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The Best Tips for Moving From an Apartment into a House

Prepare for maintenance

At your apartment, the landlord would take care of the maintenance of the building. When you move to a new home make sure to buy shovels to remove snow, extra furnace filters, yard and gardening tools, and other items to help take care of them home.

Watch your energy and water usage

If your apartment charged you a flat rate for your utilities before, start paying attention to what lights you have on and how long you shower to reduce your bills.

Furniture

You have a brand new empty home, so fill it with furniture! Plan ahead before you make any big furniture purchases to make sure you will still qualify to buy the home you have your heart set on.

Tool kit

Things are going to break.  Accept it and just be prepared. Make sure to have the basics like a screwdriver, hammer, and tape measure.

Appliances

Pay attention to what appliances will be included with your new house. Apartments have all the appliances you need, but a new home may not! You’ll have to purchase these appliances yourself.

Accessorize

Decorate your new home! Start by painting the walls or adding wallpaper. Hang up your favorite pictures, posters, and anything else you like. You can even make your own DIY decorations.

Housewarming Party

When you finally get settled in your new home, throw a housewarming party! This is a huge milestone and you deserve to celebrate!

Downsizing your Home with Zippy Shell

Is Downsizing in Highland Park, Illinois Right For You?

Are you starting to wonder if it’s the right time for you to downsize your home? But where should you buy your next home? How do you know when it’s time to downsize?

These are great questions to ask. Downsizing is a big endeavor. So let’s start with the basics.
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Your First Place Checklist

Everything you need in your first place

Moving into your first real place? It can be incredibly exciting and maybe even a little overwhelming. You went through the challenge of finding the perfect place and now you have to face the task of decorating and furnishing your first place!
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