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Tips for Keeping Your Rental Furniture Clean

Tips for Keeping Your Rental Furniture Clean

 

If you’ve rented a great looking piece of furniture, you’ve probably made that decision in part to save money; that’s why you didn’t buy it outright. However, if you don’t take care of that furniture, you can find yourself keeping it anyway—and not in the wonderful condition you got it! Keeping your rental furniture looking amazing has to be a high priority, and with a little care, you can easily make it happen.. Here are our best tips for keeping your rental furniture in tip-top shape.

 

Vacuum upholstered furniture regularly

Experts don’t always agree about how often you should vacuum your upholstered furniture, but they all agree that it needs to be done. A standard rule of thumb is once every one to three months. Always use the vacuum’s brush or upholstery attachment, or cover the hose with a soft cloth if you don’t have the attachment—this prevents any damage to the fabric.

 

Fluff and flip

Beyond vacuuming, upholstered furniture with cushions needs fluffing and flipping. To maintain their comfort and shape, fluff the cushions just like you would a bed pillow, and do this about once a week. Then, about every other week you should flip your cushions. This allows them to maintain their shape and wear evenly.

 

Read the tags

You’ve probably heard the saying, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure”; remember that you need to read your furniture tags because one sofa’s cleaning solution is another sofa’s damaging chemical. Not all upholstery cleaners are safe on all fabrics! The tag will tell you what’s safe to use.

W = it’s safe to use foaming or water-based cleaning agents.

S = water and water-based products are NOT safe to use and may damage the fabric; use water-free cleaning solvents or dry clean.

SW = use foaming or water-based cleaning agents, or mild water-free cleaning solvents, but only one at a time.

furnX = vacuuming only.

 

Test first

If you’ve never used a cleaner on a fabric or you don’t have tags to check, test a small area on the back or near the bottom of the piece—somewhere that isn’t noticeable—in case there is damage.

 

Avoid bright sunlight, intense heat, and high humidity

Bright sunlight can fade both fabrics and wood furniture. High heat can dry out and eventually crack leather and wood. Extreme humidity can cause mildew and warping. Keep furniture arranged out of direct sunlight if possible, and control the climate.

 

Keep food and drinks away from furniture

We all know not to spill things on the sofa, yet we all love to eat there in front of the television. However, this is one of the serious danger zones for your furniture, and the danger grows exponentially if you have children or guests drinking wine or other alcohol. Play it safe: keep the food and drinks away from your upholstered furniture.

Respond to spills immediately

However, when you don’t keep the food and drinks away, and disaster strikes, don’t let it sit! Blot spills gently and right away. Then clean as directed for the surface.

 

Use a stain protecting spray

If your rental contract allows it, invest in a stain protecting spray that can keep spills from being absorbed into the upholstery. These buy you time to clean up quickly; they do not render your furniture impervious to damage.

 

Stick to a schedule

If you know you need to vacuum upholstery every three months, set it on your schedule. Likewise, if you’re on a schedule for fluffing and flipping cushions, or any other maintenance, make it part of cleaning your routine.

 

Invest in professional cleaning

Even the most fastidious housekeeper should consider investing in professional upholstery cleaning about once a year so that whatever grime and dirt gets on your furniture never sets in. When you provide regular upkeep and an annual cleaning from a pro, your upholstery will stay beautiful.

 

Use slipcovers

If you have furniture that gets used less often, consider covering it with slipcovers—or just a clean sheet if you’re just looking to keep things clean on a budget. This stops dust from collecting on the surface and then being ground into the fabric when someone sits down, and it can also guard against a pet hair takeover.

 

Protect surfaces

Protect your tabletops with coasters, glass coverings, placemats, runners, or tablecloths, especially if you have young artists in the house.

 

The bottom line

Keeping furniture showroom new isn’t always possible, but you can definitely keep it looking fantastic with some simple preventative maintenance. Remember these tips for keeping your rental furniture clean, and you’ll never need any tips for cleaning furniture! You’ll also be protecting your money-saving investment.

Moving Facts and Statistics

Moving Facts and Statistics

Moving Facts and Statistics

 

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How often do people move?

