TIP OF THE WEEK
Beyond the flowers blooming, the sound of birds singing and the burst of warm weather, something happens in May. After a long winter, the rising temperatures make spring a prime time to move. College students are moving out of dorms, young families are transitioning to new homes after the school year and retirees are looking for an easier, more maintenance-free living situation. If you are among those about to start the next chapter in your life with a new home, here are some valuable tips that go beyond choosing the right size box or the appropriate padding.

Take inventory and mark your boxes. Most people think itís inevitable that things get lost or misplaced when moving, but it doesnít have to be that way. By taking the time to properly mark boxes and write out a detailed inventory of their contents, youíll know where everything is and avoid misplacing anything.

Remember to take care of yourself. Whether youíre moving apartments or starting a new job, any life transition ó no matter how exciting ó can be stressful. During these times, itís important to decompress and unwind.

Stay up to date. Technology isnít only changing the way people communicate or listen to music, itís also changing the way people secure their items inside and around their homes. With Master Lockís Bluetooth Padlocks, you donít have to worry about losing a key or forgetting a combination. The award-winning product turns your phone or any Bluetooth-enabled device into a key.

Consider insurance. If youíre hiring a moving company or have valuable items youíre worried might be damaged during the move, you should consider purchasing moving insurance.

Protect your valuable documents. Even after you move and are settling into your new residence, itís important to keep your valuables protected. For documents like a passport, birth certificate, social security card and more, the Sentry Safe H0100 Small Privacy Lock Chest will provide you with the security you need during and after the move into your new home.
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HOME-SELLING TIP
Proactive home inspection
When selling or buying a house, one of the most important steps for a home owner is to have their home inspected by a certified home inspector. Being proactive about getting your home inspected can save you time and money later on. If you are selling, getting a home inspection done before your home goes on the market can save you the embarrassment of finding out something is wrong when you have a contract on the table. Knowing about any problems in advance allows you the time to take care of it and potential buyers will be more likely to buy knowing there isnít any costly fixes hanging around. Even if youíre not selling any time soon, a home inspection can be valuable in that it shows that you have maintained your house in the event that you do decide to sell. A proactive home inspection also allows you time to fix any problems on your own time.
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DECORATING TIP
Brighten up your space for summer
Summertime is the time for bright colors. From the green grass and leaves to multi-colored beach balls or beach towels, summer colors can instantly put a smile on your face. Although we canít be outside all the time during the warmer months of the year, you can bring the summer into your living room even if you canít afford all new furniture. Using removable slipcovers with bright colors for couches and chairs can give your living room a whole new feel. If a bold green or blue is too much for you, you can also brighten up your furniture with white or khaki slipcovers and then adding brightly colored throw pillows. Brightly colored area rugs are also an quick and easy way to brighten up a room.
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GARDEN GUIDE
Homemade seed tape makes planting easy
If you are planting a garden, itís important to pay attention to the spacing of your seeds within your garden. At times it can be difficult to space your seeds because of the size. An easy and inexpensive way to make sure you are spacing your seeds properly is to use toilet paper as ďseed tape.Ē Unroll a strip of toilet paper and mist it with a sprayer. Then place your seeds in the center of the paper (spacing according to the packetís recommendation). Once your seeds are set, fold a third of the paper over the seeds and then fold the other third on top to cover completely. Lightly pat the paper and mist again to secure the seeds. Finally, place the strips in your prepared rows and cover with soil.
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