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Question: How much do movers cost?
Answer: It depends.
Our pithy response doesn’t help if you’re stressed about the price tag associated with getting your stuff from one place to another. What are the main factors that have the average homeowner spending five figures on a move?
Statistics from Worldwide ERC show that the average move of household goods cost $12,459 in 2012. But as a disclaimer, ERC adds, “…costs vary by family size (bigger families typically have more household good to move) and homeowner status (homeowners typically have more household goods vs. renters).”
If you’re curious about the cost of your move, the first factor to consider is the distance of your move. Mileage costs pile up as you make your way to your new home. For example, your costs ratchet up right off the bat if you have a moving company help you with a cross-country move. To get a sense of your costs, try our Moving Cost Calculator.
Besides the distance traveled, the main factor influencing the cost of your move is weight. Your mover should inspect your home prior to moving day and give you a weight estimate of the contents of your home. Movers charge by total weight being shipped and the more boxes you load on the truck, the more your move will cost. Make sure to tell your movers exactly what you’ll be expecting them to move. Otherwise, your estimate will be out of whack.
You’ll also need to consider how much you’ll spend on packing materials and whether you’re going to pay someone else to do the packing. The cost of buying a pallet’s worth of boxes can be daunting, which is why many folks cut corners on buying boxes. Professional packing services will also have a big impact on your bottom line, so if you think you’d rather have pros do the packing, weigh out the cost benefits of the time you’ll spend knee deep in bubble wrap.
There are other costs that may ding you along the way to your new home. Check with your moving company if you’re moving somewhere with stairs or difficult access to see if there are additional costs along the way.
And keep in mind, a DIY move is the ultimate way to keep your moving costs down, whether you get a bunch of friends with trucks to help or rent a small truck of your own. However, your sanity may suffer if you’re not prepared to juggle the real possibility of strained muscles and strained friendships.
By Erik Gunther | Realtor.com | Source: http://www.realtor.com/advice/how-much-do-movers-cost/
Do you dream about simplifying your life by downsizing to a house on wheels? You’re not alone. Mobile living is gaining popularity, attracting everyone from young couples trying to save money to adventure-seeking retirees. Some people drive a refurbished bus or tow a tiny house because it reduces their cost of living, letting them live mortgage-free. Others choose the lifestyle for its promise of adventure — they can enjoy the freedom and joys of cross-country travel without giving up the comforts of home. Whether you dream of driving or pulling your own home, you’ll find inspiration in these 10 residences on wheels.
Cozy school bus
Miss your school days? Try living in this cozy converted yellow school bus equipped with a wood stove and a full kitchen. Light oak flooring, shelves, a desk, and a tongue-and-groove ceiling add warmth and charm to the homey space. Best of all, when you tire of the view, you can simply drive away.
Steampunk Victorian-style bus
If you’re a fan of steampunk, this bus conversion incorporating reclaimed wood and recycled fittings is just the ticket. While the exterior is painted dark green, inside a combination of pale green paint and oak trim highlights the Victorian fittings, including a New York Angle Lamp — a working kerosene wick lamp.
Big green double-decker bus
Do you think a wheeled home means tiny living quarters? Not so. This renovated double-decker bus includes two full bedrooms, ample living room seating, and a full kitchen. It took the owner six months to outfit the bus, which has 600,000 miles on it.
House in a truck
From the outside, this looks like a large, unremarkable truck. You would never guess that it is actually an awesome house on wheels that includes all the comforts of home, as well as a ceiling fan, warm wood interior, and solar panels.
Rustic pull-along house
Built with salvaged material on an 8 feet by 18 feet car-hauler trailer, this unique solar-powered home on wheels has a rustic feel. The structure is taller than most wheeled homes, and its many windows, white walls, and reclaimed wainscoting keep the interior warm and bright. Read more about the construction of Colin’s Coastal Cabin.
Tiny hotel on wheels
If you want to try out life in a house on wheels, check into the Caravan, a tiny house hotel in Portland, Oregon. The quaint compound consists of four wheeled homes sized from 100 to 200 square feet. Each self-contained unit includes sleeping areas, a kitchen, bath, and hot running water.
Tiny beach house
One great thing about houses on wheels is that you can live almost anywhere you can park! Signatour Tiny Houses built this wheeled beach home for a couple who park it on St. George Island, Florida. Just 8 feet by 24 feet, this lovely little home includes a sleeping loft and air conditioning.
Awesome RV makeover
A houses on wheels slideshow wouldn’t be complete without an actual camper — but oh, what a camper it is! This beat-up old trailer was transformed into a delightful upcycled home, featuring a clear ceiling for maximum light. Ikea shelving, hooks, and racks keep the small-space interior clutter-free.
Modern-day Gypsy caravan
Master woodworker Jim Tolpin creates caravans that can be pulled behind a vehicle for modern-day gypsy wannabes. A stained-glass door and intricately detailed wooden shutters give this home on wheels a romantic sense. The chimney vents a tiny wood stove that warms the cozy interior.
