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This Modern Scratch and Sniff Wallpaper Line Is Literally Bananas

Flavor Paper has taken Willy Wonka’s wallpaper idea to the next level (minus the licking). It’s released three scratch and sniff wallpaper designs that are cool enough to adorn the walls of any modern space. Tommy Hilfiger papered three of the bathrooms in his Miami home with the citrus design. Deeta Von Teese chose a custom cherry print. And Elton John went bananas for the banana wallpaper print.

One of Tommy Hilfiger’s contemporary bathrooms features the citrus scratch and sniff wallpaper. Image: Architectural Digest

The three scents and patterns are bananas, cherries and citrus in a variety of designs and colors. But how does the scratch and sniff work? Micro-encapsulated fragrance oils are hand-applied to the paper. When you scratch it, you pop open the tiny capsules and release the smell.

Here are some rooms featuring the scratch and sniff wallpaper:

The whimsical yet modern cherry pattern is the perfect backdrop in a bedroom featuring an upholstered headboard. Image: Flavor Paper

The banana-scented paper in a company’s conference room is a great ice-breaker. The paper features a seafoam-color foil background. Image: Flavor Paper

Cosmopolitan Magazine’s new hair and makeup room features the cherry-scented scratch and sniff wallpaper paired with one of Flavor Paper’s new designs: Marylin Monroe’s lips. Image: Flavor Paper

This modern San Francisco nursery adds fun and whimsy by papering the walls with the banana-scented wallpaper. The jungle-themed nursery is bright and colorful. Image: Studio Munroe

A Santa Monica loft features the cherry wallpaper on an accent wall, working in harmony with the red dresser. Image: Jessica Ayromloo

Eighties retro chic colors and patterns add fun and fashion to this desk area. Image: Flavor Paper

Would you wallpaper your space with scratch and sniff wallpaper? Which one is your favorite? We’d love to hear all about it in the comments.

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What to Expect During Your New Home Walkthrough

Your new home walkthrough is the perfect time to learn about new appliances. Image: WORKS

The new home walkthrough process

Schedule between one and two hours for the entire walkthrough process. You’re not just touring the home before you close; you’re also learning about all of the features and functions in your home. Your builder needs sufficient time to go through the home so you’re comfortable using everything from the appliances to the thermostat.

The walkthrough usually involves the builder or superintendent, the buyer (you) and, if applicable, the buyer’s agent. Having all three parties present means that everyone’s interests are adequately represented. It also means getting all of your questions answered before your move-in date.

Check trim and paint for flaws. Image: Moser Architects

The steps

While each builder has a different walkthrough process, you’ll likely go over the same general areas. Here are some of the places your builder will check with you (and some things you can look out for along the way):

  • Finish work. Most builders will mark off any cosmetic issues with blue painter’s tape. This gives a visual reminder of any finish work issues, such as scuff marks, paint touchups, exposed nails or uneven grout lines.
  • Doors and windows. Your builder will show you how to operate all doors and windows, giving you the chance to make sure all of the seals are nice and tight. Check for drafts, gaps or windows that stick.
  • Appliances and features. From the thermostat to your security system, the walkthough gives you the chance to learn about your home. Your builder will show you how to use all of the features and hand over any necessary manuals. Make sure you locate the electrical panel, fireplace controls, thermostat and security system panel, and ensure that you are comfortable in using each before you close.
  • Exterior finishes. Your builder should take you outside for an exterior inspection. Check to make sure your stucco, stone, brick or exterior finish is smooth and even. Then check the foundation of the home to make sure the ground slopes away from the home. You can also grab a pair of binoculars to check the roofing; it should be consistent and tight without gaps.
  • Warranty vs. maintenance. As you walk through the home, talk to your builder about the warranty. Most builders offer a one- to two-year warranty on things like electrical and plumbing systems. Cosmetic items that aren’t flagged during the walkthrough, however, might be considered “homeowner maintenance” once you close, so make sure you’re clear on what’s included in your warranty and what’s not.

