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How to Store Seeds, Bulbs, and Tubers: A Basic Guide

In ideal conditions — with the right moisture and sunlight — seeds sprout quickly. Sometimes, however, you may not want your seeds to sprout immediately. You might want to store them until the ideal growing season, or you might have plans to save them for a couple of years …

The Best Storage Unit Locks for Your Storage Solution

Finding the right lock for your storage solution is critical. You want to make it easy for you to get into your storage building but difficult for anyone else to break in. Whether you’re using one of Neighbor’s great connections to find storage near you or storing your possessions …

Vacation Rental Checklist: 10 Steps to Renting Out Your Second Home

The summer vacation season is coming. Travelers will leave their homes to catch some fun and sun in their favorite tourist destination. Many tourists have booked smaller accommodations, like vacation rental homes, for their trips. These are private residences that people rent out to guests. This market has exploded …

Home De-Winterization

Whether it’s your home, RV, boat, or similar, the process of de-winterizing can be quite a task. If you own a home that you only occupy during warmer months, you probably winterize this property as cold weather approaches. Winterizing prepares your property to stay in good shape when you …

The Ultimate Guide to Boat Maintenance

Whether your boat frequents rivers, lakes, or open seas, your attention to detail and regular maintenance will help you enjoy your vessel for many years to come. Most boat maintenance tasks are easy to learn and perform on your own. However, major repairs should be taken care of by …

The Ultimate Guide to RV Maintenance

Your RV brings you and your family countless hours of enjoyment, and you likely intend to enjoy using it for years to come. Taking good care of your investment is a good way to prolong the lifespan of your RV and make your camping and road trips fun and …

Types of Boat Trailers and How to Choose the Right One

If you own a boat or are in the market for one, you’ll definitely need a boat trailer to haul your boat, and in some cases, even store it. There are several types of boat trailers to choose from and it’s important to make sure that you get the …

How to De-Winterize a Boat

Most boat owners  are aware of the need for winterizing a boat for storage during the colder months when boating season has ended. So when the weather begins to warm up again and the season for boating approaches, it’s important to also undergo the process of de-winterization so your …

Leather Boot Care: Your Comprehensive Guide

For ages, leather has served as one of the most versatile materials for clothing and goods available. Eternally fashionable and extremely durable, leather can last for decades with proper care. Leather boot care may sound like a hassle at first, but if you’re investing in high-quality leather, you want …

How to Clean a Chimney Yourself

If you own a home with a wood-burning fireplace, then knowing how to clean a chimney is critical. Chimney fires can cause catastrophic damage to your home. For some people, hiring a chimney sweep is the most effective way to take care of chimney cleaning. But if you prefer …

The Definitive Guide to a Quick, Painless Move-Out Day

Moving is rarely ever easy, but you can take some steps to make the process simpler and more seamless. You’ll need to start with some legwork (What moving truck will you use? Do you understand everything that goes into moving? Are you moving to a new state?), but the …

A DIY Guide on How to Clean Jewelry

Whether you own a collection of various types of jewelry or a few special pieces, there will come a time when you need to clean them. Tarnish and daily wear dulls the shine of precious metals and fades the sparkle of your favorite gems. But it’s not practical to …

How to Clean a Dishwasher

Your dishwasher works hard to keep your dishes clean. It sees a lot of gross, smelly stuff, which means you occasionally need to give your dishwasher a thorough cleaning. Whether you’re learning how to clean a dishwasher for spring cleaning or holiday preparation, it’s a good task to include …

The Ultimate Storage Unit Size Guide

Choosing the right storage unit size is critical. You want to choose a storage unit that will hold everything you need to store, but you do not want to end up paying for more storage space than you really need. This storage unit size guide will help you determine …

How Much Does a Storage Unit Cost

There are a variety of reasons individuals decide to rent a storage unit, but one of the most prominent rental factors is cost. Whether you’re in the process of moving or downsizing, or you simply have more possessions than you have space for, the first question most people do …

