familycation.ru | familycation.ru https://familycation.ru My Move My Way Wed, 14 Jun 2017 20:21:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 Tips to Make Your Move Easier on Your Pets | familycation.ru https://familycation.ru/blog/tips-make-move-easier-pets/ https://familycation.ru/blog/tips-make-move-easier-pets/#respond Wed, 14 Jun 2017 20:14:43 +0000 https://familycation.ru/?p=35415 Moving your furry family member from one environment to an entirely different one can be exceptionally stressful on your pet. Animals are creatures of habit and they don’t like any kind of change, especially when it pertains to their living space. As a result, you’ll likely see your pet acting [...]

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Moving your furry family member from one environment to an entirely different one can be exceptionally stressful on your pet. Animals are creatures of habit and they don’t like any kind of change, especially when it pertains to their living space. As a result, you’ll likely see your pet acting differently as moving day approaches and well up until you’re settled in your new humble abode. So, it’s important to make the move as easy as possible for your furry companion. So, whether you have a hamster, bird, cat, dog, fish or reptile, you’ve come to the right place to find all the tips you need to make the move easier on them.

Prepare an Overnight Bag

As odd as it may feel to pack an overnight bag for your family pet, it’s important that you never skip this tip. There’s nothing worse than an animal that is not only stressed but also hungry, bored, uncomfortable, and thirsty. So, place some food and water in portable containers, clean the cage, fluff their bedding, and give your pet some love throughout the day. This will keep them comfortable during the move and you won’t have to rush to unpack a bunch of boxes once you arrive at your new home, as you’ll have everything your pet needs to survive the first night.

Grab Some Natural Relaxing Treats

Head on over to the pet store and grab some treats that taste as good as they make your pet feel. There is a plethora of natural treats that have a calming effect on animals. So, take advantage of them during times of high-stress, because they’re completely natural, effective, and affordable, and they’ll put your pet at ease.

Schedule A Babysitter for Your Pets

As your pet starts to see you packing up all of your belongings, their stress will spike. So, if you’re able to hire a pet-sitter or book a day at a doggie daycare, this is the best option. While your pet may be a little shocked when you pick them up and take them to a different house, they won’t have to struggle through the entire moving day.

Create A Quiet Spac

If you can’t remove your pet from the home prior to the move, keep them in the quietest area possible. This is not only for their safety but for yours as well. A panicked dog cowering in between your legs as you’re carrying heavy furniture can be quite dangerous. So, clear a room for your animal that’s as far away from the commotion as possible. Toss in some toys, give them food and water, and don’t forget to check in on them from time to time.

Practice Safety First During the Drive

It’s amazing what you can buy for animals nowadays. The safety equipment available for pets who travel is completely revolutionary. You can now get seatbelts for cats, dogs, and even styles that strap in crates and cages. So, take a trip to your local pet store or shop online to find some equipment that will make the move safe and comfortable for your furry companion.

Additionally, you should never move your pet to your new home in anything other than your own vehicle. Moving trucks aren’t able to transport animals. So, never rely on them to do so, as it is illegal, dangerous and stressful for the animal.

Do Some Research

Some pets travel better than others. Some animals will become stressed and needy during a move, whereas others will become traumatized, which can even be fatal in worst case scenarios. So, always conduct thorough research on the specific animal you’re traveling with.

Fish require special treatment during a move, guinea pigs are susceptible to complicated heart problems from being jostled around, and birds can become very jittery about change. Cats and dogs may also react entirely different to a move, depending on their breed. So, get that research in to ensure a safe move for your pet.

Lastly, be aware of any pet regulations that pertain to moving your pet. If you’re doing a long-distance move, it’s important that you know the requirements and rules associated with crossing state borders with an animal. Otherwise, all you need is your pet’s birth certificates and vet records in the front seat and you’re ready to move.

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The Kitchen Is an Awkward Thing to Pack Up. Here’s Some Tips to Make Sure All Grandmas Fine China Gets to The New House in One Piece | familycation.ru https://familycation.ru/blog/kitchen-awkward-thing-pack-heres-tips-make-sure-grandmas-fine-china-gets-new-house-one-piece/ https://familycation.ru/blog/kitchen-awkward-thing-pack-heres-tips-make-sure-grandmas-fine-china-gets-new-house-one-piece/#respond Mon, 12 Jun 2017 19:54:34 +0000 https://familycation.ru/?p=35414 You’re excited about moving into your new house but it’s crucial not to let it get the best of your packing procedures. The way you pack, especially within the kitchen, can have a huge impact on the quality of your move. It’s the one area within your home that contains [...]

