5 Steps to Increase Your Home’s Resale Value
You’ve thought about it for months, and you’ve finally reached the conclusion: it’s time to move on to greener pastures. Or maybe you are ready to downsize. Either way, you’re ready to move.
But before the big day arrives, it’s important to ensure that your house is in tiptop condition so potential buyers can fight over who gets to be the next lucky homeowner. We have put together some crucial steps that should not be overlooked while preparing for the big move, to help you get through this process as quickly and painlessly as possible while getting the best bang for your buck.
1. Upgrade Exterior Doors
The first thing potential buyers will likely see when they enter your home? Your front door. The front door can set the mood for what a person can expect inside. Make sure that your front door style and color is up to date. It is crucial that your potential buyers enter your home with confidence and excitement about what is to come on the inside.
2. Beautiful Siding
Along with gorgeous exterior doors, having beautiful siding can make all the difference. When making a huge purchasing decision, buyers want to picture a future with a home. Potential buyers will want your home to look vibrant and exciting. Additionally, the aesthetic appeal of your home’s siding can potentially have a big influence on a home’s resale value because it is in plain sight of any passerby. Good siding also provides the benefits in the forms of sustainability and protection against climates.
Not only is natural light an important factor when buyers are looking for a new home but it can also completely transform any room. Natural light has the ability to open up an entire room, making it feel larger and more welcoming. Consider replacing multiple windows with an open glass door design for added light. Look for French doors, garden doors, folding patio doors or sliding glass doors for great design options.
4. Energy Efficient Windows
Large sliding glass doors are beautiful, but they can let in both chilly winter air and the stifling heat of summer. Still, there are other upgrades you can undertake to make the make the rooms in your home look twice as nice. If you have energy efficient windows, you can show off your home to buyers with the blinds open, without worrying about the room feeling stuffy or frigid. As a bonus, the heavy gas fills in these windows work to reduce noises from the exterior to the interior, so you can show your home without the possibility of outside interruptions.
5. Window Maintenance
A new window easily makes the quality of a home increase therefore increasing the resale value. When a potential buyer sees new windows on a home, they can immediately conclude that many interior problems – such as rotting wood, a broken glass pane or energy inefficiency – have been addressed. A buyer can be confident that this is a well taken care of home and they will not have to encounter many hidden problems in the future. Well-maintained windows can transform a home, giving it an instant appeal.
Your future move does not have to be complicated. Next time when you look to Mighty Movers to safely transport your precious cargo, keep Brennan Windows in mind to transform your windows, sidings and doors and increase your resale value.
8 Tips for Moving Day – Smart Advice!
So you just arrived at your new house or apartment. If you decided to hire the Mighty Movers team – you’re already in good shape! So what’s next? Below are some GREAT tips for settling in. Remember, we also have a comprehensive list of packing tricks moving checklists to help you out.
Survey the Space
Before the movers arrive, we suggest you get the lay of the land. Plan where you’d like furniture and decorations to go prior to the movers arriving. You’ll be able to more easily and quickly direct the *Mighty* movers if you already know where to place that large couch in the living room.
Plan Outlet Usage
Keep in mind where you’ll need to plug in electronics as you design your rooms. The further away from an outlet, the longer the cord and the more likely you will find it in your way. If possible, you should try to decide where TVs and electronics should go so you can tell the movers (that’s us) what room they go in.
Unpack quickly to get situated so you can begin living in your new home instead of walking around a maze of boxes. The longer you take to unpack, the more exhausting your move transition will seem.
Clean even if it looks clean
Clean, clean, clean. Even if your previous owner or landlord “cleaned” before you move in, make sure to give your new place another go at disinfecting. It never hurts to get those areas like the kitchen and bathroom (and carpet) more than once.
Change the Locks
It’s hard to know how many people had access to keys to your new doors. To be safe, change your locks. You’ll feel safer and not have to worry about any curious old tenants.
Check for Rodents or Bugs
While not pleasant, checking for rodents and bugs before moving in your furniture is not a bad idea. Depending on how the previous owners treated their property, you may find a call to the exterminator is worth it.
