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- Closets: Most homes have a ton of them and they're probably in a major state of disarray!
- Book shelves: If you have a library of books, then organizing them can dramatically improve the appearance of any room -- from living rooms and family rooms to bedrooms and home offices.
- Kitchen cabinets (Check expiration dates while you're organizing.)
- Bathroom cabinets and drawers (Refer to note in item #3.)
- Junk drawers: Virtually every home has them, and they usually consist of a combination of junk and treasures. In most cases, it's obvious what should be thrown away and what's worth saving.
- Garage and tool sheds: These areas are typically in desperate need of cleaning and organizing.
- Work bench: If tools, hardware, and supplies are haphazardly piled on top of each other or randomly strewn on your work bench, then finding what you need when you need it becomes increasingly frustrating and time consuming. Taking an hour or so to organize your work bench can make life a lot simpler and more productive.
- Spare bedrooms: In many people's homes, that area tends to become a repository for things that either need to be put away, given away, or thrown away.
- File cabinets: Being able to find important documents, information, and receipts depends on well organized and clearly labeled files. Ideally, that takes place on an ongoing basis, but if that's not happening, a semi-annual review of your filing system can help keep things in good order.
- Basements: Depending on how long you've lived in your house, this might be a project that needs to be spread out over a few days!
Many homeowners or soon-to-be homeowners are anxious about making big purchases online. However, there’s a lot to be said for the perks of online shopping for things like furniture and appliances for your home.
As technology progresses and more and more retailers build their online presence, the selection has never been bigger. That’s why we’re going to show you how to find the nicest furniture and appliances online, get the best deals, and ensure that you’re buying from a trustworthy seller.
Read on for our tips on online appliance and furniture shopping.
The efficiency of online shopping
If done correctly, shopping online is much faster than driving to your local furniture store. The best way to achieve this is to know exactly what you’re looking for before ever opening up your browser. This will help you avoid scrolling endlessly through Ikea’s or Best Buy’s websites wondering what’s worth clicking on.
You’ll need to determine the following:
Your budget. This will narrow down the selection immensely and keep you from dreaming about unnecessarily expensive items.
Your style. Is there a specific color that you’re hoping to match? Does your furniture need to meet a specific style, such as mid-century modern? Using these search terms will help you find very specific results.
Practicality. There’s a difference between buying a washing machine and refrigerator for yourself and buying one for a family of five. Knowing the size and load specifications you need will help you narrow the search.
Take advantage of user reviews
One of the immense benefits of online shopping is the wealth of reviews that can be read. User reviews help the consumer and the company--it tells the company what products people prefer and it tells the consumer if the product met the description and quality standards of other customers.
It’s best to purchase items that have a higher number of positive reviews. A refrigerator that has a single five-star review might be of good quality, but I would trust that the refrigerator with twenty four-star reviews is consistently a top-quality item.
If you’re buying from a smaller online store, check out reviews for the retailer itself. Websites like Yelp and Google+ are both good places to look before hitting the “checkout” button.
Try before you buy
The internet is just one tool used for online furniture and appliance shopping. If possible, make a list of your favorite products and visit a local retailer who has them in stock. This will allow you to compare how the products look and feel in real life, as sometimes photos don’t quite portray the color and texture correctly.
This is also a good time to make sure the items are sized correctly to fit your home. Before leaving for the store, measure the space you have to work within your home. Remember that there often needs to be room behind your appliances for wiring. At the store, check to see if the products you looked at online will meet your space requirements.
Let's face it – the process of packing up your belongings and moving them to a new home can be exhausting. However, if you prepare plenty of healthy, delicious snacks, you and your moving day team will be better equipped than ever before to conquer any challenges that come your way.
Ultimately, preparing snacks before moving day is essential. Yet determining which snacks to offer sometimes can be difficult, particularly for those who have large groups of family members and friends ready to provide moving day assistance.
Lucky for you, we're here to help you plan ahead so that you can provide your entire moving day team with outstanding snacks.
Now, let's take a look at five tips for preparing moving day snacks.
1. Get a Headcount
You know that family members and friends are happy to help you move, and you should get a headcount to understand just how much food that you'll need to keep your loved ones happy and healthy on moving day.
Remember, when it comes to moving day snacks, it usually is better to err on the side of caution. And if you end up with extra snacks after moving day concludes, you can always give these treats to family members and friends. Or, you can celebrate the completion of a successful move by enjoying your extra snacks on your own.
2. Ask People What Types of Snacks They Like
Learn what types of snacks that your family members and friends like. If you ask these loved ones about their preferred snacks several days or weeks prior to moving day, you'll have plenty of time to get snacks ready that your entire moving day team can enjoy.
3. Identify Any Dietary Restrictions
Ask friends and family members about any dietary restrictions that they may have. By doing so, you can avoid the risk of preparing snacks that certain members of your moving day team won't be able to eat.
