Renovation4 min

Moving On: Tips for an Organized Move

Did you know that Americans are one of the most mobile populations in the world? The U.S. Census Bureau reports that every year, about 12 percent of Americans relocate, most often due to a new job or job relocation. There’s no doubt that moving is a daunting task. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the challenge of moving everything you own from Point A to B, LP Outdoor Building Solutions – your #1 source for quality products for backyard sheds – offers the following tips to help you get organized.

Establish a Command Center.

Between tying up loose ends at your current home and getting housing and utilities set up at the new place, it’s easy to lose track of what needs to be done for a move. Dedicate a notebook or planner to the move, and keep it with you at all times. Record information about houses you’ve toured. Use it to track appointments and contact information for realtors, mortgage agents, handymen and all the other people who are essential to your move. Having all this information in one place is key to a stress-free move!

Create a Moving Legend.

Using colored circular sticker labels, create a moving legend to represent each room in your new home. Place a colored sticker on the top of each box to correspond with the room it goes in. Hang a piece of colored cardstock on the doorway of each room, so movers will know where each box should go. On moving day, this will eliminate confusion about where to put the boxes, and you’ll save lots of unpacking time.

Label Each Box with a Description of the Contents.

In addition to color-coding boxes by room, be sure to write down what’s inside each box. This will help you determine what needs to be unpacked first in the new house. Avoid packing items from different rooms in the same box.

Pack a “Last Out, First In” Box.

This is a box (or three) containing everyday essentials that your family will need for the first day and night in your new home. If you have small children, you should pack snacks, favorite toys, blankets and pillows. Pets will need food and dishes. Will you have to have your laptop computer, or cleaning supplies and a vacuum? Think about your immediate needs, and put those boxes in the moving truck last, so they’re first out in the new house.

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Renovation5 min

Tips on Re-Siding in Historic Districts

If you own a home in a historic district, you can forget about replacing the existing siding with vinyl. Most historic districts require replacement siding to closely match the original, hence wood (or engineered wood) and brick. Understanding home building regulations based on historic overlays can help eliminate the headache during renovations, so it’s important to stay in the know before embarking on the project.

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Renovation5 min
Top Four Home Exterior Tips for Fall

With fall just around the corner, it’s time to plan how you will ensure your home’s exterior is ready for the cooler temperatures while also keeping up with the latest seasonal trends. Not sure where to start? We break down the top four home exterior tips for fall for a little inspiration.

Trends6 min
Using the Right Siding for a Ranch Home

Ranch-style home designs are known for low and wide single-story profiles, large picture windows, sliding glass doors and attached front garages. These close-to-the-ground homes were first built in the U.S. in the 1920s, but they didn’t gain widespread popularity until the post-World War II era into the 1970s. As suburbia spread, the ranch-style house became one of America’s favorites. The popularity of ranch-style homes waned in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but it’s making a comeback as younger homebuyers rediscover the ranch’s charm—much like they did with bungalows.

Maintenance4 min
What First-Time Buyers Should Know About Home Maintenance and Storage

Most first-time homebuyers arm themselves with a lot of information about mortgage interest rates and closing costs. What they sometimes overlook are the repair costs prior to moving into previously owned homes and the long-term maintenance costs associated with homeownership.