Save Your Moving Boxes
Environmentally friendly and cost effective go hand-in-hand when it comes to saving your boxes. If you’re someone who moves often, you’ll definitely want to flatten and tuck away your moving boxes for future use (or even for friends or family to borrow down the road for their move).
Meet the Neighbors
The first few days at your new home might be hectic, but try to meet the neighbors within the first 2 weeks. You’ll never know who may be a new friend or who can offer tips about your new neighborhood or who you may need to borrow a cup of sugar from. Plus, as a safety measure it’s good to be aware of the people around you to ensure your personal safety and the safety of your home.
Moving to a new home can be exciting, and it can also be overwhelming – especially if you decide to do everything yourself. The fast & friendly crew at Mighty Movers is always available to help with any size move – as we say – “Big or small. We do it all!”
Games to play on the road
Depending on how far you are planning to move, you might be in for a bit of a road trip (assuming you aren’t taking a plane). The good thing is, you’ve already hired Mighty Movers to transport all of your belongings so your mind can rest at ease. As you drive to your new home, you might need a bit of fun for the family. It’s either that, or you can deal with the constant question of .. “Are we there yet?”
With that said, here are a few ideas for games you can play in the car:
The Picnic Game
This is a memory builder for all ages. One player says, “I went to a picnic Saturday and I brought…” then says a picnic favorite that begins with the letter A, like apples. The next player repeats the opening phrase, and after “…I brought” they repeat the A item then add one that begins with B: “I brought an apple and some bananas.” The third player repeats the opener, the A and the B portions, and then adds something that begins with C. Get it? Your travelers get through the alphabet, remembering all the items everyone contributed.
Where’s the Alphabet?
Using road signs, billboards, shop names — any reading material outside the window qualifies as long as it’s spotted on your side of the car. (If you’re the front-seat passenger, focus on the right.) You’ll be looking for every letter of the alphabet, in alphabetical order, although the letter can be located anywhere in the word. Say there is a fruit stand with a sign for Granny Smith apples — there’s your A. The exit for the Brooklyn Bridge would cover B, Road Closed is C and so on. First one to the letter Z wins.
One More Clue
This game is a variation of ’20 questions’. You start giving clues, one by one. For example, say to your child, ‘It’s small.’ Then he/she would take a guess. If it was not correct, give her another clue. ‘It eats and drinks.’ If still still didn’t guess it, continue giving out clues. ‘It needs to be walked every day.” The answer: ‘It’s our puppy.’ Try to make your clues fun!
License Plate Game
For long trips, the License Plate Game might be the thing. You call out letters from the license plates you see, then make as many ridiculous phrases as possible. For example, AST = Aardvarks Singling Tenderly or After-School Trampolining. You get the idea.
Once Upon A Time
Here players take a sentence each, and make up a story as they go along. There’s no obvious winner or loser here, but the game can be adapted to your trip so that players must work to end it exactly as the car pulls up to your destination.
List of 15 Moving “Hacks”
When it comes time to move, every little tip can save time. We found some “gems” on this infographic and we wanted to share them with you. It might be a good idea to save the link for future use!
You may be surprised how useful and clever these hacks can be! So check out the graphic below.
Moving Home – Essential Packing Materials
When you begin planning the packing process, materials will inevitably be a key consideration. While the easiest options is usually to go to a supermarket and gather together as many older items as possible, putting together a collection of good quality boxes and other materials will make the whole move considerably easier. These should be the main areas for consideration:
This really should be your main concern, as flimsy boxes can lead to all sorts of problems, particularly when your possessions are in transit. Good strong materials make it less likely that they will split while being carried and offer more protection to the contents, so always go for good, strong, possibly double-thickness cardboard. Another consideration should be the sizes you choose, as if your boxes are all of different sizes then packing them into your removal van will become a much more difficult task. Obviously you will need smaller boxes for heavier items, but try to make sure you have no more than four different sizes. Lots of lighter items in the small boxes, a small amount of heavier items in the larger ones.
