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Posted by Coldwell Banker Murray Real Estate on 4/16/2019

Moving day is an exciting day but it’s also a lot of work and can even be a little stressful. Everything is boxed up and feels near impossible to find when you need it. Avoid scrambling through boxes to find a trash bag or paper towels.

Be prepared on moving day no matter what comes your way with a cleanup toolkit on hand.

Messes happen even on moving day. By packing a special box that is clearly labeled with these items inside you’ll be ready for anything.

  • Ziplock bags

  • Permanent marker

  • Trash bags

Have ziplock bags on hand to wrangle up loose screws and other bits and bobs. Use a marker to write on the bag what the contents belong to. Trash bags are for the obvious: trash. No matter how much you clean out and clean up you will find you have some sort of trash on moving day. Have at least one ready and waiting.

  • Dustpan and brush

  • Paper towels

  • Window spray

  • All-purpose spray

  • Dusting clothes

  • Microfiber cloths

  • Spray bottle

For messes left behind by the previous owners and any spills that may happen. Dust items before putting them away on shelves or hanging back up on walls. Wipe down windows and mirrors. Run a dusting cloth over shelves and banisters. And always have a few paper towels at the ready - just in case.

  • Hand soap

  • Hand towels

  • Toilet paper

  • Plunger

Because the bathroom will be the first to be used so have the essentials in place. Let’s be honest, these are not the things you want to dig to the bottom of a box for. Pull these out and set up the bathroom as soon as you first step into the new house.

  • Air freshener

  • Disinfecting wipes

Not necessities, but certainly nice-to-haves. Wipe down counters, doorknobs and switch plates with a disinfectant wipe. Air fresheners take care of any funky smells left behind from previous owners or from sitting vacant for a while.

Having a cleaning kit on hand and at the ready allows you to clean up as you go. You don’t want to start cleaning up after you’ve unpacked and put everything away. Do it beforehand for an easy, seamless moving experience.  

Tackles messes as they come up, proactively clean as you start moving items in and avoid digging through boxes to find disinfectant wipes or a trash bag. Clearly label your box in large print and/or color code it with a bright colored packing tape. This way you’ll know exactly which box has your supplies and where it is at all times.

Make your new house your home by freshening it up before unpacking. It will feel so good to have a clean organized home from day one.




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Posted by Coldwell Banker Murray Real Estate on 4/9/2019

Privacy fencing is a great way to increase your home value while improving the quality of life you live in your home at the same time. There are many solutions for you to consider. Think about your aesthetic preferences, whether or not you’re trying to block noise in addition to controlling your view and what works best with the contouring of your yard. Think about the flow between your backyard and front yard and how your home blends with the street as a whole. We all want to enjoy our neighbors, but we need to protect our home space as well.

Horizontal or Vertical Boards — Does a classic vertically installed fence fit best with your yard or do you like the modern aesthetic of horizontal boards? With either selection, you can install a fence with tight boards that completely block out the view or try peekaboo fencing for privacy that allows more light into your yard. Consider natural cedar, pine or a composite. Select a prefab white fencing option to minimize repainting or a natural wood that self-protects from environmental wear for minimal ongoing maintenance. 

Trellis and Vines — Trellis is a very affordable fencing option. To create more seclusion with your privacy fence train a vine to grow up and through the lattice. Though annual vines will grow fast and create coverage quickly, you won't have coverage year-round. Perennial vines will take longer to establish but will give your yard excellent coverage all year. You can select from flowering vines like Morning Glory (annual), Trumpet (perennial), Wisteria (perennial) or Climbing Hydrangea (perennial). Evergreen plants are probably the best solution for full and consistent coverage. Try an English ivy or creeping fig for your evergreen selection.

Hedge Wall — For another green solution consider growing a hedge wall. There are many easy to care for and fast-growing hedge plants you can contemplate. Boxwood varieties grow upwards of 20 feet tall to maintain and shape with shearing to fit the style of your yard. The American Arborvitae grows thick and tall making it a good option for visual appeal and noise screening. Also, consider a bamboo wall for privacy. No matter where you live, you can acquire a bamboo type that works for your region and soil. Select the right variety, a clumping, non-invasive bamboo for best results and enjoy a beautiful noise canceling and private solution for your yard. 

 Wherever your home is there is a privacy fencing solution for you. Talk with your real estate agent and your local hardware professional about the best options for your neighborhood, yard terrain, and home aesthetic to create a beautiful privacy fence that adds value to your life and home.




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Posted by Coldwell Banker Murray Real Estate on 4/2/2019

Binge watching Fixer-Upper might leave you wondering where, in your locale, can you find you find those fantastic antiques and artwork without totally breaking the budget. Never feel, there are lots of options no matter where you live to add in some of those unique designer pieces.

Antique markets

Mastering the art of true antiquing is an expensive and time-consuming process. Training, research, practice, and pure luck stumbling on the perfect "find" might not be within your bailiwick. Wandering through local antique stores might leave you wondering how anyone affords this stuff. The antique mall, however, might be the ticket. A collection of small antique shops or stalls, you'll likely find better pricing there than a private antique store. That’s because two or more vendors may have the same or similar wares and they’re willing to haggle a bit to get your business.

Thrift stores

Bargains to be had at thrift stores are not just for lower-income households. Many thrift stores, especially those that benefit charitable causes, receive goods from upscale homes, leftovers from estate sales and the like. Are you looking for a collection of brass candlesticks? You'll probably score if you visit two or three thrift stores. It might take a little muscle to clean them up, but you'll have a look you want, and for less! 

