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4 Simple Household Moving Tips

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Simple Household Moving Tips

Moving can be a very exciting event if you are prepared, but also a very stressful one if things don’t go as planned. Knowing a few simple tricks before you even start packing your belongings can help your entire move go much smoother. Here are four moving tips that every homeowner should use to make moving easier. Color Code Your Boxes If you are looking for ways to speed up your move, a color-code system could be a good option. You will most likely want to pack items from the same room in the same boxes so you can stay organized when unloading them in your new home. However, the process of labeling every box can be very time consuming if you live in a large home and have a lot of boxes to keep organized. If you use a color-code system, you can quickly put a colored dot sticker on each box before you pack it to the moving truck. Taking boxes to the right rooms when you arrive at your destination will also be easier, as you can simply glance at the colored sticker instead of stopping to read the label on each box. To use this system, you will need to create a legend by writing down the name of each room in your new home and assigning each room a color. Photograph Your Shelves Before Packing If you are like many homeowners, you may have shelves of books, dishware, or other knick-knacks that you would like to keep in their current arrangement after you move. Alternatively, you may have a child that feels this way about his or her shelves of toys. You may be surprised to find that you can’t remember exactly where each item was after you move, even if they have been in the same places for years. The best way to preserve the layout of your shelves is to take pictures of them before you pack any of your shelved items. As an added benefit, you can use these pictures for proof of insurance purposes if you need to file a claim for items that are broken in transit. Choose Moving Clothes Carefully Moving furniture and other large household items is a very physically demanding task. Wearing the wrong clothes could easily lead to a trip and fall while you are focused on carrying your belongings, so it is important to plan your outfit carefully on moving day. The first question you should ask is if you are wearing shoes that are safe for moving. Thick, slip-resistant treads are a must, and steel-toed boots are an excellent option for protecting your toes from dropped items. Loose clothes like blouses and oversized shirts should be avoided so that you do not get caught on doorknobs and other obstacles while carrying heavy items. Gloves are also helpful for giving you a better grip on anything you’re carrying, and they will also protect your hands from being pinched if you need to squeeze through a tight doorway. Find Tax Deductions for a Work-Related Move If you are moving because you are starting work in a new location, your moving expenses may be tax-deductible. According to IRS Publication 521, work-related moves are deductible if they pass a distance test and a time test. Your new...

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3 Questions You Must Answer Before Moving Abroad To Study

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Questions You Must Answer Before Moving Abroad To Study

Studying abroad can be a great experience as a student, but sadly, it’s not as easy as enrolling in a college and hopping on a plane. Rather, you must have a plan in place to ensure your international move works out over the long term. To help you with this, consider answering the following three questions: How Will You Fund Your Education Abroad? Higher education can be an expensive pursuit, whether it’s in the United States or abroad. However, studying abroad brings additional expenses such as relocation costs. Studying abroad may also prove to be an expensive pursuit if the cost of living in your host country is significantly higher than living in the United States. Therefore, it’s important to have a comprehensive plan in place for funding both your living costs and tuition fees, as failing to do so could result in unnecessary stress during your time abroad. Some students will choose to self-fund their education, but for many, this simply isn’t an option. Therefore, if you don’t have enough money to self-fund your tuition, you should look into the possibility of obtaining a federal loan, grant, or scholarship. If you are a solid student, you should have a multitude of scholarships available to you for studying abroad. However, you should check with your financial aid office as soon as possible to ensure you don’t miss any application deadlines. How Will You Manage Your Finances? Once you have your tuition fees and living expenses sorted, you have to decide how you are going to manage your finances in your new country. Many students who choose to study abroad for a lengthy period of time make the mistake of not opening a local bank account. However, this can be a bad move as you will have to pay foreign transaction fees for using your American card abroad. You may also have to pay a fixed percentage every time you take money from an ATM, so it’s often best to open a local bank account to eliminate these unnecessary fees. You should also talk with a financial advisor about how the United States’ tax regulations apply to you whilst abroad. If you are studying full time and don’t take on a part-time job, you should have no problems. However, if you are studying part time or plan on juggling education with work, you may still have to pay a certain amount of your income to the I.R.S. This can come as a very unpleasant surprise to many people, so make sure you know the details before jetting off. How Are You Going to Integrate with the Culture? Studying abroad can be one of the best experiences of your life, as you will be at the perfect age for exploring your new country and developing an international outlook on life. Therefore, it’s important to assimilate into your local culture to ensure you are making the most of your opportunity. One of the best ways to do this is by learning the local language. Of course, many leading international universities will teach courses in English; however, you should still make an effort to learn the local language to converse with local people. You can take steps to learn the language before you go – there are a plethora of learning tools available...

