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How to Compare Towns and Cities Before Deciding to Move There

When moving to a new town, a lot of thinking goes into your decision. There are certain factors you must consider before moving to a new city. Even when the move is a voluntary one, you still need to investigate and plan properly so you do not regret your move and start planning another move shortly after your move. The last thing you want after a move is to second-guess where you decided to move to.

This creates the need to compare cities before making your decision on where to move to. In comparing cities, there are certain things that you must take into consideration. Some of these things will be personal and dependent on the reason for your move and other personal reasons. Regardless, some things should generally be taken into consideration when deciding what town or city to move to. We have highlighted some of these factors.

  1. Cost of living 

Cost of living is a critical factor people take into consideration when deciding where to move to. As much as what affordable cost of living means can be a relative term, some places are generally known to be expensive. When deciding what city to move to, it is best to check and ensure that you choose a city with an affordable cost of living. Affordability of cost of living covers things such as transportation, cost of health care, cost of utilities, groceries, and many more. There are tools available for calculating and comparing the cost of living.

  1. Standard of living 

The standard of living differs from town to town. Standard of living includes things such as accessibility to health care, accessibility to quality and affordable housing, quality of education, and poverty rate. These factors in a city determine how comfortable you are in that city. It is important to compare the standard of living of the different towns you are considering. The new town you decide to move to should have a good standard of living.

  1. Cost of housing 

The cost of housing in a city is a very important factor. Whether you are buying a house or renting one, the cost of housing will affect you in any city your move to. Thus, it is important to compare the cost of housing in the different cities you are considering. Carefully review the real estate value and the trend in the fluctuation of prices in the different cities to determine which city will be the best option for you. It is also important that you review the housing trends in the city to ensure that houses have a good real estate value. If you wish to sell, it will be in your best interest to get value for your money.

  1. Employment opportunities 

This is another very important factor to consider. People even relocate to cities where they think they will have better employment opportunities. Ensure that you compare the employment opportunities in the state are in line with what you are looking for. For example, certain towns are great for artistic people and some towns are good for professionals. You should also consider the quality of employment in the towns. It is one thing to be employed and it is another thing to be gainfully employed. Make sure you properly evaluate the opportunities in the town you are considering.

  1. Tax rates  

Of course, you cannot escape paying taxes. However, some states have low rates on their income taxes. There are even some other states that waive income taxes on most sources of income and some that do not charge sales tax. You also need to consider the rate of other taxes such as property taxes, business taxes, school taxes, and others.

It’s important to compare the different taxes of the different cities or towns that you are considering moving to. It is economically smart to move to a town where you pay lesser tax than your current town. It is not the smartest decision to pay higher taxes unless there is some other more important factor that is attracting you to that city.

  1. Availability of health care facilities 

This should be an important factor in your checklist especially if you have children and other dependents. In choosing a city, it’s best to choose a city with affordable but good quality health care facilities. Accessibility to these health care facilities should also be considered when evaluating the availability of health care in a city.

  1. Crime rate

The last thing you want is to move from a safe town to a town with high crime rates. This makes it very important for you to compare the crime rates of the different cities that you are considering moving to. You can easily find this information online or by doing a little investigation. When you are done comparing, evaluate it along with other important factors and pick the city with the lowest crime rate.

  1. Availability of Quality Education

This is especially important for parents with young children or for people who are planning to have children. The town you decide to move to must-have quality and affordable education that is easily accessible. Ensure that the city has a good school district and that it will be easy and safe for your children to commute to school daily. There are tools available to help you evaluate schools and pick the best.

  1. Commute time 

An average person spends an unreasonable amount of time commuting. Ensure to evaluate the time and cost that will be spent on commuting. Good cities should also have easy access to public transportation to ease commuting. If you prefer to drive, ensure to check if it is safe to drive on the streets.

Conclusion 

Moving to another city will require a lot of research. In this age of technology, information is readily available for you to have enough data to compare cities before deciding on the city to move to.

 


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The rate of migration has increased. People moving out of populated suburbia or cities exploded due to the pandemic, because of costs, taxes, and more.  As much as people do not like to move, because of the stress and cost attached to moving, there are always reasons to move. Reports show that New Jersey has had a considerable amount of out-migration in recent years. According to the report, Millennials make up the bulk of people migrating out of New Jersey. Between 2004 and 2016, the percentage of millennials that migrated out of New Jersey more than doubled. There are however reports to show that the out-migration of millennials is not just limited to New Jersey. Millennials are moving from other places. Reasons for all the moves include expensive housing, low quality of life, as well as inaccessible transportation facilities and infrastructure. These are some of the major reasons why millennials move.

Millennials is the term generally used to describe people born between the years 1980 and 2000. The pattern of movement shows that these millennials when moving to other states, choose urbanized locations with job opportunities, affordable housing, easy and affordable transportation, infrastructure, and good quality of life where other social amenities and recreational facilities, are accessed easily. These are qualities that the states that millennials are moving out from lack. Some states with these amenities that attract millennials are now considered millennial states and often referred to as millennial magnets. 

As much as the availability of social amenities and recreational facilities are good reasons to move, millennials also consider the availability of opportunities that can be exploited in their destination state. Thus, regardless of the normal large states that are millennial magnets, there are some smalls states and cities that attract a good number of millennials. 

