Moving House: Tips to Get Motivated

When the decision to move house is made, you should immediately jump into action – planning, organizing, packing, etc. But with such a lengthy list of things to accomplish, getting motivated to do everything you need to do can be difficult. Unfortunately, the longer you put it off and time ticks away to moving day, the bigger the risk that you will encounter a stressful and problematic move. So how do you motivate yourself for the tasks ahead? By following the tips below!

Create and follow a packing checklist. Moving house requires taking care of a lot of different jobs, packing being one of the most difficult and time-consuming. How do I start? What do I pack first? All sorts of questions like these can slow you down. So before you become overwhelmed with similar questions , do this instead: create and follow a packing checklist. A packing checklist will serve as the ultimate guide to ensure you stay organized. A good checklist will tell you when and where to start packing for a move, as well as what items you should pack.

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Pack smart. One reason you may feel unmotivated to pack is due to a lack of organization. But now that you have created a moving checklist, you have the means to begin packing. Here are two tips to help you tackle this process:

  • Start ASAP. The best way to start packing for a move is to begin the process as early as possible. Waiting around will only lead to wasted time, more stress and a high risk of problems on moving day. Starting early is the best way to provide yourself with enough time to accurately sort and protect all of your belongings so they will make it from point A to point B.
  • Start with hardest-to-handle rooms. It may seem like starting with the easiesttopack rooms is the best way to get and keep yourself motivated during the packing process. But if you really think about it, knowing that you will eventually have to deal with these difficult spots later on can actually make the packing process difficult to even begin. For many, storage areas – the basement, garage, attic, spare rooms – are the most difficult to manage. Our suggestion is to pack the hardest areas of your home first, so you can knock them out of the way and focus on simpler tasks.
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Only pack what you need. When you start to box up your home for an upcoming move, you will begin to realize just how much stuff you actually own. Chances are, you will happen upon certain items in your home that you just don’t need or want anymore. Now is the perfect time to get rid of unnecessary belongings. Whether you sell, donate or trash them is totally up to you. How does ditching items help motivate you to prepare for your move? Well, the more things you get rid of, the less items you will have to pack. With fewer items to pack, the much more likely you will do it.

Along with boosting your moving motivation, having fewer possessions to pack also means:

  • Less time spent packing
  • Less money spent on packing materials
  • Less money spent on transporting your belongings

Reward yourself. If you are still having a hard time getting motivated to get ready for your home move, you may want to consider devising a reward system in exchange for your hard work. While you may be too old to bribe yourself with a piece of candy, there are other rewards that may get you to finally pack some boxes or sort and organize a set of drawers. Consider these:

  • If you pack your garage, you can go see a movie.
  • If you pack your kitchen, you can grab a meal at your favorite restaurant.
  • If you finish packing your entire home, you can book yourself a relaxing massage.

These rewards definitely sound worth the effort, don’t you think?

Ask for assistance. You can always hire professional movers to pack and transport your belongings. And this is definitely a wonderful way to reduce stress during a move. But it can also be costly. If you are opting for a DIY move, one of the best ways to get motivated to get the job done is to ask your friends for assistance. When asking your pals for help, here are some pointers:

  • Give your friends plenty of notice. This will show them that you respect their busy schedules.
  • Inform them of exactly what type of packing assistance you need and how much of their time you require. Honesty is the best policy.
  • Don’t judge them if they are unable or unwilling to help. All you can do is ask and hope for the best.

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Moving Back in with Your Parents: The Pros and Cons

If you read our previous blog, “Moving Back in with Your Parents: Strategies to Consider”, you learned some important strategies to take to make moving back in with your parents an easier and smoother transition. But if you’re still on the fence about whether or not you should move back home, we’ve come up with some pros and cons to help you decide. Check ’em out!

The Pros

Two of the biggest pros to moving back in with your parents are having their support and some time to figure out your next steps in life. But these aren’t the only benefits:

You will be able to save money. When you move back in with your folks, you will likely be charged little to no rent. Without a large portion of your income being spent on housing expenses, you will actually be able to save money. You will also be able to save money on food and utilities because you will typically be sharing these costs with your parents.

You can find a better job or career. As previously stated, when you live with your parents, you will be able to save money on housing expenses, food and utilities. Because money won’t be as tight, you won’t have to say yes to the first job that comes your way just because you need the money. Instead, you will be able to research employment options, apply to more worthwhile positions, and find a job you really enjoy. You may even be able to find a job that can lead to a real career.

