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Moving your Plants to your new Home

If you garden at all-anything from a small succulent in your kitchen window to a full-blown vegetable garden in your backyard you put a lot of time, effort, and care into growing your plants. Because of the hard work you’ve put into them, it may be difficult to leave your plants behind.

Movers typically don’t transport plants because of state regulations and extreme temperature and lack of sunlight in the truck can be fatal. Double check with your local Bekins agents before you pack your plants. After you make sure the place you’re moving to has the right climate and soil for your plants, you can easily pack them up and move them yourself.

Here are a few different common plants and how to best move them.

Perennials/Grasses

First, trim down bigger, sturdier plants to about 6-12 inches. This makes them easier to

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move, it encourages regrowth when you replant them, and it’s actually healthier for the plant. If you leave lots of stems, leaves, or flowers, it can stress out the plant because it’s trying to keep so much more of itself alive.

After trimming down the plants, dig them up-making sure to keep a lot of dirt around the roots-and put them in paper bags.

Make sure you’re using paper bags instead of plastic so the plants can still breathe. If you have to use plastic, poke some holes in it. The plants should be fine for a couple of weeks as long as they don’t get too hot or dry. Just make sure they’re in the shade during the move.

Potted Plants

The first thing to do is to make sure that you’re not moving your potted plants in nice ceramic pots-you don’t want those to break on the road. Move the plants to plastic pots a couple weeks before the move to give them a chance to get used to the new pots. Potted PlantA couple days before the move, water the plants; not too much, not too little. You don’t want them drying out, but you also don’t want them molding.

Next, put the plants in boxes and make sure they’re snug. You can stuff paper or bubble wrap around the pots to make sure they don’t get jostled around. If possible, keep the top of the boxes open to ensure they don’t get crushed by something else.

Also, don’t forget: plenty of your outdoor plants can move to pots. Things like herbs are commonly grown in pots. As long as you give them enough time to readjust to the pots before the move, they should be perfectly fine to travel.

Vegetables

You have two options here, and your choice depends on your space and resources. Your first option is to dig up the entire plant and replant it in a large bucket, such as a five gallon bucket used for food storage. These buckets should sit in your personal vehicle.

Tomato plantThe second option is to cut the plant and put the cutting in a floral tube, making sure it stays moist by covering it with wet paper towels. If you don’t have a floral tube, you can use a potato soaked in water. This method is easier and safer than trying to relocate an entire tomato plant.

When you get to your new home, replant the plants right away. The less time they spend in limbo, the better. Keep in mind that your perennials and vegetables might not look quite as large and beautiful as they did before the move, at least for a while. If they stayed dormant during the move, they can put their energy into root growth once they’re replanted.

If you use these tips to move your plants, next year they should be big and beautiful again-you just have to give them time to recover.

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5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

Many times the hardest part of moving involves selling your previous home. The pressure of finding and persuading a buyer can become exhausting. Most often, you get one chance to make a positive first impression. So you have to make that moment count.

Help potential buyers feel welcome, safe and warm when they come to your home by using these tips.

Focus on Curb Appeal

The first impression often starts with the exterior of your home. Make sure your yard and front porch look as attractive as possible. You may need to plant fresh flowers, mow the lawn, and paint the door to create a beautiful entrance for potential buyers.

You may benefit from removing fencing around your yard. Most fences make yards appear smaller than they actually are. You don’t have to revamp your entire lawn, but focus on these hot spots to improve the overall aesthetics of your home.

Accentuate Your FoyerEntryway

You want potential buyers to step into your home and say “wow.” So start interior improvements in the foyer. Buyers often set their expectations for the home based on what they can see from the front door. Therefore, you have to make your foyer look bright and welcoming.

Consider applying a fresh paint coat, eliminating clutter, and cleaning the coat area. You may want to get a mirror or painting to create a focal point for this area. Then pick place a vase with flowers or bowl of potpourri to make sure your home smells clean.

These small additions help your home look both simple and sophisticated.

De-clutter

ghk-open-closet-with-clothes-0111-mdnA major turn-off for potential buyers is dirt. You want them to visualize their life in a place better than the one they currently have. Clean more than the day-to-day buildup. You will need to deep clean the carpets, repaint rooms, and store away or sell all unnecessary home pieces.

Every buyer looks for places that they can store their things. To make your home seem larger, remove half of your things from every storage area. Once you remove the items, organize the remaining items into neat piles. Buyers will look in closets and cabinets to determine the spaces available. Make sure your home looks as spacious as possible by de-cluttering every room.

Incorporate Natural Light

The lighting in your home can make a huge difference on buyer’s decisions. Fortunately, you can fix lighting issues easily and quickly. Wash your windows to give a clear picture of your view. Replace dark drapes with light colored window treatments.

Update light bulbs and consider adding overhead lights. As a rule of thumb, you should have 100 watts every square foot. You can also add floor lamps or task lighting to brighten your home.

Make the Kitchen the Highlight

Your kitchen can makitchenke or break the buyer’s decision. You have to make this room the highlight of your home. Otherwise, your potential buyer could knock down his or her asking price by thousands of dollars because he or she doesn’t like the kitchen. Even if you need to renovate the countertops, most homeowners get 85% return on the investment.

If you want to increase your chances to sell your home, consider updating the paint, countertops, and cabinets in your kitchen.

Use neutral colors so buyers have a blank canvas to envision their style in this space. If you have wiggle room in your budget, update appliances to give your kitchen a polished finish.

Once you have prepared your home to sell, take a moment to walk through the home as if it you were touring it for the first time.