 Below is a list of states that millennials moving out of New Jersey are choosing to move to and some of the things that attract millennials to these states. This list is in no particular order. 

  1. Washington: Washington has had a Millennial net migration of 2.16%. it provides the possibility for growth. The cost of living in Washington is high. However, taxes in Washington are cheaper and more stable than in some other states. The state also provides a good quality of life and the city is a perfect blend of different generations.
  2. New York: Although New York is an expensive place to live in, it has lower income and housing tax rates. New York has a high GDP and a strong Economy. There are a lot of opportunities available for millennials to explore in the state. It is also a very exciting state to live in as there are a lot of shows and recreational centers for millennials to socialize.
  3. Los Angeles: Los Angeles is a very beautiful place to live in. The city has good weather which is one of the most attractive things about the city. Asides from the weather, Los Angeles has a lot of colleges within the city, making it a great place to get an education. If you love sports, it is also a good place for you to have a sporting activity as your recreational and even professional activity. All these and more make Los Angeles an attractive place for millennials to live in.
  4. Nebraska: Nebraska has had a millennial net migration increase of 1.79%. This state is popular for millennials because it has a lot of employment opportunities. Nebraska offers high income and cheap housing. The state also has good quality of life. Making it a good place for millennials to live.
  5. New Hampshire: New Hampshire has had a millennial net migration increase of 1.9%. New Hampshire is one of the safest places to live and raise a family. The state has a low crime rate. Although the cost of living is high, it is low compared to other metro cities.
  6. Colorado: Colorado has had a millennial net migration increase of 2.74%. Colorado provides a good opportunity for employment for millennials. The State has a low rate of unemployment. Colorado also has a flat income rate which is a good fiscal policy that works for millennials. In addition to these, Colorado is a good place for recreational places such as nice restaurant scenes and parks.
  7. Virginia: Virginia is popular and attractive to millennials because of the good standard of living the state provides. The state has facilities and recreational centers that make it an attractive place to live, work, and raise a family – which millennials are trying to do. The beaches in Virginia also make it a very beautiful place to have fun and relax.
  8. Texas: Texas is another state millennials are moving to. There are three cities in Texas – Austin, San Antonio, and Huston that are the top attractions in the state. In 2018, records show that more than 3,200 millennials moved to each of the mention states. One attractive thing about Texas is that there is no state income tax on salaries and wages.
  9. North Carolina:  North Carolina is a good place for businesses to thrive. This has made it a good place for millennials who are entrepreneurial to migrate to. The state also has very beautiful scenery for relaxation and socialization.
  10. Tennessee: Another reason millennials move to Tennessee is that the state has no income tax on salaries and wages. This saves money for a millennial who is trying to maximize income as much as possible. Tennessee is also a state that has affordable housing. This helps Millennials to be more independent which is something millennials look forward to.
  11. Nevada: One attractive thing about Nevada is that there is no state income tax on salaries and wages. Nevada also has a lot of good job opportunities and a reasonable cost and standard of living. The great weather is also a plus to this state.
  12. Ohio: Ohio is an attractive place for millennials to move to because the state has affordable housing compared to most states. This provides the opportunity for millennials to easily rent and live alone or even buy. The Migration into Ohio is particularly high in Columbus which provides some of the most affordable housing rates.

THINKING ABOUT MOVING OUT OF STATE?

Are you thinking of moving out of New Jersey to Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, or some other state across the country? Hercules Movers, Inc can help get you and your belongings there safely. Call us if you are looking for a free no-obligation quote for your long-distance move at 732-324-2500 today to schedules an appointment for us to come to you.


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Moving is an event that involves a lot of planning and decision-making. One of such decisions is how to move your car across the country when you are making a long-distance move. You might decide to use a ship it down or to drive it across the country. If you are moving across the country with your car to save cost or for whatever reason you decide to drive your car, you will need to inspect your car to ensure that it is fit for the journey ahead.

Inspecting your car before a long drive across the country is very essential. The last thing you want is to be in the middle of nowhere and have your car breakdown. This is not safe, and you will end up spending much more money asides from the extra stress you will feel in addition to the stress of moving and driving. Failure to inspect can also lead to an accident along the way as your car will be a danger to you and other road users.

Preceding your move across the country, it is important to inspect your car thoroughly to ensure that your car is ready to move. The following are routine checks you should carry out:

  1. Inspect your car fluids

The various fluids in your car include engine oil, washer fluid, transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. This is one of the first things you should do when you are inspecting your car for a move. Ensure that they are all present in appropriate quantity. These fluids help your car to run smoothly. If you do not inspect them and change them when necessary, the move across the country can damage your car.

  1. Inspect your tires

Tires are an important part of your car. You cannot move without a good tire. There are different aspects of your tire to inspect. Firstly, check the air pressure in your tire. The air pressure must be just the right amount. It should not be too high or too low as that can be dangerous. If the pressure is too high, it can cause the tire to burst on the way. Then again if the pressure is too low, it can result in a flat tire while traveling.

You should also inspect the tread on your tires to confirm that the tires are fit for the journey across the country. If the tread is worn, it’s best to replace the tires before the journey. It might be expensive but it a small price compared to the safety it brings you.

