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Many are excited moving into a new home. New homeowners tend to obsess over décor blogs and catalogs, watching home improvement shows non-stop and having something in mind to put in a part of the new house. Overeager homeowners often make big mistakes when furnishing their home. Everybody knows that you’re dying to fill and decorate every corner with your stuff as soon as you go in that door but beware and at least try to be mindful of what you put in and do everything step by step.

Here are some mistakes that a new homeowner needs to know.

 

No-No # 1: Buying everything at once

Being excited and all, you want to make those empty rooms full of your decorating ideas. So you’d go on a mad shopping spree from coffee tables to your canopy bed.

“Stop, sit down, get out a piece of paper, and plan,” says Mark Clement of MyFixItUpLife.com which suggests a completely different strategy. Make a list and plan. This will help you take your time to think through the rooms and focus with what you really need for the most important rooms. These rooms include the living room, kitchen and family room. Then from there, you can head on one step at a time with the other things you love. Don’t worry if it takes you forever to decorate a new home since you’ll be living there for a while.

 

No-No # 2: Decorating around a legacy piece

Keeping a great or memorable piece from the past is one of our favorite things to do. May it be your mom’s armoire, or a chair, or even a bookshelf that you just can’t put away, this may just add to your anxiety on trying to decorate around the house. Chances are they’ll just create a more unlikely layout which might be completely wrong for you and the new home.

According to experts, you can still put them inside your house but place them where it’s more appropriate, or maybe sold them, or just put them out on the street.

 

No-No # 3: Trusting your ‘eye’ rather than a tape measure

Measuring the positions accurately is an important step in designing something as professionals do.

“Measuring a space is imperative before you purchase anything,” says Homepolish designer Will Saks, “You need to understand the dimensions of a space so the scale will feel balanced.” It’s all about how it will look sitting there. Everything should be balanced with the room it’s in.

Don’t forget to measure the doorways and hallways before purchasing large pieces. It will not just give a hard time for the delivery guys but also to you. Imagine buying a large sofa to take up six flights of stairs only to discover that it won’t fit through the doorway. Most companies will give you the minimum clearance you need for delivery, so you need to make sure that it will fit. Get the height of a sofa instead of the width or depth because it is the key measurement needed.

 

No-No # 4: Cramming rooms like a clown car

Stop and breathe for a moment. Having some empty spaces and walls is just fine unless you want your space to be clogged with unwanted furniture. It will all depend on the home appeal you want to achieve. Going for a sleek look will just need a few key pieces in a room to create that feeling of openness. And as for the artwork, maybe just one large creative frame can do the trick.

 

No-No # 5: Looking like a page from a catalog or décor mag

It may create a fab look when it comes to décor magazine, but in your own home, it could have a different story. Having to buy everything all at once and from the same place is tempting, but please fight the urge to do it. It may look good in catalogs but will they do the same with your home? Think… think… think!!!

 

Source: realtor.com, myfirstapartment.com, zlien.com, furnitureconcepts.com, dimesfordesign.com, hgtv.com, betterdecoratingbible.com

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Moving? Handy checklist available here!

Moving can be such a hassle, most especially if you don’t have a checklist on hand to help you through the process. Everything is going here and there, mixing it all up and boom! Before you know it, you’re lost and can’t seem to find what you need.

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Here’s the handy checklist to help you remember all of those pesky details.

Secure moving boxes at your local big box store for free! Always get more boxes than you think you will need.

Get quotes on renting a moving truck. To secure the best deal and get the best rate, plan on moving Sunday through Thursday. If someone else will be moving you, arrange for a quote with a personal meeting to review your belongings. Consider buying extra insurance if you’re concerned.

Pack up rooms that you use the least in advance. Set aside cleaning supplies and paper towels, toilet paper and a few bottles of water to take in the car with you to the new place.

Label all of your moving boxes accordingly to the room they will go in. Tell the movers to look for the labels, then place them in the room specified.
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Mentally place your furniture in the new place. Then, sketch a draft on a floor plan of your new apartment and label each piece of furniture with a number. Photocopy for your movers and apply your numbering to your furniture with a fat piece of masking tape and a number. Have your movers place accordingly upon move in.

