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Posted by Kim Duke on 4/23/2018

Planning to sell your house in the next few weeks or months? If so, you likely will want to declutter to improve your house's appearance and make it easy for potential homebuyers to envision what life might be like if they purchase your residence.

Ultimately, donating items may prove to be exceedingly valuable, particularly for those who want to declutter and move in the near future.

By donating items that you no longer need, you can quickly and easily remove clutter from your residence. Plus, you may be able to secure a tax credit for your charitable contributions.

Before you donate your items, however, you should take a close look at your personal belongings and decide which things to keep and which to give to charity.

Now, let's take a look at three items that you can donate to charity:

1. Clothing

If you intend to move from Florida to Alaska – or vice-versa – there may be a wide range of clothing that you can donate before you move.

Ensure that any clothing that you plan to donate is clean. If necessary, wash any dresses, t-shirts and other apparel that you intend to donate.

Also, it is always better to err on the side of caution when you donate clothing. And if you have clothes that are faded or torn, you should dispose of these items.

2. Electronics

For those who plan to downsize, donating electronics is ideal. That way, you can get rid of electronics that won't fit into your new home and do a good deed at the same time.

Evaluate your electronics and make sure they work correctly before you donate them. In addition, it often pays to tape any electronics cords, wires and accessories to the items themselves.

Check out a charity's electronics donations policies prior to scheduling a donation pick-up too. By doing so, you can guarantee that a charity can pick up and use your excess electronics.

3. Appliances

In many instances, an individual may move into a new address that comes equipped with a new refrigerator, washer, dryer and other appliances. If this happens, you may want to contact local charities to see if they can pick up your current appliances.

Reach out to a local charity to find out whether it can pick up your current appliances – you'll be glad you did. If the answer is "Yes," you may be able to avoid having to move big, heavy appliances on your own.

As the aforementioned list shows, there are lots of great items that you can donate to charity. Conduct an in-depth search of charities in your city or town, and you can work with a local charity that can use your excess items.

Lastly, if you ever have questions about which charities in your area will accept donations, don't hesitate to reach out to these organizations directly. And if you're looking for extra assistance as you declutter your residence and prepare to list your home, it certainly helps to contact an expert real estate agent as well.




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Posted by Kim Duke on 2/19/2018

You’ve made it through the bidding process and you’ve finally unpacked the last of your boxes. It’s finally time to show off your new home to your friends, family, and new neighbors! Throwing a party can be intimidating, especially a housewarming party since it's not every day you move to a new house. If you don’t know where to start to host your housewarming party keep reading for some tricks and tips below. Send out the invites. In the age of technology sending out e-vites is as easy as a few clicks and saves on postage, however, physical invitations include the opportunity to add a handwritten note to your loved ones and new neighbors. This adds a personalized and thoughtful touch to let them know you look forward to having them attend your party. You may also want to consider allowing guests to bring a friend. Doing so will also help you expand your social circle in your new community and make new acquaintances more comfortable. Including a reply by date will give you the opportunity to know how many guests to expect and allow you to plan accordingly. Clean and stock your home. A tidy home will impress your guests. Ensure that every room is spick and span as your guests will be hoping to see each room in your new home. Make sure your bathroom is well stocked for your guests. Think items like toilet paper, soap, air freshener, and extra towels. Go the extra mile and make your home smell good with lightly scented candles or an oil diffuser. Plan your menu. Skip the sit-down dinner in favor of finger foods. You will also want to keep dietary restrictions in mind when creating your menu, include a few vegetarian, dairy free and/or gluten free options to play safe. Creating a few different table spreads will allow for guests to mix and mingle throughout the house and avoid an overcrowded room. Greet guests. Be sure to greet incoming guests at the door or assign someone to do so for you to create a welcoming atmosphere for your party. Offer to take any coats or bags and make introductions to other guests to encourage a sociable atmosphere. Entertain. Have some simple games on hand to occupy guests like horseshoes or tic-tac-toe. You’ll also want to have a playlist prepared ahead of time to encourage a party atmosphere. If putting together a playlist isn’t your thing look into a music service that will automate one for you so that all you need to do is pick the atmosphere you would like for your party. The idea of hosting a party might seem like the last thing you want to do after the stress of buying and moving house however you can throw a party that is just as much fun for you as it is for your guests. By planning a casual housewarming party you can put in minimal planning and focus more time on having fun with your friends, family, and new neighbors.




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Posted by Kim Duke on 11/6/2017

Are you planning on moving in the next 6-8 months? Don’t let your belongings take ownership of you. As consumers, we tend to accumulate a lot of “stuff” over the years. After spending 5, 10, or 20-plus years in one home, this can amount to more than some of us can handle. Do you have more than 4 sets of dishes? How about piles of toys & board games from when your kids were younger? And then there are those passed-down antiques that no one in the family seems to have use for, yet no one wants to throw away.

 

Rather than rush while packing and having to take the whole mess with you to your next home, consider starting the process early! You can categorize your belongings into the following groups:

 

  • Keep
  • Sell
  • Donate
  • Throw it away


It may be hard to discern which category an item goes in. This is why it’s a great idea to solicit help when you’re moving and downsizing your piles of stuff. An outsider can be a bit more objective to help you see what’s useful and what isn’t. 


The Keep Pile


The items you want to keep through your move are those that you use every single day. There’s no question in your mind that you’ll need these things at your next residence. Think of the items that are either irreplaceable or still in good working condition like bedding, the coffee pot, furniture, and personal items like books, DVDs, and electronics. 


