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Tips for Selling a Home in the Fall

Tips for Selling a Home in the Fall ~

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While Fall isn’t the hardest time for selling homes, it also isn’t the easiest.  Here are 10 tips from HGTV’s FrontDoor.com

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August 31, 2010 Posted by | Fall, Front Door, HGTV, Home, Sellers, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Moving Tips

Moving Tips from Northern Fairfield County Association of Realtors…

Packing Tips  
Set aside the following supplies for packing: 
-Sturdy boxes that can support weight.  Lots and lots of boxes.  It is better to have more than enough now than to be scrambling towards the end trying to gather more.  …And you don’t want to start over-packing them.
-Marking pens, various colored 
-Colored stickers  
-Bubble wrap or similar packing material 
-Newspaper & tissue paper (be careful how you use newspaper.  Direct contact can stain some of your items.)  
-Packing tape.  Lots and lots of packing tape. 
-Resealable plastic bags, like Ziploc® bags, are great for keeping small items together – and you can label the bags with pernmanent marker.
-Rubber bands: better than tape for keeping cords wrapped up; no sticky residue  
-Tape measure 
Here are some packing tips and things that you may not have thought of: 
-Keep a notebook so you can write everything down.  You’ll be quite grateful later. 
-Check with your homeowners or renters insurance to see how you and your valuables are covered during the move.  Find out what your insurance company requires when filing a claim and keep that information in a safe place – don’t load it on the moving van.  Also, check with the mover if you need any additional coverage. 
-Pack everything ahead of time that you can.  Moving is stressful enough, so don’t wait until the last minute on items that don’t have to. 
-Use strong, sturdy boxes and containers that can be secured tightly.  Purchase special boxes for dishes, wardrobe, and other special items.  Make sure you have enough!  Set aside ten (10) boxes for last minute items. 
-If hiring a moving company, ask them to deliver boxes ahead of your moving day.  
-Avoid loading more than 50 pounds into one box.  If you think it’s too heavy, it probably is.  
-Wardrobe boxes are perfect for bulky, lightweight items like comforters and pillows, or clothing that needs to remain on a hanger. Pack it tightly to keep contents from disorganizing during the move. 
-Assign one storage tote (color coordinate) for each person.  Let them fill their own storage tote with items they will want right away in the new home.  (Glasses case, pens, paper, flashlight, tissues, makeup, etc.)  
-You can never have enough packing tape to secure all those boxes.  
-Develop a system and label each box: which room, whether it is fragile, will you need it unloaded first?  Pack it last. Click here for our Box # & Contents List.
-To make things easier for you and the movers, color code the boxes according to room, such as orange for the kitchen, yellow for the dining room, etc.  Track this on our Box # & Contents List.  For the movers, put a matching sticker on the door to each room.  It’s also helpful to post an obvious sign in each room telling the movers where to stack the boxes.  
-Cushion contents with packing material (newspaper, tissue paper) or wrap up items in towels and blankets to save room (you have to pack them anyway).  
-Pack your luggage with items and clothing you will need for the first couple days in your new home. 
-Have rugs and drapes cleaned before moving and leave them in their wrappings for the move.  
-Pack audio, video, and other media equipment in their original boxes.  Label cables and tighten screws.  If removing screws, store them in resealable plastic bags.  Use rubber bands to keep cables together and store them with the screws in the resealable plastic bags.  Resealable plastic bags are great for keeping smaller items together. Mark the bags with what equipment the parts belong to with a permanent marker.  Color-coordinate (box/room) and pack. 
-Pack medicines in a leak-proof container. 
-If you must clean your old place, put aside all the cleaning supplies you will need for when it is empty.  Surprisingly, this is a benefit, as you will need your cleaning supplies right away for your new home.  
Carry all valuables and important papers with you.  Do not put them on the moving van/truck
Plants: Check with your local U.S. Department of Agriculture for regulations regarding moving plants from one state to another.  Many states have restrictions.   
The Northern Fairfield County Association of Realtors® (NFCAR) offers this information strictly as a guide to assist in the task of residential moving.  Under no terms may NFCAR, its Board of Directors, staff, nor membership may be held responsible nor liable for any inaccuracies, complications, or problems associated with your move, contracts, or transactions.

February 19, 2010 Posted by | Moving, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

AAA Tips on Saving Gas

AAA Tips on Saving Gas…

We could all use some helpful saving tips.  This You Tube video was from a Twitter friend.

January 14, 2010 Posted by | Twitter, Uncategorized, You Tube | , , , , | Leave a comment

Thanksgiving Food Safety Tips

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Thanksgiving Food Safety Tips with Good Morning America…

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November 25, 2009 Posted by | Good Morning America, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Let’s Talk Turkey!

OK – Let’s Talk Turkey!

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Before you know it, Thanksgiving Day will be here – guests will be arriving and the more you have planned and organized, the more YOU and your family and friends will be able to enjoy the day.

From FoodNetwork

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November 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Talking Turkey from Healthy Eats

Talking Turkey from Healthy Eats…

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~CLICK ~ to view tips like – Fresh vs. Frozen – Defrosting a Frozen Bird – How Big? – Cooking Time – and Important Tools.

Thanksgiving Day was a holiday that was celebrated at either my parents or my in-laws home.  In the past few years, my husband and I have taken on this holiday.  We invite both sides of our families and friends – and I am thankful for all the on-line help from useful sites like www.HealthyEats.com !

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November 12, 2009 Posted by | Thanksgiving, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

5 Inexpensive Staging Tips from TLC

Here is 5 Inexpensive Staging Tips from TLC to help sell your home!


These do-it-yourself tips from TLC can make all the difference in getting your Home SOLD!

August 6, 2009 Posted by | Home, Real Estate, Sellers, TLC | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Soak Up Summer with CVS Today

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CVS Today offers some great ways to Soak Up Summer.

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*****CLICK BELOW*****

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July 25, 2009 Posted by | Summer | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Outdoor Living Design

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From TLC HomeOutdoor Living Design Center has some great tips ~ Click below ~

Since I’ve never had – nor never will I have a “green thumb” – I love any and all tips I can get.

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July 18, 2009 Posted by | Gardening, Summer, TLC, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spring Projects Made Easy With Lowe’s

Spring is here with weather that’s not too hot and not too cold – making it a perfect time to take care of a few project  around your home

Click on Lowe’s to view some helpful videos – LOWE’S

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April 7, 2009 Posted by | Home, Lowe's, Spring, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tax Tips for Home Buyers, Sellers and Owners

I receive numerous e-mails daily.  Many are of helpful tips and important information.

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FrontDoor.com has 10 Tax Tips for Home Buyers, Sellers and Owners <CLICK>

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Please be sure to check or contact your accountant, to see if these new laws apply to you and if your eligible


March 6, 2009 Posted by | Buyers, Home, Sellers, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Last Minute Halloween Tips

Halloween is here – “BOO!”

History on Halloween


Here are some last minute Halloween tips from FineLiving.com – and – FoodNetwork.com

Happy Halloween!!!  Be safe – TrendMicro has some Trick or Treat safety tips!

October 31, 2008 Posted by | Fun Post, Halloween, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment