7 Best Moving Tips You Must Know

Moving is not an easy task. A lot of hurdles and tiny little things come in when you are moving your things but a lot of Moving Professionals from different industries made this task so easy that everybody can now quickly and perfectly do it by just considering some tips in their mind which can help you to convert this stressful task into an easy job.

Make an Agenda:

Begin two months before you move, and utilize a week by week agenda to keep the procedure on track. Remaining on the calendar will assist you with avoiding a minute ago issues and cerebral pains. The steady work you’ve done marking off your errands already will help make moving day a breeze.

Create a Packing System:

Thinking of a packing system is an extraordinary association strategy for your effects, and can guarantee they end up in the correct room when you moved into your new home. One technique you can utilize is shading coding with markers, for example, blue for the kitchen, and so on.

At that point, on your moving day, draw a snappy sketch of the floor plan of your new home with each room marked and hang it someplace your moving organization can without much of a stretch see it.

Sell Away the Things You Don’t need:

If you have plenty of things in your home that is not upgrading your life, or you don’t feel will be vital in your new space, dont pack it just to toss it out or stuff it into capacity someplace later. There are numerous famous mess things that are deserving of abandoning, selling in a carport deal before your turn, or simply offering them to loved ones.

Purchase Necessary Things in Advance:

Maintain a strategic distance from potential difficulties, for example, coming up short on packing tape the morning of your move by buying every one of your provisions ahead of time. At a convenient time in your moving procedure, you should begin social affair supplies, including boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and so on.

You can likewise pack with materials you officially claim including bags and plastic compartments and utilizing pads, scarves, and towels to ensure delicate things. You can also employ proficient packers, which would drop much more weight from your shoulders!

Clear the Way for Movers:

You can help make your home move out prepared for Movers by unplugging machines and light installations on the off chance that they are accompanying you to your new home. Likewise, ensuring that the way from your home to the moving truck is clear.

Clean Your New Home Before You Shift:

While your new home is unfilled, it will be a lot simpler to clean, paint or make some other enhancements you have arranged. Before you move the majority of your furnishings and boxes inside, make sure to complete an exhaustive cleaning including vacuuming, tidying, and washing the floors before specific spaces are inaccessible.

Hire Professional Movers for Your Moving:

The best thing you can do is to hire professional movers if you yourself cannot do the job then movers will get the job done for you. They will charge you a little bit, but they will cleanly and carefully provide you moving services, and you will no more need to be in stress.

Simple Tips to Keep Your Plumbing in Good Condition

Very few people think of their plumbing systems until there seems to be a problem somewhere. This is one of the most important systems of your home or property and you should do everything possible to keep it in the best conditions to avoid costly repairs and replacements. Drain Rescue Plumbers can inspect and maintain your plumbing and also carry out the necessary repairs and replacements even in emergencies. However, if you use simple care advice, it will greatly reduce the amount of time a plumber really needs to rescue you. 

Tip 1: Minimize grease build-up in your kitchen sink by using a strainer to pick up the fatty items and dispose of them in the trash instead of running down the drain. To keep the same problem at a low level, consider letting hot water run down the kitchen drain to get rid of any buildup of existing grease and soap. 

Tip 2 – Avoid letting the hair fall out of the bathroom. This is one of the things that bring plumbing problems in the bathroom and that can prevent you from being cautious with what is in the drain. A wet, dry vacuum can be useful in removing any clutter that may be around the surface of the drain before it finds its way down into your line and causes problems with your plumbing system. 

Tip 3: Be careful when draining chemicals in the toilet or in the toilets of the house. You may not think it’s harmful, but there are chemicals that are very aggressive and end up devouring the pipes and causing damage and leaks. Find a better way to eliminate any chemicals, including caustic chemicals, so that you do not end up damaging the pipeline and repairing replacements and expensive repairs. 

Tip 4 – Replace old pipes in your system. This is especially important when you move into an old house that may have been remodeled. Remember that the materials that were used a few years ago are not as durable and of quality as those currently available. A replacement project before problems appear can be a very good idea instead of waiting until you start having one problem after another with the old pipes. 

Tip 5 – Always prepare for the weather. For example, before winter stabilizes, try to condition the pipes so they can withstand extremely cold conditions. The heating in your home must also be updated and functional. You will be saved from so many common problems when you can prevent your pipes from freezing. If you are not sure how to do it, let a reputable plumber guide you. 

