Cleaning Your House Before Selling It

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If your house is about to be on the market, it has to be spotless – no questions asked! Clean homes not only sell more quickly, but have the potential to sell for more. So before you start cleaning, put yourself in the mind of the buyer. Would you rather tour a spotless house or a total mess? Obviously the spotless one – it’s easier to envision yourself in, and easier to navigate through. Most importantly, a clean home leaves a better impression about the sellers, and how well they kept up the parts of the house you don’t always see.

Before any serious cleaning, you have to repair everything! That hole in the wall can no longer be covered by a poster. That chair you have sitting over the broken floor tiles? It’s not going to fool anybody. You can try to fix the problems yourself, but a handyman may do a better, tip-top job.

The Inside
Much like repairs, you can hire a cleaning person or crew to clean your home. But you can save a lot of money if you avoid doing that – plus you get the satisfaction of a job well done. Before anything, make sure everything is put away. All papers, books, toys, etc. should be put away in their respective areas. But remember, this is a huge time to throw junk away. Potential buyers will probably look through your cabinets and drawers, so stuffing them full of junk is almost as bad as keeping it all in plain sight. Your house shouldn’t look like a family currently lives it.

Then it’s time to really clean. It’s time to get every cobweb and every dusty area. Start making things shine. Clean up those faucets and wax the floors. When you get through with that, you can decide if you want to design your house to sell it. This doesn’t necessarily mean buying all new furniture – but a freshly painted wall, for example, can go a very long way. Make sure everything smells nice too! People remember odors, and a house with a bad smell is going to turn away potential buyers very quickly.

The Outside
Last but not least – remember the outside! Make the front of your house look like it belongs on a magazine. Pressure wash the house. Replace any faded colors. This could mean the shutters, front door, lamp post, mail box, etc. Is your driveway cracked? It could probably use a sealing. Mow the lawn and keep your shrubbery and flowers looking good. If the outside of your house looks neat and the inside of your house looks vacant, you’ve done a great job. Good luck with the sale!

Eric is the owner of J&L Moving Supplies. You can find him on , Facebook or Twitter, so be sure to connect with him!

Tips for Moving with Kids

"We're Moving!"
Everyone knows moving can be tough.  For many people it’s not an option.  Whether you’ve accepted a new job or need a change of life, moving can be even more stressful for your kids than you.  They’ll have to say goodbye to old friendships and become the new kid in school.  And if you’ve ever had to go through that, you’ll remember just how nerve wracking it was.  If you’re mindful of your children through the whole process, you’ll have an easier transition to your new life.

Telling The Children
Telling your kids is the hardest part of the move.  Tell them you’re moving as soon as the plans are finalized, and tell them why the move is necessary.  Holding out will do no good.  Your children will most likely be upset anyway, so give them time to cope and tell their friends.  If you have control over the time you can move, try to do it in the summer.  It’s easier to start at a new school fresh in the fall.

If your child is upset, you can do a few things to ease the pain!  Let your kids open up to you.  Let them share their feelings, and you can bounce thoughts off of each other.  Kids ease a lot of their pain by talking to adults, and on the flip side, you can try to get them excited.  Tell your kids the advantages of the new area, and show them pictures of new places around your house.  If you can get tickets or a membership to a fun place around your new town, let your kids know.  It will give them something to look forward to.

Preparing For The Move
Make sure your child is a help in the whole moving process.  Moving is difficult, and everyone is dealing with stress!   Nobody in the family should get to sit out on the couch while work needs to be done, but be sure to take nice breaks.

Moving is an excellent chance to get rid of all the junk.  Have your kids help you go through all of the stuff you don’t need, but let them hang on to certain things they really care about.  Give your child a special box and let them pack all of their favorite things into it, such as stuffed animals and games.  When you arrive at your new house, make sure this box comes out first.  It’ll provide your child with comfort.

At some point before hitting the road, make sure your children get a chance to see their friends.  Arrange a time for them to do something fun, perhaps on a weekend.

The New Home
When you arrive at your new home, let your child have a say in the decoration of their new room.  Get their rooms arranged first.  When you’re getting more settled in, try to get involved with the community to keep their mind off the move.  Try having family over to see the new place.  Once you’ve been living in your new house for awhile, try to take a trip back to your old neighborhood (if it’s within driving distance.)  Your kids will be ecstatic to see their old friends.  Hopefully you found these tips helpful.  Good luck!

Eric is the owner of J&L Moving Supplies. You can find him on , Facebook or Twitter, so be sure to connect with him!

