Moving from Houston to New York

New York truly is the city that never sleeps, making it one of the most attractive places for curious people. Mainly because it is the city of mystery, the dream city. Many people want to live here and millions have already made their dream come true. It is the embodiment of the American Dream where freedom and a bright future awaits all. 

New York will welcome you with sparkling skyscrapers that cover the sun, long straight streets, which are filled with the noise of the crowd and the blaring horns of taxis and Dutch style historic buildings set on cobblestone pavements. New York is a very different and unique city, it knows how to make an impression on visitors and yet still surprise the locals. So it is no coincidence that people will travel great distances to be here, it could be relocation from Houston to New York or just about anywhere worldwide to the Big Apple. New York really is a city of diversity and wonder where the world meets America.  

It should be noted there are many neighborhoods within New York City, each with its own distinctive characteristics and history the flavor of which can only be understood by standing among the people and living there. The number of attractions that you will definitely want to see after you moving from Houston to NY is simply massive. But, one of the best things about this place is that you can get everywhere pretty quickly on the subway leaving you free to combine an overview of the city with a little shopping.

In recent years, New York has received the well-deserved status as one of the fashion capitals of the world, where shopping can be elevated to the rank of art (loving-newyork.com). There are a huge variety of outlets: chic boutiques of famous brands, small shops displaying the works of young and upcoming designers, huge department stores of readymade garments and sewing studios on request. If it is cool and can be found, you will find it right here. If you are looking for exclusivity then the place to find it is 5th Avenue in downtown Manhattan. This street is one of the largest and most expensive shopping areas in the world and has just about ever designer label you can think of and more for clothes, shoes, perfume and luxury goods.

One of the best features of the city is not something that you would normally think of when it comes to moving around but New York is actually a very convenient to walk around, especially when sightseeing, and looking for cafes and restaurants. Recently, New York was named the metropolis that is the most suited for walking, thanks to the pedestrian zones in different parts of the city. As the years go by and more and more people come to the city, especially tourists, the number of cars shrinks and slowly the more touristy locations are becoming pedestrian only zones. It is one of the most surprising features of the city. When people move from Houston to New York they often write and tell me about their adventures and most often people comment on how easy it is to walk around.

However, if you come from Houston to New York in your car and plan to explore the surrounding areas with it, please note that travel can often be difficult especially in the dense weekday traffic jams, which are frequent so consider the option of hiring residential movers in your area. And I can already hear you objecting saying that Houston is also famous for its traffic jams. And yes it is, I totally agree. In 2011, residents of Houston spent 52 hours per year sitting in traffic jams. Nevertheless, Houston is only ranked sixth in the list of cities with the biggest traffic jams after Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and New York.

Moreover, it is quite difficult to find free parking with an empty space. But while there are many paid parking lots spaces can often be tough to find. If you are lucky enough then you can pay for them through special parking cards or in cash to a valet. Parking fees depend on the location (usually the center is the more expensive location), the day of the week and time at which you park.

If we look at the differences and compare Houston to New York you will find that they really are contrasting cities. The climate in New York is not like one in Houston. While the summer is hot and humid here in NY, with an average temperature of 72-77 °F (approximately the same as in March and April in Houston) it is nothing like the 100° and more that you find in Texas. Winters in New York are also colder. The average temperature in January, the coldest month, is 32 °F and moving companies (eaglestatetostatemoving.com) don’t recommend to move here at this low season. As you can see, that is a good 20-25 degrees cooler than in Houston. Spring and autumn are relatively mild but the proximity to the ocean influences the weather, so any season can present surprises and New York can sometimes be quite a wet city. Luckily the tall buildings block out a lot of the worst weather and the subways mean you never have to be out in it for long.

But regardless of the weather isn’t it time you swapped the dry for the designer and humid for the heavenly culture of New York City?   

Also remember that our Home Staging & Interior Styling Services in Houston can make your house or apartment look perfect and desirable for the purchase.

