7 Tips to Help Avoid Common Moving Day Mishaps

Today I have another guest author ready to give you tips on how to avoid costly moving day mishaps. Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House is filled with tips, tricks and other advice based on Suzie’s years of experience in interior home design that will set you up for success.


Moving is exciting! It’s also stressful and tiring. If you throw a few blunders into the mix, the event can quickly go from becoming a pleasure to being a pain. Here are some tips for keeping your moving day positive.Image courtesy of Pixabay hand truck

Hire help. One of the best things you can do is hire a moving company to assist with your move. You’ll be exhausted even with help, so paying someone else to do the grunt work will literally take a load off. If you’re nervous about allowing a stranger handle your fragile or valuable items, one solution is to hire a company that drops the moving truck at your house, you pack it, they deliver it for you to the new place, and then you unpack. You still do some heavy work, but at least you’re relieved of the driving duty.

Another great service: hire someone to assemble furniture for you. Assembly can be a headache, especially if you’re in the middle of pointing to where boxes go and living out of your suitcase. Opt to get help through a trusted service like HireAHelper.

Arrange ahead. Good moving services get booked up well in advance, especially during summertime. Some experts recommend locking in your mover months in advance. Also, note there are some moving companies who are fly-by-night. Check references and go with a trusted service. Make sure you read through estimates and paperwork carefully, as some companies may hide fees in the fine print. Then once you’ve reached your destination, read the inventory sheet carefully and ensure all your items are present.

Don’t take it all. Most of us have more “stuff” than we really need. Take a hard look at what you own, and do some decluttering in advance of the move. Less belongings will mean less to pack, less to move, and less to unpack. Besides, if you’re staging your home for a sale chances are you need to reduce clutter anyway. If you opt to store items in another location during your home sale, box them in an organized manner. Label appropriately and store them in a way that will be logical when it comes time to move.

Last-minute packing. This is a big no-no. Don’t wait until the morning of the move to pack your kitchen, or any other rooms for that matter. You won’t be able to do a good job since you’ll be rushed and you’ll add to the chaos of the day. Some experts suggest allowing eight to 10 weeks to pack up your home.

Keep necessities handy. Think through what you may need when you get to your new location. Keep some fundamentals in a convenient location; include basic tools and cleaning supplies. You won’t want them at the back of the moving van or buried under boxes.

Secure items. Don’t pack in a manner that allows things to shift out of place. Falling items can not only become damaged, they can hurt someone. Secure your belongings with ratchet straps, shrink-wrap, and rope as needed. Also, ensure your heavy items are packed low with lightweight items higher.

Don’t rely on Mother Nature. Be prepared if the day turns out to be inclement. Have tarps, plastic sheeting, towels and plastic bags at the ready. If you need last-minute additions you can drop by a local home center for supplies, but it’s best to have some items accumulated just in case.

Also, Better Homes & Gardens recommends considering the time of day you decide to schedule the move. Chances are you will be better off planning around rush hour or big local events.

Moving success! Moving can be both exciting and overwhelming. Do some planning to avoid turning your moving day into mayhem. With smart strategies in place, your move should go smooth as silk!

AC City Council to Appoint 5th Member

This year American Canyon turns 25. As we look back on how much this city has grown in the last quarter century, it’s important to keep in mind where we want to be in the next 25 years.

Next Tuesday, February 7th @ 6:30pm, the City Council will appoint their fifth member. There are currently five candidates: former Councilmember Joan Bennett, Tony Heuschel, Doug Lindsey, Arvind Nischal, and David Oro. One of these five individuals will help lead us into the next phase of our history.

I encourage you to make time to go next Tuesday to see the candidates. We have a number of important issues in our city including Watson Ranch, traffic, water, economic development, housing developments (including the Village at Vintage Ranch), our budget over the next two years…

As a City, we are teetering on a precipice and it’s important that our leaders – once and future – hear our views and our ideas. This coming Tuesday is a good place to start. I hope to see all of you on Tuesday.


American Canyon Market & Tour 1/13/17

The American Canyon market is starting to heat up already. After a torrid December, January looks like it is going to be extremely busy as well.  21 homes are in contract, 10 of which are pending (although I’m hearing that one of them is off the market today!) make it look like it will be another strong month.

In my monthly newsletter to American Canyon residents, I said that Rancho del Mar will be a bell-weather subdivision. For most of last year, these older homes sold in the mid-$330,000 range and were just starting to creep up. With two homes coming on the market on Carmel – one at $398,000 and the other at $413,000 – it looks like prices are ready to jump.

Without a doubt, one of my favorite homes on the market right now is 200 Carmel Dr, at the corner of Carmel and Rio Grande. It’s listed by fellow BHHS Drysdale office-mate Kasama Lee and offered at $413,000. A converted garage adds much needed extra living space. For photos and more information about the listing, click here.


It’s easy to show so if you’re even a little bit interested, go ahead and give me a call @ (707) 853-0797. I expect this one to go fast!

Open House this Weekend!

I’ll be holding 4517 Paseo Drive open this Sunday from 1 -4pm. Great home in Cordelia with one of the largest lots in the entire development. New build (2015) and the owner has put in over $100,000 in upgrades.


What to do With Your Garage…

It used to be that garages were for putting cars into so that they didn’t have to brave the elements. That doesn’t seem to be so true anymore. If you’re anything like me then your garage is a disaster.  It’s our primary storage space, laundry room, exercise room, and my office…all crammed together in one medium-sized space. Here are 5 tips for organizing your garage:

  1. Use plywood in the rafters for extra storage. There are a couple of caveats to this. First, make sure that the plywood is thick enough to hold the weight of the boxes that you intend to place there. If the wood is too thin, make-use-of-the-extra-studs-768x1024you run the risk of it breaking.
  2. Use exposed studs.  I wish that I could do this one (unfortunately previous owners put up sheet rock). It’s a fantastic idea. We’re always looking for another spot to put our excess…stuff. Every inch counts when it comes to the garage so using the space in between the studs is sheer brilliance.
  3. Use storage racks. Sounds simple but if you really aren’t going to park your car in the garage you may as well utilize space as much as possible. We have two rows of the storage racks and are now comfortably able to stow our camping gear, travel items, serving dishes that we don’t always use and other odds an ends.
  4. Pegged that one! Perhaps you still need more room for dad’s hacksaw that he insists he will use. Putting up a peg board is still a favorite although maybe outlining where the tools go on the board is a little obsessive.
  5. If putting up plywood to store your pre-teen’s toddler clothes isn’t for you, take a look at The Family Handyman’s website. You can learn how to create a sliding storage system that is designed for your garage ceiling. It’s completely out of the box thinking and is a fantastic hack.