Your real estate agent patiently helped you find the exact home you’d dreamed of your whole life. The Home Inspector has signed off. Your mortgage rep offered you a great interest rate and the appraisal came back on mark. Hey, you just bought a house. Congratulations!
But once the excitement wears off a little, the process of what comes next is going to begin to sink in. You’re now going over everything in your head that must be done (and how quickly it must be done!) and you’re trying really hard not to panic, right?
Maybe you’re moving to a new town and you know no one.
Maybe you’re downsizing now that the kids are off to college.
Maybe you’ve divorced and you’re beginning a fresh start.
Or maybe this is your first ever home and you just don’t even know where to start.
Whatever your situation, real estate experts agree that moving is one of life’s most stressful moments – right up there with death and divorce.
You could Google “how to move” or “moving checklist” and start doing research on moving companies. Real Simple.com offers tons of helpful DIY moving checklists and fun ideas like building a “moving binder.” Maybe you could check out Yelp and read up on the different moving companies, contractors, house cleaners in your area. You know, in your spare time.
This is the moment you wish you had a personal assistant. Or an app on your phone that can help you find everything you need with just a scroll of your finger.
This is why the developers of the kNEEBU app decided to make it simple for everyone. The app makes perfect sense: Create a community of referrals for all the services you may need but don’t really have time to find, including an easy way to schedule and allow consumers to get it done on the go. And people who provide those services everyone needs – like babysitters, plumbers, movers, electricians and simple construction projects – can also join. Users get to pick whomever they want to hire based on ratings, hourly rates and proximity from their house, and then live chat or call the service provider – while the service provider gains business through trust and top-notch customer service – all through the app!
Up next on the list: hiring movers. This can be an expensive part of the process and it’s hard to decide who to hire. This is your stuff, likely some of the most important things in your life. And even though you may think cheaper is better for the budget, remember, they are going to be touching your prized possessions so it’s very important they are good at what they do.
Chances are you will want your house cleaned before you move in. Even if your house is brand new, there will be dirt and grime to get out before you go in.
And there’s probably a room or two that will need to be painted. If you’re anything like most, you probably jumped on different home sites as soon as you found your dream home to figure out what colors would work best. Getting a good, reliable painter who doesn’t take forever and has clean lines is a top priority.
Maybe you want to update light fixtures or change your faucets. These can make a room pop, but all cost money (more than you’d often expect) so it’s important that whomever you hire to install knows what he or she is doing.
We could head back to Google or weed through Yelp reviews (many may not even be real) or better yet, through kNEEBU, you open your phone (between searching Pinterest, watching HGTV clips and looking at social media to steal decorating ideas from friends) and simply connect to these services in your new hometown. And, while you’re researching what company to hire, you’re also learning about people who live in your community, as some of your fellow neighbors may be skilled in the area where you need help, and they may have signed up with kNEEBU as service providers. It could be a great way to connect with your neighbors.
KNEEBU also conducts background checks and tracks how long it takes a contractor to complete a job. How many times have you hired someone over the phone only to have them be completely unprofessional when they show up? Or also frustrating, they show up and are so off schedule it slows your whole project and can ruin your week? And then there are those service providers who never even bother to show up at all. You wait all day, maybe even call off work, and no one comes and you have to start all over again. You’re already so stressed out by buying a home and the physical move, it’s just too much to deal with all this.
Experts at Moving Tips listed the top three stressors during this transition:
- Money – If you’re not careful, you will spend more than you wanted to
- Time – Just not enough of it
- Stuff – There’s just too much of it
And then think about all the things you may need to get done in those first few weeks once you get into your house:
- Staining the deck
- Carpet cleaning
- Decorating tips
- Seal the driveway
- Setting up cable and internet
Not to mention how you are going to leave your current residence:
- Fixing anything you broke but never bothered to repair
You are halfway through an incredibly frustrating-overwhelming-amazing-exciting-new time in your life. Then throw in a couple kids, a dog, a spouse who may have moved ahead, your job and then knowing no one in your new city and that list above could be enough to make anyone cry. It’s time to give yourself a break!