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You’re excited about moving into your new house but it’s crucial not to let it get the best of your packing procedures. The way you pack, especially within the kitchen, can have a huge impact on the quality of your move. It’s the one area within your home that contains various breakables, and it’s imperative to pack every item properly. Don’t worry. It’s not as tedious as you think. You just need these tips to ensuring everything arrives in one piece.

Moving Kitchen Appliances in Their Original Boxes

Moving large kitchen appliances such as your fridge and stove is fairly easy despite being the heaviest of items. All you need is special moving equipment, such as a dolly and furniture blanket. However, smaller kitchen appliances such as your microwave, blender, microwave oven and toaster can be a little more difficult due to their odd shapes. Fortunately, if you have the original boxes, now is a great time to use them. Otherwise, you can use smaller moving boxes to pack each item individually as opposed to trying to stuff everything into one larger box.

Clean Everything Before You Pack

Cleaning will come to you like second nature by the time moving day arrives. It’s important to clean all of your belongings, especially your kitchen appliances, prior to putting them in boxes. These items often contain crumbs and food particles that will attract all kinds of bugs and pests. So, wipe them down before packing them up to keep pests away from your kitchen appliances – and new household.

Pack Dinnerware Separately

After hours upon hours of packing, you’ll be tempting to grab a long strip of newspaper to wrap around a stack of dinner plates. However, this is one surefire way to damage your belongings. Instead, take the time to individually wrap every plate, cup, bowl, and china pieces to ensure everything remains in one piece.

Additionally, you’ll want to use a sturdy box to transport your dinnerware and to also fill the voids with extra packing materials.

Stack Your Pots and Pans

By now, you’re likely starting to realize the plethora of shapes and sizes that make up your kitchen – and the hassle it takes to pack them. For items such as pots and pans, stack them prior to packing them. Start with the largest at the bottom of the box and work your way through until the smallest is at the top. This allows you to get more use from the space which is key to keeping your moving costs low. Then, fill the empty spaces with packing materials and individually wrap the lids.

Separate Perishable from Non-Perishable

If you’re using a moving truck to transport your belongings, it’s imperative to understand what can and cannot be moved in the truck itself. Perishable items and open food containers are two things that cannot. So, it’s important to separate these items from the non-perishable food items that can go in the moving truck.

Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to do. You just need some sturdy boxes and a bit of a strategy. Line the bottom of the boxes with the heaviest of items, such as cans or large food boxes. Then, build your way up to the top with lighter items, such as bags of spice blends.

Then, separate and clearly label the perishable from the non-perishable.

Before you know it, your kitchen will be completely packed and ready to be moved into your new home. If you’re unsure about your packing skills, take advantage of professional packers who can do it right to ensure everything arrives in one piece.

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Loading A Moving Truck Can Be Intimidating: 5 Situations That Can Leave You Wishing Someone Else Was Doing the Heavy Lifting | familycation.ru https://familycation.ru/blog/loading-moving-truck-can-intimidating-5-situations-can-leave-wishing-someone-else-heavy-lifting/ https://familycation.ru/blog/loading-moving-truck-can-intimidating-5-situations-can-leave-wishing-someone-else-heavy-lifting/#respond Fri, 09 Jun 2017 19:54:33 +0000 https://familycation.ru/?p=35413   To some, loading a moving truck may seem as easy as tossing in all your belongings. However, professional movers or anyone who has moved before will tell you differently. Unfortunately, if packing your belongings in your moving truck is as easy as tossing them in, you’re doing it all [...]

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To some, loading a moving truck may seem as easy as tossing in all your belongings. However, professional movers or anyone who has moved before will tell you differently. Unfortunately, if packing your belongings in your moving truck is as easy as tossing them in, you’re doing it all wrong. Loading a truck takes time, patience, and a strategic plan to ensure a safe and efficient move. Otherwise, you could run into some problems.

Taking Up Too Much Space and Jacking Up Your Moving Costs

Speaking of tossing your boxes and belongings into the moving truck with no strategic plan, this could actually end up costing you a significant amount of money. It’s important to get the proper size of moving truck to ensure you have enough space but if you don’t load the truck properly, enough space can quickly disappear. So, make sure you strategically place every box, and piece of furniture to keep your moving costs as low as possible.

Not Having the Right Equipment Is Hard on Time and Effort

Oh, there’s nothing like being pumped up for moving day only to realize you don’t have the right equipment. While you can certainly move without a dolly, furniture blankets, and ramps, it’ll be significantly harder and more time-consuming. So, make sure you rent the proper equipment prior to the big day, which can typically be done when you hire a moving truck.

