Moving? 10 Things to do Before You Pack

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No matter how you look at it, moving is one of the most daunting tasks you will tackle. There’s no way around it, there will be a little sweat equity invested and, quite possibly, a little blood and tears. But it’s not all bad news! If you’re looking at a move in the near future, there are some things you can start doing now in preparation. With a little pre-planning, you can be well on your way to a well-organized moving experience! Here are 10 things to do before you begin the packing:

1. Purge! This is the most important step in getting ready to pack up the contents of your entire home. One thing is for certain, you do not want to waste time packing, moving, and unpacking items that you no longer want or need. So, get rid of these items now, rather than later.

2. Utilize the 4 Box Method! The 4 Box Method is used by many professional home organizers. You get four boxes labeled “keep,” “store,” “donate/sell,” and “trash.” This is the easiest way to go through each room purging before you pack.

3. Have your storage bins and labels ready! While purging using the 4 Box Method, you may as well go ahead and store and label the items that you decide to put in storage. Having these items packed and set aside will help save you time when it comes to packing up your home.

4. Organize the stuff you keep! Everything that you decide to keep for packing at a later time should be organized in its place. This will make packing day or week much more organized.

5. Have a moving sale! Get rid of the items you decide to sell and make a little extra cash in the process.

6. Take all leftovers from the moving sale to a donation site! Directly after the moving sale, immediately take all leftover items to the donation site of your choice.

7. Begin collecting boxes and supplies! There are quite a few ways to get boxes, and you’ll probably need to utilize each one. Buy, borrow, and beg! You can buy boxes at superstores and from moving companies. You can borrow boxes from friends and family, and you can beg from local retail stores! You’ll also need plenty of paper for wrapping breakables, so start saving newspapers, magazines, and plastic/paper bags.

8. Make detailed plan for packing up the house! It always helps to have a plan. At the very least, you should make a list and get ready to go room-by-room when it comes time to start packing.

9. Create a special place for essentials! Designate one cabinet, closet or drawer to keep important items that you will need throughout your move. Some items you may want to put aside are medications, important documents, pet items, etc.

10. Clean the house! Cleaning the house well before you start packing will help keep you organized and motivated. When the house is clean before boxes are piled in each room, it will be easier to clean when everything is moved out.

Planning a move? We are here to help you with your real estate needs! Contact us here at the Scherer Team today. Call 888-300-4431 to schedule your complimentary consultation!

10 Tips for Creating an Energy Efficient Home

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In the United States, one of the largest consumers of energy are the homes in which we live.  Making your home more energy efficient is a “win-win” for you as an individual and for your community alike.  Thankfully, increasing your home’s efficiency is relatively easy.  Following these 10 top tips for creating a home that is more energy efficient will save you money and cut down on our country’s consumption footprint at the same time.

  1. Replace HVAC filters regularly:  Replace filters every 2 to 3 months.  Dirty filters require your system to work hard and use more energy.
  2. Update your thermostat: A thermostat that is programmable is shown to reduce your yearly energy bill by $100 or more.
  3. Clean air ducts: Clean air ducts allow improved air flow and reduced stress on your system.
  4. Seal doors and windows: Remove old window and door caulking and replace with new. Installing door sweeps at the bottom of exterior doors will also keep cold/hot air in and cold/hot air out.
  5. Install ceiling fans: Ceiling fans with reverse capability keep cool air moving in the summer and force warm air down in the winter.
  6. Insulate walls and attics: Cool and hot air will escape through wall and attics that are not well insulated. One of the best and most cost effective ways to reduce this problem is with blown-in foam insulation.
  7. Plant shrubs and shade trees: Leafy trees and evergreens can keep your home shaded and cool in the summer as well as providing a shield and blocking wind in the cold winter months.
  8. Install ENERGY STAR appliances: When it comes time to replace old or damaged appliances, replace them with ENERGY STAR equipment. These items can save a significant amount on a monthly basis.
  9. Install insulated windows: Old, thin windows can allow air to escape or unwanted air to penetrate your home.  New insulated windows will keep unwanted air and temperatures out, and make it more comfortable indoors.  The added benefit is saving on your energy bill.
  10. Use Compact Fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) instead of Incandescent Bulbs: Lasting three to five times longer, LEDs are mercury free. CFLs use 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs.

As always, we are here to assist you with your real estate needs.  Contact the Scherer Team today at 888-300-4431 to schedule a complimentary consultation!

Day Trips: Short Drives to Fun Excursions

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Day excursions are not only for the tourists that flock to our area year round.  Tourists, snow birds and locals, alike, can take advantage of all that Palm Beach County and the surrounding area has to offer.  Are you entertaining family and friends from out of town?  Or, are you just looking to get out of the house and try something new and different?  Whether you go with a professional tour company, or you set out on your own to see the sights, there is something for everyone, even if you’re looking for something other than sea and sand!

Downtown West Palm Beach Food Tour

This three hour day trip is for the foodie in you!  Don your comfortable walking shoes and set out on a 1.25 mile walk through West Palm Beach.  This tour includes 12 scrumptious and hearty samples from six locally acclaimed restaurants.  Served alongside the yummy appetizers is a little West Palm Beach history, culture, architecture, and beautiful scenery.  For more information and ticket prices, go to https://westpalmbeachfoodtour.com.

Miami, Florida

About an hour south of Palm Beach County, Miami is a must see for your out-of-town guests.  Miami is, to say the least, a sight to see.  For the young at heart, South Beach has it all.  And, for a walk down memory lane, the Art Deco District on Ocean Drive is captivating and interesting.  The Design District offers architecture, fashion, and art.  And for a flavor of Cuba, Little Havana is the place to be.  From South American Cuisine to serenity and seclusion at Key Biscayne, Miami has it all.  You’ll need to plan more than one day trip to the area to see everything!

Everglades Adventures

Two hours is all the time it will take you to find yourself in a different world.  Exploring Everglades National Park is a breeze.  Rent a kayak or a canoe and explore at your leisure or join a guided tour for the day.  See http://evergladesadventures.com for more detailed information and to plan your excursion.

St. Lucie, Florida – The Historic District

Definitely worth the hour long drive, St. Lucie Village is the place to visit whether you are a history buff or not.  Here, you will find 16 sites which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  For directions and more information regarding these historic landmarks, visit www.visitsluciefla.com.

 

Lake Okeechobee

Located in Clewiston, “America’s Sweetest Town,” Lake Okeechobee has a wide range of activities.  Fishing and boating are just the beginning of what this lake has to offer.  Not interested in being out on the water? The Sugarland Express tour offers tourists a chance to visit a local farm and mill.  But if you want to explore the lake, you can take advantage of a three hour cruise which explains the history and natural heritage of Lake Okeechobee.  For more information, visit http://visitflorida.com.

There is so much to do in the grand state of Florida!  We hope you will take some time to explore some of these day trips for yourself.  And, as always, we are here for your real estate needs.  Just contact the Scherer Team at 888-300-4431.

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