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Keeping Your Furniture Safe While Moving

If you are spending time and energy moving from one home to another, you probably want to make sure that your possessions do not get damaged in the process. Here are the best tips for keeping your furniture safe while moving.

Have the proper packing supplies

Before you start moving any furniture, you should be sure to have all of the necessary packing materials and supplies. This includes furniture pads, moving blankets, plastic or bubble wrap (for furniture other than wood), foam padding, packing tape, and other items that will help you during the moving process. Purchasing and gathering these materials in advance will make your moving process easier and smoother, and it map also provide you with some peace of mind knowing that you are prepared to protect your furniture.

Clean your furniture prior to moving

You should also prioritize cleaning your furniture prior to moving. Clean off all surfaces, making sure there is no dust, grime, or residue lingering on your furniture. Also be sure that you have cleared off all decorations and other items from your furniture so that everything is ready to be moved. This will ensure that your possessions are in their best shape before the move.

Take pictures

Taking pictures is the perfect way to keep a record of the condition of your furniture prior to your move. If you are hiring a moving service or if others are helping you during the moving process, it is important that you document the condition of your furniture before the move so you can compare the photos to the condition of the furniture after it has been transported to your new home. This way you will know if anything was damaged during transport. Even if you are not hiring movers, it is still helpful to keep a record of your furniture to check the condition of it (or to be sure that everything made it to your new home and nothing was forgotten).

Disassemble your furniture, if possible

If your furniture has the ability to be disassembled, we advise that you do so. It is easier to pack furniture like dining room sets and bed frames once it is disassembled. The tighter and more carefully furniture is packed, the less likely it is to be damaged.

Wrap and pack your furniture safely

As we mentioned before, it is important to be prepared with the proper packing items so that your furniture can be wrapped and packed safely. That means covering everything with the proper padding, packing the furniture tightly in the moving vehicle, and tying large items down so they do not move during transit.

Label your furniture

To minimize confusion post-transit and to prevent furniture from being unnecessarily moved all around your new home, label your furniture according to the area of your home where it belongs.

Use a dolly

It is important to use the proper equipment to move your items so that nothing is damaged and nobody gets injured. When loading, unloading, and moving heavy items, use a dolly and carefully maneuver it to protect yourself and your furniture.

What are your best tips for keeping your furniture safe while moving?

This post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional advice. The point of view and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of Realty Executives International. This post was written by Bailee Abell. Bailee Abell is a writer born and raised in California. A graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, she loves reading classic literature, sipping warm beverages, and visiting theme parks every chance she gets. Find her at baileeabell.com

Realty Executives International Acquires The Great Lakes Region Covering Three States

Realty Executives International is pleased to announce it has completed the acquisition of the Realty Executives Great Lakes Region, a territory that includes Illinois, Indiana and parts of Michigan. The region has been directly transferred to Realty Executives from Bruce and Shannon Vinnick, who will continue to play an integral role in the Realty Executives business development strategy. In addition to selling franchises on the company’s behalf, the Vinnick’s will remain Realty Executives franchise owners in Florida.

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Realty Executives International Partners With Zillow To Include Canadian Property Listings

Realty Executives International announced today that it has expanded its partnership with Zillow, Inc., the leading real estate and rental marketplace in the U.S., to include listings from their Canadian franchises. The Canadian listings from Realty Executives will drive unprecedented global exposure to Canadian homes for sale to the millions of home shoppers that visit Zillow every month.

