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5 Home Improvements to Make Before a Move

If you are preparing for a move from your starter home into your dream home, you may want to consider some small home improvements to boost the value and create a positive first impression. As professional movers, we have seen some beautiful homes that have amazing curb appeal and a fresh new look. Here are five home improvements that we agree are important to consider before you make your move. 

# 1 Paint Projects 

One of the most transformative projects that’s also cost-effective is painting. Whether you are painting an entire room, the exterior of the home, or just one aspect of the house, you will find that it may give a great first impression. Adding a fresh coat of paint is a simple and affordable home improvement project that can add color and refresh the look of a home that may be dated or worn. 

#2 Make Electrical Upgrades

If you are trying to sell an older home, you may want to consult an electrician about upgrading or adding to your current electrical panel. Today’s homeowners have many more devices and demands on the power grid than in past decades. An electrical upgrade can make your home more valuable as buyers can check off electrical from their list of improvements they may need to make. One less-=expensive improvement may make your house rise to the top of the list. 

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#3 Strategic Bathroom and Kitchen Improvements 

Selling your home is a massive project. The two rooms that potential buyers examine for upgrades and improvements are the kitchen and the bathroom. Completing a full renovation may not be in the budget, but small, strategic changes can help your home sell. Start with doing upgrades to fixtures, tiles, and hardware that can make a major difference to the overall look of these two rooms. Small changes can make a big difference. 

#4 Clean and Update the Entryway 

Curb appeal is extremely important in the real estate world. One of the first things potential buyers look at is the home’s exterior, more specifically the entryway. Before your move, paint the front door, add new numbers to the exterior, update the mailbox, and add a few colorful plants along the walkway to make the area shine. 

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#5 Declutter 

Just as it is important for the packing process of a move to declutter, it is equally important in the selling of a home. The less “stuff” in your house, the easier it is for a potential buyer to see themselves and their furnishings in the home. Use a moving company that offers short term storage for some of your larger items and box up items that you will not need during the selling process. The cleaner your home, the easier it is for a family to envision themselves in the space. 

Mastodon Moving works closely with realtors and homeowners to make sure that the home is ready for the selling and moving processes. Talk to our team today about our storage and packing services before putting your home on the market. 

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Why Hiring a Professional Moving Team is Best

Moving is a huge undertaking. Most people who are changing their address, whether it is making the move into a first home from a rental apartment or downsizing from a well-loved home to something more manageable, wouldn’t even consider making the change without a professional moving team to help safely get possessions from one location to the next. 

Some homeowners, however, make the choice, either due to budget or simplicity to ask friends and relatives to help them. This is a huge task. 

While this action may save a little money, in the long run it may be a dicey choice at best. Here is why…

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Experience

How many times have your friends or cousins packed an apartment or house? Do they know how to safely pack breakables, high value items, and sentimental keepsakes? Do they understand the need to prep the floors, as our team does? Do they have the right equipment and know-how to get awkward furniture pieces into or out-of tight spaces? 

Chances are that the professional team you hire will have years of experience in packing, unpacking, prepping the house, and in safely getting items to and from the truck without damaging the home or the items themselves. 

Insurance Protection 

Professional movers have a license and liability insurance that not only protects the possessions they are moving but also the people doing the moving in the case of an unforeseen accident.

When family and friends help complete a move, instead of professionals, the damage that occurs to a home or items being moved falls to the owner. If boxes shift in the moving van and cause damage, the professionals are insured to repair or replace the belongings. 

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Proper Supplies and Equipment 

Our team here at Mastodon Moving has a wide variety of moving supplies to make your move go smoothly. This includes boxes, crates, dollys, palette jacks, lifts, wrap, packing buffers, straps, and the list could go on and on. 

By asking family members to help with a move, you could risk having boxes being overpacked or lost in the shuffle. Our team will prep your house, help you box appropriately, label, and move all of your items, whether it is across town or across the country. We have years of experience with packing items and specialty vans that can protect your valuables, furnishings, and keepsakes. 

Storage Capabilities 

Relocating can be a multistep process depending upon where you are moving and if “signing days” coincide from one location to the next. Many homeowners find that they need storage accommodations for a few days or weeks until they can settle into their new digs. 

Mastodon Moving offers storage that is safe and climate controlled to keep your items until they are ready to be unpacked. If you are considering a move in the future and are weighing whether to hire professionals or using family and friends, consider these scenarios as well as this article from Consumer Affairs

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Things to Consider When Moving With Children

Moving can be stressful for adults who are juggling a long list of things that need to be accomplished including packing, arranging for the move, gathering records and paperwork, and possibly prepping for a  new job. There are a million-and-one small details that need to be handled before the big moving day arrives. 

Now imagine, for a moment, being a young child whose entire world revolves around their friends and the routine that they have established in school. Moving for the school aged child is a major transition and can be extremely tough both emotionally and socially. As parents, there are some things you can do to help smooth the transition and make the event less stressful. 

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Set the Tone 

Parents often set the tone for whatever is going on in the family. A move is no different, regardless of whether you are buying a home in your same neighborhood, or moving clear across the country. 

Keep things honest, but optimistic. Every change brings an impact, both positive and negative. Be sure to discuss what is particularly worrisome for your child, but also what they may be looking forward to such as a larger room, better yard, closer to family, or vicinity to parks and entertainment/activities. It’s ok to acknowledge the inherent difficulties of switching schools while still remaining positive about the move in general. 

Give Your Child Some Control 

Some stress in life comes from a feeling like you can not control the things around you. Give your child some control by providing opportunities to make some choices. For example, if there’s an option of which school to attend in your new neighborhood, let your child visit each of them and make the decision themselves. If there’s only one school choice, give them control in smaller ways, such as letting them pick out their new backpack and school supplies. 

At your new home, let your child choose a wall color to paint their room, or decorations that are new to start the school year with a fresh new look. If your child is old enough to do some of the packing or unpacking on their own, let them do that to give them control of what goes where in the new house. 

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Set Up Activities 

Moving often means that sport teams and after school activities are left behind, along with friendships that have been built. In order to get your child back into the swing of things in your new home, check with their new school about what activities are available that will present opportunities for new friendships to blossom. 

Talk to your city or town about the local sports programs that take place throughout the year. The recreation department is always a good place to start as they will have contact names and numbers as well as a list of activities that would be appropriate for your child. 
As you begin to plan your move, talk to our team at Mastodon Moving about how we can help make your transition to a new home go smoothly for all the members of your family. Check out our Facebook page for more tips and ideas.