10 Shortcuts to Make Your Move Easier

Near or far, there’s no shortage of challenges when it comes to moving. Between organizing an entire household changing addresses and vetting out movers, relocating to a new house can be hectic. And the biggest stress of all? Packing.

To help alleviate some of that stress, here is a list of clever shortcuts that will ease the burden of packing before (and unpacking after) a move.

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1. Find Freebies – Forget buying boxes. Pick up free ones through Freecycle.org or the “free stuff” section on Craigslist, both of which list items by location. If you can, seek our boxes of varying sizes. And skip the supermarket cartons because they may contain food residue.

2. Pack to Unpack – The hardest part about packing is figuring out where to start. When boxing up your belongings, start in the kitchen, which typically houses the most items that are not everyday essentials. When you arrive at your new home, unpack you bedroom first, and leave the kitchen for last.

3. Color Code – Besides being time-consuming, labeling a box with its contents can give thieves the upper hand as you settle in. To save time and stay safe, assign each room a color and use coordinating colored duct tape. Stick a piece of tape on both the top and sides of boxes, so that they can be easily identified when stacked or apart.

4. Bag It – Don’t waste time un-hanging (and re-hanging) closet garments. Group a few hanging clothes together with a zip tie, slide black garbage bag over them, and make a hole in the top of the bag for hanger hooks. To “unpack,” simply remove the bad and tie.

5. Cover Up – Save yourself a step, and money, by forgoing the mattress cover sold by your mover. Instead place the fitted sheet you use regularly on your mattress, then cover both sides of the mattress with two older fitted sheets you no longer use.

6. Wrap It – Instead of emptying out the drawers of small-scale furniture, like end tables or corner desks, wrap heavy-duty plastic wrap around the piece of furniture, from top-to-bottom and side-to-side. This will seal the drawers and prevent spillage on moving day, and save you hours worth of unpacking time.

7. Tape Under – If certain furniture pieces require disassembly before moving, keep all of the parts together to save time when re-assembling. Place all bolts, screws and small pieces in a Ziploc bag, and tape the bag with clear packing tape to the bottom of the piece.

8. Fill Space – Damage on moving day is often caused by items shifting en route. To make certain your household items stay secure, use socks to fill in ‘dead air’ space, especially in and around breakables like glassware. If you want to save even more time, use t-shirts to wrap larger items.

9. Even It Out – If you’re using a moving truck, even out the weight when loading furniture and appliances to help prevent damage. To make your move as smooth as possible, place the refrigerator in the front right section of the truck and the washer and dryer opposite, front left.

10. Be Secure – No matter how many precautions you take, there’s no fighting gravity. When loading your plastic wrapped furniture, place the side with drawers against the wall of the truck to prevent them from opening. If your mover provides them, use tie-downs on the side walls for added security.

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7 Easy Ways to Dress up an Entryway

The entryway or foyer of your home conveys an important first impression to your guests. For homeowners bent on making it a great first impression, designers at ElleDecor.com suggest seven easy ways to make an entryway look larger, brighter, and more welcoming.

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Use the power of mirrors – A well placed mirror can instantly open up a space and add a luxurious feel. Splurge on a good one.

Keep fresh flowers on hand – Nothing freshens up a room quite like a vase full of fresh flowers. They are aesthetically pleasing and will keep your entryway smelling wonderful. Using long-lasting silk flowers will hold down monthly costs, but think about replacing them with fresh flowers before a dinner party or other events.

Play with patterns and colors – Your entryway should reflect your personal style. Add a jolt of color, especially in a light, bright foyer, or bring in an unexpected wallpaper pattern to turn the space into something special.

Rethink the lighting fixtures – Swap out the lighting fixtures that came with the house for something you really love. The right overhead chandelier or well-detailed wall scones can add drama and grace to any entry.

Add a statement piece – It may be a patterned rug, tufted bench, a console table or a pair of smaller tables. There should be some element in your entryway that serves as a centerpiece and set the tone for the rest of your home.

Do use some artwork – Art bring a level of elegance to a room. A well placed piece of art, or a gallery wall of small pieces, can be the perfect finishing touch for an entryway that reflects your taste and style.

Don’t overcrowd the space – If you have an entryway big enough for several pieces of furniture, by all means go for it. But if the area is on the small side, skip the console table because the area will look better with just a few small pieces. A plant stand and a mirror may be all that is needed to dress up a small entry.

 

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7 Easy Ways to Dress up an Entryway

5 Tips to Take the Heat Out of the Summer Selling Season

It’s no secret that the amount of houses on the market rises substantially during the summer months, making it more important than ever that your home is ready for the increased competition.

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If you’re looking to avoid some of the common issues that can negatively affect a summer showing, take the following tips into consideration.

