Do you have too much stuff? Are you making a move and looking for storage options? If so, the fist thing you will need to determine is how much storage space you need.

As you are going through your things ask yourself if you really need to store everything, or is it better to donate or sell some things. This could cut down on the amount of storage space needed and ultimately reduce the cost.

Once you determine which items will be stored take an inventory of your items. Make a list and have this information ready when you start calling storage companies.

So what size storage unit will you need? Here are some standard sizing options that most storage companies use. Always check with your company first.

  • 5 x 5 x 10 = Small items, boxes, books, etc…
  • 5 x 10 x 10 = Small 1 bedroom home
  • 10 x 10 x 10 = 1 bedroom home
  • 10 x 15 x 10 = 2-3 bedroom home
  • 10 x 20 x 10 = 3-4 bedroom home
  • 10 x 30 x 10 = 5-7 bedroom home

Note: the measurements above are represented as L x W x H in feet

 

If there was ever a time to purchase real estate it is now. A unique combination of circumstances makes buying a home a no-brainer.

Here are five reasons why you should buy a home NOW…

 

1. Houses are more affordable

2. Historically low mortgage rates

3. Prices are stable

4. Home ownership is the path to independence and wealth

5. Owning a home gives you pride of ownership

Call today to find out what homes are available in your price range or do a quick search to look for homes and create a profile on this site to save your favorites.

While watching television you see an advertisement encouraging you to install vinyl siding on your home, and eliminate the need to ever paint your house again.   You may then ask yourself, why vinyl sidings? Unlike wood, this is a very durable form of wall finishing that does not require painting, therefore eliminating the ongoing flaking and peeling.  Over time, vinyl siding has become very popular, available in many different colors and styles, and is widely accepted in the United States.

Here are some reasons why vinyl siding is an excellent option:

Beauty: Vinyl siding comes in a wide variety of colors and textures. Some are designed to have the look of wood, stone or slate, while others are designed to accentuate the best features on the house.  The right combination of color and design will add beauty to any style of house.  For example, it is used in the renovation of historic homes as it presents the user with a wider range of choices to achieve their desired look.

Durability: Vinyl siding is very durable, having the ability to withstand cold, moisture, as well as resist heat without losing its aesthetic value. Vinyl siding has been well tested and proven to withstand winds of up to 200 mph. The life time warranty offered by most manufacturers is a clear testament to the products durability.

Sustainability: When compared to other exterior cladding options, vinyl siding surpasses them as a greener option. As a result of its potential of reducing thermal bridging, it plays an important role in the building of ENERGY STAR qualified homes.

Maintenance: Vinyl siding requires a very low maintenance cost. There is no need for periodic repainting, it only needs to be cleaned once in a while as needed. It does not decay and is not subject to degradation. Washing with mild soap and water typically brings back its luster.

Affordable: Despite the fact that vinyl siding provides users with lots of options, it is very affordable. It has a lower installation cost in comparison to other external cladding materials as well as a longer life expectancy. Recent studies show that most home renovators prefer to use vinyl siding for their projects as it is the most versatile when it comes to home renovations.

Safety: Vinyl siding is very safe to use. This was emphasized by the Vinyl Siding Institute when they stated that it is one of the few materials which complies with the stringent requirements of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) with respect to electrical insulation.

When it comes to improving the exterior of your home, the desirable characteristics of vinyl siding should be considered. The popularity of this type of siding is a result of its merits far out weighing its faults.

We are all guilty of it, some worse than others. Homes all over America are brimming with clutter. Do the closets in your home trigger a small avalanche every time you open them? Are your basements and attics filled to capacity with boxes of your adult children’s baby clothes and toys? Do you have holiday decorations from 25 years ago tucked away in corners of your home? The typical American has the tendency to hoard objects and it is becoming an epidemic.

Most of us have more objects entering the house than we have exiting the house. It does not take long before all this stuff over burdens the storage systems in the home. We just keep shopping and bringing in more stuff than we are getting rid of. Eventually our counters are muddled with papers, our cabinets are stuffed to the max, and our garage is no longer a place we can store the car. Instead the garage is just another room filled to capacity with boxes and bins of junk.

All this clutter is suffocating us and stealing our time and energy. It complicates our life and causes stressful situations when we spend our time searching for missing items. Clutter can impact our social life as well, making us afraid to let our friends into our home. It’s time to simplify our life and get rid of the clutter! By clearing out the clutter in your home you begin to reclaim your space and your time. Living a simplified life with less stuff will allow you to live in harmony with out all the chaos. Own less and live more, keep it simple.

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