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3 Major Mistakes That Can Cause Mishap On Moving Day

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Major Mistakes That Can Cause Mishap On Moving Day

Moving house is an extremely stressful event, but often it is made even more stressful by silly mistakes that could have been avoided. Below are three of the most common mistakes people make when moving home and what you can do to stop them from happening to you: 1. Overloading the Van One of the most common mistakes people make when moving home is packing too much stuff. Under the stress of relocating, many people pack away items that will never be used again. Perhaps it’s because they attach unnecessary emotion to items, or perhaps because they genuinely believe they need it all, but the underlying problem remains the same – it won’t all fit in a removal van! Of course, you can choose to do numerous trips if you need to; however, this can be tiresome when moving to your new property. Furthermore, you have to find room for all of this stuff, which can be pretty stressful when it comes to unloading your van. The best way to avoid this problem is to really scrutinize the items you’re packing and be honest about whether you truly need it or not. Yes, 80s fashion may come around again and you could find a use for your old pink leotards; however, chances are you won’t be wearing them to your next yoga class, so toss them out! Being vigilant during the packing process will save you nightmares when you arrive at your new property. 2. Failing to Prepare Your Family Preparation is key when it comes to moving home, and this is particularly true if you have a family to look out for. Despite your best efforts, you are going to be under a great deal of stress and anxiety on moving day, so why transfer this tension onto your children? If you have young children under the age of eight or so, consider offloading them to a relative or close friend whilst you and your partner crack on with the logistics of moving home. Not only will it ensure they don’t get caught up in the stress of it all, but it will avoid placing you under the additional pressure of dealing with an unhappy child on moving day. If this isn’t possible, consider involving them in the moving process to take their mind off of things and keep them busy. The same is true for pets; if you have a large family pet, such as a cat or dog, offload them to a friend or relative on moving day. Cats and dogs can sense anxiety in their owners, which, in turn, will cause them to become overexcited as well. Add in the regular breaks you would have to take to walk and feed them, and you have a recipe for a very stressful moving day! The best way to avoid this is to simply remove the potential problem before it occurs; just remember to return for them once you’ve finished unpacking! 3. Miscalculating the Supplies Required This is easy to do. Everyone, at one time or another, has stocked up on cardboard boxes and rolls of sellotape, only to find that their best estimates weren’t even close to requirements. It may not seem like a big problem – you can always just pick up more, right? While this is of...

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5 Tips to Make Summer Moving Go Smoothly

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Tips to Make Summer Moving Go Smoothly

Summertime is often a difficult time to move. Friends are on vacation, and the heat is so intense, just thinking about moving boxes makes you sweaty. If you have to move during the summer, follow these moving tips to avoid complications, and make your move less difficult. 1. Ensure utilities are on in advance You don’t want to arrive at your new home to find out that you can’t turn on your air conditioning, or even plug in some fans. Sometimes utilities take a little longer than planned to turn on, so check your new home before you start moving. This way, you can call the utility company for help if your utilities aren’t turned on in time. 2. Make a moving kit When you arrive at your new home, you will want to take a shower and put on some fresh clothes. The last thing you’ll want to do is dig through boxes while you’re hot, sweaty, and tired. Pack a backpack or duffel bag for everyone in your family. Include these items in each bag: At least one change of clothes One set of pajamas Shower items (shampoo, body wash) Towel In one of the kits or a separate kit, include: Toilet paper Hair brush Makeup Lotion Anything else that is essential to your family for your nightly and morning routine should be included. 3. Ask for help in advance Summer is often the most popular time for vacations, so you need to ask people well in advance for help. You don’t want to wait until the weekend before your big day to find out that your friends all have plans. As soon as you set your moving day, ask everyone you know for help. Send periodic reminders until moving day. 4. Take care of your helpers While moving in the heat, you need to replace all the water that you are sweating out. It will also lower your body temperature and lower your risk of heat stroke. Set up a large refreshment area to keep everyone who is helping happy and healthy. Some great refreshment ideas, other than plain water, include: Lemon water Cucumber water Berry infused water Iced tea Lemonade Buying a couple of watermelons is an inexpensive and tasty way to hydrate your friends and family. Watermelon is 92 percent water. Eating watermelon will give everyone a wonderful snack while keeping their water content high. 5. Take advantage of the weather Nearly 700 thousand people frequent garage sales every week. These people buy nearly 5 million items. Take advantage of the hot, summer weather, and have a garage sale for the items you decide you don’t want to take. As you move your items, place what isn’t going into the moving truck into a designated area of your yard. At least one of your helpers can stay at the house while a load is taken to your new home. The helper that stays can oversee your yard sale. You can choose a new person to stay with each trip to give one mover a break. This will kill two birds with one stone by getting your wanted items moved, and your unwanted items sold in one swoop. You can take whatever doesn’t sell to a local thrift store at the end of the day....

