Using Stickers to Promote your Real Estate Business

Marketing Your Real-Estate Business?

One thing that almost everyone knows about the real estate business is that it is brutal and competitive. It is virtually impossible to get to the top and stay there in good times. In a pandemic year, we face all sorts of additional challenges and restrictions that make selling even more difficult. That is why you need cutting edge solutions to market and promote your real estate enterprise.

These innovative marketing methods can allow you to maintain an edge over the competition, and they can also help you build a locally know brand over time. Not everyone will have the necessary budget to do all the latest and greatest marketing campaigns, but there are more cost-effective solutions. One such solution is the use of custom cut stickers.

Stickers as an Option

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Stickers aren’t just useful for teachers in the classroom. As a real estate business, you have a lot of options when it comes to using die cut stickers to market your company. They offer a flexible and affordable way to get the word out about your business as you create ‘brand ambassadors’ out of your former clients. Discount printers like Label Llama make it easy to get started on a project like this from the comfort of your home. They offer custom laser-cut stickers that ship direct to your door and there are many similar vendors online as well. Like refrigerator magnets and other local branding strategies, these types of promotional products literally tend to stick around (pun intended!) Here are some potential uses of stickers in promoting your company.

  • Stickers on Gifts – Stickers offer a great way for you to market to people. Adding stickers that are custom-made to your gifts will help get the word out. You can give away things as small and simple as a pen or a coffee mug, and by having stickers on these items, you can ensure that they serve as a marketing tool for your company.
  • Stickers on Your Transportation – Being in real estate means driving around a lot. Having a giant sticker on your vehicle will act as a moving billboard as you promote your business. With custom sticker printing prices being so affordable, this is a must-have.
  • Stickers on Your Building – You can spice up your office by adding a beautifully designed sticker. This will help promote your business in even the most difficult times.

Maximizing Your Success

At the end of the day, kiss cut or die cut stickers offer a cost-effective and flexible way of getting the word out. Utilizing the strategies mentioned above, and you can gain the edge over your competition. Being on a budget even, you can create your own ingenious methods of  guerrilla marketing by using stickers. Using these methods the right way will guarantee that you collect more repeat business and referrals down the road.

 

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Top Ten Home Improvement Projects for the Fall

Owning a home is an incredible feeling but a huge responsibility. You have property insurance, a mortgage, basic upkeep and maintenance and all those unforeseen expenses like hot water tanks that mysteriously stop working and busted pipes. If you take a little bit of time before the winter season rolls around to do some minor repairs and safeguarding you could end up saving a lot of money in the future.

 

First you have to establish a budget. You aren’t going to be able to do three years of work in a matter of a month or two so don’t try to accomplish everything at once or you will get overwhelmed. Even if you only have a hundred dollars for minor repairs, you can save yourself hundreds (if not more) of dollars over the winter months. Start with an outside inspection of doors, windows, walkways, garage doors and fences. Don’t worry about cosmetic things like paint or plants (but painting a fence now will protect the wood from being exposed to rain and snow).

 

Inspect your Home Inside and Out for Energy Savings

 

When you have the outside mapped out it’s time to look at the inside. When was the last time you vacuumed the vents on the refrigerator? Do you have double pane windows? If so, did you raise the screens and lower the glass? Check doors for gaps and insulate them with a wool padding that you can staple into place. For larger bay or picture windows consider a plastic insulation kit for the glass sections and investing in some heavy curtains to keep heat inside instead of escaping. You can check fabric stores for inexpensive material and make your own or look on sites like FreeCycle for people that may be getting rid of such items.

 

HVAC Maintenance and Cleaning

 

If you haven’t already done so this year, have a local HVAC company clean out the coils on your heat pump. This is the #1 thing most homeowners with a central heating unit can do to save money over the winter, so don’t neglect it!

 

Enjoy your DIY Home Improvement Projects in Good Weather

 

Doing repairs in the fall is less costly and aggravating than in the winter; no one wants to have to drag a new water heater or refrigerator inside when it’s snowing so checking out your major appliances and giving them some tender loving care can help extend their life, save you money on your electric bill and keep them functioning perfectly. Remove any window air conditioners, clean out the fireplace and chimney and it’s never a bad idea to have a look in the drains in your basement to make sure they are clean and clear. Doing simple things in groups is easier than running around like a chicken without a head, so plan out your attack. Even if you have to do one room or section of the house a week, I am sure you’ll find more than a few things that could use some attention before winter arrives.

