make your transition a bit easier.

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Teri Isner is the team leader of Orlando Avenue Top Team and has been a Realtor for over 24 years. Teri has distinguished herself as a leader in the Orlando FL real estate market. Teri assists buyers looking for Orlando FL real estate for sale and aggressively markets Orlando FL homes for sale.

You deserve professional real estate service! You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently.  You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.

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Packing Tips

August 17th, 2017 by tisner

Buying a new home is exciting, but after the euphoria wears off, it’s time to start thinking about how to pack up and move everything. Unless you have the luxury of hiring a moving company, getting all of your things loaded carefully and transported from one place to another is a major DIY project. Here are some tips to take some of the anxiety out of packing.

  • Start deep cleaning and cleaning out as soon as possible. Cleaning your things as you pack them will make it easier when your bone-tired from loading and unloading.
  • Have a throwing out party. Calling it a party will get the kids involved and make it sound like a good time, right?
  • Have a garage sale for items that may not fit in your new home or you have out grown.
  • Call donation centers to pick up items you are not taking with you or donate them yourself.
  • Time to box it up. Start gathering sturdy boxes or reusable storage boxes, and lots of newspaper and/or bubble wrap.
  • Keep everything safe. For your kitchen items, ball up several sheets of newspaper and cover the bottom or the box. This provides a cushion for your breakables.
  • Wrap it up. Use blankets, sheets and towels to keep framed photos and artwork safe.
  • Clothes are best left in their dresser drawer–just remove the drawer when you’re moving the main part of the furniture, then replace them when it gets to the truck or trailer, and new room.
  • Hanging clothes can be placed in a flat sheet. Lay the clothes, with their hangers, onto the sheet. Tie up each corner diagonally to create a big hobo pouch, and the knots can be a handle. Unless you’re lucky enough to have tons of luggage, it’s an easier way to transport those clothes than trying to hold all those hangers on your hand. Not to mention less painful.
  • Luggage can be used to pack up items you consider priceless. Just pack them in the same manner as you would have in a box or container, and that way you can keep a better eye on them or move them yourself.
  • Bare necessities. Make sure each person packs their own bag of clothes and any necessities they will need for a few days. The first week in a new home can be a bit confusing, and if everyone has what they need close by, this will make things easier.
  • The big stuff. Furniture is straightforward. If you want extra protection, use an industrial roll of plastic wrap, or for tables and chairs, use a large blanket or some towels on the seats or tabletop to protect the finish. Glass table tops and mirrors need to have some crisscrossed masking tape on them to help protect them from shattering–think hurricane-style. Use hair ties to keep cabinet doors closed on hutches or entertainment center doors.
  • Get yourself together. After everything is boxed up, taped up, labeled and ready to go, leave the boxes in the rooms they belong in. Remove things from the truck by room, and make sure the containers get to the rooms they’re labeled for.

Preparing to relocate can be daunting, but if you use some common sense and think practically, you can cut down on the stress of moving. Organization is the key!

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Teri Isner is the team leader of Orlando Avenue Top Team and has been a Realtor for over 24 years. Teri has distinguished herself as a leader in the Orlando FL real estate market. Teri assists buyers looking for Orlando FL real estate for sale and aggressively markets Orlando FL homes for sale.

You deserve professional real estate service! You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently.  You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.

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Items to Throw Out Before You Move

August 2nd, 2017 by tisner

Although moving from an old house into a new house can be an exciting time it can also be a very stressful time for those folks who don’t like to throw anything out.  Don’t worry you can keep most of your items but there are a few that should most definitely be thrown out before you move and those are listed for you below.

  1.  If you have a lot of old towels and rags lying around your house, whether you use them or not, you might want to get rid of those before you move  into another home.  These types of things can carry bacteria on them and you don’t want to start out in your new place with dirty items when you can purchase new ones once you arrive.
  2. Make-up is good to have but it does have a shelf life and once that has passed it isn’t really good to keep it around.  Avoid the compulsion to throw all of your old makeup into a box and take it with you.  Although you might perhaps use it once or twice there really is no need for it because it won’t look as nice as a new pallet of makeup.
  3. Soaps, deodorants, nail polish,  and sunscreen maybe things you use on a regular basis but you really don’t need to take up space in your moving boxes for these types of items.  These things don’t cost a lot of money and can easily be purchased anywhere.
  4. Once you start packing and you find a ton of USB cables, realize that you don’t need them all and get rid of a few of them.   You may have a friend in need of a USB cable that you can bless with one or two.
  5. Don’t pack paperwork unless it is absolutely necessary.  Of course you will have to keep important contracts and tax information but most of the paperwork you’ve collected over the years is likely now obsolete and can be thrown out before you head out.
  6. Last but not least, go ahead and let go of all of the clothes you can no longer fit into.  Donating these types of items can many times be a big blessing to others.

These are just a few ideas of things you might want to get rid of before you move.  By doing this you will avoid having to unpack all sorts of unnecessary items and will save yourself a ton of time in the process.

Access Teri’s one-stop Orlando FL home search website.

Teri Isner is the team leader of Orlando Avenue Top Team and has been a Realtor for over 24 years. Teri has distinguished herself as a leader in the Orlando FL real estate market. Teri assists buyers looking for Orlando FL real estate for sale and aggressively markets Orlando FL homes for sale.

You deserve professional real estate service! You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently.  You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.

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