Totally modern wheeled house
If you prefer a modern, minimalist-style portable home, check out this corrugated tin-and-wood example. At 136 square feet and 4,800 pounds, it includes one sleeping loft bedroom and one bathroom. An on-demand propane unit provides hot water.
By Sarita Harbour of BobVila.com | MSN Real Estate | Source: http://realestate.msn.com/10-homes-on-wheels
As the main staging area for arrivals and departures, the mudroom is a much relied-upon space in the home. If your floor plan doesn’t include a mudroom, you can create one by screening or walling in a section of an existing room, by finishing an attached porch or by building a small addition. However you go about it, once you have a mudroom, you’ll wonder how you ever survived without one!
Whether you start from scratch or convert an existing room — or part of it — into a mudroom, choose a location that is frequently used by your family to get in and out of the house. Kitchens or pantries with entry doors to the exterior are ideally suited to incorporate a mudroom. Garages are also excellent candidates. Utility or laundry rooms with an outside entrance make good mudrooms as well — you can wash and dry your wet, dirty clothes on the spot! The same is true of basements that are equipped with plumbing and have entry doors to the exterior.
Because the main function of a mudroom is to keep mud and snow away from the rest of the house, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting the floor dirty — there will be plenty of dirt. So, you’ll need to select durable flooring that is easy to clean.
Tile makes hard-wearing and decorative floors but for safety reasons, choose nonslip styles. Vinyl tile and linoleum flooring is durable and washable too, but make sure the color and pattern you pick will hide dirt and stains easily. Another good option is concrete. Its easy maintenance makes it perfect for mudroom floors, and when stained, colored or painted, it can be a very attractive flooring material.
Whatever you choose as your flooring surface, be sure to place fiber mats or absorbent rugs near the entryway to catch water and dirt before they get tracked through the house. It’s a good idea to install a boot scraper just outside the entrance to your mudroom, so dirt and mud won’t make it over the threshold.
If you have the budget and your home allows for it, consider installing a drain in the center of the room and angling the floor slightly so water and slushy, melting snow can drain away, and you can easily wash out the room as often as required. If it’s not practical to place a drain in the center of the room, consider putting it in a corner where you can set a mesh rack above it for wet boots and shoes. If a drain is not possible, a sturdy rubber mat with sidewalls should do the trick.
As any homeowner knows, you can never have enough storage; this is especially true in your mudroom. Because it’s the main pickup and drop-off spot in the house, the mudroom needs to accommodate coats, scarves, boots, cycling helmets and backpacks — thereby stopping these items from littering entryways, hallways and bedrooms.
One way to eliminate clutter is to install cabinets fitted with pegs, shelves and drawers. Assign a specific storage space to each family member. Make them all responsible for putting away their own coats, shoes and other items they use every day. If your budget allows, include upper cabinets in the plan. They’re great for stashing out-of-season items.
It’s also a good idea to include a storage bench in the mudroom. It’s not only convenient for removing wet shoes, but it also provides a space below where those shoes can be stowed. (And if the bench is sturdy enough, you can use it to reach those handy upper cabinets!) Again, if you are going to store your shoes in cubbyholes beneath the bench, use plastic trays or mats cut to size to make cleanup easier.
Quick exit & entry
Mudrooms can help create a hassle-free start to the day and a relaxing homecoming in the evening — if they’re well organized. As you’re planning, make sure there’s a place for everything. For example, set up decorative bowls or pegs for car keys and keep a notepad by the door for reminders, or even put up a cork board, whiteboard or chalkboard where family members can leave notes. Set up a charging station for your electronic devices (if your mudroom is heated) so that you won’t forget your phone in the morning. Use pegs or a vintage coat rack to hang dog leashes, shopping bags, and coats so they’re easy to grab quickly. One more practical addition: a mirror to ensure that you leave the house looking well turned out.
Your guests, family members, and even pets will appreciate coming in from the freezing outdoors to a warm and cozy mudroom. To keep the space toasty, you may need to rely on a space heater or heat lamp (which can also help dry damp clothes), or you can connect the room to the home’s central heating or hardwire an electric baseboard system. If you have a pet, once the room is sufficiently heated, you could consider putting a pet bed in a corner and making the room your companion’s special retreat.
In addition to adequate heating, it’s essential to have proper ventilation in a mudroom to keep the air fresh (there are likely to be a lot of shoes here after all!) and to prevent the growth of mildew and mold. If there are no windows in the room that you can open for fresh air, a bathroom-type exhaust fan can do the trick.
For frequent travelers who worry about bedbugs or dedicated hikers who are concerned about ticks, the mudroom can be a great place to “decontaminate” when you return home. If you have a washer and dryer in the room, simply unpack or undress in the mudroom and start up a laundry cycle. (Keep some robes and slippers in the room to help with this process!) If your laundry facilities aren’t close by, keep plenty of heavy-duty plastic bags on hand to transport clothing from the mudroom to your laundry room.
One final selling point: If you suffer from allergies, a mudroom can be effective in minimizing the amount of outdoor allergens like dust, pollen and mold that enter the house on your clothing.