 

Window replacement can be a great way to save money but if you can’t afford the task, consider buying relatively inexpensive window insulation kits. These can be put up in a matter of minutes and can save you money on your heating bills without obstructing your view or limited daytime light. Another thing you can do is check the seals on the window frames. Our house is old and there are a lot of gaps; a can of expanding foam did the trick to seal them up and eliminate those somewhat spooky howls from the wind in the middle of the night.

 

Preventing Wintertime Water Damage

 

Cleaning out the gutters is a task that no one likes but it’s better to do it in the middle of the fall than in the dead of winter. Even a small blockage can cause major problems if water gets trapped in the gutter or drain pipe. The water freezes and could cause the gutter to come loose and fall. Spend a few dollars on a drain trap for your gutter and clean it out regularly. A trap will keep leaves and debris out of the drain pipe while still allowing water to drain.

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Freezing water can also be an issue for your pressurized water pipes, and you don’t want to find yourself repairing a copper pipe in 8 degree weather! Inspect your plumbing to see if there are any sections of pipe that need insulation. You can also buy a plug-in water pipe heater if you live in an area with extreme winters.

 

Tidying up the Exterior

 

Trimming back bushes and tree branches in the middle of fall will mean less work in the winter. No one wants to have to fight with bushes or overgrown trees when they are shoveling snow or trying to desalt a walkway. Trimming them back before the cold weather hits can mean a lot less aggravation when the snow and storms start.

 

If you have steps that lead to your front or back door, the early fall season is the time to check to make sure that they are safe. Railings can be repaired and a small concrete patch can be added if they are a little wobbly. For advanced cases of railing repair you may need to bold it into bricks or cement. If that is the case you may want to have a professional do the job so you don’t put any unnecessary cracks in your bricks or concrete. For wood steps check the tops and bottoms to make sure there is no sign of rotting from standing water, insects or salt.

 

Check with your local community leaders to see if there are low cost improvement companies that can help you. For the elderly and handicapped this can be a complete life saver; they can help find volunteers to do work and grants and aids to help finance larger repairs that may not be otherwise affordable. Of course you can do a few good deeds and volunteer your time and DIY knowledge and help those who are in need of it.

 

I learned the hard way that it’s never a good idea to put things off when it comes to preparing for the winter. Having to climb out onto the roof when it is a sheet of ice to try and clean out a gutter isn’t just dangerous, it is something that is completely avoidable. 

 

The sun is still shining and we are enjoying the last bit of summer but I’ve already started making out my “to do” list of things that need to get done in September and October. There are always going to be things that pop up out of the blue and take you by surprise but for the things that you already know about, well, its best to get them taken care of and out of the way before it turns into a major project that requires more money, more time and creates more stress.

What Do You Gain From Hiring a Moving Company?

You may have noticed that every time you try moving on your own, some items get broken along the way. Sometimes when you are unpacking, you will realize that you cannot trace some of your items, or that they are packed in places where you will take months before you find them. Truth is, moving is not easy!

Next time you want to move from your home, you should consider engaging residential moving companies. You will be amazed how this can be easy and how short a time it could take before all your valuables are transported to a preferred destination. You will also realize that there is so much order, making it possible to trace all your items upon arrival

It is very important to engage the big moving companies rather than the small ones. The big companies invest in every infrastructure to ensure that all your goods can be moved from one location to another easily. They also train their employees on how to go about moving. More importantly, most of them have been in the industry for a long time, and they know how to run the business smoothly.

Sometimes we cannot be 100/% sure that the entire luggage will arrive at the preferred destination without any damages. When you have hired one of the best moving companies, you will not have to be worried about such thing. All your items will be insured, and you will receive full compensation for the possible damages.

With a moving company, you can be sure that all your needs in moving are met. You can involve them for commercial moving, long distance moving and partial moving services provision. Still, it does not matter your location or time that you call them to help you move. Most of them work on a 24 hour basis, which will obviously be of much convenience to you.

Most of the movers have reasonable charges for their services. More importantly, you will not incur losses after paying for these services, as it would be the case if you did the moving on your own. Clearly, you have much to gain from the removal companies.

13 Cheap Moving Tips: Save Money When Moving into a new House

Moving is stressful at the least. And it comes with a price too! So help yourself by following these 13 cheap moving tips below:

1.Plan your moving expenses early on.

Planning your moving expenses well ahead of time will you help you identify and cut back on costs that you won’t really need. Moreover, it will alert you if there’s a need for additional funds giving you enough time to control your spending. 

2. Hire a local moving company (if you’re planning to get help).

Hiring a mover to help you out with relocating sounds risky right? But it doesn’t have to be if you choose your mover wisely. For peace of mind, hire only professional and trusted movers in your area. This may come with a price tag but it’s well-worth it for the reduced stress and effort you are to spare yourself from.