Tip 6 – Keep an eye on your water heater. A leaking heater can cause you many problems, so be sure to keep it properly. You can reduce the problems by draining them every season so that there is no sediment that can cause the failure of your heater. The water pressure around the house should also be good enough so that it is not too difficult to handle for the pipes. 

 

Attempting to Be the Next Chip and Joanna Gaines By Painting Our Back Porch (Two Different Colors?!)

As we have recently have decided not to make the easy $80,000 profit from selling our house right now, the focus has instead become finding ways to make small upgrades without having to spend too much money; as our agenda is to pay off our mortgage as soon as possible.

While my parents were still in town for my wife’s birthday so we could enjoy going to the Kenny Chesney concert in Nashville without worrying about the kids back at the house, my wife suggested we run out to Lowe’s the morning after to buy supplies to stain the back porch again.

Admittedly, I had been faithful to keep it stained… up until our daughter was born over 2 years ago.

Being the thrifty Millennial parents we are, we decided to check out the “Oops” section at Lowe’s, in an attempt to keep from having to pay nearly $50 for the stain.

I had remembered from last time I stained the porch that it took one big can and one small can to do the job. Turns out, there happened to be one big can and one small can there in the “Oops” section, with labels clearly confirming they were the exact same shade.

When we got back home, my wife chose dibs on the railings, which meant I would handle the deck itself. Once she opened her small can of stain, she mentioned her surprise that the color was more of a classic red; as opposed to the more natural look I had used before.

But oh well, we spent only $17.50, as opposed to nearly $50. Not to mention, as least we would be improving the quality of our back porch; even if it meant changing the color.

My wife was already a few minutes into starting the railing before I opened my big can of stain. Then I saw it… I shouted, “Hey! Stop. Look at this…”

I showed her how my can, despite the label indicating it was the exact same shade as her small can, was actually more of a salmon color, instead of classic red stain.

After a 2 minute deliberation, we decided to just to go for the two-one, knowing that A) we will likely stain it again (all the same color) before we eventually sell our house, and B) that most people probably wouldn’t even notice the colors didn’t match anyway…

Unless I made it obvious by doing a blog post about it.

Oops!

The Crazy (Not So Crazy?) Idea to Downsize to a One Story Home in an Effort to Pay Off Our Mortgage Quicker

When our family moved into our brand-new construction home back in January 2015, we had somewhat of an idea that we were potentially getting the last great deal in our bedroom community outside of Nashville.

But we didn’t realize that would mean the value of our home would increase more than $25,000 each year following.

In our neighborhood, houses are constantly for sale, and often are sold before a “sold” sign can even be posted in the yard.

My wife has been keeping up with the growing selling prices of our neighbors’ homes. It’s no exaggeration: We would easily make $80,000 if we sold our home today.

Contrast this to a decade ago when we bought a town home the year we got married, which happened to be right in middle of the The Great Recession. The value of that town home began dropping almost immediately. When we finally sold it in 2014, we barely made $1,000 off of it.

My wife and I are mutually obsessed with paying off our mortgage as soon as possible; as we have been debt free for 5 years now: No student loans, no car payments, no interest to be paid- other than our mortgage.

Last weekend was consumed by the quest to find out it would make more sense to actually downsize to a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, one story home in our area; compared to the 4 bedroom (plus a bonus room), 2 and a half bathroom, 2 story home we have now.

Even with the cost of other homes rising in our town, the $80,000 profit from selling our current home would greatly minimize our monthly payment; which we’re already paying several hundred dollars extra on each month.

We learned that ultimately, the amount of money we owe the bank would remain the same, but with the monthly payment being several hundred dollars lower, we could increase the amount we pay on the principle by that much more. And therefore, we could pay off our home years sooner.

However, it’s still a gamble…

Because at the rate our home is increasing in value each year, this means that two years from now by 2020, our home would be worth $100,000 more than what we bought it for in January 2015.

So while we are still open to the idea of downsizing in order to have a paid off mortgage that much sooner, it might be smarter to wait a few more years as our home continues to increase in value at the rate it is.

Therefore, it looks like our plan is to be working on simple upgrades for our home in the meanwhile, so that not only we will be able to enjoy our current home that much more while we are actually living it, but so that it will also be that much enticing for future buyers.

The problem is, I’m no Chip Gaines when it comes to my handyman skills. That will prove to be the biggest challenge for now…

Dear Holly: Mommy’s Now in Her 3rd Trimester/We’ve Been in our New House a Year

Dear Holly: Mommy’s Now in Her 3rd Trimester/We’ve Been in our New House a Year

28 weeks.