You will have less household chores. Living on your own, in your own place, means having to handle all household responsibilities – taking out the trash, calling the landlord if something breaks, cleaning, etc. While you will still have certain household chores to take care of, your parents will continue to maintain their home as usual. This means you won’t have to do everything alone, and your list of household chores will greatly decrease.

You’ll have access to childcare. If you have kids, you know that good, reliable childcare is a must – especially if you are a single parent. When moving back home, you will find that your parents’ financial, physical and mental support will be truly invaluable to you. Their extra helping hands will make it easier to ensure your kids are dropped off and picked up from school, taken to any extracurricular activities, and are watched by people you trust when you are unable to be there to do so.

You’ll have a support system. Your parents are your number one support system. In both high and low times, they will be there to guide you, care for you, and cheer you up. This support will help you get back on your feet emotionally, physically and financially until you are ready to be on your own again.

The Cons

Despite the many pros to moving back in with your parents, there are some significant cons to consider as well:

You’ll lose some freedom. When you live on your own, you make and set the rules. But living in your parents’ home – even as an adult – you will have to, once again, follow theirs. This can mean a loss of the freedom you once had. Say so long to late-night parties and loud music any time you wish!

You won’t have as much privacy. When you live outside of your parents’ home, you have the privilege of privacy – lots of it! But that will change when living back at home with the ‘rents. Even if they aren’t the snooping type, they will likely be curious about your life and demand answers to their many questions: Where are you going? Who are you spending your time with? Are you dating anyone? How is your job going? Before you move back home, ask yourself this: Will you be able to handle a breech in your privacy?

You may be embarrassed. Moving back in with your parents in your early 20s isn’t that unusual. Everyone needs time to venture into the adult world and learn to stand on their own feet. But when you are living with your parents in your 30s or later, this can often cause feelings of embarrassment.

Your self-esteem may drop. Along with feelings of embarrassment for moving back in with your parents, you may also suffer a drop in self-esteem. Returning home because of financial problems, an emotional breakdown, or other reason, may cause you to feel as though you have failed in life somehow. While this isn’t necessarily true, it can be a very infuriating way to feel.

Now that you have read our two-part blog series on moving back in with your parents, you should have a good understanding of how to handle the situation. Have more tips on moving back home? We want to hear them! Leave your comments below.

Moving Back in with Your Parents: Strategies to Take

The day you first moved out of your parents’ home, you were likely filled with many emotions. You may have felt a bit nervous or sad, but overall, you probably felt eager and excited. But what happens when you have to move back home? No matter the reason, you may have some mixed emotions about it – frustration, depression, gratitude, relief, and so on. You may even feel that you are taking a step backwards in life. All of these feelings are natural. Though moving back in with your parents may be the right step – emotionally, financially and professionally – doing so is likely to be a great challenge. In this situation, you will need to find a way to be your adult self while still showing respect and gratitude to your parents. If you are considering moving back home, here are some strategies you should take:

Discuss your plans. After living on your own, you are probably used to only having to think about yourself. But a decision to move back home doesn’t just involve you – it involves your parents too. Before you show up at your parents’ front door with moving boxes in tow, be sure to discuss your plans with them first. Be open and honest with them about your reasons for moving home and the goals you wish to achieve while there – to pay off debts, build up savings, focus on your career, etc. Taking an approach that is clear and direct is one of the best ways to avoid problems while living back under your parents’ roof.

Set up an agreement. You probably won’t need a formal agreement to move back home, but you and your parents should definitely come to an agreement on certain issues beforehand. Consider these:

  • Establish roles: When moving back in with your parents, it is common for everyone to revert back to old family roles. To eliminate the risk of this happening, you should remind your parents that you are no longer a child and should be treated like an adult. Inform them that you don’t expect them to clean up after you, prepare your meals or do your laundry. Also tell them that you expect them to respect your privacy and take your opinion into account. If you treat your parents with respect and courtesy, they are likely to reciprocate.
  • Set rules: Another important thing to do before moving back in with your folks is to establish set rules. For example, do you want your parents to stay out of your room? Or do your parents expect you to join them for dinner or let them know if you will be out late? Knowing the answers to questions like these and setting clear rules is the optimal way to avoid confrontations.
  • Define your responsibilities: No matter where you live, you will have certain responsibilities to take care of. This is also true when moving in with your parents. Are you going to contribute to the family budget, and if so, how much? What household chores are you going to be responsible for? Will you be having friends or a significant other come over or stay over, and how often? Consider these questions and discuss them openly with your parents so everyone will have a better understanding of what to expect.

Be considerate and show gratitude. If your parents are nice enough to let you move back in with them, it is important to be considerate and show them gratitude. Otherwise, your parents may feel taken advantage of or taken for granted and feelings can be hurt. So,

  • Respect their house rules
  • Be polite
  • Take the necessary measures to avoid conflicts
  • Offer to help them with errands, jobs or tasks
  • Do your best not to disturb their daily habits and routines

Set an end goal. Letting yourself get too comfortable living in your parents’ home can make it harder to move out later on. This is why it is important to remember that your new living arrangements are only temporary. A good way to do this is to set an end goal and work hard to achieve it. Make plans for your future, spend and save your money responsibly, look for affordable places to rent, apply to jobs, etc. – whatever it takes to ensure you work towards moving back out on your own at some point.

Still not sure if you should move back in with your parents? Check out our next blog, “Moving Back in with Your Parents: The Pros and Cons”.

Moving: The Emotions It Creates and How to Handle Them

Emotions. No matter who you are, you have them, just like everyone else. And for many of us, we can experience a variety of emotions each and every day. But one situation, in particular, can trigger all sorts of emotions to arise, and that’s moving house. Which emotion do you feel when thinking of moving to a new home? Do you feel excited or relieved? Or do you feel sad, confused or angry? Continue reading to find out the most common emotions experienced when moving house and how to handle them:

Surprise: An event or piece of news that is unexpected or that happens suddenly. When it comes to life, it’s best to expect the unexpected. But that doesn’t mean that suddenly finding out you have to move to a new home won’t come as a major surprise. Surprises can be both good and bad, so it is hard to know right away what outcome will occur. This can make you slow to jump into action as you let the surprise of moving sink in and you weigh the pros and cons of what’s to come. But with a surprise move ahead, chances are you will need to act fast in order to get everything done in time. The best way to counter the element of surprise is to create and follow a moving checklist. This way your move will be as organized and efficient as possible.

Denial: A refusal to accept that something unpleasant or painful is true. For some, the news of an upcoming home move can send them into a sense of denial. This unconscious defense mechanism is characterized by a refusal to acknowledge the truth. Unfortunately, denial can lead to major consequences when it comes to moving house. Denial comes in many forms. For example, you may not show any emotion at all, or you may continue with your usual routine as if nothing has changed and as if things will magically change in your favor. The problem is that these behavioral patterns can lead to never starting the moving process.

The truth, however, is that whether you do or do not like the idea of moving, you are moving. A refusal to accept that there’s nothing you can do to stop the move from happening will only result in the loss of valuable time when you could have been preparing for what’s to come.

Confusion: A state of not being certain about what is happening, what you should do, or what something means. After the idea of moving has sunk in, you may find that you suddenly feel confused and overwhelmed by the mega task ahead of you. This confusion typically stems from a lack of order, structure and organization. You may not know where to start or how to manage your time. Luckily, there are ways to get the job done. Consider using a week-by-week moving timeline that will tell you exactly what you should be doing from the time you learn of your move all the way to when moving day arrives. Another thing you can do is contact a professional moving company. Not only can they offer expert tips, but they can also move all of your belongings and provide you with packing and moving supplies so you can focus on other important tasks.

Fear: A bad feeling that occurs when you are in danger, when something bad might happen, or when a particular thing frightens you. Fear is a primary emotion, so it makes sense that you are likely to experience it during a big change like moving. You may fear:

  • Having too little time to get ready
  • Your valuable possessions becoming damaged
  • The unknown

All of these are common fears you may deal with during your move. Just try to overcome them by focusing on one task at a time and staying positive.

Excitement: The state of feeling excited. As you have learned so far, there are many emotions that come with moving house. While a move may make you feel as though you are on an emotional roller coaster with ups and downs at every turn, there is one emotion that is good to have, and that’s excitement. While you may believe that there is nothing good about moving, there are actually a number of positive things to be excited about.

  • You will meet new people and form new friendships.
  • You will experience a different place – your home, but also your town or city.
  • You will get a fresh start where you can embrace new opportunities.

