8 Easy Ways to Make Your Patio a Private Paradise

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Relaxing on your patio is a great way to get out and enjoy the sunshine this spring and upcoming summer! While you may pass the time chatting with friends around the table, lounging in a hammock, or reading a book in your favorite chair, you could feel as if you are exposed to your neighbors and passers-by, which can take away from the comfort you seek.

Fortunately, there are ways that you can give yourself some privacy tastefully and inexpensively. Check out our 8 tips here!

Outdoor Privacy Curtains – You can treat your patio as an extension of your home and obtain the serenity you seek by investing in a few privacy curtains made out of outdoor fabric. You can also create DIY drop cloth curtains by spray-painting a few drop cloths in a unique pattern, giving you privacy and shade in style!

Lattice Panels – Lattice isn’t just lovely to look at – it’s also very versatile for nearly any space! Use a traditional white piece of lattice, spray paint it to reflect your personality, or grow some trailing vines to add a bit of nature to the panels.

Fast-Growing Privacy Plants – Although you will need to wait to enjoy your living privacy screen, plants are an attractive solution to giving your deck or patio some solitude. We recommend tall, bushy plants for the greatest amount of privacy from evergreen trees and oleander to Italian cypress and gold cone.

Outdoor Privacy Screens – A privacy screen or two can be a real asset to your patio. They look great and can be moved around to any location that you’d like! You can purchase one in just about any material you’d like, or you can make your own with old shutters, doors, or other materials.

Bamboo Plants – Bring some exotic charm to your patio with some bamboo! This plant can create a fabulous, tall, dense, and natural privacy screen to the outdoors. It’s especially handy in areas of the yard that has high exposure from the road or close proximity to neighbors.

Tall Garden Pots – For an immediate yet still natural solution to your privacy problem, we suggest placing some tall garden pots in strategic spots on your patio. Plant your favorite plants, flowers, or shrubs in these pots, and place the pots close together to create an eye-catching privacy wall wherever you need it!

Pop-Up Gazebo – Don’t want to spend a lot of money on creating your own gazebo to relax in? Invest in a pop-up canvas gazebo! They’re easy to set up, give you four walls of privacy, and can be moved easily into storage once whenever you choose!

Fountains – We’ve talked a lot about visual privacy, but what about auditory privacy? Sometimes, you just don’t want to hear your neighbors chatting or the cars driving by. If that’s the case, a fountain can help solve that problem! Not only can it help mask the noise you may hear (or the noise others could hear from your yard), but it can also add a lovely element to your curb appeal. Find a small plug-in fountain to place on your table, or go bigger with a multi-tiered fountain near your patio!

Is it a dream of yours to own a house that features a patio or a deck? The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties can help make that dream a reality! Give us a call today at either (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298, or check out our listings online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com.

4 Fresh Spring Decorating Trends Your Home Is Begging for This Year

16841996946_04187a2427_bIt’s March, which means that spring will be upon us very soon! As the weather warms up, you’ll probably get the itch to put away those heavy throw blankets and winter decorations in favor of items that speak to the season of renewed life. Spring is a wonderful time to decorate because there are countless possibilities to help you bring the feeling of the season indoors.

Here are 4 of our favorite decorating trends for this spring. Try one (or more!) out in your home!

Pastel Romance – Love is in the air this spring, so welcome it in your home with plenty of pretty pastels! We’re seeing a lot of lavenders, soft pinks, and light greens this season, and we just love it! Combine these colors with a crisp white or a bold neutral to create a bright and cheery space.

Hello, Yellow – Yellow is really in this season, and we can’t get enough! Bring in the sunshine with yellow accents, throw pillows, or wallpaper. You can also drape a buttery yellow throw over your favorite armchair or breathe life into your mantelpiece with yellow flowers like daffodils! Pair yellow with pretty much anything – grays, blues of all shades, lavender – really, just about anything goes!

Welcome to the Jungle – For a different take on the spring season, go for a deeper, richer pop of color with dark shades of green! From a bold splash of color as an accent wall in your study to small pops in décor items, this wonderful color will bring a new, vigorous depth into your home.

Springtime Blossoms – What says “spring” more than flowers? Don’t be afraid to bring flowers – real, fake, or a bit of both – into your home this year. You can keep freshly-cut blossoms in a vase in your living areas, place fake flowers inside decorative rain boots by the front door, or admire a bunch inside a few cute mason jars!