Pay special attention to fixtures and tiling work in the bathroom. Image: designstiles

Buyer tips

It’s easy to see your new home through rose-colored glasses. After all, you’re excited to move in, and correcting issues could prolong the process. But it’s best to take the time to resolve potential issues with your builder before you close. Otherwise, you risk having to deal with (and pay for) them yourself. These tips can help save you time (and headaches) during and after the walkthrough.

  • Even if your builder marks off items with painter’s tape, keep a detailed written list of repairs and resolutions as you tour the home. That way, you have a written record of everything that needs to be done.
  • Tour the home and examine the finishes from every angle. If you’ll be sitting on a couch in your new living room, crouch down and see what the home looks like from that level. You might notice flaws that you hadn’t seen while standing.
  • Snap a few pictures as you examine the home, especially if you find flaws that require repairs. It’s easy to get so excited about your new home that you completely forget which areas needed attention.
  • Don’t be afraid of speaking up during your walkthrough; your builder wants you to be happy with the finished product. A dent in your appliances or a scuff on the wall might seem like no big deal, but having it resolved during the building process means one less thing to worry about on moving day.

Arrive prepared

Even if your home clears inspections with flying colors, inspectors are there to confirm that a home is built to certain standards. They aren’t looking at the paint job or making sure you got the cabinetry finish you wanted. That’s why new home walkthroughs are so important: They allow you to advocate for yourself. While a few cosmetic flaws might set you back a week or two, it’s all part of the process. A new home walkthrough ensures that your builder has met your expectations and that your home is ready for you come moving day, so arrive prepared and you’ll be that much closer to your finished home.

Do you have experience with a new home walkthrough? Any tips to share? Let us know in the comments!

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Peaceful, Maintenance-Free House in Amagansett, New York

MB Architecture completed the design of House in the Lanes, a 7,300 square foot contemporary residence with an inspiring layout in Amagansett, NY. The clients requested a maintenance-free house that would last for decades to come. Builders used materials and finishes such as charred cypress, raw concrete and zinc for their ability to weather naturally over time.

“The lanes in Amagansett, New York are a set of walkable streets perpendicular to Main Street, dotted with a diverse range of houses and styles, that are walking distance to the ocean,” the architects explained. “In a departure from recent additions to the area, where houses extend from side to side on a given parcel, often choking it, we opted to let the side facade, the narrow end, be the street-front. By doing so, we were able to let the longer side of the house face south and direct sun, while maintaining a suitable distance to the neighbors.”

“A sunken courtyard on the south side of the house and a generous light-well on the north break the flatness of the site and allow light to be filtered into the lower level, transforming a basement into a well-lit family room with a private outdoor space,” the architects added.

The ground floor accommodates the living spaces and a guest bedroom. Plenty of lounge areas facing floor-to-ceiling windows make the space suitable for family interaction. The second level is more secluded and holds the remaining bedrooms. Photography by Matthew Carbone.

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Here Are the Do’s and Don’ts of Renting

Choosing to live in a rental property offers a lot of freedom from repairs and maintenance. Typically, tenants are not responsible for tasks like cutting the grass and fixing plumbing problems. Perhaps that’s why more than 111 million Americans have chosen renting over home ownership, according to the National Multifamily Housing Council.

Renting provides convenience and independence, but there are limits to what you can do in a rental property. While specifics may vary from landlord to landlord, these are some of the general do’s and don’ts of renting a property.

Some of the biggest do’s and don’ts of renting involve painting projects. Image: Vertebrae Architecture

Don’t go paint crazy

“Tenants like to say, ‘I’m leaving the place better than I got it,’ and some tenants might think that blood-red accent wall they painted is much better,” says Diana Valin, CPM, owner/broker at The Rental Xperts in San Diego, CA.

However, Valin tells Freshome that this is rarely the case – at least, not from the owner’s perspective – unless the parties collaborated in advance. “The best rule of thumb for tenants wanting to change things up during their time in residence is to ask for permission – and get it in writing.”

However, you can paint your furniture. If you’re craving that perfect blood-red accent color, incorporate some of it into your existing decor.

