Get Your Laundry Room Organized

26 Aug 2016 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Get Your Laundry Room Organized

Chances are your laundry room is not your favorite room of the Loft. It’s a room associated with chores, and it’s often the most cramped room in your Loft, making those chores seem even more tedious.

But what if your laundry room was clean, organized and even beautiful? Would you feel differently about washing and ironing clothes then?

If you’d like to tame the chaos and make your laundry room a space you love, follow these tips.

Corral the cleaning supplies

Has your laundry room become a gathering place for wayward cleaning products? Then find a way to contain all your supplies. An attractive basket or caddy placed on top of the washer or dryer or on a shelf keeps everything in one place so you know exactly where to find it the next time you need to knock out a grass stain before throwing those jeans in the wash.

Add shelves

If your laundry room doesn’t already have shelves, what are you waiting for? Shelves can help you organize all your supplies and is a great place to keep folded laundry while it’s waiting to be put away. Take it a step further and invest in some attractive shelves and containers – there’s no reason to skimp on design, even in functional rooms.

Add a countertop

If your laundry room is nothing more than a glorified closet, give yourself some room to work by installing a countertop over the washer and dryer. This gives you a place to fold laundry as it comes out of the dryer. And if you add curtains beneath it, you can hide what’s underneath. Then when you need a little extra counter space for a party, open the closet, close the curtains and use the countertop as a serving space!

Sort it out

Laundry rooms tend to get messy when there’s no place to sort clothes, so invest in a divided hamper that lets you easily sort lights, darks and whites. Get the whole family in on it by having them sort their own dirty clothes into the appropriate bins so washing day goes a little faster

Designate a lost and found area

Where do all those lost socks go? Until we figure out that mystery, have a designated space in your laundry room for all buttons, spare change and socks without a mate.

Think vertical

Clothes that can’t go in the dryer need a place to hang out until they’re dry. Don’t waste precious horizontal space – think up! Install a retractable clothesline, or invest in a drying rack that allows you to hang clothes for drip-drying.

Create an ironing station

Ironing clothes can be a real pain, so make it easier by designating a space for it in your laundry room. Attach an ironing board hanger on the wall so you can store the board out of the way until you need it. If you have the space, you can also add a rod nearby to hang the clothes that are freshly ironed while they are waiting to be put away.

Whether you have a tiny laundry room or one that’s fit for a king, getting organized will make completing one of life’s inescapable chores that much easier. You may even discover you like doing laundry. Don’t worry, we won’t tell the kids!

Brokerage and site updates

19 Aug 2016 · by ChrisSampaio

Logo New

In the next days we will be updating the neighborhood pages on the site. I will be adding pictures (somehow they disappeared in one of the updates) and some personal recommendations of places to go in each area.

We are also updating the mobile version of the site, to look simpler, have larger pictures and to be easier to navigate.

We will be removing the search box from the front page and making more streamlined with just two buttons “Search Lofts For Sale” and “Search Lofts for Lease”.

We also implemented Real Scout on the back end and our single property email alerts are more in sync with our brand, I am sure our buyer will appreciate the new interface.

We secured a full back page color ad which will run every month at the Downtown Weekly newspaper where we will display our listings and other info.

We are always implementing in the front end and back end to make things easier and better for YOU!

Moving? Here’s How To Avoid Identity Theft

12 Aug 2016 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Identity Theft

As if moving isn’t already stressful enough, it can leave you vulnerable to identity theft. Your personal information is being shared repeatedly while you transfer from one Loft to the next, making you a potential target to thieves. If you’re getting ready to move, follow these tips to make sure you don’t become a victim.

Lock up important papers during open houses

When you are selling your Loft, potential buyers will be coming and going while you are not there. Be sure to lock up all your sensitive information during showings to make sure wandering eyes can’t find things like your birth certificate, tax returns or insurance forms.

