Caught in the Web

 Make Your Move with the World Wide Web

Planning a Move? The World Wide Web Can Lighten Your Load!

 

by Laura Emery, Field Editor 

Moving is considered a major life event, and major life events — getting married or divorced, having a baby, losing a job or getting a new job are other examples — often involve a lot of change.

Such change is often accompanied by stress and anxiety. While the World Wide Web can’t pack and unpack boxes for you, it can lead you to websites that will make your life easier during the big move, from start to finish.

 

Buying or Selling?

The Internet is a great place to find realtors and multiple home listings, updated with much greater frequency, and offering much more information, than traditional newspaper listings. Check out About.com’s section on homes at www.homebuying.about.com for a wide assortment of articles, ranging from the 11 steps to buying a home to the top 10 reasons good homes don’t sell. Realtor.com is the world’s largest real estate database of homes for sale and the official site of the National Association of Realtors. Find real estate listings, realtors’ mortgage rates, and much more. Check out AgentConnect.com for help finding an agent in your area who can meet your needs. At NewHomeGuide.Com, you can search thousands of new homes across the country. Find information on mortgages, see floor plans, discover builders, locate moving services, find local schools, and more.

 Boxes, Anyone?

www.craigslist.com

Believe it or not, Craigslist.com is more than just a go-to source for used furniture and yard sale announcements. It’s also a wonderful source for getting items, oftentimes for free, that are essential for those on the brink of a move — like moving boxes and packing paper. There are plenty of people looking to quickly dispose of these cumbersome reminders of their stressful “major life event” — so be sure and check Craigslist before you spend any money on boxes or paper.

 

Contractors, Oh No!

www.angieslist.com

While there may be a membership fee to use this website service, it could save you bucks in the long run. At Angieslist.com, you can find detailed reviews on roofers, plumbers, house cleaners, electricians, painters — all those people who can help make your move (or selling your home) a little easier. Here are some key things to consider before you pay to use this website:

1) Companies can’t pay to be on Angie’s List;

2) Reviews come from real people like you, not anonymous users; 3) Certified data-collection process prevents companies and providers from reporting on themselves or their competitors;

4) Angieslist.com has a complaint resolution team that will intercede if a home repair goes bad; and 5) Companies and providers respond to reports, so you get the whole story. While buying or selling a home, you have enough stress to deal with — so let the trusted reviews on Angieslist.com help take the worry out of selecting a certified and trustworthy contractor.

 

No Time For Lines!

www.dmv.state.va.us

Even after you have sold your home and purchased a new one and are comfortably settled in, there are a lot of things you still need to do — like change your address with the post office, get new licenses, transfer titles, and order stamps for those “change of address” cards you’ll need to send out. This is where the DMV and USPS websites come into play. Don’t waste your time standing in line when you can do most of these things online from the comfort of your new home.

 

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