Customizing landscaping elements may lead to more problems for your landlord. Image: Cameron Landscapes and Gardens

Don’t let your green thumb go wild

While you may think of vegetable gardens or flower beds as a great use of space outside the property, it might actually cause more issues for your landlord down the road. Kristie Aylett of Ocean Springs, MS reached out to Freshome with a similar situation from her landlord friend. “The renter wanted to be reimbursed – or at least thanked – for building a tree fort in the backyard but didn’t realize the increased liability and insurance costs it presented to the homeowners.”

Valin adds: “We want [renters] to feel they can make the property their home, but if they want to customize anything during their tenancy, communicating what they want to do and getting written authorization to do it ahead of time is the key to staying out of trouble in the end.”

If you’re looking for some green in your dwelling, we recommend growing a few plants in your unit.

Consult with your landlord for major improvement projects. Image: Lighting New York

Don’t make major renovations

Valin says your rental agreement should also stipulate how improvements will be handled at move-out. “The owner that didn’t know you added ceiling fans in all of the bedrooms may be thrilled to find out that you improved his/her property but won’t necessarily want to reimburse you for the installation costs and purchase costs of the fans at move-out,” she warns. If you decide to take your fans with you at move-out, you’ll be responsible for patching/texturizing and re-painting the ceilings.

Cabinet hardware is the most likely avenue of customization and improvement and an easy way to show your creative side in the kitchen and bathroom. However, like anything, be sure to check with your landlord first.

You may have to improvise for projects that require a hammer. Image: Jennifer Giersbrook Interior

Don’t use a hammer for all of your projects

Most landlords will let you hang a few pictures or curtains on decorative rods. Aside from that, it’s important to carefully consider any decorating idea that involves the use of a hammer. In other words, scratch those thoughts about mounting cabinets in the bathroom.

That’s not to say you can’t decorate in other ways. For example, consider applying stainless steel appliance covers to the dishwasher and refrigerator. These covers come in peel-and-stick or magnetic varieties and can instantly update and transform the space.

Among the do’s and don’ts of renting is appropriate property maintenance. Image: Studio Sayer

Do help to maintain the property

Your landlord is responsible for repairs, but you, as the tenant, are responsible for informing management when there’s something amiss in your unit. Whether it’s a leaky faucet or a broken stove knob, you need to report these problems as soon as possible. If a small problem becomes a large problem and it’s deemed a result of your negligence, you may be responsible for the repairs.

As far as household pests go, your landlord is responsible for pest control; nevertheless, you are accountable for keeping your unit clean so you won’t attract pests.

Renters insurance protects items that for which your landlord isn’t responsible. Image: Ania Omski-Talwar

Do purchase renters insurance

Your landlord is ultimately responsible for the property and your unit. However, you are responsible for your personal items, such as your furniture, clothes and electronic equipment. Additionally, if someone is injured in your apartment, you might be liable for medical and legal bills. Renters insurance is a wise investment because it protects you against these unforeseen circumstances over which your landlord has no control – which is why it’s often required by your landlord.

What other do’s and don’ts of renting have you discovered? Please let us know in the comments.

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Check out the New Williams Sonoma and CNET Smart Home in San Francisco

CNET, one of the biggest and most trusted tech review websites, was way ahead of its time in 2015 when it announced that we’d all eventually live in smart homes. They were right: According to Report Linker, 41% of US homes now own at least one smart home device. And that number is growing, partially thanks to efforts like the CNET Smart Home.

CNET just launched the Xfinity CNET Smart Home in San Francisco. Williams Sonoma designed the interior of the 2,952-square-foot house with three bedrooms, a two-car garage and a backyard. In addition to the interior furnishings, Williams Sonoma provided smart kitchen products.

The home will serve as a lab for the latest home tech product tests and reviews, which will be shared online at CNET’s Guide to Smart Living. CNET’s goal is to help consumers use smart home tech to make the most of their lives and homes.