Suitcases are not often thought about when it comes to quality moving materials, but utilising your luggage carriers can make moving certain heavier items much easier. Most good quality suitcases have wheels and are incredibly well-made, so are ideal for carrying things such as books because the case can simply be wheeled out of your house removing the need to lift. If you were simply going to pack your clothes into your suitcase then have a think if they could be a bit more useful transporting something else.
Packing Tape & Gun
Obviously you will need a good quantity of tape to fasten your boxes, but investing a few pounds in a tape gun will speed up the process (and make it slightly more enjoyable!). A good tape gun will allow you to close up your boxes with speed and efficiency, and make sure your tape is of good quality to ensure everything holds over the course of the relocation.
Bubble wrap is most commonly used, and you can never have too much when it comes to a house move. Your china mugs and delicate ornaments can never be too well protected, so take your time to make sure you wrap items well. Air pockets are also efficient at filling spare space in boxes and stopping things moving around as you carry them.
Cheap and effective for wrapping crockery and other items. Please note that using newspaper can lead to substantial problems, as the ink often rubs off and onto your belongings and can be difficult to remove. Good quality brown paper should be used for wrapping, and any spares can be used to pad out partially filled boxes.
Essential. As you only have a few different sizes of box, you will need to know what is in each one. Sticky labels afford you a space on which to write clearly. They can also be used on heavily wrapped items which cannot be identified!
For writing on your sticky labels and identifying boxes and their contents. Try using a different coloured marker for each room so that your removal men know which boxes need to go where when it comes to unloading. This will prevent you having to lug them round the house once the removal men have gone.
More tips at http://movingservices.org.uk/man-with-a-van-soho-the-flexible-alternative-when-moving-house/
The 5 BIG things to do One Month Before Your Move
There are tons of “little” things you need to set straight before you move to a new home. In fact, we have a great checklist and a comprehensive list of moving tips right here. But, the folks over at TLC have identified the 5 most important pre-move items you should take care of before your big transition.
3 Ways to Make Your Relocation Eco-Friendly
The world is becoming increasingly environmentally conscious. As general acceptance of climate change increases, people’s actions are increasingly being determined by what option is more environmentally friendly. And this true when it comes to property relocations; people are continually looking for ways to make sure their relocation is as eco-friendly as humanly possible. As the electric van has yet to be fully commercialised, it is somewhat difficult to make relocations completely green, but there are a few helpful tips that will help you lower your carbon footprint when it comes to moving home. Although many people use removal firms or Man and Van services to help them with the logistics of moving, some people chose to hire out a van to drive themselves in order to transport everything they own from one property to another.
If you too have done this then here a few basic tips on how to make your move as green as possible:
Choose a vehicle self-drive company that has a depot near you
The distance you have to drive for the whole moving process will be the largest contributor to carbon emissions. You will have to drive from the depot to your soon-to-be old residence, and then from your old residence to your new one, and then back to the depot again. Knowing this, it is best for the environment if you chose a vehicle hire company that has a depot near you. If you have to drive 10 miles from the depot to your soon-to-be old home, then this will needlessly pump carbon into the environment. No matter where you are in the country, there will be a vehicle self-drive hire company operating with a few miles of you. If you live in a town or city, there should be one within two miles of you. If you trying to make your move as green as it can possibly, then the best thing you can do is to choose a vehicle self-hire company that is close to you.
Make sure the tires of pumped up
This may sound like a little thing, but if the tires on a vehicle are pumped up to psi they should be they will use a lot less petrol. Most vehicles hired out from vehicle-hire companies should already have their tires pumped up to a suitable level, but if they don’t you can do it yourself at any good petrol station. Little things like this will go a long way in making your relocation greener.
