Buyers and Sellers with Special or Specific Needs

ALL clients of The Daryl Smith Team receive the same excellent customer service. In addition, you can rest assured in knowing that patience and understanding are provided by The Daryl Smith Team for your specific needs as well, including but not limited to:

Children

  • Access to information on child care to use while we view homes
  • Local school information
  • Easing the move for children
  • Moving your child’s school records

Pets

  • Information for local veterinarians & boarding/kennels
  • Advice for moving with pets

Physically Disabled

  • Finding homes to view with adequate clearance for a wheel chair and a ramp or wheel-chair friendly entrance
  • Support features in the bathroom and walk-in shower

Extended Family and Age 55+

  • Search for homes with extra living quarters
  • Senior assisted living / retirement communities info
  • Tips for seniors buying or selling homes

Military

Other Miscellaneous Needs and Advice

  • Security Systems – not just for protecting your home
  • Are you ready to buy a home?
  • What happens after the offer is accepted?
  • Temporary Housing
  • Moving your medical records
  • Transfer your utilities
  • Discovering your new community

Children / Child Care:

Children / Easing the move:

While moving can be an exciting time, it can also be stressful for children.  They can have a wide range of emotions about the move such as being scared, excited, sad about leaving old friends, and even angry with you about making the move.  There are many things you can do to support your child through this difficult time.

Before you move:

  • Gather information about your new location.  Search online or check with The Daryl Smith Team for information.
  • Discuss information about your new home with your children and show them brochures, websites, etc. to get them involved.
  • Take a tour with your child of their future school.
  • Plan a special goodbye party for your child and their friends. Be sure to involve your child in the planning of the event and make sure you have collected all of their friends’ contact information to keep in touch once you have moved.
  • Request a transfer of records:  school, medical, dental, etc. for you and your children.  Include a copy of your child’s immunization records which will be required at their new school.
  • Pack special comfort items for your children in an easy to get to bag for the moving trip.

After you move:

  • Have your child take pictures of your new home and location to send to friends and relatives they left behind.
  • Get to know other parents and children in the neighborhood.  Find out about their activities and interests.
  • Get your child involved in local and school activities so they can make new friends.

During this process, be sure to listen to your child’s feelings about the move and offer additional support.

Children / Moving School Records

Only official, sealed copies will usually be accepted at your child’s new school, but it wouldn’t hurt to request copies for you to keep on hand.  Official records will usually include report cards and results of standardized tests.  Also be sure to have copies of their latest classroom work, letters from teachers or counselors which discuss your child’s strengths, weaknesses, and interests, and a list of textbooks your child was using before transferring to give the new teachers a better understanding of your child’s academic level.

Pets / List of Vets

Pets / List of Boarding and Kennels

Pets / Advice for moving with pets

For most people, our pets are like part of the family.  You will want to make the transition for your pet as comfortable as possible.  Be sure to keep your pet’s regular routine until you actually move.  Just as you do for the rest of your family, take the time to prepare for your pet to move.  Pack their regular food.  Special food and treats can do more harm since they will be stressed and upset and they could develop digestive problems with food variations.  Just remember to go with what’s familiar and normal for your pet.  Bring an extra supply of their regular food in case you have a hard time finding it in your new city.

Make sure your pet’s medical records and vaccinations are up-to-date.  You should request copies of the records for your move.  It would also be beneficial to have an identification chip implanted into your pet.  If you don’t already have one, purchase a sturdy, comfortable cage to transport your pet, if needed. Update your pet’s ID tag with your most current phone numbers and be sure to attach the most recent rabies tag on their collar.

Moving companies are not allowed to transport pets, but there are pet transportation movers that handle everything from picking up your pet at home to delivering it to your new home or a kennel.  Bus lines and trains currently do not accept pets, except assistance dogs.  Check with petmovers.com or petrelocation.com, just to name a few, to see if they can help.

