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Posted by Steve Casey on 1/14/2019

If you recently bought or sold a house, you may need to vacate your residence sooner rather than later. This probably means that you'll need to prepare a wide range of large items for moving day, including your furniture.

Ultimately, moving furniture from Point A to Point B can be quick and simple – here are three tips to help you transport chairs, couches and other furniture to your new address.

1. Pick Up Furniture Sliders

When it comes to moving furniture, it pays to work smart – not hard. If you purchase furniture sliders prior to moving day, you should have no trouble moving furniture over carpet, grass or other rough surfaces.

Furniture sliders usually are inexpensive and easy to find at any hardware or home goods store. Plus, these sliders can be placed under the legs of any chair or couch to make it simple for you to glide your furniture across rough surfaces.

To install furniture sliders, you'll need to lift each corner of a piece of furniture and move the sliders underneath. By doing so, you can use these sliders to reduce friction when you push furniture across a rough surface, resulting in a faster, more efficient move.

2. Consider Lifting Straps and a Hand Truck

Let's face it – furniture can be tough to move on your own. Fortunately, if you purchase lifting straps and a hand truck, you can avoid putting too much pressure on your body while you move furniture.

Lifting straps are designed to help minimize weight on your back, making them ideal for moving furniture and other heavy objects. They require two people to use and help these individuals share the weight of heavy items. However, you should not use lifting straps if you plan to move furniture up or down stairs, as the weight of a piece of furniture will shift to the person on the bottom.

Also, a hand truck represents a worthwhile moving day investment, particularly for those who need to move lots of furniture quickly. Hand trucks are available in a variety of sizes and enable you to wheel furniture in and out of a home.

3. Hire a Moving Company

If you need to move furniture and have no idea what to do, there is no need to worry. Many moving companies are available in cities and towns nationwide, and each of these businesses employs friendly, knowledgeable moving professionals.

Moving furniture can be time-consuming and physically demanding. On the other hand, if you hire a moving company, you can avoid the challenges commonly associated with moving furniture from one location to another.

Lastly, if you need extra help to move furniture or other heavy items, you should consult with a real estate agent. In addition to helping you buy or sell a house, a real estate agent can connect you with the top moving companies in any area.

Enjoy a quick, seamless transition to a new address – use the aforementioned tips, and you can simplify the process of getting your furniture to your new address.




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Posted by Steve Casey on 1/7/2019

Have you ever put on a favorite outfit and the perfect makeup, then walked into a different room and just hated the effect? The same thing can happen with your paint choices. The play of light in your rooms can significantly affect how your color choices look. Natural light and artificial light reflecting around the room at different times of day creates a different visual dynamic. As you're preparing your house for sale, you want to keep that play of light in mind when choosing your paints.

Getting Started

It's probably been a long while but think back to prisms in grade school. Remember how each band of light in the rainbow reflects a light ray of a different length bouncing off of the water in the air? The same applies to paint. Your entire visual experience is determined by how the light reflects off the items around you, and how your eye interprets that light. Interpretation can be very different between people since humans have a wide variety of color blindness. As many as seven to ten percent of men are somewhat or entirely color blind in the red-green spectrum and an additional, those lesser, number of people are affected by blue-yellow color blindness. This color perception means that even without the changing light, a neutral color with a green or red undertone could appear different to different people. Combine that with the different light at different times of day or seasons and each person coming to view your home will have a different experience. 

Direction Matters

Throughout North America, the most consistent light both day- and year-round comes from southern exposure windows. That light will intensify whatever colors you choose, so pay attention. South-facing morning rooms and those where you want to be awake and active should have bright colors, while south-facing rooms where you want to relax or calm down at the end of the day should have calmer and cooler colors. Eastern exposure rooms will be brighter in the morning and darker in the evening, so you may want to complement that with blue or green undertones for balance. West-facing rooms will be the opposite: darker in the morning and brighter at night. For bedrooms especially, this can be important, since a warm color scheme can make it easier to get up and to go in the darker room. Afternoon sunshine has blue tones which can wash out your paint colors. That means stick to brighter choices with yellow undertones for rooms meant mostly for midday use. You can also complement, enhance or even override the natural light in a place by your artificial light choices. Keep the sun's light in mind when picking your bulb types and placement and watch what it does to your color choices throughout the day.