  1. Inspect your battery 

Truth be told, even short-distance journeys should not be done with a bad battery. Much more is expect4d for a move across the country. You do not want to have a dead battery while traveling across the country. You need to inspect to see if there has been a build-up on the r=terminal of your battery. If there has been, you will need to clean up the battery terminal. It is also important to check the battery strength of your battery. Confirm that the strength is appropriate enough to avoid any breakdowns during the move.

  1. Inspect your brakes 

The importance of good brakes for the move cannot be over-emphasized. It is important to inspect your brakes before the journey. A worn brake is a hazard both to you and other road users. Inspect to see that the brakes are not making squeaky noises or just worn out. In essence, change worn-out brakes or brakes with any kind of issue before the move across the country.

  1. Inspect your lights 

You should also inspect your lights. You should check both the external and the internal lights in your car. It is even more important when you know that your journey across the country will span into the night. You cannot drive without lights at night. That is the last thing you want to do. Inspect your lights and change where necessary. To err on the side of caution, you can carry some extra lights just in case anything goes wrong while on your journey.

  1. Inspect your engine belts 

These are the belts that keep the engine accessories running smoothly and connect them to the engine crankshaft on the outside. Sometimes you might not see the warning signs of your engine belt falling. It is therefore important for you to inspect your engine belt. Engine belt can cut while you are on a long-distance move. If your engine belt cuts along the way, it may be difficult to get the same belt needed for your car model and someone to fix it along the way. Inspect it before you move. You do not want to be stranded.

  1. Inspect your wipers 

Wipers help to endure that you see clearly during your move. Ensure that they are in good working condition to prevent avoidable accidents. If damaged, replace the wiper. Also, ensure that your mirrors are clean and in good shape.

Conclusion 

If you maintain your car as regularly as you should, it should not cost too much to ensure that it is in good condition for your journey across the country. No matter the cost, it’s best to properly inspect your car to ensure efficiency. This gives you a smooth journey. If you can not properly inspect your car, get a professional mechanic to do a full inspection. This mechanic can give you the list of things to change and work on it for you. Ensure that everything is checked out. The above mentioned are just a few things on your car you should take care of before your move. Hiring the mechanic helps simplify the whole process of inspection. You should even delegate as much as possible before your move. There are already a lot of things you have to work on and stress about. So, if you plan on driving your car cross country during your upcoming move across the country, make sure that you have crossed properly inspected your car to avoid roadside troubles and accidents.

THINKING ABOUT MOVING?

Are you thinking of moving out of New Jersey to Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, or some other state across the country? Hercules Movers, Inc can help get you and your belongings there safely. Call us if you are looking for a free no-obligation quote for your long-distance move at 732-324-2500 today to schedules an appointment for us to come to you.


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Packing for a move can be very hectic. This is said to be the most dreaded part of having to move. As dreaded as packing is, some rooms are easier to pack than others. The kitchen is said to be the most difficult room to pack. This is because the kitchen is filled with lots of fragile items and packing them for a move can be very stressful. You need to pack like a pro to protect each item and prevent damage during the process of moving.

Fragile items are items that can easily be damaged or broken. Many household items are fragile in nature and when you need to move, you need to take special care in packing them to ensure that they do not get damaged during the move.  Simply labeling the boxes fragile will not protect the fragile items inside the boxes.

We have highlighted a few helpful things to note when packing your kitchen items and fragile items to avoid common mistakes that people make mad ensure maximum protection of your properties.

  1. Sort your kitchen and household items

Go through your kitchen like every other room and determine what you’ll keep and what to do away with. Whenever you have to move is a good time to audit your kitchen and appliances. Sort them out and determine what to with the ones you don’t need to move with. This might be a difficult thing to do for your kitchen. However, only move with items that are necessary.

The same rule applies to every other household item. It just might be easier and cheaper for you to buy a new one when you get to your new home because of the special care and cost that comes with moving them. So, go through your fragile items and determine which ones you have to move with.

When you have sorted out your items, you can sell the items that are still in good working conditions. Selling them helps you raise the money for another one when you get to your new home. You can give out the others to charity or to family and friends. This saves the stress and cost of moving items that you’ll end up not using in your new home.

  1. Get quality moving materials

The kitchen items are very delicate. This makes it important for you to get a quality moving supplies for packing them. Take time to get yourself quality moving boxes, wrapping papers, bubble wraps, packing papers, tapes, and markers. These are the things you’ll need to pack your fragile items, kitchen wares, and appliances.

  1. Boxing kitchen appliances

Kitchen appliances come in a range of sizes and it is important to protect them. If you still have the boxes they came in when you purchased them then use those boxes. These boxes were designed by the producers to protect these items. If you don’t have them then it’s advisable to use medium-sized boxes. Do not stuff boxes with too many items because they become difficult to move when loading.

When putting the appliances in moving boxes, you can cushion the boxes with bubble wraps or packing paper for extra protection especially of the appliances are delicate items. When placed in the box, tape the top of the box and any other side necessary to tape then label appropriately.

  1. Plates and glasses

For plates, there are plate boxes specially made for them. These boxes come with cells for each plate to ensure that they are protected during the move. Plate boxes are easy to find. If however, you don’t find moving boxes, get packing papers or bubble wraps, and use regular boxes. Cushion the boxes with packing papers and wrap each plate with bubble wrap to prevent damage. Use the same style for glasses. Wrap them individually. You can use tapes to fasten the bubble wrap to each item to ensure that it stays intact throughout your move. When you are done packing the box, ensure to tape it and label it appropriately.

