Stress and moving: how they connect

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When a move is ahead, the first word that comes to mind for many is stress. In fact, moving ranks among one of the most stressful events in one’s life. It’s really no surprise, considering it’s such a costly, laborious and nerve-wracking endeavor. Continue reading “Stress and moving: how they connect”

Keep moving costs down with these budget-friendly moving tips

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When it’s time to move, costs add up quickly – a situation that can lead to extra stress during an already stressful situation. While many moving expenses are unavoidable, there are multiple ways you can keep costs down. All you have to do is plan ahead and follow these easy budget-friendly moving tips. Continue reading “Keep moving costs down with these budget-friendly moving tips”

Moving during the holidays? Here’s how to make it easier.

movingA move is always stressful, whether big, small, long distance or local. But planning a move during the holidays takes moving stress to a whole new level – especially if you have kids. Is it actually possible to pack boxes, organize and clean your home, shop for presents and decorate for the holidays all at the same time?

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6 Signs It’s Time to Move to a Larger Home


Finding the perfect home can be harder than expected. You want it to be in a location you like with features you love. You also want it to have enough space to accommodate your family and lifestyle. A house that does not have enough space to properly fit everyone and everything can be a terrible problem, leading to chaos and stress. Are you wondering whether you and your family should move to a larger home? Here are some signs that will confirm that it’s time for a bigger home.

Your family is expanding. Does baby make 3, 4 or 5? Are your parents moving into your home so you can take care of them? Has the number of pets or roommates you have grown? No matter the reason, adding people to your home generally means you will need more space. More people means more stuff, more demands for the bathroom, more beds needed, and so on. In order to comfortably fit everyone in one place, the best solution is to move to a home that is large enough to accommodate everyone.

Your income has increased. The lower the income, the smaller your home will typically be. So if you manage to see an increase in how much money you have, it may mean it’s time to invest in a bigger place to live. Have you always dreamed of a roomy eat-in kitchen, or a large backyard for social gatherings or for your kids to play? With more money in the bank, you can afford to be more selective about where you live and what qualities your home has.

You started an in-home business. Running a business from your home has many great perks (you’re your own boss, for instance), but it
will turn out to be a negative experience if you don’t have enough space in your home for it to operate. To run an in-home business you will require an office or designated office space. Without it, you may find yourself
conducting business at a communal spot, like the kitchen or dining room table. This will make it hard to stay organized and focus on your many required work tasks. If your current home doesn’t have an extra room or area that you can use to run your new in-home business properly, then moving to a larger home is the optimal choice in order to make your new venture a success.

You have a new hobby. Just as you would need an extra room for an in-home office, you may also require more space in your home to indulge in a new hobby. For example, you may spend a great deal of time painting. With all of the paint, canvases, sketchbooks, and other supplies this sort of hobby requires, it is best to have a designated space to put forth your talents. This means you may need a larger home to accommodate your new favorite pastime.

Your quality of life is suffering. When you first moved into your current home, there was probably enough space, maybe even a little extra, for you to feel comfortable and content. But as time has passed, your nicely-sized home may have become a little cramped. The longer you live somewhere, the more things you acquire – pets, books, furniture, children. Are you constantly tripping over piles of clothes because you don’t have enough closet space to store them all? Do your overnight guests have to sleep on an uncomfortable pull-out couch because you don’t have a guest room? Are your cats or dogs running circles around you because you don’t have a yard for them to play in? Less wiggle room can lead to a life of chaos and stress. If your quality of life has taken a nosedive because your house is just too small, then the only way to truly solve this dilemma and make life sweet again is to upscale to a bigger home.

You don’t want to remodel. When you are in need of a bigger home, there are two ways to go about getting it: remodel your current home or move to a home that is larger. Remodels are a great way to add more space to your home without having to pack up and move. However, in some cases, remodeling your home can wind up being more costly than selling and moving to a larger house. It can also be a nightmare living in the midst of a construction zone. If you don’t want to undergo the time and stress of a home remodel, then the ultimate way to get the living space you need is to move to a home that already provides it.

