Here are some fun & interesting facts about Sun City Texas located in Georgetown, TX as presented by Ann Dodson, Director of Finance, at the June 2019 Neighborhood Representative Organization meeting –

 

  • Sun City Texas 2019 revenue = $18 million (53% from HOA dues)
  • Sun City Texas 2019 expenses: $18 million (net zero break even)
  • Total Sun City Texas fund balance = $24 million
  • Current homes in Sun City Texas = 8,075
  • 4,084 homes have their original owners
  • Projected year build-out to 10,000 homes is 2026
  • Avg. new home sales per last 5 years = 267
  • Avg. resales per last 5 years = 444
  • Avg. resale home price = $300k
  • Avg. resident age = 74
  • Avg. length of residency = 8 years
  • 15,000 residents live in Sun City Texas
  • 300 homes are being rented
  • Total number of neighborhoods = 70
  • Neighborhood with the most resales = N24 (232)
  • Neighborhood with the most rentals = N24 (37)
  • Books & videos in the Sun City Texas library = 13,000+
  • Avg. fitness center daily attendance = 1,100
  • Sun City Texas Lifestyle Department bus outings in 2018 = 109

 

 

June 1, 2020

Best Restaurants in Sun City Texas for Takeout

Sun City has some great restaurants but unfortunately, we have to do takeout right now. If you're tired of cooking and just want some really good food, here are some of the best restaurants in Sun City Texas for take-out.

Best Restaurants in Sun City Texas for Takeout

Mulligan's

Mulligan's is located at 1530 Sun City Blvd. and serves breakfast lunch and dinner. They have unique, one-of-a-kind dishes, fresh ingredients, and create a homemade spin on our favorite meals. Right now they're doing takeout but, you can get some amazing meals just about anytime of the day. Consider their Tex-Mex Benedict. It's a normal eggs Benedict, with the addition of queso and a homemade biscuit. They have breakfast sandwiches, burritos, and omelets and make a delicious breakfast skillet. For lunch, you'll have to try their fried pickles, pork wings, which is an Asian inspired pork dish in a sweet and sour sauce and their unique avocado salad, which is to stuffed avocado halves with tuna or chicken salad. They have delicious burgers, country fried steak, liver and onions and fabulous Tex-Mex food. Be sure to give them a call at 512-688-5188 or check out their website for menus and ordering instructions.

Best Restaurants in Sun City Texas for Takeout

Wriggley's Pub

When you're out wandering around Georgetown Lake you have to stop in for a delicious burger and brew at Wriggley's Pub. Located at 1530 Sun City Blvd., this restaurant is open from 10 AM until 10 PM and serves up some great pub sandwiches, brick oven fired pizzas, and fantastic nachos. But for something more refined, check out the pear and spinach salad, the California club, or the stuffed tomato plate with tuna or chicken salad. They're doing takeout right now so check out their menu and order online.

Best Restaurants in Sun City Texas for Takeout

Simmer Down Café

This fantastic little breakfast joint serves much more than eggs Benedict. They're open every day but Monday from 11 AM till 8 PM and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 AM until 8 PM. They offer a great Sunday brunch. Located just around the Marketplace area at 4701-1 Williams Dr. this Café features Caesar salads, delicious French onion soup, chicken fried steak, one of the best Rubens around and my favorite, the Old Timer, a hamburger steak smothered with grilled onions, mushrooms, and brown gravy topped with cheddar cheese and a couple of sides.

Best Restaurants in Sun City Texas for Takeout

Lin's Café

This unique stop offers some of the tastiest Chinese and Asian cuisine in Georgetown. Located at 5725 Williams Dr., Lin's features delicious fried rice, yakisoba noodles, sesame chicken, honey crispy shrimp, Szechuan beef and scallops and my favorite, the compound triple delight, a spicy mix of shrimp, chicken, and beef in a spicy Kung pow sauce topped with peanuts. If you're craving some Asian cuisine, you have to check out Lin's.

