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Spring Events in Lodi CA

Springtime is right around the corner, and with it brings Saint Patrick’s Day, Easter, and other popular days of celebration. Locally, our little town of Lodi has many worthwhile events going on, such as Love Lodi and Zinfest. Below are some of the local events we are looking forward to this spring! What are you most looking forward to?

 

3 Smart Tips to Make Your Retirement Move a Breeze

By: Michael Longsdon

The first day in a new home is a special feeling, full of excitement and possibility. For seniors relocating to a new home for retirement, it marks the beginning of a new stage in life. But getting to move-in day takes a lot of work. While they won’t make moving fun, these three tips will simplify the moving process for a more stress-free experience.

1. Plan Ahead

When your move isn’t organized, everything becomes more difficult. Maybe you don’t have enough boxes, your toothbrush and phone charger get packed a week before the move, or you can’t find anything when it’s time to unpack. Save yourself the stress of scrambling for supplies or digging through packed boxes by making a packing plan before you start.

Make a checklist of everything you need to do before the move, including any last-minute repairs before you vacate. Schedule days to pack up and clean each room, taking it one room at a time so you don’t burn out. If family members are coming to assist with the move, arrange specific tasks they can help with and pencil them in for the days that extra hands will be most beneficial.

Don’t try to pack everything in the two weeks before you move into a new house. Not only does rushing make moving more stressful, it can be especially draining for seniors. Plan ahead to give yourself plenty of time to acquire packing materials, sort through belongings, and reminisce over unearthed memories.

2. Resist the Urge to Sell Everything

Downsizing to a smaller home for retirement means getting rid of lots of stuff, including things that hold a special place in your heart. It’s tempting to try to sell some of those belongings so it doesn’t feel like their loss is in vain (and to put some money toward the moving bill), but in many cases, selling secondhand goods isn’t the best use of your time.

Furniture and collectibles that mean a lot to you don’t necessarily hold much value on the market, and selling your stuff is time-consuming. You’ll need to clean it, take quality photographs, post in online classifieds, and meet with potential buyers before you make any money. Consider the value of your time and whether it makes more sense to donate or gift your belongings.

3. Hire Help

It may seem wasteful to hire someone to manage a task you could reasonably do yourself, but when it comes to moving, hired help is worth the expense. Not only is moving tedious, it’s also a physically demanding task that could easily leave you injured. Plus, hiring movers opens up more time for dealing with the finer details of moving, like switching over utilities, updating addresses, and saying goodbye to the home you raised your family in.

In addition to movers, retirees can benefit from hiring a senior move manager. This relocation professional takes an objective approach to sorting through nostalgic belongings, assists in donating and selling items, and manages the moving crew for you. While these services come with a cost, they relieve a lot of the stress of moving.

Also consider hiring professional cleaners. When everything is packed up and ready to go, you’ll want to get settled into your new home instead of spending a day scrubbing baseboards.

With so much to take care of during a move, it’s important to have a plan before you start. Consider how much of your move you want to handle yourself and which tasks you’re better off outsourcing to professionals. When you’re moving into the home you’ll grow old in, you want to do it right.

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Michael Longsdon is the creator of ElderFreedom.net, which advocates for the rights and support of seniors.

Improving Your Curb Appeal

Our Collab with SJ Mag

We are excited about our recent collaboration with San Joaquin Magazine! In their March “How-To” issue, we discuss how to enhance the curb appeal of your home. These tips can be beneficial for homeowners whether or not you may be considering selling. Co-owners of Schaffer & Company (Margo and Nancy) discuss tips to improve the exterior of your home, such as painting the front door, replanting flower beds, washing windows, and much more.

To read the full article, turn to page 116 of the March 2017 issue of San Joaquin Magazine, or click here for the online version.

Tree Intrusion

Finding it Hard to Love Thy Neighbor?

Trees play a huge part of a majority of Lodi homes. Trees provide a little extra landscaping to a home, beautiful colors in the fall, and shade during the summertime. But what happens when a neighbor’s leaves begin to clog your gutters? Or if the trees cause large amounts of debris and leaves on your front lawn or in your backyard? What if your neighbor has solar panels on his roof and a tree on your property is shading the solar panels? In this case, are you required to cut down your tree?

 

Find the answer to these questions and many more here.

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New To Lodi?

New to Lodi?

We hope this page serves as a useful resource for you if you are new or plan on moving to the Lodi area. As Lodi area experts, we want your transition to “Lodi Living” to be as quickly and smoothly as possible. Below, we have listed a few important contacts that are useful to have as a resident of the Lodi community.
For any additional numbers, do not hesitate to ask one of our friendly Schaffer real estate agents!

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Utilities 
PG&E……………………………………………..800.743.5000, or contact here
Lodi Electric Utility………………………….209.333.6762, or contact here
Water/LodiPublicWorks…………………..209.333.6719//333.6706, or email 
Garbage…………………………………………800.369.4999, or email
  
Phone, Cable, Internet Service Providers 
AT&T………………………………….800.288.2020, or contact here
Comcast……………………………800.266.2278, or contact here
Direct TV……………………………888.777.2454, or contact here
Dish Network…………………….888.825.2557, or contact here
  
Community Services 
Lodi Police Department (Non Emergency)…….209.333.6728, or email 
Lodi Fire Department (Non Emergency…………209.333.6735, or email 
Lodi Memorial Hospital………………………..209.334.3411, or email
Woodbridge Fire Department (Non Emergency)…209.369.1945, or contact here
  
School Districts 
Lodi Unified School District……………. 209.331.7000
Stockton Unified School District…………. 209.933.7000, or email