  • The average American moves about 11 to 12 times in their lifetime.

 

How many people move each year?

  • An estimated 43 million Americans move every year.

 

Americans move more than people in most other countries in the world. In 2013, 24% of the U.S. population reported having moved within the past five years.

 

Why do people move?

  • 40% for work
  • 42% personal reasons
  • 18% military or government relocations

 

In 2013, the state people moved to most was Oregon. The state people moved out of most was New Jersey.

 

Ironically, though, people in the Northeast part of the US move the least, while those in the West move the most.

 

33% of renters move each year.

 

Moving is the third most stressful life event; death is first, divorce is second.

 

The average mover is part of a couple between the ages of 25 and 44 with one or two kids between 2 and 11.

 

62% of Americans live in the state they were born in.

 

When do people move?

Nearly half of all moves take place in the summer, when days are longer and school is out, between the beginning of May and Labor Day.

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Everything You Should Know About Moving Into Your First Home

Everything You Should Know About Moving Into Your First Home

We all know that moving can be stressful—even more so if you don’t plan for what’s coming. But how can you plan for something you’ve never done? Here are our best tips for moving into your first home, so you can be prepared for the unexpected during moving.

Planning for unexpected moving expenses

Naturally, you’ve prepared to pay your movers (or treat your friends to lots of pizza and beer, whatever works!) but there are some moving expenses that first-timers often forget:

Unusual utility costs and fees – Sometimes moving into a new place, especially if it’s in a new city or state, will mean fairly large deposits for utilities. If you’re going from an apartment to a house you may have new bills for the garbage and sewer, for example. Also, how you heat a home changes from place to place. Will you have a furnace? A radiator? Will you need propane, oil, firewood, or anything else? Make sure you know before you’re hitting the road.

Insurance surprises – Needless to say, surprises from your insurance company are never fun. You probably already know that your renter’s or homeowner’s insurance costs will likely change when you move, but did you know that your car insurance, your life insurance, and sometimes even your health insurance rates might also change along with your address? Find out well in advance so your first bill in your new place isn’t a shock.

Storage – Often when you move you discover you have a lot less space than you imagined. If so, you’ll need to invest in some storage until you figure out what to do with your stuff.  For your own sanity, know where the storage options are, and how much they cost so you can make a quick decision if needed.

New stuff – We’ve all been there: that old, rickety table collapses on the way out to the moving truck and gets left on the curb. Despite your best efforts, items get ruined in the move. Be ready to replace things that might be too old or in too poor a state for your new place. Cut these costs considerably by renting things like furniture or appliances initially.

 

Once you take possession before your stuff is inside

Congratulations, you made it! You’re halfway there. But before you start moving in, take steps to stay on the safe side:

Change the locks – No matter what, always do this immediately.

Find out where key infrastructure is – Get acquainted with the main water valve, the circuit breaker, the hot water heater, and the thermostat. Find out where everything is for those times you might need to be relighting a pilot light, or checking to see if a breaker was tripped.

Look for plumbing problems – Even if you had a home inspection, double check. Look for running toilets, dripping faucets, and any signs of leaks around the water heater.

Pest control – Not everyone does this, but it can be a good idea—especially if your place has been vacant for awhile (or if previous tenants were slobs)—to schedule a visit from pest control.

Steam the carpets – If you’ve got carpets, steam clean them before you move in, even if they look perfect. You’d be surprised what can get trapped in there.

 

Moving day and beyond

As you’re finally moving into your new place, enjoy the excitement! This is a big deal. Here are some final pointers to ease the way:

Drawers – To save time and effort, tightly fold your clothing and keep it in your drawers. You can pull the drawers themselves out of the furniture’s frame to carry to the truck, and then replace them for the ride.

Cleaning supplies – Even if your new place has been professionally cleaned, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll need to clean something up on moving day. Keep cleaning supplies handy so you don’t have to dig through things or make a frustrating trip to the store.

Keep a lid on your buying – It’s a lot of fun to shop for a new place and it’s even easier to get caught up in the excitement of the move, but don’t buy everything at once. Ease into it, and remember that you can save a lot of money—not to mention try out a new style—by renting furniture in your new place until you’re really ready to buy.