3. Shop around for the best prices.

Don’t focus on one moving company. Get as many quotes as you can. This way you can compare the costs and get the best possible service at a fair price.

4. Schedule the best time to move out.

If you have full control over your moving date, schedule and book it early. Some movers do offer discounts for early bookings. You can also select your move-out day on the months of September to May which are off-peak season, to get a good deal from movers.

5. Use coupons.

Your US Post Office change of address packet comes with a few good coupons from moving companies, so be sure to check those out and take advantage of them. You can also visit coupon sites like Groupon to get some good deals on moving necessities.

6. Get rid of stuff you don’t need.

Do a massive clean up before moving and schedule a garage sale for those slightly or never before used items you have. Aside from earning a few more dollars for your moving expenses, you can also avoid paying to move those items.

7. Use those old luggage bags as moving boxes.

Fill in your luggage bags with clothes and linens. This way, you can save on moving boxes and getting your clothes ready when you arrive would be so much easier.

8. Get slightly used moving boxes.

Visit your local retailer or recycling center for slightly used moving boxes. They are far more cheaper than buying new ones. Sometimes you can also get free packing bubbles or paper to protect your breakables.

9. Don’t go crazy over buying all your packing materials.

Your baskets, buckets, suitcases (as mentioned in #5), drawers, and bags can serve as good moving containers so you can save on moving boxes. While your pillows, blankets, bed sheets, towels, socks and all other piece of clothing are good for wrapping and cushioning your fragile and delicate belongings.

10. Recycle.

Old magazines, school papers, phone books, and junk mail can all be used as good packing papers. While doing your cleaning, be sure to set aside those papers so that you can make use of them later. 

11. Visit a Dollar Store.

Though you can save money by repurposing some moving necessities, buying some needed materials is inevitable. However, it doesn’t have to be costly. Be sure to check the Dollar Store or another discount retailer before heading into your favorite store for boxes and packing material. If you have time to plan, you can even buy packing supplies in bulk online.

12. Get some FREE help.

Having friends and family members around during a move isn’t only about emotional support. They can also help you out with some tasks like carrying boxes, organizing your new home or looking over the kids while you’re busy working on moving or unpacking into your new home.

13.  Lastly, be ready with a moving checklist.

Saving time is saving money. I bet you’ll agree. So if you have detailed checklist for the move, you can save up a lot of your time and be able to do more work. 

 

Happy moving, friends!

The Minimalist Mover: Packing Smart and Light

Whether you’re hiring a professional mover or making the move yourself, packing lighter will make your move 10,000 times easier. But how do you actually go about “packing lighter”? 

Minimalism is the idea that you can live better with less things. While most of us imagine a room without color or personality, you can have a home packed with personality and not be hoarding boxes and boxes of things you never use and only sort of enjoy having in your home. So without any further delay, here’s the top three secrets for how to move like a minimalist and pack not only lighter, but also a little smarter. Ready? Let’s go!

Make a Game Plan

Being a minimalist is all about taking inventory and figuring out what you know you’ll use, what you love and what you don’t need or love. Moving is a perfect opportunity to go room by room and get rid of what you don’t need, don’t want and don’t love. Make a list as you pack and take inventory. Later, as you’re unpacking, you’ll have a clear idea of what you have, where it goes and what else you might be able to weed out. You’ll want to start this process at least six weeks before your move and move towards more “can’t live without” items as you get closer to your move. If you can’t go by room, move by item. Start with out of season clothes or books instead of the office, for example. 

Don’t Need It? Toss it. 

One of the worst things you can do when it comes to decluttering is holding onto things just because you feel like you should, it was a gift from a friend or because you’ve had it for a long time. When you’re sorting through difficult things like this, just remember: it doesn’t matter how long you’ve had something or who gave it to you. What does matter is if it holds legitimate value and is useful. When it comes to being the minimalist mover, this is a step you just can’t skip. If you don’t love it, toss it. 

Set Attainable Goals 

If you thought about it long enough, you could probably think of a “use” for everything in your house; even the things you don’t love and never use. In order to keep yourself from holding onto things you don’t need, set attainable goals and follow through. Have a friend help you out and support you in the process. Bounce ideas off of each other. Maybe make a goal to get rid of ⅓ of your clothing, or fill three trash bags and three donation bins. Your reward? Less things to move and worry about later! 

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Being a minimalist mover can be both stressful and exciting. But in the end, the rewards are endless. You’ll be happier, feel lighter and you’ll know without one shout of a doubt that everything in your home is loved and serves a real purpose. Moving like a minimalist can reduce stress and mean less to pack if you ever move again. Oh, and cleaning will be 10,000 times easier, we guarantee it! 