Submit change of address

Fill out and submit a change of address form to the US Postal Service at least 10 days before your move to ensure that your mail isn’t getting into the wrong hands. You should also inform other service providers and companies of your change of address, including:

  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Credit card companies
  • Insurance carriers
  • Utility companies
  • Magazine and newspaper providers
  • Schools
  • Employers
  • Any other company that may send personal information to you through the mail

Choose a reputable mover

Not only do you want all of your personal belongings to arrive intact, you want to make sure nothing is stolen – including your sensitive financial information. Take time to research moving companies online, check them out with the Better Business Bureau and schedule a meeting with each prospect. You may pay a little more for a trusted company and have to book in advance during peak moving seasons, but the peace of mind is absolutely worth it.

Protect sensitive documents

Most movers charge by weight, so there’s good reason to unload old documents you no longer need, such as credit card and bank statements from pervious years. But don’t just toss them in the garbage or recycling as-is. Thieves who are prone to looking through your garbage are doubly encouraged when they see you are moving, so it’s wise to invest in a good shredder and shred all documents that you are tossing out. Even old utility bills should be disposed of properly – when in doubt, shred it.

Take important papers in hand

Instead of loading the papers you intend to keep onto the moving truck, if possible carry them by hand to your next home. This way, they never leave your sight and are less likely to come into contact with someone who could use them to steal your identity.

Reset passwords

If you’ve gotten lax about password strength on your electronic devices such as your laptop, tablet or smartphone, make sure to reset your passwords. They should be long and strong and different for each device.

Monitor your accounts

Continue to closely monitor all your financial accounts during and for several months after your move. Check your credit report and score and consider signing up for fraud monitoring services to alert you to any suspicious activity.

By following the simple advice outlined above, you can keep you and your family safe from identity theft during your upcoming move.

10 Tips For Moving With Pets

5 Aug 2016 · by Virtual Results PubSub

10 Tips For Moving With Pets

There’s no way around it – moving can be really stressful! But when you throw a pet into the mix, it can make the task even more daunting. If you’re getting ready to move, but aren’t sure what to do to make the experience less stressful for you and your pet, read on.

  1. Tag and microchip

With so many people coming in and out of the Loft during a move, an otherwise well-adjusted pet may get a little spooked and bolt. Moving day is already stressful enough without having to search the neighborhood for your nervous dog. Be sure you pet is microchipped and wearing a collar that clearly identifies your contact information. Also check that the chip registry has the correct information and update it to your new address.

  1. Visit the vet

Your vet is a great resource for you during a move. They can recommend behavior modification techniques or even medication to help quiet your pet’s nerves. You may even be able to get a recommendation for a vet by your new home. Ask for your pet’s medical records before you leave so you can give them to the new vet.

  1. Get your pet comfortable

At minimum, your pet is probably going to have to travel in a car to their new home. If your pet has travel anxiety, give them a few practice trips in the car before the big day. If you’ll be transporting them in a carrier, put the carrier in your home with the door open and a favorite toy inside so they can get used to it.

  1. Have a moving day plan

Your home will be a flurry of activity on the day of the move, so make arrangements for your pet to be out of the Loft on that day if possible. Board them at a kennel or ask a friend or family member to keep them for the day. If your pet must stay at home, keep them in a quiet room with the door closed.

  1. Have pet supplies ready

You’ll want to get your pet settled into your new loft as soon as possible, so pack them a bag that contains all the essentials they’ll need, including food, water, a bed and a litter box.

  1. Prepare for travel

If your move requires a trip on an airline, be sure to make arrangements with the airline beforehand. Some airlines allow pets in the cabin if they can fit under the seat. If not, they may need to travel with checked baggage. If you’re driving to your new Loft and will need to spend the night in a hotel, find the ones on your route that are pet friendly.

  1. Know the rules

Familiarize yourself with any pet laws at your new location, including leash laws and license and vaccination requirements.

  1. Create a sanctuary in your new Loft

It may take awhile for your pet to get settled into their new loft. Create a sanctuary for them in a quiet area of the loft that includes their food and water bowls, litter box, beds and toys.

  1. Introduce them to the neighborhood

If you have a dog, work on establishing a routine as soon as possible. Schedule regular walks in the morning and evening to familiarize them with the neighborhood.

  1. Save yourself a headache or two

If you are traveling great distances, including to a foreign country, you might consider hiring a pet relocation service. They can guide you through the process and help move your pet from one location to the next, saving you a few headaches and lots of stress along the way.