July 28, 2014

Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

Home with landscaped yard

If you are getting ready to sell your home, you are probably thinking about what you can do to make your home stand out from all of the other properties for sale. Sprucing up the outside of your home and boosting its curb appeal is a great way to get the leg up on the home for sale down the street. Even if you are not planning to sell your home soon, improving the curb appeal will make it even more attractive for you and your family. Check out four of our favorite, low-cost ideas for boosting your home’s curb appeal.

  • Replace out-of-date hardware: This can include door handles, lock sets, light fixtures, house numbers, etc.
  • Replace your mailbox: If your HOA allows for it, and it's time for a new mailbox, look for one that will complement the personality of your home.
  • Plant a garden: Flowers are great for a quick spruce. Don't have time for a landscaping project? Grab some small potted plants and line the stairs up to your porch!
  • Install walkway lighting: Walkway lighting not only looks great at night, but is also very functional. You will be glad for the added light when you are getting in after dark!

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July 25, 2014

Four Tips for Moving Kids to College

Mom with daughter moving to college 

It's that time of year again! Classes are getting ready to start back up and many parents are getting ready to help their kids move into college dorms for the first time, or back to school for the upcoming semesters.

Most students know a lot about moving by the time they finish their college careers. They move between dorm rooms, from the dorm to the sorority house and from student housing to an apartment or group house. Packing and moving usually involves several car trips, bribing friends with pizza, creative placement of things on top of vehicles and often temporary storage in a self-storage unit or parents' garage. It can be tough to say goodbye to your kids as they head off to school, but it doesn't have to be so hard to get them there. Take a look at four of our favorite tips for moving to a college dorm!  

  1. Sort it: Before packing, have your student look through all of their clothing and other items and decide what they need, what can be donated and what can be left at home or stored.
  2. Store it: 1-800-PACK-RAT containers come in various sizes so you can choose how much you want to move into the dorm and how much you intend to store. By storing what they won't be using, the student saves space in their dorm room and the parents don’t lose a garage or basement.
  3. Do some research: Find out what the school provides and what they don't allow. Most schools provide dorm packing lists that include all the rules.
  4. Contact the roommate: Most students have roommates, whether they are staying on campus or off. There might not be room for both your roomie's favorite beanbag chair and your trusty futon! Try to coordinate ahead of time to save you moving time and money.

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July 24, 2014

Mark Giannini Is Not Affiliated with 1-800-PACK-RAT

I am the President and CEO of 1-800-PACK-RAT LLC, a nationally recognized brand in the portable moving and storage industry headquartered in Bethesda, MD. Recent news reports about Memphis business owner Mark Giannini have stated that he was associated with a company called “Packrat” or “Packrat storage.” Giannini's actual company's name is PackRat Automatic Data Protection that supplies services to the electronic data storage industry and has NO affiliation what so ever with 1-800-PACK-RAT LLC. or the household goods moving and storage industry.  Our thoughts and prayers remain with the victim of the heinous act.

Robert Poirier
President and CEO, 1-800-PACK-RAT

For any inquires or additional information please contact Mr. James Burati, Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing for 1-800-PACK-RAT at

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