Sell For Profit


If you have a question about any of the items that you’re going through, you may want to consider selling them. Is your sofa still in good condition, but won’t fit well into your new place? It’s time to get that piece of furniture to another good home and make a bit of cash while you’re at it. There are tons of websites, apps, and other resources that connect you with people who are looking for the items that you want to get rid of.


Donate


Some items may not be an easy sell. You may not even have the time to sell them. This is where donation centers allow you to do some good while you’re cleaning out your things. As you’re packing for the move go through things like clothes, books, DVDs, games, toys, and other knickknacks. Those figurines that have been sitting on the shelf may not be ideal for your new house. 

It’s also a good idea to keep the amount of space that you’re dealing with in mind. If you have less space, downsizing will be ever important. On the flip side, if you’re moving into a bigger house, you don’t necessarily need to fill it up!


Trash Pile


Unfortunately, we’ll always have a few things that need to be thrown out. Items that are ripped, stained, worn, broken, or plain useless must face the fate of the dumpster. 


No matter how you go about cleaning out your home before a move, you should know that it will feel amazing to have a lighter load to move as the clutter is cleaned out.             





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Posted by Kim Duke on 10/2/2017

If you recently bought or sold a home, you likely need to move quickly to pack up your family's belongings. In fact, you may have only a limited amount of time to get your child's toys packed up and ready to go to your new address.

Ultimately, packing a child's toys can be quick and simple – here are three essential packing tips for toys that every parent needs to know.

1. Make a List of Your Child's Toy Inventory

If your child has a wide selection of big and small toys, you may want to make a list of toys that need to be packed up prior to moving day. That way, you can ensure that all of your child's toys will make it from Point A to Point B.

As you create your list, think about the toys that your child uses frequently. If possible, you'll want to avoid packing these toys until the last possible moment.

On the other hand, you can immediately start packing toys that your child rarely uses. Pack up as many toys as you can, and you may be able to minimize stress as moving day draws closer.

2. Involve Your Child in the Packing Process

Packing can be a stressful process for kids and parents alike. Fortunately, you can involve your child in the packing process to help your son or daughter prep for moving day.

In many instances, children can pack up toys on their own. Kids may require supervision while they pack, but with the help of their parents, these children can get their toys ready for an upcoming move.

With the right approach, packing can be a fun bonding activity for parents and kids. Together, parents and children can pack up toys and other items and ensure all of a family's belongings can safely be transported from one destination to the next.

3. Pack and Label Your Moving Boxes

Parents will want to guarantee that no toys are broken or damaged during a move. As such, it is essential to use bubble wrap, packing paper and other packing supplies to ensure all of a child's toys remain intact.

Furthermore, parents will want to make it easy for kids to find their toys as soon as a family reaches its new address. If you use bright markers to label moving boxes that contain a child's toys, your son or daughter can instantly unpack his or her toys and start getting settled into a new home.

If you need extra help getting ready for a move, you may want to consult with a real estate agent as well. In addition to helping you buy or sell a house, a real estate agent can put you in touch with the best moving companies in your area.

Don't leave anything to chance as you prepare to move to a new location – use the aforementioned tips, and you should have no trouble packing up your child's toys.




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Posted by Kim Duke on 2/20/2017

You've sold your house, and now, you have only a few weeks to pack up all of your personal belongings and move them out of your current residence. Time moves quickly, especially in the days after you accept a homebuyer's offer to purchase your house. Thus, you'll need to pick up essential packing supplies so you can prep your belongings and ensure you're ready to relocate without delay. So what are some of the must-own packing items for those who need to move out of a home? Here are four essential packing supplies that you'll need to take your belongings from one location to another quickly and safely: 1. Cardboard Boxes No packing checklist would be complete without cardboard boxes, as these boxes enable you to pack up items big and small and transport them between locations. Ideally, you'll want to pick up cardboard boxes of all sizes before you relocate. By doing so, you'll be ready to pack up a wide range of belongings, place them in cardboard boxes of different sizes and streamline the process of getting ready for an upcoming move. 2. Bubble Wrap Want to protect valuable antiques and other delicate items? Pack them in bubble wrap, and you'll be able to minimize the risk of damage to these items when you relocate to your new address. Bubble wrap is readily available and affordable, and it can make a world of difference when you're moving. Ultimately, it is always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to bubble wrap, too. And if you're uncertain about whether an item should be placed in bubble wrap, you may want to use as much bubble wrap is needed to safeguard this item and minimize the risk that it could break or be damaged during your move. 3. Duct Tape Duct tape is paramount because it enables you to seal any cardboard boxes instantly. Plus, the seal that duct tape provides is strong and will ensure that your belongings will stay in place throughout your move. Like bubble wrap, duct tape is easy to find and inexpensive. As such, you should pick up multiple rolls of duct tape as you begin packing, because doing so will guarantee you're able to pack up your belongings and store them in cardboard boxes safely. 4. Pens and Markers Want to label your moving boxes and ensure you're able to put them in the right place at your new address? With bright, vibrant pens and markers at your disposal, you can label your moving boxes to your heart's delight. Having a large array of pens and markers may make it easier to categorize your belongings as well. In fact, you can even use a color-coded labeling system to organize your belongings by room to ensure you can unpack quickly after you arrive at your new home. When it comes to relocating from one address to another, you'll want to do everything you can to make the moving process as simple as possible. And with the aforementioned packing supplies, you should have no trouble preparing for your move and guaranteeing all of your belongings reach your new home.







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