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3 Questions to Ask the Movers Before Getting an Interstate Move Quote

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Questions to Ask the Movers Before Getting an Interstate Move Quote

Moving out of state can fill you with excitement, but it can also leave you overwhelmed with decisions to make. If you’re hiring a mover, you’re one step ahead of the game, and you’re also at an advantage. Interstate moving companies are required to adhere to certain laws, one of which is registering with a government agency called the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). But what are these laws, and how will they impact your decision about who to hire? Here are three critical questions to ask when getting a moving quote, and how their answers can simplify your moving experience. What kind of quotes do they give? Specifically, you need to know if the quote is in writing, and if it is binding or non binding. By law, interstate moving companies must provide an estimate in writing, whether it’s binding or not. The estimate should include an itemized list of what you’ll be paying for (packing, loading, storage, handling, and transportation fees), how much—if anything—you are required to pay up front, and what forms of payment they take. A non-binding estimate is a great way to get a ballpark figure of what you can expect to pay, and it’s usually based on the weight of the goods. It’s not set in stone, and it could change before the move, but you are protected to some degree with the 110% rule. With this rule, the moving company is allowed to charge you the estimate amount plus 10% over. Bear in mind that the company can later bill you for additional services, especially if the moving fees were based on the weight of the shipment, and your items were heavier than expected. But once you pay the estimate plus 10%, the company must release your property. A binding estimate is typically given for moves based on the number of items as opposed to weight. It’s somewhat of a misnomer because in actuality, this figure can change on the day of the move. In these cases, the 110% rule does not apply. A binding estimate shouldn’t be mistaken for a guarantee. However, if the estimate is revised on moving day, that’s generally the amount owed by the consumer. Do they provide in-person quotes? Having a representative come to your home to give you a quote in person is always beneficial. But if you’re planning to move to another state, it’s a federal requirement, provided that the moving company is located within 50 miles of your home. Many consumers have a hard time estimating how many items they’ll have on move day. Plus, this figure will go up once all the boxes are packed. If you have a binding agreement set up based on an estimate of 150 items, but you end up with 375 items that need to go on the truck, the amount owed will increase. When the company comes to your home to take an inventory of your possessions, they’re more likely to be accurate when giving you a quote. Remember, both a binding and non-binding estimate can change at any time before the work begins. So if you want accuracy in your estimate, it’s best to research moving companies within 50 miles of where you live. What sort of damage protection do they offer? Most everyone wants some sort...

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Don’t Forget About The Tip When Budgeting For A Local Move

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Don’t Forget About The Tip When Budgeting For A Local Move