Broken Items That Have Sentimental Value

When you rent a moving truck, you are responsible for your own belongings. In other words, if you load the moving truck poorly and your items become damaged, you are at fault. While most items can be replaced, sentimental value cannot. That’s also not to mention that replacing broken items is an unnecessary expense. With professional movers, you can have peace of mind. Not only do the movers know how to load a truck properly but you also have valuation coverage which ensures all items damaged are either fixed, replaced, or reimbursed.

Improper Lifting Can Lead to Serious Injury

If you’ve ever wondered how people can pack moving trucks for a living without being sore every day, it’s because they know how to do so properly. With all the heavy lifting involved with a moving day, it’s crucial to take the proper steps to ensure your safety. This involves stretching, lifting from the knees, and many other proper lifting techniques. Otherwise, you run the risk of not only being sore for the next couple of days to follow but also, serious injuries such as strained muscles and even broken bones.

Not Moving Out in Time Because Loading Took Too Long

It’s important to always give yourself more time to move than you think is needed. Moving days often come with some hurdles, and you need time to overcome them. Otherwise, you could run into additional moving costs and fees you never planned for. If you are required to leave your current residence at a specific time or have the moving truck for longer than scheduled, the penalties could put your moving day budget over the edge. So, give yourself plenty of time to load the truck properly so you can arrive at your new home with enough time to get the truck back to the company before the deadline.

If all of this seems way too intimidating and complicated for you, there’s a solution. Hire professional movers and you can sit back and relax with peace of mind.

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5 Things to Know When Moving into A Condo | familycation.ru https://familycation.ru/blog/5-things-know-moving-condo/ https://familycation.ru/blog/5-things-know-moving-condo/#respond Wed, 07 Jun 2017 19:54:31 +0000 https://familycation.ru/?p=35412 Just when you think moving into a condo is the same as moving into a house, you stumble across the several staircases, entry doors, elevators and narrow hallways. Condo moving is quite different from other types of moves because there are so many other components that come into play and [...]

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Just when you think moving into a condo is the same as moving into a house, you stumble across the several staircases, entry doors, elevators and narrow hallways. Condo moving is quite different from other types of moves because there are so many other components that come into play and that directly affect the quality of your move. To ensure a quick, efficient, and enjoyable moving day, here are the five things you need to know prior to the big day.

1. Be Aware of Restricted Days and Hours for Move-Ins

Some condo buildings have specific days in which you’re unable to move into your condo such as Sundays, and some even have restricted hours on other days of the week. So, prior to deciding on a date to move out of your current home, be aware of these restrictions. Have a couple of dates that work for you and head onto the next step.

2. Schedule Your Move-In Date with The Office

Prior to moving, you need to contact the condo manager to schedule your move-in date. Most condos won’t book several move-ins on one day, so be sure to do this well in advance to ensure you get your preferred date.

Alternatively, you may not get your ideal date so it’s important to always book your moving truck and professional movers after you’ve scheduled your move-in date, as changes may result in additional fees.

3. Book an Elevator If One Is Needed

If you’re moving into a condo building that has several floors and you’re on anything other than the first floor, take advantage of the elevators. Most condos will put one of their elevators on hold, so you can use it to move into your condo with minimal wait times and disruption to the other residents.

Additionally, some condos will only hold the elevator for a set amount of time. So, be aware of these stipulations and make use of the time given to you.

4. Find Out If There Are Any Extra Condo Fees for Moving

Unexpected fees are never fun. Some condos charge a moving day fee due to the extra cleanup, work, and inconvenience required for move-ins. So, make sure you’re aware of all moving fees prior to the big day to ensure you can squeeze everything into your moving budget.

5. Iron Out the Details of Condo Moving with The Building Manager

Many condos have specific freight elevators, doors, and loading docks that must be used when moving in. For example, you may not be able to use the regular elevators or the front doors to bring in your belongings. So, ask the building manager for their moving procedures to avoid any delays or discrepancies.

With all the extras associated with moving into a condo, the last thing you’re thinking about is hiring professional movers. However, professional movers are much more of a necessity than they are a luxury when it comes to moving into a condo.

Condo buildings are structured differently than typical houses, so they are more difficult to move into. If there are several doors, long hallways, narrow entryways and weird corners, you’ll definitely want the pros as they know how to maneuver through these types of situations. This is also a huge benefit if you only have your move and elevator booked for a couple of hours.

