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Commonly Damaged Items and How to Protect Them

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The Most Common Items Damaged During a Move and How to Protect Them

With some minor preparation and attention to detail, you can protect valuable items during your move

The reason moving is considered one of life’s most stressful events is it is hard to believe that everything you own, and value will get from point A to point B without a hitch. Packing, loading, transporting, and unloading are all occasions in which we fear something will break or be damaged. You want your moving day to go as smoothly as possible. Here are a few suggestions to help ease your mind during the process.

Pack Carefully

If you are DIY packing, use quality materials. Do not over pack boxes and definitely use padding such as newspaper or bubble wrap to secure fragile items. Heavy items go in the box first, so they don’t crush lighter objects. Dishes and glassware are commonly damaged when an inexperienced packer is on the job. Lamps, picture frames, and any glassware must be wrapped carefully. You do not have to invest a ton in bubble wrap or packing peanuts. You can always use newspaper and plastic or paper bags, but this requires planning ahead, so you have time to collect enough to make a difference. Boxes with fragile items should be clearly marked as such.

Protect Your Furniture

Have plenty of padding, moving blankets, or bubble wrap on hand to prevent damage to your furniture. Try to disassemble as much as possible to make transport easier. Be sure to measure furniture carefully so you know if items will fit down stairwells and through door frames and narrow hallways in both locations. The last thing you need on moving day is to have a couch wedged in a doorway

Plan for Specialty Items

Fragile items like mirrors and artwork should be wrapped securely with padding and corner protectors. Certain unique household goods such as musical instruments, hot tubs, pool tables, wine refrigerators, treadmills, etc. will require extra planning and manpower. These are not items easily relocated on your own, without the help of professionals.

Extremely important items such as documents, medication, laptops, cell phones, or irreplaceable special toys should travel with you to their new location. Set a box aside for these things so you know exactly where they are and can easily grab them when you’re ready to go.

Protect Yourself and Others

Personal injuries during a move can be devastating. Make sure you and your family members are safe on moving day by ensuring little ones and the elderly are out of harm’s way. Pets should also be contained so movers do not trip or bump into them. Movers must be aware of guns and weapons of any kind to properly plan for a safe relocation. Even kitchen knives should be packed with care. Additionally, all obstacles should be removed for safety. Before moving day, make sure that neighbors’ cars or toys as well as your own, will not be blocking the path to your moving truck. Lastly, do not lift heavy boxes, appliances, or large items of furniture on your own.

Select Your Professional Mover Carefully

You can avoid many of these issues by working with quality professional movers who will handle the details of your relocation. Well ahead of moving day, interview at least 3 movers and get written quotes. Check references and make sure they are licensed, bonded, and insured. Be sure to ask exactly what the process is for filing a claim in the event of damage. A reputable moving company will patiently answer your questions and address all your concerns so that you are comfortable with your final decision. Experienced, highly quality moving companies work hard to earn your trust and will do all they can to prevent damage of any kind.

Enjoy Your New Home

With a little planning, you can successfully relocate without damage to your home, your goods, or yourself. A trusted moving company will make the entire process worry-free. You will be able to settle into your new place and make new memories.

Home Staging Ideas for Sale

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Home Staging Ideas for a Quick Sale

Five easy staging tips from our relocation experts

When you have made the decision to sell your home, you naturally want to complete the sale as quickly as possible and get the highest price you can in the process. To achieve these goals, you must make the home you love appeal to people from all walks of life. This is easier than it sounds. All it takes is a little time and a small investment of money to stage your home for buyers. In the end, your reward will be well worth your efforts.

Step 1: Be your own critic

You love your style, but your goal is to attract multiple buyers who may have different tastes. Take a good look around your home and decide what makes it most attractive to others. Ask a friend or relative or even your trusted realtor for their opinions as well. You want to highlight your home’s best features. If everyone loves the kitchen, or the sunroom, or the big basement, you know you need to make those areas look even better. If you have a great fireplace or impressive front door, a fresh coat of paint or good cleaning and the addition of a large wreath or piece of art will make these areas stand out more. Devise a plan for each room. This is also when you must identify necessary maintenance and cosmetic issues such as leaky faucets, discolored ceiling tiles, cracked glass or rust stains in your bathroom. These all need to be taken care of so buyers have confidence in the quality of your home.

Step 2: Clean and Declutter

Cleaning is perhaps the most important action you can take when preparing a house for sale. Buyers want to know that you have taken good care of this house. If it is not clean, they will suspect more important maintenance has also been neglected. Take the time and effort to spring clean every room. If you do this once, then it is only a matter of simple daily pickup to keep it looking nice. If you must, it is worth hiring a cleaning company to help with this step. Do not forget your windows during this process. Natural light is a selling point, so you want each room to have clean, bright windows letting the sunshine in as much as possible.

Decluttering means it is finally time to go through all the piles and closets and look under beds and on countertops. Get rid of anything you no longer need or box it up nicely for storage. Clear countertops and clean closets help buyers see the potential for storage and ample space.

Step 3: Paint

You do not have to paint every single room in your home, but it is a good idea to freshen up areas you can and cover bold paint colors with more neutral tones. Most people want to put their own stamp on a home’s decorations, and a neutral palette helps them to see the possibilities. A fresh coat of paint is a relatively inexpensive way to revitalize a room and make it more attractive.

Step 4: Accessorize

A good way to add some personality to a home without overwhelming buyers is to add some cute accessories in each room. Bright new pillows, fresh flowers and plants, and a new bedspread are all homey, attractive details most buyers appreciate. You can also set your dining room table and add a lovely floral centerpiece, making potential buyers imagine themselves successfully entertaining in the space.

Step 5: Curb Appeal

At the very least, clean up that yard and make sure your lawn is mowed. Some time and money spent towards weeding or adding fresh mulch and new plants will also be well spent. Potential buyers often do a drive-by before even considering stepping foot inside your home. If they do not like what they see on the outside, they aren’t going to go in for a closer look.

Staging a home is not as daunting as it sounds. If you take the time to thoroughly examine each room, some simple changes can make a huge difference. It will take some time and preparation, but your quick sale and elevated price will make your efforts worth it in the end.