5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for a Successful Open House

One of the most important tasks for any home seller is to hold an open house. And although your real estate agent may advise you on exactly how you should do this, it is ultimately up to you to create an experience that will inform and delight people who are in the market for a new home. Here are 5 tips to make your next open house one that gets offers.

  • Advertise the open house: The first step to holding a successful open house is to let people know that your home is ready to be viewed. To do this, post ads on the internet – including in social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter – and also print up and circulate flyers around the neighborhood. In other words, try to utilize both tech and low tech methods of getting the word out about your open house.
  • Prepare the premises for the open house: This step covers a lot of ground. However, be sure to have plenty of parking spaces available outside your home, refreshments ready, etc. You many even wish to hire a profesional cleaning service to go over your home prior to showcasing it to potential buyers. In short, try to make your home as easy to access and as warm and cozy as you can for viewers.
  • Put out the paperwork: Lay out documents such as inspection reports, appraisals, evidence of major repairs and warranties, blueprints for additions, etc., so that visitors can have easy access to information they may need to make a well informed decision about buying your home.
  • Track attendees and feedback: Ask your visitors to sign in upon viewing your home. This way you will generate a list of potential contacts who may be interested in buying your home. You will also be able to get valuable feedback on how your open house went and how it can be improved.
  • Interact with visitors: Try to warmly greet every person who enters your home. Remain upbeat and positive no matter how the person you greet responds to you. Additionally, find out what they are looking for by asking them open-ended questions about what they want in a home so that you can know whether or not you will be able to meet their requirements.

According to some studies, at least 20% of homes sales were the result of an open house being held for home shoppers. Thus, open houses are a valuable tool for people who want to quickly and efficiently sell their home. When you have sold your home and are ready to move our Westlake Village moving company and help you make the transition. Furthermore, our Westlake Village storage company can store and protect your belongings indefinitely in our climate-controlled, secure facility.

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How to Select a Home Security System

Choosing a home security system is one of the most important decisions you can make to protect your home and more importantly your family. Ideally, you will want a system that will offer you and your family complete security and peace of mind but at the same time will not break your budget. Here are features to look for in a home security system that will hopefully fulfill both of these needs.

  • Decide if you want a professionally installed or do it yourself system: There are advantages and disadvantages to both of these options. Professionally installed systems are more costly but offer many perks to them such as 24 hour monitoring. Moreover, these kinds of systems are usually more difficult to circumvent that DIY security kits. The downside to a professional monitoring service is that they are invariable more expensive than the do-it-yourself kits on the market. With a DIY system you will save money but you will have to do the installation yourself.
  • Count the number of entrances and windows in your home that need to be secured: This will give you an idea of how many monitors you will need to install or have installed in your home. Each possible entrance to your home should be monitored by a motion detecting sensor.
  • Get at least one smoke detector on your system: Intruders are not the only danger to your home. A complete security system should have with a way to detect fires.
  • Figure out your budget: Knowing this will help you decide the kind of features you want, whether you will use a professional monitoring service or you will go it alone and how big of a system you can afford.

Common Home Security Equipment and Features

Most security companies will offer homeowners the items listed below as standard security features/equipment:

Doorbell Camera – These allow you to interact with anyone who comes to your door without your having to open the door or even be present in your home.

Spotlight Camera – This lights up the surrounding area when motion is detected. Spotlight cameras are also good for scaring away stray animals.

Door/Window Sensor – These tell you if a window to your home has been opened.

Glass Break Sensor – Windows and glass doors are common entry points for burglars. With a glass break sensor you will know when a glass door or window has been broken.

Motion Sensor – These alert you to motions that occur within a certain radius. You can often adjust how sensitive these detectors are so that you do not have to worry about them being set off by very small animals, etc.

Whether you choose to go with a professional security service or to do it yourself, the decision on which system to use and which features you desire is a very serious one. Hopefully, some of the above information will help you make this major decision. When you are ready to relocate, we offer full service moving in Los Angeles. Furthermore, our relocation company in Los Angeles can also safely store your items until you need them.

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5 Huge Benefits to Living in a Small House

A lot of people are downsizing these days. And despite the notion that this transition automatically means that these people are somehow depriving themselves of life’s fining things, many of these people are quite happy with their decision. Indeed, many people find themselves thriving in smaller living spaces despite the notion that bigger always means better. Here are five ways the downgrade to a new small house can actually make your life better:

  • Lower mortgage payments: There are many factors that determine how much a homeowner’s mortgage will be. One of these factors is square footage. With less square footage and acreage usually comes a smaller mortgage note. A lower mortgage rate can make it easier for a homeowner to pay off his/her mortgage. He or she can then put the savings into other projects.
  • Lower maintenance costs: Big homes – while they may look impressive – can be difficult to maintain. You may need multiple handymen and specialists just to keep such a home looking well cared for. On the other hand, owners of smaller homes are often able to do basic maintenance themselves saving time and money.
  • A smaller house encourages you to live more simply: Small homes force their occupants to use the space they do have wisely. Homeowners with houses that are 1000 square feet, for example, soon begin to realize that they can make do without some of the amenities that people with larger homes become dependent upon. 
  • You save on utilities and other routine expenses: Homes of 1,000 square feet or less take less energy to heat and to cool and they expend less electricity than larger homes. Moreover, a smaller home may even save you money on insurance and taxes.
  • Small homes feel cozier: Sometimes big homes can feel impersonal and even cavernous. This extra space and depth can make its occupants feel isolated from each other. On the other hand, smaller homes are cozier as its occupants are always in relatively close proximity to one another.