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5 Must Have Items You Need On Your Moving Day | familycation.ru https://familycation.ru/blog/5-must-items-need-moving-day/ https://familycation.ru/blog/5-must-items-need-moving-day/#respond Mon, 05 Jun 2017 20:52:33 +0000 https://familycation.ru/?p=35407 With all the moving materials and equipment available, it can be hard to narrow in on the items you need on moving day. Some say a permanent marker is a must have item on moving day, while it’s a good idea, as long as you did your packing properly, everything [...]

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With all the moving materials and equipment available, it can be hard to narrow in on the items you need on moving day. Some say a permanent marker is a must have item on moving day, while it’s a good idea, as long as you did your packing properly, everything should be labeled and ready for you to go with or without it. What you really need are the five following items to ensure an efficient and effective move with as little dings, delays, and disruptions as possible.

You may have removed all the decor from the wall and took apart large furniture pieces but you never know what you’ll run into upon moving day. Almost everyone has an experience moving a piece of furniture that leaves them wondering how they ever got it through the door in the first place. Even the fanciest moving techniques can cause a halt in the progress of the day. So, keep your tools on you during moving day to ensure you can quickly take doors off hinges or take apart furniture pieces as needed.

Moving Truck

If you’ve ever tried to move without a moving truck, you’ll understand why you need one on moving day. Save on gas and time by moving all of your belongings at once. It’s a moving day expense you won’t regret.

Furniture Blanket

One “must have” item on moving day, that’s often underestimated, is a furniture blanket. People use regular blankets to cover their furniture in order to cut down on moving day costs but this could end up costing you more money in damages and repairs.

Furniture blankets aren’t just blankets. They’re designed to protect your belongings from the scratches, dings and other damage that can easily happen during a move.

Even if you have a flawless, bump-free experience moving your furniture through your home and into the moving truck, the drive could cause items to rub together and cause damage. So, always use a furniture blanket.

Furniture Dolly

You may have the strongest friends in the world who spend 100’s of hours lifting heavy things in the gym to help you move but it doesn’t matter when they’re not lifting your things properly. They’ll end up with serious pain and injuries. Renting a furniture dolly is an affordable moving day expense that is worth every penny – and bone in your body. They’re often stored in the moving truck but you’ll have to rent it to use it. So, let the moving company know your requirements as you’re booking your truck.

Trash Bags

As you start to load up your belongings into the moving truck and do one last final clean of the house, you’ll likely come across some trash. Even if it’s minimal, it’s imperative to leave the home in the condition you expect to receive when you arrive at your new humble abode. So, always have trash bags on hand and remove all trash from the house.

Additionally, it’s important to take your trash with you. Don’t leave it on the curb or by the side of the house. The new homeowners may not be arriving right away and leaving the trash outdoors could bring all kinds of pests. Taking your trash with you is also proper etiquette. So, use those trash bags and take them with you.

Even if you don’t think there will be any garbage, there will be and you’ll likely find other means for them, such as packing up miscellaneous items that you forgot to pack up

All these necessary items are easily gained with one phone call to a full service moving company like familycation.ru. Instead of dealing with the hassle of renting what you need and scrambling together labor, using a full service moving company is a sure way to move stress free.

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5 Easy Steps to Creating the Perfect Backyard Ambiance | familycation.ru https://familycation.ru/blog/5-easy-steps-creating-perfect-backyard-ambiance/ https://familycation.ru/blog/5-easy-steps-creating-perfect-backyard-ambiance/#respond Fri, 26 May 2017 19:07:38 +0000 https://familycation.ru/?p=35399 With the temperatures rising and summer right around the corner, it’s time to turn your backyard into the perfect outdoor living space. So, forget about simply dusting off your patio furniture and plugging in a bug-zapper. In order to turn your backyard into the perfect oasis, you need some ambiance. [...]

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With the temperatures rising and summer right around the corner, it’s time to turn your backyard into the perfect outdoor living space. So, forget about simply dusting off your patio furniture and plugging in a bug-zapper. In order to turn your backyard into the perfect oasis, you need some ambiance. And it’s exceptionally easy to do! With these five steps, your backyard is going to take on a life of its own that will change the way you enjoy your summer days and nights.

1. Plan Out Every Detail

The first step to creating the perfect backyard ambiance is to start with a thorough plan. Take a vast array of measurements, from the entire circumference of your property to the specific areas you intend to turn into living spaces. Then, accurately sketch out your backyard, including everything from the trees to other plants, walkways, sheds, and other permanent features. This is an imperative step that will allow you to determine what materials and decorations you need, how many you need, and where they’ll go.