Use environmentally friendly packing-materials
Moving means that you will have to do a lot of packing and organizing. You can’t really make organization any greener, unless you currently organize everything with the microwave on and the heating blasted up to eleven. But you can make the packing process greener. Use cardboard boxes as your main packing vessel – they are cheap and, best of all, recyclable. Most large supermarkets will be willing to give you as many cardboard boxes as your heart desires for free as they will have a load in the pack that they are just waiting to recycle. Plastic containers are another popular packing vessel, but they are not as environmentally friendly as they are not bio-degradable or as easy to recycle as cardboard boxes are. You can, of course, reuse plastic containers much easier than you can reuse cardboard boxes due to their sturdiness. If you can think of uses for plastic containers once you’re done using them to hold all your items in transit then by all means use plastic containers. Remember that re-using items can be just as environmentally friendly as recycling them.
Read more at http://removalserviceslondon.com/getting-to-grips-with-man-and-van-services/
Cleaning Up Your Digs Before Moving
So you’re all set. Your belongings are packed in the Mighty Movers truck and traveling to your new home. But, your tasks are not over yet. Whether you have been renting or just sold your old home, you will be expected to perform a certain degree of cleaning. Here are the key places you can concentrate on to really make a difference.
Vacuuming and mopping is only the bare minimum you can do here. If you have pets or young children, then prepare yourself for some hard stains. Are there any strong pee odors or dirt that cannot be removed just by vacuuming? Unfortunately these do not go under the wear and tear policy, and you will be accountable for them, so make sure your floors are sparkling clean as you can never hide a carpet stain.
Clean hard-water and mold buildup
No matter for how short you have lived in your past home, your tabs, shower, tub and tiles are more than likely showing signs of buildup. Having a small grey mold spot in the corner of your bathtub screams dirt to anyone visiting your home, including a potential buyer or landlord. Getting rid of these is not that hard but make sure you take the time to.
Wash inside the refrigerator and oven
People are particularly observant in the kitchen, especially where their food is stored or made. Making sure you remove all grime and burnt food can really make a difference in an inspection with your landlord or a tour with a buyer. And let’s be honest here, this is all yourfood leftovers, so put the rubber gloves on and get scrubbing.
Wipe down interior cabinets and shelves
These shouldn’t take much effort to clean, unless you have been neglecting the task while living there.
Dispose of all toxic items properly
It is easy to forget in the midst of all the packing and transportation of your whole home, so an easy trick is to pack hazardous materials in a bright red container of sorts, maybe write on it that it is for recycling and put it somewhere where you will easily spot it.
Walls can be easily forgotten
You don’t necessarily wash walls on monthly basis, but once you are leaving your home you have to consider all the dust, tooth paste, various spills and dirt they have accumulated through the years. To begin with remove all staples and nails you have put and fill the holes in. You can quickly wash the walls with a solution of water and dishwasher liquid, which you can make stronger by adding vinegar, washing soda and ammonia.
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Two Keys to a Successful Office Relocation
Regardless of the reason for your office relocation – the need of a bigger space, moving the business to another town, finding a less expensive alternative than renting space, etc., you should always strive to save yourself the troubles and turn the potentially chaotic experience into a more bearable one by keeping some important “big picture” keys in mind.
The faster the office removal goes, the better for your business.
Your clients will need to be notified of your move – and for various business processes, it’s essential that the move is done in a timely fashion. For efficiency purposes, your move should be in the hands of professionals. They might need to have a look at everything beforehand in order to make an estimation of the number of vehicles and movers that will be needed. This is done only for your convenience since you cannot really calculate these things on your own. The experts will do it instead of you, and thus the risk of hiring too many movers and trucks will be eliminated, so will the extra expenses on your part if you make a mistake with the calculation.
Respect the specifics of the equipment that has to be moved.
Fax machines, copiers, computers, etc. All these have to be carefully packed by people who know how to do it in order for the items to stay undamaged. The equipment you’ll be moving must have cost you a fortune, and you should not risk receiving it in a bad condition after the relocation. So, the requirement for them to be treated with special attention is a must.
In conclusion – hiring an experienced moving company is critical when you’re dealing with an office relocation. A trusted crew like our team here at Mighty Movers is highly trained for paying attention to these details. Give us a call for your next commercial relocation.