In short, whatever reason you decide to downsize, it can be one of the best decision you can make. You will automatically reap the above benefits and you may even be better off for making the decision. When you are ready to hire movers in Burbank to help you make the transition, contact Russell’s Moving and Storage. We offer the best moving and storage in Los Angeles. We also have designer services and we can store your excess belongings in our super secure, climate-controlled facility.

5 Simple Ways to Feel at Home in Your New Apartment

Let’s face it – Moving into a new apartment can make one feel a lot like a stranger in a strange land. After all, the neighborhood is strange, the apartment is new and it takes time to customize a new place to feel like your old home did. For this reason, we’ve provided you with some ways to help make your new apartment seem just a comfy, cozy as your old house or apartment did.

  • Paint it: If your landlord is okay with you painting your new apartment then by all means do so. Here, you may wish to paint your apartment the same color of your old apartment or you may indeed wish to go in a completely new direction. The more fun you have with this project, the sooner you can make your new apartment seem as comfortable as your old one did.
  • Unpack your large furniture items: Unpacking the larger furniture items such as your bed, your dining room table, lamps, etc, will help you begin to lay out your new apartment in a similar style as your old apartment – if you choose to do so.
  • Display your pics and sentimental pieces: Items that inspire and remind us of pleasant memories always make us feel like home. This is why many people bring photos and other personal mementos into the work place. Choose your favorite photos and personal items and place them around your new home to give it a warm, lived in look and to give your apartment a personal touch.
  • Cultivate a good relationship with your apartment community staff and your neighbors: Part of what makes a home feel like home is having a positive relationship with the people around us. Take the time to introduce yourself with the staff of your apartment complex and with some of your neighbors. Some of the friend you make here may end up being friends for life. At the very least, they may end up helping to make you feel more comfortable in a strange new place.
  • Do a security check: You can relieve some of the stress and anxiety of moving into a new place by doing a security check of your doors and windows. If you have any concerns, call your manager immediately to address these issues. He or she will probably be all too happy to address any problems you have as they are protecting their property as well as yours.

The sooner you’re officially moved in, the sooner you can truly start enjoying your new space. Our Calabasas moving and storage company can help by making the move seamless and stress free. We are one of the best moving companies in Los Angeles and we pride ourselves on our customer service.

5 Things to know Before Renting a House

There has long been a debate over whether it is wiser to buy or rent a home. Our purpose is not to add to this debate, but to help you prepare for doing the latter if this works best for you. Here are five things you need to know before signing any residential rental lease.

  • Learn the fair market rent (FMR): This is the gross amount of rent that you can expect to pay including utilities but excluding your telephone bill. You can learn this by using a site like RentData.org and plugging in the zip code for the area in which you are interested. If the rental cost for the property you interested in seems much higher than the average, then you may wish to continue shopping or use this data as a bargaining tool to talk down the price.
  • Negotiate lease terms: Many people who rent never bother to negotiate their lease. They assume that it is written in stone. Often, tenants do have the power to negotiate things such as the move in date, etc.
  • Check to see who will be responsible for utility costs: Rented homes may sometimes include all or some utilities. It is vital that you know how much if any of your utilities will be covered by your landlord. You may also have to set up your own utility account. If you will be paying for your own utilities you can usually call the utility company and get an average utility bill for a nearby home.
  • Do you need a guaranteer?: Your landlord will most definitely require you to undergo a background check to see if you are credit worthy and can meet this new financial obligation. If your credit is bad, however, it may not disqualify you for the home. You may instead need a guaranteer. A guaranteer agrees to be responsible if you can’t pay the bills.
  • What’s the lease term: Don’t assume it to be 12 months as many residential leases are. Find out specifically how long the term of your lease is. If you have a month-to-month lease’ you will have greater flexibility than with a traditional 12 month lease but it will also mean that your landlord will have the power to evict you at the end of each month. If you are confident that you wish to stay in the home even longer you may decide to ask for a multi-year lease.

There are many other things to know such as who is responsible for maintenance and repairs, whether or not you can sublet, if renter’s insurance is required etc. However the above list is a good starting part for preparing to rent a home. As movers in Burbank our Thousand Oaks moving and storage company can help you when it is time to move whether you are renting or buying a home.