Dealing with Moving Stress

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There are a few basic facts in life that we can all agree with. You’re always going to have to pay taxes, there are going to be rough days, and moving is stressful. While there’s only so much you can do to deal with that situation, it’s important to take what steps you can to handle the stress not only to make the move go more smoothly, but for your mental and emotional health, as well.

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Moving Advice for Your First Apartment

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Moving is never an easy experience, but your first time has those additional number of problems that come from simply not having the experience of past moves to help guide you through the inevitable challenges and frustrations that can pop up. That first move has its unique challenges, so read on to learn some tips and advice to make that move a little less hectic and a little smoother.

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Prepping Your Vehicle for Long Term Storage

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So you’ve finally decided to take that life-long dream trip. Whether you’re going to be gone for a long summer or are looking at an even longer getaway, one of the major details that all too often isn’t given the attention it deserves is how you prepare your vehicle for storage. Believe it or not, the way you prepare to store your vehicle can go a long way towards determining if you’re happy when you come home or if you’re going to be sending your car to a place like the picture above.

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Discovering More Storage Space in Your Home

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Let’s face it: there are very few of us who can claim to have a clean and well-organized closet. While there might be that one bedroom closet that is relatively clean, for a lot of us those extra closets in an apartment or home are just square feet to toss in everything. Most closets are a jumble of boxes and crates, stacked from bottom to top, with no organization to speak of. The truth is, chances are you have plenty of hidden storage available in your own place just by looking at a few basic tips or practices.

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Do You Have Your New House Budget in Order?

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Being clean and organized goes beyond dealing with your storage unit and in-building storage space. Whether you’re buying a new dream house or your very first home, your want to make sure you have all the potential hidden costs and problems figured out before you commit to such a large purchase. So what type of checklist should you line up before moving forward? Read on to find out!

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Small Signs You Can’t Ignore When Apartment Shopping

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If you’re older than 21, chances are at some point you’ve gone apartment hunting, and found out that the place that looked so good when you were touring turned out to be a disaster. While it’s easy to dress up an empty apartment to look good, there are many often overlooked signs that could indicate to you that the place you’re looking at isn’t as good a deal as it initially seems.

Take it from someone who has looked at dozens upon dozens of living areas, you’ll want to take a little bit of extra time to make sure you’re getting a good deal and not a glossed over living hell just waiting for its next victim. All you need to do to prevent yourself from being another victim is to bring a small reliable flashlight and memorize a few basic questions.

Tip 1: Test the water pressure

This sounds obvious, but it amazes me how many people don’t turn on the sinks, flush the toilets, or turn on the shower. I don’t know about you, but I deserve a nice solid shower after a hard day of work. If you notice heavily discolored water or serious pressure issues, it’s a non-starter. Move on.

Tip 2: Look at pipes and filters

Check the pipes underneath the bathroom and kitchen sink. This is where the flashlight comes in. Do you see mold? Severe discoloration around the pipes? Look for any signs of a lack of maintenance, or shoddy “cover up” work that might indicate deeper issues.

Tip 3: Ask the important questions

The rights of renters vary greatly from state to state, but there are a series of questions that you should always ask. The very short list of questions to ask them about your apartment include:

  • Have there ever been any bedbug issues or infestations?
  • Was there ever any methamphetamine production in the apartment or the building?
  • Are there any known mold issues?
  • Are there any known radon issues?
  • Is there lead paint or anything else that you should know about it?

These questions are important to make sure you’re getting the full story on the place. If you have issues later, having asked these questions can help you in court since they are often legally required to let you know of these issues.

Tip 4: Beware if the person showing the apartment shames you

There’s nothing in these tips that can be considered unreasonable so if the person showing you the place gets touchy or defensive, take that as a red flag and run. There’s always a better option somewhere!

A Few Easy Steps to Make Cleaning Easy

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Cleaning is easy for some rare people, but for the rest of us being able to keep a living area organized and making extra space for the newest garage sale haul isn’t high on the list of things we like to do – if it sneaks on there at all. The problem is, you know how quickly this becomes a huge problem, especially the longer you put it off. Continue reading

Finding Great Deals to Furnish Your New Home

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Almost everyone has gone through a time when you realize you have too much stuff in your summer apartment to fit into a dorm room, or when you’re rushing to put things into storage while you find temporary housing for a few months. However, not many people talk about what can happen when the opposite occurs. How do you avoid going into major debt and a money pit when you have a large brand new house and very little furniture to fill it? Continue reading