Among the vintage items on the bookcase of the CNET Smart Home is the sleek, modern Google Home device. CNET has created a comprehensive list of all the Google Home commands available to date. Image: CNET Smart Home

Some of the smart home topics CNET plans on tackling include:

  • How to automate mornings. Program your devices to adjust lights, turn on the news and start your coffee machine once the system detects you’re awake.
  • Cooking with a little help. Enhance your cooking skills by learning how to use smart pans and voice-activated smart appliances.
  • Smart home security tips and tricks. Learn hacks to maximize your smart home security devices.
  • Green smart tech living. CNET plans on sharing how you can save energy, resources and money with eco-friendly smart home tech and programmable light fixtures.
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Among the collection of devices in the CNET Smart Home are programmable lightbulbs, remotes and security cameras. Image: CNET Guide to Smart Living

Here’s a look inside CNET’s Smart Home, furnished by Williams Sonoma

The LG Wallpaper TV is as thin as paper and equipped with Chromecast. Skip the remote — the Smart TV can receive voice commands through Google Home.

CNET smart home tour

The bed detects when you wake up and turns on the lights and the TV to your favorite channel. It also starts up the coffee maker in the kitchen. The lamp features an LED programmable lightbulb that changes colors.

The Hestan Cue smart induction cooktop teaches you how to cook, and the June Intelligent Oven is controlled by Alexa.

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Samsung’s The Frame TV blends perfectly with a gallery wall. It displays high-resolution digital art of your choice when the TV turns off.

The kids’ room features plenty of color, light and opportunities for voice command through the Alexa control center.

What smart home devices do you own or plan to pick up in the near future? Let us know in the comments. Photography by CNET.

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Buying a House… Pests Not Included

Most homebuyers have a laundry list of “must-have” items before signing on the dotted line, ranging from hardwood floors to stainless steel appliances to open floorplans. But there’s one thing they don’t want in a new house: pests.

And for good reason. According to Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for the National Pest Management Association, “Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year – a cost that is typically not covered by homeowners’ insurance.”

Pests aren’t just unsightly; they also cause costly property damage. Image: DeForest Architects

These particular insects are insidious – Mannes tells Freshome that termites chew through wood, flooring and wallpaper without being detected by the human eye. “Termites are known as ‘silent destroyers’ because they can compromise the structural stability of a home without anyone even knowing until the damage is severe,” she explains.

However, termites aren’t the only pests that potential buyers should be concerned about. We’ve got some tips on which insects and critters to look for, where to find them and how you should proceed upon discovering that your dream home has unwanted occupants.

Warning signs inside the home

Check near doors and windowsills for evidence of termites. Image: Liz Schupanitz Designs

Termite wings and droppings

According to Mannes, homebuyers should keep an eye out for typical warning signs of a termite infestation when house-hunting. “These including the presence of swarmers, or young, female and winged termites.” Swarmers tend to invade houses in the spring, and they are drawn to light.

Mannes says that often the first visible sign of termites is the presence of these swarmers’ wings. Swarmers typically discard wings close to doors and windowsills. “Damaged wood that sounds hollow when tapped is a third sign, since termites like to get inside wood and eat it.” Frass and droppings are also evidence of termites; Mannes explains that drywood termites leave droppings that look like pellets. (Note: You might also find frass and wood damage outside of the house.)

Carpenter ants create internal damage in wood. Image: Leslie Goodwin Photography

Wood fragments from carpenter ants

“In addition to termites, carpenter ants are another pest that can quickly tunnel through wood without any external signs of damage,” Mannes warns. So, how can you distinguish between carpenter ants and other ant species? “Carpenter ants are larger than most ant species, ranging in size from one-quarter inch up to three-quarters of an inch,” she says. “They are black or red in color.”

Even if you don’t see the ants, Mannes says you might notice sawdust and wood fragments around the home. “Severely damaged wood will have small openings like little windows,” she explains. “Carpenter ants will cause round, smooth holes in wood.”

