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What to look for in an Apartment

What to look for in an apartmentDo you know what you should be on the lookout for when it comes to apartment hunting? Well we do. Here’s some tips to get you started when you’re apartment hunting:

Noise levels

When you’re visiting a potential apartment, pay attention to the noise during that time of day. Is it noisy? Is it quiet? Can you tell if your neighbor is a raging Insane Clown Posse fan just by standing in your kitchen? If you’re not into that sort of thing then maybe this apartment isn’t for you.

Pests

Besides the obvious signs of pests (i.e. the pests themselves), do you know what to look for? Bring a flashlight with you and don’t be shy - get into all the nooks and crannies of the closets, pantry and bathrooms to find out if any critters are hiding. You might see some droppings. You might see some bug skeletons. You might see a human-fly-beast. Who knows. The point is you should look.

Traffic

Does the apartment you’re looking at have a bus stop on the corner? Do those bus stop waiters spend a lot of time jabbering or complaining about the bus schedule at very early morning hours on the weekend? Yes? Oh, well then maybe this apartment isn’t for you. Take a pass by the apartment at different times of day to see what it’s like. Knowing what traffic is like by your house could be a deciding factor for you. There might be rush hour traffic that turns your street into a parking lot every day - or it might be free flowing like Niagara Falls every day. These are things you won’t know if you only visit the apartment once.

Got any more tips for what to look for? Feel free to share them in the comments below!

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Tips for Packing Difficult Items Long Distance

Moving Items Long DistanceNote: This is a guest post; the views and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Movers.com.

If you’re planning on moving long distance, have you thought carefully about how you will move everything?

Moving may seem as simple as boxing everything up and loading it into the truck, but there is a lot more to it than that. You’ll need specific packing materials for different belongings and how you pack them is important. You may even have to reconsider what you take with you.

Let’s examine some of the unexpectedly challenging belongings to move long distances.

Televisions

Most people’s TVs are flat screens (generally big ones, too), which is great– except when you have to relocate them. The best recommendation is to package them in their original boxes. If you threw yours out (like most people), here are a few packing tips.

  • Option 1: Purchase a new flat-screen box from a local moving supply retailer. The price will vary, but it shouldn’t be over $100.
  • Option 2: Wrap it in blankets and place it carefully in a large moving box. Be sure to position it securely on the truck so it can’t be bumped in transit.

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5 DIY Projects for the Summer

outside-254716_640Summer is here, which means two things. First, it’s time to enjoy the weather. And second, you can finally start those home improvement projects you’ve been waiting all winter to do. Whether you’re looking for an indoor or outdoor project to keep you busy on the weekends, summer is the perfect time to get it done. Below, you can find five different DIY home improvement projects that can take your home to the next level.

1. Interior and exterior painting

If you are renovating or upgrading your bathroom or kitchen, a fresh coat of paint could work wonders. Fun new colors can be a great investment, creating a vibrant atmosphere for the summer months. If you are improving your landscaping in the yard, a new paint job on your home’s exterior can provide benefits as well. Choose a color that highlights your home’s best features and truly enhances its appearance.

2. Upgrade your backyard

If you are looking to enhance your outdoor space, you can fix up your patio. Create an environment that is relaxing for you but can double as a barbecue area for parties and get-togethers. With a welcoming patio, you can enjoy the nice weather with friends and family all summer long. Feel free to add entertainment, such as a sound system, and umbrellas to block the sun on hot days.

3. Improve your view with clean windows

Sometimes, people go years without so much as touching their windows. This summer, it may be a good idea to set aside a weekend to clean all of the windows in your house, leaving nothing in your way of enjoying the view of your beautiful new patio and backyard. Squeaky clean windows can make all the difference in the aesthetics of your home, inside and out.

4. Declutter your home

Though it doesn’t sound like a glamorous task, it can be the most rewarding of all. Cleaning out your home and purging all of the useless items doesn’t need to be done all at once–decluttering is a lengthy process. You can start by dealing with the mess in your garage, then move to the attic, and then even clean out the basement.

5. Enhance your home’s “curb appeal”

According to Cathy Knapp of Towne Realty Group in northern New Jersey, one of the most important aspects of selling a home is its “curb appeal.” This means that buyers pay tons of attention to the way your home looks from the street. Of course, you want to give off a good first impression, so don’t neglect your front yard and walkway! Take care of your lawn and landscaping, and make sure the walkway to your front door is accessible and appealing.

Sure, summer is usually for relaxing, but these DIY home improvement projects are perfect for people who like to keep busy. Make the most of your home–indoors and outdoors–and increase its value while enjoying everything it has to offer.

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