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Top Ways Having a Roommate Saves You Money

There’s no denying that the cost of living is expensive. There are bills to pay, food to buy, household furnishings to acquire. No matter how old a person is, affording the many things life requires can be difficult. It can be especially hard for young adults just venturing into “the real world”. So how does one manage to pay all of their expenses? One way is to get a roommate. To learn the top ways in which having a roommate can save you money, continue reading!

Bills. From rent to utilities, bills are a constant part of living. This is one area in which having a roommate can save you money. You think that the bills for two people will run higher than those for just one, but in actuality, the costs don’t increase the much. Splitting the cost of rent, electricity, internet, etc., will translate into major savings in the long run.

Meals and Groceries. Another way having a roommate can save you money is by sharing meals and grocery costs. By coordinating grocery trips, you won’t end up filling the fridge with doubles, like two gallons of milk or two cartons of eggs. You also won’t risk having your food spoil or leftovers going bad – which ultimately is money being thrown in the trash.

Buy in Bulk. Along with sharing meals and grocery costs, having a roommate also allows you to purchase items together, in bulk. While you may not want to go in on bulk items together like 20 jars of peanut butter and 50 toothbrushes together, it is a good idea to purchase certain things in larger quantities. Things like toilet paper, rice, pasta, and so on, are good bulk items to purchase together as roommates. Not only will it save you money by sharing the expense, but it will also save you time so you won’t have to go to the store as often.

Clean Up. One look around your home after just a few days of not cleaning up will show you just how much effort is required in order to keep a living space that is clean and organized. Maybe your job or schedule is so busy you are unable to keep up with household chores, or maybe you just despise cleaning, but either way, you may be tempted to hire a professional to keep your home spic and span. Though the  may be very appealing, it will only lead to spending money – not saving it. This is where having a roommate comes in handy. Instead of having to clean an entire house by yourself, you and your roommate will be able to share the responsibilities. This means just half the cleaning burden lands on you and you can spend your time on more worthwhile things.

Décor. When you move into a new place – or simply live on your own – you need a lot of stuff, like a couch, a microwave, some pots and pans, and so on. Finding the means to purchase all of the things you need to fill your living space can be hard to manage alone. But with a roommate, outfitting a home is much easier. With two of you to donate items to the household, you will save a great deal of money, all while being able to decorate your home more quickly and efficiently.

Events. Say you and your roomie want to have some people over for a get together, or want to host a small party for a friends birthday. Having a roommate means you can do these kinds of fun activities without bearing all of the financial responsibilities. For example, if hosting a friend’s birthday party, one of you could pay for the food and drinks, while another pays for the decorations or gift.

For It To Work

In order for you to be able to save money by having a roommate, you don’t want to sign up just anyone for the role. For such an important decision, you will want to take the time to ensure that whomever you pick is financially responsible. If you aren’t moving in with someone you already know, here are some important questions to ask a potential roommate:

  • How long have they had their job?
  • How do they feel about paying rent on time?
  • How do they envision splitting utility costs?

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Relocating the Elderly: A Helpful Guide

A home is more than just four walls and a roof. Home is a place that provides comfort and safety. A place that holds memories. All of these qualities grow the longer you live in the same home. Because of this, having to move to a new home can be very upsetting – especially for the elderly. Not only is it harder for seniors to endure a move physically, but it is also difficult emotionally. After all, they have spent years of their time, effort and money to create a home they truly love. Moving seniors can be an enormous challenge, requiring time, organization, and lots of patience. You will also need the assistance of the guide below that will hold your hand as you go through all of the stages of the senior relocation process.