Extra cash – Remember, most people end up ordering out a lot for at least the whole week of their move. Be ready with some extra cash set aside for this so you don’t worry about ordering out, and enjoy your take-out pizza in peace.

Get out your welcome mat! – Even though you may be tired or feeling kind of grubby after the move, make sure you wave and say hi to new neighbors you might see. Leave out a welcome mat, literally, if you have one. Let people know that you’re glad to be there, and eager to meet them. You might make some new friends, or even score a dinner invite when you’re at the end of your unpacking rope and can’t find a single pan or dish anywhere.

 

The bottom line

Moving can be a chore, especially as a first-timer. But if you keep everything you should know about moving into your first home in mind, you’ll be great! Don’t forget, you can cross a few tasks off your list, get a great new look, and save plenty of money by renting furniture for your new place from Fashion Furniture Rental.

10 Things You Should Know About Job Relocation

10 Things You Should Know About Job Relocation

If you’re considering relocating for a new job, or even if you’re just beginning your search and want to be prepared, it’s a smart idea to really understand what it takes to relocate for a job. It is a high stakes decision, and most of us fear change. To take some of the unknowns out of the equation, here are 10 things you should know about job relocation to put yourself in a better position.

 

Research is essential to job relocation

Of course, you need to research your potential new employer—both the specific job and the company—but don’t neglect the rest of your homework. You need to know all about the new city, too. What’s the standard of living like there? How’s the weather? What’s the social scene like? If you have a family, where will they be going to work or school? The more questions you answer now, the less stressful your decision-making process will be.

 

The detailed description is essential

So, it sounds like the perfect job, right? Make sure you’ve got the long form description and understand each aspect of it. Meet at least twice with your potential boss and coworkers at the new office. Take a tour of the new place; make sure you come away with a strong sense of the organization’s culture and work environment.

 

Make a budget

If you haven’t created a budget yet—one that’s adjusted for your potential new city—you can’t even be sure the salary you’re being offered will work for you. Know the cost of living, how much housing runs, what you’ll need to invest in transportation, how much you will spend on furniture, and the details of your salary and other income before you make the jump. Remember, relocation is a big expense on its own; you can take some of the bite out of the process by renting furniture, which can really cut down your initial housing investment.

 

Nose around on social media

You can learn a lot about a company by checking it out on social media. Don’t stop with official company pages, either. See who you can find on LinkedIn or other social networks who works there. Then, move on to places like Glassdoor and message boards to see what people are saying about the company. If the company is hemorrhaging employees, you may want to keep looking.

 

Don’t forget to list pros and cons

It may sound simplistic, but a pros and cons list is an excellent visual device that can help you clear away mental fog and cut through the noise. Take your time so you can be sure you’re noting every positive and negative detail about the prospect of relocating. When you’re done, you should have a clear picture of what you’d be gaining—and what you’d be giving up.

 

Is there a moving allowance?

It’s a great idea to research moving allowances and other benefits, from the costs of the move itself to assistance selling your current home. Each company is different; some have extensive moving assistance for new employees, and some have little to nothing in the way of moving benefits. Find out what’s out there, and what matters most to you. This way you know what to ask about and know how to negotiate.

 

Know what matters to your family

Unless you’re single, you won’t be moving alone. Make sure you know what your family wants from your potential relocation—if they’re open to it at all. And even if you are single, be sure that your extended family is aware of your potential relocation. You don’t want to get to the last stage of negotiating your dream job only to learn of a major objection your entire family has with your departure. For the sake of your own stress level and sanity, know your family’s stance before you start the process.

 

Where will go you from there?

Whenever you are seeking new employment, consider this: does the new position offer you the kind of growth opportunities that can further your career? Once you’re there, will you be able to learn and do more with your work, or will you be in danger of stagnation? Asking your potential employer about growth opportunities isn’t impertinent; it’s a sign that you care about your career and are looking to further it with them.

 

Identify your support network

As you consider job relocation, think about whether you know anyone in your new city. If you don’t, what kind of support network will you have to rely upon? If you know you’ll be a little unsupported for a while until you sink in new roots, will that work out for you and your family? Make sure you know.