Dripping pipes in kitchens and bathrooms attract roaches. Image: TRG Architects

Roach-friendly leaking pipes

While damage by termites and carpenter ants is your primary concern, you should also be on the lookout for other types of pests. According to Orkin entomologist Glen Ramsey, it’s important to look under the sink and around the pipes in the kitchen and bathrooms to ensure that everything is sealed tightly. He tells Freshome that dripping pipes are a water source for roaches. And when you’re inspecting the kitchen, look for small black spots, which might be cockroach droppings.

Inspect baseboards and sockets for signs of bed bugs. Image: Beth Dotolo

Bed bug stains

No one wants bed bugs. Ramsey warns that tiny brown stains on the wall directly under or around sockets and baseboards could be a sign that bed bugs have taken up residence. In addition, mold, fungus or wood decay may indicate moisture in the walls; this could be a sign that there are several pest problems in the home.

Warning signs outside of the home

painted exterior

Windowsills and exterior paint are places to look for termites or beetles. Image: Patrick Square LLC

Bubbling paint from termites

Now that we’ve covered interior warning signs, what are the exterior red flags? Ramsey says that bubbling or cracked paint, along with mud tubes, are clues that termites or wood-boring beetles are present. What’s a mud tube, exactly? Mannes explains that it’s exactly what it sounds like: a tube or tunnel made of mud. She says that subterranean termites use mud tubes to travel from underground to above-ground areas.

Sunken or soft windowsills are other indications of water damage or termites. “Also, if wood decks or railings have holes in them, this could indicate that carpenter bees have been drilling,” Ramsey adds.

exterior pests

Inspect trees on your property to make sure branches aren’t touching your house. Image: Locati Architects

Nests in chimneys or trees

Don’t forget to inspect the chimney, since the presence of a nest might mean that birds or wasps have made themselves at home. Ramsey adds that an assortment of pests and critters, from ants and smoky-brown cockroaches to rats and squirrels, tend to nest in trees. Depending on the location of the trees and branches, you might want to cut back some of the branches so they’re not a bridge to the attic.

In addition, Ramsey recommends inspecting the home lawn drainage to make sure that water slopes away from, instead of toward, the home. Termites and mosquitoes gravitate toward the latter.

Newer homes need inspection just as much as older homes. Image: JB Architecture Group

Newer vs. older homes

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Lighten Up! Get Inspired with These 16 Fresh Pendant Light Ideas

Let these fresh pendant light ideas inspire your next design. Image: Earle & Ginger Kitchens

Pendant lights have been around for a while, but that doesn’t mean there’s only one way to use them. In fact, far from it. Occasionally you need to shake things up by combining traditional design elements with new pendant light ideas. Often the results turn out better than you ever could have imagined.

With that in mind, we present you with 16 fresh pendant light ideas. Read them over and consider how you can bring some of these lighting design twists into your own home. After all, sometimes even the classics benefit from a little makeover.

Pendant light ideas for the kitchen


Consider grouping your pendant lights to create a faux-chandelier look. Image: Certified Luxury Builders – Dallas/Fort Worth


A polished finish gives your metal pendant lights a fresh, modern touch. Image: Linda McDougald Design | Postcard from Paris Home


Shake up your design by using two different lighting fixtures in the same room. Image: Morgante Wilson Architects

fun fixtures

Remember, your light fixtures don’t have to be boring. They can be as fun as you make them. Image: kabi kitchen and bath cabinets

Pendant light ideas for the dining area


Use pendant lights to highlight your dining area. Image: Eldorado Stone


Coordinate your pendant light ideas with the rest of the room. Image: SHED Architecture & Design


Always make sure your pendant lights are evenly placed to highlight the entire space. Image: Moon Design + Build


If you’re only installing one fixture, use it as a statement piece. Image: Northworks Architects and Planners

open concept

If you have an open concept space, consider using pendant lighting throughout the entire room. Image: Cornerstone Architects

Pendant light ideas for the bedroom


Pendant lighting is a great addition to kids’ rooms, too. Image: Caisson Studios


Add a statement fixture over the bed to draw attention to your bedroom’s focal point. Image: i3 design group


Alternatively, put one fixture on either side of the bed to promote balance. Image: Incorporated

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Consider using an outside-of-the-box design to bring more visual interest to the space. Image: Ariel Muller Designs

Pendant light ideas for the bathroom


Pendant lighting works in the bathroom, too. Image: Wanda Ely Architect Inc.