This will help give you an idea of areas you can improve and add finished touches to the project.

Home for the Holidays

How to Make Your New House Feel Like Home for the Holidays

You already know that there’s no place like home for the holidays-but you’ve just left your old, comfortable home and its many holiday memories behind. You’ve left old friends and family members who usually celebrate with you. You might be dreading your next holiday season instead of looking forward to it.

Moving to a new home doesn’t consign you to a lonely holiday, though. In fact, celebrating your first holiday season in a new house can an exciting time full of new and interesting experiences. Follow the tips below to banish the holiday moving blues and enjoy the holiday season to the fullest.

1. Learn about Holiday Activities in Your Area

Maybe your hometown had an ice skating rink where you took the kids every winter. Or your old city had an annual lights-on celebration that you and your significant other attended every year without fail.

You’re probably not going to find the exact same celebrations and venues in your new city, and it’s okay to feel sad about that.

But even though it can’t replicate the exact experiences from your hometown, your new town probably has something just as fun to offer. In time, you might come tSouthwestSkylineRinko value these new holiday activities just as much-if not more-than those you participated in back home.

Look around for city celebrations not just in your new town, but the surrounding towns. Find out about holiday-themed concerts, sing-alongs, plays, and movies. Look for free activities for kids at local libraries and museums. See if your local recreation center offers hockey lessons. Do whatever you can to get you and your family in the holiday spirit while getting involved in local events.

In the process, you’ll create a new tradition that your family will value throughout the coming years.

2. Put up New Holiday Decorations

Chances are, your traditional holiday decorations are still packed away in a box, and that box is probably buried under hundreds of other boxes. Even if you had the tiChristmas Decorationsme to hang up holiday decorations while unpacking everything else, chances are low that you could even find the box.

However, holiday decorations can really help you set a holiday mood in your home. If you can’t find your old decorations, buy a few new decorations around town. Even a small wreath on the front door can make your home seem more festive.

Your kids might feel particularly lonely after moving away from their friends during the holiday season. They might not feel like their new house is quite a home yet. To help them turn the new house into their own space, let them choose a few holiday decorations for themselves. Giving kids a choice and a sense of independence can go a long way towards making them feel more comfortable in their new home, as well as getting them excited for the holidays.

3. Get to Know Your Neighbors

You’ll need to meet your neighbors sooner or later. Why not break the ice with a holiday-themed welcoming snack? Bring your favorite homemade cookies or another treat over to your neighbors’ houses. While you’re at it, ask about their favorite local holiday traditions. They’ve lived here longer than you have and probably have some insight into the city’s best holiday activities.

Invite your neighbors for drinks and games sometime during the holiday season. Simply having people in your house can make it feel homier just in time for the holidays.

4. Start a New Tradition

Most people cling to old traditions during the holiday seasons. You might worry that without the annual trip to Grandma’s house on Christmas day or the family Hanukkah gathering at your aunt’s house, the holidays just won’t feel the same.

You’re probably right-you can’t recreate the exact experience you had at your old home. However, this doesn’t mean you should give up hope for a happy holiday season. Since you can’t participate in all of the activities you used to back home, why not start a few new traditions? Ask the kids for input, and decide on a few family activitiesHoliday Decorations that everyone can enjoy. Maybe staying in for a hot chocolate and movie night once a week during the holiday season will become your new favorite tradition.

It’s okay to experiment; not everything you try during the first holiday season in your new home will stick. As long as you find a few holiday-centric activities that bring your family closer together during the move, you’ll have spent your time well. You can always adjust your activities next year.

It’s also okay to give the kids-and yourself-a sense of stability by relying on some of your oldest holiday traditions. Modify your most important holiday traditions for your new home. The combination of new and old traditions will make for a dynamic, exciting season.

If you have to move during the holiday season, don’t despair. These tips can help you transform your new home into a holiday friendly zone. Follow the above four steps, and you and your family will get your new home off to the perfect start by making exciting new holiday memories.

How to live with roommates…successfully

According to your standards, is leaving your shoes on the dining room table unacceptable? What may seem obvious to you may not be to a roommate.

Recent studies suggest that roommates are replacing spouses in the 20th Century. As a Millennial who has successfully lived with the same roommate for three years, I’m here to tell you successfully living with a roommate is possible.

Talk, talk, talk
Communication is a little detail that can make a BIG difference when living with others. Open and honest communication between roommates is crucial. This is especially true for roommates with a strong history of friendship. Confronting your roommates about a problem will be worth it in the long run. Allowing it to fester will only allow passiveness to pry its way into your living space.

Start with chores
As silly and elementary as it may sound, having a chore chart can save a lot of drama. Get as creative and cute with your chore chart as you want. Visit the craft store and decorate your chore chart to your heart’s desire then simply list each roommates’ name with the rotating chore(s) for which they are responsible. Understanding who is to do what around the house will establish expectations.

Expectation
In a perfect world, one could assume that everyone would have common courtesy when it comes to ‘rules of the house’. However, that’s not always the case. Clearly communicating one another’s expectations is a must. Here are some conversation starters:

  • Are we going to allow pets in the house? Who will be responsible for them?
  • Will we divide up the cost for food? Or will this remain separate?
  • What boundaries will we have for the common areas?
  • Any rules for visitors: family, friends, significant others, etc.?
  • Will there be a quiet time? Ex: During the week days after 11:00 p.m.

I am certain that with these tips, some cheap wine and good laughs, living with roommates can be some of the best years of your life!