Kathy Wilfert - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


If you recently bought or sold your home, moving day may be rapidly approaching. Fortunately, you still have time to pick up must-have supplies so you can get ready for moving day.

Now, let's take a look at three items that you should purchase prior to your upcoming move.

1. Moving Boxes

In all likelihood, you have a wide range of personal belongings that you need to pack. If you have lots of moving boxes at your disposal, you should have no trouble securing your personal belongings so you can transport them to your new address.

Home improvement and moving equipment companies often sell moving boxes in many sizes. You also may want to consider visiting a local grocery or convenience store to find moving boxes; in some instances, a grocery or convenience store may be willing to provide you with its empty food and beverage boxes free of charge.

2. Packing Supplies

In addition to moving boxes, you'll need supplies to ensure that you can pack your personal belongings safely. With packing supplies in hand, you can guarantee that your personal belongings are protected as they go from Point A to Point B.

Must-have packing supplies include bubble wrap, packaging tape, markers and labels. If you pick up these supplies today, you can move one step closer to finalizing your moving day preparations.

3. Snacks and Beverages

Oftentimes, moving day can be hectic, even for those who allocate significant time and resources to prepare for the big day. As such, it sometimes is easy to forget to eat and stay hydrated as you try to bring all of your personal belongings to your new address.

For those who want to do everything possible to prep for moving day, it generally is a good idea to pick up snacks and beverages. Granola bars, trail mix and other portable snacks are ideal for moving day. Meanwhile, purchasing bottled water and other beverages is beneficial too.

If you need extra help with moving day preparations, you may want to consult with a professional moving company as well. A moving company goes above and beyond the call of duty to help individuals map out all aspects of the moving day process.

A moving company employs friendly, knowledgeable moving experts who can guide you through your move. Plus, the company can offer packing guidance, moving services and other support to ensure that you can seamlessly relocate to your new address.

Lastly, for those who will need to move soon, it may be beneficial to hire a real estate agent. This housing market professional can help you buy or sell a house in any city or town, at any time. Furthermore, a real estate agent is available to provide support at each stage of the homebuying or home selling journey. And if you are uncertain about how to proceed along the homebuying or home selling journey, a real estate agent is happy to provide plenty of assistance.


If you want to acquire the best house at the lowest price, it pays to conduct an in-depth home search. In fact, there are many reasons why you should perform a comprehensive house search, and these include:

1. You can define your dream house.

For those who enter the housing market without a clear-cut definition of a "dream home," there is no need to worry. If you perform an extensive house search, you'll be better equipped than ever before to differentiate home must-haves from wants.

Ultimately, the definition of a dream home varies from buyer to buyer. As you map out your homebuying journey, it helps to put together a list of house must-haves and wants so you can tailor your home search accordingly.

Once you determine what you want to find in your dream house, you can assess the housing market and search for your ideal home. Then, when you locate your ideal residence, you should have no trouble submitting a competitive offer and moving one step closer to buying your dream house.

2. You can avoid the dangers associated with paying too much for a home.

Oftentimes, it is easy to attend a home showing and submit an offer on a home. But if you do so without performing housing market research, you risk overspending to purchase your ideal residence.

When it comes to determining the best price for a house, it helps to look closely at real estate market data. This information can help you differentiate a buyer's market from a seller's market, analyze the prices of houses in your city and town and much more. Perhaps most important, reviewing housing market data may enable you to avoid the temptation to spend too much to acquire your dream home.

3. You can reduce the risk of purchasing a home that fails to meet your expectations.

An in-depth home search reduces the risk that you'll be forced to "settle" for a home that fails to meet your expectations. Instead, you can allocate plenty of time and resources to search far and wide for your ideal residence. And if you find your dream home, you can rest assured that you'll be able to purchase this residence and enjoy it for years to come.

Clearly, there is a lot to think about if you intend to buy a house in the foreseeable future. But if you collaborate with a real estate agent, you can receive expert support at each stage of the homebuying journey.

A real estate agent will learn about you and your homebuying goals. Next, this housing market professional will keep you informed about available houses in your preferred cities and towns and set up home showings. A real estate agent will even help you submit offers on houses and ensure you can get the best price on any residence, at any time.

Take the guesswork out of buying a house – consult with a real estate agent today, and you can get the help you need to make your homeownership dream come true.


When it comes to remodeling, some pet owners think outside the box to provide a comfortable environment for their pets. From designing indoor retreats to constructing cat highways, pet owners don’t mind spending thousands of dollars on remodeling just for the comfort of their pets. 

In recent times, homeowners in America and beyond are now keeping their pets in mind when renovating the home. Whether you are remodeling the entire house or just the living room, here are some major pet-friendly trends to include in your plan. 

Feeding Station 

Most pet owners see their furry friends as part of the family and would want them to eat along with everyone else in the kitchen. But the kitchen is often hectic, and it is easy to knock or step over pet dishes. Also, if your pets eat carelessly, water and moist food will be littered all over your kitchen floor, a constructed feeding station is a perfect home remodeling idea to help you to keep your kitchen clean as well as ensure that your pet eats along with everyone.

