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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 14:11

Should You Pay for Movers?

Moving is expensive, but is it worth it to pay for movers? These are the three types of moves and what to consider for each!  

If you are looking for the perfect rental in the Asheville area, check us out, www.rentahomeasheville.com .  We are also a growing local Western North Carolina small business.  We are here to help you find your perfect rental home or to help you manage your important rental investment property.  Stop and visit us at:

184 E Chestnut St, #4

Asheville NC 28801

Phone: (828)676-6764

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1. DIY Move

Traditionalists (not to mention the ultra frugal) are attracted to this one. DIY movers research truck rental options, choose one, and then do everything– from packing to loading and unloading the truck.

Usually, they do the driving, unless they opt for portable storage units or freight trucks (in which case your stuff shares space with other people’s stuff and, don’t worry, doesn’t get cooties). Depending on the size of the truck you need and the distance you have to travel, a rental could run between a few hundred to a couple thousand dollars.

For this move, smart people recruit naïve, kind family and friends, who are willing to put in a few hours of hard labor in exchange for pizza and beer.  

Cost Level: $

Other than refreshments, some toilet paper for your loved ones, who are pitching in, and the price of the rental truck (and gas for it), you have no other costs. By far, this is the cheapest option.

Pros: Duh! You are saving a lot of money.

Cons: You will be doing a lot of back-breaking labor, you might not have family and friends left after you punish them with this exercise, and you could run up costs, especially if you’re not used to maneuvering a big truck and take more time with the rental than estimated.   

2. The Full-Service Move

This is a breeze. You call up reputable, full-service moving companies, have them come to your home to give you an estimate (although this part could take up to a week, which let’s be honest, Millennials like us don’t have time for), and you pick the one you like best.

Then, they do all the work while you sip mojitos and decide how to arrange the furniture in the new place. If you have a flat-screen TV, that’s going to be your responsibility to pack and you’ll have to gather up essentials that you’ll need even during the transportation phase of the move (think clean underwear and your toothbrush and toothpaste).

At this point, you’re thinking, “Oh yeah, the full-service move is for me.” Of course, everyone wants this one because it’s easy breezy. But there’s a catch. It’s super – and I mean super – expensive. It can cost thousands, depending on the size of your apartment and the distance of your move.

For example, a 1400 mile full-service move from Los Angeles to Austin for a 1000 sq. ft. 3 bedroom apartment would be about $4,500. Just think about all the interest $4,500 would accrue in your IRA (or what a cool vacation it could buy).

Unless you have a bank account the size of Texas or a physical ailment that prevents you from doing much of the work involved in moving, it’s hard to justify that steep of a cost.

Cost Level:  $$$

Too much (unless you’re Beyonce).

Pros: You barely have to lift a finger.

Cons: You’ll go broke (unless, of course, you really are Beyonce, in which case you’d have someone reading this for you anyway).

3. The Hybrid Move

As with everything else, the Millennial generation, those born after 1980, invented this frugal and less physically taxing system of moving. Of course, they gave it a cool name to boot; enter the hybrid move. The aim here is to hack a full service move without paying the hefty price tag that comes with it.

Usually, people decide they are going to move and round up loved ones willing to help them schlep their stuff from one place to the other. You still do that, but you don’t need as many because you also get professionals to do the heavy lifting, such as loading your boxes and furniture onto a rental truck or portable storage container. If you go with a storage container or a freight truck, you don’t even have to do the driving.

Depending on how many hours you need the labor on either leg of your trip, you might spend a few hundred to a couple thousand dollars. Either way, you’re spending far less money than you would for a full-service move. That same 1400 mile move from Los Angeles to Austin for a 1000 sq. ft. 3 bedroom apartment would only be $1,500 with a hybrid move.

Plus, you’re spending far less time than you would for a DIY move, which you could put towards more important things like browsing Pinterest for ideas for your new place. Also, your to-do list becomes more manageable.

Priority number one is to look for reputable companies that vet the movers for you and make sure they work for licensed, established moving businesses and have good reviews from former clients. After all, you shouldn’t trust your worldly possessions to just anyone.

Of course, you also have to research and select a mode of transportation based on reputation, cost, and whether or not you are willing to drive one of those big boys. Finally, most people pack themselves, but you could have the movers help you with that, too, if you’d like.  

Cost Level: $$

While this costs more than the DIY move because you’ll have to pay for both mode of transportation and the professional movers loading and unloading at your pick-up address and final destination, you’ll also be saving yourself from hard labor and unnecessary headaches.

Cons: You have to do your homework to find the right prices from legit vendors, so you don’t get ripped off. And you have to become the great organizer and delegator.

