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Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 4/14/2019

Do you hate running late for work in the morning, late to a meeting, late to dinner with friends? Who doesn’t? Maybe you can’t find your keys, your outfit wasn’t clean or pressed, or it just took you a long time to get ready because all the tools you need got strewn about the house. There easy ways your lifestyle and habits at home might be driving you crazy and adding more stress to your life. What are some simple steps you can take to help keep your sanity? Here are some ideas. 

Stop Losing Your Keys — Hands down one of the most significant stressors before work in the morning is misplaced keys. It might seem like a simple solution, and it is, but by merely designating a specific area to leave your keys every time you come home you can significantly reduce your stress and save time. Your designated space could be a hanging key rack by the door, a bowl on the entry-way table or tray on the breakfast bar. Designate a spot and practice getting in the habit of placing your keys there every time you come home, and you’ll find you save a lot of time and headache when you head out somewhere. 

Keep Your Phone Charged — A dead or dying phone can also keep you always running late. You’re ready for work or to go to the movies when you see your phone is at 1% and you’ll need to wait ten minutes to leave so you can charge it. The first step is to make sure you have fully functioning chargers. The second is to designate the primary place to charge your phone but also to have additional locations to plug-in around the house. Maybe you always charge on your nightstand at night but need a place in the kitchen or living room to plug-in so you can easily connect your phone when you get home from work. If you only have one place, you might end up moving the cord around the home and forget where it is, or you’ll give up on charging because the cable is all the way upstairs.

Stay on Top of Laundry — Not having the right clothes throws another wrench in your day. Instead of designating one day each week to knock out all your laundry try doing a little each day or every other day, so you always have most of your clothing clean. Daily washing will make you less likely not to have the outfit you need or want, for that important meeting or date.

Keep your tools organized — Not your hobby tools, the tools you need to get ready to go out each day. Whether it’s in your bathroom, at a vanity or on top of your dresser try to make sure everything you need daily is in one place. Keep your comb and hair products, perfume or cologne, makeup and brushes and accessories where you can easily find and use them. Don’t take your makeup or hair products to a different room or get ready on the couch instead of at the mirror. Create the habit of getting prepared in the same place in your home each day, so you always know everything you need will be there when you need it. 

These are just a few simple steps to reduce some of the stressors in your daily life. Start with these basics to gain a bit more time and peace of mind. If you can manage your regular stressors, you’ll have more head-space to worry about the big stuff like that next promotion or your new home search.





Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 4/7/2019

Want to hire a moving company to help you transport your belongings to your new address? You're in luck, as many world-class moving companies are available in cities and towns nationwide.

Ultimately, there are various factors to consider as you try to differentiate one moving company from another, including:

1. Experience

A top-notch moving company probably will possess many years of experience. As such, this business should have no trouble helping you identify potential moving hurdles and ensuring you can overcome these problems quickly and effortlessly.

If you're uncertain about a moving company's experience, searching the business' website may prove to be an excellent starting point. By reviewing the business' website, you can learn about the company's services and find out how it supports its customers.

Also, feel free to reach out to a moving company if you ever have concerns or questions. This will enable you to receive first-hand insights into the business' experience so you can make an informed decision.

2. Quality of Service

Although every moving company should be able to provide unparalleled customer support, few businesses may go the extra mile to ensure customers are helped at each stage of the moving process.

Try to find a moving company that is dedicated to its clientele – you'll be glad you did. This company should be able to respond to any concerns or questions leading up to moving day. In addition, the company will be able to offer affordable pricing and set realistic expectations about what to expect when moving day arrives.

Keep in mind that a first-rate moving company should be able to provide customer referrals that you can use to determine whether this business is the right choice for your upcoming move.

Ask a moving company for client referrals before you make your final decision. That way, you can reach out to past clients to learn more about the quality of service that a moving company provides.

3. Licensure and Insurance

Find out whether a moving company is licensed and insured. This may require you to allocate substantial time and resources to perform an in-depth search of licensed and insured moving companies in your area, but the benefits of doing so will pay off in the long run.

A licensed and insured moving company will possess the necessary credentials to provide support for an intrastate or interstate move. As a result, this business can safely handle all of your possessions and ensure your items are fully protected from the time they are picked up until the time they arrive at your new address.

Lastly, if you recently sold or bought a house, your real estate agent may be able to provide extra help. He or she likely can provide moving company recommendations and put you in touch with a moving company that can fulfill your moving day requests.

Get ready for your upcoming move – consider the aforementioned factors, and you can find the ideal moving company to help you take your belongings to any location, at any time.




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Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 3/31/2019

Selling your house should be a quick, seamless task. Yet the home selling journey varies based on a number of factors, including the condition of a seller's residence and the current state of the housing market. And if you fail to plan ahead for the home selling journey, you may struggle to achieve your desired results.

There are several things that you can do to simplify the house selling journey. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you streamline the home selling process.

1. Craft a Home Selling Strategy

A home selling strategy is pivotal for any property seller, at any time. If you know what it takes to sell your residence, you can take the necessary steps to ensure success at each stage of the house selling journey.

Think about why a buyer may want to purchase your residence and craft your house selling strategy accordingly. Because if you understand the buyer's perspective, you may discover unique ways to help your house stand out from the competition. As a result, you could boost your chances of enjoying a fast, profitable home selling experience.

