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Get Settled with Furniture Rental in Your New Home

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

moving and furniture rental

Buying a new home is one of the most exciting things a person can do because it signals a big change. However, moving is recognized as one of the top three stresses in life, and there’s little to do to get around that. Furniture rental can be one small way a new homeowner can alleviate some of those moving stresses. It’s far easier to get settled with furniture rental in your new home than it is to pack, move, store and set up your old furniture; that said, furniture rental is not for everyone. Those with antique items they can’t bear to part with will obviously want to keep them for sentimental or valued reasons, and those with the means to pack and ship a whole home full of furniture will see no reason not to. But for the rest of us, especially those of us looking for a furniture upgrade to go along with our address upgrade, furniture rental can be just the thing to get you through the first few months.

First, lets look at the costs associated with moving. After buying a home (and all the costs associated with that, especially in San Diego), there’s getting to it. Those moving within the same city might not have such a big problem, but relocating from one city to another, one state to another, or from New York to San Diego, can find it’s more of a hassle than they bargained for. Relocating furniture can triple the cost of moving:

  • Hiring furniture movers is quite costly and more than twice the amount of renting a truck to move items yourself.
  • You’ll still incur fees of a truck rental in addition to filling that gas tank and buying insurance for your items/any damage to the truck. Hopefully you’ll be nice and also buy your friends and family dinner and drinks for helping you move, too.
  • If you’re in between homes and need to store all of your big items you’ll find high storage fees that sometimes require an additional monthly payment added to your bills.

Let’s say your furniture items would cost you $10,000 to replace if you bought everything new today. Shipping them a medium to long distance could easily cost almost as much as replacing them. But few brand new homeowners have an extra ten grand to throw down on all new furniture right away; not to mention, having to coordinate buying new furniture to have ready on move-in (so you aren’t forced to sit on the floor the first few nights) can be a bit much. Furniture rental takes this out of the equation: sell or donate your existing furniture, avoid the costs associated with shipping the furniture, avoid the physical stress of moving your furniture yourself, and sit back (or unpack) while a furniture rental service delivers and sets up your temporary furniture items in your new home. Keep them until you’re ready to buy new and you’ll won’t have to lift a finger again.

Second, let’s look at the time associated with moving. Moving is not a quick process, no matter how organized you are.  There are services that will come and pack your things for you, ship them for you, and set them up in your new home for you, but the average person just does not have that kind of money. At the very least, you’ll need to do your own packing and organizing before hiring a company to ship your boxes and furniture. But even then you’re relying on another company to deliver your belongings and furniture when promised – something that can be hard to predict and might leave you high and dry – for weeks. Few people take extensive amounts of time away from their jobs to move, which means being left without your things can be a huge tax on your time.

Furniture rental offers yet another solution to this predicament:  by not having to worry about big, bulky items during your move, you can travel more lightly. Rent a truck yourself or pack up your car with your personal belongings and ship the things you won’t need immediately. Schedule furniture rental delivery for the day you’ll arrive and you’ll be able to walk in to your new home with comfortable, quality furniture and have everything else you’ll need already with you. Not a day will be wasted.

Third, let’s look at the quality of your existing furniture compared to rented furniture. Often times, when renting, the customer is able to choose higher quality furniture than what they would purchase. Rented furniture pieces are in tip top shape and always current, and may be switched out for new pieces at the client’s request. Opt to have the rental items delivered prior to your arrival to provide a welcoming feel when walking into your new home. Choose the duration of time in which you will keep the selected items and if you get bored with them, just swap out for something different. This works great if you are in between selecting a theme for your home. Perhaps you and the spouse are in different places when deciding on your décor: use furniture rental as a substitution until the final decision is made, or as a way to help you come to a final decision. Once certain items are inside the home, choosing the design of your home becomes easier.

Image by Mojo Denbow Photo Studio

Furniture Rental for the New School Year

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Sofa furniture rental
Colleges around the country are starting this week and next and students (and their parents) have been thinking and planning and stressing all summer. As a freshman, moving out of the house may seem like a big challenge when you have to shop for all new necessities needed to get started and the sheer number of options can be stress inducing on their own. Whether it’s a dorm, a private residence, or an apartment full of roommates, your shopping list is bound to be a long one.