Dog Washing Station 

This is one of the quickest growing trends among pet owners. Fed up of hoisting their pets into laundry tubs or bathtubs, pet owners enjoy the comfort of areas designated for dog washing. Most dog washing stations resemble a shower stall, but it is half the height. Washing stations feature cold and hot water supply, a ledge for comb and shampoo and a spray nozzle. Including a dog washing station in your remodeling plan is not expensive and it will add more value to your home when you sell it to someone who owns a dog. 

Built-in Beds 

Gone are the days when cats sleep on cardboard and dogs sleep on crates. In today’s world, homeowners have added pet beds in cabinets, shelves, and numerous built-in features. Giving your pet its own bed to sleep will make it comfortable as well as create space in your home. 

Cat Highways 

If you want to bring your kitties outdoor experience into the home, a cat high way is the ideal pet-friendly remodeling trend you need to consider. By nature, cats love to jump and climb so by including perches and walkways in one or more rooms, your kitty will always stay active and you won't lose floor space. 

Indoor Pet Retreats 

This is a room designed for pets to have nothing but fun. It features a drinking fountain, automatic feeders, doggy shower and a lot of space to run and play.

Talk to your general contractor to help you incorporate these ideas into your remodeling plans and make you and your pet happy.


If you enjoy eating a lot of chicken in your diet because it is easy on your budget, then it pays to have many ways to cook it. Chicken is an affordable meat that many people use in their daily meal planning. The problem with chicken is that creating new ways to prepare it could be difficult. Here are four ways to use the chicken thigh with the leg attached to make a tasty meal:

Roast Chicken

Roasted must be the easiest way to cook chicken. Just wash, pat dry, rub with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. You can cook with the lid on or off. Many people will cook and take the cover off three-quarters of the way to ensure that the skin gets brown and crisp. Add your one of favorite vegetables, and you have a meal prepared with little hassle.

BBQ Chicken

If you are new to using a BBQ grill, take the skin off the chicken before you start cooking. Removing skin will significantly reduce the chances of a fire starting and burning your meat. Add any style of sauce near the end of cooking. Having 3-4 different sauces will allow you to change the flavor of the meat by using a different sauce. It goes excellently well with steamed rice, veggies and as a side to most dishes.

Breaded Chicken

Breading is a quite fantastic way to cook your chicken. You can purchase different flavors at your local grocery store, or you can mix your own spices and add them to your coating. The best part of making your unique spice blend is that you can control how much sodium you use. Two popular coatings you can use are corn flakes and crackers. If you want to prepare a truly special meal, Japanese Panko bread crumbs will add a nice touch to your chicken.

The Slow Cooker

Another easy way to cook chicken is to add chicken pieces and bones to a slow cooker along with some water. Set it on low, add a couple of bay leaves, some salt, and then leave it to cook all day. An hour before cooking, take the chicken out of the slow cooker and let it cool. While the chicken is cooling, you can add noodles or rice. Pick all the meat off the bones and put it back into the slow cooker and you will have an amazing chicken noodle or rice soup.

Try out these super ways of cooking chicken and expand your cooking horizons today.


An entryway is the first room you enter when coming home and the first to welcome guests. Many couples have a grand entryway at the top of their wishlist when buying a new home. Make yours count with upscale upgrades that won’t break the bank. Here are my tips for creating a high-end entryway no matter the size of your budget:

Paint vent covers a new color and/or finish. This is a great subtle way to add a touch of luxury to your entryway. You can find spray paint in every tone and finish possible to match the rest of the hardware in your hall. Be sure to allow it to dry well before putting them back in place. Alternatively, you can swap out a plain grill for one with more decorative detail.

Add decorative brackets tucked against the tread on the side of your stairs for a unique handcrafted millwork detail. Paint and or stain them to match the original woodwork. This will give your home a touch of upscale elegance visitors will fawn over. If your stairs are painted consider giving them a fresh coat of paint while working on this project for a clean new feel.

Add frames to your light switch plates and paint them to match. Luxury is all about the details, quite literally. This is a quick project with big impact. Consider hunting around antique shops for a vintage option. Don’t feel you have to paint them stark white. Try a deep brown or a creme color for your plates.

Create faux baseboards along bare walls with molding. You can even create a wood-paneled look by installing molding along the halfway point of your wall and painting the area down to the baseboards all of the same color. Install molding fitted into rectangular frames along this space for a more detailed look.

Update your entryways light fixture to a piece that is more upscale and elegant. Replace flush mount light fixtures with a chandelier or pendant light that is just as stunning as it is functional. Afterall, good lighting is key to an entryway that wows.    

Add new life to your entryway with a fresh coat of paint. Rich, deep colors and neutrals feel high-end and luxurious. This is a great room to choose two colors for - one for the top half of walls and another for the bottom half. This is another way to create a unique and interesting room without installing paneling.

Bring in a runner or carpet to add a layer of depth and luxury to your entryway. While oriental style carpeting is a classic don’t be afraid to choose a pattern you love. Again, neutrals will guarantee a high end feel to the room. With that said rich, warm colors can feel chic and glamorous.




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