How To Organize Your Upcoming Move

Your closing day is approaching, and you are ready to sign on the dotted line. You’ll have a lot to do in the next few weeks but most importantly, you’ll need to pack. We asked our packing experts for their top packing tips to make moving day a success.

It is possible to move without feeling disorganized. A little planning goes a long way. If you are feeling overwhelmed, our partners at Zaarly and their service providers can take care of your entire move.

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Hire Professionals

Organizing and packing is stressful. Getting a professional team to help can save you a lot of time, frustration and money. When you send your message, be as detailed as possible or ask for a personal consultation where a pro will walk through your home and come up with a game plan.

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Get Started As Early As Possible

It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve moved, packing always takes much longer than you think it will. It’s best to start three weeks before moving day and spend time packing every day. Start with the things you aren’t using first, so you aren’t using paper towels to dry yourself off the week before your move.

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Purchase Good-Quality Moving Boxes

New boxes will be easier to pack and seal and will stack easily. They will also work better if you need to store anything away for a while. You can purchase boxes at any storage facility or moving truck rental store.

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Label, Label, Label!

Label every box. Include the following:

  • Which side is up.
  • Your name, especially if you are hiring movers.
  • The contents of the box.
  • Which room the box is going to.
  • If the contents are fragile.
  • And lastly, you may want to keep track of boxes with a numbering system – box 1 of (how many total boxes). You can also break this down by room.

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Make An Inventory

Make an inventory of what you are moving. This is important if you need to file an insurance claim for any reason. It also can serve as a checklist to make sure you haven’t left anything behind.

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Change of Address

Make a list of everyone who needs to know you are moving. Make sure your utility company is called two to four weeks before your move to let them know the date you’ll want your utilities shut off, and set up a change of address with the post office. If you have catalogs that you can’t live without, you’ll want to be sure to change that with the company – catalogs are not first class mail, so they don’t get forwarded.

Choosing The Ideal In-Home Theater


Are you looking for the perfect gift for your movie-loving family member or maybe this is a gift for the entire family? We have the perfect gift that everyone can enjoy — a home theater.

Our partners at Zaarly break down the top things you need to consider before you jump in and start planning your family’s new in-home theater!

Location, Location, Location

Ideally, you want a space that is at least 20 feet long by 13 feet in width. If it’s possible, you’ll want to have your theater room in an area of the house that is isolated.

Options include:

  • Having an addition built off of the family room
  • Use a spare bedroom
  • Finish your garage into a theater room


A theater room needs to be properly insulated so that walls don’t shake with every explosion in Mission Impossible. If you are framing and insulating, it’s best to insulate the floor, ceiling and interior walls.


It’s always best to work with a service provider that installs and sets up sound systems. Pre-wiring your home theater is an essential step, but not one that most people can sleuth on their own. A typical home theater uses a 7.1 surround system. You’ll also want a subwoofer and seven-channel speakers (left, right, center, two surround sound, and two rear speakers).

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Video Projector

If you want a true movie-theater experience, the best way to go is a projector. Be sure that you talk to an audio-visual service provider about pre-wiring, which needs to be completed before you start on the rest of the room.


Movie theater lighting usually will have recessed lighting in the ceiling and then sconces along the two side walls. Extra touch — lighting strips on the floor to help guide people in and out of the room during a movie.


In most of your home, it’s recommended to stick with white ceilings — this is not the case for media/theater rooms. Pick a dark neutral color that matches the paint color that you pick for the rest of the room. We recommend choosing a dark natural shade. Using a dark paint color on the ceiling will help maintain accurate colors on your screen and prevent light from bouncing off the walls onto your screen.


You can’t have a theater room without having great seating. When making plans for the room, make sure platforms are built out for stadium seating. When choosing seating the go-to choice for most homeowners is comfy, large recliners with cup holders. Ideally, two rows of four seats will fit comfortably in a 20 by 13 theater.

Just for Fun

There are lots of extras you can add to a theater room!

  • Popcorn machine
  • Big movie posters of favorite movies
  • Vintage movie posters
  • Concession signs
  • A thick, deep red curtain to pull back on the sides of your screen

How would you gift a theater room to someone in your home or your entire family?

  • A popcorn bucket with all of their favorite theater snacks with a note about plans for a home theater in 2020
  • Vintage movie poster or poster of a favorite movie
  • Print out fake movie tickets with admission to a brand new theater room!

Smart Tech Gifts For The Home

The countdown to finding the perfect gift this holiday season is coming short. If you’re still in the market for that one unique gift, a new gadget for the home is ideal for anyone on your list that wants a tech upgrade in a room or two.

We’ve gathered a list of hot tech products that could modernize any home.

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Dyson Pure Hot+Cool HP04 purifying heater + fan | $669.99



Meural Smart Digital Canvas | $595




Arlo Pro 3 Security Camera System | $499.99


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Hobot Window Cleaning Robot | $499


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Sonos Smart Speaker | $399


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Coravin Model Two Wine System | $299.95



Furbo Dog Camera | $249

10 Must-See Open Houses

Enjoy your weekend with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and our amazing agents at these properties.


