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Preparing To Move? Load These Items In Your Car At The Last Minute

Did you know that Federal law prohibits moving companies from transporting hazardous materials?

There are other items, too, besides hazardous materials that moving companies generally will not load in their trucks.  Be prepared to transport your own house plants, perishable food items, and possibly some lawn and pool equipment.

The following list of items are defined as 'hazardous.  You will need to either dispose of them properly, leave them for the new owners (with their approval, of course), or transport them in your own vehicle:

Kitchens Sell Houses - Inexpensive Improvements That Will Make Your Kitchen Shine

Kitchens sell houses . . . and bad kitchens cause houses to take longer to sell and for less money.  

Here are some good ideas for making your kitchen more appealing without spending a ton of money.  You can do all these yourself for just the cost of supplies, and the resulting improvements can easily add many thousands to the value of your home.

1.  A fresh coat of paint is one of the best boosters of a space, and if you do it yourself it is very inexpensive . . . the cost of a gallon or two of paint and perhaps a roller, brush, tape, and a few other supplies that you can re-use for the next project.

2.  Replace or add hardware to your existing cabinets. Hardware is like jewelry for your cabinets, and updated hardware can make a dramatic difference at a very low cost . . . and it's easy.

CENTURY 21 Ranks Highest in Customer Satisfaction across ALL Home Buyer/Seller Segments for a Second Consecutive Year!

In J.D. Power's 2015 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study, Century 21 took home the gold across four categories of consumers!

The study, now in its eighth year, measures satisfaction with the nation’s largest real estate companies among customers in four segments: first-time buyers, repeat buyers, first-time sellers and repeat sellers.

The study examines four factors of the home-buying experience: the agent, the office, the closing process, and additional services. In the home-selling experience, the same four factors are evaluated, but marketing is added to the mix.

The key factor to satisfaction is all about communication. Satisfied customers reported having received timely responses to questions and concerns, information at all important contact points, follow-up communications after closing, and comparable property data.  

“Knowing how and when to communicate with customers is essential for real estate companies,” says Christina Cooley, director in the diversified services industries practice at J.D. Power. “To satisfy first-time customers, it is really about holding their hand by keeping them informed at key points throughout the purchase or selling process to ease their anxiety. For repeat customers, satisfaction hinges more on the timeliness of the response by their real estate agent when questions or concerns arise with the process.”

Read all about it on J.D. Powers website.