Once you secure your new apartment home, complete an address change form for your mail at USPS.com. Remember to also update your new address at your work place and on your driver’s license, insurance cards, magazine subscriptions, and with your best friends.

Call and arrange for your utilities to be switched to the new location preferably five days prior to your move.

Confirm two days prior to your move with your movers and friends (if they’re helping you move). Re-confirm delivery date of your furniture if moving across country.
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Arrange for a friend to keep your pet on moving day if possible. Movers will be going in and out all day, so it will be hard to keep an eye on your pet.

Clean your old apartment as soon as it is empty. Remember to clean the oven (look for “self cleaning” instructions on many ovens), the refrigerator, vacuum, and dispose of stuff you don’t want to take with you in the dumpsters. Don’t forget to clear your garage, if you have one. You can be charged for leaving things in your apartment or garage. The goal: get your deposit back.

Order Pizza and have beer on hand to feed your family/friends moving crew. If you’re using movers, make sure to offer water or colas.

Walk your old apartment with the manager or assistant manager. Discuss where they may charge you. Ask for what you can expect to receive back of your deposit.
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Send out your “I’ve just moved” note via email to all your friends! 

 

You can also check out this online checklist with step-by-step timeline.

 

Source: realtytimes.com, realsimple.com

 

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Essential Apartment Features You Need

Keep these things in mind to improve your chances of finding that place that you’ll really be happy to call home.

 

packages► A designated place for packages

Apartment dwellers are major contributors to the $300 billion-plus online shopping industry. A typical apartment community can receive as many as 100 packages during an ordinary week and up to double that during the holiday season, according to NMHC research.

Unfortunately, there are few apartment building who allow delivery of package right to the resident’s door. So if you’re not at home, maybe running an errand or at work when the delivery arrives, probably those precious parcels could lie around in a lobby or entryway until you return home. Most renters say it’s important to have a secure and convenient package storage/holding area. Most are even willing to pay extra for a package locker with 87% of respondents agreeing that a charge of no more than $20 per month is fair enough for this facility.

 

wifi► Good connectivity

Having a reliable Wi-Fi, not to mention an above-average cellphone signal is a necessity. Prevent getting locked into a lease with limited connectivity by bringing your mobile devices with you on an apartment tour and testing signal strength in the area.

Check out different Internet service providers and the speeds they offer. Your neighbors may affect your Wi-Fi experience too because too many networks in one place can result in a weak or erratic signal. Sometimes, they might require you to shell out extra cash for a better service.

“You may need-or-want- your own wireless extender to boost the transmission of the Internet Signal so that it can be accessible from all areas of the home,” says Geoffrey Jones, owner of Investorwize, a company that buys and remodels homes nationwide.

Also, look for USB ports next to electrical outlets. Many new and newly remodeled units include this handy upgrade.

 

water pressure► Water Pressure

Insufficient water pressure is quite a hassle. Even some of the newest, high-end apartments have this kind of problem. If you demand to enjoy a luxurious shower with jets of water, make sure you test out a unit’s ability to keep up with you.

There are some showerheads that have a flow restrictor to limit water consumption. It’s really easy to remove to get the flow you want, but you’ll pay the difference in your water bill.

 

dog-park► Places to pamper your pet

If you’re a pet lover, you might want to check if your rental fits your pet as well. Pet amenities rank high on the list of renter desires, according to NMHC. Many prioritize having a community dog park nearby, or maybe those who offer dog treats in the lobby or community pet-washing stations.

 

 

online-payment► Electronic payments

Still paying your dues the traditional way like still writing a check for it? At this digital age, 78% of apartment dwellers fancy the freedom of paying their way online. This way, you can eliminate late fees and hassles due to lost checks or the inability to pay when you’re out of town. It is really convenient to have this kind of payment option. You can ask your potential landlord what forms of payment they accept.

 

Narrow down the apartment search, but make sure to visit each one with this checklist to ensure that the rental will make you happy. Happy hunting.

 

Source: Realtor.com, safenull.com, bestbuy.com, bobvilla.com, f3y.com

 

 

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