Communication

Moving house is always a time of difficulty and worry. But for the elderly, leaving a cozy, comfortable place that has been their home for many years can be a time of great sadness and apprehension. The main cause of this distress is the perceived sense of loss – a loss of control, independence and self. In order to ensure a smooth transition, reducing your parents sense of loss and powerlessness is a must. To do this, communication is of utmost importance. To create an open line of communication:

  • Discuss the matter at length. Talk with your parents about why they need to move and their options for where they can move to;
  • Be patient. Give your parents time to think about moving, grieve their loss, and also accept the changes that are to come;
  • Be positive. Point out the good aspects of them moving – less responsibilities, less work, increased safety, better healthcare, the chance to spend more time with you and their grandchildren (if moving closer to you).
  • Give them choices. Let them choose their new home or living community. Allow them to be part of the moving preparations, letting them decide what belongings they will take with them, etc.

Planning

After a decision is made about whether or not your parents will be moving – and where they will be moving to – it is time to start planning the relocation. With every move, a great deal of time, effort and organization occurs. For a senior move, you will need to accomplish a number of important tasks, such as:

  • Downsizing your parent’s belongings.
  • Packing your parent’s belongings.
  • Hiring professional movers that are experts in handling a senior move.

Packing

When packing for a move, the elderly are not just packing mere belongings. They are packing memories, keepsakes, and other essential elements from their life. Because they will need to limit the amount of items they move with them, packing can be a longer-than-usual process. To make the packing process efficient and stress-free, you should:

Be considerate and patient. While you may want to just throw things into boxes and donate gobs of other items, it’s important to be considerate and patient with your parents at this time. Ask them what they’d like to do themselves and what they will need help with. While it’s a good idea to help them sort their belongings and steer them in the direction of getting rid of nonessential items, be sure to let them have the final say in what they keep and what they say goodbye to.

Start early. As we just mentioned, it can take time for your parents to decide what belongings to keep and which ones to toss. This is why it’s important to start the packing process early – around three – four months before moving day.

Begin with simple tasks. Easing into the packing process will make it much more bearable on everyone involved. So begin with simple tasks first. For example, try having your parents pack a room in their home that doesn’t hold much emotional attachment, such as a guest room or study.

Another way to help make the moving process easier is to focus on one area at a time. This will make everything that needs to be accomplished less overwhelming.

Pack an essentials box. The first few day after a move is always the hardest. Unpacking, finding specific items you need, and so on. This is why packing an essentials box is a must In this specific box, pack the most must-needed items your parents will need during those first few days after moving. This way they will have easy access to the necessities – medication, toiletries, clothes, basic kitchen items, etc.

Ensure the safety of belongings. Moving is hard enough without suffering the loss of items that were damaged during transportation. While packing, take the necessary steps to ensure all of your parent’s belongings are safely packed to ensure they make it from Point A to Point B on moving day.

Label all boxes. To keep the packing process organized, be sure to label all moving boxes, furniture and other belongings clearly. When labeling, include the specific location that each box, etc. is to go in at your parents’ new home. It is also a good idea to label boxes with their contents to make unpacking easier. For items that require special instructions, be sure to state them on the labels.

Moving Day

When the day of the move arrives, emotions will run high for everyone involved, especially your parents. You will need to be extra cautious in order to keep everything running smoothly and error-free. Here are some things to consider on this stressful day:

  • Be present on moving day to supervise all moving activities as well as the emotional state of your parents.
  • Take the necessary precautions to eliminate the risk of accidents and injuries during the move.
  • Set aside any items that should not be loaded on the moving truck (an essentials box, valuable items, or important documents).
  • Take the time to double check the house before leaving it for good. Ensure nothing has been left behind.
  • Create a safe and comfortable trip for the senior(s) as they relocate to their new home.
  • After the move, help your parents settle in to their new home. Place all o their belongings in the correct places and ensure they are able to freely and safely navigate through their new home.
  • If your parents have moved to a retirement community or assisted living facility, ensure they know how to reach staff for assistance.

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Important Steps to Take When Moving a Safe

If you read our previous blog, “Moving a Safe: Important Prep Steps to Follow”, you learned the necessary prep steps to take when moving a safe. If you didn’t read it, hurry and do so before venturing further!