 

Trust your gut

Humans develop intuition because it helps us survive, so trust your gut. If you just have a bad feeling about a job or a move, recognize that you are simply not comfortable with it. If, on the other hand, you have that palpable sense of excitement thinking about it, your intuition is giving you a green light. Consider following your gut instincts.

 

The bottom line

Moving to a totally new place for a job is a deeply personal decision, and it’s a little different for everyone. Fortunately, there are some common themes that tie these decisions together for all of us. There are also some things you can do to save money and make relocation easier—and renting furniture from Fashion Furniture is definitely one of them. Check in with yourself about these ten things you should know about job relocation, and you’ll be well-prepared to make your big decision.

Fashion Furniture Rental Clearance Center – Brand Name Furniture for Less!

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Furniture rental is our game (heck, it’s even in our name!) but today, we’d like to introduce you to our retail store, Fashion Furniture Rental Clearance Center in Orange County.

Located in Orange County, the Clearance Center is a one-stop-shop for your furniture purchasing needs. All furniture in our store is professionally cleaned before being cleared for sale at the Clearance Center.  Your health, safety, and happiness is our #1 priority. Our inventory is chosen from corporate housing accounts, to interior design projects, to model homes, and each piece that gets delivered to our showroom is handpicked for quality and style. Plus, you get amazing furniture for incredible deals–most pieces are up to 70% off the retail price.

Our Clearance Center is part of Fashion’s ongoing Green Initiative. Furniture rental as a whole is beneficial to the environment. By reusing furniture, you eliminate the waste and extra materials it takes to create a new piece of furniture. Recycling furniture keeps landfills from getting clogged, and you get great deals on beautiful pieces. It’s a win-win!

What kind of furniture do we have? We truly have it all! Sofas? Yep. Bed sets? You got it (including mattresses, headboards/footboards, matching dressers, nightstands, and chests and mirrors). We also have a large selection of dining room tables, chairs, TVs (including SMART TVs), artwork, and cocktail tables.

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What types of customers to we serve, you might ask? Everyone and anyone! Our accessories are perfect for home stagers that are looking for the finish touches on their projects. Our living room and bedroom set-ups are excellent options for students that are looking for a low-cost way to furnish their apartment while staying stylish. Most importantly, Fashion Clearance Center customers are ones that want premium furniture without the premium price.

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Next time you’re in Orange County, stop into our Clearance Center to say hello to our team. We can’t wait to help you pick furniture for your home.

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Tackle Your Spring Cleaning Chores

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Spring means warm weather, longer days, outdoor adventures, and of course, spring cleaning.

The change into the warmer months often signals a need to deep clean the house (something about spring, fresh flowers and the general “newness” of the season, perhaps). Now let’s be real–for most people, the idea of an immaculate and pristine home sounds wonderful, but the thought of doing the actual cleaning is dreadful (unless you’re channeling your inner Monica Geller à la “Friends”). Fret not! We’ve put together Fashion’s Ultimate Guide for Hassle-Free Spring Cleaning.

First, make a home cleaning list. Writing everything down will keep you organized and will keep your from aimlessly wandering around your house trying to figure out what to do next. What should you add to your list? The big “must clean” items tend to be under the sofa, vacuuming the edges/corners of all the rooms, cleaning out vents. Organize the rest of your list by room so you know exactly what to get done. Check out a room-by-room cleaning guide here, and sample spring cleaning lists here and here.

Additionally, think about the small things you can do around the house. Small actions can make a BIG impact, especially when it comes to organizing and decluttering a space. Revamp a junk drawer, organize a book shelf, and be vigilant about throwing stuff away.

Once your to-do list is finalized, break up the chores. Don’t attempt to do everything in one go! You won’t get it done, you’ll get frustrated, you’ll abandon your tasks, and nothing will be clean. Take our advice–spread out those tasks.

Lastly, commit to cleaning year-round. You don’t necessarily have to do deep-clean regularly (but if you want do, that’s cool!) By holding yourself accountable by doing small things during the year, you’ll not only keep your home looking cleaner on a daily basis, but you’ll save yourself from having to painstakingly set aside hours and hours of time to clean everything at once. Try this method for a few weeks and you may be surprised at how much easier it is to keep your place looking spic and span.