Best Restaurants in Sun City Texas for Takeout

Honorable Mention

Catfish Parlour

Although this is more in Georgetown than the Sun City, it's fairly close and they're now open for limited dine-in, take-out, and curbside pickup. If you're craving seafood, you have to check out this great place. They have jumbo shrimp, fried oysters, fried catfish, blackened or grilled fish, and a fantastic express lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM with all-you-can-eat sides and veggies plus unique daily sides such as cinnamon apples, sweet potato fries, and butter beans.

There you have it, some of my favorite restaurants around Sun City Texas. If you have questions or you're looking to move to this area, I would love to chat with you more about this fantastic 55+ retirement community and all the perks you get just by living here.

Ready to move? Call me anytime for information on Sun City Real estate and homes in the area.

More: How to Buy Your First House Over 55

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Posted in Sun City Texas
May 28, 2020

6 Easy Steps for Moving into Your Senior Life

6 Easy Steps for Moving into Your Senior Life

Everyone knows that moving is a stressful time, emotions are running high and the physical demands take a lot out of you. This can be especially hard if you’re a senior and this is your first move in a long time. Just the thought of putting a house up for sale and going through years of keepsakes can make you want to stay where you are.

Take a deep breath, it’ll all work out in the end. But until then, here are some tips to help you through the move and into your new home.

Focus on the Positive

This is a good thing that is happening to you. You are trading in the responsibilities of a large house for something a little more manageable. And while Sun City doesn’t provide housekeeping or other services, there are some helpful numbers in the community’s magazine.

Pack with Confidence

Give yourself enough time to downsize, pack, and move. Get yourself a notebook to keep to a schedule, make lists of what needs to be done, and write memories from the items you are debating on keeping.

Be Realistic and Start Small

You’ve collected a lot of memories and belongings over the years, and it’s not realistic to try to sort it all at once. Set aside 20 minutes a day to go through a pile or room of your house. Once you start you might find it hard to stop.

Get your important things together

Before you pack too much, put together a folder with all of your important papers. This includes your will, birth certificate, medical records, passports, power of attorney, military records, and diplomas. While you are doing this call your doctors and pharmacies to transfer medications and prescriptions if needed.

Measure out your space

Moving into a smaller house means that some of your old furniture might not fit. Make sure you measure out the new rooms and consult the floor plan before packing up. Then make plans to donate or sell anything that you aren’t taking with you.

Rely on Your Friends and Family

This process doesn’t have to be done alone, moving is hard for everyone. Call up your friends and relatives so they can help you. Your family can help by taking anything that is theirs or things that you want to give away. And having people around makes the work go faster and more fun.

Moving into a new home is a big and exciting change, but that means it can also be stressful and chaotic. If you follow these tips your transition will be smooth and you will be relaxing in your new home in no time.

Ready to move? Call me anytime for information on Sun City Real estate and homes in the area.

More: How to Buy Your First House Over 55

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Posted in Sun City Buyers
May 21, 2020

Traditional Housing Meets Modern Community

Traditional Housing Meets Modern Community

Current housing trends for seniors show that there is a growing interest in active adult communities. And many retirees are looking to move out of multifamily rentals and into traditional houses. Sun City is a perfect place for people 55 and over who are looking to move into a new home or buy a vacation house for an escape to somewhere warm.

Living in a single-family home lets the owner keep their independence while picking a house that fits their lifestyle. One misconception of planned communities is that they are made of “cookie-cutter” style houses that all look the same, but not at Sun City. There are several floor plans available that range from 1300 to over 2600 square feet. Some include a second floor and there are options for different layouts within the plans. And the exterior designs are just as varied so there is a house for everyone’s taste.

A survey was done by Where to Retire magazine shows that in addition to choosing single-family homes, retirees are also looking to buy rather than rent. Buying your own home gives you security and a space to make your own. At Sun City the houses are reasonably priced, many of the ones available now are priced under $500,000.Sun City Texas

But retirees don’t want just any house in any town, they want to be able to be around their peers. Sun City is a master-planned community by Del Webb and it is a perfect place for active seniors. The provided amenities allow residents to continue to enjoy an active lifestyle and events catered to their interests. There are several pools and fitness centers, and throughout the year there are concerts and festivals. Even though this is an exclusive community it isn’t isolated, Sun City is located just 15 minutes from Georgetown where residents can enjoy plenty of local shopping and dining.

