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#HOMEHacks | Important Things to Remember When Moving

Hooray! You sold your house! With this hot seller’s market we are in, you may have sold your home quicker than you expected! Now is the time to start thinking about your move.

Transfer Your Bills!

It’s important to think ahead about utilities and other expenses. Too often movers wind up in a new home and end up being charged multiple bills. Without question, one of the first things on your list should be to call ahead and get this information transferred.

Measuring is Important

Before you start packing, break out the measuring tape. Measure your couch, your bed frame, mattress and other large items. Don’t forget about the doorways and spaces in which you plan on putting your furniture. Don’t let moving day be impeded by the inability to fit your favorite recliner through the front door. While this may seem like a no-brainer, it is easy to put this on the back burner or neglect it entirely.

The Packing Process

When it comes to the actual packing process, it is easy to become stressed and anxious. The number of items that need to be packed is often more than you think and this fact alone can be quite overwhelming. The key to avoiding this sort of stress is to be extremely organized in all aspects of your packing process.
First, consider what sort of packing materials you will need. While cardboard boxes are the standard moving material, they can also be quite expensive. Alternative materials (such as plastic storage bins) should be considered.
Next, consider your organization. The most popular strategy is packing items by room. By doing so, and labeling the boxes accordingly, you’ll be able to quickly and efficiently unpack the contents of the box. Another strategy is to pack all like items with one another. For example, all electronics together, all bedding together, etc. Whatever strategy you decide to use, be sure to stick to it. If you do not follow a certain strategy—packing items at random—the unpacking process will be tedious and frustrating.

Let your REALTOR® Help

Your realtor has been with you every step of the way. Why not let them help with moving as well? Realtors often have connections with locksmiths, carpet cleaners, landscapers and many other home service companies. Just because the home is sold, doesn’t mean they will leave you out in the cold! Be sure to take advantage of our HomeOwner’s Plus program to find vendors and/or services that you may need.

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#HOMEHacks | Garden Favorites for a Good Harvest

Nebraska is well-known for producing an impressive amount of agriculture! Unfortunately, not every Nebraskan has a green thumb.
If you dream of growing your own fruits or vegetables here are some favorites recommended by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Known as “cultivars,” these recommended favorites are just about certain to yield a healthy harvest here in the heartland.


For salad or cherry tomatoes look for the Husky Red Cherry variety which is suitable for growing in containers. For standard tomatoes, the Bush Celebrity variety is very disease-resistant and compact with good flavor.


Producing long, red stalks with good flavor is the Valentine rhubarb variety.
Squash: For green squash, you are nearly guaranteed success when growing Zucchini Elite. For yellow squash try the Sunburst variety, which produces tender, patty pan-shaped vegetables.


If you are looking for sweet peppers, UNL recommends King Arthur peppers. This variety does well in heat and results in blocky, 4-lobed peppers, both in green and red hues. If you prefer some spice, Mucho Nacho will give you hot, jalapeno-type peppers. Super Chili Hybrid is a good option if you are wanting to dry peppers at the end of the season.


For the best pumpkin pie, start with Small Sugar pumpkins. If you’re more interested in an impressive jack o’lantern, the Howden variety takes an average 110 days to grow to full size.


When jarring pickles at the end of the season, you can’t go wrong with the Homemade Pickles variety. To yield crisp and delicious cucumbers during the summer, Diva cucumbers are overlooked by cucumber beetles and have smooth, thin, skins.


For an iceberg-style lettuce, the Summertime variety is a good option. For kale, the Red Russian variety produces large plants with excellent flavor and are very cold tolerant.