How will you decorate for spring this year? Take photos of what you’ve done in your home and share them with us – we love hearing from you! Happy spring!

6 Ways to Create a Classy, Inspiring Workout Room

5726470040_229923423a_b.jpgThe gym might be a great place to get a workout in, but there’s nothing like being able to exercise in the comfort of your own home! Oftentimes when people think of home gyms and workout rooms, they picture spaces cluttered with bulky exercise equipment, which can make the whole idea pretty disenchanting. Whether you’re a yoga fan or enjoy weightlifting or speed-walking on the treadmill, there are several ways you can make your workout room peaceful, classy, and inspiring!

Here are our 6 tips to help you create a home workout room that you won’t want to leave!

Choose a Great Color – Fitness rooms don’t have to be white or gray. In fact, we really love the idea of incorporating pops of color in the walls! Try painting the walls a soothing shade of blue, green, or purple. Lighter shades of yellow can also be cheerful and invigorating. We do recommend staying away from very strong colors like red and orange, though. You’ll want your workout room to be inspiring and calming, not draining!

Unclutter the Space – It’s hard to stay focused on your workout if you have piles of papers and junk scattered throughout your workout room. After all, clutter can make you feel unorganized and anxious. Get rid of the clutter and make your space a peaceful place that you can’t wait to spend time in!

Let in the Light – Who wants to exercise under harsh fluorescent lighting? No one, that’s who! If you can, try making your workout area a place that receives a lot of natural light. This will make the space energizing and relaxing. Like to work out at night or don’t get a lot of natural lighting? Opt for lamps and sconces!

Bring the Outside In – Houseplants can be a wonderful addition to your home, especially in your workout room. They not only help filter the air, but they also help create a calming, happy environment. Add a few of your favorite houseplants to help make your daily workouts more pleasant. We recommend easy-to-care-for plants like philodendrons – they are pretty forgiving if you forget to water them every once in a while!

Give Yourself Some Room – Okay, we’re stating the obvious here – exercise requires some space. Make sure that your fitness room isn’t jam-packed with equipment and that you have at least a few feet in every direction to do all the lunges, cartwheels, and yoga moves you want!

Choose Inspiring Artwork – Give yourself boosts of motivation with a few of your favorite prints! You can frame some of your favorite motivational quotes, put up prints of your favorite locations, or hang up some of your favorite artwork. Seeing these great pieces hanging on the walls will help inspire you to do your best!

Want a home that has plenty of space for your workout regimen but don’t know where to start? Call The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 to begin your search today! Be sure to check out our listings online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com!

6 Last-Minute Tips to Help You Host an Awesome Super Bowl Party

6832876983_8c57ff178b_b.jpgSuper Bowl Sunday is February 5 – what will you be doing? If you’re like the millions of people in America, you’ll probably be tuning in (at some point, at least!) to check out the big game, the commercials, or the halftime show. You more than likely will be enjoying some delicious snacks also! But why do this alone? Be sure to get your best friends together at your place to enjoy a Super Bowl party like none other!

Oh, and yes, you can put together an amazing Super Bowl party at the last minute. That’s why we’re here! Check out these 6 helpful tips to help you organize and enjoy your Super Bowl party this year:

Make It Comfy – Super Bowl calls for casual get-togethers to check out the game, nosh on some delicious food, and enjoy each other’s company. Create a comfy atmosphere by bringing in some throw pillows and floor cushions from the other rooms in your home. Toss them anywhere your guests may plop down!

Stage It Right – Let’s face it – not everyone will be watching the game. Prep two or three rooms in your home to accommodate your guests properly. One room can be the designated game-viewing area while the other two rooms can be dedicated to chit-chat and playing board games and card games. Be sure to keep some snacks in each of these rooms!

Create a Mouth-Watering Spread – According to the Department of Agriculture, Super Bowl Sunday is the 2nd largest food consumption event of the year, second only to Thanksgiving. Be sure to have plenty of grub on hand for your guests to enjoy! We’re thinking of mozzarella sticks, wings, chips and salsa, meatballs, spinach artichoke dip, and nachos. Don’t forget dessert! Brownies and fun cookies are always a hit.

