Moving: Packing Lawn & Garage

How to Pack Lawn and Garage Items

  • Drain all gasoline and oil from lawn mowers, weed eaters, chain saws and other gas-powered equipment.
  • Bundle garden tools together for easy handling.
  • Pack heavy tools in small boxes and fill in the gaps with crushed packing paper.
  • Check the “Do Not Ship” list for items that cannot be shipped, such as poisonous or flammable items and corrosives.

 

SOURCE: http://www.upack.com/moving-resources/packing-tips.asp

Money Saving Home Decorating Ideas By Lubna Ali Khan

1~ You can always go out in your backyard to find beautiful things like cones or flowers and bring them in your home to add a beautiful and natural feel to the room.

 

2~ A room’s floors can add to its beauty because floors are an important element. Redoing hardwood floors can be very expensive so you can place rugs or carpets instead. They create a sense of warmth and coziness in the room. You can look for amazing overdyed rugs for sale and pick the ones that are the best match for your home.

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3~ Decorate with affordable toss pillows. Toss pillows are relatively affordable and the right pattern and color can really add an impact to your space.

 

4~ You can look in magazines or on the web to find a room that speaks to you. You can choose picture of a high end room and then mimic that in your space. Look at all the details of the room that you like and recreate those details in your space by going to inexpensive and budget friendly stores. Look at the placement and execute your design.

 

5~ Make sure that those budget friendly things are not low on quality. The last thing you want for your home is to look like you have designed it with a bunch of second hand items. Plus it won’t come together like you want it to.

 

6~ Calender’s are an excellent budget friendly way to get artwork in your home. Basically they’re printed on quality paper and they look good when framed. You can get inexpensive frames from yard sales, discount stores or thrift shops. If they look old then you can always paint them a nice color to give them a fresh new look.

 

7~ Take your time and don’t feel like you have to rush in and design your home all at once. If you do that you won’t be happy with it because you rushed into it.

 

8~ Take your old furniture pieces that are worn out but are in a great condition and paint them white to make them refresh and new again. Painting anything white totally brightens up the room.

 

9~ If you don’t have the time and money to spend on curtains then you can take some spare bed sheets and make curtains out of them.

 

10~ If you keep your eye out then you can get really good deals on furniture. You can go to auctions, yard sales or garage sales to buy inexpensive furniture or decorating items.

 

11~ You can make your own picture frames by repainting old frames and gluing pearls or beads on them to make them more sparkly and pretty.

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12~ If you’re tired and bored of looking at the same sofas everyday then instead of buying a new sofa set or dining chairs you can simply change the fabric as the trends change over time. This is an inexpensive way to make your home look completely different and better.

Author Bio: This article was written by Lubna Ali Khan. She is passionate about home improvement, beauty, arts, writing, healthy living and entrepreneurship. She blogs at alrug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is Your Garage Full? What Options Are There For Clearing Space?

When it comes to clearing out space in your home, there are a multitude of services and solutions available. Whatever it is that you need clearing, there is always a way in which to make sure that you find the best solution to suit your needs. Whether you need flat clearance or office clearance services, taking the time to find the right solution for you can mean that you always have the very best means of clearing space in your home. But what about your garage? As an extension of the main house, it can often be used as an area in which you will want to store your items, but what should you do when it comes to garage clearance? Is your garage full One of the first things which you should consider when it comes to clearing space is the ability to sell any valuable items in order to get rid of them. If you have any items which might be worth any amount of money, the ability to sell these possessions can mean that you have a quick and easy means of getting rid of the items and clearing space which not only helps you out but can actually put money in your pocket. If you are looking to clear space in order to purchase a new item, then the ability to regain some of the costs by selling older items in order to pay for the new ones. This method will also mean that you are able to request that the purchaser comes and collects the item which can make the process of ridding yourself of these items far, far easier. When it comes to house, garage, office or garden clearance, selling possessions is always an option which can do a great deal to help you. Is your garage full2 As well as selling any items which you might want to get rid of, it is also possible to simply give items away. While it may not allow you to recoup some of your costs in the same way which selling items will do, giving the items away can be just as effective when it comes to clearing space. Depending on the condition of the items, it might well be that many people are able to make a good use of these items. You can check with friends and family in order to see whether anyone is able to take the items off your hands. If not, there is also the option of donating these items to local charities and charity shops. If they are accepted by the charities, it can mean that items which would otherwise be thrown away can be put to good use. If you are giving an item to a friend or someone you know, then it can be possible for you to have them collect the item though this might not be possible when donating to charity. If you do not wish to deal with the hassle of advertising or donating your possessions but still wish to clear space in your garage, then there remains another option in order to make sure that you have the space available to you. All you will need to do is to throw away those items which you no longer want and if you are worried about the process then it is possible to hire clearance services in order to make sure that you get the very best solution. When it comes to larger and heavier items, these professional services can make everything entirely easy and can mean that you are able to enjoy extra space in your garage with a minimal effort.
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Garage Door Opener Wall Cover

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What a great way to cover up an eyesore on the wall like the garage door opener. Frame with insert that is made big enough to cover the eyesore is made. Paint and then distressed it makes a great accent piece to a wall and takes away the ugliness these things can cause in your home decorating.