4. Don't Forget About Drinks
Providing water and sports drinks on moving day usually is a good idea. Offering various beverages will make it easy for your family members and friends to stay hydrated while they move large, heavy boxes into your new house.
5. Be Ready to Call for Takeout
Even a well-planned morning or afternoon move can stretch late into the evening. As such, if you run out of snacks, you should be ready to call for takeout.
Make a list of takeout restaurants near your new home before moving day – you'll be glad you did. With this list, you'll be ready to call for takeout if moving day runs long and you need extra food.
Lastly, if you need additional assistance as you get ready for your move, it often pays to collaborate with a real estate agent. In addition to helping you buy or sell a home, this housing market professional can offer expert moving day tips.
Get snacks ready for moving day – use the aforementioned tips, and you should have no trouble providing your moving day team with delectable treats.
If you plan to list your house in the foreseeable future, you should do everything possible to differentiate your residence from the competition. That way, you can show homebuyers exactly what your house has to offer and increase the likelihood of a fast, profitable home sale.
Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you optimize your home's potential.
1. Boost Your House's Curb Appeal
Your house's curb appeal may dictate how quickly your residence sells. If you allocate time and resources to transform your home's exterior from drab to fab, you may be able to reap the benefits of a speedy home sale.
Mow the lawn, trim the hedges and perform other home exterior upgrades. By doing so, you can take your house's curb appeal to new heights.
Also, if you need assistance with home exterior projects, you can reach out to local home improvement professionals. Contractors are available in cities and towns nationwide, and these professionals can help you enhance your house's curb appeal in no time at all.
2. Remove Clutter
Clutter is an eyesore that home sellers need to eliminate. Because if your home is overloaded with antiques, decorations and other items, it may be tough for homebuyers to envision what life may be like if they purchase your residence.
If you own lots of items but want to keep these belongings, there is no need to worry. You can always rent a storage unit where you can store various items until your house sells. Or, you can contact family members and friends to find out if they can store some of your belongings for the time being.
On the other hand, if you want to get rid of assorted items, you can host a yard sale or sell items online. This will enable you to simultaneously remove clutter from your house and earn extra cash.
3. Conduct a Home Inspection
Identifying home problems sometimes can be difficult. Luckily, home inspectors are available who can analyze your residence and offer valuable property insights.
Typically, a home inspector will review your residence over the course of a few hours. The inspector then will provide you with an inspection report that details his or her findings. If you analyze the inspection report closely, you can gain comprehensive insights into your house's strengths and weaknesses and prioritize home improvements.
If you need help finding a home inspector or completing other home selling tasks, you may want to hire a real estate agent as well. A real estate agent will help you revamp your house both inside and out and ensure your residence stands out to property buyers. Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent is happy to respond to any of your home selling concerns and questions, at any time.
Maximize your house's potential – use the aforementioned tips, and you can update your residence and differentiate your home from the competition.
If you’re looking to make some big updates to make your home more stylish and on trend today I have four of some of the most popular trends on Pinterest right now. Pinterest is a goldmine for finding new and exciting projects but don’t just let them sit on your boards as a “that would be nice” idea. Bring them to life!
These updates aren’t for the faint of heart and definitely more for the trendsetters. If you’re looking for a style that packs a punch and makes jaws drop keep reading.
Herringbone patterns - And not just for wood flooring, though this classic form is certainly finding their way to many people’s Pinterest boards. Give the currently trendy subway tile a fresh take by installing in a herringbone inspire pattern. Another clever placement? Take it outdoors to your paving stones. This will give your yard a chic and very unique touch.
Statement ceiling - Or as some are calling it, the fifth wall. If you’re ready to go bold adding color to your ceiling won’t let you down. The most popular color cropping up on Pinterest boards everywhere is pure black. It might seem counterintuitive but doing so actually creates the illusion your room is larger than it is. The truly eclectic are going, even more, daring and wallpapering their ceilings. And today it’s easier than ever thanks to peel and stick wallpaper. You’ll have any pattern you can dream at your fingertips and far less of a commitment than wallpaper of yore.
Mixed metals - Every rule is made to be broken. Especially when it comes to mixing metals. It’s been in fashion for jewelry for years, now it’s time to bring it into the home. The trick is to balance finishes with each other. Get creative with which metallic elements you bring in. Think picture frames, end tables, coffee tables, brackets, hardware, serving trays, and bar carts. Keep in mind this isn’t to mean mixing up hardware to have different tones and finishes. Instead, look to pieces you can add to the room (and easily take out again) that will add a much welcome contrast.
Terrazzo - And last but not least the trend that has everyone talking is an old favorite. We’re reaching back to the 70’s with this one people! Terrazzo is being used everywhere from walls to flooring to counters to the decor. Which is good news! You don’t have to go all in on this bold trend by replacing those coveted granite countertops. Because hey, they might not be on trend but they are classic for a reason! So instead look for terrazzo ceramic vases and “faux” terrazzo print fabrics. And if you’re especially creative make a weekend project out of creating a statement wall painted to mimic the print and texture of terrazzo.