Measurements Used In Real Estate

Math and the associated discussion of measurements may become a problem for people only because they are not exposed, nor need this information in their day to day lives.  

Listed below are the terms, measurements and conversion factors which a person can use when discussing or trying to figure out some real estate math.

Linear measures:

12 inches = 1 foot 

1 yard = 3 feet

1 mile = 5,280 ft = 1,760 yards

Square

1 sq. ft. = 144 sq. inches

1 acre = 43,560 sq. ft. = 4,840 sq. yds.

1 sq. yd. = 9 sq. ft.

Cubic

1 cu. ft. = 1,728 cu. in.

1 cu. yd. = 27 cu. ft.

1 broad foot = 144 cu. in. (1 foot x 1 ft. 1 inch = 144 cu. in.)

Other

1 township contains 36 sections or 36 square miles or is 6 miles on a side or has 24 miles on its perimeter.  (Perimeter is the distance measured around the outside of a geometric shape such as a square or rectangle).

Setback is the distance between the street and the front of the building (home) that must exist to comply with local ordinances.

Side yard setback is the distance between the property ine and the edge of the building that must exist to comply with local ordinances.

Front footage is the width of a lot fronting on the designated street, and is used as a means to value lots.

Contiguous are lots that adjoin, touch, or abut to each other which includes adjacent lots (touching at the corners).

Conversion factors:

To convert feet to inches, multiply the number of feet by 12 (ex.  1 ft x 12 in. = 12 in)

To convert inches to feet, divide the number of inches by 12.

To convert yards to feet, multiply the number of yards by 3.

To convert feet to yards, divide the number of yards by 3.

To convert square feet to square feet, divide the number of square inches by 144.

To convert square yards to square feet, multiply the number of square yards by 9.

To convert square feet to square yards, divide the number of square feet by 9. 

Time

Annual = once per year.

Bimonthly = every two months (6 times per year)

Biennial = every two years

1 year = 12 months

1 month = (generally) 30 days but mortgages are based on actual days.

Fix The Little Things To Sell Your Home and Add Value

Finding inexpensive ways to improve the looks of a home which is being prepared for market or is already on the market can be a great value adder.

If you are handy it simply means taking out the tool kit and doing somethings that make the property look better.

If your are not handy, professionals certainly can be of assistance.

Refinishing.  Kitchen cabinets, kitchen appliances, bathroom appliances.  

In the kitchen for example replace that old faucet with a new one.  Refinish the cabinets, add new new door handles, replace old lighting fixtures. 

Do the same thing in the bathrooms.  Caulk is cheap. Do it. Replace the toilet seat.  Seal the toilet. If the bathroom floor is dated perhaps you can consider installing a new flooring on top.

Sometimes one can replace a tub and shower combination quite inexpensively.  Cheaper than replacing perhaps the tile around the shower.

Consider adding closet systems to expand storage.  Wire, wood and laminated systems are available and offer a range of storage options.  Also when buyers look into the closet (which they will) it will be orderly…..that is a value to the seller.

Keep in mind they have these storage systems available for kitchen cupboards.  If you can use them. They can increase storage capacity and bring order to the cupboards.  And they do not cost a lot of money. Some assembly may be required.

All those wires that may be frayed or hanging in the rafters in the crawl space, attic or garage.  Bundle them. Better still have a professional look at and perhaps replace the wall switches; replace the ceiling fan especially if it is noisy.  All of those unsightly mechanical things have them fixed.

Do make sure that the electrical wall outlets work.

Entry doors to the home.  A new paint job does wonders.  A new door handle and lock set makes things stand out.  It tells the potential buyer that you care (pride of ownership).

Not an inexpensive item but one may want to consider replacing the standard everyday water heater with a tank-less system.  On an older home this most certainly will be an eye catcher. With utility cost climbing anything that suggests savings is a plus for the home and for a sale.  But do your homework. It may not be worth the expense in specific geographic locations. Just a thought.