Try matching your fixtures to create a cohesive look. Image: Custom Design & Construction


Add a pendant light on either side of your mirror. Image: Cabinet Concepts by Design

What do you think of these pendant light ideas? Are you inspired to try any of them out in your own home? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

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6 Home Upgrades Every Pet Owner Needs

Home upgrades can help a pet owner integrate their pets’ necessities with their interior design. Image:

Keep your pet hydrated this summer with an outdoor water bowl. Image: Scot Eckley

5. Outdoor water bowl

Summer’s here. You’ll probably be spending more time outside, and your pet will undoubtedly want to join you. You can ensure they stay hydrated and add to your property’s hardscaping with a permanent water bowl. A well-designed, sturdy basin beneath a water spigot makes it simple to give your pet access to water all summer long.

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Integrate your dog gate into your room design. Image: Mankato Home Tours

6. Built-in dog gate

You may have rooms in your home that are pet-friendly and others you want to protect from your furry family member. Many a dog owner has turned to the removable baby gate to separate spaces for their pets. While functional, it doesn’t contribute anything positive to your decor. Instead, opt for a built-in gate. You can customize the size and material to seamlessly integrate into the design of the rooms it separates.

More pet owner ideas

These home upgrades will get you started, but there’s a whole world out there for you to explore. From built-ins to pet furniture, there is a huge range of options to integrate our pets’ necessities into our interior design and architecture. You, your four-legged friend and your home’s style can live together in harmony.

What are some of your pets’ favorite home features? We’d love to hear all about it below.

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We Asked Pro Movers for Their Top Moving Tips. Here’s What They Told Us

Pro movers gave us their best moving tips for making your transition as easy as possible. Image:

Let’s face it: Moving days are never easy. After all, no one looks forward to lifting heavy boxes in and out of trucks, up and down stairs. However, moving day doesn’t have to be completely chaotic, either. All it takes is a little planning and forethought to make the day run smoothly.

With that in mind, we decided to go straight to the source. We asked pro movers to share their best advice on how to accomplish a painless move. Incorporate some of these moving tips into your packing plan to help this would-be-stressful process go off without a hitch.


If possible, schedule your move for early morning. Image:

Schedule your move strategically

“If you’re hoping to get a better rate on a moving company or rental truck, avoid scheduling your move on weekends or at the end of the month. These companies are usually slower during the week/mid-month and are willing to give deals,” says Ryan Carrigan, co-founder of moveBuddha.

“If you’re hiring a moving company, try to book the earliest morning time slot available. The moving crew will be fresh, so they’ll typically get the job done more efficiently.”


Gather your materials first. Image:

Have the right materials on hand

“Most people know that they’ll need plenty of boxes, packing tape and bubble wrap for the move. However, shrink wrap can be your best friend when it comes to moving,” advises Tieece Gordon of Affordable Removals. “Take furniture, for example – it may be expensive, but it’s also fragile. Drawers and doors on wardrobes, dressers, etc. can also be securely fastened shut using this cost-effective material. Plus, it never hurts to buy more of everything than you think you’ll need.”


Packing non-essentials like décor first saves you effort later. Image: Breather

Pack non-essential items first

“Don’t just start boxing up everything in sight,” says Kelly Tenny, Content and Social Media Manager with Zippboxx. “Pack up your belongings in a strategic manner. Go room-by-room and begin by packing up items that you do not use very often, like décor and accessories. Leave the things that you use frequently for last. This will save you time scouring boxes you already packed for that one item you need!”


Put heavy items like books in smaller boxes. Image: Daria Nepriakhina

Watch the weight of your boxes

“Be careful not to pack boxes that are too heavy,” suggests Emil Perushanov, owner of Top Removals. “Not only will they be a literal pain for your movers on moving day, but they’ll be difficult for you to move around while packing.”