Set Up a Stellar Bar – Get stocked up on your guests’ favorite drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), ice, cups, and lemon and lime wedges. You can set up your bar in the kitchen or even on any type of flat, stable surface. We suggest putting a plastic tablecloth down for easy cleanup!

Don’t Forget Your Vegetarian Friends – Offer your vegetarian guests a bit of variety, too! Choices like dip, bean dip, guacamole, freshly-cut vegetables and fruits, or a cheese tray are always good options.

Get Your Guests into the Game – There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of team rivalry! Ask your guests to come over sporting the colors of the team they want to win, their favorite player’s jersey, or a team t-shirt. This year, the Falcons will be taking on the Patriots, so colors will range from red, white, and blue to red and black. Feel free to keep fans on separate sides of the room or integrate them. Bonus points if they come up with a cheer or two!

When it comes to finding your dream home, we’ve got the perfect game plan! Call The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 to get started. You can also check out our current listings on our website at www.dianamasseyhomes.com.

8 Useful Tips to Help You Throw an Incredibly Memorable Housewarming Party

how-to-have-an-elegant-housewarming-party-4You’ve finally found your dream home in your ideal neighborhood! You’ve signed all of the necessary papers, and you’ve moved all of your things into your new place. Now it’s time to celebrate! Your family and friends are probably excited to see your new home, so why not invite them over by throwing them a party for all of you to enjoy?

Here are 8 tips to help you throw an amazing housewarming party:

Start Planning – First things first, choose when you want to throw your party and start planning! Maybe you’ll want to have an afternoon open house party where your guests come and go as they please. Perhaps you’ll want to enjoy a more elaborate event with an evening dinner party. Whichever you choose, be sure to set a time for the party and inform your guests well ahead of time so they can plan on coming over and celebrating with you!

Get Creative with Seating – Chances are that not all of your chairs are in place or you don’t have enough chairs to seat all of your guests. No problem! You can pull your dining room chairs or a few ottomans and benches into the party area for your guests to perch upon comfortably. Still have some unpacked boxes around? Throw a nice fabric or cute blanket over them and use them as seats! When there are plenty of places to sit, your guests will feel more at ease and will want to stay longer and have more fun with you.

Put Together an Awesome Playlist – Whether you’re breaking out the record player or turning up Spotify, it’s time to put together a playlist that will bring your party to life! Put together a collection of your favorite songs or let Spotify cruise and do its thing.

Give ‘Em the Tour – Don’t forget to give your guests what they really want – the grand tour! You can either choose to give individual tours to all of your guests or give a group tour altogether. Either way, take them through the house and proudly show off your new digs!

Place the Food and Drinks Strategically – Your guests definitely want to check out your home, but they will generally gravitate toward the food and drinks. You can give them what they want and show off the best parts of your home at the same time! Does your home have a great view? Set up a drink station in front of that view to give your guests something to talk about! Does your kitchen look like it leapt off the page of a home magazine? Show off those gorgeous countertops and cabinets by displaying your appetizers and finger foods in your kitchen.

Show Your Work Off – Have you made big changes to the home since you moved in? Show off the renovations by posting “before” photos outside each room! You can also post some photos of the rooms while the changes were in progress. Your guests are bound to enjoy checking out your progress!

Document the Event – Don’t forget to record your event by taking plenty of photos! Take real photos with a camera, use your smartphone, or get creative and come up with a fun hashtag for your guests to use on social media when they post photos. You can gather those photos together and create a scrapbook later! Don’t forget the guestbook!

Enjoy Your Party – This might seem like a “gimme” tip, but you’d be surprised at how easy it can be to run around taking care of the refreshments, giving tours, and playing bartender and lose focus on your party. Ask some of your friends or family members to help take turns manning the food and drink station so you can go mingle with your other guests. Sit back, enjoy their company, and be proud of how far your home has come along!

Once the party’s over, be sure to mail out thank-you notes to your guests! It might seem a bit cheesy to do, but it’s actually a thoughtful and classy gesture. Thank your guests for coming with personalized handwritten notes, especially if they helped or brought something to the party.

If you haven’t found the home of your dreams yet, never fear! Just call The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298! You can also view all of our listings online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com.

