I’ve received a few emails inquiring about why I haven’t posted as often during February. Others have asked why their free blog review hasn’t been done yet. So I thought I’d take the time to answer these questions for those of you who are interested.
Buying New House
This is what has eaten up most of my time this month. We closed on a new house on January 31st but we didn’t move into it until this past weekend. We were surprised at how fast builders can construct a house from scratch these days. The last time we had a house built, in 1996, it took over 6 months. This time it took almost exactly 8 weeks from signing the contract for a house on a cleared, empty, lot to signing the closing papers.
Why buy a house now? Incentives, incentives, incentives. The current housing market is weird. If you can qualify credit-wise for a solid, 15 or 30 year fixed, loan you can find some great deals out there right now. Sellers are desperate and are willing to cut sweet deals. I wrote about this earlier in this article, Is Now the Time to Buy a House? , while I was negotiating the deal.
Moving to the new house has been quite difficult. We had lived at our old location for about 5 years plus, when we moved there, we made one of my classic Moving Mistakes, not getting rid of stuff we no longer needed. We had things stuffed into every nook and cranny of the house, stuff that we no longer used and needed to get rid of.
To help solve this problem, we bought in a dumpster from the helpful and friendly folks at Bayside Container Service. Their containers are a decent looking blue and yellow color plus they have a swinging door for easy loading access, perfect for a household project like getting rid of old, unwanted, junk. Their delivery and pickup service has been excellent. Just to let you know how much junk of ours they hauled away, we filled up 2 20 yard containers. If you live in the Atlanta, GA metro area I highly recommend their service
Another company that was quite helpful in our move was Harvey’s Household Movers. The other times I had hired a moving company to move us it ended up costing a lot of money while the workers generally moved slowly. The guys from Harvey’s moved quickly and efficiently to load our stuff onto the truck at our old house and to unload it at our new home. The movers were able to accomplish the move in a little over 4 hours. On previous moves of similar size it has taken almost twice as long. I’d also mention that their communication with me prior to the move was excellent as well. If you’re moving locally in the Atlanta, GA metro area or moving within the state of Georgia, I strongly recommend giving them a call.
I’ve also been working on niche blogs this month as well, kicking off 12 new ones during February. While most of them have articles built from minor rewrites of PLR articles and articles generated using Instant Article Wizard, it does take some time to get these going. This has left me less time to write flagship blog articles here on OpTempo.
I’ll begin working on free blog reviews again in the next week or so after getting settled into the new house. I’ll also get some new Free 125×125 Ads in the rotation list. If you’ve sent a request for either a review, interview or 125 ad and you don’t see it, let me know. Things have been rather hectic so I may have overlooked your request.
I also hope to get a few more articles written here on OpTempo this month, both reviews of products and web site plus tips on niche blogging and more. If you have any suggestions or questions, just ask and I’ll see what I can do.