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: 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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Penny-Pinching Tips to Cut Moving Costs and Expenses

When tackling a residential move, there are a number of things that you will have to think about – planning, organizing, packing, cleaning. But there is one thing that will stand at the forefront of your mind when it comes to a home move, and that’s the cost. Regardless of whether you are moving locally or clear across the country, moving house is expensive! Here are some stats:

According to the American Moving and Storage Association, the average cost of a home move within the same state is roughly $2,300. For an interstate move (of around 1,225 miles), the cost jumps to around $4,300.

Did your jaw drop to the floor? Sorry about that! But based on these estimates, is there any wonder that moving can cause such a great deal of stress? Luckily, we have some tips to help cut moving costs and expenses. Now, once you have picked your jaw up off the floor, continue reading to learn how to pinch those pennies!


Create a budget.
There are lots of ways to save a few dollars here and there on moving expenses, but when you are looking to save more than a few bucks, you will need a real plan to follow. The ultimate way to save money on your move is to create a personal moving budget. Based on the average cost of a move, you will want to create a budget that will help you not only stay within your limits but also lower your moving costs. This being said, a moving budget will serve as an invaluable moving costs checklist. Here are some things that should be on the list:

(If hiring professional movers.)

  • Moving cost estimate
  • Additional services
  • Moving insurance
  • Extra charges and fees

(If performing a DIY move.)

  • Truck rental costs
  • Moving equipment
  • Packing supplies
  • Hidden DIY costs

Hire low-cost movers. One of the cheapest ways to save money when moving is to hire low-cost movers. For a small DIY move, getting some buddies to help you for free is the ultimate goal. But what if you don’t have any friends who can help, or your move is too big to tackle alone? In these circumstances, you will need to hire professional movers. While a number of companies will be much too expensive, there are others out there that will be much cheaper and actually allow you to save some money. To find a moving company that fits into your budget, you’ll have to do some research and compare the rates of various companies. To figure out the lowest rate:

  • Fill out a moving cost estimator for a number of different companies.
  • Request in-house estimates with clearly listed moving services and charges.

Then, compare quotes carefully and choose the one that fits your budget best.

Word to the wise: Be wary of dishonest “rogue” movers. If a moving quote seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Pack yourself. Professional movers can move and transport your belongings, but they also usually offer packing services too. These services are worth it if you have household items that require expert packing in order to survive a relocation (for example, a pool table or piano). But for most home items, packing yourself is the best idea – especially when wanting to save money.

Negotiate with your movers. Many don’t realize this, but no moving company rate is set in stone. This means you are able to negotiate with them in the hopes of getting a better deal. The key is to save money, so even if you aren’t the best at negotiating, give it a shot just in case!

One way to negotiate price with a moving company is to inform them that you found a cheaper moving rate with a different company (be sure to include the price). Ask them if they are willing to match this price or even go lower. Top-rated moving companies typically prefer to be hired for a job that pays less if it means keeping business away from their competitors.

Another way to negotiate price with a moving company is to be persistent. If your mover will not reduce the price, ask again the next day, and the day after that. You may feel annoying, but your persistence will show you are a serious customer. There is also always the chance that when you resume price negotiations on a different day, you will speak to someone who is more flexible and willing to lower the price.

Get free moving and packing supplies. Take a moment and consider how many boxes you will need to pack all of your belongings. Now add in packing tape, bubble wrap, labels, and moving supplies like a dolly and blanket. As you can clearly see, there is a mile-long list of supplies you will require when moving house. And with such a lengthy list, the price will add up quickly. In order to cut back on moving costs, try and gather as many free supplies as you can. Check grocery and liquor stores, etc. Also look in your own house for any baskets, buckets or blankets you can use to pack and transport your belongings from old home to new.

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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Should You Move to a New City? These Reasons Say Yes, You Should!

There are pros and cons to every town or city in the world. So ask yourself this – do you love the city you live in? Does your city have all of the qualities you want? Do you feel you could never love another city more? If you’re in the majority, you didn’t answer yes to all of these questions. Now answer this: Don’t you want and deserve to live somewhere that provides everything you want and makes you shout, “This is the best city ever!”?

Moving can, of course, be tough. But if you have ever considered moving to a new city, then there is a good chance that you should. To help you decide if it’s right for you, check out the following reasons that say yes, you should!

You will leave your comfort zone. Stepping outside one’s comfort zone is hard for many. It’s dubbed a comfort zone for a reason, after all, because when you leave it, you risk being uncomfortable – nervous, anxious and awkward are other words that come to mind. So why risk these dreaded emotions? Because it provides a chance to rediscover yourself. Moving to a new city may be difficult and daunting, but these are actually reasons why you should do it. Taking risks shows you just how strong you are and allows you to grow to your full potential.

Staying in one place may be the “safe” choice, but it is really just a false sense of security that can leave you stifled. When you stand outside of your comfort zone, you will see life in a brand-new light, and it will be totally worth it!

You will reengage in life. No matter who you are, daily routines become such a habit that we wind up on autopilot. Wake up. Get dressed. Drive to work. Life can get pretty boring with no surprises to look forward to. Moving to a new city will push these habits aside and open up a whole new world of engagement. Your brain will be put to the test as you learn and navigate new streets, local lingo and social codes. The concept may seem scary, but in truth, it will empower you, and your new frame of mind will allow you to live your life more freely and wholeheartedly. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?