Now, let’s continue…

Moving a safe is a big job and should be taken seriously. You will need to have strong people to help you move it, the correct moving equipment, a plan for how to move it successfully, and a vehicle to load it onto. For optimal results, follow these important tips to move your safe:

Step 1. After prepping your safe for transport, be sure to close the door and lock it in place. If the doors to your safe accidentally open during transport, it could cause a lot of damage – to you and your helpers, to other belongings or your property, and even to itself.

Step 2. Your safe may appear indestructible, but trust us, it can be damaged during a move. This being said, use moving blankets to completely wrap your safe; ensure no parts are visible. Then, using packing tape, moving straps or rope, secure the blankets in place.

Step 3. With the help of your moving buddies, slowly tilt the safe and slide a heavy-duty dolly underneath the bottom. This step should be performed with extreme caution. One slip or misstep and someone could get hurt.

Step 4. Once your safe is on the dolly, you will need to secure it in place. Do this by wrapping the entire body of the safe with straps or rope, fastening it tightly and securely to the dolly. It is vital that the safe remains firmly attached to the moving dolly at all times, so before continuing to the next step, double-check your work.

Step 5. All of your strength will need to be used during this step, so get your muscles ready. After double-checking to ensure your safe is securely attached to the moving dolly, tilt back the two-wheeler so the full weight of the safe is balanced on the wheels.

Step 6. As you begin to slowly roll the dolly, have at least three of your helpers support the safe. You may also want to assign someone to walk a few steps ahead of you in order to warn you of potential trouble along the way (bumps, cracks, etc.). During this time, no one should make any sudden or unexpected movements. Doing so could confuse others, or even throw them off balance. Sharp turns or bumps should also be avoided if possible because it could cause the safe to fall off the dolly.

Step 7. If you’ve managed to transport your safe to the awaiting moving vehicle, you will then need to lower the loading ramp. This way you can wheel your safe up the ramp and into the vehicle where it will remain until arriving at your destination.

Step 8. After loading the safe, strap it against one of the vehicle’s sides, securing it as tightly as possible. Remember, the more securely you strap your safe to the inside of your moving vehicle, the better the chance it will survive the many bumps and turns on the road. Be sure to use as many straps and ropes as necessary to achieve complete immobilization during transport.

Step 9. Once arriving at your new home, you will need to repeat the above steps in reverse order.

Don’t forget. Safety is your number one priority when moving a safe. If you are not 100% certain you are up to the challenge, turn to experienced professionals that can help you get the job done.

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Tips for Deciding How to Style Your New Home

Gearing up for a home move means lots of organizing, planning, packing, and heavy lifting. Not only that, but it can be an emotional time with large amounts of stress. All in all, moving can be very overwhelming. While you are probably counting down the days to when your move is finally over, there is one thing that you are most likely eagerly waiting to be able to start. Can you guess what it is? If you guessed decorating your new home, we are on the same page.

Sure, a lot of what you will be doing after your move will be unpacking. But as things get unpacked and put away, decorating will be the next big step to take in the post-moving process. Though it is definitely exciting to make your house a home, it can often be hard starting such a task. Luckily, there are some way to pinpoint “the look” that is right for you and your home. Check out the noteworthy ideas below!

Consider other areas in your life. When first starting out on the path to decorating your new home, first consider the areas of your life where you know and love your particular style or taste. One area, in particular, to examine is your wardrobe. Are your clothes and accessories bold and fancy? Or are they muted and minimal? Figuring out certain aspects of your wardrobe may help you decide the type of style, colors, etc. that you would like the interior of your home to possess.