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How to Ensure the Price of Your Move Doesn’t Change on Moving Day

When it’s time to pack up and move to a new home, one of the first things you must do is contact a moving company and get a price quote. Simple enough, right? Yes and no. It’s always easy to call and get a free quote from a moving company, but as the customer, it is up to you to ensure you ask the right questions, like learning what costs are covered and what the agreed upon price includes, etc. This is the only way to ensure you are given an accurate price and aren’t surprised when the final bill arrives. So how do you avoid situations like these? Here is some advice to ensure you’re confident and informed come moving day:

Provide All Information Up Front. In order for your movers to come up with an accurate price quote, you will need to provide them with a great deal of information. Here are some questions you will need to know the answers to when discussing your move in depth with your proposed moving company:

  • How many boxes will you be moving?
  • Will your movers need to navigate stairs?
  • Will you need any furniture disassembled or packaged?
  • Will you require packing materials, like furniture blankets?
  • Are any of your items fragile or require special handling?

All of these things can lead to a higher-than-expected moving bill, so it is best to go ahead and know the answers to questions like these so you can get the most accurate price for your upcoming move.

Clean Out Drawers. One thing most all moving companies will not do is transport furniture with full drawers. Not only do full drawers make furniture heavier and harder to move, but it also comes with a high risk of items being damaged or broken during transport. This is something moving companies do not want to be held responsible for – and who can blame them? If your movers have to empty your furniture for you, they will most likely charge you for packing materials and also labor. This situation could lead to a longer move time, too, which will also increase your bill. And depending on how much extra time will be needed for your movers to do extra tasks like these, the bigger the chance your move will be pushed back to another day or time.

Figure Out Parking. Does your new house or apartment building have parking directly outside? If not, then this could hike up the total cost of your moving bill. This can lead to long-carry fees and time delays. Many cities require that moving vehicles have special permits that allow them to occupy multiple parking spaces for an extended period of time. Because these types of permits can take several weeks to obtain, it is important to arrange for adequate parking before the day of your move.

Avoid Last-Minute Add-Ons. When hiring professionals to help with your move, the cost will most likely be calculated based on the total weight of your inventory. If you decide to add on more items at the last minute, the weight of your inventory will go up, and in turn, so will your bill. To avoid costly additions to your inventory, transport any extra items you may have yourself.

Avoid Stops. Sometimes during a relocation, pit stops are inevitable. However, it’s best to avoid them if possible. Here’s why: Every stop your movers have to make during your relocation from point A to point B – whether to grab something from a storage facility or your parents’ home – you will be charged. Your detour may also add to the distance of your overall move, which will also increase your total bill. To help avoid stops during your relocation, try and complete all of your moving tasks ahead of time.

Ensure Good Directions. Another way to ensure extra charges aren’t tacked on to your moving bill is to make sure your movers know exactly where your new home is located. The longer it takes your moving company to find your home and load/unload all of your belongings, the more money they will charge you. While most everyone, including moving companies, have GPS, there is always the chance of a technology failure or a wrong turn will be taken. And as the saying goes, time is money, so if you want to keep your moving bill from increasing, be sure to give your movers good directions from the get-go.

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Breaking a Lease Early: How to Do It Without Penalties

One of the biggest events in a person’s life is moving to a new home. This makes sense considering the great deal of organizing, planning, packing and time that it requires. But what happens if, after all that moving, you come to realize that your new place isn’t going to work out? Considering you signed a lease, you probably feel that you are trapped. In some circumstances, this may be true. Here’s why:

A lease states a number of things – the price of your monthly rent, any rules or regulations regarding the property, etc. While it may seem like a flimsy piece of paper, a lease is actually a binding legal agreement. And once you signed it, it became a binding legal agreement between you and your landlord. If you break a lease, there could be some negative results. One thing that can happen is that even if you decide to move before your lease has ended, your landlord may still demand full payment for the remainder of your lease. Even worse, your landlord can take you to court for breaking your lease. If your landlord wins, you will wind up owing more than just the remainder of the rent; you will also owe lawyer fees and interest. Breaking a rental agreement can also damage your credit score, which can make moving more difficult in the future.