And, if part of your spring cleaning resolution includes a total furniture revamp, considering renting furniture for a fresh look! Contact Fashion Furniture Rental to get started.

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Stay Productive In Your Home Office

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Working from home definitely has it’s perks. You can roll right out of bed into the office, the fridge is close by, every day is “bring your dog to work day”, and you can easily answer all those emails you’ve been avoiding while on a conference call. While that’s all great, distractions happen, especially at home–the TV is near by, the couch is comfortable, and you have the option of staying in sweats all day. Learn how to reap the benefits of working remotely and stay productive.

Declutter your desk 

Keeping your desk nice and neat lets you concentrate on the task at hand. Anything you don’t use on a daily basis, put away in an (organized) drawer. Anything that sits on your desk but you don’t actually use, toss it. Only keep the essentials out–writing utensils, notepad, calendar, post its (if you’re feeling dangerous!) It’s unrealistic to think your desk will never get messy, so to keep your work space from becoming a dumping ground day after day, dedicate a few minutes at the end of each work day to re-organize and declutter what’s piled up.

Decorate

While the experts recommend you keep your desk clutter minimal, that doesn’t mean your office space needs to be sparse as well! Hang your favorite photos, get a funky lamp, or display posters with your favorite quotes for daily motivation. You spend a lot of time in your office–your space should reflect the personality and vibe you want to cultivate in your work.

Take breaks with a purpose

It’s tempting to click over to Facebook or scroll through Instagram when we need to hit pause. Next time, try an activity that gives you a break from work but is still beneficial, like a walk around the block or brushing up on industry news. Make sure your break is long enough to feel refreshed, but not so long that you get distracted from getting back to work.

Dress The Part

Just because you’re working from home and not seeing coworkers on a daily basis, doesn’t mean you should hang in your pajamas all day long. Keep your comfy clothes for vegging on the couch, and wear your work threads when it’s time to get down to business. Defining the line between work and play, even at home, will help you stay productive throughout the day.

Pick Appropriate Furniture

Don’t throw any ol’ desk and chair in your home office. Like clothes, your office furniture will help you focus and be ready to work. Pick something that’s functional and something you won’t mind looking at every day. Be sure to also pick a chair that is comfortable. Ask Fashion how you can add a home office to your furniture rental order. We can help you create a space that will keep you productive and motivated all day long!

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Making Friends In A New City

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You found a new place, figured out it was better to rent furniture vs. buy it, and you’re ready to take on your new city! If you moved to a town where you don’t know a soul, you may feel a little anxious or unsure about how to make some new friends. We’ve got four tips to help combat the awkwardness and create a new friend group.

Find Your Local Dog Park

If you have a dog, seek out your neighborhood’s pooch-friendly park. Dogs are great ice breakers, plus your new friends will have the inside scoop on the dog-friendly places in town. Make a suggestion to bring the pups on a playdate while you and your new friends grab coffee. If you’re not comfortable striking up a conversation on your own, there are meetup groups for dog owners you can try as well.

Be A Team Player

Check out adult sport leagues in your city and join a team! Not only will stay fit and active, you’ll meet a new group of people and have an automatic way to bond. Additionally, signing up for a team means you will be the same people week after week, which is helpful when building new relationships. Plus, many sports team like to head out to the bar after a game for a celebratory drink–bonus points for checking out the local watering hole.

Say Yes!

It’s so easy to tell a new acquaintance “no thanks” when they invite you out for drinks. Our first instinct in a new place is to stay cozy in the comfort of the familiar–our apartment for a good ol’ Netflix binge. Fight the urge to hibernate and say, “Heck, yes!” to that invitation. You’ll gain fun experiences, stories, and those acquaintances will eventually turn into good friends.

Be Confident…and Patient

Don’t be afraid to ask someone to grab coffee or drinks if you think they’ll be a good person to know–and don’t be hurt if they say no. You put yourself out there, and that deserves a high-five! Establishing new relationships takes time! While it may be frustrating, taking the time to nurture new friendships will be totally worth it in the end.