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REALTOR® Safety Month: Safety Tips and Tricks for Real Estate Professionals

Working in real estate may seem like a safe and secure career to most, however, those who have careers in the real estate industry know there are many dangers to the job. Real estate agents are susceptible to robberies, attacks or even kidnappings. Most of an agent’s work does not give them the security of an office, making them easy targets. Continue reading

Social Media: An Impactful Tool For Real Estate Professionals

Social media has become an indispensable tool for real estate professionals. It enables brokers and agents to connect with their clients on a regular basis in a scalable way. And social media is a place where they can find a majority of their customers; 77% of Americans have at least one social media profile and worldwide, social media users has reached 2.34 billion. Furthermore, 44% of all buyers searched online for properties before exploring other options. Social media can be used as a helpful tool for a real estate professional to learn from and follow trends. Here are a few tips and facts as to how different social media outlets can be used in real estate: Continue reading

Patrick van den Bossche Leads Realty Executives International as President

Patrick van den Bossche is Realty Executives International’s new president. With 30 years of experience leading fast growth, start-up, and next-growth companies across multiple industries, van den Bossche brings a passion for people and a depth of expertise to his new role that matches Realty Executives International’s focus on aggressive network growth and expansion while nurturing a community-centric culture. Read more about van den Bossche’s appointment in the company’s official announcement.

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Three Steps to Preventing Wire Fraud

It’s your worst nightmare as a buyer: one minute, everything is a go for purchasing the house of your dreams and the next, the entire down payment is gone with little hope in getting it back. This nightmare, known as wire fraud, has happened across the country to buyers who have fallen prey to a phishing scam resulting in losses of hundreds of millions dollars with devastating results for those in the process of purchasing a home.

The way this scam works is hackers target email and other accounts with messages relating to real estate activities, collecting contacts/email address of those in the process of buying a property. The scammer then spoofs an email to the buyer, often pretending to be an agent, title company, etc., directing them on where to wire their down payment. For those unfortunate buyers who follow through, they are out their down payment with little chance of ever getting it back. Continue reading

Realty Executives Vision Gears Up for New Year Following Successful Grand Re-Opening Celebration

2017 has been an eventful year for Edmonton-area real estate experts Steve and Darlene Reid, who opened Realty Executives Vision this summer and celebrated with a Grand Re-Opening event in the fall. Realty Executives International caught up with the powerhouse pair as they set their sights on expansion and look ahead to the New Year.

  1. How have the last few months gone? How has the community received you?

It’s been a whirlwind of activity, that’s for sure! We’ve been spending a lot of time talking to real estate professionals who are curious about our office. It’s been gratifying to hear so many of them say that they are glad Realty Executives is maintaining a strong presence in Edmonton. And yes, a lot of them have expressed interest in joining our team. As a result of our Grand Re-Opening, we’ve hired new Executives and look forward to growing our team.

  1. What differentiates your office and agents from the competition?

Our office takes Realty Executives’ approach to real estate seriously – offering leading-edge technology and support with lower fees. This is attractive for those who are motivated and entrepreneurial because there is more of a payoff for the effort they put in. Agents who put in the time, who look for ways to improve themselves and their business, and who put their clients first thrive under this model. In addition to Realty Executives’ proprietary PrimeAgent marketing suite (which is AMAZING), our office offers in-depth training from local experts. Our Executives benefit from ongoing professional education offered by our broker (who is also a lawyer) plus one-on-one, high-performance training from a perennial top producer.  We cover the bases, from legal and marketing, to technology and client care. We don’t just want a brokerage with a lengthy roster, we’re focused on creating a centre of real estate excellence. Continue reading

Realty Executives International Ranked a Top Franchise Brand by Entrepreneur Magazine

Realty Executives International ranks as a Top Franchise Brand for 2017 in Entrepreneur magazine’s first-ever Top Franchise Brands list. The report recognizes the top 200 franchisors that have built the strongest brands, with 988 companies across industries considered for this year’s ranking.

Entrepreneur set out to discover the brands that are beloved, recognizable and robust. Social media followers, system size, number of years in business, number of years franchising, and overall reputation were taken into account for this ranking. Continue reading

Realty Executives donates funds to Hurricane Irma relief efforts

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Realty Executives has donated funds to The American Red Cross in support of Hurricane Irma relief efforts in Florida and the Southeastern U.S. The company matched a contribution made towards Hurricane Harvey relief efforts earlier this month, when  profits earned from Texas operations in 2017 were donated to the Red Cross.

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