When budgeting for a local move, don’t forget to include a tip. You aren’t required to tip your moving crew, but most people like to give their movers a gratuity. According to an Apartment Guide survey, 71 percent of people tip movers. Since even a small tip can reach a hundred dollars or more, it’s important to factor this into your moving budget if you’re going to leave one. Here’s a guide on how much to budget for a tip, along with some suggestions on how to give it. Deciding How Much To Tip Movers Although most people leave a tip for movers, the amount they give varies widely. The above-mentioned survey found that, of those who tip 60 percent base the amount on their move’s cost, with 39 percent giving 10 percent of the cost and 21 percent offering a generous 20 percent 17 percent use an hourly rate to determine their tip 23 percent give each mover a flat amount To see just how much a tip may add to your moving budget, consider how these methods of calculating the gratuity would increase the cost of a $1,500 local move. A 10-percent tip would add $150 to the price of the move, and a 20-percent gratuity would double that amount to $300. These amounts would be shared by the crew. For the sake of this example, assume there is a crew of six people and the move takes a full day, eight hours. A $150 tip would leave each laborer with $25, and a $300 one would give each crew member $50 for the day. No mover is going to complain about getting an extra $50 for their day’s efforts. Even $25, though, is a respectable tip that breaks down to an additional $3.13 per hour for the crew members. If you were to use the other methods to settle upon an amount to tip, the gratuity might be less, but it will still add a significant amount to your moving expenses. For instance, using the above example, giving each person an extra $2 per hour would add $96 to your move’s cost. A flat rate of $20 for each person would increase the price from $1,500 to $1,620. Leaving a Tip for Your Movers Because a tip is for the people who are moving your belongings, it should be given directly to them — not their boss. By handing each mover a tip, you’ll have an opportunity to express your thanks to them personally. They can hear in your own words how grateful you are, rather than from their supervisor. Additionally, handing out tips directly to each crew member will prevent an unscrupulous crew supervisor from pocketing the entire amount. Most people wouldn’t do this, but it’s best to not give anyone the opportunity to take another crew member’s tip. To make sure you’re able to hand out tips to each crew member, break up the amount you have into individual gratuities. If you want to tip $150 and there are six members, break the amount into 20- and 5-dollar bills so that you can hand each member $25. If you want to tip them $300 total, get six 50-dollar bills from the bank. This way, you won’t have to leave the entire amount with one...

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About To Load Into A Self-Storage Unit? Make Sure To Prevent, Protect, And Preserve

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on About To Load Into A Self-Storage Unit? Make Sure To Prevent, Protect, And Preserve

As you prepare to move your belongings into a self-storage unit, you have probably already thought your way through decisions about the unit’s size and cost. You’ve decided whether or not to use a climate-controlled facility and even on which floor you want to rent. You’ve double-wrapped your crystal and marked boxes containing fragile items accordingly. However, there are some lesser-known considerations that are also important to keeping you and your belongings safe. Preventing injury Something you may not have thought about while planning to move items into your storage unit is your own safety. Here are some general guidelines to prevent injury. Don’t overexert. Moving is hard work, and you may not have lifted heavy objects or performed repetitive bending/pushing/pulling for a while. Use your legs to lift (instead of your back), use ropes to pull doors down, and don’t be too proud to use a push cart. Watch for hazards. You’re in unfamiliar territory along with people who are also moving their belongings in/out of the building. Look out for slippery floors, items left in walkways, doors left ajar, and cords strewn on the ground. Use proper equipment. If you are moving in during inclement weather, make sure to wear gripping shoes and watch for icy areas. If you need to use a ladder, take the time to ensure all contact points are on the ground before you climb. Stack sensibly. Don’t stack boxes in precarious pyramids or too-tall towers where they could fall on you and cause injury. Remember, how you move is just as important as what you move. Protecting your identity There is a dark side to storage facilities: dumpster diving. Aware that people routinely dispose of personal belongings while loading in and out of storage units, some ne’er-do-wells target dumpsters at storage facilities after hours. Believe it or not, this is a court protected right in some areas, such as California. Regardless of whether or not you believe people have a right to forage through what others have thrown away, you will not want dumpster divers making away with anything that would allow them to steal your identity. For this reason, never throw out anything with personal information on it. Take it home and run it through a shredder instead. You may want to discuss the potential for this kind of theft with the facility managers if they are not already taking measures to prevent it. Preserving your belongings The final aspect of self-storage you should consider before moving your belongings into your unit is that of insurance. After all the trouble you are going through to store them safely, you want assurance that if they become damaged, you will be compensated for their loss.You will assume wrongly if you assume the storage facility automatically covers your items in their property insurance. Check with your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance company to see if your policy covers items moved from your residence into a storage unit. If not, you can purchase a policy from the storage facility that will cover damage from fire, hail, wind, tornadoes, hurricanes, and lightning. It should also cover vandalism, plumbing leaks, and burglary. However, note that most policies will not cover: flooding pest infestations missing items (unless a burglary can be proven) motor vehicles inordinately valuable items such as...

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