Living at Sun City gives you the benefits of living in a traditional home without having to manage a huge house or mortgage. You can also have the comfort of knowing that since this is an exclusive community in a great area that your home will not lose its value if you have to sell.

Sun City began in 1994 and it is still a place where traditional single-family homes blend with beautiful designs and modern amenities. Here you can embrace the freedom of your retirement by spending it lounging by the pool, out on the golf course, or learning a new hobby with new friends.

Ready to move? Call me anytime for information on Sun City Real estate and homes in the area.

Posted in Sun City Buyers
May 18, 2020

5 Helpful Tips When Moving to an Active Adult Community

This is not your grandmother's retirement home. Retirement communities, also known as over 55 communities or active adult communities, are changing the way people retire. This is no longer a nursing home-styled, rundown facility. These are vibrant, active resorts for retirees where you can enjoy the golden years of your life. If you're looking to move to one of these fantastic active adult communities like Sun City Texas, here are five helpful tips to know.

#1. Start a notebook about the things you really want in a community.

If you don't do this, you may move into a home and realize they don't have the amenities you were hoping for. Do you want a swimming pool? On-site restaurant? Bar? Golf course, tennis courts, and active social calendar, clubhouse, events, or other amenities? All of these things can be found at Sun City but not every retirement community has everything you want. It's important to write these things down and then if you find the right home but it's missing one or two items, will you trade the house for the amenities? What will you tolerate? What is an absolute must-have?

5 Helpful Tips When Moving to an Active Adult Community#2. Think about your life over the next 10 years.

Now, if someone had said where you saw yourself in five years, five years ago, we probably wouldn't have thought that we were in a lockdown. But, over the next 5 to 10 years think about your lifestyle. Will you want to be more active than you are now? Will you slow down and enjoy the walk around your neighborhood more? Think about your lifestyle in the next 10 years and what you really want out of the community at that time. Start now by planning for the next few years.

#3. Will you downsize?

Will you be moving into a smaller house and will you need to downsize? Perhaps you hung on to your kids or your grandkids items long enough and it's time for them to collect their belongings. Go through your home now and see what you can get rid of, donate, or sell. You may not want to take everything and moving is a big undertaking so downsizing now before you need to move will really ease things up later on. Will you need the same amount of rooms? Will all of your furniture fit in the new home?

#4. Do your research.5 Helpful Tips When Moving to an Active Adult Community

It's important to know your options when moving into an active adult community. There are many communities out there and you have to decide what type of home you want. Do you want a condominium with little to no maintenance? Do you want a single-family house with a garden? Remember, the more maintenance the community does the more your homeowner's association fees will be so ill need to factor that into your budget as well. Sometimes it's definitely worth having someone else replace the roof or paint the outside.

#5. Visit the community several times before moving in to get a feel for the neighborhood and your neighbors.

You may love everything that the community offers but if you realize you'll be moving in next to the grumpy assist man on earth, you may need to rethink where you live. Get to know your neighbors and you might meet some new people. Ask your future neighbors if they like the community and are satisfied. Ask if there's anything they wish they had known before they moved in. Ask about the Association and how comfortable they are with how it is run.

Sun City Texas is one of the largest active adult communities in the state and there are so many things to do it's practically like being on vacation year-round. If you'd like to know more about this fantastic community contact my office at any time.