2. Designate a Sitting Area

Anyone can have a backyard but not everyone turns it into an outdoor living space. The key to creating the perfect backyard ambiance is to create an area where people can enjoy themselves and make memories within.

So, designate a sitting area. Think beyond the standard patio set; stage décor, fluff pillows, light candles, add in a lounge chair, and hang a hammock. Turn seats into a lounge area to turn your backyard into an outdoor living space.

3. Set the Mood with Lights

Lights are always the key to setting the perfect ambiance within any living space, whether interior or exterior. So, shop the vast array of lights available to you. Look beyond the lamps and bug-zappers; consider stringing lights throughout the trees, lining the pathways, and using lanterns instead of exterior house lights. Strings of lights are a great accent to creating a backyard ambiance as they give off the perfect amount of light needed at night to set the mood without taking away from the stars.

4. Entertainment is Everything

You may not want music blasting throughout your outdoor ambiance but syncing your sound system with exterior speakers is a great way to set the perfect backyard ambiance. Keep the volume low and the music calm to emphasize the oasis of your outdoor living space.

Don’t forget to think beyond the sitting area as well. If you like to host dinner parties, invest in a quality barbecue or install an outdoor kitchen; designate a spot for late night campfires, and let your backyard go beyond aesthetics.

5. Install Soothing Water Décor

There’s nothing more relaxing than the sound of trickling water. Installing soothing water features will instantly increase the ambiance while also adding to the aesthetics. Fortunately, you don’t have to fork out a ton of cash to get the tranquility and oasis of water. Instead of installing an expensive waterfall in your backyard, opt for little water fountain statues that you can place throughout the backyard. Hang some rain chains from the gutters and enjoy your backyard ambiance even on the gloomiest of days.

A backyard simply doesn’t do justice without some ambiance. With these 5 steps to creating the perfect backyard ambiance, you can achieve the ultimate outdoor living space that will keep you enjoying the great outdoors well throughout the year. Whether rain or shine, these are the perfect ways to turn a backyard into the place to spend your days and nights.

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Great Ideas for Displaying Your Art in Your New Home! | familycation.ru https://familycation.ru/blog/great-ideas-displaying-art-new-home/ https://familycation.ru/blog/great-ideas-displaying-art-new-home/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 19:53:24 +0000 https://familycation.ru/?p=35380 The essence of artwork goes far beyond what meets the eye. An artworks beauty is just as much about the way it’s displayed as it is about its actual aesthetics. So, as you begin to unwrap your artwork post move, there are some things to consider to ensure your art [...]

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The essence of artwork goes far beyond what meets the eye. An artworks beauty is just as much about the way it’s displayed as it is about its actual aesthetics. So, as you begin to unwrap your artwork post move, there are some things to consider to ensure your art is showcased in the best light possible.

Hanging Height is Key

Before you grab your hammer and start putting in hooks, screws, and nails, there’s something to consider – the hanging height. Inarguably, one of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when hanging their artwork is simply doing it at the wrong height.

As a rule of thumb, artwork should be hung at eye level specific to what you’re doing in that room. For example, the artwork in the dining room should be near eye-level when sitting down and artwork in the hallways should be at eye level when standing.

Additionally, artwork should always be nothing more or nothing less than 8 to 10 inches above large furniture pieces.

Frame It Right

Framing your artwork will enhance its appeal drastically. It can be the key to tying your art pieces in with the interior of your new home. So, whether you’re hanging posters or canvases, photographs or décor, always get it framed. This is a great tip for occupying space that would otherwise remain empty, without giving off a cluttered appeal.

Turn a Piece of Art into a View

An excellent way to display your art in all its glory while also bringing more into the interior of your home is to turn it into a view or a scene. Allow your home décor to play off of the artwork you’re hanging, and let your artwork make up for areas where your interior lacks, such as a small or dark room.

For example, you can turn your bedroom into a vacation getaway with beachy artwork staged into a scenario as opposed to simply hanging a picture of the ocean. If a small room lacks natural lighting and a good view, incorporate a grid of art from a desirable place to create a view that can’t be found anywhere else in the house.

Less Is Not More

Gone are the days of hanging one piece of art per wall. Instead, trending interiors often use grids of art pieces to create an ambiance in a room that is similar to that of a gallery. This is an excellent tip for the art enthusiasts who often have more art than they have space to hang it. Your artwork isn’t doing justice collecting dust in your storage room. So, create a collage of art pieces that go together, such as all black and white photos or a specific theme, artist or area.

