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Moving groceries is not the most ideal of situations. You’re left worrying about spoilage, spillage and, let’s be honest, having another thing to move. Lighten your moving day load by planning ahead of time so that you have little to nothing left in your fridge and pantry to take with you.

To do this well it’s important to start at least a month before the move. Start by cleaning everything out - the pantry, your fridge and your freezer chest if you have one. Get rid of everything that is expired, stale or you just aren’t going to eat.

Take inventory of what’s left and categorize this list much like you would when creating your grocery list. So categories could be: meats/proteins, frozen vegetables, toaster/microwave items, desserts, dairy, fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, sauces, condiments, and snacks.

Next, it’s time to get creative and meal plan around these ingredients supplementing with items from the store occasionally as needed. The idea though is to do as little shopping and use up as much as you can with your meals for the month ahead. If you feel stumped on how to use what you have on hand utilize recipe websites that can pull recipes based on the ingredients you input into their system.  

Write down the meals you plan into your calendar or day planner. If you use an app for planning you can write down the recipe and set a reminder to it. Apps like Trello, Evernote and Asana are all free and perfect for this.

A few meal ideas:

Use ingredients to create items that are more stable, like baked goods, to take with you. Make homemade pizzas, soups, stews, salads, omelets and casseroles. The beauty of these types of dishes is the variety of ingredients you’re able to use in them. Be playful and make hybrid meals - spaghetti on pizza, taco omelets, a buffalo chicken rice bowl, french fries in a casserole (similar to hotdish, a Midwestern classic).

Hectic. Chaotic. Busy.

Moving week is many things, but there is one thing it is not - the time to cook elaborate or the creative dinners you’ve been eating throughout the month to use up items.

Plan this week well ahead of time, if not first, and make it all the easier by planning freezer meals you can just pull out and heat up.

Cooking items to keep out as you begin packing:

Salt and pepper

Cooking spray or oil

Spatula and a pan or two

A chef knife

A mixing bowl

Enough cutlery for everyone

Enough plates, cups, and bowls for everyone

Sponge and dish soap

By using up all your items as much as possible before the move you are creating the perfect opportunity to start over with your pantry. As you clean out items take note of what your tossing and steer clear of those when restocking or note to buy a smaller package to avoid future waste.



81 E Hadley Rd, Amherst, MA 01002

Single-Family

$275,000
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Charming, well cared for home close to schools, town, and all area amenities. This inviting 4 bedroom Cape sits on a half acre lot perfect for gardening, relaxing, and entertaining. One car attached garage. Inside you will find inviting living room with wood floors and newer windows, spacious eat in kitchen, full bath, and two first floor bedrooms. Attached 1 car garage. Upstairs is a half bath and two bedrooms. Perfect starter home. Convenient location! First showing Open House Sun 6/9 11-1.
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175 N Main St, Deerfield, MA 01373

Single-Family

$285,000
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Great location! Close to town, schools, area amenities, Mt Sugarloaf, and Rt 91. This 4 bedroom, 2 bath farmhouse located on beautiful North Main St in Deerfield has been well cared by one family for years with endless possibilities. Horses? A mini farm? Both would work here. Spacious 2.8 acre lot, attached carport garage, large attached barn, garden and farming options, and screened front porch for those relaxing days. Inside you will find a formal front entry with a large living room, 2 full baths, dining room, eat in kitchen, sun room, breezeway, side entry and back entry. Two sets of stairs take you to the second story where there are 4 bedrooms. Versatile space. Sunlit rooms. Enjoy a nice stroll on a warm summer night. This gem of a property has so much to offer. Come see it today!
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81 E Hadley Rd, Amherst, MA 01002

Single-Family

$275,000
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Charming, well cared for home close to schools, town, and all area amenities. This inviting 4 bedroom Cape sits on a half acre lot perfect for gardening, relaxing, and entertaining. One car attached garage. Inside you will find inviting living room with wood floors and newer windows, spacious eat in kitchen, full bath, and two first floor bedrooms. Attached 1 car garage. Upstairs is a half bath and two bedrooms. Perfect starter home. Convenient location! First showing Open House Sun 6/9 11-1.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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If you recently added your house to the real estate market, it may be only a matter of time before you sell your house. In fact, if you know what to expect after a home listing is published, you can plan accordingly for all stages of the home selling journey.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you prepare for the home selling process.

1. Craft an Engaging and Informative Home Listing

Oftentimes, a home listing may dictate a seller's success. If a seller creates a listing that fails to effectively highlight a house's benefits, buyers may shy away from the residence altogether. On the other hand, a seller who crafts an engaging and informative listing can increase the probability of a fast, profitable home selling experience.

Your home listing should include relevant information about your residence, including details about your house's age and condition. Also, it may be beneficial to include high-resolution photographs of your house to help buyers envision what life may be like if they purchase your residence.

There is no need to stretch the truth in your home listing, either. Because if you fail to provide homebuyers with accurate information about your home – and these buyers discover "hidden" home problems during an inspection – you ultimately may put a potential home sale in jeopardy.

2. Make Your Home Available to Potential Buyers

As a home seller, you should strive to make your residence available to as many potential buyers as possible. Thus, if a buyer requests a home showing on short notice, you should be willing to temporarily vacate your residence to accommodate this buyer's request.

In addition, you should try to keep your house neat and tidy. That way, if a buyer requests a showing on short notice, you won't have to worry about scrambling to clean your home.

3. Know What Your Home Is Worth

After you list your house, buyers will read your home listing and set up showings. And if a buyer is truly interested in purchasing your home, he or she likely will submit an offer.

A seller generally has only a limited amount of time to assess an offer and decide whether to accept, reject or counter it. Fortunately, if you conduct a home appraisal, you can find out what your house is currently worth.

With a home appraisal, a property expert will examine your residence, as well as evaluate pertinent housing market data. Next, this property expert will offer a home valuation that helps you understand the true value of your house.

Lastly, if you need assistance as you sell your house, it may be helpful to hire a real estate agent. This housing market professional can teach you about the real estate sector and help you make informed decisions at each stage of the home selling journey.

Take the guesswork out of selling your house – use the aforementioned tips, and you can boost your chances of enjoying a fast and successful home selling experience.




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