More: How to Buy Your First House Over 55

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Posted in Sun City Buyers
May 14, 2020

How to Buy Your First House Over 55

Owning your own home is a goal that everyone can aspire to, the freedom to make a space your own and get to know your community. There is no time limit to buying and moving into your first house, even if you are heading into your retired years. But while the process doesn’t change, if you are a senior there are some things you might want to consider before you start looking for your first home.How to Buy Your First House Over 55

While you can’t be denied a mortgage loan based on your age, it may be a big factor on whether you should get a house. There are several options of mortgages available like the conventional mortgage that you can pay off over the course of several years, and the reverse mortgage which is common for seniors. Unlike younger homebuyers, going for a 30-year mortgage when you are in your mid-70s could be risky. If something happens to you, your loved ones could be stuck with a lengthy loan. Before moving forward in the buying process, talk to an accountant about how much you can afford and set up auto payments to save yourself some stress.

Your health and needs are other factors to consider when looking for your first home. A sprawling two-story house with extra bedrooms might seem nice but if you have trouble getting around it might not be for you. At Sun City there is a floor plan to suit everyone’s needs, there are houses with two stories and single stories that range from 1200 to over 3000 square feet.

You should finally consider how long you want to stay in the house that you are considering. A house that’s lived in for five years or less risks losing the appreciation value without any long term investments or upgrades.

If having a traditional single family-style house isn’t quite what you had in mind, you can always look into condos or duplexes. Sun City has some duplexes but they aren’t always available so talk with an agent to see if that is an option for you.

Buying your first home as a senior doesn’t have to be a daunting prospect, this is a time where you want to feel secure but still keep your freedom. With homeownership, you have the security in knowing that your house can’t be taken from you and a place that you can make your own. At Sun City, you can experience the joys of your first house in a community of your peers with all the added amenities of living at a resort.

Related: How to Maintain Healthy Finances When Moving

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Posted in Sun City Buyers
May 12, 2020

Best Hidden Gems in Georgetown Texas

If you're planning on moving to Georgetown for better yet, Sun City Texas, you probably are dying to check out the area. There are a lot of hidden gems, treasures, and places to explore throughout Georgetown but here are a few of my favorites.

Blue Corn Harvest Bar & GrillBest Hidden Gems in Georgetown Texas

For the ultimate in southern Tex-Mex cuisine, you have to check out this amazing bar and grill that not too many people know about. Let's talk about the extensive blood he married bar that you'll find here on the weekends, but of course, we could in addition to fantastic Chile Quiles, Nachos and their famous pulled pork enchiladas on blue corn tortillas. If you're looking for authentic Tex-Mex, this is it.

Georgetown Palace Theater

This unique theater in Georgetown offers professional-level stage performances embracing the local talent and amateur performers. There's always something unique, fun, and entertaining happening at the Palace Theater. For over 90 years, the theater has been serving Williamson County with unique performances such as the Addams Family, White Christmas, Catch Me If You Can, Sister Act, and Evita, just to name a few and they're always coming up with new and creative performances and comedy acts.

hidden gems in Sun City TexasInner Space Cavern

Discovered in 1963 by the Texas highway department during the construction of Interstate 35, the Inner Space Cavern was inaccessible prior to the construction so the department to drill the 2-foot wide hole down through 35 1/2 feet of limestone bedrock. This became known as the Discovery Whole and was the very first entrance into the cave. Today, there's over 5 miles of the cave making it the fourth largest in Texas. This is one of the most preserved caves in the state and is home to prehistoric animal bones, large rooms, and beautiful formations. It's a constant 72° year-round and never floods during rains but is available for tours year-round.

San Gabriel River

Located just east of downtown Georgetown, this relaxing Park is an ideal place for walking, jogging, picnicking, spending the afternoon napping under the giant live oak trees, or enjoy miles of walkways and it's never overcrowded. It's also home to the Blue Hole, a unique swimming hole just north of town along the river. You can enjoy Cliff jumping, serenity standing under the waterfalls, and just a great place to cool off. The river itself is formed in Georgetown by the confluence of the North Fork San Gabriel and the South Fork sand Gabriel, both originate in Burnet County.

General Store in Andice

If you blink you might miss it but this little hole in the wall just a few minutes up the road from Sun City Texas is a unique place to stop, grab some locally made favorites, and grabbed one of the most delicious hamburgers in the area. Whether you're looking for a unique gift, delicious pickles, and jams, or just need a burger and brew, the general store in Andice Texas is definitely a must-see.

