A little more relocation advice

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Whether it’s across the street or across the country, any move can seem like a “big move.” A few days ago I wrote something about how to evaluate your decision to relocate. If you’ve decided to make the move, this short article covers some next steps. I’ve included, working from About.com and other sources, a rough timeline to think about to help your move go smoothly.

4-6 weeks before moving, start packing. Contact people who work for you on a regular basis and let them know you’re on the move. You can be nice and leave their business cards for the new renters or owners of your place. Here’s a good tip: pack heavy items in small boxes and lighter items in large boxes.

2 weeks before moving, call utility companies. Arrange for meter readings on the day of your closing so that all services after that date are the responsibility of the new owner. If the new owner doesn’t establish accounts, be sure the utilities are turned off. Cancel newspaper deliveries, too.

You’ll want to get utilities started up at your new place as soon as possible. Also, don’t forget to file a change of address with the post office. Other little things people often forget: remember to return library books and DVDs, and get your prescriptions transferred to your new location. If you can, open a bank account at your new location, or, if you’re staying in the area, order checks with your new address.

One week before your move is truly countdown time. You’ll want to confirm that your closing is still on track and double check with your movers. Cleaning up every room is important, so wait to pack your vacuum until the very last day. Cancel your existing homeowner’s or renter’s insurance after the closing is complete. It’s always smart to pack an “essentials” box – that includes bedding, bathroom items, and a few kitchen items. This can be the first box you unpack in your new home.

On moving day walk through every room of your old place to find any stray items, taking time to open all the closets and cabinets. A good tip: After you’ve thoroughly cleaned and dried the inside of your refrigerator, put a handful of fresh coffee, baking soda or charcoal in a sock or nylon stocking and place it inside to keep the interior smelling fresh. It’s important that you the movers as they pack and unpack. Note any damages on the mover’s bill of lading and be sure to ask the supervising person to sign off on the notation.

One final tip: Unpack your “essentials” box first, before tackling the big move in job. It’s been a long day! Oh, and a big bonus about moving: now’s your chance to de-clutter every room in your current house or apartment. You can even organize your closets.

Check out my Facebook page and for my Relocation Page, click here

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The Bergamot Station: A unique place to view art…

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Looking for a great place for viewing art? Check out the Bergamot Station. It’s an ideal place for a day excursion and to infuse some culture into your life. If you’re into black and white fine art photography, definitely stop by the Peter Fetterman Gallery. Free parking and over 20 art galleries in one place…

For a list of galleries: http://www.bergamotstation.com/explore.php


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The New Must-Have in Real Estate: Luxury Closets and Dressing Rooms

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Luxury closets and dressing rooms are the home design trend of today. Once a minor space designed primarily for storage, the unassuming closet is taking center stage. The latest in high-end luxury closets goes well beyond the typical walk-in and are created to look more like plush lounges or designer boutiques. Clothing and handbags in glass display cases are lighted like sculptures; custom-designed couches are arranged near Baccarat crystal bars or dedicated breakfast areas.
Designers and architects say for some clients, the cost of the closet can equal or surpass that of the kitchen, topping $100,000 for large, custom-designed walk-ins with well-appointed cabinetry, sound systems and office alcoves. Developers and homebuilders aren’t only installing windows in closets; they are also configuring home layouts to make sure the closets capture views and natural light.
Check out our Pinterest page of Luxe Closets and Dressing Rooms:
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Help with local Senior Living Options


Seniors have unique considerations when selling a home.

If you are a Senior or will be helping a senior relocate to a new home and would like some help with the process, as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist, I am committed to providing  a caring service you can count on!

Making the move to a new home can sometimes be overwhelming.  I  can support you or your loved one with the transition to independent living, assisted living, nursing care or a number of other senior living options.

As an active member of the following groups, I can provide you with the best service possible:

TOPS/Team of Older People Services Member 

OATF/Older Adult Task Force Member

I can also provide help with the following:

  • Identification of possible living options
  • What to look for in your new home
  • Arranging tours of communities
  • Questions to ask when visiting communities

Specialty Providers include:

  • Geriatric Care Manager
  • Financial Adviser
  • CPA
  • Professional Organizer
  • Estate Sale Team to handle your possessions with care

Please contact me for a free consultation:

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Santa Monica Sustainable Landscape Rebate Program



You can get up to $5,000 in rebates making changes to your landscape!

Did you know that more than 50% of the water consumed by most households is used to maintain landscapes and lawns? You can help reduce your outdoor water use, keep your landscape more attractive and healthy–and save money on your water bill–by replacing your thirsty turf grass with a sustainable and water-wise ornamental landscape.

What is Sustainable Landscaping?

In a nutshell, sustainable landscaping eliminates or greatly reduces the wasteful and excessive use of fossil fuels or water in the landscape, promotes a diverse and rich community of plants with multiple layering, uses native or locally adapted non-invasive plants, makes use of local rainfall and runoff and considers the need for providing habitat for little creatures including birds, bees, and butterflies. It holds the potential both to improve and to restore benefits of ecosystem services.

Visit Santa Monica Sustainable Landscape Rebate Program: http://www.smgov.net/Departments/OSE/Rebates/Landscape_Rebate.aspx

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LUXE sleep 

We all need  a place to recharge after a long day. Turn your bedroom into a haven for sleep. Create a stylish slumber-worthy space filled with your favorite things and…


Your senses can guide you into a deeper, more restful sleep. Use yours to heighten an everyday activity.

SEE  choose pleasing colors  + use candlelight + hang soothing art + place pictures you love around the room + choose beautiful linens and pillows

SMELL  surround yourself with nature with essential oils and a diffuser + use naturally scented room sprays + burn incense + open the windows everyday to let fresh air flow

HEAR  listen to soothing music, a visualization or meditation + or bathe in silence

TOUCH  100% organic cotton linens + a luxurious cashmere throw + perfect pillows + comfy cozy slippers + the softest pj’s + give yourself a well deserved body massage with essential oils

TASTE  keep a water glass handy + try eating a small piece of fruit right before bed to ward off hunger + enjoy big meals at least 3 hours before you hit the sack

FEEL  surround yourself with beauty

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This is a Great Way to Travel Around Town!

Bikeshare is coming to Santa Monica!              Bike SM logo

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Santa Monica is moving full speed ahead toward this year’s anticipated grand opening. This system is a first step in what may someday become an integrated, regional bikeshare system! The 500 8-speed “smart” bicycles will be parked at 1,000 docks configured into 65-75 stations citywide.  The City is excited to be introducing this innovative technology that includes on-board computers that lock, unlock and track the bikes via GPS.

What is Bikeshare?

Bikeshare is a fun, healthy and convenient transit option that is already operating in many major cities in the nation and around the globe. Bikeshare technology offers on-line and on-the-spot opportunities to reserve and rent a bike that will take you where you need to go.   At the end of a journey, just drop it off at the nearest bikeshare station. You can pick up another when you need it next.   Bikeshare is growing worldwide as a popular and fun transit system.

Bikeshare has been shown to contribute to an environment that encourages people to drive less, support local business, improve street safety, increase personal health and enjoy the community more.  The City Council designated bikeshare as one of the highest priority projects for implementation when it adopted the Bike Action Plan on November 22, 2011.

Santa Monica’s Bikeshare system is being made possible through more than $2 million in grant funds that the City was awarded through Metro’s Call for Projects and from the AQMD.  The process included the participation and support of the City’s regional partners in the Westside Cities Council of Governments, Metro and others, and it is hoped that the system will act as a pilot program that will be extended throughout the Los Angeles area.

Download the Bikeshare flyer and share it with your bike-riding friends.

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