So is there any way you can break a lease? If you really need to move, check out the following tips on how to get out of a lease early:

Check for Breach of Contract. As part of your lease agreement, landlords agree to maintain the property and to provide an environment that is safe and healthy for their tenants. Unfortunately, some landlords do not keep up with their end of the bargain. Some may ignore requests to replace nonworking appliances or refuse to fix faulty plumbing and broken heating/cooling systems. There may also be more serious problems like mold or an insect infestation. Problems like these are definitely not what you signed up for! If your landlord fails to keep your rental property in good condition, this means they are in violation of a breach of contract, and you may legally be allowed to break your lease without penalty.

Converse. If you’re lucky, you may just have a landlord that is willing to bend some rules for their tenants. The only way to find out is to talk to them. As soon as you realize you need to break your lease, speak with your landlord about it and explain the situation in detail. They may wind up being a jerk and refuse to bend in any way, but hopefully, your landlord will be understanding and work out some sort of agreement with you about the matter at hand.

Forfeit the Security Deposit. Many renters look forward to getting some – if not all – of their security deposit back when moving out of a rental property. But if you are looking to end your lease early, you may want to forfeit your security deposit. Speak to your landlord about using your security deposit to maintain the property until they find a new tenant. You can also offer to clean and paint the apartment yourself in order to save them money and time. By doing these things, you may forego any major penalties for moving out early.

Sublet. Subletting is not always an option, but if it is, it could save you from being penalized for opting out of your lease early. To sublet, find someone in need of short-term housing accommodations and have this person move in and take over your lease. Your name will remain on the lease, but instead of you paying the rent for a place you no longer live in, the sub-tenant will pay you, and you, in turn, will pay the landlord.

Examine the Termination Clause. If you are considering breaking your lease, read over your contract for a termination clause. Many landlords add an early termination clause to their lease in order to make renting more fair to the tenant, and also to lower the risk of vanishing tenants. This clause may allow you to terminate your lease as long as you give a notice of 30 days or more.

Another thing you may learn when reading over the termination clause is that any fee you may be forced to pay for breaking your lease is much lower than first expected, which could help quickly simplify the issue.

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Tips for Moving House as a Single Parent

From an outsider’s perspective, parenthood may look easy. But when on the inside, parenthood is hard work – especially as a single parent. Keeping a household running smoothly, while playing the active role of two parents … well, ya gotta hand it to those moms and dads that manage to do it so well. For anyone, throwing a home move into life is difficult, but as a single parent, it becomes even more complicated. Before you refuse to move, there is some good news, and that’s that many single parents have tackled a home move and lived to tell about it. How did they do it? With help from tips like those listed below. Check ’em out!

Plan Ahead. When tackling life as a single parent, one of the most important things one can do is to plan ahead. This is also vital when a home move is to come. How far in advance do you need to plan to make your move a success? Generally, three months or more. This will give you enough time to find reliable movers, pack your family’s belongings, and prepare your new home. It will also allow you enough time to get your kid’s school records and other important documents transferred to their new school district.

Another perk of planning ahead when moving is that it will allow time for your kids to get used to the idea before the big day arrives. This will result in a much smoother transition for all. Plus, with an event as unpredictable as moving, planning ahead will allow more time to sort out any bumps that occur.

Declutter Your Home. If you’ve ever been on vacation, you know that the more personal belongings you had to pack and take with you, the more complicated and expensive your journey became. Well, the same is true when moving to a new home. As you prepare for the big move, it’s in your best interest to sort through and get rid of anything you no longer need or want. This will help lessen the amount of items you have to pack up and move. It will also make the overall cost of your relocation cheaper because you’ll spend less on packing supplies and the total weight of your belongings will be lighter (professional movers typically charge by the total weight of items being moved).

Talk to Your Kids. Children are sensitive and attentive beings. During pre-moving preparations, you may become so preoccupied and distracted that you forget this. Ensuring an open line of communication with your kids (no matter their age) is important – at all times, but particularly when a move is to take place. Moving to a new home involves a lot of changes. This can lead to a great deal of stress and worry. So help ease their fears. As soon as you decide that a move is in order, inform them as soon as possible. Discuss with them all of the events that are going to take place and the changes that are to occur. Let them share their thoughts and opinions with you, and answer any questions they may have. Being open, honest and positive about moving is the best way to help them understand and adjust to everything that is going to happen.