Go Vertical

When people think about art, they often think of it horizontally. Just think about all the times you looked at art, only to notice it was off-centered without even considering its distance from the floor and ceiling. However, this has all changed. Along with the previous trend, artwork is now taking on a more vertical appeal.

Instead of hanging one photo in the center of each wall, interior trends are now hanging photos above one another. It’s a great way to decorate tight areas in between windows and narrow spaces in corners, while also adding in an artistic appeal to otherwise unused spaces.

Switch up the Sizes

Forget about going big or going home. Displaying art is all about bringing differences together in an eloquent way. So, switch up the shades and sizes of your frames and artwork; combine a large canvas with small framed photographs of your family. This is a great way to showcase what you love while also adding personality into homes that are often too “cookie cutter” for the art enthusiastic of today.

Moving into a new home is incredibly exciting but it can feel like you’re living in someone else’s space for a couple of days. So, pull out your artwork and hang it as soon as possible to transform your new house into your new home. With these tips, your new place will resonate everything there is to love about art, your home, and your family.

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Here’s Ten Tips to Get Every Penny Out Your Moving Sale | familycation.ru https://familycation.ru/blog/heres-ten-tips-get-every-penny-moving-sale/ https://familycation.ru/blog/heres-ten-tips-get-every-penny-moving-sale/#respond Mon, 15 May 2017 14:37:45 +0000 https://familycation.ru/?p=35377 Garage sale season is right around the corner and it’s the perfect time to declutter and make some extra cash! As you’ve likely noticed if you’re an avid garage-saler yourself, there are two types of “bad” garage sales – the ones you can’t find and the ones that aren’t worth [...]

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Garage sale season is right around the corner and it’s the perfect time to declutter and make some extra cash! As you’ve likely noticed if you’re an avid garage-saler yourself, there are two types of “bad” garage sales – the ones you can’t find and the ones that aren’t worth your time. Make sure your moving sale is a success and worth every penny with these ten tips.

1. Call It a Moving Sale

The first thing to do is erase “garage sale” from your vocabulary and call it a “moving sale”. This will instantly captivate the attention of garage-salers looking for the best places to visit bright and early in the morning.

Advertising your moving sale as such lets other people know what they can expect without saying anything at all. Moving sales often have more items for sale and as such, are worth the drive across town for. So, get more people flocking your front yard with a moving sale, as opposed to a garage sale.

2. Create a Captivating Sign

Don’t just create a sign – turn the sign into your moving sale advertisement. This is one of the best ways to market your moving sale. A small “garage sale” sign put out by the road will never do justice.

Instead, create a captivating sign. Grab the kids, markers, and papers, and channel your inner creativity. At the very least, the sign should have large letters with arrows pointing garage-salers in the right direction. In best case scenarios, moving sale signs have a bit of humor added into the mix, reading funny statements such as, “Take a Load off Sale,” or “Take My Stuff Sale!”

3. Get More People Involved

The key to a successful moving sale is to get the highest amount of traffic on your front lawn. As such, a great way to do just that is to encourage other people in the community to also have a garage sale. People are more likely to go to a community full of garage sales as opposed to ones spread out across the city. So, bring everyone together and turn your street into a shopping mall.

4. Reasonable Prices

It can be hard to part from your prized possessions but it’s imperative to remove your emotions from your belongings and list your prices reasonably. One overpriced item can send garage-salers leaving your front lawn without looking at the rest. So, compare the store’s price of the item with the price you’re planning on listing it as. Subtract a couple of dollars depending on the quality and details of the item and make sure the price tag reads, “Great Deal”.

5. Don’t Have Prices at All

Another excellent moving sale tip that will entice more people to buy items from you is to avoid listing prices altogether. Instead, let people make an offer on the items they’re interested in and negotiate until you’re both satisfied.

The key to this tip is to have various signs throughout your moving sale that read, “No Prices. Make an offer!” If people think they have to wait in line or until you’re free just to get a price on items, they’ll put it back and go elsewhere. So, make it incredibly obvious that there are no prices listed for a reason.

6. Accept Package Deals

Another powerful moving sale selling tactic is to advertise that you accept packaged deals. Have a table dedicated to $5 items with a sign that says something like, “Buy any three items and pay $10 instead of $15.” The more people feel like they’re saving, the more likely they are to make a purchase.

