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41 Stonybrook Rd., Framingham, MA 01702
A new home, a new lifestyleIf you're moving across the country you probably don't know where to begin when it comes to preparing yourself. A good place to start is with the basics of daily life. Ask yourself these questions before you start packing:
- Do I have the right clothes? You don't need a whole new wardrobe before you move, but you don't want to brave a Northeast winter with just a sweatshirt either.
- What can I get rid of? Think about all of the items you have and how much you use them. If you haven't used something in a year there's a good chance it's not worth hauling across the country.
- How much space will I have? If you're moving into a house bigger than the one you have now you might not need to part with many bulky items. If not, consider having a yard sale before you move.
- Do I know enough about where I'm moving? When moving to a new place, you'll want to know where the closest hospitals, gas stations, and grocery stores are. Explore Google Maps and websites for the area you're moving to to get to know the place beforehand. Write down important addresses and telephone numbers.
Create a timelineWith all of the changes that are about to happen in your life, odds are you'll get overwhelmed with many of the details of moving. Create a moving timeline, whether it's in an app on your smartphone or on a piece of paper. On this timeline, write in dates you'll need to accomplish certain items by. Here are some sample items for your timeline:
- Pick a move-in/move-out date by today
- Choose a moving company by today
- Sell or donate unwanted items by today
- Sign paperwork and exchange keys today
- Donate clothes by today
- Going away party by today
- Pack up office by today
- Pack up living room by today
Packing your belongingsWhen packing for a long distance move there is more pressure to do it right and not forget anything. Follow these packing tips to ensure a safe travel:
- Take inventory. Use an app that helps you categorize your belongings. Check off important items as they're packed and cross them off as they're unpacked at your new home.
- Pack one room at a time. This will help you keep everything together and ensure you don't forget anything. It will make unpacking much easier.
- Don't forget to label all your boxes. Keep that Sharpie in your back pocket at all times.
- Communicate. Make sure everyone who is moving with you and helping you move are all on the same page when it comes to packing so that no details are overlooked.
- Use extra padding. A longer drive means more opportunities for something to get broken along the way. Pack boxes full and put fragile items on the bottom of the truck.
Kitchen cabinets are the centerpiece of your kitchen. Granite islands and counter tops generally don't get as much attention as kitchen cabinets. It's a reason why many would be home owners decide to upgrade or replace the cabinets as soon as they move into a new house.
Key kitchen cabinet elements
The wrong kitchen cabinets can make your entire house look old, outdated. Choose the wrong kitchen cabinets and you won't have enough storage space. When choosing the right kitchen cabinets, focus on color, texture, style and shape.
Colors to choose from include white, brown, black, tan and red. You can also paint kitchen cabinets green, blue or any other color. The key is to choose a color that goes well with your kitchen table and chairs.
The types of kitchen cabinets that you can install are nearly as diverse as are the colors that cabinets come in. Base cabinets are installed about one foot above your kitchen floor. These cabinets are generally big enough to store large pots,pans and skillets inside. Before you go with these kitchen cabinets, consider how comfortable you and your family members will be bending down to retrieve and return dishware.
Wall cabinets are elevated and run along the top portion of your wall. About two feet of space is generally left free above wall cabinets. A good way to get plenty of storage space is to install both base and wall cabinets in your kitchen.
You don't need a pantry to put in pantry style kitchen cabinets. You may need another source of storage space, as pantry kitchen cabinets are typically smaller that other cabinet types. Whichever cabinet type you choose, make sure that you install enough pull out drawers. This will give you space to store silverware,large cooking utensils like a spatula and a large mixing spoon.
Kitchen cabinet accessories
Handles on double door kitchen cabinets are located at the top inner edge. Styles that handles are available in range from straight, round and curved. Silver, wood and gold colored are standard colors that kitchen cabinet handles are manufactured in. You could select handles based solely on price or you could opt for style and choose chic handles.
Regarding style, sliding cabinet doors is another option that's open to you. A downside to sliding cabinet doors is that they can get stuck. On the other hand, you won't have to concern yourself with replacing door handles that come loose and get lost.
Before you consider your cabinet choices finished, check out kitchen cabinet accessories.Included among the accessories are overhead lights, ventilation fans, open door shelving, end panels and toe kicks. If you're handy when it comes to construction, you may be able to save by installing unassembled cabinets.
As with other house features and amenities, go with your gut when choosing kitchen cabinets. Your first glance at kitchen cabinets takes in each of the key elements. Also, consider how well the cabinets blend with kitchen counter tops,the island, flooring and your kitchen furniture.