  1. Pots and pans

For pots and pans use medium-sized boxes. Medium-sized boxes are advisable because they are easy to pack and move. Ensure that the boxes you get are sturdy ones. You’ll need to stack the pots in the box. When stacking your pots, put packing papers in between the pots to provide a form of protection for them. Cushion the boxes with moving papers, old towels, or old clothes to ensure that the pots are stable during.

  1. Television

Packing televisions can be tricky because they come in different shapes and sizes. If you still have the box you bought it in, then it makes it easy for you to pack it in that box. There are also special television moving boxes available. They are flat paneled boxes and they come in different shapes and sizes to suit different sizes of televisions available. Where you cannot get any box to suit your television, get regular boxes. Wrap the television in bubble wrap and tape it to fasten it. Cushion the box with packing paper and place the wrapped television inside the box. Fill any excess space with packing paper t ensure that the television does not move inside the box when your items are in transit.

  1. Picture frames and mirrors

There are special boxes used to move fragile items like mirrors, picture frames, and glass tops. These items should be secured with packing paper before placing them in the moving boxes. When placing more than one in a box, ensure to put packing papers or bubble wraps in between the two of them to avoid collision during the move. Place old towels or extra packing papers in any extra space in the box to ensure that the items don’t move around in the box.

  1. Lamps

For small and medium-sized lamps, you can use regular moving boxes to pack them.  Just ensure you wrap each lamp with a bubble wrap and tape the bubble wrap to the lamp to be extra careful. For tall floor lamps, however, you will need special lamp boxes because of the special nature of their length. Thankfully, these boxes are available. They are tall boxes that protects your lamps efficiently during the move.


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Moving is a notoriously stressful event and people try to avoid as much as possible. However, it is a part of life. People always have to move for different reasons such as; a new job in another city, a better home, divorce, and many more. Moving can become easier and less stressful for you if you are prepared for it. Many people are caught off guard with a move and this increases the stress level.

Moving is not an easy event for anyone. However, there are a few tricks that make it faster and less stressful for you. Below are a few packing and moving tricks to help you prepare for your move.

Packing and Moving Tricks

Make a Budget

Moving can be very expensive and will drain your finances. The last thing you want to happen to you is for you to be stranded during a move or to be broke after a move. To avoid having money issues after a move, make a budget. Making a budget will help you figure out an estimate of how much you will need to spend. This helps you cut unnecessary costs before you even begin to spend.

Create a Schedule and Start Packing Early

Creating a schedule of the things you will need to do and fixing dates for them helps when packing for a move. A schedule helps to reduce or even prevent the overwhelming feeling that comes with packing and moving. List out everything you will need to do throughout the process and set daily tasks for yourself. This makes the tasks you have to do more manageable to carry out.

It is also advisable for you to start packing at least two to three weeks before the moving date. You can even start packing six to eight weeks before the move. This will give you enough time to sort out your thing and get rid of the things you do not need to move with.

Declutter

Before you start packing, it is important for you to sort out your things and set aside those things you do not need to move with. When sorting out, only move with things that are necessary. Get rid of every other thing. Reducing the things you have to move with makes moving a whole lot easier and a little less expensive.

When you have set aside the things you do not need to move with, it is left for you to determine how to get rid of them. There are a lot of options available to you. Firstly, you can sell them. You can have a yard sale to sell the things sellable or use the apps and websites that are available for you to sell your items. Selling is always a good plan as moving is expensive and you will need all the money you can get. Secondly, you can give them all or what is left after the sale out to your friends or donate them to charity.

Stock up Quality Moving Supplies

Moving supplies include; moving boxes, tapes, bubble wraps, labels, permanent markers and more. When purchasing your supplies, ensure that you get good quality supplies. For instance, ensure that you get sturdy boxes because they will be strong enough to protect your properties while in transit.

Use Appropriate Boxes When Packing

There are general moving boxes that you get for packing. There are however some special purpose boxes available for delicate items. These special-purpose boxes are made to protect specified delicate items. For example, get flat panel television boxes that are used for moving flat screen television for your television. You don’t want to move into your new home with a broken television.

You will also need bubble wraps, flat foams, or linens to wrap your delicate items. This will keep them protected while in transit.

Use Small and Medium-sized Boxes

Using an extra-large box might seem like a good idea when packing. However, using small and medium-sized boxes makes it easy for you to carry your boxes. Large boxes are difficult to carry and you can get injured while trying. Also, do not overpack your boxes.

Label Boxes Appropriately

You need to label each box after packing it. When labeling your boxes, ensure that you do not mislabel the boxes. Check properly before sealing the box and labeling it. Label it by writing what it contains and what it is going into that is by category and room. This will help the movers know where to place each box and this makes your moving and unpacking a little less stressful.

Keep Important Documents Properly Stored

It is easy to lose important documents during a move. Get a special box and label it appropriately. Within the box, but each document in a clear bag so that they are properly protected.

Contact Movers Early

If you are on a budget and you are not getting a moving company to help with your move, contact your friends and family that you will be relying on early enough. Give them proper notice and ensure to tell them the date so they can include it in their schedule.

If on the other hand, you are using a moving company, contact them for booking as soon as you pick a date for your move.