Dale's Essenhaus Country Roadhouse

This is one truly Texas roadhouse. Getting its start back in 1966, Dale's Essenhaus has been well known for Homestyle cooking, the famous Walburger and just plain good food, Texas music, and a great family atmosphere. It's just a few more miles up the road from Sun City.

Sun City is also the gateway to the Texas Hill Country, a popular destination for day trips, weekends, or just exploring the beautiful countryside. Georgetown sits at the eastern edge of the hill country so it's a beautiful location or jumping-off point to explore the unique Texas Hill country.

Let us know if you've been to any of these amazing places. These are some of my favorites and I am a longtime resident of Sun City Texas and would love to show you more about this fantastic part of the country.

Posted in Sun City Texas
May 7, 2020

Best Retirement Communities in Georgetown Texas

Finding the right place to live as a senior can be confusing since there are so many options out there and you don’t want to get stuck in a place that doesn’t feel like home. The name “retirement community” might make you think of bingo halls and nursing staff, but not at Sun City. Here residents can enjoy quality amenities while still keeping their independence.Best Retirement Communities in Georgetown Texas

Living in a senior community doesn’t mean you have to sit at home bored or stuck with the same activities every day. At Sun City, every month features a variety of events like performers, classes, dances, even movie nights. A team of volunteer trip planners schedules road trips around Texas and the surrounding states. The various clubs also host their own events like the Actors and Theatre Arts Guild that puts on three shows a year. There is even a travel agency in the community offering tours and cruises around the world.

Getting older and moving into a senior community isn’t the end of your personal hobbies or the loss of friends. In fact, there are tons of clubs dedicated to social activities and learning new skills. You can join the photography club, garden club or woodworkers club, you can learn to dance at the ballroom club, or get involved in sports with softball or golf club. If you want to learn more about the clubs check out the home page.

Related: This is NOT Your Parent's Retirement Community

You might think retirement communities are for people who are too old to care for themselves. But Sun City is an active senior neighborhood where people can still live independently in their own homes but have access to the resources they need to stay healthy. There are fitness centers with exercise equipment, trainers, and classes. The community also has a resource booklet with information about doctors and nursing homes just in case.

Best Retirement Communities in Georgetown TexasAnd don’t forget your furry friends because they are welcome here too. Enjoy Georgetown’s bountiful sun with your pet at the “Barking Lot,” Sun City’s private dog park. Dog owners can also participate in a three-level training course; beginner (for dogs without basic training), intermediate (for learning more commands), and advanced (for learning therapy skills). If you don’t have a pet yet, there are two animal shelters in the area where you can find your new best friend.

Retirement homes don’t have to be stuffy apartment buildings, dining rooms, and nights spent sitting around. Sun City is a place where residents can make new friends and spend time doing the things you love.

Posted in Sun City Texas
May 6, 2020

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a House Sight Unseen

Just about everything can be done online these days including buying a house. 10 years ago, 80% of home buyers started their search online and now it's probably closer to 100%. Today, 20% of homebuyers have actually made an offer sight unseen, and in today's day and age and virus times, that's more common than ever.

If you're relocating from one part of the country to another, seeing a home in person right now might be very difficult if not impossible. It might seem risky but we encourage people not to stress about this because a completely remote homebuying process is possible as long as you avoid some common mistakes. Here are seven mistakes to avoid when buying a house sight unseen.

#1. Not using the right agent.7 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a House Sight Unseen

Regardless of whether you are buying the house sight unseen or not, having the right real estate agent can make all the difference in the world. It's important to find an agent that you trust, know the market well and the area in which you want to buy like the back of their hand. Start by reading reviews of real estate agents in the area in which you want to buy and ask how many sales they've handled in the last year throughout your targeted neighborhood.

More: 5 Questions You Must Ask Your Realtor®

#2. Skipping the virtual tour.

