Eliane Consalvo - LAER Realty Partners

Posted by Eliane Consalvo on 3/11/2018

Whether youíre an empty nester, or just feel that you have too much ďstuffĒ in your house, many people can stand to downsize. If you are planning on moving to a smaller home or if you want to get your familyís amount of ďtreasuresĒ reduced, itís not an easy task. We can promise that it will be a worthwhile one! 

Just how can you downsize when you have a houseful of stuff? Thereís a few rules of thumb that you should follow in order to keep your downsizing process streamlined and stress-free.

Donít Try To Do Everything At Once

The more stuff that you have, the more overwhelming your project will be. You may want to be very efficient and try to get everything cleaned out as soon as possible. Itís probably not feasible to get it all done at once. Youíll stress yourself out both physically and emotionally. Think of a realistic time table for you based on how much time you hope to clean over a certain period and how much stuff you actually have. Itís best if you plan to tackle one room and one area at a time.   

If Youíre Helping Someone Else, Ask Yes Or No Questions

When youíre in the process of moving or even just getting rid of stuff, the people youíre helping will thank you if youíre direct. Ask yes or no questions about things as the whether itís being donated, tossed, or saved. This will be especially helpful when working with children and older people.  

Presort Items

You can also expedite the process of cleaning things just by sorting them out. Keep piles of clothing, kitchen items, tools and toys separate. This process works best with items that are numerous like clothing. Once the items are separated, they may be much easier to tackle.               

Know How Much Space You Have

If your goal is to empty out one closet in your home, then you know that space will be unavailable for storage. If youíre moving from an 8 room house to 5 room condo, you may have a bit more purging to do! Just remember that thereís no point in hanging onto things that wonít be used or that have no place to be stored.

Donít Have An Undecided Pile

Donít start an undecided pile of stuff. It will just end up back in your pool of things that will need to be cleaned out at a later time. Make sure that you make a clear decision on what youíre doing with each item in the process of sorting. One exception to this rule is paperwork. If you need to sort through a lot of it, place it in a box to go through at another time, preferably once the rest of the house is settled. 

If you focus on sorting and seeing what your most used items are, downsizing should be a less overwhelming task. Once you clean, you can focus on more important things like moving!

Posted by Eliane Consalvo on 12/4/2016

After you have dotted your iís and crossed your tís to purchase a new home, you may have a million things running through your head. You probably want to buy new furniture and throw a house warming party, but thereís a few more pertinent things that you need to address just as you turn the key to enter your new home. The first thing that you should do when you move into a new house is create a checklist using the information in this blog post. 

Inspect Your Stuff

Moving can cause some damage to your furniture and boxed up things. Youíll want to take a look at everything thatís been moved into the house and make sure that itís completely in tact. If anything is damaged, youíll need to file a complaint with your moving company or replace any items that were broken by the move if you were responsible.

Turn On Your Utilities

Thereís a process in getting your utilities up and running. Youíll need to either have them turned on completely or just transfer their operations from the old owners to your name. 


Itís important to unpack all of the essential things that youíll need at your new home. These items include sheets, pillows, blankets, kitchen items and coffee makers.


Moving into a home is a clean slate for you and your organizational skills. This is the time for you to get organized and put everything in a proper place. No one wants to move into a new home and immediately have a giant mess to clean up! Take your time and put everything in the right place. If you need to purchase shelving or other organizational tools, do so at this time to help you get off on the right foot.  

Inspect The House

Itís important to check out your house from top to bottom one more time shortly after moving in. If there are any problems that werenít there during the home inspection or any major issues that weren't revealed, youíll need to address them at this time.

Check For Pests

If there are any pests like mice or bugs in your home as you first move in, youíll need to take care of this ASAP. You donít want to have an infestation on your hands just as you move into your new home. You can either take on the problem yourself or call an exterminator for professional help.  

Secure The Home

From door locks to window safety, youíll want to check all around to ensure that your new home is safe and secure for you and your family. Thereís nothing more important the the health and safety of those you love, so you want to be sure that they are indeed protected from accidents and crime.           

Enjoy Your New Life!

Moving into a new home is very exciting. Youíll want to take the time to enjoy your new neighborhood and new surroundings. This also means taking care of your own well-being and your financial well-being as well. Make a budget so that all of your monthly payments are made promptly. Now that you have ďtaken care of business,Ē you can enjoy life!     

Posted by Eliane Consalvo on 4/20/2014

If you are moving soon you have probably thought about packing, hiring a mover and moving day but, have you considered what to do after the move? After the money has changed hands and the boxes are piled up in your new home, the question is... now what? 1. Create a game plan for unpacking First determine which rooms you will unpack first. You may want to choose one room to unpack and make feel "homey" before moving on to other areas of the house. This way you will have one room in your new home that feels settled. 2. Make the kids feel at home If you have kids you might want to put unpacking a "kid zone" at the top of your priority list. Moving can be stressful on children. Set up space with their familiar items to help make them feel at home in the new house. 3. Meet the neighbors Take time to introduce yourself to the neighbors. Become involved in area events and activities as soon as you can. Sign the kids up for sports, after-school activities or other community events. Buying a new home and making the move can be stressful, but it is what comes after the move that matters most.

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