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Moving day is exciting and exhausting all the same. Of course with a little planning moving can be easier for everyone and having the essentials on hand in one place will help with that. Create a First Box to be Opened, it should be the last box packed from your old house and the first one opened in your new. Here are some necessities that should be included to help make Moving Day easy.
If you can, show up to your home before the movers get there. The essential box can contain cleaning items you need so prior to movers arriving you can do a pre-clean of your kitchen and bathrooms, and take care of any floors that might need sweeping or vacuuming. Pack paper towels, cleaners, sponges, rubber gloves, dish soap, toilet brush, toilet paper, tissues and a shower curtain liner.
Pack up a mini first aid kit with band aids, Ace bandage, some antiseptic wipes, tweezers, and a few ibuprofen. To have a small toiletry kit available is also helpful with toothpaste, tooth-brush, soap, shampoo, deodorant towels and wash cloths. Don’t forget any of the medicines that you take on a daily basis also.
A set of sheets, blanket and a pillow for each bed for each member of the family. Light bulbs, batteries, charging cords for devices. A set of clean clothes for everyone after the first day of moving, include sleeping clothes it will make you feel more at home the first night.
You might find eating out is a little easier when you are moving but packing some disposable cups and “tableware”, paper plates and napkins can come in handy. A can opener, serving spoon, and pan. Don’t forget about your four legged friends. Pack their serving dishes and at least two days of food for them, if they have a preferred bed it is wise to bring that too if you can.
Make sure you have the keys, essential phone numbers, paper and pen, duct tape, scissors, small portable tool kit that has hammer, screw driver, flashlight and pliers at least. Last include something that feels or helps you make your new house feel like yours; a candle, favorite throw or pillow, or a radio to play your favorite music while you unpack the rest of your belongings.
Welcome to your new home!
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We all want to save money when we decorate. But how do you incorporate trends in your rooms, without breaking the budget, especially in the fall when you want to just simply warm up your rooms?
I was asked by Kendal Perez of US News to lend some suggestions that she could share with consumers. Her article titled Tricks to Save Money this Fall appeared in USNews and our suggestions were featured!
Currently metallic’s are hot in decor, I discussed this in the article as to how they can update a space and complement the colors of fall. Adding warm colored accessories such as pillows and throws cozy up a room, without spending a lot of money. Another idea is to look outside; use some of the beautiful natural elements that surround you and are in your yard bring them inside and add to vases, on the mantle of a fireplace, or use with candles. They will create instant gratification, and make your rooms feel warmer.
She included other great insights from other designers, but we all agreed that moderation is key. Don’t go crazy with a lot of decorations, consider decorating for the season verses a holiday. It will save on the budget, along with the nerves.
Fall is a great time to revamp rooms, it doesn’t have to be expensive, sometimes just adding a few touches can give you a completely different look and feel to a room. Changing it from alright to awesome!
You have finally sold your house- Yippee now comes the time to move. Here are some points to make the whole process a lot easier whether you are doing yourself or having someone else doing the packing and moving.
Once you have everything removed from your house and before the driver leaves your home, do one last check for anything that might have been left behind. Be sure to check attics, storage sheds, and basements. Make sure you go through and also turn off all lights, your furnace, and your air conditioner. Lock your windows and doors, and leave behind your keys and garage door openers for the new occupants. Enjoy you new home!!
Home buyers use all their senses when looking at a home. Sure sight is important but so are all the other senses. To ensure buyers love your home you have to appeal to all five senses.
Smell can be conscious or subconscious but it registers in our thoughts, giving a positive or possible negative feeling about something. When selling try to ensure your home smells as fresh as possible.
Run your fingers over surfaces, dusty, sticky, grimy – clean them and keep them clean. Look at door knobs, counters, light switches, floors all those details can make a big difference to a buyer. Take a look at the bed linens – are the clean, stain-free and touchable? If not this is a good time to go and purchase some new fresh ones.
When a Realtor is showing a house they may be talking, or maybe they allow the buyers to tour the home take a look and then discuss. Listen to your house, do you have creaky floors, dripping faucets, squeaky door hinges or anything that tells a buyer that the house needs fixing. If so fix before putting the house on the market. You cannot control sounds like noisy neighbors or traffic but you could put on soft music throughout the house.
When selling, buyers want to envision themselves in the rooms. You need to reflect this not necessarily your lifestyle. This means being objective and setting your house up in a way that will satisfy your market.
This can be a tough one when you are thinking about a house. Consider offering ice-cold bottled water on a hot day, maybe a fresh pot of brewed coffee if it’s cold out. A small touch like this can resound with visitors when looking at numerous homes in a day.
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