1. Keep the Air On: Even if you like a warm house, the last thing you want is for prospective buyer to be uncomfortable. When a potential buyer walks through your home on a hot day, you want them to be greeted with cool air, which will go a long way toward starting the showing on a positive note. Not only will a warm home during the hot months cause a level of discomfort, it can also drive someone out of the house before they have even had a chance to form a real opinion.

2. Offer Refreshments: While you never want to be at the actual showing, you can still create a positive first impression by leaving a pitcher of iced tea or lemonade on the kitchen table with a little note inviting house hunters to cool off with a refreshing drink. Many prospective buyers spend all day in the heat driving from house to house, so this is a great way to create memorable first impressions.

3. Keep the Lawn Manicured: You don’t need to hire a professional landscaper, but at the very least, be sure to keep the lawn mowed and clear of any sticks. It’s important to make sure there is nothing in the way that will keep the prospective buyers from being able to take a walk around the yard. A yard full of weeds – or one that looks like it hasn’t been taken care of – can quickly turn off a buyer.

4. Let There be Light: Take advantage of the bright sun that summer has to offer and keep your curtains open and your shades up, allowing plenty of natural light to shine through the space. A room with plenty of natural light will get prospective buyers thinking about different color schemes they can incorporate into the space once it is theirs.

5. Consider Outside Entertainment: Those shopping for a home during the summer months often have visions of outdoor barbeques and fun gatherings with friends and family on their minds. Make sure your patio or deck is organized, giving off a festive atmosphere. Decorate with fun outdoor fixtures and be sure to clean the grill. For those with pools, have the filter on and keep the water sparkling blue to really entice buyers.

AskHomesale.com provides real estate advice and information for home buyers, home sellers, and homeowners alike. Askhomesale.com is part of the Homesale Realty Family. The Homesale Family of Companies is the leading real estate company serving the Baltimore, Maryland, South Central and Southeastern PA real estate markets.  Homesale Realty has more than 27 offices with over 1,200 REALTORS®. Homesale Realty’s footprint includes Maryland real estate offices in Baltimore City, Federal Hill, Fells Point, Westminster, and Timonium. Pennsylvania real estate offices include YorkLancasterWyomissingChambersburgGettysburgHarrisburg, and Schuylkill Haven.

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4 Ways to Erase the Most Common Household Messes

No matter how neat you keep your home, odors and stains are inevitable. These can be especially challenging to remove in areas prone to spills and smells. Check out these tips on how you can freshen even the most stubborn spots in your household.

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1. Wall Stains – Have your kids made artwork on your walls, or has a leaky roof caused a water damaged mess? Tough wall stains like these can be hard to get rid of, but are easily sealed by applying a high-quality stain-blocking primer.

Before covering the problem area with primer, clean the wall thoroughly with a grease-cutting solution and lightly sand the area to be painted.

2. Refrigerator Odors – Refrigerators are subject to a variety of spills and odors. To clean your fridge, begin by emptying its contents and throwing out, recycling or composting any food that is expired or beginning to smell.

Next, pull out any removable drawers or shelving and place them in the sink. Using a damp soft cloth or non-abrasive sponge, wipe down these pieces, the interior of your fridge and the door with a multi-purpose cleaner. Or, mix two tablespoons of baking soda with one quart of hot water for a natural soap alternative. Don’t forget the seams of the shelves and rubber door seal.

If your fridge requires an extra-deep cleaning, unplug it while you work to avoid wasting energy. Before putting all of your food back in the fridge, wipe down the exterior of each jar or container with a damp cloth.

3. Grout Lines – Tile surfaces are prone to dirt and debris, especially in bathrooms or high traffic-areas. To keep tile looking fresh and new, grab an old toothbrush or electric toothbrush for a deeper scrub. Before you start, wash the surface with water then mix two parts baking soda with one part water. Scrub the resulting paste into the cracks and crevices, then douse with water again. If the grout lines are stained, spray a mixture of equal parts vinegar and warm water onto the area and brush. After a final rinse, the grime will be gone.

4. Washing Machine Mold – If you own a front-loading washing machine, you’ve probably noticed the unpleasant smell that can linger after completing a load of laundry. Despite being more energy-efficient, these machines have a tendency to hold odors and harbor mold. To clean and prevent grimy buildup, try this: instead of detergent, cycle two cups of vinegar and a quarter-cup of baking soda on a hot setting. When it’s done, use a clean sponge to scrub down the inside. Finally, rinse with a plain-water cycle, and you’ll see (and smell) the results!