Stop Buying Groceries When Your Move Date is Close

This is important especially if you are moving to another town. It saves you from having to throw things away on the day of your move. Make meals with the things you have at home and try to finish them before the move. If you do not finish them before the move, you can get friends to come over on the day of the move to take them.

Pack an Overnight Bag

You and your family will need an overnight bag when you get to your new home. Chances are high that you will be exhausted from the move and will not be able to begin unpacking. Preparing an overnight bag will give you and your family all the essential items you need for the night and probably a few days. You can begin unpacking the next day.

Make an Inventory of all You Boxes

An inventory of all your boxes helps to keep you organized. You will have a proper account of all the things you are moving with. When you get to your new home, it will be easy to check through your list to confirm that you missed nothing.


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People move for different reasons. It could be for a better school district, a new job, a better home, or even a divorce. Moving is a very stressful event in the life of an individual. There is no one cause for the stress of moving. It is simply the hosts of seemingly little things like budgeting, packing, and unpacking that add up to make moving very stressful. Research has shown that moving is among the three most stressful things that an individual can experience. The stress of moving affects you not just physically because of all the carrying you have to do, but also psychologically and financially. Moving affects adults on different levels. How many more children?

Moving is tough on children just as it is for adults. Regardless of the fact that they do not bear the financial responsibility that comes with moving, it is difficult for them especially because they do not feel in control of the situation. When the reason for the move is a negative one like a divorce or a bad financial situation, the chances of the move affecting the child are even higher. To ensure that your children are ready for a move, you will need to prepare them.

How To Prepare Your Children for a Move

It is very important in the process of moving for you to prepare your children for it. Preparing them makes them ready psychologically and physically for the move. This makes the whole process of packing and unpacking easier and faster for you and your children. A few tips have been put together to guide you in preparing your children.

  1. Break the news to them as early as possible

The earlier you tell your children about the move, the better. This gives them time to process the information. It also makes them feel involved in the decision making process. This reduces the feeling of not being in control that children tend to feel during a move. If you have not started house hunting, you can involve them in the process of house hunting. Telling your children about the move early gives them time to prepare psychologically which reduces the stress for them.

  1. Remind them at regular intervals of the move

It is necessary when your children are young to remind them regularly. You will need to be creative and find fun ways to remind them regularly so they do not forget and the moving does not come as a shock to them.

  1. Keep your children involved in the moving process

When your children are involved in the process of moving, everything will go much more smoothly. You can give them a date to start packing and tell them the date for the move if it is set. If your children are older, you can supply them with the things they need to pack and let them pack with little or no supervision. This will help make them feel responsible and in control. If they are younger, pack with them and have fun discussions about the new home and their new room while packing. During the process, let them make as many decisions as possible from the things to move with to the color of their new room.

  1. Respect their grief and get counseling if necessary

Understand that your children will be grieving the loss of their home, friends, and all other familiar things. Research has shown that moving affects children’s psychological state and even their health. You can get a counselor to help them with their emotions. Let them work through different stages of grief, anger, denial, depression, anxiety, and acceptance. Getting professional help before your children get into crisis mode is very important.

  1. Connect with the new home and area in advance

If you can afford the time, plan a tour of your new area with your children before the actual moving day. Check out the area, their new school, and fun spots around. Connecting with the people and environment in advance can help build positive anticipation for the new home.

  1. Plan visits to the town you are leaving

Plan visits to your old home before leaving. Ensure that this visit is within the first few months of your move. This will give your children something to look forward to. Taking a glimpse into the past is a good way to keep moving forward, even for children.

  1. Radiate positivity and excitement about the move

It is an established fact that moving is stressful. As a parent moving with children, you cannot let your stress and anxiety show. Children look to their parents for guidance even emotionally. So, if you are upset and stressed about moving, there is a high probability that your children will be stressed and upset about moving too. You are leading them by example. Think positive and act excited about the move. This is the energy your children will pick up. They will begin to radiate positivity and excitement when they sense it from you.

  1. Throw a moving away party for them

This is an amazing way to create beautiful lasting memories for you and your children. You can have your children plan some part of the event and of course, let them invite their friends. Take pictures for a special album and have a scrapbook where their friends can write special messages for them. You should have an address book to take down the contact information from friends.

  1. Decorate the new home to seem familiar

You can do this by putting familiar decorations in similar spots in your new home. You can also add their special toys to their room so it still feels like home to them.

  1. Plan new experiences in your new town

Search your new town for the fun spots and start planning to visit with your children when you move. Going to these fun spots will help your children settle in and even help them make new friends.

Conclusion

Moving will affect each child uniquely. Whatever the case is, study your children and know what will make the move easier for them individually and collectively.


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The idea of moving for college students might seem fun and exciting until you start to actually prepare for it and it becomes challenging and difficult. Most college students are on a budget and have to manage the money they have for as long as possible. College students’ money has to cover things like accommodation, meals, books, and all other types of expenses that come with being a college student.

Apart from the fact that college students have t pay for accommodation, most of them also have to cover the cost of moving in and out at intervals when changing rooms at the beginning of every school year. This can be pretty expensive for a college student who is on a budget. There are a number of tips to help you pack and move efficiently to minimize stress and cost. These tips will help you plan and prepare so moving will be done with ease and will be more economical.

Make a Plan and a Budget

Make a plan or a schedule that is practical. Set out a date for packing, moving, unpacking, and shopping. A schedule helps to keep you organized. When you have made a plan, it is easy for you to make a budget around your plan. This helps to make your move go smoother than when you are without a plan.