You’ll get a fresh start. Living in one place your whole life can inhibit you from learning and growing. The beliefs of others about what you should and shouldn’t do being pressed upon you can make it hard to breathe and to live your life how you want. When you move to a brand-new city, you will get a fresh start, a clean slate. You will be free of people’s watchful eyes and stifling opinions and will finally have the freedom to be whoever you choose to be and do whatever you choose to do.

You only live once. You’re probably familiar with the phrase “you only live once” (YOLO for short), but it couldn’t be more true. With just one life on this crazy and amazing blue marble, you want to make it one you will be proud of and thrilled to have led. Moving to a new city is one way to embrace life and show yourself, and the world, what you’re made of. You will be surrounded with adventure, learn new things, discover new places and people, and even allow you to rediscover yourself. So you better make the most of this one precious life you were given!

You’ll strengthen former relationships. Sometimes, too much of someone can be a bad thing, for example, certain friends or relatives. Having someone in too close a reach can turn a once exciting relationship into a bland, tense or bitter one. This being said, existing relationships may benefit when given some space and distance. In fact, these relationships may even blossom and become stronger than they once were. Anger, judgement and criticism don’t travel well, and when you aren’t readily available anymore, you may begin to appreciate the people in your life much more. Maybe the saying “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” really does have some truth to it after all?

You’ll discover a new culture. It’s amazing how many different cultures there are in the world – and no, you don’t have to move across the globe to find them. In some cases, you don’t even have to cross state lines. Each and every city holds its own unique vibe – its food, its slang, its sense of style, its music. The list is never-ending. Moving to a new city will award you with the chance to discover a different culture than the one you are used to. And trust us, it will be a fascinating and exciting experience.

You’ll enhance your career. It’s not always easy to find your perfect job, one that can turn into a real career. There are so many job possibilities out
there that finding your niche can be difficult – especially if the area you currently live in doesn’t have many options in the field you prefer. Maybe you’re a writer or designer and need to move to the Northeast to really advance in your career. Or, maybe you’re an actor or actress, and a move to the East Coast would be the ideal spot. For many, moving to a new location is the best way to truly make or enhance their career. If you want to turn your job or passion into a true career, then a move to a new city may be in your best interest.

Have you ever taken the plunge and moved to a new city? Let us know the pros and cons you discovered during your journey in the comments!

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.

Are you ready to move to a larger home? Then contact professional movers to help you with all your moving needs.

Best Ways to Wow a Landlord

When the time comes to move, the first thing you have to do is find a new place to live. There are tons of houses and apartments everywhere you turn, so the process should be simple, right? Well… not exactly. In truth, the rental process can be quite difficult. You can’t just point to a place and instantly move into it. There is the cost of rent to consider, for instance. You also have to meet the landlord and pass all of their requirements. Another thing you will find when searching for a rental property is that the rental market can be very competitive – especially if you are seeking residence in a highly desirable area, like New York or other major city. So how do you stand out and get a prospective landlord to choose you as their tenant? Continue reading for the best ways to wow a landlord and make that much-wanted home yours.

Know Your Credit Score

One of the first things a landlord will need before even considering renting to you is your credit score. The reason for this is that it provides a general idea of how fiscally responsible you are. When renting, a landlord wants a tenant that is going to pay their rent – on time and in the full amount. Pulling a credit history is the best way for them to know if they should take a chance on you.

Before a potential landlord checks your credit, it is a good idea to go ahead and get this information ahead of time. This is an especially good idea if your credit history is less than perfect. Being upfront with a future landlord can show them you’re responsible and in charge of your finances. It can also help iron out any potential flaws they might find on your credit report.

There are a number of websites where you can find out your credit score for free, such as creditkarma.com and annualcreditreport.com.

Be Organized and Efficient

Another way to wow a future landlord is to be organized and efficient. Do this by creating a folder that contains all of the necessary information and documents you will be asked for when applying for a rental home. Items include:

  • Your personal information;
  • Personal information of your spouse or roommates;
  • Copies of valid ID for each applicant;
  • Current employment information;
  • Documentation of previous rental history – former addresses, length of residence, contact information of former landlords;
  • Credit report for each applicant; and
  • Financial documents – bank statements, pay stubs, recent tax return.

Know What You Want

It’s rare that the first rental property you see will be the one you choose. This being said, finding a new place to call home can take some time. Before you even start your search for a new place to live, it’s important to know exactly what you are looking for. What features do you want it to have? Is a sizable kitchen a must? Are there any aspects – like minimal storage space – that are a deal breaker? Knowing the answers to questions like these will save a lot of time for both you and a prospective landlord.

Ask Important Questions

There’s no such thing as a stupid question. In fact, asking questions about a property will show a landlord that you have a sense of confidence and carefulness. Two things you definitely need when searching for a new home. When viewing a rental property, there are a number of important questions to ask, such as:

  • How much is the rent?
  • Are pets allowed?
  • Is heat gas or electric?
  • Is water included in the rent?

Landlords expect questions like these and are pleased by possible tenants who want to be informed about the property they seek to rent. Just don’t go overboard. The last thing you want is to ask so many questions that the landlord is put off and dubs you a potential complainer. So find a happy medium and stick to your most important questions during that first meeting with your future landlord.

Be Personable

When meeting a potential landlord, it’s important to make a good first impression. You’ll want to arrive on time and look presentable. You are basically meeting them to discuss a business deal, after all. It’s also good to remember that landlords are people too, so be personable; find a way to connect with them. Whether it’s a shared interest or simply common thoughts about the rainy or overly hot weather, building a rapport with a prospective landlord is a good way to get your foot in the door.

Have you had good luck impressing prospective landlords? Tell us about it in the comments!