How to Create a Car Emergency Kit

During winter and early spring, it’s important to have the right items on hand in your car emergency kit. You can pick up a basic roadside emergency kit and first aid kit on Amazon or at your favorite local retailer to help you save a little money. But those …

Renting a Storage Unit and How to Choose the Right Type

Renting a storage unit is a common practice whether you own or rent your home. In fact, 10% of households use rental storage options, and it’s estimated that the storage industry generates $39 billion each year. There are a variety of reasons you may decide to rent a storage …

How to Reupholster a Chair — The Complete Guide

There are a variety of reasons you may want to reupholster a chair. Maybe you found a great thrift store purchase that has great bones but just doesn’t fit your unique sense of style as you plan to move into your first apartment. Perhaps you pulled a chair out …

How to Store Onions and Keep Them Fresh

Onions are great to add to a variety of meals to increase flavor and enhance the taste. Whether you grow onions or buy them from the grocery store, it’s important to know how to store onions properly so they last. When stored properly, some onions can last for months. …

How to Store Batteries: A Comprehensive Guide

Proper battery storage is critical for keeping your batteries performing at peak efficiency. Choosing to store batteries the right way can make a big difference in reducing corrosion, preventing leakage, and avoiding self-discharge. With these tips, your batteries will always be ready for a long moving day, emergencies, and …

How to Use Ratchet Straps

Ratchet straps, also known as tie-down straps, make cargo control in a truck bed or other large vehicle much easier. They’re one of the best tools in your arsenal when managing a DIY move or moving possessions to storage. However, to transport your cargo safely and effectively, you must …

The Ultimate Guide to Moving Insurance

Moving to a new place isn’t easy. There are items to wrap, boxes to pack, and things to put away before the moving trucks arrive. During the moving process, people spend hours trying to protect their items from breaking during transit. Unfortunately, even their best efforts may not provide …

How to Move a Gun Safe

Many homeowners have wondered how to move a gun safe as part of their DIY moving checklist. While tiny portable safes designed for a single handgun are easy to handle, the large heavy-duty safes designed to house several rifles are far more challenging. These safes can easily weigh hundreds of …

How to Load a Moving Truck (And 7 Items You Should Leave Out)

Your boxes are packed and moving day is right around the corner. You’re probably thinking that most of the hard work is done, but packing a moving truck requires just as much planning and technical know-how. To maximize the space in your rental truck, you’ll need to load strategically …

Ultimate Guide on How to Break a Lease

There are times when an individual must relocate before their lease ends, such as when moving to a new state or due to a change in financial situation. Moving out before the end of the agreement is known as “breaking the lease.” Read on for more information about how …

The Homeowner’s Guide to Outdoor Pipe Insulation and Winterization

As a homeowner, you have an important responsibility to winterize your home and outdoor features. Similar to the way you winterize your lawnmower, your car, your home, and other important possessions that will be subject to harsh winter weather, there are ways to protect your home. Outdoor pipe insulation …

How to Winterize a Sprinkler System: An Essential Guide

Your sprinkler system helps you maintain a lush green lawn and healthy garden during the growing seasons. Before the first freeze arrives, it’s essential to learn how to winterize your sprinkler system or call in a technician to take care of the job for you. While many professional landscaping …

How to Clean a Glass Stovetop

Smooth glass stovetops are great appliances. But even small specks or spills can stand out on the surface. What’s even worse is, if you do not keep the surface spotless, those food particles can burn to the stovetop, making it look old and dirty. Getting that showroom shine back …

The Ultimate Guide to How to Winterize a Camper or Travel Trailer

Through the spring, summer, and fall, you enjoyed amazing adventures in your camper. As the traditional camping season draws to a close and winter arrives, however, you may have already decided that winter camping isn’t for you. To make sure that your camper is ready to use again when …

How to Put Christmas Lights on the Roof: A Complete Guide

As the temperatures dip and the holiday season approaches, many homeowners are beginning to plan a Christmas light display. But before you dig your favorite holiday lights out of storage and dig through your garage for the ladder, it’s a good idea to take a moment to consider the best way …