7 Easy Ways to Decorate Your Home After the Holidays

winter-door-decoration-christmasThe holidays are now over, which means that it’s time to put away the holiday décor for another year. Now is the time to transition your home from the holidays to winter décor, which is actually a lot easier than you might believe it to be! Give your home a mini-makeover this month – here are 7 ways you can refresh your home and keep it happy and bright after the holidays!

Bring in the Light – Let’s face it, during the winter season, some days can be downright dreary. Just because it’s gloomy and gray outside doesn’t mean that your home needs to be! Plenty of lighting can help open your space and brighten any room in your home. Bring out your favorite lamps, candles, and lanterns and light up your home in no time!

De-Clutter – Is your resolution this year to get more organized? Kill two birds with one stone by going through your home and de-cluttering your space! Gather any of your holiday decorations and put them away in their designated storage spaces. We’re talking about ornaments, wreaths, garland, and mini Christmas trees. Do a bit of “winter cleaning,” repurpose any holiday decorations that you know can double up as winter decorations, and let your space breath again!

Refresh Your Throw Pillows – Want an easy way to bring some life back into your home? Try using different throw pillows! Fresh colors and textures can work wonders on your couches, chairs, and beds. Try choosing pillows in a trendy color scheme to update your home’s look. We’re loving whites, blues, and gold and also whites, blacks, pale pinks, and metallic for chic color schemes!

Take Out the Red – Pops of red belong in the holiday season, not necessarily in winter décor. After all, winter is a time for whites, neutrals, grays, blues, and metallic shades. Try taking out the red berries out of your birch decorations to get the right feel. Paring down the greenery can also help you steer clear of any festive vibe!

Jazz Up the Walls – Bring in some cheer by using some fun, colorful wall décor! Think bright colors and chic metallic foils for a fresh, energetic ambiance. Don’t be afraid to mix canvas and framed art to give depth to your walls!

Think Rustic – The holidays are a bright, bold time full of noise and joy. Winter, on the other hand, is a serene time of year that evokes feelings of quiet and calm. You can bring this atmosphere into your home with a few simple rustic touches! Substitute pinecones for heavy garland. Bring in twine and rustic objects to create unique centerpieces for your mantel and coffee table for the season.

Keep It Cozy – Winter is the perfect season to bring out your coziest, warmest blankets, pillows, and throws. Toss your faux fur throw over your favorite armchair. Make the couch extra cozy with oversized fuzzy pillows. Add warmth to your bed with incredibly soft blankets. There’s just something so great about snuggling up with these items and enjoying a good book with some hot tea or hot chocolate!

Looking for a new home to keep you cozy during the winter and beyond? The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties can help with that! Call us today at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 to get started, or check out our current listings on our website at www.dianamasseyhomes.com!

5 Fun Ways You Can Make the Most Out of Winter This Year

pexels-photo-54200It may not be official, but we dare to say that winter has arrived! We have recently experienced plunging cold temperatures, goose bump-inducing wind chills, and even a little bit of wintry precipitation. While some people aren’t big fans of winter, we think it’s a wonderful season full of beauty and opportunities to make fun memories!

Embrace winter this year! Here are a few ways you can make the most out of the season both at home and outside:

Get Outside – Yes, we said it – get outside and enjoy what winter has to offer! Journey down your neighborhood’s streets after they’ve been covered by freshly fallen snow. Have a snowball fight with your buddies and make snow angels with your family. Go skiing or simply take a drive and enjoy how the snow decorates the barren landscape.

Bask in the Sunlight – Along the same lines, it’s always enjoyable to take in as much sunlight as you can this season. Getting enough light during the winter helps maintain a positive mood and can help stave off those winter blues. Besides, sunny winter days are full of wonder! We recommend getting at least 15 minutes of sunshine a day, if you can.

Get Moving – While it’s awfully tempting to lounge around all day under your coziest blanket, it’s a really good idea to develop and maintain an active lifestyle. Bundle up and head out for a walk with the dog, or hit the treadmill in the basement or at your local gym. Staying active will make you happier and keep you fit and healthy!

Enjoy Winter’s Superfood Selection – When we think of eating delicious fruit and vegetables, we usually think about the fresh produce that summer gives. Winter, however, provides plenty of amazing produce! Enjoy fresh kale, Brussels sprouts, pomegranates, sweet potatoes, and clementine with your daily meals.