This is definitely a no-no. You have to see what the home looks like to some extent and agents that are willing to provide a virtual tour or even multiple virtual tours mean that you'll be able to see the home in a variety of different lights, times of the day, and really get a sense of what the property is like. Many listings have 3D virtual walk-through tours where you can see every nook and cranny of the home as if you were there in person. This is a great tool to help narrow down your choices and live video chat tours with your agent over face time or other video sharing software is essential.

#3. Not asking things you would normally see for yourself.

Being in the home would bring up different questions than seeing it online, so make sure you ask the agent what the house smells like both inside and outside, what can you hear from the house, do any of the appliances or features look outdated, what are the utilities and Internet services like, and what stands out is a concern that isn't shown in the listing photos. Be sure to ask about these things that you won't be able to tell unless you are actually there.

Related: How to Maintain Healthy Finances When Moving

#4. Not researching the neighborhood.

With Google maps, we can literally go down and check out the neighborhood from the street view. Take a look at how far away the neighborhood is from daily services such as your favorite coffee shop, grocery store, or restaurants. Consider joining community groups such as Door or on Facebook to find out more about the neighborhood and the area. Related: How to Learn About a Neighborhood You're Considering

#5. Not using a high-quality home inspector.

Kevin this is your key to learning as much about the property as possible so definitely don't forgo the home inspection. This is a crucial step in the home buying process and it's even more important to have those extra set of eyes from a professional looking at the home unbiased sleep. Make sure you interview home inspectors and do your research to find a qualified one that understands the uncertainty of buying a home sight unseen. They will be extra careful to report or point out certain items.

#6. Waiving contingencies.

If you're thinking about negating a contingency in order to compete with other buyers, it can be a huge risk. The home inspection contingency should never be waived and financing contingencies should definitely be put in place for planning on financing the property. You want to protect yourself and it can be competitive and enticing to negate these contingencies but don't do it.

#7. Waiving additional inspections.

In addition to the standard home inspection, you may need an additional inspection depending on what the original inspection report discovers. If there is a swimming pool, if the home was built before 1980, or if there are concerns with pest, roof issues, or foundation issues, this should prompt an additional inspection. Yes, this is going to cost more but you'll definitely regret not doing this step if a couple of years down the line you realize this could've been avoided by discovering major issues at the time of purchase.

I'd love to help you find the perfect home in Sun City Texas sight unseen if necessary. We do whatever we can to provide top quality home tours, virtual tours, and walk you through the process of buying a home sight unseen. Contact us today for more information or start browsing all Sun City Texas homes for sale right now.

Posted in Sun City Buyers
April 29, 2020

How to Sell Your Sun City TX Home

Getting your Sun City house ready to show can be one of the most stressful parts of selling your house. But making your house look good doesn’t have to be a chore; here are some easy tips to make your house eye-catching to buyers and some mistakes to avoid.

Steps to Preparing to Sell

When you first decide to sell, take the time to talk to your real estate agent and show them around. They are the experts and they can point out what might make your house look better to potential buyers and help you decide if there is any remodeling that should be done before showing.

Clutter is a big no-no when letting people tour your house (besides no one wants to move with stuff they don’t need anymore). Go through your closets, bins, garages, and anywhere else that tends to accumulate junk. If you have kids who don’t like the idea of getting rid of toys, try turning it into a positive experience. You could set goals for the number of things they get rid of or host a garage sale and let them keep the proceeds of what they decide to sell.

Once you’ve thinned out unneeded items it’s time to start remodeling. Renovations are not always needed but getting everything up-to-date will ensure buyers aren’t scared off by a big project right as they move in. Talk to your agent before deciding on changes because they may disagree. What you can do is complete all unfinished projects, that way buyers see a complete house. Simple fixes like a fresh coat of paint, new grout, or some new lighting fixtures are a few things you can do to give your house a facelift.

Related: What's the difference between a remodel and a renovation?

You will be having people walking and looking through every inch of your house so cleaning is an important step. Trying to clean everything at once can feel daunting, so take it room by room. If you have multiple bathrooms try deep cleaning all of them then designate one for daily use, this will keep the others clean and give you less to do on the day of showings. Be creative when you need to hide everyday clutter (toys, mail, clothes) on showing day by using empty suitcases, totes, or even just the trunk of your car.