There is, however, one way to remove stress surrounding college living arrangements. Rather than invest loads of money on new furniture for your new student or deal with the hassle and expense of moving furniture items to campus, furniture rental is the stress-free and cost-effective way to provide a student with everything he or she needs. After dealing with the chaos of move-in day, you’ll be wishing someone else was doing the heavy lifting!

Most likely the housing you chose is temporary and contracted for the term of the school year. When the school year ends, you’ll have decisions to make about what to do with your furniture – do you put it in storage? Ship it home? Give it away to someone who is staying for the summer? And next fall you’ll be in the same predicament. With furniture rental, you can choose your items from the comfort of your computer or smartphone, select the delivery and pick-up dates, and forget about it. No storage fees, no backbreaking lifting, no shipping fees, no wear and tear, and no stress about what to do with all that stuff.

Dorm rooms come furnished with the simplest of pieces, giving the room that predictable bare-bones look. If you’re looking for something a bit more ‘grown up’, particularly for grad students or upper classmen, furniture rental provides a mature ambience.

Also, more often than not it’s the little things that make a temporary college room feel like home. Accent items, artwork and plants are available for rent and offer an easy way to decorate and keep a room from looking like it belongs in Dorm Monthly magazine.

It’s well known that a college education is a stressful and costly ordeal; some of those stresses and costs can’t be avoided, but furnishing your college room doesn’t have to be one of them. Check out this infographic on the stressed life of a college student and the ways to make the experience more enjoyable.

A Cure For The Stressed Life of A College Student

by WpromoteInc.
Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

 

 

Why Home Staging Works, Part 2

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Before home staging

Before: Exit Stage Right

As a follow up to our previous Why Home Staging Works post, we wanted to talk about what doesn’t work in home staging. The last thing you want as a home seller is a potential buyer to go running for the hills when they enter your home. It’s very difficult for current homeowners to detach themselves from their homes during the selling process, but (and we can’t stress this enough) this step is absolutely crucial. You may think you have great taste or that showing off the unique personality of your home is a selling point, but tread very carefully here. Home staging works because it is designed to appeal to the greatest audience possible in order to showcase your home’s strong points – and no one is more suited to help you with this task than a professional home stager. Let’s play a game before we dive in: guess how long the home in the photo above sat on the market.

Themes: You probably love the beach (and so do we!) and want to remind yourself of your honeymoon in Hawaii, but not everyone appreciates beach items and colors plastered all over their future living room. Likewise, your little princess may adore her sparkly pink room, but the childless couple looking for a room to turn into an office will have a hard time looking past the fluffy décor to imagine a desk. It might just be paint and personal objects that will go away, but visuals are everything and when a buyer walks into a room that they intend to have a completely different look, themes make it nearly impossible for them to see what they’re looking for.

Unique Furniture: Let’s face it, some people just have bad taste when it comes to decorating their homes. If you have elected to rent furniture for your home staging, keep it neutral and stay away from eccentric furniture that may scare buyers away. Appeal to the most people possible with clean, contemporary, rented furniture. It’s appealing for a reason!

after home staging

After: Exit Stage Right

This photo is the same room as the first one, only with way better furniture arranged by a professional home stager. The owner could not be convinced to change the orange accent wall or the maroon carpeting, but with clean modern furniture added it looks refreshing and desirable. Did you guess how long this home sat on the market? Leave a comment if you guessed 30 days!

Remodeling: Remodeling has consistently been a way to achieve a higher selling point and profit during a home sale, but keep in mind that simplicity is the way to go. If you have already remodeled your home to cater towards certain needs, for example a handle bar for assistance into the bathtub, you may want to consider removing these fixtures. Unless you are located in an environment or neighborhood which attracts certain buyers, specific items that aren’t usually found in the average home will cut down on your selling potential drastically because buyers will see the house as “marked” for a purpose they don’t need.

Separation Anxiety: You raised your children in this home, or maybe it was your first purchase with your spouse, and of course it’s hard to let go. The fact of the matter is the next guy just doesn’t care about your history there nor do they want reminders of it – you want them to pay good money for this house and they’re only willing to do so when they view it as theirs. Eliminate all personal possessions such as photos and kids art and replace it with neutral, abstract art. This can be hard if you still have to live in the house while it’s on the market, but this is really where a professional can help you.