How to Choose?!

First, start by getting your color swatches. Visit your local paint, DIY, or home improvement store to get swatches in the colors and finishes that interest you. Get multiples so you can hang them up in different places along your walls to see how the light works with them. Check them through the day and with different artificial lights and window coverings to get the broadest idea of how the colors will look. Once you get down to just a couple of hues, get small samples of them and paint some swaths across the wall. Now, repeat the process of watching throughout the day and trying out different lighting as it will give you an even more in-depth understanding of how the colors will look. Once you make a choice, remember to use a primer to cover over your temporary swatches before doing the final paint job, or you could end up with sections that are slightly different colors.

Unsure about which colors are best for your home? Talk to your real estate professional about picking the right neutral tones to show your home at its best.





Posted by Steve Casey on 12/31/2018

Whether you’re a young professional moving to an urban flat or an empty-nester looking to downsize, the challenge of living in a smaller space is sometimes daunting. The things you want (keepsakes, books, collections, specialty kitchen appliances) and the things you need (room for clothes, a home office, space for a guest) vie for the same square footage. How can you fit it all into your space without it being a cluttered mess? Find the hidden spaces in your home.

Of course, first up is getting rid of items you no longer use, want, or need. Once that’s done, take stock of what remains. Seasonal items should go on one list and everyday items on another.

Resourcefulness
Pass a critical eye over your furniture. Can you use space under, behind or above it? Will it do double duty?
  • A narrow bookshelf set behind your sofa provides storage for seasonal items and functions as a sofa table.
  • Stack vintage suitcases or trunks filled with blankets, seasonal clothing or keepsakes beside the bed or sofa as an end table.
  • Slide baskets under a coffee table for smaller items you use often. Or turn a cubby shelf into a coffee table for dual use.
  • Put storage bins under the bed for sweaters, blankets, or guest pillows.
  • Store sheets and extra blankets under your mattress.
  • Use a tall bookshelf behind your bed. It replaces the headboard and nightstands, then adds extra storage both above and behind the bed. Keep seasonal items on the lower shelves behind the mattress and items you use often in the exposed shelves above.
  • If you rarely bake, store pans in your oven. 
  • Typically eat take-out? Store extra dishes in that unused dishwasher.

Creativity
A little creative effort goes a long way when looking for space. Hack something you already own or an inexpensive purchase into multi-purpose storage.

  • Hang shower rings from a hanger to hold scarves, ties, or tank tops.
  • Install a towel bar to a closet wall below the hanging clothes and hang your heels over it, freeing up much-needed floor space. Or, use a peg rack or stick-on hooks to hang sports shoes and flats.
  • Use binder clips to hold computer and charging cords in place and off the floor.
  • If the space between your bed and the wall is too small for a side table or nightstand, hang a floating shelf to hold books, your cell-phone, and glasses.
  • Add cushions to the top of a low storage shelf to create extra seating.
  • Add stick-on hooks to the insides of cabinet doors to hold lids and cutting boards.

Ingenuity
Innovative storage is an industry all its own. Retailers such as West Elm, Pottery Barn, IKEA, Target, and several online-only outlets specialize in dual-purpose pieces to help get the most use from a small space. Here are some you may find useful:

  • Look for an ottoman that makes into a sleeper. Use it as your coffee table, then pop it open for casual overnight guests.
  • Buy a platform bed with drawers or one that lifts on hinges to access storage underneath.
  • Install a table that hangs on the wall and folds down when not in use.
  • Install modular shelving with a deeper shelf at desk height for a home office solution.

No matter how small the space, there are ways to maximize it. If your home is on the market, ask your real estate professional which items to leave out and which to find a hidden home to make the best impression on a buyer. 




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Posted by Steve Casey on 12/24/2018

The real estate market offers no guarantees for house sellers. Thus, even if your home boasts lots of great features and is available at an appealing price, there is no guarantee that your residence will sell quickly.