Do a Little Research About the New Accommodation and Avoid Duplication

Find out about your surroundings so you will be prepared when you move in. You will also need to find out the appliances and supplies that are already available at the accommodation. This will help you know what to pack when moving so you do not carry the things you do not need. Consider the fact that you might need to move out at the end of the school year and so the fewer things you move in, the fewer things you have to move out and of course it reduces the cost.

Sort Out Your Items

College students have very limited personal space. So, when packing your things for a move, it is important for you to sort out your things ad take only the necessary things with you. In addition to having limited space, college accommodation is also temporary and so you will need just things that are necessary.

Consolidate

Find out if you have a friend, neighbor or even a family member that is moving from the same location you are to the college you are moving to. If you find, planning and moving together can make both your lives easier. You can split the costs and tasks. Having a partner reduces the burden and the stress of moving.

Shop for Things When Settled

Reduce the things on your shopping list before you move. Ensure that you only buy essentials. It is better for you to buy other things when you have settled into your accommodation. This reduces the things you have to move with. You might also find discounts available for college students in stores within and around the school campus.

Pack Your Cleaning Supplies

When you move in, the first thing you will have to do is to clean the room. It is even advised that you clean the room before you start moving your things into the room. You will therefore need to pack cleaning supplies and make them easily accessible without having to unpack. Pack things essentials like Clorox wipes, disinfectants, paper towels, Swiffer duster, trash bags, and many more.

Pack a Tool Kit and a First Aid Kit

When moving in, you may have to deal with minor repairs. A tool kit will come in handy. Have the basics like a hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, cable ties, and duct tape. You might even need this tool kit during the course of the semester.

You should also have a basic first aid kit that contains essentials such as disinfectant wipes, bandages, sports tapes, and over-the-counter pain killers.

Pack an Overnight Pack

This is the most famous tip for every kind of move. This is because chances are that after the move, you will be too stressed to start unpacking that day. Even if you start, you might not be able to finish unpacking. Therefore, plan ahead and pack an overnight bag for yourself. Put all your essentials so you will be able to stay refreshed for the first few days while you unpack and get settled in.

Pack Snack and Drinks

On the day of your move, all the lifting and moving around will drain you. You will be famished. This makes it essential for you to pack snacks, water, and drinks for you to be able to hydrate and refresh yourself during the move. You should also pack some for those helping you with your move.

Move-in the Middle of the Week

The thing with college moves is that everyone is either moving in or moving out at the same time. Thus, there is always a surge. This surge can increase the stress of moving.  Try scheduling your move to be during the week. Weekends are when other college students are moving too. You should avoid the crowd and the rush. If you are hiring a moving truck, chances are that they might not be available on the weekend because of the surge. This can also increase the price of moving. Whenever you decide to move, weekend or not, book the mover in advance to avoid the stress and hike in the price of a last-minute rush.

Inspect Your New Accommodations

Whether it is an apartment or a hostel, ensure to inspect the room before moving in. A few things might have been damaged by the last occupant. The last thing you want to deal with as a college student is paying for damages that you did not cause.

Wear Something Comfortable

You will be doing a lot of lifting and walking about on the day of your move. It is important that you wear clothes you can comfortably do all the lifting in. Keep your dressing simple with things like T-shirts, shorts or jeans and sneakers.

 


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Moving is a notoriously stressful event and people try to avoid as much as possible. However, it is a part of life. People always have to move for different reasons such as; a new job in another city, a better home, divorce, and many more. Moving can become easier and less stressful for you if you are prepared for it. Many people are caught off guard with a move and this increases the stress level.

Moving is not an easy event for anyone. However, there are a few tricks that make it faster and less stressful for you. Below are a few packing and moving tricks to help you prepare for your move.

Packing and Moving Hacks

Make a Budget

Moving can be very expensive and will drain your finances. The last thing you want to happen to you is for you to be stranded during a move or to be broke after a move. To avoid having money issues after a move, make a budget. Making a budget will help you figure out an estimate of how much you will need to spend. This helps you cut unnecessary costs before you even begin to spend.

Create a Schedule and Start Packing Early

Creating a schedule of the things you will need to do and fixing dates for them helps when packing for a move. A schedule helps to reduce or even prevent the overwhelming feeling that comes with packing and moving. List out everything you will need to do throughout the process and set daily tasks for yourself. This makes the tasks you have to do more manageable to carry out.

It is also advisable for you to start packing at least two to three weeks before the moving date. You can even start packing six to eight weeks before the move. This will give you enough time to sort out your thing and get rid of the things you do not need to move with.

Declutter

Before you start packing, it is important for you to sort out your things and set aside those things you do not need to move with. When sorting out, only move with things that are necessary. Get rid of every other thing. Reducing the things you have to move with makes moving a whole lot easier and a little less expensive.

When you have set aside the things you do not need to move with, it is left for you to determine how to get rid of them. There are a lot of options available to you. Firstly, you can sell them. You can have a yard sale to sell the things sellable or use the apps and websites that are available for you to sell your items. Selling is always a good plan as moving is expensive and you will need all the money you can get. Secondly, you can give them all or what is left after the sale out to your friends or donate them to charity.