Buy-back and overstock outlets

Not to be confused with an online retailer of the same name, a true overstock outlet or buy-back store purchases lots (as in by the pound) of out-of-season clothing and items returned to regular retailers in unsellable condition. In addition to clothing, you'll find housewares, dishes, linens and bedding, electronics, and random artwork, decorator items, and frames. It may take a little time, but a quick perusal through a local outlet every other week or so can net some significant finds for your home.

Garage sales

Who doesn't love a garage sale? Well, lots of folks, but you might find what you want. Some municipalities have city-wide garage sales, so check with your city's website to find out the dates in your town and other towns nearby. Plan for a day of it and you might find a treasure in someone else's junk.

Online Marketplaces

Upcycle, Facebook Marketplace, and Craig’s List are all places to look for those random pieces to finish out your décor. When searching, don’t limit yourself too specifically since the seller may not actually know the name of what they’re selling. Want a Hummel figurine? Try the word “statue” or even “knick-knack” when using the search function. Remember to take delivery of items in person in a safe location (or bring someone with you) and never give out a credit card number or send cash or wire transfers for items purchased from sites like these.

Your local real estate professional can be a resource for garage sale events or local thrift fairs and markets in your new community.




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Posted by Coldwell Banker Murray Real Estate on 3/26/2019

If you are looking to sell your home and move out of a major city, there is no need to worry. In fact, there are many quick, easy ways to ensure that you can enjoy a seamless home selling experience, even if your residence is located in the heart of a major city.

Now, let's take a look at three tips for selling a home in a major city.

1. Know Your Target Homebuyer

Think about what led you to buy your city home in the first place. Then, you can put together a home listing that highlights your home's features, thereby increasing the likelihood that your house will generate plenty of interest from potential buyers.

When you create a home listing, think about a city homebuyer's perspective. By doing so, you can ensure that your home listing hits the mark with the right group of buyers.

For example, if your home is located near popular city attractions, it may be worthwhile to include this information in your home listing. Or, if your home includes a new roof and other upgrades, you should incorporate lots of details about these upgrades into your home listing.

2. Establish an Aggressive Price for Your Residence

What you originally paid for your city home is unlikely to match the value of your residence today. However, with a comprehensive approach to analyzing your home's strengths and weaknesses, you can establish an aggressive home listing price from day one.

It often pays to conduct a home appraisal prior to adding a city home to the real estate market. During a home appraisal, a property expert will evaluate your residence, as well as compare and contrast your house against similar homes. After a home appraisal is finished, you will receive a property valuation that can help you set a competitive initial asking price for your house.

Don't forget to check out the prices of comparable houses in your city, either. With this housing market data at your disposal, you can see how your residence stacks up against the competition and price it accordingly.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

If you're unsure about how to put together a home listing, price your residence or perform assorted home selling tasks, you should contact a local real estate agent. By hiring a real estate agent, you can receive expert assistance as you try to sell your city residence.

A real estate agent understands the ins and outs of selling a house in any city, at any time. Therefore, this housing market professional will make it easy for you to maximize the value of your city home.

Oftentimes, a real estate agent will meet with you and learn about your home selling goals. He or she then will add your city residence to the real estate market, promote it to potential buyers and keep you up to date throughout the property selling journey.

When it comes to selling a home in a major city, it helps to take an informed approach. Use the aforementioned home selling tips, and you can boost your chances of enjoying a fast, profitable home selling experience.




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Posted by Coldwell Banker Murray Real Estate on 3/19/2019

When it comes to moving, how do you pack up food and ensure it will safely make it from Point A to Point B? There are many challenges associated with packing and storing food while you move. Fortunately, we're here to help you take the guesswork out of packing up food so that you can enjoy it once you reach your new home.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to ensure you can quickly and effortlessly pack your food and transport it to a new address.

1. Get Rid of Any Expired Food Items

Go through your pantry and remove any expired or soon-to-expire food items. That way, you won't have to worry about transporting these items to your new address on moving day.

In addition, you should try to eliminate food waste. For soon-to-expire foods, consume them before it's too late. Or, you can always offer these items to friends or family members.

2. Pack Fragile Food Items Carefully

Flour, sugar and other fragile food items likely require extra attention when you pack. If you dedicate the necessary time and resources to pack fragile food items carefully, you can eliminate the risk that these items could leak or spill while you're moving.

Heavy-duty, sealable containers are ideal for storing fragile food items. These containers usually are easy to find at supermarkets and retail outlets and will ensure your food items will remain safe and secure at all times.

Furthermore, don't forget to cover salt and pepper shakers. Place a piece of masking tape over the top of these shakers, and you can prevent the shakers from spilling out.

3. Use Appropriate Moving Boxes

Moving boxes come in many sizes, and when you're packing food items, you'll want to use the right-sized boxes. By doing so, you may be able to store various food items in the same box – something that may help you unpack quickly once you reach your final destination.

In most instances, small and medium-sized moving boxes are perfect for food items. These boxes offer plenty of space. Plus, with the right-sized moving boxes in hand, you may be able to avoid the temptation to stuff too many heavy food items into a single box.

If you need additional support with packing food items or other belongings, you may want to discuss your options with a professional moving company. This business employs friendly, knowledgeable staff members who can help you prepare for moving day.

Lastly, it never hurts to collaborate with a real estate agent, either. In addition to helping you buy or sell a house, a real estate agent can offer recommendations about moving companies in your area. Therefore, a real estate agent can provide extra help as you search for ways to streamline the moving process.

Simplify the process of moving your food items from one location to the next – use the aforementioned tips, and you can ensure all of your food items will arrive intact at your new address.




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