Ultimately, a home seller must act aggressively to promote his or her residence to the right groups of buyers. With an aggressive approach to the home selling journey, an individual can boost the likelihood of enjoying a quick, profitable house selling experience.

There are many things that you can do to stay aggressive as you strive to sell your home, and these include:

1. Study the Local Housing Market

The local housing market may fluctuate. Fortunately, a home seller who analyzes the local real estate sector closely can gain the insights that he or she needs to speed up the house selling cycle.

Take a look at houses as they are added to the real estate market in your city or town. By doing so, you can see how comparable houses stack up against your residence. And if you find that your home pales in comparison to similar residences, you can perform myriad house upgrades.

Furthermore, if you find that the price of your home is much higher than the prices of comparable houses in your area, you may want to lower your residence's price. This may help you stir up lots of interest in your home from buyers, as well as accelerate the home selling journey.

2. Maintain Your Home's Appearance

You may have already dedicated substantial time and resources to upgrade your house's interior and exterior. However, if you fail to keep your house looking great, it may be tough to achieve your desired home selling results.

Perform regular house cleaning both inside and outside your residence. This will ensure that your house boasts amazing curb appeal. Also, once buyers enter your residence, they may fall in love with your residence's interior.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent usually has a simple goal: to help a seller seamlessly navigate the house selling journey. Therefore, if you collaborate with a real estate agent, you can work with a diligent housing market professional who will do everything possible to help you succeed.

Oftentimes, a real estate agent will meet with a home seller and craft a personalized house selling strategy. He or she then will put this plan into action and promote a seller's residence to prospective buyers. Plus, if a seller receives an offer to purchase his or her house, a real estate agent will help this individual review the homebuying proposal. And if a seller decides to accept the offer to purchase, a real estate agent will make it easy for this individual to finalize his or her home sale.

Ready to add your residence to the housing market? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can take an aggressive approach to streamline the home selling journey.




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Posted by Steve Casey on 12/17/2018

Hosting an open house is a key milestone for a home seller. If an open house proves to be successful, it may be only a matter of time before a seller receives multiple offers on his or her residence. Comparatively, if a home fails to impress during an open house, a seller may need to consider new ways to stir up interest in his or her residence.

Ultimately, it helps to plan ahead for an open house as much as possible. Lucky for you, we're here to help you get ready for any open house, at any time.

Let's take a look at three tips to help you prepare for an open house.

1. Perform Home Interior Cleaning

A pristine home interior can make a world of difference to potential homebuyers. Thus, you should allocate time and resources to clean your home's interior from top to bottom prior to an open house.

Mop the floors, wipe down ceilings and walls and perform other home interior cleaning to ensure that your house will dazzle as soon as a buyer walks through the front door. That way, you can increase the likelihood that your residence will make a positive first impression on buyers.

2. Enhance Your House's Exterior

Your home's curb appeal may make or break your open house. Because if your home has a messy, cluttered front lawn, your residence is unlikely to impress potential buyers when they see your house for the first time.

When it comes to improving your home's exterior, even minor upgrades can have far-flung effects.

Mowing the front lawn and trimming the hedges can help you show off your house's exterior. And if you need assistance with home exterior improvements, you can always hire a professional home landscaping company to help you out too.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

Preparing for an open house can be challenging, particularly for a seller who is worried about the current state of his or her residence. Fortunately, real estate agents are available who can help you get ready for an open house.

A real estate agent is happy to help you sell your home in any housing market. He or she will schedule an open house at your convenience. And in the weeks and days leading up to an open house, a real estate agent will offer expert tips to help you prepare for this event.

Furthermore, a real estate agent will provide plenty of guidance at each stage of the home selling journey. He or she will help you promote your residence to the right groups of potential buyers and review any offers on your house. Plus, if you ever have questions about selling your home, a real estate agent can instantly respond to these queries.

If you want to achieve the best-possible results during an open house, it generally is a good idea to work with a real estate agent. Contact a local real estate agent today, and you can receive comprehensive support as you navigate the home selling journey.