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I have found some interesting articles that will help you buy, sell, or in-home maintenance.

The home has many aspects that will need annual attention. These components will keep one up at night; however, in this age that we live in, it is easy to find the help that we all need. I hope that in these Blog articles is some information that will help us.

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Tightening the light switch plate cover screws

Are you Relocating?

You Can Start a Business While Relocating!

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What do you do if you have everything for your brilliant new work-from-home business except a suitable home? New Horizons Inspections shares a few ideas that can help you move forward with a move while launching your company.

Create Plan and Set Up Payroll

Understanding what your business needs is vital to selecting the right home. Formulate a business plan that outlines your expectations for the next five years since experts recommend staying in a purchased home for at least that amount of time.

Study your market and competition to discern the investment your business needs. 360 Degrees notes that a comprehensive budget lets you know how much to put into the business and what to spend on your new home. Kiplinger points out that home business use opens up tax deductions, so investigate the rules for your state thoroughly. At the same time, get to know the business regulations in your new area to avoid legal complications.

If you plan to hire employees, it’s important to not only pay them on time but stay in compliance with the IRS. This requires setting up payroll software designed for small businesses. Look for a robust platform that allows you to automatically pay your employees from your smartphone, as well as being reminded about paydays and tax filing deadlines. The app also allows you to edit employee information and run reports on the go.

Your plan should also take the home purchase into consideration. Answer crucial questions to guide your home purchase. For instance, will you require storage space? What level of peace and quiet do you need? How large should your office be? Will you need room for expansion? How much upkeep does the dwelling require? If shipping is a part of your operation, find out how well postal and delivery services perform in your new area.

Specify Your Personal or Family Needs

Learn the quality of the prospective school district if you have kids. Use mapping apps to figure travel times for shopping and routine appointments. Identify your needs and spending power so you don’t hesitate and miss an opportunity.

Since you’ll be juggling so many items at once, professional assistance can eliminate headaches. You might save money by renting a truck and moving with the help of friends, but a moving service can get the job done more quickly. The time you save can be used to build your company and net you more income. 

Set a Solid Foundation for Your Business

Carve out a niche in the market by gradually building your reputation. Network and partner with complementary businesses. Start a website and blog where you write about your industry. Even if you have no service or product to offer, you can be an authority by regularly posting useful information. Offer affiliate programs for others to advertise on your site for a fee to start generating income.

It can be advantageous to pursue a degree. Various online programs allow you to work at your pace. While you move up the ladder of education, you increase your value in the market. For example, people who intend to work as IT consultants or technicians benefit from advanced certifications.

Register Your Business

Consider forming an LLC as your business entity. You can start an LLC immediately and register it as a foreign LLC in your new state or transfer the LLC after a move. Whatever you choose, investigate the requirements carefully and pay attention to the local laws.

If you need to move to have the right spot for a new business, you don’t necessarily have to put your startup plans on hold. With these practical suggestions, you can find a way to accomplish both!

Megan Cooper

Relocating soon?

a concierge or self-help?

We at New Horizons home inspections have a concierge that will help you with the move-in, Or maybe you will want to do the footwork yourself. Well, this article will help you by Megan Cooper.

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getting ready for the move

A Hassle-Free Guide to Relocating to a New City

Sometimes, it’s easier to move on, start over, and relocate to a new city when you’re at a low point in your life. A significant decision like this isn’t without its challenges. These tips can help ensure a smooth transition.

Ready to purchase a new home? Trust the pros at New Horizons Inspections to give your prospective home a thorough inspection so you can make a sound decision. Call (405) 639-7408 for a quote!

Things to Consider When Choosing Where to Move

Before choosing where to relocate, consider some essential factors. This will include researching home prices, checking affordability, and budgeting for things like home inspections. Here are some of the more crucial ones.

  • Affordability. There can be significant differences in costs related to healthcare, utilities, groceries, and education between cities. Use a cost of living calculator to see if your selected city is more or less affordable.
  • House prices. The cost of renting a home can vary significantly based on where you’re moving. Some cities are viewed as being more rental-friendly than others. If you plan to buy a new home, conduct research about the prices in your target area to determine if it’s affordable. Also, remember to budget for things like a home inspection. You can find professionals in the field by doing a search online for “home inspections near me.”
  • Neighborhood features. Are there good-quality schools, colleges, healthcare facilities, and local transportation options? What’s the crime rate compared to other areas?
  • Quality of life. If you participate in numerous activities, ensure the city you move to can accommodate your interests.

