Three Tips For Relocating To CT

Making the decision to relocate, whether it is just yourself or your entire family can be difficult. However, once the decision is made, life can become even more complicated. You may (or may not) have a house to sell, lives to pack up, and a life to build somewhere else entirely new. So, how can you make the process go a little smoother?

Here are some tips for relocating to CT.

  • Start planning early. As soon as you start thinking about relocating, you need to start planning. It takes a lot of time to downsize and get rid of things. There are a lot of important decisions to be made, especially about schools, jobs, and living situations. The more time that you have to prepared, the better off you will be.
  • Take a trip to Connecticut to visit. You can enjoy this time to look around and get a feel for the area. You should also plan plenty of fun times as you explore your potential new surroundings. Though you might not feel ready, you can also look around at some neighborhoods that you might be interested in.
  • Start downsizing now. When you relocate, you can’t take everything with you. Instead, it is often easier to sell things and buy more as you need things. Now is the time to start to go through things and start to part with the things that you don’t want to move. Have a yard sale. Give things away. Throw away garbage.

It can be hard to relocate, even to a place as beautiful as Connecticut. However, you should start planning as soon as possible. It takes a lot of time and planning to relocate. You should start downsizing now! Get rid of things that you don’t need. Have a yard sale. Give things away. You should also take a trip to Connecticut. It will help you get excited for your move!

Contact us to help you find the perfect Connecticut home!

5 Fabulous Holiday Happenings in Connecticut

The holidays are rapidly approaching-soon the hustle and bustle of shopping and dinners and visits from loved ones will begin. During all this commotion, it’s nice to slow down and take the time to enjoy the holiday season. Start new traditions and make some priceless memories with your family this holiday season-check out the following Connecticut town info to find the best events:

1. Holiday Light Fantasia

 Goodwin Park, Hartford

November 26-January 1

This Greater Hartford tradition is a breathtaking trip for the entire family. Drive through over 1 million lights in this 2-mile show-more than 200 individual scenes depict memorable holiday moments and characters. The fascinating displays represent not only the Christmas holiday, but also Hanukkah, New Years, and Three Kings Day. All proceeds from this fabulous holiday excursion benefit year-round programs at the Channel 3 Kids Camp. Admission is $15 per car, with a special Military Appreciation Night on December 29, when all veterans and active military personnel enjoy free admission. Special rates apply to limousines, mini-buses, and full-size buses.

Hours: 

Sunday-Thursday: 5pm – 9pm

Friday & Saturday: 5pm – 10pm

2. Holiday Lights

Lake Compounce

Weekends only from November 27-December 20

Enjoy thousands of lights at this spectacular holiday outing. Walk around the park and take in the lighted scenes, holiday music, and an awesome light show every half hour. Additional festivities include visits with Santa, lighting of the tallest tree in CT, stories with Mrs. Claus, children and family rides, and holiday treats! Admission is free for 2015 & 2016 platinum season pass holders.

Hours: 

Saturdays & Sundays: 4pm-9pm

Fridays: 5pm-9pm

3. Winterfest & “The Tunnel of Lights”

Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

Weekends from November 27-December 20 & December 26-29

Bundle up and get ready to feel the wind nipping at your nose on an open-air ride on the electric “sleigh” car. For those not fond of the cold, an enclosed trolley offers a warmer dash through the snow. Enjoy an old-fashioned carol sing as you journey down the tracks. Once your ride is over, take a stroll through the Visitors Center which is brimming with holiday decorations and model trains. Finish off your trip with a visit to Santa and a cup of steaming hot cocoa. Admission is $12 for an adult, $10 for seniors (over 62), $8 for kids (ages 2-12), and $3 for those under 2.

Hours: November and December (dates before Christmas) 5pm-9pm

December (dates after Christmas) 6pm-9pm

4. Lantern Light Tours

Mystic Seaport

November 27-December 20

This historical play takes visitors back in time to Christmas Eve 1876. The delightful show consists of five scenes scattered throughout the 19th-century village, and guests will be enchanted by horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday dances, and the charming glow of old-fashioned lantern lit streets. The show is 70-minutes and requires walking over various terrain (cobblestone, grass, gravel, stairs), so comfortable shoes are recommended. Admission is $32 for adults ($26 for members), $25 for kids ages 5-17 ($19 for members), and free for those under 4.

Hours: Tours begin at 5pm, leaving every 15 minutes

5. North Pole Express

Essex Steam Train

November & December (please check website for available dates & departure times)

This 90-minute locomotive-powered sleigh ride guarantees a magical night for visitors of all ages. A live, musical performance of The Night Before Christmas takes place in each coach, along with visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, sing-a-longs, and hot cocoa and sugar cookies. Kids are encouraged to wear snuggly pajamas, and every child receives a small gift from Santa! Tickets are $65 for first-class passengers, and $32 for coach class passengers.

Please feel free to contact us to learn about more magical events taking place in Connecticut this holiday season.

Do It Yourself Tips: Emboss Your Switch Plates to Match The Light Fittings

Have you ever moved to a new home, installed the perfect light fittings but were taken aback by how they looked next to your room’s existing switch plates? If so, you’ll appreciate what we found out about modifying and replacing switch plates. Surprisingly, converting a ho-um, contemporary switch plate into a fantastic, vintage one is actually pretty easy. For instance, you could purchase metal plates and then emboss or tin stamp them. Embossing is the easier of the two, do it yourself options.