How to Winterize a Car: The Ultimate Guide

Winter weather can be tough to face. The conditions can also wreak havoc on your car. If you’re not going to store your car for the winter, preparing your car for the cold, wet conditions of winter is the best way to avoid damage. Unfortunately, many drivers don’t know …

Your Ultimate Guide to How to Winterize a House

Harsh winter temperatures have a major effect on everything outdoors, but winter can also affect your home. Learning how to winterize a house will provide you with the information you need to keep your home safe, warm, and free from potential damage. If you’ve never prepared your home for …

The Ultimate Guide to Fall Lawn Care

For most people, the idea of lawn care evokes images of sweltering summer days and quality time with the lawnmower. Surprisingly, fall lawn care provides some of the most important benefits for a healthy lawn throughout the year. Whether your lawn will be facing harsh winter weather or a …

How to Move a Treadmill: A Comprehensive Guide

Any move requires creativity, flexibility, and a smart, organized approach. When it comes to relocating heavy and sizable equipment, you have your work cut out for you. Figuring out how to move a treadmill takes time. If you don’t want to damage your drywall and furniture, pull a muscle, …

How to Move a Washer and Dryer

Are you moving to a new place and taking your washer and dryer with you? If you want to manage a DIY move, be prepared because it is not a particularly easy task. Many washers and dryers can weigh over 200 pounds, so heavy lifting will be involved. To …

First Apartment Checklist: Top 11 Apartment Essentials

Leasing your first apartment and moving out is a milestone in your life. Now that you have signed the lease, the fun begins. When the time has come for you to start unpacking and organizing your first apartment, follow this first apartment checklist to ensure you are well-suited for …

How to Move With a Cat to a New Home

Moving is a stressful process for many people. You have to pack up your home, take care of transferring all your services, and change your address. You also need to make sure that each member of your family, including the furry ones, is ready for the big change in …

How to Move a Fish Tank and Your Pet Fish

Packing all your belongings into boxes and moving to a new home is a major job, especially if you’re moving with a pet. Even moving with a pet fish can be challenging. Your aquarium is fragile, heavy, and requires special treatment, so moving it is a project on its …

How to Move to a New State: A Quick Guide

Moving can be a stressful event, even when you’re just moving to a new city. It’s even more challenging if you’re relocating to a state you have never visited before. It involves demanding and activities like packing, shipping your belongings, and setting up your new house. You might also …

Moving for Seniors: The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Move

A major move is an incredibly stressful endeavor. Whether you’re downsizing, moving into a new home closer to friends and loved ones, moving into a senior living community, or even moving in with a family member, you can find yourself struggling to handle the move. These moving tips for …

The Ultimate Guide to DIY Moving

No matter how you face it, the complete moving process isn’t an easy job. Hiring professional movers can be expensive (plus, don’t forget to tip). Luckily, there’s another option.

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) moving can be easily achievable if you take the time to prepare properly for the big day and learn …

Best Packing Tape for Moving Boxes

When you’re preparing to move to a new home or packing boxes for storage, you probably already have a lengthy checklist of items you need to get done. Here at Neighbor, we believe that having all your moving supplies in order shouldn’t add to the stresses of packing and …

How to Move a Couch: A Complete Guide

Whether you’re moving or just rearranging pieces of furniture, transporting a couch from one place to another can be a demanding job. A sofa is often the heaviest piece of furniture in a home. It’s awkwardly shaped and can be difficult to move even with a group of people. …

How to Move a Mattress or a Sleep Number Bed

Finding the best mattress that truly gives you a good night’s sleep is no easy task. If you’re planning to move or store your mattress in another location instead of getting a new mattress, transporting that mattress without damage can be difficult, as well. A mattress can be hard …

Condo vs. Townhouse: Your Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Home

When you’re looking for the perfect home, you need to know all the details. There are a variety of traditional single-family popular home types, but if you’re planning to purchase a home and aren’t interested in a detached home, you still have choices. Condos and townhouses are soaring in …