7. Clean the Items for More Cash

You can squeeze another couple of dollars out of a clean product. So, grab your cleaning supplies and scrub down the items you’re selling. Removing the dust and dirt will show people you’ve taken care of the items, and they’ll likely be willing to pay more because they look good.

8. Get on Social Media

Forget about advertising in the newspaper. Instead, get on social media and post about your moving sale wherever you can. Create a group for your community and add your neighbors; encourage them to add their friends and families. Soon enough, the whole city will be flocking to your neck of the woods. At the very least, just make sure to update your social media status to inform people of your moving sale, along with some pictures of the items you’re selling.

9. Online Marketing 101

If you really want to get every penny’s worth out of your moving sale, advertise like your front yard is your very own retail shop. There are several popular classified websites, such as Craiglist and Kijiji that people look at to discover things such as garage sales. So, list your details with an enticing title and caption. It’s a free marketing tactic that can make a grand impact.

10. Start Early

People expect garage sales to wrap up around 11 a.m. More importantly, most people expect all the good items to be gone by 10:30 a.m. So, get out there bright and early, and have your moving sale ready by 8 a.m. to ensure a successful day. As the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm.

Lastly, hosting a moving sale is like turning your front yard into a retail store. Don’t forget to treat your guests with customer service. People are more enticed to buy from people who are friendly and appreciative. So, channel back to your part-time job in high school, put a smile on, and greet your customers with a warm welcome to get a higher amount of sales.

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Moth Problem? Here’s the Steps You Need to Make Sure They Don’t Follow to Your New Home. | familycation.ru https://familycation.ru/blog/moth-problem-heres-steps-need-make-sure-dont-follow-new-home/ https://familycation.ru/blog/moth-problem-heres-steps-need-make-sure-dont-follow-new-home/#respond Wed, 10 May 2017 21:09:52 +0000 https://familycation.ru/?p=35349 Moths in the house sounds like a Hollywood film. These annoying pests have the ability to destroy everything in sight – and in record time. So, while you may think simply packing up shop and moving to your new house is the best solution to your moth problem, you’ll be [...]

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Moths in the house sounds like a Hollywood film. These annoying pests have the ability to destroy everything in sight – and in record time. So, while you may think simply packing up shop and moving to your new house is the best solution to your moth problem, you’ll be sadly mistaken. Moths will travel to your new home with you, destroy your items along the way and make lunch out of your new home once you arrive. So, there’s no better time to get rid of them than right now. Waiting a day or two can be a costly mistake.

Start with a Plan

The first way to tackle a moth problem is to figure out what the problem is. This can take a bit of research but quickly, you’ll be able to determine what type of moths you have, where they are, what fabrics they like, and where they prefer to lay their eggs. Such information will help you determine how to eliminate the infestation, as different species don’t always react the same to pesticides and other forms of treatment.

Take Action

Start tackling your moth problem by gathering all of the fabrics they’re attracted to and washing them thoroughly. It’s important to take clean items straight from the laundry room and placing them directly into a new, sealed box that hasn’t been exposed to the infestation. Otherwise, you run the risk of having the moths lay larvae in the same items once again. You may even want to consider bringing fabrics to a dry cleaner and picking them up once you’re in your new home, sans moths, just to deter repeat offenders.

You also need to remove any eggs or larvae you find, which typically tend to be in items that contain hair, oils, sweat, etc. As such, bathrooms, bedrooms, linen closets, and laundry rooms are often the culprits to the problem. So, clean them thoroughly. Like the fabrics, place all cleaned products in a new, sealed container or box.

Here are some tips to remember:

  • Don’t forget seasonal fabrics hiding in the back of closets.
  • Wash and brush all fabrics, including carpets, towels, upholstery, etc.
  • Remove and dry clean pet bedding.
  • Vacuum like you’ve never vacuumed before and don’t forget the baseboards and corners.

Natural Ways to Treat the Infestation

Once you have removed the items moths like to take ownership of, it’s time to treat the infestation. Regardless of how thorough you cleaned each room, you’ll still need to treat the areas. Moths can hide their eggs in all kinds of nooks and crannies you never knew even existed in your home.

Unfortunately, treating the infestation isn’t always as simple as grabbing a pesticide and spraying your home. If you have children and pets, conventional methods are simply too harsh to be used within your interior. So, you’ll have to channel your inner creativity a bit and put some of these natural ways to destroy infestations:

  • Use extreme temperatures to destroy eggs, such as ironing, placing bags of eggs in hot water or in the freezer to eliminate them for good.
  • Control the humidity in your house as moths thrive in humid conditions.
  • Implement red cedar into your interior. The natural oils will destroy larvae.
  • Spray lavender oils throughout your interior and place sachets filled with the scent in highly infested areas. It won’t kill the eggs and larvae, but it’ll start clearing the moths out.