All you need to emboss your old switch plates and make them match your vintage light fittings are the following:

  • Aluminum Foil Tape
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Scissors
  • Plastic or Metal Spoon
  • Cutting Board
  • Design Template
  • Pencil or Stylus

Begin by cutting a piece of aluminum foil tape that is big enough to cover the front of the switch plate and wrap around the sides. Next, peel off the sticky backing and affix the tape to the switch plate taking care to completely cover all edges. Do not cover the entire back portion of the switch plate as no one will see it and it may interfere with the wiring later on down the road. Proceed by using the back of the plastic or metal spoon to carefully smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles that may be present. Once the switch plate’s surface is smooth again, it will be time to start decorating.

Place the design template you’ve chosen to use and place it over top of the covered switch plate. Continue by using your pencil or stylus to trace the desired pattern on to the plate. Although aluminum foil tape is traditionally tear resistant, use a good deal of caution and an even hand when tracing your design. Otherwise, you might end up breaking through the tape, thereby exposing the underlying plastic. When you’re done embossing the design on to your switch plate, simply remove the template. Finally, affix your DIY vintage switch plate on to the wall and enjoy!

To discover more ways to light up those switch plates and other areas of a new home, please contact us.

DIY Tips: New Englanders Shouldn’t Neglect Sliding Glass Doors During Storms

Hurricanes are not just a problem in Florida. As history has taught us, they can hit New England too. The same may be said for tropical storms and thunderstorms that boast high-powered winds. When they roll through the Constitution State, it is important for property owners and renters to think about their homes’ sliding glass doors.

Although strong, sliding glass doors are no match for flying debris and hurricane force winds. As such, they often break or leak. On a positive note, manufacturers have improved their sliding glass door offerings over the years. Consequently, many offerings come with impact-resistant glazing systems, specialized frames and custom glass. Nonetheless, we would like to remind everyone to take a series of do it yourself precautions before each storm hits.  We’ve itemized them below:

  • Replace Worn Out, Sliding Glass Doors with New Ones
  • Cover Sliding Glass Doors with Wind Debris Panels
  • Replace Old Weather-Stripping and Gaskets

Taking such preventive steps should help keep sliding glass doors intact throughout the worst of the storm. Unfortunately, Mother Nature may choose to disagree and leave homes in disarray. So if the doors sustain damage anyway, DIY folks may be able to ask local fabricators to help replace the glass.

As long as the roads are clear, many fabricators will visit storm damaged homes and assess glass sliding door damage. They also welcome those property owners who would prefer to bring their broken doors into the shop and do the repairs themselves. Once the amount of damage that has been done to the glass sliding doors has been assessed, they can make recommendations accordingly. In some instances, it may be safer to replace the entire glass sliding door whereas other situations may only call for minor repairs. To find more DIY storm preparation tips, please contact us today.

Is It Time For A Career Change? Become A Real Estate Professional.

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Are you someone who finds yourself talking or reading about houses and apartments? Do you find it interesting to learn the history of houses? Or maybe you just enjoy driving through Connecticut’s towns and cities to look at different house styles? From flipping through home and garden magazines to checking out local listing, life involved with real estate is  varied and exciting.

If you’re like those of us who enjoy all of the above and helping friends and family find just the right house, a career in real estate might be perfect for you.

For some, becoming an agent can be a lucrative full time profession. For others, it can be a part time career, bringing in that extra income needed to cover life’s costs such as child care or a college fund (did you know CNN Money states raising a child can cost over $241 000?) Or maybe you’re an experienced landlord and already have one foot in the door. You realize becoming an agent is just a natural step in your life.

Wherever you are in your professional life, becoming an agent can be a smart financial move. According to CNN Money, home prices in all areas of CT are expected to rise in 2014. Wouldn’t it be rewarding to be part of a group that helps someone find the perfect home in Connecticut? Or helps an investor find the right duplex for a second income?

For information about what it takes to be a realtor, contact me, Michelle Manter Giglietti. I’ll be happy to answer questions about all aspects of real estate and how you can get into it!

Twelve Fun Facts about the State of Connecticut.

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With an overall area of only 5,544 square miles, Connecticut may be a small state in size, but has a rich history. Admitted to the Union on January 9, 1788, Connecticut boasts many historical firsts. If you are searching for a new home and are considering Moving to CT, here are twelve random, fun trivia facts about Connecticut – how many are you familiar with?

  1. A law still on the books states that in Hartford, you may not, under any circumstances, cross the street walking on your hands!
  2. The first phone book in the United States was published in New Haven in February 1878 and contained only 50 names.
  3. Connecticut never ratified the 18th Amendment (Prohibition).
  4. The first woman to receive a U.S. patent was Mary Kies of South Killingly, who invented a method of weaving straw with silk in 1809.
  5. Connecticut has the oldest continuously published newspaper, The Hartford Courant, established in 1764.
  6. In 1901, Connecticut passed the first automobile law, which set the speed limit at 12 miles per hour.
  7. The official Connecticut State insect is the Praying Mantis.
  8. Connecticut is home to the helicopter (1939), first hamburger (1895), Polaroid camera (1934), and color television (1948).
  9. The first women-only golf tournament in Connecticut was held in Waterbury on June 12, 1917.
  10. The word “Connecticut” comes from an Indian word “Quinnehtukqut” which means “beside the long tidal river.”
  11. The first English settlers of Connecticut arrived in 1636, settling the plantations of Hartford, Wethersfield, and Windsor.
  12. PEZ® Candy is made in the city of Orange, Connecticut.

Please comment below with other fun facts and musings!

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