Even though it has the word “mud” in its name, your mudroom does not need to be drab. You can paint the walls in bright colors and use color-coded storage units and decorative baskets, making the room lively while still keeping things stored neatly and out of sight. Paint a wall with chalkboard paint, and you’ll also have attractive and useful means of keeping your busy family organized. Installing pendant or recessed lighting instead of fluorescent will make the room feel more like home than a storage area — and, after all, it’s both.
By Michael Franco of Bobvila.com | Zillow Blog | Source: http://www.zillow.com/blog/the-makings-of-a-mudroom-145866/
Bob Vila is the home improvement expert widely known as host of TV’s This Old House, Bob Vila’s Home Again, and Bob Vila. Today, Bob continues his mission to help people upgrade their homes and improve their lives with advice online at BobVila.com. His video-rich site offers a full range of fresh, authoritative content – practical tips, inspirational ideas, and more than 1,000 videos from Bob Vila television.
After the party’s over, most folks head back home with nothing but a hangover and a few stray doubloons. But what if you wanted to stay in the French Quarter year-round and let the good times roll on a permanent basis?
You’ll need more than a few doubloons to purchase the first home we found. Located at 1231 Bourbon St., this enormous, newly renovated Creole townhouse dating to 1839 is on the market for $2.985 million. That price gets you 4,907 square feet of living space, a balcony facing the historic street, along with four bedrooms and 4.5 baths for all your visitors.
If that mansion is bigger than what you’re looking for, just look across the street where you could purchase half of a charming duplex for $374,900. The two-bedroom, one-bath unit, at 1230 Bourbon St., #A, has 1,015 square feet of living space and a front porch perfect for people (and parade!) watching.
A couple of blocks away, there’s another budget-friendly option at 1415 Bourbon St. This one-bedroom, one-bath condo offers a cozy 1,015 square feet of living space, but you could be steps from the French Quarter for $389,000.
We ventured a couple of blocks away from Bourbon Street and found this cool Victorian at 923 Orleans Ave. On the market at $795,000, this French Quarter home with two bedrooms, two baths and 2,012 square feet has been totally revamped inside while retaining its stately look on the outside. A little exterior paint will go a long way if you want to know what it means to live in New Orleans.
By Erik Gunther | Realtor.com | Source: http://www.realtor.com/news/mardi-gras-homes-taste-new-orleans-homes/
Sitting by the mailbox, waiting for your tax refund? Stop waiting and start thinking about the best ways to invest that money in your home.
Your home is likely one of your biggest assets, so it makes good financial sense to take care of it. Keeping your home up to date will contribute to its longevity, heighten your enjoyment and help you sell your home if you ever decide to. So, instead of a fleeting ski weekend, why not consider investing at least a portion of your refund in your home?
Even modest investments can improve your home’s value and make it more livable. Drawing inspiration from Zillow Digs, here are five home improvement projects you may want to consider, all under $3,000:
Fresh coat of paint
This may be the perfect time to kiss your dated mint bathroom or mauve rec room goodbye. A gallon of paint typically costs less than $40 and will provide one-coat coverage for about 350 square feet. If you think you might be putting your house on the market sometime soon, opt for neutral colors that have more universal appeal. Even if you’re staying put, a fresh coat of paint can update and personalize your space for a fraction of the cost of a total remodel.
New front door
First impressions mean a lot. A new front door can enhance curb appeal, improve security and lower utility costs. According to Remodeling magazine’s Remodeling 2014 Cost vs. Value Report, a $1,162 steel entry door replacement project returns 96.6 percent of your investment. Fiberglass doors are generally more expensive, but they’re still a smart investment. According to the same report, a $2,822 fiberglass entry door project will yield a return of 70.8 percent.
Garage door replacement
The appearance and condition of your garage door also plays a big role in your home’s overall appearance. According to the Cost vs. Value Report, an uninsulated, 16-by-7-foot garage door costing $1,534 will increase your home’s resale value by $1,283, a return of 83.7 percent.
For just a couple hundred dollars, a do-it-yourselfer with the most basic of skills can install insulation, caulk and door seals, reducing household energy consumption by almost 35 percent in the typical weatherized home. Willing to invest more? Windows can allow major losses of heat in the winter and cool air in the summer, requiring more energy — and money — to keep your home comfortable. Replacing old windows with Energy Star-qualified windows can reduce household energy bills by 7 to 15 percent and will shrink your home’s carbon footprint.
Updated home lighting can enhance your decor, save on energy costs and increase your safety. Even if a new chandelier isn’t in your budget, dimmer switches will allow you to control the intensity of light throughout your home while saving electricity. A basic dimmer costs less than $15 while fancier, remote-control and programmable dimmers can be purchased for $40 and up.
Metal can or recessed lights will brighten dark corners while under-cabinet light strips can add much-needed light to kitchens, craft rooms and laundry rooms. Unless you have knowledge of electrical wiring, you’ll need to hire a pro to handle the installation.
By Mary Boone | Zillow Blog | Source:http://www.zillow.com/blog/tax-refund-home-improvements-145743/