How to Incorporate Chip and Joanna’s Fixer Upper Style Into YOUR Home!

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How to incorporate Chip And Joanna's Fixer Upper Style into YOUR home!

If you are a Fixer Upper Fan, today’s post is for you! The star couple behind HGTV’s show, Fixer Upper, have completely stolen the hearts of America with their ability to transform old, run-down properties into homes that belong on the cover of a magazine.

Not only do Chip & Joanna Gaines create these swoon-worthy spaces, they do it while oozing positivity, happiness, and a great sense of humor. (more…)

Open House Prep: What to do the day of a showing

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How To Prep For An Open HouseOkay, it’s the morning of your open house or you have potential buyers scheduled to walk through your home for the first time later today and you want these customers to walk away feeling completely smitten with the idea of moving into this space as soon as possible!

Of course you have already deep cleaned these important spaces and followed these important steps to make sure your home is looking great for its first impression, but now it’s time to conquer ten quick steps in order to make SURE your home is in tip top shape for your open house.

Here are ten easy tips to help your home make the best first impression it possibly could on these potential buyers: (more…)

Should I Call a Locksmith After I Move In?

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When moving into a new home, we understand that you probably have 1,000+ things to tackle on your to-do list, but today we want to squeeze one more thing on there.

Change your Locks!

Why Change your Locks? (more…)

How Do I Renovate a Property From Far Away?

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Just recently a friend of ours bought a lake house in the woods of Wisconsin. She kept her house in the Chicagoland area, but was excited to use this second property to relax, entertain, and make new memories on the weekends and throughout the summer.

As much as she wanted to move-in and start enjoying this space immediately, she had some work to do before it was “move-in ready”. To top it off, she works Monday through Friday near her primary residence in Chicago, which kept her from traveling up to Wisconsin and getting these jobs done immediately. She was limited to making this new property her “home away from home” on the weekends, when she would physically travel up to the new property and get to work. (more…)

Danny Tanner’s FULL HOUSE Inspired Moving Advice

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Fellow Full House Fans… this one’s for YOU!

As we all patiently wait for Full House 2 (aka “Fuller House”) to hit Netflix, we thought we would take a stroll down memory lane to see if the infamous Danny Tanner and family could help provide us loyal fans some valuable moving advice.

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Here’s a top ten list of advice that will guide you in answering that magic, million dollar question…

“How do I know when it’s time to move?” (more…)

Hidden Costs of Homeownership

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My husband and I are currently looking to buy a home in Chicago (we know right where to find move help in Chicagoland)) and it’s been one heck of an emotional roller coaster. Excitement, fear, anxiety…let’s just say that making this big purchase is a bumpy ride.

While we have many must-haves for our new pad (2 bedrooms, quiet neighborhood, close to public transportation), by far the biggest factor is our BUDGET. (more…)

How Do I Get A Home Loan?

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How Do I Get a Home Loan?Lately, we’ve been chatting all about the process of buying your first home sweet home. To begin, we listed some tips to help you with the whole buying vs. renting dilemma. If you read that blog post and came to the conclusion that you’re ready to give up temporary decorating techniques and add “homeowner” to your resume… then today’s post is perfect for you!

Now, before you start scouring the real estate listings for your dream home, you need to figure out how much house you can afford. Yep, like many large purchases you’ve gotta start with a BUDGET.

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If you’re going to be borrowing money from a bank (which I’m guessing is most of you), you’ll need to chat with a mortgage lender or broker to find out how much cash they’re willing to cough over.

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First 5 Steps To Homeownership

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Becoming a homeowner is an exciting time but is also one that takes preparation, communication and lots of decision-making. Today, we are breaking down the often overwhelming world of the first few steps of homeownership into a 5 Step Guide to Homeownership for Rookies. We hope these 5 steps will guide you in creating a solid foundation to build your home-buying experience on! #punintended #sorrynotsorry (more…)

7 Tips for Making Your Home Sell-Ready: Forbes Edition

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Don't Let Them See This!!

Don’t Let Them See This!!

What day is today?

No this is not a trick question. But for purposes of this post you must not answer like an eager, bright young elementary school child but rather like a soon-to-be-frazzled moving industry pro.

Give up?

Today – the day after Memorial Day – is known in the moving industry as Crazy Tuesday. Particularly in the self-storage realm this is the day the busy summer moving season kicks in like the roar of a diesel truck. Summer is the popular choice for moving because the kids are out of school and no one wants to move in a snowstorm. And so we stand ready, Gatorade in hand. (more…)

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