Top 11 Not-to-Dos Right Before Moving to Costa Mesa

It might seem that some actions are perfectly obvious—and that among them are the many things you shouldn’t do immediately before moving to a new Costa Mesa home. Yet, as moving day approaches, the multiplicity of tasks that are left to be done have a way of filling up the brain space usually reserved for sound decision-making.

A good example has to do with the living room furniture. It’s definitely one thing you should NOT do before moving:
1) Forget to measure the living room.
Making the assumption that all of your present furniture will fit nicely in the new living room is fraught with peril. The movers will want to know where to put the second couch you’ve just paid to have moved.

Ten other leading not-to-dos before moving:
2) Buy a puppy (especially a big, energetic one).
3) Put off notifying your old utilities/new utilities. (Unpacking by flashlight is ill-advised).
4) Not bringing the flashlight.
5) Wait until the last minute to notify the post office of your change of mailing address.
6) Not labeling the cartons (all of them).
7) Not bringing a marking pen to mark any unlabeled cartons after you’ve had to open them to see what’s inside.
8) If you’re taking the refrigerator, defrosting it in advance.
9) Neglecting to assemble a box of items you’ll need in the first 24 hours in your new home.
10) Not keeping a close watch on valuables (jewelry, electronics, documents, and cash).
11) Forgetting to take photos of the old place memorializing that it’s “broom clean.”

Moving to a new Costa Mesa home is sure to be an adventure—but whether it’s one you’ll look back upon fondly is largely a function of preparedness. No matter which it turns out to be, we’ll be here awaiting your call re. your next Costa Mesa real estate adventure!

We are built on a philosophy of Heritage & Hustle. L3 is a full service real estate agency with a regional office located in the heart of #CostaMesa, offering a wide-array of custom services to meet their clients’ needs with roots in the community since 1976. It’s L3 mission to provide trusted, convenient, responsive service to ensure clients enjoy their real estate experience. L3 was originally formed to offer personal, concierge-level service as an alternative to the large, nationally based real estate companies. From its small beginnings of only two employees, L3 has grown to a full staff of 25 serving over 300 clients a year. L3 is not limited to serving just its clients; it is also committed to serving the community. Not only has L3 donated hundreds of hours to many area charities, they have also received the prestige of being named one of the #toprealestatecompaniesinCostaMesa If you’re interested in #buyingorsellinginOrangeCounty, turn to the experts. Turn to The L3 and let them help you make your real estate buying or selling dreams come true. For more information or to get started on finding or selling your home contact The L3 today at 714-444-4663 or email us at info@thel3.com

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We are built on a philosophy of Heritage & Hustle. L3 is a full service real estate agency with a regional office located in the heart of #CostaMesa, offering a wide-array of custom services to meet their clients’ needs with roots in the community since 1976. It’s L3 mission to provide trusted, convenient, responsive service to ensure clients enjoy their real estate experience. L3 was originally formed to offer personal, concierge-level service as an alternative to the large, nationally based real estate companies. From its small beginnings of only two employees, L3 has grown to a full staff of 25 serving over 300 clients a year. L3 is not limited to serving just its clients; it is also committed to serving the community. Not only has L3 donated hundreds of hours to many area charities, they have also received the prestige of being named one of the #toprealestatecompaniesinCostaMesa If you’re interested in #buyingorsellinginOrangeCounty, turn to the experts. Turn to The L3 and let them help you make your real estate buying or selling dreams come true. For more information or to get started on finding or selling your home contact The L3 today at 714-444-4663 or email us at info@thel3.com

Retirement Security and Insecurity — and Costa Mesa Real Estate


The title alone was slightly chilling. Costa Mesa readers didn’t have to be anywhere near senior discount age to furrow their brows if they happened to come across last week’s white paper, “Retirement Insecurity 2019.”

Worse yet, there wasn’t much in the National Institute on Retirement Security’s 28-page manifesto to brighten their mood. Fortunately for Costa Mesa homeowners who are anywhere near retirement age, the picture that emerged left out at least one major contraindicating factor that Costa Mesa Realtors® like me will be quick to point it out.

Washington, DC-based NIRS was forwarding the basic thesis—which is demonstrably valid—that the nation’s retirement infrastructure has undergone a decades-long process of systematic degradation. The traditional pension system has been replaced by individual accounts like 401(k) plans—or by nothing at all. Other factors magnify the problem—like changes in the Social Security retirement age and other adjustments.

Costa Mesa homeowners probably share the sentiments revealed in this year’s NIRS poll which showed that Americans are worried about financial security in their older years—and convinced that leaders in Washington don’t understand how hard it is to prepare for retirement. Specific numbers are shocking; like, “When all working individuals are considered, the typical American has zero dollars saved for retirement” and “Among workers who have managed to accumulate savings in a retirement account, that typical account balance is only about $40,000.”

Although it’s unarguable that retirement issues deserve more emphasis than they have been paid of late, there is one significant factor that seems to have been overlooked in this bleak summation. Since you’re reading it here, you’ve probably guessed that it has to do with Costa Mesa real estate. Costa Mesa homeowners who have been building equity in their Costa Mesa properties might indeed have “zero dollars saved for retirement”—but only if you demand they sell their home before they have countable “dollars saved.”

Homeowners who have had the foresight to buy their Costa Mesa home—particularly those who by retirement age have “retired” their mortgage—don’t need to sell the place to have succeeded in making a serious bite out of their own retirement insecurity. Free rent, for one!

Anytime you would like to explore more about building on your own Costa Mesa real estate portfolio, do give me a call. Right now is a particularly apt time to do so!

We are built on a philosophy of Heritage & Hustle. L3 is a full service real estate agency with a regional office located in the heart of #CostaMesa, offering a wide-array of custom services to meet their clients’ needs with roots in the community since 1976. It’s L3 mission to provide trusted, convenient, responsive service to ensure clients enjoy their real estate experience. L3 was originally formed to offer personal, concierge-level service as an alternative to the large, nationally based real estate companies. From its small beginnings of only two employees, L3 has grown to a full staff of 25 serving over 300 clients a year. L3 is not limited to serving just its clients; it is also committed to serving the community. Not only has L3 donated hundreds of hours to many area charities, they have also received the prestige of being named one of the #toprealestatecompaniesinCostaMesa If you’re interested in #buyingorsellinginOrangeCounty, turn to the experts. Turn to The L3 and let them help you make your real estate buying or selling dreams come true. For more information or to get started on finding or selling your home contact The L3 today at 714-444-4663 or email us at info@thel3.com

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