Moving Tips

Hiring professional movers helps ensure your belongings remain safe during the move. You can find local movers online, where you can also read customer reviews to determine the quality of service they offer. Before giving you a price quote, a legitimate company should conduct an in-home inspection. Always ask for a written estimate when hiring such a company, and never accept a quote over the phone.

Relocating Your Business and Registering Your LLC

If you’re the owner of an LLC, and it’s part of the relocation process, be aware that the regulations regarding registering such a business structure differ from state to state. The good news is that you can save on hefty lawyer fees by filing yourself or using a formation service.

Adapting to Your New Place of Residence

Moving to a new city can be daunting. Likely, you don’t know anyone, don’t know the best places to shop and eat, and don’t know where to go to be entertained. It can seem a lonely place when you first arrive, so it’s essential you:

  • Find the popular go-to spots. Frequent local coffee shops, bars, and bookstores in your new city.
  • Volunteer. People who volunteer are generally seen as being kind and generous. What better way of attracting like-minded, genuinely lovely people into your life than volunteering?
  • Join local social media groups. Facebook groups offer a wealth of opportunities to help you connect with people who share your interests. You can even start your own Facebook group based on your interests.
  • Throw a dinner party. What better way of saying you’ve arrived than throwing a dinner party? Put on your new dress or dinner suit, play some light music, prepare some mouthwatering food for your guests, and enjoy becoming part of your new community. 

Become an Integral Part of the Community

By following a few simple steps, such as throwing a dinner party, registering your LLC in your new state, finding the city’s hot spots, and joining local social media groups, you can evolve from a stranger in a new city to an integral part of the community. 

Healthy Home by Megan Cooper

Make Your Home a Healthier Space that Promotes Wellness


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While the world’s fighting a pandemic, your home has never been more vital to your wellness. Most people spend about 90 percent of their time inside. However, air quality is two to five times lower indoors than outside. Here are some tips to make your home a healthier space, presented below by New Horizons Inspections.

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The inspection process for beginners!

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What is next?

What’s first?

You should be a part of the inspection process after you have chosen your future home. Buying a house is a significant investment, and you can’t return it later if you change your mind.
Okay, you have chosen a new home, agreed upon the price with the seller, and signed some contract. So what now?
Are you going to rely on the realtor to choose your home inspector, or do you put your feet to the process yourself?

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Anatomy of a house

What is the anatomy of a house?

The home has many components that make up the whole, and they all act together to give shelter, protection, and a safe place to raise a family.
What components make up a home;
The foundation/footing that the house is based on and securely attached to the ground,
The structure that holds the home together attaches the exterior to the interior,
The roof system sheds the weather elements from the occupants of the home so that they are safe.
The electrical and plumbing system gives convenience to the home occupants. All of these and many more amenities make the house a home.

anatomy of a house
different names of the components of the house.

We hope that you find these blog posts informative and helpful.

Decks

Deck safety

Deck safety is something most people take for granted. We buy a home with a deck; as long as it is beautiful, we are not concerned about safety. There are many sobering articles on deck failures in the US that we need to take seriously on the internet. But the reality of it what we see is just the tip of the iceberg. Many components make a deck, and if any of these components fail, the deck will fail. The tragedy about deck failure is it will collapse with someone standing on the deck while enjoying themselves.
This blog is about deck safety and what you need to know about the deck components.

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foundation certifications

Manufactured Home Foundation Certifications

The requirements for government-guaranteed FHA and VA loans on manufactured housing changed to include a permanent foundation. It is required that foundations be certified by a licensed professional engineer to be in compliance with HUD-7584 (Permanent Foundation Guide for Manufactured Housing).

As a result, many private lenders offering conventional loans have added this as a requirement for their loans. We have partnered with the engineers at Foundation Certifications to provide these certificates. The process takes approximately 3-5 days with rush service available. Ordering a Foundation Certification is easy. Please contact us, then simply complete our online order form at http://www.FoundationCerts.com/order and our team will immediately go to work for you.

Be sure to mention  New Horizons Inspections as your reference on page two when ordering your Foundation certificate so that New Horizons Inspections will be the one to receive the work order.