Monday, July 14, 2014

3 Moving Hacks to make your life easier

Moving isn’t always a fun experience, especially if you’re a do-it-yourself mover, but by prepping for your move in advance you can save yourself some headaches when you arrive at your new residence. 

1.    Number your boxes – Along with numbering your boxes, make a list of what is in them. This may take a little bit of time, but you’ll be grateful for that extra effort when you need something from the truck.

2.    Mark where the box is going ­– along with knowing what’s in the box, knowing which room it will end up in will make unloading easier and quicker. You can even use different colors of duct tape to color code rooms, eliminating the need to write anything on the box during packing. 

3.    Pack an Overnight Bag – You know you are going to need some items while everything is packed up. If you have some extra clothes, necessary toiletries and chargers for your electronics you can take a day or two to unpack without worrying about being uncomfortable in your new home. 

Remember that moving can be a stressful experience, so start as early as six weeks before your move to sort, plan and pack. You’ll be thankful you did.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Save Energy, Save Money

High energy bills are tiring, but they are also a symptom of deeper problems. Each year, the air from your heater or air conditioner could be seeping out the windows, walls, ceilings or doors of your home. By investing a little, you could save big in the long run. Here are three quick tips to save you money.

1.    Windows – These are your main energy-wasters, especially in older homes. Single-pane windows let the cold and heat in, as well as out, making it hard to keep your home comfortable. If you can’t afford to replace all the windows, start with a good, thick set of curtains. It may make your home a little darker, but it will also make it more comfortable. 

2.    Doors – If you can see the outside even when your door is closed because of cracks, then you know air can get through there as well. Quick repairs on older door frames to firm up the seal when the door is closed are both cheap and effective. 

3.    Thermostat – Like most homes, you probably have an electronic thermostat. And, like most homes, you probably have no idea how to use it. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to figure out. By programming your thermostat to turn off when you aren’t home (or when you’re asleep), you could save big time. 

Just remember that every little bit helps. The more you conserve energy, the more money you will save in the long run, and who doesn’t like more money?