Take a look around. Ideas are all over the place, from decorating magazines to websites like Pinterest. While these are great options to get the decorative wheels turning in your head, we suggest taking the time to stop and look at certain things around you. If you were drawn to a certain area of town, or neighborhood, there had to be several reasons why. One is most likely the style and architecture of the houses. So pause for a moment and look at other homes in your neighborhood and on your own street. Are they traditional? Modern? Eclectic? While you observe nearby homes, figure out what exactly catches your eye and draws you in. Is it the architecture? The color combo of the shutters and front door? Once you learn specific details about homes you admire, figuring out how to apply the same ideas to your own place is much easier.

Think about countries you dream of visiting. When you see photos of different counties, what draws you in most? Is it the rich, bold colors of a tropical location like Greece? Or the earthy, muted tones of a Tuscan landscape? When you consider the appeal of certain locations that strike your senses, you may find that you enjoy the same type of hues inside your very own home.

Scour magazines. Websites are perfectly fine, but magazines are also something we suggest using when planning ways to decorate your home. Decorating is a hands-on activity. This means you need to mix and match paint colors in person, test the comfort level of a couch by sitting on it, and feel the fabric of a pillow or throw rug between your fingers. Magazines are a great way to start the hands-on experience of decorating. Feel the magazine in your grip. Tear out the pages and make a collage of how certain colors and furniture items work together. The process is fun and will lead you to a newly-decorated home.

Figure out what you don’t like. It seems like a weird concept, but sometimes it can be hard to know exactly what types of style and designs you like. To help make it easier to know the things you do like, it’s a good idea to figure out the things you don’t like. By eliminating the styles, patterns, colors, etc. that you dislike, you will be able to steer clear of these things and focus on the true direction you want to take to set up your new home.

Now that you have read some ideas on decorating your new home, you are on your way to having the house you always dreamed of. If you have other tips to add, let us know in the comments.

San Diego, CA: Reasons to Move to America’s Finest City

Do you ever look around – at your home, your job, your life – and think, “What am I doing?” If so, the urge to move can strike big and hard. We definitely don’t suggest grabbing a bag and moving on a whim! But there does come a time in many people’s lives where a move to an entirely new location is a very good idea. If you’ve browsed the Internet for places to move, you have learned that there is an endless list of possibilities. For this article, though, we will discuss one hotspot in particular – San Diego, California.

Known as America’s Finest City, San Diego offers many great perks – all with a gorgeous Pacific Coast View. To find out if San Diego is the place for you, continue reading!

Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

Beauty. It’s hard to deny the beauty that is found in the city of San Diego. It offers miles of gorgeous beaches that trail along the Pacific Coast and has many beautiful parks and gardens. Balboa Park, for instance, is an amazing place to walk or jog, have a picnic or just take in nature’s many sights and sounds.

Another thing that makes San Diego a beautiful spot is its mountains, canyons and seaside cliffs.

Climate. The climate plays a big role in how well one likes where they live. Too-cold winters, too much rain or too-hot summers can be a definite burden. This is why so many people love living in San Diego. Summers in San Diego are warm and dry, and winters are mild. In fact, the climate is typically mild year-round, which is especially great if you aren’t a fan of winter weather.

Transportation. San Diego is a place where there is always something to see or to do. With so many people out and about, you may wonder how everyone gets where they need to be. San Diego offers many options for transportation – especially if you don’t want to deal with the expense and burden of owning a car. Equipped with many trains and trolleys, transit around the city of San Diego is made easy. There are also walking and biking trails located throughout the city, if these modes of transportation sound good to you.

Job Opportunities. If you are going to move to a new location – especially to a new state – you will need to find a job. We know, work can be such a pain sometimes! But it’s essential if you want to have money for rent, food and fun. San Diego is a great place to find work, with plenty of jobs available. And no matter your education, training or experience, this city offers something for everyone, which makes it possible to find your perfect niche.

Legoland, San Diego, CA

Lots to Do. A great perk about the city of San Diego is that it has lots of things to do. There are plenty of beaches, parks and museums, as well as places like the zoo and Legoland, which provide entertainment for both adults and kids. Plus, when you live in this great city, you will catch wind of all sorts of surprises like new shops to check out and local concerts and other events happening around town.