Pros: If Millennial Goldilocks were testing out these three types of moving, she would deem this one just right. You get to do less work at a fraction of the cost of a full-service move. Both your cousin Frank and your back will thank you.

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Friday, 07 April 2017 16:57

Pallet Furniture Ideas

In the South we love to use pallets to create furniture and art pieces. These are some awesome ideas to check out to add rustic charm to your home!  

If you are looking for the perfect rental in the Asheville area, check us out, www.rentahomeasheville.com .  We are also a growing local Western North Carolina small business.  We are here to help you find your perfect rental home or to help you manage your important rental investment property.  Stop and visit us at:

184 E Chestnut St, #4

Asheville NC 28801

Phone: (828)676-6764

Happy hunting!

 

 

Pallet Sofa

An easy tutorial for an easy to build DIY sofa from pallet wood @istandarddesign

When it comes to building your own furniture, the idea can seem intimidating and complicated to begin with. But if you keep things simple, as this tutorial shows, you can easily build a small sofa from pallet wood.

 

 

Blanket Ladder

If a sofa is too complicated to begin your first pallet project, this blanket ladder is a piece of cake. Check out how to nail pallet wood together and get a trendy decor piece.

 

Pallet Plaques

An easy tutorial for DIY Pallet Plaques from pallet wood @istandarddesign

 

Decorating empty wall space with art of your own making is the dream of every crafty homeowner. And while there are many ways to build a picture frame, check out this very easy pallet plaque as an option to display pictures.

Posted in Blog
Friday, 28 April 2017 16:15

DIY Bathbomb

Do you need to do some relaxing this weekend? Check out this DIY bathbomb tutorial.

If you are looking for the perfect rental in the Asheville area, check us out, www.rentahomeasheville.com .  We are also a growing local Western North Carolina small business.  We are here to help you find your perfect rental home or to help you manage your important rental investment property.  Stop and visit us at:

184 E Chestnut St, #4

Asheville NC 28801

Phone: (828)676-6764

Happy hunting!

 

 

 

diy bath bomb infographic

Posted in Blog
Monday, 03 April 2017 15:56

Cost of Home Appliances

Are you trying to decide to rent or buy a property? Well did you know how expensive major home appliances cost? If you aren't able to repair or replace these big ticket items, it might be worth it to rent! 

 If you are looking for the perfect rental in the Asheville area, check us out, www.rentahomeasheville.com .  We are also a growing local Western North Carolina small business.  We are here to help you find your perfect rental home or to help you manage your important rental investment property.  Stop and visit us at:

184 E Chestnut St, #4

Asheville NC 28801

Phone: (828)676-6764

Happy hunting!

 

Posted in Blog
Thursday, 30 March 2017 15:43

7 Wonders of North Carolina

Our state is so beautiful!! Check out these beautiful views you should visit.  To view the entire article please visit: http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/north-carolina/7-natural-wonders-nc/

If you are looking for the perfect rental in the Asheville area, check us out, www.rentahomeasheville.com .  We are also a growing local Western North Carolina small business.  We are here to help you find your perfect rental home or to help you manage your important rental investment property.  Stop and visit us at:

184 E Chestnut St, #4

Asheville NC 28801

Phone: (828)676-6764

Happy hunting!

 1. Looking Glass Rock

2. Jockey's Ridge

3. The New River

 

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 15:15

Making a Rental Feel Like Home

Sometimes it's hard to feel at home in a place you are renting. When you can't paint the walls or change the flooring, it can feel like it isn't truly your space. HGTV has some suggestions to help change things up, and make things feel homier. These are a few of their suggestions, to see the complete list please visit: http://www.hgtv.com/design-blog/design/10-of-our-favorite-diys-for-renters

 

1: Monogram Doormat

This is a super easy project that will help set the stage for the design in your home. It’s a great way to stand out, especially if you live in a larger apartment building with identical front doors. Go with black if you want a more neutral look, or amp it up by using a brightly colored paint for your initial.

Make It: Monogram Doormat

2: Fabric Backsplash

When it comes to rental kitchens, you’re often limited with changes you can make. But this is an awesome DIY project that will allow you to completely alter the look of your space without doing any damage to the walls. Measure your space, choose a fabric you love and follow this DIY to create a showstopping backsplash. When it’s time to move out, simply take it down.

3: Radiator Cover/Shelf

If you live in a rental with a radiator, consider this project that helps you cover up the radiator while also adding some additional shelving. Even if you don’t have room for shelves, a cover can serve double duty by hiding the radiator and providing some additional space to store books, plants or artwork.