Moving? How To Pack Your Car Efficiently

When it comes to moving, a good reliable moving company will pack and load most of your things and make sure they end up safely where they’re supposed to go. But sometimes, there are things you’ll want to pack yourself or the moving company you choose can’t take care of simply due to liability and such. No There’s no reason to fear, though. There are ways to pack your car in an efficient and easy way to allow for the safe delivery of your items and less stress for your move!

Plan and Practice, Practice, Practice! 

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When it comes to your car, you know how much room you have and what you can and cannot carry. You know if the seats in your Nissan Rogue fold down or if there’s a way to expand the trunk by dropping the back seats down in your Toyota Corolla. In other words, you are your cars ultimate expert. If you are the only one riding in the car, the passenger seats, back seats and floor board are great storage areas other than the trunk. Plan how you’ll use every inch and cranny of the space in your car before it’s time to load…you can even get in some beforehand practice and test out what all you can fit in your car. This can be helpful because you won’t be assuming you can fit more than you really can. Although, the more you can send on the moving truck, the better. 

You Can Fit More Than You Think 

Boxing up your clothes can be a nightmare. You might think you don’t have anything to wear, but that doubt will vanish when it’s time to pack the clothes in your drawers and closets up. This can be true of many things. Sports equipment, winter coats, bedding, etc. But never fear, because vacuum bags, people! That’s right. These things work wonders when it comes to moving. Piles of clothes suddenly morph into a blanket size bag and fit under the seats with ease. Ahhh. Say goodbye to stress and hello to extra room. With proper maneuvering, you can fit much more than you ever thought possible in that backseat. 

Bags Over Boxes 

You might have a hard time thinking of trash bags for anything besides garbage, but we’ve got a secret for you: They’re good for a lot of things besides trash. One of those things happens to be packing and moving. When possible, bags are better than boxes for bedding and pillows and things like deflated pool toys and tents and things because it makes it easier for you to fit them into tight spaces. Plus, if you’re purchasing boxes, they’re significantly cheaper! 

 

Moving from point A to point B doesn’t have to be exhausting, stressful and crazy. Say goodbye to crazy life meltdowns and hello to packed and moved with ease. What are your best tips for a move? Leave your response in the comments!

Making Antiques Work in Your Modern Home

Just because you have modern or contemporary tastes, doesn’t mean that Grandmothers antiques have no place in your home. Sure antiques take on a personality of their own, but they do not dominate the space unless you decorate overwhelmingly in antiques. Regardless of your furniture and decorating style, here are some things you can do to help your antique furnishings fit into your home.

Accentuate your antique pieces. It is useless to try to hide your antique furnishings and a shame to put them in the corner where these treasures will not be seen. The best solution is to put your antiques in a prominent place where your family and friends can admire them. Try to think of your antique furniture as precious gems. If diamonds can go with just about anything, so can antiques.

Find balance in your modern and antique decor. When you place an antique furniture item in your home, you need to balance that item by placing a piece or two from your own collection. For example, you can place a sleek simple mission style table between two ornate Asian Chairs. This allows the chairs to shine and breaks up the space so as not to overwhelm the room with the strongly designed items.

Add a modern touch to your antiques. Now I am not recommending a Trading-Spaces type update where you paint your Grandmother’s antiques, including the piano, black. No, I am talking about something much more sane. Instead I recommend that you make small alterations and additions that can be quickly removed or changed back. Consider replacing old drawer knobs and using slip covers on upholstered pieces. Just make sure that the items you use won’t damage the original integrity of the piece.

So whether you have acquired one or more antique home furnishings, you see that just by accentuating your antiques, finding balance among your contemporary items, and adding a modern touch to your antiques, you will have no trouble fitting your new treasures into your home.

Are You In Need Of Affordable Moving Services?

Are you tired of your current apartment and feel the need to move to another apartment? Is your family too big for the small apartment and there is a dire need to get a bigger house? Well, when this comes, the one important thing that you seriously want to do is first of all get the relocation place of your choice. Now, this may not be very complicated as the next process that follows; moving!

When planning to move there are so many factors that should be considered.

Factors to Consider:

  • Who will move your stuff

This is a very important question because it may mean either your moving will be hard or easier. It is always advisable to go for a moving company that has structured departments and with streamlined operations. This is important because it also means that the services you will be given will be of high quality.

  • Budget

It is very important to consider the extent of your budget. This is because different moving companies will come with different price levels. You can get affordable moving companies that can give you the kind of services that you require. This is very important because the last thing you want is to have to pay for moving services and end up spending all your saved money.