Delicious Food. From sunup until sundown, you’ll find plenty of wonderful restaurants, food trucks and more that serve delicious food and drinks for a variety of different taste palates. This is especially true for beer, wine and Mexican cuisine.

San Diego is just one of the great places you can move to in the state of California. You can also check out some perks of moving to Cali in our blog, “Top 6 Reasons to Move to California”. Wherever you decide to move, you can make it a success when you hire professional movers, like us!

Best Reasons to Move to Philadelphia

Moving house is a big deal. It takes lots of planning, packing, time and money. While all of these things may be true, sometimes you just want to pick a new place to live so you can start fresh. But when the urge to move strikes, where exactly do you move to? The United States has a lot of great places, and while this can be exciting, it can also make the decision process rather difficult. Should you move west to San Francisco, south to Nashville, or northeast to New York? Maybe you should go somewhere in the middle? While all of these locations offer some worthy perks, have you ever considered moving to Philadelphia? Whether you have or you haven’t, here are some of the best reasons to move to this cool city.

Affordability

When you think of East Coast cities, you may think they are too costly for you. Sure, this may be true for places like New York City, but there are many areas in this region where the cost of living is affordable – Philadelphia is one of them. In fact, the cost of living in Philadelphia is significantly lower than other East Coast cities. Over the past few years, Philadelphia has seen a rapid development with a generous increase of trendy shops and restaurants boosting the appeal of its city. When this happens, the cost of living tends to go up. So why exactly is Philadelphia so affordable? The answer is this – the value of homes has basically stayed the same. This is great news because homeowners are able to get great deals on houses, all while having access to a city that continues to expand and thrive.

Another perk is that while the trendiest clubs and restaurants in cities like NYC will have you spending an entire paycheck on a meal or a few fancy cocktails, Philadelphia’s top-notch hot spots are affordably priced.

Easy Transportation

When it comes to living in a city, you want to be able to get around town with ease. This is one area where Philadelphia definitely shines. Philly is equipped with an excellent public transit system with trains, electric trolleys, subways and buses that can be taken all over the city. Plus, coming in fourth place in the ranking of the most walkable cities in the country, you can save big on money because you don’t really need to own a car.

Great Location

For many, location is key to enjoying where they live. This is why so many people like living in Philadelphia. The weather is one example. With its central location within the state of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia rarely faces extreme weather conditions or natural disasters like fires, tornadoes and hurricanes.

Philadelphia also has the third-largest student concentration on the East Coast. With 80 colleges, universities, trade and specialty schools, you’ll be close to a number of the most top-rated schools in the country, including UPenn, Drexel University and Moore College of Art and Design.

Craving a weekend away in another fun-filled city? Why not? Travel is great for the soul. Living in Philadelphia means you are just a hop, skip and jump away from exciting cities like New York, Boston and Delaware.

Culture

Another reason Philadelphia may be for you is because of its richness in culture. As you may remember form those high school history books way back when, Philadelphia holds a rather prominent spot in American
history. Here you’ll find many national historic sites, such as Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the Liberty Bell – two of the city’s most famous attractions.

Philadelphia is also home to an incredible list of history museums. You’ll find the National Constitution Center, the National Museum of American Jewish History, the African American Museum of Philadelphia, and many more.

There are also several science museums and the United States’ first ever zoo and hospital.

Abundant Greenery

Do you like the great outdoors? Then Philadelphia will make a wonderful place to live. While many cities offer mostly building after building, sidewalk after sidewalk, Philadelphia actually offers an abundance of greenery. Within this bustling city, you’ll find ample green spaces, like Rittenhouse and Washington Square Parks. There is also Fairmont Park, the largest city-owned park in the nation. Stretching 9,200 acres, this park offers miles of trails and access to the Schuylkill River.

No matter where you decide to move, ABC Movers has everything you need to make your relocation a success!