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10 Tips for Getting your Home Ready to Sell

1. Clean up the Yard

The outside of your house is the first thing the buyer is going to see when they see your property. Make sure the grass is cut, trim the bushes, weed the garden, and plant flowers, all for a better curb appeal.

2. Tidy up the Exterior

Along with your yard, the actual aesthetic of the exterior of your home is crucial to selling your home. Power wash your house where needed, clean out the gutters, and clean the windows.

3. Make the Front Entrance Welcoming

Add a fresh coat of paint to your front door, as well as replace old house numbers so that they are easily visible from the street. Buy a new welcome mat and consider hanging a festive decoration on your front door too.

4. Make Repairs

Fix anything that may be broken! Everything from the windows to the doorknobs. Having everything in tip-top shape makes the home more appealing to buyers.

5. Declutter

Decluttering your home will make it feel more spacious as well as allow the buyer to envision where all of their things will go. Use some of these tips to clean out some of your items.

6. Wipe Down Everything

Everything from the floors to your countertops and all the other surfaces of your home should be wiped down before a showing.

7. Remove Unpleasant Odors

If you have pets or messy kids, there is a good chance your home has odors. Spraying air fresheners, lighting candles, and using air freshener plug-ins in each room are all good ideas. Consider getting your carpets and furniture professionally cleaned to remove set in odors.

8. Organize the Closets and Drawers

Buyers are going to be looking at how they will fit all their belongings into these spaces. Organize them with these tips to show them how much room your house has.

9. Make the Buyer Comfortable

Set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature before the buyer comes to your home so they aren’t too hot or cold when they get there. Setting the temperature prior to the buyer’s arrival also prevents buyers from possibly having to listen to the air conditioning unit blasting out air. Make a batch of cookies or treats to show the buyer you want them to enjoy their time while looking at your house.

10. Use a Zippy Shell Storage Unit

Use one of our portable storage containers to store excess furniture and any other items you do not want in your home during the selling process. We’ll deliver the container directly to your door then store it in our secure climate controlled facility. Out of view of your potential homebuyers!

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How to Load a Moving Truck

Whether you choose to have our moving professionals pack up your belongings, or you choose to pack them into the shell yourself, it is important to know the best way to do it.

Preparation

Start doing all your laundry ahead of time so that you do not have to wash your clothes on moving day before packing them up. Take the same measures with your fridge. Use or donate your leftover food and frozen items so that nothing will go bad before the move.

Valuables

It is a good idea to keep your important papers like birth certificates and passports with you personally instead of packing them into the moving truck, in case of an emergency.

Heavy Objects

Just like when you are packing a box, load your heaviest items first and on the bottom. From there, you can load the smaller items on top.

Mattress

Take exceptional care when loading your mattress. You sleep on it every night and you want to keep it in the best condition possible. Lay the mattress flat instead of standing it up or leaning it. This will prevent the cushion inside of it from being moved around. Also make sure to wrap your mattress in a mattress cover to prevent further damage.

Tables/Desks

Place your tables or desks in the moving truck their normal way of standing. You can then slide boxes and other items in underneath and on top of them.

Dresser

Pack your dresser right into the truck, but make sure to wrap it in moving blankets. Fill your drawers up with your clothes to save space. This can be done with smaller nightstands and desk drawers too. Be sure to secure your drawers with straps so that they don’t go flying open when the truck turns.

Empty Space

Fill in open space with little items and boxes. Pack everything in tight so nothing moves around while the truck is in motion. Rolling up small rugs and carefully placing them in small openings is a great way to cushion your items.

Blankets/Towels

Use blankets or towels to wrap up fragile items. This saves space, as well as the time and money it takes to use bubble wrap to wrap up your items.

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!

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Essentials for the first day you move in

Moving day is a chaotic time, and to reduce this stress, make sure you have these five items close-by to make day one in your new home a breeze.

1. Paper products

The last thing you want to happen is to move into your new home and not be able to use the bathroom there, so stock up on toilet paper.  It is also important to get paper towels and tissues for other messes.  If you won’t be unpacking all your dishes and silverware on the first day, bring a few extra paper plates and plastic silverware so you can enjoy a meal.

2. Appliances

If your new home doesn’t come with appliances like a refrigerator, dishwasher, washer, and dryer, these are machines you must buy.  Smaller appliances like a microwave, toaster, coffee maker, and others you can purchase shortly after you move in because you can survive for a little while without them.

3. Lights and lamps

There should be basic ceiling lights in your home but you may want to bring a few extra lamps for side tables and night stands.  Pay attention to where the dark areas of your home are so you can fill them.

4. Drawers and Organizers

You’re going to have to put all your belongings somewhere, so having a few drawers to organize everything in each of your rooms is very important so things aren’t scattered everywhere.

5. Kitchen Utensils

Be sure to get the basic kitchen instruments such as pots pans, plates, bowls, cups, and silverware.  These are the fundamental items that you will need for your meals.

Pack all these necessities up and have them easily accessible for when you first get to your new house.  Zippy Shell http://www.zippyshell.com/ can help you move them at your convenience and give you the best moving experience you can.