Pamper Yourself – Remember earlier when we mentioned snuggling with an incredibly cozy blanket? You should definitely do that! The long dark nights are the perfect time to enjoy yourself in the comforts of your home. Make yourself a hot cup of tea or hot chocolate and read your favorite book by the fireplace. Take a nice, warm soak in the tub. Do anything that will make you feel warm and happy!

Look Forward to the New Year – Now is the perfect time of the year to reflect and start looking forward to what the New Year has in store for you. Take the time to set a few personal goals for the coming year. Make sure that they are challenging yet attainable.

How do you enjoy the season of winter? Tell us in the comments below! We love hearing from you!

White Lights or Multi-Colored Lights – Which Side Are You On?

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The holidays are officially here! If you couldn’t tell from the colder temperatures and the shorter amount of daylight we’ve been experiencing, you can easily tell that the season is upon us whenever you go outside and see the beautiful spectacle of holiday lights. Trees and shrubs are bedecked in multi-colored lights, trees sparkle with clear white light in living rooms, and a myriad of bright lights can be found downtown or in your own neighborhood.

One of the biggest questions we usually wind up asking ourselves every year is this: should I decorate with white lights or multi-colored lights this year?

If you’re having trouble deciding between these two choices, here are a few reasons for you to use either of them:

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They Are Always a Great Neutral Color – If you don’t want to be totally inundated with color this holiday season, white lights might be right for you. Go totally neutral by pairing white holiday lights with metallic or glass decorations and plenty of gold, silver, and bronze. The color can come from the tree itself, the stockings, the presents under the tree, and other holiday decorations you place around your home!

They Always Add Ambiance – Glimmering white lights always add some level of magic, wonder and sophistication, especially during the holidays. Besides, their subtle light can complement any color scheme!

 

Multi-Colored Lights

They Get You in the Holiday Spirit – When added to trees, shrubbery, rooftops, and more, multi-colored lights give a happy, playful, and energetic vibe, which can really help you get in the holiday spirit. Thanks to LED settings, you can now customize your colorful light displays to sparkle, twinkle, and dance as well!

They Give You a Fun Color Palette – You can easily go with a more simplified route by choosing one or two specific colors, or you can choose to get more festive by using a myriad of colors. Whichever you choose, you have countless options, and there’s really no way you can go wrong!

Whether you put multi-colored lights or white lights on your tree or home this year, there really are no downsides to either lighting option. In fact, if you really want to, you can even choose to have the best of both worlds and use both! It all boils down to a matter of preference, so choose what you like!

Which side are you on? Be sure to tell us in the comments below! We love hearing from you. Happy holidays!

8 Things We’re Thankful for in the Metro East St. Louis Region

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As residents of the Metro East St. Louis region, we are surrounded by a large number of wonderful places, people, amenities, and activities. Too often, though, we take these great things in our lives for granted. This Thanksgiving week, we’d like to give everyone a little reminder of just a few of the countless things we have to be thankful for here in the Metro East. Here are just 8 of our favorites:

The Great River Road – Talk about a scenic drive! Our beautiful river road hugs the mighty Mississippi Road and spans of beautiful scenery including craggy bluffs and a huge variety of trees. It’s a perfect road to take if you want to look at the gorgeous fall foliage or just want to get out for a refreshing drive away from the city.

Rich History – History buffs will love discovering all of the rich and sometimes bizarre history that made the Metro East great. From the discoveries of Louis and Clark on the Mississippi to the harrowing tales of the frightening Piasa bird, there’s a lot to learn and appreciate by living here!

Cahokia Mounds – Once larger than London in AD 1250, Cahokia Mounds contains the remains of the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico. Take the time to learn about the ancient civilization that once made its home here, or simply climb and sit atop the largest mound and watch a beautiful sunset in peace.

The Way of Lights – The holiday season is a magical time here in the Metro East. One of the best things to do to celebrate is to head over to Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville to witness the annual Way of Lights holiday display. Enjoy more than one million colorful lights as you visit one of the largest outdoor shrines in the nation. It’s a must for residents of the Metro East (and anyone else, for that matter)!

Gorgeous Fall Foliage – You don’t have to travel anywhere far to see outstanding fall foliage – just look in the neighborhoods around you! Whether you travel down the streets in your hometown, take the time to peruse Pere Marquette State Park, or take a walk or bike ride down one of the many trails, nature’s beauty can be found right in our own backyard!

