Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Lansing Moving Company Shares Real Estate Tips for Home Sellers

Preparing to sell your home means more than just deciding to do it yourself or choosing a realtor you feel comfortable with.  “First impressions count.  Potential buyers are envisioning themselves living in your home as soon as they pull up to the door,” says Wendy Mackey, Preferred REALTOR®  Partner with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®  of Greater Lansing.   Here are her top tips to make your home more appealing to potential buyers.

Perk up the curb appeal.  

  • Trim bushes and shrubs so they don’t block windows, doorways or walkways.
  •  Put a pot of bright flowers (or a small evergreen during winter months) on the front porch.
  • Edge the grass around walks and trees. 
  •  Lay a new doormat. 
  •  Put a new doorknob on the front door. 
  •  Put a fresh coat of sealer on a blacktop driveway. 
  •  Install a new mailbox. 
  •  Upgrade outside lighting fixtures. 
  •  Polish, paint or replace the house numbers. 
  •  Keep gardening tools and children’s toys out of sight. 
  •  Paint door and trim work if the paint is peeling. 
  •  If there is a door bell, make sure it is in good working order.

Make your home bright and welcoming.

  • Use incandescent light bulbs for a warm, homey feel. 
  •  Put out fresh pot potpourri or burn scented candles for each showing. 
  •  Buy new pillows for the sofa. 
  •  Buy a flowering plant and place it in a window that is frequently passed. 
  •  Make a centerpiece, using fruit or artificial flowers, for the dining table. 
  •  Replace heavy draperies or curtains with sheer ones to let in more light. 
  •  Put out new towels in the bathrooms.
Keep winter safety in the forefront of your mind when preparing for a showing.
  • Have the driveways, sidewalks and entryways cleared of ice and snow and salted if necessary.
  • Replace furnace thermostat batteries.
  • Make sure the porch lights are on for evening showings.
  • Have a boot tray or rug by the door to encourage buyers and REALTORS®to remove their shoes. 
Wendy Mackey, REALTOR®, Green, PMN, CNHS, RCC
Coldwell Banker Hubbell BriarWood 


Whether you're moving across town or across the country, trust the professionals at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® to safely and efficiently transport your belongings.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Movers wear red to fight against heart disease

Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women in the United States, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined.  That's why the team at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® of Greater Lansing is doing something to fight back.  During the entire month of February, the franchise will partner with the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign to raise awareness in the fight against heart disease in women.

Beginning with National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 7, staff members will all wear red and movers and drivers will sport red dress pins on their uniforms.  Customers with moves scheduled during the month will receive a Go Red folder containing valuable information on heart health, such as heart-healthy foods, exercises and a Heart Health Guide from the American Heart Association.  And, for every Customer Satisfaction reply card that is returned during the month, the franchise will donate $1 to the local chapter of the American Heart Association. 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is known as the "Movers who Care" and one of the company's core values is to give back to the community.  Because the company was founded by a Lansing-area woman, MaryEllen Sheets, and because some of the company's most successful franchisees are women, supporting a women's cause like Go Red is a natural.

The following heart health materials can be found on our website:

It's time to fight back.  And now it's time to Go Red.  Together, we have the power to save lives.  Visit the Go Red for Women website for 10 ways you can Go Red this February.