Brown……and What Other Colors May Mean In The Home

When selling a home  the first thing most people are told is to  ”paint” it.

When one looks at a new home, first impressions focus on the paint.

So when it comes to color, most will see the color “BROWN” or cousins of brown in a home.

Color influences our emotions, actions and response to other people. 

In general brown (in a home) covers an array of colors:  sienna, bay , sand, wood, auburn, chestnut, nut-brown, cinnamon, russet, tawny, chocolate, tan, brunette, fawn, liver-colored, oak, bronze, terra-cotta, toast, umber, cocoa, coffee, copper, ecru, ginger, hazel, khaki, ochre, puce and puce (this listing was found in an article by Jacci Howard Bear).

Beige is the chameleon, taking on the warmth of brown and the color of white.  Other shades of beige used in the home include buff, camel, oatmeal, tan, sand, biscuit, cream and mushroom.  But it is brown.

So why brown?  One word—–Earthiness

As one reads about brown they will read words such as steadfastness, simplicity, friendliness, solid, dependable.

When used with it cousins (tan, taupe, beige or cream) brown coveys the feeling of warmth, honesty and wholesomeness.  Brown is closer to nature or being closes to “natural”.  It can stand out or it can be sub-due.

Brown circumvents problems that other colors may have.  With its’ variation of shades it conveys different meanings and can stand out significantly.  When used in a large area the quantity and placement can deliver a powerful symbolism.

When used in various shapes and in combination with other colors, brown combinations tend to be easy to accept.

For instance the color blue is said to be calming and many believe that it brings peace and keeps bad spirits away.  Therefore blue often times is suggested as a color for the bedroom. However if over done blue can dampen ones’ spirit.  I like blue but I do not think it is a color for me in the bedroom.

Talking about colors influencing other people, I recall reading about painting visitors sports area pink.  It is thought that the pink color (especially bright pink) decreases the opposing teams energy.

As stated brown symbolizes the earth, order and convention.  Here is a listing of what other colors symbolize:

  • red:  action, confidence, courage, vitality.  Tiger Woods often will wear red something on the final day of a golf tournament.  A show of confidence. Red is said to stimulate the appetite therefore one may see restaurants use this color for decorating.
  • pink:  love and beauty.  Pink is said to be a tranquilizer.  As mentioned above sport teams sometimes paint the locker rooms used by opposing teams bright pink so their opponents will lose energy.
  • orange:  vitality and endurance.  Orange is a color used most often in water wear and safety clothing.
  • gold:  wealth, wisdom and prosperity.
  • yellow:  wisdom, joy and happiness.  A study showed that jails painted yellow had inmates that lost their tempers more frequently and babies cry more in yellow rooms.  Yellow legal pads is said to enhance concentration.
  • green:  life, nature, fertility, well being.  This color has now become the standard when one addresses conservation, ecology and earth warming.  It is stated that people just before appearing on TV will sit in a “green room” so as to relax.
  • blue:  youth, spirituality, truth, peace.  When one is planning to be interviewed for a job most consultants will recommend wearing blue to the interview because it implies loyalty.  Studies have shown that people are more productive in blue rooms. Gyms painted blue are typical for weightlifters.
  • purple:  royalty, magic, mystery.
  • Indigo:  intuition, meditation, deep contemplation.  But many people believe that indigo can be a negative color and has to be adopted narrowly.
  • white:  purity and cleanliness.  White is the color of brides symbolizing innocence; other countries view white as the color for mourning and is used extensively at funerals.  Doctors and nurses wear white to imply sterility.
  • black:  death, earth, stability, submission.  Black is used in fashion because it makes people appear thinner.  Also villains wear black. 
  • gray:  sorrow, security, maturity. 

So brown is used extensively in the home because it tends to circumvent many of the issues of culture, symbolism, and shapes.