Make It: Radiator Cover

4: Wallpapered Fridge

Bethany Nauert

Sometimes an out-of-date refrigerator can really be an eyesore in a rental kitchen. Replacing the fridge is not an option for most, but all hope is not lost. You can jazz up your refrigerator by covering it with removable wallpaper.

This project is actually a lot easier than you think, and it can really add an element of fun to a tired space. This wallpaper is easy to remove, so when it’s time to move out you simply peel it off and go.

Make It: Wallpaper Your Fridge

 

If you are looking for the perfect rental in the Asheville area, check us out, www.rentahomeasheville.com .  We are also a growing local Western North Carolina small business.  We are here to help you find your perfect rental home or to help you manage your important rental investment property.  Stop and visit us at:

184 E Chestnut St, #4

Asheville NC 28801

Phone: (828)676-6764

Happy hunting!

 

Posted in Blog
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 15:11

Moving with a Pet

Moving is stressful enough as it is, but moving with a pet can make it even more challenging. Rent.com offers some tips to help make sure you don't forget anything. To view the original article, please visit: http://blog.rent.com/tips-for-moving-a-pet-dont-forget-about-fido/

 

So, if you’re planning a move, just make sure you spend some time considering how you’re going to make the process a little less taxing for Fido and Felix. Here are seven practical tips for moving with pets:

1. Update Their Tags and Chips

Before you even pick up the first box, you should make sure your pets’ collar tags are updated with your current cell number. Why? There are plenty of times during the move when your little guys may be able to make an escape – and if they’re scared, as they may be if you’re moving large items around or making a lot of noise, they’re a lot more likely to.

Updated tags will ensure that if they run off, someone will know who to call. You should also consider microchipping – if you adopted your animals from a shelter, they likely already have these chips, but if not, microchips are another good security measure. Any vet and many other pet professionals can scan a microchip to find the information about an animal’s owner.

2. Set Out a Carrier or Crate Beforehand

If you’re moving with cats or small dogs, they’ll need to be in a carrier or crate as you move them from one apartment to another. This can pose a problem if your pets don’t have any experience with these enclosures.

To ease their fear, set out carriers or crates well before the move to give Fido and Felix time to sniff them out and make sure they feel safe and secure. You can even fill them with favored toys, a treat or two, and one of your T-shirts (your animals will find comfort in your scent).

3. Make a Transport Plan

Movers aren’t going to be able to transport your pets, so you need another way to get them to the new place. If you don’t have a car, you may want to see if you can borrow one from a friend. If not, you’ll likely need to bring them in a taxi.

Either way, your pets may develop some motion sickness. See if your vet can prescribe you any meds to give them just in case, and try not to feed them too much on the morning of the move.

4. Or, Consider Other Moving-Day Options

Alternatively, you may want to make other plans for Fido and Felix so they aren’t a part of the craziness of moving day at all. See if they can stay with a friend or neighbor from the night before the move until all of your boxes and furniture have been relocated into the new place.

This is a great idea for a number of reasons. For one thing, it’s a less stressful option for the animals. And for another, there’s a much smaller likelihood of one of them escaping as your movers are carrying your couch out the front door. Removing them from the picture completely can keep everyone more sane.

5. Pack a Pet Box

Just as you need to keep some of your own important belongings on hand – medications, essential toiletries, your coffee maker, etc. – you should make sure you have some important pet stuff in an easily accessible box.

Keep at least a couple of days’ worth of food in there, as well as toys, beds, extra kitty litter, and anything else your pets will need right away when you make it to the new place.

6. Keep Everyone Confined

If your pets are staying with you on moving day, make sure to keep them confined to a single room, both in the old apartment and the new one. Mark it with a sign so that your movers (or the friends helping you move) don’t open the door.

If your pets aren’t confined, they could easily escape or get underfoot, which won’t be safe for anyone involved.

This room will become your pets’ haven in the new apartment – fill it with food, water, and anything else they love, and introduce them to the rest of the apartment slowly over the next couple of days.

7. Stick to a Routine

Finally, as much as possible, it’s important to stick to your pets’ typical day-to-day routine. Of course, moving day is hectic, so this may not be possible. But if you can keep daily feedings and walks on a schedule your pets are already accustomed to, it will make the whole transition a great deal easier for them.

 

If you are looking for the perfect rental in the Asheville area, check us out, www.rentahomeasheville.com .  We are also a growing local Western North Carolina small business.  We are here to help you find your perfect rental home or to help you manage your important rental investment property.  Stop and visit us at:

184 E Chestnut St, #4

Asheville NC 28801

Phone: (828)676-6764

Happy hunting!

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