Stock up Quality Moving Supplies

Moving supplies include; moving boxes, tapes, bubble wraps, labels, permanent markers, and more. When purchasing your supplies, ensure that you get good quality supplies. For instance, ensure that you get sturdy boxes because they will be strong enough to protect your properties while in transit.

Use Appropriate Boxes When Packing

There are general moving boxes that you get for packing. There are however some special purpose boxes available for delicate items. These special-purpose boxes are made to protect specified delicate items. For example, get flat panel television boxes that are used for moving flat screen television for your television. You don’t want to move into your new home with a broken television.

You will also need bubble wraps, flat foams, or linens to wrap your delicate items. This will keep them protected while in transit.

Use Small and Medium-Sized Boxes

Using an extra-large box might seem like a good idea when packing. However, using small and medium-sized boxes makes it easy for you to carry your boxes. Large boxes are difficult to carry and you can get injured while trying. Also, do not overpack your boxes.

Label Boxes Appropriately

You need to label each box after packing it. When labeling your boxes, ensure that you do not mislabel the boxes. Check properly before sealing the box and labeling it. Label it by writing what it contains and what it is going into that is by category and room. This will help the movers know where to place each box and this makes your moving and unpacking a little less stressful.

Keep Important Documents Properly

It is easy to lose important documents during a move. Get a special box and label it appropriately. Within the box, but each document in a clear bag so that they are properly protected.

Contact Movers Early

If you are on a budget and you are not getting a moving company to help with your move, contact your friends and family that you will be relying on early enough. Give them proper notice and ensure to tell them the date so they can include it in their schedule.

If on the other hand, you are using a moving company, contact them for booking as soon as you pick a date for your move.

Stop Buying Groceries When Your Move Date Is Close

This is important especially if you are moving to another town. It saves you from having to throw things away on the day of your move. Make meals with the things you have at home and try to finish them before the move. If you do not finish them before the move, you can get friends to come over on the day of the move to take them.

Pack An Overnight Bag

You and your family will need an overnight bag when you get to your new home. Chances are high that you will be exhausted from the move and will not be able to begin unpacking. Preparing an overnight bag will give you and your family all the essential items you need for the night and probably a few days. You can begin unpacking the next day.

Make An Inventory of All Your Boxes

An inventory of all your boxes helps to keep you organized. You will have a proper account of all the things you are moving with. When you get to your new home, it will be easy to check through your list to confirm that you missed nothing.


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Moving is a very intensive process, and there are a lot of moving parts (no pun intended). The sheer number of things you need to sort out for a successful move makes it very easy to forget some important things. Even when you are working with a moving company that is able to use their expertise to make the process as seamless as possible, there are some things you simply will have to handle on your own.

Changing your address is one of those things. As obvious as it might be, many people only discover that they’ve forgotten to do it after spending a week or two or even more in their new home and seeing that they aren’t getting their mail as they used to. Also, there are quite a few entities that you’ll need to notify about your change of address, for legal reasons and also to be sure that your magazine subscription doesn’t go to waste because they kept delivering at your old place. Here is a nifty checklist of all the notifications you will need to give:

✅   The Post Office – This is the first and most important one, simply because so much of your mail comes through the post office and if you don’t notify them well in advance, even a few days of being out of reach might mean that you miss very important documents. Generally, this is something you can do on the internet so that they forward your mail to the new address you have provided wile you reach out to the original senders and notify them of the change.

✅   Tax Agencies – You have a legal obligation to notify the IRS and the state tax agency of your new address so that they can send tax documents to you. As with the post office, you can generally do this online as well. The IRS makes it very easy by providing the form 8822 online. To find the procedure for your state, visit your state’s government website. There will likely be directions on how to complete the process.

✅   Social Security Administration is the third government agency that you will need to give an update about the change in your address. This applies if you currently receive any social security benefits, to be sure that they know where to send your checks and any other documents that you might need to deal with from time to time, to be able to continue receiving your benefits.

✅   DMV – The last government agency that everyone needs to send their new address is the Department of Motor Vehicles.          Notifying them is a legal requirement and you will have between 30 and 60 days to do so, after which you might be liable to pay fines. It is a simple process too since most states allow you to do it online.

✅   Gas and Electric – Being without heat or electricity in your new home is not fun, even if it’s just for a day or two while you sort things out with the utility company. To avoid that, you should reach out to them well in advance of your move and give them your new address as well as when you intend to move in. That way, they can shut off the supply to your current home and stop charging you for it, and start providing your gas and electricity in your new home. Apart from the risk of moving into your new home in the cold and in darkness, there is also the risk of paying for utilities that you’re not using, so definitely keep this one at the top of the pile.

✅   Cable, internet, and phone are the next most important set of utilities for most people, and the same things apply to them as do to gas and electricity. If you do not reach out to the companies that provide you these services in time, you might find that you remain liable to pay for the services in your old home for a while after you leave, and you might also have to spend some time without the services in the new home. It is very easy to avoid those issues, by reaching out to the companies online or calling them, so there’s no reason why you should let it become a problem.

✅   Other subscriptions and utilities such as the water department, sewer management, and garbage/recycling companies will also need to be notified for the same reasons as outlined above for utilities generally. If you subscribe to other services like magazines, you have to tell them as well, so they do not continue sending your packages to the old address. The process for doing this will differ but for most, simply calling their customer service line and explaining your situation will be the quickest way to sort it out.