  • The distance of your moving

When moving, it is important to consider the distance that you will be covering. This is because there are companies that cover long distances while others will only do short distances. Local moving is popular among many companies and it is wise to know the actual distance you will be covering. Some companies have their distance limits in their websites, whereby you can tell whether they can cover you or not.

  • Nature of your move

Are you moving residences or is it your company? It is wise to get a moving company that specializes either on residential or company moving. This is because for a residential moving company, they are specialized in handling the home appliances as compared to the office documents.

Living Room Furniture Vs. Living Room

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The furnishing of your living room can be best done with living room furniture that is best suited to the size of your living room and the look you want to give to your living room. Before a purchase of living room furniture, assessment of your living room is necessary. You should carefully analyse the space available in your living room, where you are going to fit your wooden or metal furniture.

Sometimes when you visit a furniture store, you find living room furniture pieces that are extremely large and you feel that these furniture items are very fascinating and they have a great appeal to you. You find them very eye-catching but you have to consider the fact that it is equally important besides providing beauty that these items must fit well in the space of your living room. If you cannot place this living room furniture in your house, then why should you purchase it?

So first you should carefully measure the dimension of your living room and then consider the kind of furniture you want to place in that space. You must think what type of furniture can fulfil your needs besides giving a contemporary and classy look to your living room. Some questions must be answered in this context. Does a large sofa complement the furnishing of your living room? Will a couch fit best or you want to go with the sofa? Before going to furniture store, you must make your preferences clear.

You can not accurately evaluate by just looking at the furniture pieces that whether they can fit in your living room or not. Taking measurement of your living room is necessary before making purchase decision. You can use a measuring tape or can simply measure your room with your hands. Another option is to go high-tech and plan your room here. Either way, it is advised that you should take your measuring tape with you, while going to the furniture store. You’ll need dimensions to plug into that nifty room planning site I shared with you above.

Living room furniture is the dominating component of your living room, so it is important to carefully consider the look you want to give to your living room. In living room furniture, sofa is the most important component therefore its appearance is vital to the overall look of the living room.

Do not select that colour for your furniture which does not match the curtain, paint or carpet of your room. Appropriate color of living room furniture adds to the appeal of your living room.

Your surroundings reflect your personality, so you should select that furniture for your living room which reflects your style and taste best. If you often sleep on your sofa, you should select sofa set with a soft cover as these sofas are very comfortable. You can also select leather sofas. Leather furniture is mostly presented in conventional colours such as white or black but nowadays other colours are also introduced.

Now you are ready to go to the furniture store and shop your living room furniture. Most furniture stores have hired sales persons who are there to guide you through the store and help you selecting the furniture. They also assist you in making the right choice and make your selection easy. They also give information about the material of furniture. But you are the buyer, so the final decision is yours.

How to Set Up a Single Parent Home

The unthinkable has happened. Whether through death, divorce, or separation, you’ve become a single parent. From now on, for the foreseeable future, it will be your children and you against the world.

Along with the other adjustments you’re making, you should rearrange your living space to accommodate your new family structure. A little planning now can make life easier for you and more pleasant for everyone in the household in the challenging months ahead.

The pleasant part of this operation will be that you, as the sole adult in the exercise, will be the boss. You can set things up according to your preferences, to make your life easier. You’ll be assuming extra responsibilities in the days ahead, and time-consuming housekeeping chores should not be a high-priority.

Let’s consider a room-by-room makeover. Changes don’t have to be all made at once, but if you have a final outcome in mind, you can take small steps toward its fulfilment as financing and opportunity become available.

Your bedroom: this is going to be your refuge, your retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world and from the challenges of your new life. It should be decorated in your favourite colours and as comfortable and welcoming as you can make it. Nice to have: a phone, a TV, good books, lots of pillows and whatever else will help you relax. You should have a desk or table where you can keep important papers, records, pay bills, and take care of correspondence.

The children’s rooms: they should choose the colour schemes. There should be a desk for each one to do homework, lots of shelving to make tidying up easier, and a laundry hamper for each child to deposit his dirty clothes. If the child is old enough, he should be responsible for keeping his own space tidy.

When the child can read, it’s helpful to label dresser drawers with what goes into them. Then, they can put their own laundry away.

If children must share a bedroom, they will have to agree on a colour scheme and present you with their decision. They should also have input into how the furniture is arranged. They will be jointly responsible for keeping the area tidy.

Kitchen: meals may be less regulated than before in your former well-ordered life, and that’s OK.