Save Money. Financial worries affect most everyone. But being a single parent can cause this to be even more worrisome, especially when a move is ahead. Saving money can be difficult, but to help lessen the financial
burden a move can present, it is important to try and save as much as you can. To keep moving costs to a minimum:

  • Reuse cardboard boxes instead of purchasing new ones. You can get them from work, the grocery store, a warehouse, and from family and friends.
  • Use crumpled-up newspaper, socks, towels or t-shirts you already own to cushion your boxes instead of buying bubble wrap and packing peanuts.
  • Try to schedule your move for fall, winter or spring. Moving rates will be much cheaper because fewer people move at these times of the year.
  • If you are moving for a job, find out if some of your moving expenses are deductible.
  • Find out if any of the deposits you will have to pay for utilities can be paid in installments.

Ask for Help. Single parenthood means an endless list of obligations to tend to. Moving adds even more tasks to take care of. How will you manage to get everything done by yourself? There’s a chance you won’t be able to. Whether you get help with your move from family members, a close friend or two, or a professional moving company, your relocation will go a lot smoother with helping hands.

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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!

What to Do When Your Best Friend Moves Away (Part 1 of 2)

Having a best friend is a wonderful part of life. You’ll laugh together, cry together, and be there for one another through all of life’s many challenges. But what do you do when your closest confidant is moving away? Most likely you will be shocked and completely saddened by the news. However upset and confused you may feel in this situation, you need to remember that your friend is probably even more stressed and worried by the imminent changes they will soon be facing. During this time, they will need you more than ever. So what can you do to help them, comfort them, and reduce some of their stress? Continue reading to find out.

Offer Support

It can be tough to evoke happiness when a best friend moves away. It can be a very sad situation, after all. But being supportive will help reassure your friend that their future endeavor is going to be okay. Here are some ways to show your support:

  • Offering your excitement is a great way to show your support for them and their impending move, so push away the sadness and put on your bravest face. Take some time to research positive aspects of the area your friend is moving to, and let them in on the many cool things you find. Telling them that their soon-to-be home and town have a lot of great qualities will help assure them they are making the right decision. It is also a good idea to encourage them to explore their new location at length and to make every effort to adjust to their new environment.
  • Be Sympathetic. Moving is a big deal – one of the largest changes one can make in their lifetime. So it goes without saying that your friend will experience plenty of apprehensions and worries, expectations and hopes regarding their relocation. A good way to be there for your friend is to be sympathetic and lend an ear. Listen intently to everything they have to say to help them vent their feelings, and try to come up with some useful and reasonable advice. Your efforts to ease their anxiety will reassure them things are soon to change for the better.
  • It’s also important to tell them you will miss them, but that their relocation will have no effect on your relationship, nor will it sever your special bond.

Lend a Helping Hand

Moving is hard. It comes with a never-ending list of tasks to accomplish, from organizing and packing to loading and unloading the moving truck. It may feel difficult to actually help your friend move away from you, but it’s important to push your self-pity aside and lend a helping hand. Doing so will save your pal lots of time and will help them avoid moving scams. Here’s how:

Find your friend a reliable moving company:

  • Ask all of your friends, relatives and acquaintances who have recently moved for their opinions, recommendations and feedback on moving companies they have worked with;
  • Research how to prevent moving fraud and ensure a safe relocation;
  • Read online moving reviews, visit websites and compare the cost and conditions different moving companies offer;
  • Make a list of licensed, insured and trustworthy movers that meet your friend’s unique moving needs.

Help your friend organize and pack:

Sorting out a lifetime’s worth of belongings and packing each and every item safely for shipment is a time-consuming and laborious process. A process that your friend will be more than thrilled to have your help with. To aid in these moving tasks:

  • Spend a few hours at your friend’s place, and help organize their belongings. It may sound tedious, but it can actually be a fun experience. You’ll get some quality time together and relish old memories you’ve shared in the past as you happen upon half-forgotten items.
  • As you help your friend sort through their possessions, act as the deciding vote as to which items they should definitely keep and which they can live without. Your decision making will come as a welcome help when making the hard choice of whether to keep or diss certain possessions. If there is time, take your organizational skills one step further and help your friend organize a garage sale. Selling their unwanted items can earn them some extra cash to make the moving process less stressful. You can also help them by taking their unwanted things to a charity center or recycle center.
  • Collect any packing supplies you may have at your house, and give them to your friend. Every cardboard box or roll of tape you are not using can come in very useful for them; it will also save them money on packing materials.
  • When all of your buddy’s belongings have been organized and they have the necessary moving supplies, help them pack their belongings safely and efficiently. This means wrapping and packing all items with utmost care and making sure all boxes are well padded, tightly sealed and properly labeled.