Related: 6 Places You Might Forget to Clean

The way your house looks from the curb can make or break it for some buyers, so roll up your sleeves and pull out your gardening tools. Give any hedges or bushes a trim to make them look tidy, put out planters to decorate your walkway, and plant flowers to spruce up bare beds. Your front door could also benefit from a fresh coat of paint, choose a color that is bold to catch the eyes of buyers as they walk up. And you should never underestimate the power of a good pressure wash to make driveways and walkways shine.

Related: 5 Things to Look for in a Landscaper

Now it is time for staging, you may want to hire an interior decorator but here are some tips for DIY-ers. Opening all interior doors and blinds will light up your home and make it feel bigger and more open. Change out family photos for abstract art, accessorize with throw pillows and blankets, and bring in some fresh flowers to add pops of color. When designing remember that less is more, buyers want to see themselves in the house but might be turned off to decorations that aren’t their style. Appeal to other senses when showing your house by baking cookies, lighting a candle, or bringing in flowers to make buyers feel at home.

More: How to make your bathroom more appealing to buyers

After all your hard work your house is now ready to show, so it’s time to take a deep breath and let your agent take over. If you want to go the extra mile, take your family on a small vacation to keep the house clean while you get to relax.

Additional: YES! You can still sell your home during the lockdown

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Posted in Sun City Sellers
April 27, 2020

How to Maintain Healthy Finances When Relocating

How to Maintain Healthy Finances When RelocatingIf you're planning a move or relocation you know it can be spending. There is moving costs, gas, and then all the time it takes… Which if time is money, that is a huge expense. While we don't want to drain on our bank accounts, we do want to find a way to wisely manage your money and finances when moving. We help a lot of folks moving to and from Sun City Texas, most of which have pretty established credit and finances. Those folks certainly don't want to disrupt their healthy finances too much so here are some tips about maintaining healthy finances when relocating.

Plan ahead

Planning makes all the difference in the world and then you're not flying by the seat of your pants. Unless you are moving abruptly or you didn't realize you had to relocate, plan as far in advance as possible. Start making a notebook or checklist of things that you'll need to complete and a timeline to give yourself some breathing room in between.

Give yourself a goal as to when you want to be in your new home and then prioritize tasks around it. Make a list of when you need to shut off utilities and energy costs and then restart them at the new location. Try to time things perfectly so that you're not overpaying for utilities. The last thing you want is to be responsible for bills at two locations. Ask about any cancellation fees or setup costs and if they can be waived. The worst they can say is no.

Moving can be costly so price out moving companies ahead of time and check out their ratings and reviews. The cheapest is usually not the best. You want them to take care of your belongings so get ratings and reviews before finalizing with a moving company and ask if there are any discounts if you plan ahead.

Related: Don't make these 10 mistakes when moving

What are you going to do yourself?

How much of the move are you planning to do yourself? This can save you a lot of money by packing up slowly, labeling everything, and taking the proper time off work to handle the logistics yourself. Some things we simply cannot do ourselves so it's okay to plan ahead and prepare, just make sure it fits within your budget.

Calculate as much of the cost as possible.

Shopping around and being flexible on the dates of relocation can help save moving costs and keep you on budget. Remember, you may have title and insurance fees, Real Estate Commission's if you're buying or selling, packing materials and gas costs depending on how far you're going. To save on packing materials, use what you already have such as blankets and linens for wrapping dishes and valuables.

Related: 6 Questions to Ask When Relocating After Retirement

Pad the budget.

Whatever you think this is going to cost add a little bit to it. If you don't use it, you'll have a little extra once you relocate but at least you'll be prepared for those unexpected costs that pop up.

If you are relocating to Sun City Texas I love to help you buy or sell in this area. I specialize in helping folks purchase homes in Sun City Texas and because this is an active adult community, finances are definitely a priority. Maintaining healthy finances through a relocation will set you up for financial success later on.

Posted in Sun City Buyers