Quick and Easy Accessibility – The Metro East is a place that gives its residents both the peace of the countryside and the excitement of the city. You can easily enjoy plenty of small town activities, but if you’re in the mood for a bit of big city living, St. Louis is only a hop, skip, and a jump away!

Amazing Food – St. Louis is home to several food items that were created right here in our backyard! We get to know the true joys of eating toasted ravioli on a cold day, gooey butter cake at a get-together, provel cheese on our pizzas, and drinking an ice-cold Ski.

That Hometown Feeling – Perhaps the thing that we’re the most thankful for is the community in which we live. Our many communities are full of friendly, caring people. These people are the neighbors you live next to and work with, the people who come up and say hello to you in the store or at a local restaurant, and the people who would give your car a boost if the battery died. We are grateful to be living amongst genuine, hardworking, and caring people here in the Metro East!

Is it your dream to live in the St. Louis region? We can make it become a reality! Just call The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298. You can also take a look at all of our great listings by visiting us online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com. We hope that you have a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving!

9 Essential Tasks to Do After You Move into Your New Home

天地無用_(7736032314).jpgMoving day is finally here! All of your belongings are packed and waiting to be moved over to your new home. We know that moving day comes with a huge mess of emotions and you trying to figure out where you want everything as your movers bring in your belongings. While moving everything into your home is understandably at the forefront of your mind, there are a few other tasks you will need to attend to once you’ve moved in.

Here are 9 big tasks you will need to do once you move into your dream home!

Get the Utilities Up and Running – If you haven’t done so already, get the main house utilities up and running as soon as you can. You’ll want to call the power and water providers to help get your electricity, gas, and running water set up in your new home. Don’t forget about setting up Internet, phone, cable and other important services you may need or want!

Unpack the Essentials – Before you start tackling those looming stacks of boxes, get the 2 most important rooms – the bedroom and the bathroom – ready for immediate use. Assemble your bed, unpack your bedding, and make your bed so you can fall asleep easily at the end of the big day. In the bathroom, dig out your essentials such as your toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, other toiletries, towels, and, of course, your favorite bathrobe to use after a relaxing shower!

Locate and Get Familiar with the Fuse Box and Main Water Valve – Now that you’re in your new home, you will need to find where the fuse box and main water valve are located in case of emergencies or if you ever need to fix a power or water issue. Ensure that the fuses are labeled correctly, and get familiar with how to work the main water valve so you can limit damage should an emergency like burst pipes occur.

Change the Locks – You may hold the keys to your new home, but do you know who else may have a spare set? Secure your home against unauthorized access by changing the locks on all outside doors. This is a quick and easy fix that will help ensure that only you and your family have access to your home.

Connect the Major Appliances – If you’ve decided to move your major appliances, you will want to hook them up as soon as possible. When it comes to refrigerators, however, you will need to take extra precautions to get it installed correctly. First, leave your fridge upright on its final resting place for at least 3 full hours. Then, plug it in and turn it on. By giving it at least 3 hours to rest, you’ll allow the oil to relocate itself into the compressor where it belong.

Wipe Down Your Cabinets – Before you give your dishes, pantry items, and bathroom supplies a brand-new home, wipe down the cabinets inside-out. Use a non-toxic cleaner to make it sparkling clean, and replace the contact paper if necessary.

Clean the House Completely – While we’re on the topic of cleaning, it’s wise to give your new home a thorough cleaning. If possible, try to clean it from top to bottom before you move it – the process will be a whole lot easier. Don’t forget to wash the windows, vacuum the floors, and steam-clean the carpets! You’ll be happy you did this whenever you’re totally settled in.

Change Your Address – Now it’s time to inform all of the important people and institutions about your change of address! Update your information on your voter’s registration, and inform your bank, credit card companies, insurance companies, and other businesses about your move. Once that’s done, tell your family and friends about your new change of address if they don’t know already!

Keep Unpacking – As you’re unpacking all of your belongings and finding a new home for them, carefully inspect all of the boxes for any signs of damage from the move. Take your time unpacking and enjoy the process of decorating and settling into your new digs!

Still haven’t found your dream home yet? We can help! Just call the experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties! You can reach us at either (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298, or check out our listings at www.dianamasseyhomes.com.