There is incredible value in having your home on the market for as little time as possible, especially while obtaining the asking price you wanted. Professional home staging helps so many homeowners make the selling and moving process quick, and when it comes down to it that’s a major stress reducer. Home staging works when it’s done right!

Best Places for Furniture Inspiration

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

red chair

Photo by Hank Woo

Decorating a new place, or wanting to redecorate a room to bring it to modern times, can be an exciting yet daunting prospect. Deciding what to keep, what to replace, and what to refinish or reupholster is enough of a worry without having to figure out a whole new style. If you’re lucky and you already know the color scheme you want – or you at least know it has to center around the awesome fuschia chair you got – you have a starting off point. Finding furniture inspiration is one of the hardest parts of redecorating, but you never know what might strike your fancy until you look around. Check out these great places for furniture inspiration – you’ll get a little more than you bargained for and might even come up with a whole new home decor plan!

Smart Furniture – These guys are all about the furniture! They have a Pinterest profile full of boards about interior design, furniture and decor (stuff they sell and stuff from around the web), and a Facebook page with deals and sales. Check out their blog for design tips for every room – even the outdoors. Pinterest board to pay attention toHave a Seat: All about chairs! This board has everything from modern to classic, eclectic to practical; if you can sit your tush in it, it’s here.

Remodelaholic – This is the place to look for inspiration that will make your house a home. This website is great because it’s a real family, really decorating and updating the home they live in. Plus, there’s a lot of DIY inspiration for the crafty among us. Check their Facebook page (and blog) for giveaways and contests – reader questions and comments are always answered, too! Pinterest board to pay attention toFurniture: Chairs, tables, DIY furniture, and even an old stump of wood that functions as a stool and/or side table. This board is seriously about style and it’s impossible to not get inspired.

Live Love DIY – Virginia behind this website is such an enjoyable DIYer. Seriously, read the blog. Not only does she take you through step by step with how she succeeds and fails (being hilariously honest along the way), she has great photos and links to the products she uses. This is an especially helpful website for those who are on their own in the decor department. Pinterest board to pay attention toFor the Home: This board is kind of a mish-mosh of different furnitures, colors, accessories, tips and organizers. Not sticking to one particular style, this board collects inspiration from everywhere.

Danielle Oakey Interiors – It’s definitely a good idea to find furniture inspiration from a professional interior designer, and Danielle Oakey Interiors is an excellent place to start. She shows you how you can get the professionally decorated look without necessarily having the price tag – and also provides tips on when might be a good idea to call a professional (just because you really love two things doesn’t mean they go together). Pinterest board to pay attention toAffordable Furniture: Focusing as much on fabrics as furniture, this board emphasizes the cost (because, let’s face it – you probably can’t splurge on everything). She even tosses in a few images of finished rooms so you can get the look in mind.

Barr’s Furniture – Another furniture company where you can actually buy the stuff you like, but they also have a Pinterest profile chock-full of inspiration from other sources. Their Facebook page is a collection of great ideas, blog posts, and helpful tips to get the home you want and need. Pinterest board to pay attention toDesign Tips: While their entire profile is full of furniture inspiration, this board is designed to get your thinking juices flowing. A picture of a modern sofa or chair is nice, but understanding how it will work in your home is a totally new concept. Easily one of their most populated boards, it has tips for arranging furniture, arranging fabrics, color coordination, and various other design tips.

Poppy Talk – This website isn’t just about interior decor or furniture – it includes inspiration for all things design related. This is a helpful source of inspiration to have because no well decorated home is just furniture – art, accessories, and personal objects are what make a house a home, and having inspiration for and from those items is important. Pinterest board to pay attention toFor the Home: Leaning towards the quirky side of design, this inspiring board is full of furniture items, whole room designs, clever furniture hacks and accessories.

These are all top notch furniture inspiration sources for your next interior design project, but there are also so many more that are also quite excellent. Check out our own Pinterest profile for furniture, home decor, DIY and so much more. Don’t forget to also take a peek at those we follow: we’re constantly amazed by the inspiration we surround ourselves with!