|It Took 32 Months, But We Finally Found a Home!|
Looking back, I wish I had planned the move and sale of my previous home a bit differently. For one thing, I searched online for a mover without checking first what kinds of deals and discounts were available with my CAA Membership card. Truth be told, I was pressed for time and forget all about the CAA Rewards programme. As a result, I paid hundreds of dollars more than I should have for a mover. CAA Members save 12% on local trucks, moving accessories and supplies every day with Penske. Members also earn $100 CAA dollars on a move with AMJ Campbell Van Lines.
Unfortunately, I also overpaid on paint for the home that I was selling. I was just so thrilled to have found a painter who could come on short notice, that I paid extra from him to provide his own paint (at quite a mark up). Given that he painted my home from top to bottom to make it more appealing to potential buyers, I spent hundreds more than I should have on paint. With my CAA Membership card, I could have saved 25% off on Dulux Paint and 10% on accessories.
|We Painted the House Thoroughly When We Put It Up for Sale|
When my house went up for sale on the real estate market, I did my best to stage it so it would look its very best. However, my realtor remarked that I was lacking accessories and centrepieces in my kitchen, dining room and hallway. She kindly brought me over artificial fruit and flowers for this purpose, but I think that the house would have looked better and more “alive” with some plants and floral bouquets. With the CAA Membership card, Members earn 20% in CAA dollars with every purchase at Teleflora.
Regardless of having overpaid on movers and paint—and staging my previous home with a conspicuous lack of greenery—my house was quickly sold, and my move right on track! After vacating my old house, I was so excited when the deal was done—and the realtor handed me the keys to my new home! But surprise: the previous home owners had left the garage and basement filled with large pieces of lumber, broken appliances, and garbage.
|Staging the Kitchen: This Table Could Have Benefited From Fresh Flowers|
My husband and I were furious, and we spent the next two months clearing and disposing of the junk. This was hard, heavy work. Not only was it gruelling, but it was time wasted when we could have taken care of other aspects of our new home. It would have saved time and our sanity had we hired a professional company to haul the trash. With a CAA Membership, Members save 10% off on junk removal everyday with 1-800-Got-Junk?
Did I mention that during the move some of our boxes went missing—and 7 months later still have not shown up? One rogue box was our entire collection of kitchen knives, and the other was the winter duvet for our bed. These are small potatoes, and I know it could’ve been worse. CAA offers Home & Content Insurance for families looking for peace of mind. It’s definitely worth checking out if you have more at stake during your move than utensils and blankets!
|Have You Seen Our Boxes? Some Were Lost During the Move!|
There are many benefits of a CAA Membership card, and it's not only a sound investment for roadside assistance--but also for savings on all Home Essentials! Click to see the perks that CAA Members enjoy—and see how to save with CAA Partners via CAA Rewards! This is a must if you’re planning on moving or renovating this summer! Read to find out how CAA can make your next move or renovation more affordable!
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WINNER to be announced...at the CAA Home Essentials Twitter Party (Thurs May 22nd, 2014 12-1pm ET)
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