Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 2/13/2018

You’ve made it through the bidding process and you’ve finally unpacked the last of your boxes. It’s finally time to show off your new home to your friends, family, and new neighbors! Throwing a party can be intimidating, especially a housewarming party since it's not every day you move to a new house. If you don’t know where to start to host your housewarming party keep reading for some tricks and tips below. Send out the invites. In the age of technology sending out e-vites is as easy as a few clicks and saves on postage, however, physical invitations include the opportunity to add a handwritten note to your loved ones and new neighbors. This adds a personalized and thoughtful touch to let them know you look forward to having them attend your party. You may also want to consider allowing guests to bring a friend. Doing so will also help you expand your social circle in your new community and make new acquaintances more comfortable. Including a reply by date will give you the opportunity to know how many guests to expect and allow you to plan accordingly. Clean and stock your home. A tidy home will impress your guests. Ensure that every room is spick and span as your guests will be hoping to see each room in your new home. Make sure your bathroom is well stocked for your guests. Think items like toilet paper, soap, air freshener, and extra towels. Go the extra mile and make your home smell good with lightly scented candles or an oil diffuser. Plan your menu. Skip the sit-down dinner in favor of finger foods. You will also want to keep dietary restrictions in mind when creating your menu, include a few vegetarian, dairy free and/or gluten free options to play safe. Creating a few different table spreads will allow for guests to mix and mingle throughout the house and avoid an overcrowded room. Greet guests. Be sure to greet incoming guests at the door or assign someone to do so for you to create a welcoming atmosphere for your party. Offer to take any coats or bags and make introductions to other guests to encourage a sociable atmosphere. Entertain. Have some simple games on hand to occupy guests like horseshoes or tic-tac-toe. You’ll also want to have a playlist prepared ahead of time to encourage a party atmosphere. If putting together a playlist isn’t your thing look into a music service that will automate one for you so that all you need to do is pick the atmosphere you would like for your party. The idea of hosting a party might seem like the last thing you want to do after the stress of buying and moving house however you can throw a party that is just as much fun for you as it is for your guests. By planning a casual housewarming party you can put in minimal planning and focus more time on having fun with your friends, family, and new neighbors.

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Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 8/29/2014

[caption id="attachment_98" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="Renting in Bridgewater MA has never been easier. Call JoAnn today!"]Renting in Bridgewater MA[/caption] Headed back to school? Looking for a great apartment to call home? Renting in Bridgewater MA is easy with the help of a rental agent like JoAnn Drabble! When you are new to an area or a first time renter, renting in Bridgewater MA may seem intimidating. If you are a veteran renter you know just how difficult it can be to find an apartment with most everything you are looking for. Well, do not let intimidation or previous bad experiences keep you from renting in Bridgewater MA, call JoAnn today and she can help you find just what you are looking for without the hassle. New rentals are always on the market, but for most people, finding these listings can be extremely difficult. Realtors, like JoAnn, have access to networks that let you see current rental listings within days of posting, rather than flipping through pages of Craigslist ads and getting no where. If you are interested in renting in Bridgewater MA, call JoAnn today! You will be glad you did.

Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 7/3/2014

[caption id="attachment_856" align="aligncenter" width="150" caption="Make the move easier with these moving tips"]Moving Tips[/caption]   Moving is probably the worst part of buying a new home. All of the packing, transport, and unpacking can leave you tearing out your hair and waving a white flag in defeat. Do not let the stress get to you, use these moving tips to make your next move a piece of cake. Organize Sounds simple enough right? Well this is the most important of all our moving tips because without organization you could misplace important items or wind up doing more work to get boxes and furniture to the correct rooms. The easiest way to stay organized is to make a list of items for each room to help ensure you are not forgetting anything. This list can also come in handy for double checking your belongings arrive to your new home. You may also want to color code your boxes and furniture as part of this list. Enlist Help Hiring movers may be a little expensive for some, but, even if your moving team is made up of family and friends, the extra hands will help take some of the stress off of your shoulders. Hiring a professional team will also help ensure that your items are handled with care and separate moving insurance will cover the cost of any un-expected damages during your move. Whichever route you choose, we could all use a little help when it comes to moving house. Personal Boxes We all know moving does not always go as planned and sometimes the personal items everyone needs are lost among the boxes. Make a box for each person that includes necessary items for two days just in case anything hiccups happen during the move and to make the stress of finding those personal items disappear during the first few nights of unpacking. You can color code these boxes as well or even make one for breakfast and coffee necessities or general toiletries and cleaning products you may need during the move. Use Your Luggage Don't waste boxes for clothes and linens. You will be moving your luggage to your new home too so take advantage of the empty cargo space! Keep Valuables Close Make sure you keep all of your important documents and valuables close at hand during your move. The items that are difficult to replace, like birth certificates, passports, and legal documents, should be kept in a folder and either in a personal box or in an easy to monitor place so they are not lost. Pack Early Seems like the easiest of our moving tips right? Well you would be surprised how often people leave packing until the last minute. If you are moving during the summer, you should make sure to pack up all of your winter items such as clothing, heavy comforters, outdoor gear, etc. The more you have packed early on, the easier your move will be. We hope these moving tips help make your next move and make it as stress-free as possible. Good luck!   

Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 6/13/2014

It is always difficult to decide which town to live in or buy a home in. Sometimes you move for family, sometimes advice from friends draws you to a new location, but whatever your motivation, it is always good to know a little about the area you are planning to buy in. I've compiled a little information to help you see why you should buy in Stoughton MA! First off, location, location, location! Stoughton MA is located in middle of everything. The excitement of Boston MA is just 16 miles (26 km) away, the easy living of Cape Cod MA is 35 miles (56 km) away, and the cultural hub of Providence RI is only 25 miles (40 km) away. It really can't get much better. Stoughton MA is a town focused on community. There is always something going on for everyone to enjoy. Take a look at the town website for all kinds of links to fun activities and community events. With the nickname "The Birthplace of Liberty," you can guess that people of Stoughton MA pride themselves on being social activists and active in town government. Stoughton MA also features a great public school system with five elementary schools, one middle school, and an award-winning high school known for its music department and school newspaper! If you still aren't sold on Stoughton MA, here are just a few things you can do to explore the town for yourself. I know you'll fall in love, and when you do, just give me a call. We'll start house hunting right away!

Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 9/17/2013

Are you making a big move? If so there are lots of tips on how to pack and move the contents of your home but what about your car? How can you get your car from point A to point B without actually having to drive your vehicle a long distance? If you are relocating there is good news. There are auto transport companies that can help in moving your car or motorcycle long distances. Here are some tips to help get you started: 1) Pick a date In order to get an exact quote you will need to pick a moving date, the sooner the better. Most moving companies need at least seven days notice to accommodate such a request. 2) Get a referral Ask around to see if anyone knows people who have recently made a cross-country move. See if they have references on a company that transports automobiles. Do your due diligence by researching the Better Business Bureau and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. 3) Get several quotes Call around and get several quotes (including insurance options) from a number of reputable car transport companies in your area. The transport companies will need to know the type of car you drive, your destination and the dates of your move. 4) Check with your insurance agent Make sure your insurance needs are squared away before you move. Ask your insurance company about your coverage in the event of an accident, theft or damage to your vehicle during the move. 5) Prepare your car The car transport company probably will not let you pack your car full of stuff to be shipped. Remove any miscellaneous items and take photos of your car before you send it off to the movers. 6) Pick up your car Try to be present when the car transport company delivers your vehicle. Inspect your car from top to bottom to make sure it was not damaged during the move.

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