When moving, your pets should be the last to leave and the first to arrive. Contact hotels ahead of time to make sure they accept pets.   Some websites to help you search:

Moving by vehicle:

  • Stop every 2 hours or so to allow your pet to exercise and relieve itself.
  • Never leave your pet unattended, especially in a hot or freezing vehicle.
  • Don’t let your pets ride up front because they could become injured by the airbag in an accident.
  • Be sure to pack a pet travel kit which would include some, or all, of the following:
    • Leash
    • Your pet’s regular food
    • Jug of water
    • Food and water bowls
    • Litter and box with scooper for cats and waste bags for dogs
    • Any medications they currently take; bring extra in case the trip takes longer than expected
    • Current vet records and health certificate, including current rabies vaccine
    • Toys and favorite blanket for comfort and security
    • Grooming supplies
    • Updated ID tags with your new address and phone number and at least one other phone number
    • Current photo of your pet in case it gets loose

Moving by airline:

  • The Humane Society of the United States recommends that you do not transport your pet by air unless absolutely necessary.
  • Confirm that the airline accepts pets because not all do.  Plus, not all breeds are accepted.  And of course, violent or aggressive pets will not be allowed on the airline.  Even pets with the best personalities can become agitated under stress.  Airlines have the final say on whether or not they will transport your pet.
  • Many airlines charge a fee.
  • Some airlines allow you to bring your pet onboard as carry-on, usually for the small breeds.  Others will have to be flown as accompanied baggage or as live animal cargo.
  • Most airlines require an up-to-date health certificate.
  • Use direct flights and travel on the same flight as your pet.
  • Do NOT give your pet tranquilizers or sedatives unless directed by your veterinarian because the effects of the medication at high altitudes are unpredictable.
  • Carry a current photograph of your pet with you just in case.
  • As soon as you are able, examine your pet and make sure nothing is wrong.  Take your pet to a veterinarian immediately for any emergencies.

Beyond dogs and cats…

  • Birds
    • Birds are very sensitive to change and moving can be very stressful for them. Traveling by car is the best option for bids, as opposed to flying by airline.
    • Have your bird checked by your veterinarian and obtain the appropriate health certificate.
    • Remain calm during the moving process.   If you are stressed, your bird will become stressed too.
    • If your bird is not used to travel, you may want to take it on some short rides to acclimate them.
    • Birds are sensitive to temperature.  Purchase glare guards like those used for babies to help block the sun.
    • Pack fruits and vegetables in a cooler for your bird on the trip.
    • Bring a tarp or drop cloth to place under the cage in the car and in the hotel.
    • If you have to fly with your bird, make sure you have an avian harness so the cage can be inspected by TSA.  Not all airlines accept birds or all types of birds.  Small birds are usually allowed in the cabin if the cage fits under a seat.  Loud birds will not be allowed in the cabin and will have to go as accompanied baggage in the cargo hold.
    • Fish
      • Discuss your move with a local aquarium expert regarding the type of fish you have.
      • Do not move your fish in their glass aquarium because it could shift during the move and break.
      • Never put fresh water in the travel container you choose.  Always use water directly from the fish’s aquarium and only fill the container half way.  Open the container a few times a day throughout the trip to refresh the air supply or get a battery powered air pump.

Seniors

The Daryl Smith Team has experience with, and is comfortable with, senior clients.  We will provide a market analysis and evaluate your financial situation.

  • Assisted Living and Retirement Communities may meet your needs.  Many choose this type of living arrangement for several reasons:  sense of community; socializing; interests and activities; safety and security;  they provide convenient living; and for their medical needs (on site or nearby).
    • Start compiling information. List the qualities you want.
    • Ask friends and family to recommend a location for you to consider.
    • Contact the facilities for a tour.
    • Complete a background check on each facility, starting with the Better Business Bureau.
    • Speak with a few of the residents and ask about their experiences there.
    • Other selling tips for seniors:
      • Reduce clutter by taking items to temporary storage or handing items down to family members who will appreciate them.
      • Don’t be rushed to move out and stand firm on a date to vacate to allow enough time.  The average time for possession is 30 days after the closing date.
      • Stairs and seniors don’t mix; therefore, seek out single floor layouts, step-less entries and level driveways.
      • Carefully check out your potential new community to make sure you won’t be disappointed down the road.
      • Moving south for the winter or longer might seem like a great idea, but often many seniors confide they regret being too far from their adult children and grandchildren, so be sure a move south is really what you want.