Garage Sale Tips

Spring Cleaning isn’t just a great opportunity to clean your house from top to bottom, – it’s a great excuse to clean up – and profit in the process!

Yard sales and garage sales are the perfect way to clear out the clutter you no longer need, as well as a great way to enjoy the outdoors and mingle with your neighbors.

Before you start dragging your unwanted items out to the front lawn though, read our step-by-step guide to holding a successful yard or garage sale.

Permit Yourself: Check with your local government to see if you need a permit to hold your yard sale. Some communities have limits on how many yard sales or garage sales can be held in a month, or how many one person can have per year, so make sure you’re in the clear before you start planning yours.

Do Your Research: Before you have a yard sale or garage sale, visit some local yard sales in your area to get a feel for what others are doing and how they’re pricing. You want to be in line with the competition, so do your homework (and you might just find some great bargains while you’re at it!)

Advertise: Definitely use online resources like http://www.craigslist.org as well as any online community listings sites that you’re aware of. Your local paper is another fantastic place to put an ad because yard-salers always look there when planning their yard sale route for the day!

Signage: Try posting signs wherever you’re able to make them stick, but be warned that different communities have different rules- and different levels of enforcement. You can’t post on utility poles or trees, but some cities let you post on traffic signs. Poster board is the best material for yard sale signs, and black permanent marker should be your writing tool. Hot pink or bright orange signs are real attention-grabbers, and some people even cut their signs into the shape of arrows to help direct people to your house. Post signs at as many intersections near your house as possible, and obviously, post plenty of signs on your own house along with balloons, to attract drive-by and foot traffic. If you have items that you know will be popular (such as furniture) list those on your signs and put them out front to attract attention too.

Don’t Go at it Alone: Solo yard sales are a lot of work without much of the fun, so if you can’t get someone to host a yard sale with you (multi-family yard sales are always much more effective), ask a few friends to stop by periodically to help out as your temporary sales force. That way, you won’t be the only one fielding customers during a sales rush and you’ll have someone to talk to and drink coffee with when you hit a slow period. If you can get a friend or neighbor to do a multi-family sale with you, that’s fantastic because you can also split the cost of things like advertising and the sweat equity of making and hanging signs, setup, etc.

Start With Plenty of Change: As a general rule, if you have a lot of small, low priced items, $80 or $100 is a good amount to start with. Here’s a good breakdown of what denominations to start with: Two $10 bill, four $5 bills, 25 $1 bills, 1 roll of quarters ($10), and $5 in nickels and dimes. If you have a lot of higher priced stuff, start with more money and different denominations. For instance, if you have a lot of $10 items, most people will probably give you a $20 bill and expect change, so beef up on your supply of $10 bills.

Give your Stuff a Once-Over: Go through the pockets of all clothing you plan to sell, as well as inside of books and any containers. You never know what you might find inside! Jewelry, $20 bills, credit card receipts. You don’t want to lose those!

It’s All in the Presentation: No one wants to crouch down on the ground to look at every yard sale item, so put out some folding tables with old sheets over them to display some of your items. Moving boxes placed upside-down can also work for displaying lighter items. If you’re selling battery-operate items, put batteries in them (they can be old, half-used batteries.) Get an inexpensive clothing rack for your clothes (or find one for free on freecycle.com) and use cheap metal dry cleaner hangers to avoid losing your nice hangers. Many people assume that the hangers come with the clothes – if they’re dry cleaner hangers, you can happily add them in as an “extra” item.

Sell Like You Mean It: If you’re excited, friendly and enthusiastic, your customers just might buy a few more things and/or tell their friends to stop by later. Yard sales can be a great opportunity to get to know your neighbors or just to socialize. And the more fun you make it, the more fun you’ll have.

Bags and Newspapers: Have plastic grocery bags available to put sold items in. If selling breakables, have newspaper available to wrap fragile items.

What’s the Right Price?: A rule of thumb is to price things a third of what they cost new, within reason. If you’re trying to offload a pair of rollerblades from 10 years ago, you’ll be lucky to give them away. Junk is junk and if you want to get rid of your junk, put it all in a box labeled “free.”

Label Everything: It might seem tedious, but it will be much more tedious to come up with prices for everything on the spot. Also, if you price things in advance, you’re more likely to come up wth fair and reasonable prices.

Celebrate!: After a long, hard day of yard-saling (at 2pm, you’ll feel like it’s 6pm, we promise!) treat yourself and your team to pizza or another cheap but delicious dinner you can have delivered. Chances are, no one will want to get dressed up to go anywhere, but everyone will appreciate some hot slices of pizza to celebrate a day well spent – or saved!

Bonus Tip – Learn Local Pay Schedules: Learn when the major companies in your area have their paydays and schedule your yard sale for the next day. Similarly, look for when Social Security checks are mailed in your area.

Bonus Tip – Show Full Retail Price: If you’ve got a popular item that’s fairly new, feature an ad from the paper or a catalog with the current price. It shows buyers that spending $10 for something that normally sells for $40 is a good deal. Don’t overuse this trick though – just on a few key items.

Bonus tip – Haggle Tactic: Some buyers will expect you to bargain with them. If it’s early in the day and you don’t want to bargain yet, say “I think it’s worth that price. I may lower the price later in the day if it doesn’t sell.”