BOB UPTON, Realtor®, CBR's Blog
Furniture pads are materials that are used by movers or individuals to cover the furniture to prevent nicks, scratches, and dust during a move.
They are also called moving pads or moving blankets and are usually wrapped around furniture and secured with tape or rubber bands to keep them in place. Furniture pads can be purchased for personal use, rented from moving companies/truck rentals, and provided by professional movers when employing their services for a move.
Furniture pads can be self-made too by using thick blankets and comforters. The downside to this method is that the blankets and comforters might not be reusable after the move.
Reasons to use furniture pads:
It protects furniture
It protects furniture from dirt. The furniture, moving from the old home into the truck to the new house, can quickly accumulate dust and other forms of dirt over the course of the journey. Hence the need for furniture pads.
It protects the floors
It protects the floors of the home from getting scratched. Dragging heavy furniture like dining tables and chairs, which are too heavy to be carried across the floors will ultimately lead to defacing the surface but with the use of furniture pads, the floors are protected, and the base of the furniture is also protected. It also protects the paint on the walls of the house from getting scratched and peeled off.
It makes moving easier
Moving heavy furniture becomes a lot easier in that rather than using a cart to move the furniture around, the furniture can be easily slid across the floor from place to place.
It prevents breakage
It protects the legs of furniture like tables and chairs from damage since the legs of the furniture are known to be fragile. Adding extra padding will keep them sturdy during the transition.
It acts as a buffer
It acts as a buffer between various furniture in a moving truck. When your furniture is loaded into a truck and is in transit, it is inevitable for these pieces to move from side to side, bump into each other and scratch against other items. This movement can cause the wooden furniture not only to lose its quality but to also result in it reducing into a pile of dust. Using furniture padding prevents this and ensures that furniture is moved from one end to another with no scratches.
Furniture pads should be used during a move since they protect your furniture and the places they come in contact with from being damaged. In fact, it is a necessity as they also help to avoid the stress of discarding expensive furniture and having to buy more.
In many homes, the dining table is the ideal get-together spot to share a meal, hold gatherings and talk about important topics. However, it’s not only for eating, clinking glasses or having family discussions. It’s one of the focal points of your house and should be carefully considered. If you're interested in buying a dining table, you'll probably want to buy it to last, to compliment your home’s decor and only have to buy it once. Here is a guide on how to choose the best dining table material for your home.
The ideal dining table is one that can last through years of wear and tear. A traditional dining table made from hardwood will take what you dish out. The best hardwood tables to go for are walnut, oak, mahogany or maple. Make sure that the hardwood is solid and from a reputable manufacturer to ensure its strength and durability. If hardwood isn’t your favorite option but you still want a solid table with a nice, wood finish, try composite wood. These tables are engineered from different, sturdy materials and are very economical.
Though wood remains at the top of the list, glass dining tables are also a popular choice, especially if you’re looking for a sleek or minimalist design. One of the unique advantages glass has is that it can blend seamlessly with many home decor themes. Additionally, it makes the room appear larger, lighter and brighter.
Marble or Granite
If you’re looking to impress your guests, a marble or granite dining table may be worth looking into. Natural stone has an irresistible and timeless appeal. They're also incredibly sturdy. However, they still have their downsides such as weight, cost and upkeep. If you decide to go with a natural stone table, remember marble can stain easily and granite requires annual treatment with sealants.
Choosing the shape
One of the advantages of a round table is its ability to fit into any room, be it a small nook, large dining room, or a part of the living room designated as the eating area. They offer flexible seating for conversation; an attribute many other dining tables lack. Likewise, a long, wooden, trestle table allows for guests to sit across from each other for friendly conversation and may still give you that classic, traditional rectangle. Finally, the ever-popular pub table adds ambiance to your space with a modern yet vintage appeal.
