Make a separate box that will not get lost in the shuffle to hold all of the things you need for the first day.


Moving day is rarely smooth.  Help doesn’t show up, boxes weren’t packed how you remember or envisioned, and it’s usually a long day.  Here are the items that will get you through the first couple of days.

  • Paper towels – There will be food in the middle of this process, or at least snacking.  Something will break and drip, or something just won’t be clean enough for you.
  • Garbage bags – See above, plus you’ll throw away more than you think from your previous residence.
  • All purpose cleaner – See above
  • Paper plates, plastic utensils, and cups – You will be eating before the regular stuff comes out. I’m all about saving the planet but throwing this moving day mess away is better than dealing with dishes right after you move in
  • A hammer – Things just need help moving.
  • Screwdrivers, pliers and box cutters – You have to adjust and open things.
  • Water – Soda and beer is great but water will keep you going.
  • Snacks – Pizza will only go so far and it’s greasy and messy.
  • Toiletries – You don’t want to be scrambling through boxes when you or the kid really needs to go.
  • Towels – Enough towels for everyone to shower that night. Chances are everyone got a little sweaty.
  • Bed Linens – Your bed will be the best spot after this long day, you want to be able to make it when it’s time.
  • Charger cords – Enough said.

Every move is different but this will get you through the first night. Happy moving!


I came across an article on WiseBread titled. “5 Things Our Realtor Told Us That Weren’t True.”  I knew it wouldn’t likely be a glowing report for Realtors so I wanted to see what was said.  If you read my blog you know that I have issues with what goes on in my industry so I am no blind cheerleader. There are around a million Realtors and I am speaking for myself well aware that there are bad people in every profession.

1. “It’s a Couple Thousand Bucks”

Unfortunately many agents try to be too helpful.  I have dealt with a lot of bad roofs and can usually guesstimate pretty close on the cost of a new roof but I don’t.  I always get written bids because it is horrible to find out later your costs went up because they found another issue that has to be fixed before the work can be completed.
Update: Right on cue a friend got a three bids for his roof that were all $3,000 or more than I would have expected.

2. Use My Mortgage Guy

Some people think there are kickbacks between the Realtors and loan officers but it is a violation of Respa laws which can carry a $10,000 fine.  I want you to use one of my guys because I think they will treat you fairly and actually get the job done.  The same with my inspector and title officer

Until the crackdown in the last few years it seemed like almost every deal closed late.  It was so bad I always prepared my seller for that likelihood.

In the comments on the WiseBread article someone said that they would never use the mortgage person referred by the Realtor.  That’s just paranoia.  I usually give my clients the names of 2 or 3 people and tell them to meet with them and see who they like best.  In the last few years we have went from 15,000 loan officers to only 3500.

3.  Interest Rates Aren’t Going Anywhere

I have a friend who works for a large bank and he actually sets the daily interest rates for the bank.  He has never told me where rates would be beyond six months because it is impossible to know.

Since 2007 I have heard economists say we are three quarters (9 months) from a turnaround.  We may finally be there but they were wrong.  I relay what I am hearing in the news to my clients but always say anything can happen.  You’ve heard the commercials for ten years. “Interest rates are at historic lows and they can’t stay here for long because __________ is going to happen.”  By the way I would never refer one of those companies .

4. You’re Outgrowing Your House

Are you kidding me?  The author has a 2500sf home plus a finished basement and the Realtor suggests that?  The author should have ran.  That was a clear comment explaining his priority was to himself.

I have talked a few people out of buying because I didn’t think it was right for them.  One client just looked at me for about 20 seconds and said, “But you’re a Realtor, why would you tell me to rent?”  Because I thought it was the right advice and it was in the end.

I’m like a presidential advisor. I tell you what I know and believe based on my experience and you make the final decision.

5. We’ll Price The Home At $440k and Target $420k

Pricing is tough right now.  Before the run up in 2005 I could pinpoint a price.  I was often the low guy when I went to listing appointments then I became the high guy because I saw the prices were raising.  Not it is a range that’s pretty soft.

If you bring in 10 Realtors and 10 appraisers to value your home you will come in with 20 different values.  If it was just a science then Zillow would be all we needed.  We are essentially guessing, based on previous buyer’s actions, what another home will sell for with different buyers.


Some agents are just sales people. Get you in and get you done.

Agents are too helpful which can harm you.  Much like a friend giving you advice on fixing your computer or car.  We sometimes overstep our experience levels.  In these dealings verify, verify, verify.  Get multiple bids, get multiple loan quotes, interview several Realtors.


2360 SW 195th Beaverton Oregon 97006 For Sale

You will feel at home the second you walk through the door of this delightfully charming one-level home on a cul-de-sac street.  Well-maintained home with new roof, new carpet, vinyl windows, and updated landscaping.  This is a perfect home ranch with a fireplace, vaulted ceilings, and slider off the master suite to the backyard patio.

One level homes with a yard are a thing of the past in the Portland metropolitan area.  With the infill plans and the urban growth boundary you aren’t likely to see any new homes with yards, especially at this perfect size of 1458 square feet.  In a recent survey they asked 25 year-olds what they wanted in a house.  A yard was #2.  If the new generation wants a yard, and the baby boomers want one level, what do you guess will happen to the prices of one level homes in the next decade?


For sale in Beaverton near Bethany

For sale in Beaverton near Bethany

New listing in Beaverton near Bethany and Somerset Park.

  • Five Bedrooms
  • Huge attic storage, estimated at over 2000 cubic square feet
  • Great location
  • 2012 sf
  • Fenced yard
  • Outbuilding with electricity

I don’t do dual representation. If you think you might want to write an offer, please contact Sandra Daniels at 503-998-0887.