✅   Financial Institutions such as banks, insurance companies, credit card companies are the next set of organizations that you must give notice of your change of address. Your bank will likely be sending you communications regularly, along with your credit card company and any organization whom you owe money. Some of the more formal and established institutions will likely have a way for you to make the change by completing a form online but for the others, the best way will likely be to call them up and ask how to do it. Be sure you reach out to every financial institution with which you have a relationship, especially anyone that you owe. This is important because failure to receive and respond to certain financial notices might result in penalties or adverse actions on the part of the institution.

✅   Clubs and organizations which you belong too also need to be informed about your change of address so that they can direct their communications with you accordingly. This might be charitable organizations you belong to or store memberships. Send notifications to all of them according to their stated procedures, to be sure you do not lose your benefits or membership of the organizations.

✅   Your doctor, dentist, and other individual service providers are the final set of people whom you will need to give notice to. This will enable them to send you mails or bills, and while doing that, you should take the opportunity to ask for referrals if you’re going somewhere far enough that you won’t be able to continue using their service.

 


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Moving can be a very complicated process. If you do not get every step right, quite a few things could go wrong. You could forget or misplace some items or have some get damaged while in transit. One of the ways you can ensure that the likelihood of any harm coming to your items is brought to the minimum is by making sure to have all the supplies you need from the beginning.

With the right supplies, you will be able to handle every stage of the process safely and efficiently, from arranging your home and preparing your items for the trip to boxing them and getting them in the vehicle. Here is a comprehensive list of all the items you will need:

✅  Boxes – These are the first things that come to most people’s minds when they think of moving, and that is for a good reason. Good boxes are integral to a well-executed moving plan. Many people simply pick up used boxes from nearby stores or around the house but that is not ideal. You should try to get new cardboard boxes or rent plastic moving boxes to be able to keep all your items securely. New cardboard boxes or plastic boxes will be more rigid and able to withstand the stress of being carried around and jostled with other items in the truck. You will also be able to stack them without being afraid that they’ll collapse (as long as you don’t overload them).

✅   Plastic Wrap – You can use any kind of plastic wrap but be sure you have enough to give the items that need it a full wrap. For instance, plastic wrap is great for making sure that a stack of plates does not shift around, as well as with other similarly fragile items. You can also use it to secure bottles to make sure nothing spills, along with myriad other uses.

✅   Cushioning Material – If you are going to be moving items that are fragile such as ceramic dishes or small, sensitive electronics, you would be best served by having them cushioned inside the boxes. This will ensure that even if the ride gets bumpy, they will be insulated from the shock and be less likely to break or get damaged in any way. Bubble wrap is a very common solution, and it works well, especially when you have items that are not shaped uniformly. Foam wrap sheets can also come in very handy and if you are really looking to save money, you can even use old newspapers. Just squeeze them rightly and make sure they provide a tight cushion in the box. You have to be aware, however, that newspaper won’t be nearly as effective as other options so it should be a last resort.

✅   Labelling Materials – One of the best ways to make your moving experience as smooth as possible is to label and arrange the boxes and items very efficiently. This way, it would be very easy for you to find any particular item or box of items when it’s time to unpack, instead of having to rummage through many boxes to find the one you need. Some people like to do it the simple way – simply writing on the boxes. If you want to do this, then all you will need is a marker. You can also use a market on masking tape. If you want to be a bit more elaborate or if you have quite a lot of boxes to sort out, you can have color-coded notes and or get purpose-made moving labels. One thing to keep in mind is that you should label the boxes on multiple sides so you can easily find what you need even if a box gets turned another way.

✅   Cleaning Supplies – It is best to clean all your items before you move. You do not want to be taking dirty stuff into your new home, and you’ll need a variety of cleaning supplies for that. From detergent to garbage bags, brooms, and buckets, be sure to evaluate what items you need to clean and get all the supplies you will need to do a thorough job. You can even repurpose some of the cleaning supplies as you move. For instance, the garbage bags can play the role of plastic wrap in a tight situation, and you can simply take what you do not finish to your new home for use there.

✅   Straps and Rope – If you are moving heavy, unwieldy items like a refrigerator, you will particularly need this. Those items can fall over and damage a lot of other items, so you must ensure that they are secured to the side of the moving truck. The exact kind of straps or rope that you will need will be dependent on what items you need to secure but as a general rule, err on the side of thicker, stronger straps or ropes.

✅   Furniture Cover and Pads – The items of furniture in your home are likely to be some of the most expensive, so it makes sense that you should do everything you can to specially protect them as you move. You can slide plastic covers over your furniture to keep dust, liquids, and other extraneous material away from them, but if you want to protect them fully, you will need to get furniture pads. The furniture pads are designed to be shock-absorbers of sorts, absorbing any impact, and preventing damage to your furniture. Many moving agencies allow you to rent furniture pads, and it is an option you should certainly take.

✅   Moving Dollies – Using a dolly or a hand truck is a great way to transport a lot of items safely and efficiently. You minimize the energy spent on carrying the items from your home to the moving truck and from the moving truck to your new home. The benefits are particularly visible if you are going to be moving very large and heavy items. A refrigerator for instance. Without a dolly, you may need a few people to join in moving it but a dolly will drastically reduce how much manpower you need while still ensuring that the process is completed efficiently and with minimal risk of injury to anyone, or of damage to the items.