Military / Making your Military Move Better

To make the overall moving experience better, there are things that military members and their families can do before relocating.  Even if this isn’t your first military move, remember that no two moves are alike.  Items that could greatly affect your move:  personal situation, your new duty station, and/or military regulations.

The military will assign you a sponsor at your new duty station.  If you have not heard from your sponsor in a reasonable amount of time, contact your new command to find a point of contact to help you before you arrange your move.

There are two ways to move:  let the government send movers to pack and move your belongings, or do it yourself, also known as a DITY move. The second option is where the government pays you the money they would otherwise pay a contractor to move you and your belongings.  Ultimately, the move is your responsibility.  Know the regulations and make all necessary arrangements before moving day. If you have pets, find out what special arrangements need to be made on their behalf.  And as with any move, sort through your belongings and sell, donate, recycle or throw away items you will no longer need.

Other Misc Needs and Advice

Security Systems

  • Security systems can do more than just protect your home from a break-in.  Many systems can also provide services such as:
    • 24-hour monitoring that not only sounds an alarm, but alerts the security company to call the police, fire department or ambulance in an emergency, whether or not you are home at the time of emergency.
    • Door and window sensors, alarms, motion detectors, and security system signage help deter criminals
    • Carbon monoxide detection
    • Sensors for low temperatures to help protect against frozen and bursting pipes
    • Flood detection
    • A medical emergency pendant is ideal for seniors to help you feel safe and keep your independence; alerts the monitoring center where a trained professional can call for help
    • Video intercom to see and hear who is at your door
    • Lighting control to turn on your lights

Are you ready to buy a home?

Does home ownership suit you?  Is it the right step now?  Can you afford to own a home?

Do you have the time it takes to maintain a home and yard?  Will you miss certain apartment amenities or being able to call the landlord when a problem arises?

How important to you are the following:

  • Yard/garden
  • Ability to decorate and/or landscape the way you want
  • Garage, shed, or workshop to store your belongings or pursue hobbies
  • Increasing your living space

Is this the right time to buy?  Historically, markets go up and down.  The Daryl Smith Team can advise you regarding the current market conditions in your area. Mortgage rates go up and down as well.  Getting prequalified will help you decide if you can get the kind of home and loan you want at this time.

Do you have the money to purchase?  Have you put aside money for a down payment?  Many lenders want as much as 20% of the purchase price as a down payment for a conventional loan.  Closing costs range from 3-6% of the purchase price of the home.  Property taxes and home owners insurance are another required expense.

Other expenses could include purchasing: appliances and furnishings, lawn and garden tools, tool kit, and even a ladder.  It is best to set aside some extra money for emergencies such as the water heater breaking down.

Purchasing a home also has financial advantages.  You will receive a tax break by deducting mortgage interest from your federal tax return.  You also build up equity, which is the amount you could convert to cash if you were to sell the home.  And like any investment, if you buy low and sell high, you stand to make a profit.  Your home value should increase in value the longer you own it (depending on the local market).

After the offer is accepted

The buyer submits earnest money which gets deposited into an escrow account.  This money will usually be applied to the purchase price at the time of closing.  Earnest money is important because

The buyer secures mortgage approval.

The lender requests an appraisal on the property.

The buyer (and sometimes the lender) may request a home inspection by a licensed property inspector.

The property must have a clear title.  Any liens against the property must be taken care of in order to close.

Any and all contingencies must be met.

A final walk-through is scheduled typically the day before or day of closing.

The closing takes place which is when both the seller and buyer sign the final documents, closing costs are paid and ownership of the home is legally changed.

Typically, possession of the home can range from immediately to up to 30 days after the closing.