Conventional Treatment for Moths

If your home is vacant or if you don’t have any pets or children, you have the benefit of using conventional treatment options that are incredibly effective. While they aren’t always the most desirable way to eliminate moths, they work and can be the ultimate solution prior to a move.

  • Place mothballs in infested areas and they’ll flock right to the sticky material, eliminating them at once.
  • Hire an exterminator to spray the interior of your home.
  • Hire a professional carpet cleaners to eliminate the eggs and larvae laying deep in the fabric.
  • Line pheromone strips on the baseboards to trap moths in their path.

Having a moth problem can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. So, it’s important to tackle the infestation as soon as possible. Otherwise, the problem will only get worse. Once moths have claimed your home to be their own, they will not go away without a fight. Fortunately, you now have the tips needed to tackle the problem before it becomes worse.

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Neighborhood Etiquette Is Tricky to Get Right, Use These Tips to Make the Right Impression! | familycation.ru https://familycation.ru/blog/neighborhood-etiquette-tricky-get-right-use-tips-make-right-impression/ https://familycation.ru/blog/neighborhood-etiquette-tricky-get-right-use-tips-make-right-impression/#respond Mon, 08 May 2017 14:37:52 +0000 https://familycation.ru/?p=35381 It takes less than a second for your new neighbors to form a first impression, so you want to make sure it’s a good one. After all, these are the people you’ll be sharing the community with and you want to ensure a positive experience for everyone. So, as the [...]

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It takes less than a second for your new neighbors to form a first impression, so you want to make sure it’s a good one. After all, these are the people you’ll be sharing the community with and you want to ensure a positive experience for everyone. So, as the moving truck pulls into your new driveway, remember these tips to neighborhood etiquette.

Introduce Yourself Early On

If you don’t introduce yourself to your new neighbors now, you never will. It’s one of those things where you have to do as soon as possible, or it’ll slip your mind and be too late and awkward to do at another time. So, introduce yourself to the new neighbors within the first week of moving in. It doesn’t have to be a long, chat; just long enough to say hi ad get acquainted with one another.

Respect is the #1 Rule

If there’s any neighborhood etiquette tip you need to follow it’s this one – respect. It’s imperative to treat your neighbors the same way you expect to be treated. Otherwise, you risk ruining a potential friendship and causing havoc on the entire block. So, always think about the homeowners around you. If your housewarming party might get loud, invite your neighbors over to help decrease the negativity, or at the very least, inform them ahead of time that things might get a little boisterous.

And don’t forget to keep your lawn clean and cut, quiet the dogs when they’re barking in the backyard, and shovel the driveway. Stay on top of the normal, courteous things to do as a neighbor to ensure a positive first impression and quality neighborhood etiquette.

Lend a Helping Hand

People love others who are willing to lend a helping hand and this can be the perfect way to get in your new neighbor’s good books – especially if your housewarming was a little crazy. If you see your neighbor struggling to carry things in from their car, offer to help; if you finished sealing your driveway and have enough left over for another driveway, ask your neighbor if they’d like some. It’s these very simple gestures that can turn even the worst first impressions into the best ones moving forward.

Inform Them of Inconveniences

There are many instances where inconveniences will arise, and although it can be uncomfortable to address such situations, it’s important to inform your neighbors. So, if you have something such as a large party, loud outdoor renovations or even a large moving truck coming to deliver items, inform your neighbors. If it has the potential to affect the people living around you, they deserve to know so they can make alternative arrangements as needed.

As a bonus, most neighbors will appreciate you taking the time to let them know of any inconveniences ahead of time. It shows them that you’re considerate of them and although they may not be in favor of the disturbance, they will likely let it slide just because you informed them.

Greet Your Neighbors on a Regular Basis

No matter how bad of a day you have had, if your neighbors are outside, say hi. This neighborhood etiquette tip may seem obvious but everyone has days where they simply can’t be bothered. However, walking past your neighbors without greeting them will give off an abundance of negativity and can impact the friendly community vibe. So, whether you’re coming home from work or taking a walk around the block, flash a smile and a friendly hello to any neighbors you see.

It’s the simple things that will often make a huge impression on your neighbors. So, don’t skip over these neighborhood etiquette tips that only take a couple of minutes to do. It will enhance your quality living, as well as theirs, and you may even get a new friendship out of it.

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