Offer to Help on Moving Day

The greatest challenge your friend will face in the relocation process is moving day. Not only will it be physically challenging, it will be emotionally challenging too. Your help and support on this stressful day will be of utmost value. Here are some things you can do:

  • Arrive at your friend’s place a couple hours before the moving truck or movers arrive in order to help them handle any last-minute tasks – removing obstacles from entryways, covering floors, walls and bannisters with protective materials, etc.
  • If your friend has kids and/or pets, offer to take care of them during the move. Knowing everyone is safe and cared for will remove a great deal of stress during this stage of your friend’s move.
  • Moving day takes many hours to complete, which means everyone’s appetites will be quite high when all is said and done. A good way to offer your friend help on the day of their move is by supplying food. Whether you provide snacks, a homemade meal, or just order some pizzas, your efforts will be greatly appreciated.

Continue on to part 2 of this blog series to learn even more things you can do when your friend moves away.

Top Moving Questions, Asked and Answered

Moving house can be summed up in a number of words: exciting, stressful, chaotic, expensive. And with all of these things, your relocation can result in total confusion and a number of questions. What do I do next? What should I expect? How much is this going to cost me? So here’s what you do: hop onto your favorite web browser and search for information on all of your most grueling questions. Information is a powerful weapon and will give you a major advantage when moving from one home to another, saving you an enormous amount of time, money and stress! To make your move more efficient, we’ve listed the top questions people search online before moving house. We’ve also provided some useful answers and advice. Check it out!

Why do people move house?

Moving house is typically not something that just happens on a whim. It takes time, money and loads of planning. So if it’s such a serious matter, why do people do it? Many reasons! The number one reason people move is due to new or better job opportunities. When moving for this purpose, one may relocate to another part of the country, or even abroad.

Other main reasons for moving include:

  • The desire to be closer to a loved one;
  • The necessity to move into a more fitting home in a cheaper or safer city;
  • The wish to move to a place with a better climate;
  • The need to escape a past filled with bad memories.


What is the cheapest way to move cross country?

Depending on where you plan to move, you will need to decide whether to opt for a self-move or to hire a professional moving company. For a local move, a self-move is typically the cheaper (and first) choice. But for a move that will take you across the country, the best choice is to opt for professional movers. Hiring professional movers is one of the largest moving-related expenses. Is there any wonder people hit the Internet to search for movers with the best rates, along with ways to make a cross-country move cheaper?

To move cross country on a budget, here are some tips:

  • Find an affordable mover.
  • Book your move early.
  • Take only the belongings you truly need.
  • Sell items you aren’t taking with you.
  • Find free packing materials.
  • Pack whatever you can by yourself.

What steps do I take when moving house?

When first deciding to move to a new home, the process of moving probably feels rather straightforward. But with an ever-growing amount of tasks to complete within a limited time period, moving can become chaotic, stressful and hard to manage. Any lost time during your pre-move preparations can greatly hurt your chance of a smooth move. So what do you do? Successfully manage your time. For some, this is easy, but for many, it can be a real struggle! Searching the Internet for a good moving checklist will make a huge difference in the success of your move. A checklist can help you figure out what to do when moving and what items to take with you, along with valuable ideas on how to organize your time effectively and use every hour of every day to your advantage.

How do I choose a moving company?

Are you looking for a moving company that will offer high-quality services at an affordable (ahem… cheap!) rate? Of course you are! Who isn’t? This being said, it’s understandable why move-related online queries often contain the words cheap, affordable, low-cost and cost-saving. The mission to find a top-rated mover will not be a walk in the park, but if you do your homework and spend a fair amount of time researching movers, then the time and efforts you have invested should pay off nicely in the end. For tips on how to find a moving company, click here.

How do I pack for a move?

There’s no question that packing a home for a move is the toughest moving-related job. It requires lots of effort, energy and time. With this in mind, it will come as no surprise that packing tips are one of the top things people search for online when moving house. There are tons of packing tips out there – some with general advice on when to start packing and how to pack quickly. There is also a handful of efficient packing tips aimed to help you save an enormous amount of time and how to keep your belongings protected at the same time. For useful packing tips, check any of our guides.

For more tips and tricks, find them here.