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We use shipping containers like this…

to relocate our customers internationally.

Which is pretty cool….

                    but these creative takes on utilizing shipping containers are just a little bit cooler…..

{All images and more information can be found at Jetson Green}

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In an effort to be more sociable and socially networked, Armstrong Relocation Dallas has made the switch to a new social network-enabled Website!

This will allow for much more interaction with our customers and partners. You also can access our Facebook page, Twitter feed, blog and YouTube channel from links on the new site. In fact, our blogs now will automatically post to the front page of the new site!

We recommend doing three things after reading this blog:

1.  Go to the Website immediately! Here is what you can expect (click on the screen shot below):

2. Bookmark the Website or, better yet, make it your homepage.

3. Visit the Website frequently – We are updating it daily with new content.

And finally, give us feedback. We want to hear from you about what you like, what you don’t and what you’d like to see on the site or out in the field, moving you or partnering with you to move a customer.

Thanks, y’all!

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One of the most common things we hear about these-days are employees being relocated by their company, however they just can’t sell their house!  Many times this causes the transferee to have to move ahead of his or her family, while the spouse stays behind trying to sell the home.  So….I thought we’d help you out and get some tips from an Accredited Staging Professional! Fun {and helpful} right? 

So…compliments of Ms. Kelley Dillon, she’s provided us with her Top Five Tips for staging your home. 

“Home staging is about achieving a feeling.  It’s more than decorating and cleaning – it’s about creating a mood.  Staging makes your house look bigger, brighter, cleaner, warmer, more loving, and best of all, it makes home buyers choose your home over others on the market.  Research shows that homes that are staged sell faster and for more money.  A minimal investment can net thousands in return. 

The Top Five:

Eliminate Clutter…The number one thing you must do to stage your home is to ELIMINATE CLUTTER!  Clutter makes homes seem smaller and disorganized.  To quote Barb Swarz, the creator of home staging, “clutter eats equity”!  The “50% Rule” requires that you eliminate the clutter in your home by at least half.  This is sometimes the hardest thing for clients to do.  Why?  Because we love our stuff!  Our “stuff” reflects who we are – our memories, hobbies, and values.  So keep this in mind – we are selling your home, NOT your stuff.  We want to show case the space, highlight the windows, and show off those new countertops (NOT that ceramic piece from Cancun that you got when leaving the booze cruise)!

Laundry room eye-candy….NO CLUTTER! Note that laundry detergent, iron, stain removers, etc are all out of sight.

{image via young house love}

Go Neutral…The second thing to do is go neutral.  It’s a fact – neutral sells.  Try to convey an image of quality and neutrality.  Potential buyers walking through your home want to imagine themselves as the owners.  If you use styles or colors they would never select, you’ve just turned them off to the house. 

Case in point – paint, curtains, and furniture are all neutral below.

{image via hgtv}

De-Personalize…The next thing you want to do is de-personalize your home.  Remove objects that your potential buyers won’t be able to identify with.  For example, political and religious items may turn off entire groups of buyers, because they cannot “imagine” your home as theirs.  Buying a home is an emotional decision and you want potential buyers to make an emotional connection with your home by being able to see themselves in it. 

Fix It!…Another step in the staging process is to fix the various items around the house that need repairs.  Do you have cracked windows, a loose tile, or a leaking A/C unit?  If so, these items are going to come up on an inspection, so be proactive and fix them now.  The top five deal breakers are problems with the air-conditioning/heating, foundation, roof, electrical, and plumbing.  Having these items repaired or replaced before listing your home on the market is a smart idea. 

Don’t let potential buyers see something like this…get it refinished and ready to sell!

{image via hgtv}

Clean…The last thing you need to do is CLEAN!  Your home must sparkle and shine.  Make sure baseboards, ceiling fans, vents, doors, and door knobs, are dusted and cleaned.  Get your windows professionally cleaned because YES it makes a difference!

Going forward, you need to stage your home day-to-day.  Yes, you have to stage your home each day.  Make sure all sinks are clean, toilet seats are down, air is set to a comfortable temperature, put fans on low, leave lights on, open blinds and shades, and pick up your daily clutter. 

Before and after example

{image via staged perfectly}

Bottom line – it’s all about welcoming the new owner of your home.  Buyers typically make a first impression within 30 seconds of entering the home.  In today’s market, you must absolutely start your home selling process by staging your house.” 

Happy selling!

Kelly Dillon

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As an agent for United Van Lines that moves people both domestically and internationally, we know how hectic moving time can be. Moving to an entirely new country can make your move even more stressful, so we want to try and make this transition as easy as possible for you.

We thought we would send a few helpful things your way if you are making this move overseas!

Some good reads

The “Culture Shock!” series is great and each book is actually very interesting and not boring at all. Definitely an entertaining series. Most all of these books can be found new or used on amazon.

 For those of you women moving overseas, it’s definitely worth it to check out the Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas, inc. (FAWCO).  This is an organization that has over 75+ member clubs in 40 countries worldwide. Not only do these groups help you with settling in and handling mundane things like voting overseas (think voting for the next president while living abroad), but they also just get together for fun things like celebrating American holidays such as Thanksgiving or the 4th of July!  It’s basically an instant group of American girlfriends in another country! So check them out here and see if your new location has a chapter!
 
Electricity and voltage are important to consider when moving abroad.  This can affect everything from your hair straightener to your washing machine. Therefore it’s important to find out what your new country’s electricity and voltage are and consider that when deciding what items to move versus leaving behind. 
Australia for examples uses these
 
and Germany uses these
 
Find out more info regarding plugs/volts/electricity here
 
Conversions and measurements might be something new to you especially when considering cooking, temperatures, and driving.  A convenient website that will help you with this is Online Conversions.
 
Further websites to check out:
 
Cheers!
Adrian

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