Maximizing the Storage Space in Your Warehouse

warehouse1If you own or operate or even work in a warehouse, you know just how important and, frankly, essential space can be in your day-to-day tasks. The last thing you want to work in is an over-crowded warehouse space where everything is impossible to find and/or reach, and those things that are accessible are no easy feat to get to.

With a well-organized warehouse, you’ll increase your overall work productivity as well as your storage space. So have you wondered yet just how to maximize all that space in the enormous warehouse you currently have? Read on…

Implement Some Technology

First and foremost, if you’re still managing the inventory of your warehouse the old manual way, then you’re already one step behind. Gone are the days in which someone hand logs all of the products that come in and out of your warehouse – technology has long since taken over and made it easier than ever to manage the products or equipment that you store. Make sure you have some sort of technology implemented in your warehouse that can digitally help you keep track of the items you’re storing in the building.

This way, even in a full warehouse, you’ll know that everything is easily accessible where you need it and when you need it.

warehouse2Analyze Extra Space

If it feels like you’re simply out of space as it is, take a look at the small areas that may be able to add up and create much more free space. For example, reassess the aisle width of each area of your warehouse, and analyze your vertical space again. A couple of inches here and there over an entire warehouse could essentially free up room for another whole aisle or row.

Limit the Shelving

Shelving can be great for organizing important papers and documents in an office space of your warehouse, but beyond that, they really won’t maximize your vertical space as much as you think they will. In fact, a typical shelving unit can only hold around 800 pounds of inventory, and shelves are limited in width. Instead, opt for using pallet racks. These can hold far more weight than a flimsy shelving unit and can often go up to 20 feet high, giving you much more vertical space to utilize.

warehouse3Take Advantage of Dock Door Space

Far too many warehouse owners and operators let the space above the dock doors go to waste. Don’t hesitate to utilize some pallet rack systems in this area, as well! This way, you’ll maximize all that extra storage space that so often gets neglected.

Consider Temporary Outdoor Storage

Often times a warehouse will become too full with too much of the right product and too much of the wrong product all at the same time. As sales cycles shift throughout the year, you’ll find that you need to shift your inventory, as well. Rather than ridding your warehouse of excess inventory all together to make room for the newer, more in-demand products, consider implementing some temporary outdoor storage.

Look into some trailers to use as temporary outdoor storage, or even consider using a third-party storage space. Of course, both options have some monthly premium attached to them, so be careful how much space you’re actually in need of so as not to waste too much money. Sometimes, you just need a bit of extra space for a short amount of time, and these options may be perfect for you!

Proper Lifting Etiquette For Heavy Objects

Improperly lifting heavy objects like boxes and furniture can result in back, leg and arm pain. More important, poor lifting technique can cause both acute and chronic effects. Learning the how to lift the right way can help you to avoid unnecessary injury. Here are five tips to proper lifting etiquette:

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Before you lift any object, have a plan. Where is this object going? Can you lift the object on your own? Start by clearing a path to the object’s final destination. If you need help from another person, make sure he or she understands the plan too. Knowing what you’re doing and where you’re going will help reduce risk of injury.

Lift close to your body

You are stronger and more stable when you hold an object close to your body. And holding heavy objects at the end of your reach can place strain on your arms and back. Instead, try to keep your body balanced and have a firm grip on the object.

Feet shoulder width apart

A solid base is important when lifting heavy objects. If your feet are too close together they will hinder movement. Your feet are most stable when they are shoulder width apart. Also, if an object is too heavy or an awkward shape, get help. Do not try to lift it by yourself.

Bend at your knees

To reduce your chances of hurting your back, you should always lift with your legs. Practice good lifting posture by keeping your spine straight and lowering yourself to the ground by bending your knees. Tightening your abdominal muscles will also hold your back in good lifting position.

Wear a back belt

If you have a long day of lifting ahead of you, it might be a good idea to get a back belt. Wearing a back belt will support your spine and prevent a back injury. It will also help you to maintain a better lifting posture. You can get back belt at your local CVS or Walgreens.

Lifting heavy objects can be extremely dangerous for your body. Following these simple steps to proper lifting etiquette will ensure the safety of you and those around you. Good luck, and happy moving day!

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jl_movingsuppliesIn the coming days, weeks and months, we will provide you with tips for moving, including the proper packing supplies and moving equipment. At J&L Moving Supplies, we believe moving doesn’t have to be stressful. We hope these tips can help in your current and future moving endeavors.

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