2. Establish a Competitive Initial Asking Price

The initial asking price for your home can make a world of difference. If you set an initial asking price that is too high, for example, buyers likely will shy away from your home. On the other hand, if your initial asking price is too low, you risk selling yourself short during the property selling journey.

Analyze the prices of available houses that are similar to your own in your city or town. Furthermore, it may be beneficial to look at the prices of recently sold homes in your area. Once you review this housing market data, you'll be better equipped than ever before to establish a competitive initial asking price for your residence.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

Let's face it – navigating the home selling journey on your own may prove to be difficult. As such, a real estate agent is a must-have, particularly for a home seller who is unsure about how to navigate the property selling journey. If you have a real estate agent at your side, you can receive comprehensive assistance at each stage of the home selling cycle.

A real estate agent will help you craft an effective property selling strategy and determine the optimal initial asking price for your residence. He or she also will showcase your residence to prospective buyers, help you review offers to purchase your home and negotiate with a buyer's agent on your behalf. And if you ever have concerns as you navigate the home selling journey, a real estate agent is available to respond to them.

When it comes to selling a home, it is important to do whatever you can to keep things simple. Thanks to the aforementioned tips, you can move closer to selling your home and maximizing your house sale earnings.





Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 3/24/2019

Do you want to brighten your room? Whether it's as dark as a dungeon, or maybe a little too dim, don't despair. These nine simple tricks will help you instantly brighten your room without spending much on renovating, new windows, or going all white with the paint. Go for a light color scheme.

Most times, a dark room may have poor lighting, heavy curtains, or darkly-painted walls. To brighten up such places, make use of lighter hues on the wall. If the walls are neutral, paint the ceiling a shade lighter to help light reflect around the room. 

Clean your windows

Cleaning your windows is an easy way to brighten a dark room. When your glazed windows have less dust and dirt splatters on them, sunshine can easily enter to make the room brighter. 

Replace heavy curtains

Heavy curtains with black lining and thick fabric typically prevent light from getting into a room. These curtains absorb light, so it is better to replace them with see-through curtains that allow light penetration. 

Add area rugs

Dark floors can make a room feel like a cave. A colorful or patterned rug will help brighten things and provides a striking focal point that will help a room look livelier than it is.

Don't place interior objects parallel to a window 

Internal objects positioned parallel to a window obstruct the light. If you want to have a brighter room, make sure you orient the partitions or bookshelves in the room perpendicular to the window wall. Doing so will allow better flow of daylight and thus brighten up the room. 

Swap out light bulbs to brighter LED bulbs

If the room has an old incandescent bulb, replace it an LED light bulb which produces a low-energy, clean illumination. Changing the light bulb will give the place a brighter light and also save energy.

Hang mirrors

Mirrors help absorb darkness by reflecting the light that is currently in the room. However, do not put mirrors over the entire wall of a room. Instead, consider hanging a large mirror directly across from the largest window in the room.

Trim the trees 

If light can't get to your window, it definitely won't brighten your room. Make sure to trim any bushes or trees beside your windows so that they don't obstruct daylight getting into your rooms.

Opt for accent lighting

Adding lighting at various levels like wall lights, table lamps, picture lights, etc., will certainly brighten things up in any room. You can also make use of a big bright chandelier in larger areas like the dining area or living room.Check with your local DIY or hardware store to find excellent light sources that will make your home brighter and more beautiful.





Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 3/17/2019


 

If Downton Abbey or Pride and Prejudice speak to your inner self, add a little Victorian charm to your décor with well-placed picks of porcelain. If farmhouse style is more your thing, vintage ceramic ware can bring your design to life.

In housewares, ceramics and porcelain span the gambit from lanterns, pitchers, and vases to delicate teacups, figurines, ornaments, and even knobs and pulls. Deciding where to add your special touches is the first step. But once you know where you want it, you need to find it.

Vintage shops, antique stores, and flea markets offer a lot of choices, but not all of it is antique. And if it is vintage, it might not prove hand-painted. It might be transferware or otherwise mass-produced. So, know what it should look like before you go antiquing.

What is transferware?

Historically, as a means of mass-producing ceramic or porcelain pieces, manufacturers would create an engraving on a copper plate. The inked engraving transferred onto paper and then the paper applied to the un-kilned clay object—anything from fine bone china to earthenware—allowed the clay to absorb the ink and create the design. Then, with the paper removed, glazing and firing developed the final piece with design intact. Developed in Staffordshire, England in the mid-1700s, the area became widely known for mass-produced wares destined to grace the tables of the burgeoning middle class. In the 1820s and 1830s, many designs became popular in the United States. 

While not as valuable as hand-painted pieces, transferware is highly collectible and sought after by dealers. Modern reproductions of transferware use a different, printed technique to recreate the look of the original, but they are not indeed transferware since they use different methods to imprint the designs.

To distinguish transferware from hand-painted pieces, scrutinize the edges. If the pattern runs off the side, it's likely to be transferware. Hand-painted designs flow with the shape of the dish.

Is it porcelain?

Porcelain is translucent. That means that light shines through it. So, use your cell phone’s flashlight feature to see if the beam comes through. If you can’t see a glow from the other side, it most likely is earthenware or stoneware ceramics. 

Check for stamps, initials, signatures, and other identifying marks. Often, vintage ceramics from the Eighteenth century or older showed stamped marks while newer porcelain or ceramic ware have printed or impressed marks.

Should I buy it?

No matter what the provenance, if you like the piece and it brings you joy, display it with pride.




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