Local News and Information Archives for 2021-09
You’ve probably heard a recurring phrase recently if you’re shopping for pretty much anything, “Prices are up because of COVID.” The higher prices shoppers are experiencing are largely due to surging demand and COVID-related delays as companies struggle to increase supply and hire employees. However, there are some ways to save money as prices continue to rise.
The current major appliance shortage could last until the end of the year due to production and supply chain slowdowns during the pandemic. That leaves homeowners facing higher prices and long waits for appliances including washing machines, dryers, refrigerators and freezers.
Before you shop for appliances, consider which features you must have versus those that are less essential.
Also, comparison shop at independent retailers who may offer comparable prices and better service than big-box stores. “Service and attention to detail are two of the biggest reasons to go with an independent appliance store,” says Chris Swain, Regional Manager of Siano Appliances. “At a big-box store, you’re just a number. With an independent retailer you get treated better and have a personal relationship with your sales professional and the delivery team.”
Internet and Telecom
Recently, providers have started to raise prices and impose data caps once again. To cap rising cell phone prices, consider switching to a lower-cost plan. Check with your internet provider to see if they offer a discounted cell service/internet bundle. And consider cutting the cable-TV cord and going with streaming services instead to save.
Low-income families, families that experienced job losses or furloughs and some others may qualify for discounts on internet service and equipment through the federal Emergency Broadband Benefit program. Visit https://getemergencybroadband.org/ to see if you qualify.
If you’re shopping for a television right now, lucky you! According to the Consumer Reports Best Time to Buy guide, September, November, December and January are the best months to buy TVs. This is due to holiday sales and the release of new models in January. Many stores will price match or even beat a competitor’s price, so be sure to do your homework and shop around before you buy.
For a list of appliance dealers, internet/telecom providers and other home professionals in the Chattanooga area, visit the membership directory at www.HBAGC.net.
With the hot housing market in the Chattanooga area, many people are finding themselves moving in a hurry! Here are some things you can do to make your move to a new home a smoother transition.
Keep, Donate or Discard
Purge your closets and cabinets. Start keep, donate and discard boxes. If you haven’t worn or used something in the last year or two, consider donating or discarding the item. People tend to save items due to sentimental value although they may never use them. Be objective and save yourself work later in the moving process.
Clean Out the Kitchen
Remove all out-of-date items in your pantry and refrigerator. If you have frozen foods expiring soon, try to use them before you move so you don’t have to transport cold items or throw them away.
Buy Packing Supplies
The earlier you can start packing boxes, the better and the more time you have to make sure items are carefully secured inside. Buy packing tape, markers, boxes and bubble wrap. Consider using color-coded stickers so movers know where each box goes to expedite your moving day.
For free boxes, ask on social media and check local liquor stores and recycle centers. Some recycle centers set large, sturdier boxes aside to be reused for free.
Hire Your Moving Company
Do homework for a reputable moving company. Ask for referrals from friends that recently moved, check with your realtor for suggestions and check Google and social media reviews. Get quotes and schedule your day ahead of time.
If you’re trying to handle the move yourself, enlist family and friends for extra sets of hands. Plan on having food and drinks for your crew, and consider reserving a truck from a local rental company.
Clean Ahead of the Move
Consider hiring a cleaning service to deep clean your new home prior to your move-in date. It is much easier to clean before everything is moved in.
“Having your home professionally cleaned or cleaning it yourself before you move in provides you with a clean slate and makes it your space,” says Kindra Wallace, owner of Superior Cleaning Solutions.
Be sure to fill out a change of address form, it can quickly be done online at https://moversguide.usps.com. Contact your utilities a couple of weeks ahead of the move to set up the cancellation of service and sign up with a new provider. You’ll want to ensure you have water, electricity, gas, sewer, trash and recycle services, security monitoring and internet. Finally, change the locks at your new home as you don’t know who may have keys.
For a list of local utility and security system providers, cleaning services and other home professionals to make your move easier, visit the membership directory at www.HBAGC.net.
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