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How to Maintain a Healthy Yard

Preparation

For your yard to have the potential to be great, you need to prepare it for greatness! Remove all old or dead grass and weeds. Then replenish the yard with new soil where necessary. Water the soil and remaining vegetation for a week to let it get settled.

Grass seed

Choose a specific grass seed that will prosper in your yard’s environment. Plant a seed that will survive in the cold and warm seasons and with the amount of sunlight in your yard. Water the seed until the grass has grown, which can take up to a month.

Moving your lawn

Mow your lawn at the mower’s highest setting while letting your yard grow. The taller grass will create shade for the soil and allow the roots to grow stronger.

Fertilizer

Apply fertilizer to your lawn using a fertilizer spreader, applying as much as directed. Do not over fertilize your yard, as this will cause more damage than good. Wear gloves when dealing with fertilizer to avoid contact with chemicals.

Plant flowers

Now that your lawn is in shape, add some color to your garden. Add bushes, flowers, and any other small plants that you like to your garden. This will make your whole yard much more aesthetically pleasing.

Maintain your yard

Aerate your yard once a year in the fall or spring when your yard is not too dry and not too wet. This will allow your yard to replenish itself, while cleansing out old soil and being able to regrow. Continuously weed your yard when needed by pulling out the small weeds yourself or applying weed killer.

Zippy Shell of Northern Illinois Participates in the Frontier Days Fourth of July Parade

Zippy Shell of Northern Illinois proudly participated in the Frontier Days Fourth of July Parade! The team decorated their Zippy Shells with red, white, and blue patriotic decorations. Zippy Shell joined numerous military units, marching bands, dancers, and parade goers to celebrate the fourth.

The Frontier Days is a nonprofit organization made up of hundreds of volunteers who put together the free family festival every year. Since formation, The Festival has become known as one of the best and biggest events in the Northwest Suburbs and has received numerous awards! The Zippy Shell team was honored to be involved in the event and cannot wait until next year.

Did you also attend the Frontier Days Fourth of July Parade? Share your pictures with us and we hope you a great Fourth of July!

How to design a game room

Everyone has that one room in their house that doesn’t get used for anything. Make use of yours by turning it into a fun game room for the whole family!

Measure out the size of your room

Once you know the square footage of the room, you can determine how much you can fit into it. Create a wish list for what you want to have in your room, then once you determine what fits then you can buy your items.

Entertaining layout

The layout of your room will determine how effectively your game room will serve its purpose. Separate your tv and couches from the games like a ping pong table, pool table, etc.

Adequate lighting

When playing games, you must be able to see clearly to make the best move.  Arrange for lights to be installed over your tables and countertops.

Advantageous furniture

When designing your game room, the furniture you choose will affect the vibe of the room. Gamer chairs will allow you to create a room perfect for video games. If you have game tables, bar stool chairs or couches are good options to allow others to watch while people are playing the games.

Wall accessories

For a sports bar theme, buy some neon lights, fathead stickers from your favorites teams, and more! Add in a scoreboard on the wall for whatever games you purchase.

Soundproof your space

Playing all sorts of games can create a lot of noise for people in other rooms. Soundproof your game room to be courteous to others in the house.

Small games

Everyone loves the big game tables like foosball and ping pong, but don’t forget about little games too. A dart board or even a deck of cards is the perfect addition to any game room, without taking up any space.

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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Activities to do in Philadelphia

Moving to the Philadelphia area? Here 10 great ways to get to know your new city better.

1. Liberty Bell

Philadelphia is the home of the historic Liberty Bell. Experience part of America’s history first hand by stopping by the exhibit.

2. Catch a Game

Philadelphia is home to the Phillies, the Eagles, and the Flyers. Depending on what season you are in, go catch a game!

3. Barnes Foundation

Go explore their great collection of impressionist, post-impressionist and early modern paintings.

4. Eat a cheesesteak

Go see what all the hype about cheesesteaks in Philly is at Pat’s King of Steaks.

5. Philadelphia Zoo

No matter what age you are, visiting all the animals at the Philadelphia zoo never gets old.

6. King of Prussia Mall

This is the second largest mall in the United States. You are sure to find what you are looking for here with over 400 stores!

7. Barcade

Come enjoy vintage arcade games and meet new people at one of Philadelphia’s most popular bars.

8. Concerts

Philadelphia is home to many concert venues, don’t miss out when your favorite band comes to town.

9. Rocky Statue and the “Rocky Steps”

Snap a picture in front of the statue as well as run up the steps that Sylvester Stallone ran up in the movie “Rocky.”

10. Independence Hall

Tour the birthplace of the United States, where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed.

Looking for Moving Help? Zippy Shell of Greater Philadelphia is here to help!