AskHomesale.com provides real estate advice and information for home buyers, home sellers, and homeowners alike. Askhomesale.com is part of the Homesale Realty Family. The Homesale Family of Companies is the leading real estate company serving the Baltimore, Maryland, South Central and Southeastern PA real estate markets.  Homesale Realty has more than 27 offices with over 1,200 REALTORS®. Homesale Realty’s footprint includes Maryland real estate offices in Baltimore City, Federal Hill, Fells Point, Westminster, and Timonium. Pennsylvania real estate offices include YorkLancasterWyomissingChambersburgGettysburgHarrisburg, and Schuylkill Haven.

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7 Ways to Boost Your House’s Value

Renovating your home is exciting but it does come with a few surprises and overlooked expenses. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty wants to give you the opportunity to complete your dream renovation, CLICK HERE to find out more information on the BHHS $50,000 HGTV Fixer Upper Sweepstakes. You have until June 15th to enter. In the meantime, here are some ideas on how to increase the value of your home!

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6 TIPS FOR YOUR NEXT YARD SALE

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Yard sale season is right around the corner and is a great time for you to make some extra money off of items you no longer wish to keep.  If your neighborhood is hosting a yard sale or you are having one by yourself, here are 6 tips for a successful yard sale.


Advertise

If you are hosting a yard sale on your own, make sure you create simple signs with large arrows pointing towards your home. Directing people to your house is better than posting your address and hoping they know how to get there. If your neighborhood is hosting a yard sale, there will most likely already be advertising, so another great way to spread the word of your specific yard sale is to use the power of social media. Post about the event on your personal Facebook page and/or other local social media outlets.

Take Time to Prep

Make sure you stay organized to reduce any stress you may have in the morning since yard sales tend to start at the crack of dawn. Prep the night before by setting up as much as you can in the garage. Sort items in boxes by categories along with any supplies you’ll need; price stickers, tags, cash box.

Have Change

A lot of people don’t think about having singles or change before the yard sale. You don’t want to have to turn down customers if you can’t give them change for their twenty dollar bill. At the very minimum, break down $50 into one and five dollar bills, maybe even some quarters.

Enlist Help

Trying to run a yard sale by yourself can be hectic, especially if you have a large amount of merchandise and a lot of people show up. It would be difficult to talk to one customer while collecting money from several others. Invite a few friends to sell their stuff as well, this way you will have an extra set of hands in case it gets busy or you need to take a quick break.

Pricing

Price EVERYTHING. Make it simple for customers by clearly writing prices and putting up signs such as “All t-shirts are $1.00.” Designate the last 1-3 hours to sell everything ½ off. Think of it this way, would you rather sell for half price and have cash in your hand or have the same unwanted items with no extra money?

Extra Cash

A creative way to make a few extra dollars is to draw customers to your yard by setting up a drink or food stand. For drinks you could sell coffee, hot chocolate, bottled water, fruit juice, etc…. You could also sell food items such as donuts, breakfast goods, baked goods, popcorn and popsicles.

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BRIGHTEN UP YOUR HOME

Now that spring has officially arrived, it is time to put your heavy winter blankets away, open up the curtains and let the light in. If you are looking to place your house on the market or are a homeowner, here are five simple and cost effective ways to brighten up your home.

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Swap your Light Bulbs

Switch out your yellow bulbs for bright white ones. This will make your space look crisp and fresh. Lightbulbs are measured on a kelvin or K scale – the higher the kelvin number, the whiter the glow. Look for counts between 3500 and 4100k.

Paint your walls

Nothing compares to a fresh coat of paint to brighten up a space. Going over a wall with a new coat will help light bounce off the walls and open up the room.

Remove Screens

Screens do help keep the bugs out, but they also collect dirt. You should remove screens seasonally, since during the colder months your windows aren’t normally open and you can give the screens a nice cleaning. When the warmer months roll around, return the screens to their proper windows.

Clean Your Fixtures

When was the last time you truly cleaned, not just dusted, your light fixtures? Wash down your sconces and chandeliers to get rid of months and months of dirt buildup and to allow more light in your house. Try to make this part of your seasonal cleaning.

Expand Your Curtain Rods

By expanding your curtain rods a few inches beyond the window frame, your windows will appear bigger. This will also ensure that when you draw back the curtains, the fabric won’t block any light from coming in. Another great idea is to mount the braces slightly above the window frame to give the illusion of height.

AskHomesale.com provides real estate advise and information for home buyers, home sellers, and homeowners alike. Askhomesale.com is part of the Homesale Realty Family. The Homesale Family of Companies is the leading real estate company serving the Baltimore, Maryland, South Central and Southeastern PA real estate markets. Homesale Realty has more than 27 offices with over 1,000 REALTORS®. Homesale Realty’s footprint includes Maryland real estate office in Baltimore City, Federal Hill, Fells Point, Westminster, and Timonium. Pennsylvania real estate offices include York, Lancaster, Wyomissing, Chambersburg, Gettysburg,Harrisburg and Schuylkill Haven.

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BRIGHTEN UP YOUR HOME