As for a general rule? “Try to stick to a 30-pound limit for each box and, when packing heavier items like books, use smaller boxes. This will keep you from overloading.”


Make sure your appliances are turned off, defrosted and cleaned. Image: Naomi Hébert

Prep your appliances in advance

Kate Windleton, Relocations Manager at Strong Move, recommends planning ahead when it comes to appliances. “Your fridge needs to be defrosted at least a day earlier. Your washing machine, your oven, etc. should be turned off, cleaned and, if possible, put in their original boxes. Secure their cords and seal their doors so they don’t open accidentally while inside of the truck.”

Have you moved recently? What moving tips can you share from your experience? Tell us in the comments.

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Need a Move-In Deep Cleaning? Amazon Home Services Has You Covered

You’ve just moved into your new home or apartment. Looking at everything that needs to be done, you might feel like you need an army on your side. You’ve got boxes to unpack, that tricky smart home security system to install, flat-screen TVs to mount and new furniture to assemble. Plus, you want your home sparkly clean — STAT. Thankfully, Amazon’s got you covered; its Amazon Home Services department will send someone over right away to check off the items on your honey do list.

While you may not be familiar with the service, it’s been around since 2015. Amazon’s been building an impressive directory of experts and professionals across the country, ready to come complete the chores you assign them.

What can Amazon Home Service experts do for you?

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The Amazon Home Service experts offer a wide variety of services. Tech or smart-home related tasks like optimizing your Wi-Fi router or installing a smart thermostat are their widest range of service. But Amazon also has plumbers, electricians and manual labor-related pros. Some of the most requested tasks you can order up include:

  • TV wall mounting
  • Surround sound and home theater setup
  • Smart remote setup
  • Patio furniture assembly and general assembly
  • Yard work
  • Home improvement
  • Move-out cleaning
  • Move-in cleaning and general house cleaning
  • Handyman by the hour

How much does the handyman-by-the-hour cost?

Amazon makes it easy to get upfront quotes on home services before ordering. Enter your zip code, check off what you may need and you’ll get an instant price. For example, a handyman to work inside your home for two hours with a step ladder costs:

  • $210.99 in Downtown Chicago, IL
  • $196.69 in Austin, TX and Phoenix, AZ
  • $208.49 in Los Angeles, CA
  • $189.99 in Downtown Atlanta, GA

According to Amazon, the handyman can complete multiple services within the hours given. The list of services is extensive, but some of the most popular requests are hanging shelving, baby-proofing the home, wiring home theater components, repairing glass windows and repairing drywall. The page even estimates how many hours are needed for the different tasks.

How much does a move-out cleaning cost?

A move-out cleaning is pretty detailed, since everything needs to be cleaned — baseboards, cabinets, lighting fixtures, door jambs, blinds, window sills, tops of kitchen cabinets, the refrigerator interior, etc. According to the Amazon Home Services Move-Out Cleaning page, a move-out cleaning of a home or apartment up to 1,000 square feet in Downtown Atlanta costs $160.

Where do you find Amazon Home Services?

Amazon’s Home Services page lists every service available. You can also find an expert installation price quote on many of the product-for-sale pages.

wall mounting option

In this example, there’s an option box for “Get expert TV wall mounting” just below the TV size options. The option includes a wall mounting price for your zip code ($96.90 for Atlanta).

Why use Amazon Home Services?

The biggest reason to use Amazon Home Services is that Amazon makes it easy; you can order a move-in cleaning or a home improvement expert in a few clicks and pay for agreed service upfront at checkout.

Amazon screens its experts, inviting professionals who they claim “have a strong record of service quality.” You’re trusting a stranger to enter your home or office based on Amazon’s reputation, so the company performs a six-point criminal background check and verifies licensing and registration. You can also read reviews about the experts from other customers to help inform your decision.

And if something goes wrong, all Home Services are backed by the Amazon’s Happiness Guarantee. If you’re not 100 percent satisfied, Amazon will fix it or give you a full refund.

Have you used Amazon Home Services? We’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below.

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