Finding Your Color
Just because your table may be natural hardwood doesn’t mean it can’t have a splash of color. Chalk paint finishes on wooden, farmhouse tables might be just the look to tie your spaces together. You can also stain your wood in a dark finish to give it a dramatic glow. Glass tables come in colored or frosted glass, giving you the option to stick with a clear surface or add a little color to your dining area. Marble and granite range from pale off-whites to deep red or black hues. Whatever your choice may be, be sure to let the colors accentuate your interior decor.
Getting a dining table might seem like a daunting task, but with these tips, you will be able to choose one that serves the exact purpose you envision. If you don’t have space for the table of your dreams, let me know, so I can make a larger dining area one of our priorities during your home search.
Over the past four years or so, smart home technology has been snowballing in terms of popularity and capabilities. With a few devices, you can watch your entire home from the office or anywhere, turn off your lights while you are at the mall, and so much more. Unlike what you will hear, you don't need to spend thousands of dollars to make your home smart. Learn about some of the hottest intelligent home devices you can buy for under $100:
Blink Security Camera Price: $99
This device, there is no need for expensive CCTV installation. The Blink Security Camera is wireless, easy to set up, uses AA batteries and can last more than two years. It features a motion sensor that lets it record when any slight movement is made your home. You can connect it to your smartphone to have a steady view of what's happening in your home when you are not around. It is waterproof, no monthly contract, and also has night vision.
Google Chromecast Price: $35
Google Chromecast transforms your ordinary TV to a Smart TV. Just plug it in into the HDMI port and power it through a USB. This will make your smartphone the remote control for your smart TV, allowing you to watch your favorite content from YouTube, Hulu, Netflix and many more.
Amazon Echo Dot Price: $40
The Amazon Echo Dot is a smart speaker that is linked to your Amazon Alexa. When you talk to Amazon’s Alexa, you can get weather reports, play music, set alarms and so much more. It's beautifully designed and convenient to use.
Samsung SmartThings Hub Price: $89.99
This device will allow you to control almost every gadget in your home through your smartphone rather than using individual applications for each device. This device acts as the central system for managing and monitoring your home from its easy to use Android app. The Samsung SmartThings Hub also works with Google home or Amazon Alexa.
Ring Video Doorbell Price: $99.99
This fantastic device features a motion sensor that alerts you of any movement outside your door. This wireless device also features a video and two-way audio so you can communicate with whoever is at your door from a smartphone, tablet or laptop with internet connection. With the Ring Video doorbell, you can keep an eye on your front door as well as have complete peace of mind whenever you are not at home.
Visit your local hardware store for the best smart home devices to make the kitchen a more convenient place for you.
Every season comes with a different set of challenges.
For summer, the house must be heat resistant, and it must be clean enough to allow the wind to come in or the owner must have the place ready with air conditioning units and fans.
For winter, the house must be ready with some heat and make sure that there us warmth for the people living there.
For spring and autumn, the house must be ready for some spring cleaning and prepare the home for the coming seasons.
Storm season, or the arrival of a hurricane or tornado, is a little different.
The following are some of the best ways to make a house storm-resistant:
The first thing you need to do is to protect your doors and windows at all costs. You need to invest in high quality and impact resistant windows that could withstand the test of strong winds and high impact debris.
It is amazing how this single investment could make any home value skyrocket especially when the property is in a high storm probability area.
Other than installing those high-quality windows, you may also need to install shutters that can easily be lowered from inside in the event of a storm. There are now shutters you can easily install and incorporate into your exterior design, so this one should be reasonably easy to find.
Second, whenever there is an announcement that a storm is coming, remove all patio furniture, trampolines, or anything that can easily get blown away by strong winds. In case you are into landscaping, the best way to protect the plants and landscape is to install a protective roof or a storm-proof greenhouse effect in the backyard. This one is especially good for areas that face hurricanes more than three times a year.
Finally, a small investment to make is the cleaning and maintenance of gutters and downspouts. This step is relatively easy to do, and it protects your protect from being damaged.
Now that you have made your house storm-resistant, you need to put your mind at ease and make sure you are ready for anything. A storm can be unpredictable, but at least you get prepared to protect your property value.
For other ways that you can do to protect your property value, you can always contact a real estate professional.