2215 Kessler Woods Court | Kessler Park | $1,895,000



1 Wooded Gate Drive | North Dallas | $1,230,000



6702 Sondra Drive | Lakewood | $1,075,000



12312 Brittany Circle | North Dallas | $989,500



12104 Madeleine Circle | North Dallas | $950,000



5509 Meletio Lane | Melshire Estates | $899,499



5837 Llano Avenue | Lower Greenville | $875,000



9428 Biscayne Boulevard | The Peninsula | $859,000



101 Decker Court #1203 | Irving | $569,900



4618 Cedar Springs Road B | Oak Lawn | $350,000


10 Fireplaces To Keep Cozy

Longer nights and frigid temperatures call for winters near the fireplace. In many homes, a fireplace is an epicenter of a living room or a bedroom for relaxation. Bundle up and spark some joy with 10 warm fireplaces.


11544 E Ricks Circle | North Dallas | $3,900,000



10115 Waller Drive | Preston Hollow | $3,290,000



3828 Alta Vista Lane | Hockaday | $2,795,000



4524 Rheims Place | Highland Park | $2,795,000



3823 Holland Avenue | Oak Lawn | $2,245,000



202 Sunview Street | Sunnyvale | $1,975,000



2215 Kessler Woods Court | Kessler Park | $1,895,000



12104 Madeleine Circle | North Dallas | $950,000



1157 King Mark Drive | Lewisville | $925,000



4383 W Northwest Highway | Preston Hollow | $749,500

Hosting For The Holidays

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Whether a catered dinner or a cocktail party, hosting elegant holiday gatherings should be more fun than stressful. Here are a few tips for putting together a delightful party to celebrate winter holidays with family and friends.


Make a list

From guests to groceries, write down all the details and preparations for the party, including the type of event. This will help you stay organized and ease the stress of last-minute loose ends.


Menu prep

Create a holiday menu (think easy-prep recipes) and cook ahead of time. Less time in the kitchen means more time mingling with guests. For catering, ensure orders are placed and confirmed well in advance.


Sips for all

Set up a self-serve beverage station complete with sodas, garnishes, infused liquors, recipes and nonalcoholic options for guests to help themselves.


Deck the halls

Decide on decorations — less is more in the name of serving space — like small accents, festive florals, bowls of ribbons or seasonal ornaments and a string or two of twinkle lights for good measure.


Play some tunes, open your home and enjoy good company!

10 Must-See Open Houses

Enjoy your weekend with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and our amazing agents at these properties.


3130 N Harwood Street #2301 | Victory Park | $2,299,500



13207 Glad Acres | Farmers Branch | $1,250,000



6907 Forest Cove Circle | North Dallas | $1,094,000



4918 Milam Street | Knox/Henderson | $955,000



7319 Clemson Drive | Lakewood | $875,000



2815 Lawtherwood Place | Lakewood | $649,000



10102 Royal Highlands Drive | Lake Highlands | $599,000



2524 Aaron Circle | Oak Cliff | $499,999



1839 Summit Avenue #3 | Lower Greenville | $465,000



2416 Cross Timbers Trail | Arlington | $284,900

Kitchens For Every Holiday Gathering

Thanksgiving may be long gone for the year, but the season’s gatherings are only beginning. If you are one to have guests over for the holidays, you know the kitchen is a busy spot this time of year. With endless cooking, baking and plenty of toast proposals, the kitchen takes on a lot.

We’ve gathered a list of lovely kitchens ready to take on those holiday tasks.


6901 Hunters Glen Road | University Park | $6,999,000



7403 Midbury Drive | Janmar | $3,800,000


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4241 Woodfin Drive | Old Preston Hollow | $2,250,000


2215 Kessler Woods Court

2215 Kessler Woods Court | Kessler Park | $1,895,000



7319 Clemson Drive | Lakewood | $875,000



8115 Santa Clara Drive | Forest Hills | $795,000



3747 Agnes Creek Drive | Frisco | $629,900



300 S Montclair Avenue | Winnetka Heights | $539,000



14949 Hillcrest Road | North Dallas | $474,900



607 N Rosemont Avenue | Kessler Park | $390,000

Luxetrends: 2019 Gift Guide

For the people on your list who have everything, take a peek at these luxe gift ideas to get inspired and find something truly unique.



STARTING AT $149,900

Ideal for those looking to take a cross-country road trip or embrace the tiny house lifestyle full time, Drake is efficiently built as a high-design home, but sized like an RV to give you ultimate freedom of use. The contemporary layout and sleek hardware create a beautiful setting that your favorite traveler is sure to love.





A frequent host for gatherings? Asprey has partnered with The Ritz-Carlton to create this exclusive silver-plated drink trolley inspired by bar designs from the 1920s and 1930s, a time when cocktails marked the height of fashion. Featuring Art Deco elements with a modern twist, this piece is sure to delight guests and serve as a chic conversation starter.





Inspired by the soothing shape of a river stone, the Heartbeat Stone rests in the palm of your hand to read your heartbeat and mirrors it in real-time through gentle vibration. Paired with the app, you can share your heartbeat, allowing loved ones to feel it wherever they are in the world. A stunningly beautiful piece, this is a truly heartfelt gift for anyone on your list.





Perfect for the frequent traveler who’s staying fit on the road, the Hypersphere Mini offers a therapeutic vibrating massage to help you move better anywhere you roam. The Mini is TSA-approved, so just toss it in your suitcase to have on hand for your post-workout routine.