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5 Home Staging Tips to Win Buyers’ Votes

By Guest Contributor   September 19, 2012

[ by Deanna Lawley, Homefinder ] 

If you’re preparing to put your house on the market, follow these DIY home staging tips to capture the vote of your home’s next owner this season.

1.  Boost curb appeal.  If a potential buyer drives by and is turned off by the exterior of your house, you can be sure they won’t be interested in seeing the interior. Before you list your home, make sure you install easy-to-read house numbers, power wash your siding, walkways and driveway, and repaint the exterior as needed. On a weekly basis, be sure the front windows are washed, the lawn is raked and foliage is well-tended.

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Home Staging Tips for Fall

By Guest Contributor   September 13, 2012

by Sarah Kolb, CORT Furniture

The leaves on the trees are slowly beginning to turn, fireplaces are finally finding themselves useful, and it’s almost cold enough to break out your impressive scarf collection. Autumn means apple pie, football, plaid, and relief from the summer heat. The cooler season is also the perfect time to successfully stage your home to sell before the new year. Here are three tips to make your home look perfect to any buyer this fall:

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Furniture Storage Guide: Wood Furniture + Mattress Storage

By Zachary Chetchavat   September 5, 2012

Storing furniture seems like a straightforward concept, right? Get a couch, put it in a humid concrete or sheet metal box, come back when you’re ready for it. Using that storage philosophy, your couch will most likely end up covered in mold and mildew. If you want to avoid damaged furniture from improper storage, you have to be careful when choosing a unit and preparing each individual piece of furniture for storage.

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Find The Right Neighborhood In A New City

By John Donegan   September 4, 2012

When I first relocated to Los Angeles six years ago, I moved into a loft downtown two blocks away from Skid Row. Although I really loved living down there, I’m not sure I would have ended up in that location had I been more Internet savvy about choosing a neighborhood. In the incredible digital age we live in, with a few minutes and a web connection, you can learn a lot about a neighborhood before ever stepping foot in it.

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Life Lesson: Downsizing Childhood Possessions

By Rachel Greenfield   August 27, 2012

As incoming college freshman nationwide pack up for their first major move away from home, they face a real-life lesson in downsizing childhood possessions. For help, we turned to Chris Seman, president of Caring Transitions, a franchise that helps people de-clutter and downsize during difficult transitions. His ideas are useful for anyone who has ever had to say goodbye to memory-laden belongings.

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DIY Home Staging With A Little Help From Self-Storage

By John Donegan   August 14, 2012

Home staging is a fascinating sub-industry within real estate, all based on evidence that a home “staged” with certain decor and design techniques is likely to sell faster and for a 10-15% higher price than un-staged homes. Before showing your home to potential buyers, it’s important to make it appear as spacious and inviting as possible. You can hire a professional accredited home stager to do this for you, or do it yourself by following the best practices outlined here.

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9 Hip Tips For Car Shipping

By Guest Contributor   July 9, 2012

by Collin Bass

Having a professional auto carrier ship your car or truck is a convenient and reliable way to move it across the country. You might take advantage of the service when you’re relocating, moving a vehicle out of car storage, or buying a vehicle from a distance. Here are uShip’s top tips for getting a great deal and ensuring your vehicle is shipped quickly and safely.

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What’s Free With Your Storage Unit?

By Guest Contributor   July 3, 2012

by Daniel Horning

“But wait, there’s more!”

Remember that phrase from somewhere? A late night TV ad for a cardboard box that refolds into a full-size couch? It’s used to push customers over the “I’m interested” mindset into the “I’ll take two” action.

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How To Organize Your Self-Storage Unit

By John Donegan   June 5, 2012

Unless you’re starring in an episode of “Storage Wars,” rummaging through a storage unit can be an infuriating experience. We created this list of self-storage organization tactics, so the next time you’re searching for those holiday decorations, you’ll know right where to find them.

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How To Choose The Right Full-Service Mover

By Guest Contributor   June 4, 2012

by Jason Clark

Moving is stressful! You spent weeks finding the perfect home, and now you have to figure out how to get all of your stuff to the new house in one piece. You might be tempted to just rent a truck and storage unit and do the move yourself, but moving a three-bedroom home can be daunting. A full-service mover does all the work, and can even professionally pack all of your belongings for you. Here are some tips to ensure you pick the right full-service mover:

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