Dear Holly,

Yesterday evening as Mommy was preparing dinner, she pointed out that you were tucked all the way over to her right side.

It was undeniable. There was no doubt her tummy was lopsided.

She explained to me when she was pregnant with your brother Jack nearly 6 years ago, he was always sitting on her ribs; way up high.

But you, you’re so low; that’s not a problem with you.

As of today, Mommy is officially in her 3rd trimester with you. She is 66% through her pregnancy with you. In less than 3 months, less than 90 days, you should be here.

It’s funny to think that a year ago this week, our family moved into our new house.

Life is at such a great pace now: We live way back in the suburbs. We have a garage. We live in a cul-de-sac near a park.

Those are things I didn’t realize how much I would appreciate. Being able to work our way of debt a few years ago and save up for the down payment on our house was totally worth the discipline and sacrifice.

We knew at the time when we moved in our new house, that at some point in the next few years, we might have another child.

But just 6 months into life in our new home with 4 bedrooms, something just finally clicked:

One of those rooms is for another child.

And so of course now, that guest room has now been converted into your nursery and bedroom.

I’ve mentioned before how supposedly age 34 is the best year of your life. That’s how old Mommy and I both are.

We are so happy to know that you are on your way. You are wanted. You will be loved.

I can’t guarantee that you will be born into the most normal of families, but I can tell you this: We’re going to have a lot of fun!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: Your Room’s Theme, “Rock-a-bye Baby in the Treetop”

23 weeks.

Dear Holly: Your Room’s Theme- Rock-a-bye Baby on the Treetop

Dear Holly,

It was all a complete coincidence.

Many months ago before we even knew we were going to have a baby, Mommy ordered a wall decal of a tree branch with birds, for what at the time was simply our guest room. Your Aunt Dana and I spent some time placing it on the wall and making it look nice.

It was simply a guest room; not even a “hopefully in the near future a baby’s room”.

If anything, it was a “maybe one day, a baby’s room.”

But then we found out about you this past summer.

Instead of painting your bedroom a predictable girly color, we decided to embrace and translate the tree decal into a baby girl’s room.

This past weekend your Nonna and Papa (my parents) came up and helped us prepare our house for your arrival… which is still 4 months away.

After Papa and I put together your crib, we instantly realized it was the same length as the tree decal.

Therefore, your bedroom has the theme of the nursery rhyme, Rock-a-Bye Baby:

Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop

When the wind blows, the cradle will rock

When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall and down will come baby

Cradle and all

Instead of painting your room, Mommy had us paint our office, which will now double as the guest room.

Dear Holly: Your Room’s Theme- Rock-a-bye Baby on the Treetop

We also painted the bathroom and Mommy hung up a fun frame that celebrates you and Jack, with it being your shared bathroom.

Again, you’re still 4 months away of actually being born and needed your room.

But hey, we had already bought our Christmas gifts by September and had them wrapped by October; and put our tree up in early November.

So in our household, you can only imagine that having your room ready now isn’t too early at all.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: The New Dresser for Our Guest Room

4 years, 11 months.

Dear Jack,

Dear Jack: The New Dresser for Our Guest Room

Now that we’ve lived in our new house nearly 8 months, there’s not much new material to say about it other than we really enjoy our new lifestyle in the cul-de-sac.

But this weekend, our family checked out the store At Home as we were killing time, waiting for my car window to be repaired on my Honda Element.

We discovered a beautiful, sea foam colored, New England style dresser.

It seemed to be the perfect addition to our guest room, so we brought it home in the back of my Element. (Needless to say, we did pay for it first!)

Now that it’s in our guest room, it looks even better than I could have imagined.

We are purposely trying to keep the theme of our guest room neutral. We don’t want it looking too feminine or too masculine. But we want it to be fun and inviting.

Dear Jack: The New Dresser for Our Guest Room

The color blue of the dresser is muted enough to where I feel it’s not explicitly masculine.

Right above the dresser is a bird cage decoration that matches our gender neutral theme very well. And we may end up painting that part of the wall later on as an accent.

Then, across the room on one side of the bed is a small matching nightstand and clock. On the other side of the bed is the tree branch decal that Aunt Dana and I put up.

Our guest room has only been used a few times. It’s the one room of the house that we virtually never have a reason to walk in to. I actually tend to forget it exists.

So it’s been a lower priority to finish furnishing.

But now with our cool new dresser, the room is starting to feel complete for any new guests who may be stopping by in the future.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: The New Dresser for Our Guest Room