How to Use Redfin to Buy a Home

In today’s real estate market, having the right online resource is just as important as having the right agent. The number of homes for sale has been at historic lows, which means prospective home buyers have to stay connected and well informed to be competitive. So how does the right real estate website make you […]

How to Stage a Hoarding Intervention

Hoarding goes beyond just the junk drawer, a household staple. It’s a subject that’s been captured on the television show “Hoarders,” continuously shocking viewers–but in reality, it’s a serious threat to both mental and physical health. It often stems from depression, anxiety or other psychological conditions, namely obsessive-compulsive tendencies. A hoarder endures severe bouts of anxiety when it […]

Renting a Pickup Truck Vs. Cargo Van

Let’s face it — Not all moves require a large moving truck. Even if that may have been your first choice, with a higher overhead clearance, some locations simply won’t allow for one. So now that you’ve made your decision to go for a smaller rental, how are you supposed to decide between renting a […]

Tips for Your Succulent Garden

Most people know the best time to plant is after the last frost. Well for some, that means the next couple weeks will be spent picking up gardening tools, fertilizer and plants. One plant that has grown in popularity are succulents. The best thing about succulents is they are survivors once planted correctly. In order […]

Flipping Houses with Portable Storage

Flipping houses involves a lot of shifting items–and that’s why it makes sense to use portable storage when a lot of furniture and boxes are in limbo. While renovating a low-value home to put it back on the market at higher value is no simple task, U-Haul storage options help alleviate the stress of flipping […]

Saving Money After You Buy Your First Home

Congratulations making the jump from renting to owning your first home.  Even though buying your first home is exciting, it can be intimidating and expensive. After moving, many new homeowners find ways to cut costs and spend cautiously. It can take time to get used to new monthly expenses and build their savings back up to where it […]

4 Steps to Building a Successful Five Year Plan

There are so many smart and hard-working people in the world.  How is it that some people find more success in the world?  I am sure there are several reasons, but one similarity I see in most successful people is that successful people set goals and make plans to succeed.  Although these people may make […]

Tips for Apartment Living

Like anything else, there are so many pros and cons to apartment living. It’s great having this transitional space where you aren’t living at home with your family and don’t have a house of your own yet. On the other hand, you have this smaller living space that you don’t own and therefore you need to […]

Fire Safety for Your New Home

The summer months may be behind us, but the importance of fire safety in your home is more imminent than ever. October 9th marks Fire Prevention day, a tradition stemming from the Great Chicago Fire that occurred 144 years ago on this exact day. Although this campaign comes once a year, fire safety should be […]

7 Renovations to Add Value to your Home

After recently moving to an older home in a new city, my parents decided to make some changes to the home.  They wanted to make the house from 1968 more modern and knew they only wanted to make renovations that would increase the value to the home.  The previous owners had built on a room […]

Tips for Loft Living

There’s nothing like that open space of living. It’s a cool, urban option that everyone should try! To make the most of living in a loft, you’ll have to be conscientious of furniture, storage and decorating! Here are some tips to make loft living work: Less is More Be mindful of how much stuff you […]

5 Things to Leave Behind When You Move

Moving is a great time to go through your belongings and purge, purge, purge. What better excuse to get rid of unwanted clutter than the burning desire to not have to pack it and move it? Some things are just not worth the effort to move. So, while you’re packing for your move, here are five things […]