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How to Downsize Prior to Moving to a New Home

Downsizing is a major step when moving. It’s not just a change of place, but potentially a major change of lifestyle as well. It means having fewer things to worry about, but also fewer things you might rely on. Perhaps you have so much that you won’t notice losing a few extra items and spare appliances. Whatever the reason you’re downsizing, know that it’s an involved process. It’s less about throwing old things away and understanding what makes something important enough to take with you into a new home.

Here’s a breakdown of the steps you should work through to prepare yourself for the work of downsizing before the move actually occurs:

Start Pretty Early

Time flies when you’re hard at work preparing for a new home. If you know when the move-out date is when all your utilities will be off, when the address will be changed for all your mail and services, plan 3 months ahead, at least. It’s a good idea to give yourself a long window to work with and not wait until the last minute when there’s too much to handle on top of all the physical and mental strain of moving in and out and around. Three months leaves you with plenty of time to think about what you need and take action.

Making Tough Choices

Going through all the things you own can be daunting. You may be surprised to see just how much you’ve been holding onto over the years. There are a few different organizational methods you can use to make the process easier. You can pick one thing every day to throw away until you can’t justify it anymore, or limit your options by only what you can bring in four boxes. For clothes, turn them all one way in your closet, then turn them around once you’ve worn them. Anything you never wore between starting and moving out, donate. Go room by room and determine what the most crucial components of each room are, then leave the rest for removal.

Start Planning Layouts

It’s easier to know what you’ll need when you can tell how it will look in your new space. If you have the dimensions for your new home, plan around them and understand how much you can fit in any given space or series of spaces. Your physical space isn’t all you should plan around. Consider what kind of life you plan on living from now on. A downsize isn’t just reducing what you own, it’s also your neediness, your wants, and your future plans. It’s about living an easier life with less in it, in order to reduce overall stress.

Keep Hard Rules

You want to make sure you don’t make too many exceptions. It’s easy to think that it won’t hurt to just take one thing that isn’t useful or helpful but looks nice. A couple of knick-knacks are fine, but things can get out of hand quickly. Keep an emphasis on decluttering and staying decluttered. Generally, think of the things you may keep, down to these simple criteria: Have you used it in the past six months? If you have, also consider, does it fit in your new home? Keep those items. If you haven’t used it or noticed it in that timeframe, is it at least sentimental and worth keeping for value other than immediate practicality? Keep that. And if it makes you plainly happy, you can keep that. Otherwise, consider giving it away to the family if it still works or is good, donating or selling it if no one wants it, or trash it if there is no further use and no one wants it.

Digitize Paper Goods

If you have a lot of papers and documents that need to be kept, you can either find some way to externally store them or consider digitizing them so they will no longer take up physical space but data space instead. Digital organization and decluttering is an entirely different skill set worth learning. As more and more of the world turn to online infrastructure, they will start requiring digital paperwork more than physical forms and hard copies. While it’s good to stick with formats that are easy to call on and not prone to corruption, it still takes a lot of space to hold onto papers. They’re light by themselves, but a bundle of paper can weigh you down.

Reuse What You Can’t Store

There may be some items or curios you definitely don’t want to part with but may be too complicated or bulky to stay with you in a smaller living space and lifestyle. Collections or art pieces can be especially tricky to consolidate, but it’s not impossible. Consider more creative outlets to keep your more memorable goods. Turn wardrobes into quilts so they can stay with you. Adapt art pieces to fit in new places in your next home, even outdoor art can find a good place indoors to be appreciated. Some items have obvious alternate uses, such as old trunks and chests being reused as general storage or whole dressers to replace the bigger, bulkier ones.

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

Moving is hard work, and it’s never easy. Just ask any of your friends or family that had to do it. And ask them for help first. Your friends and family members will likely have some insight or input into the things you might want to keep or help you get rid of. They can also be the first outlet for relieving you of your items as they may want them. Play to your strengths and be a guide or just a strong set of arms for others to direct and coordinate to make the move as efficient as possible. You can hire movers to help with the heaviest stuff, such as furniture and major appliances, on moving day to save everyone else the hardest job of all.


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It’s time to move. It’s always something difficult, from packing and relocating to saying goodbye to the neighborhood you’ve gotten used to for so long. What makes it harder is realizing just how much stuff you’ve got, and how much of it you really don’t need – but it’s not junk! So you should take it with you, right? But you already know there’s nowhere to put it in the new place….

These thoughts can rattle around in your head like a box of silverware that hasn’t been properly packed together. Instead of fretting about it, you can hold a Moving Sale to get rid of some of your unwanted, unneeded, or unmoveable items so you can start in a new place with a more manageable inventory of items. It can even help pay back some costs of hiring professional movers to help you get your new home ready. Here’s a quick walkthrough of what goes into a successful moving sale.

1.   Plan Your Inventory

For the next few days of your moving/yard/garage sale, you’ll become the manager of a very low-end store on your own property. So first, you need to figure out what you’ll be selling. Decide, once and for all, what you want to take with you and keep it inside. Everything else should be ready for sale. If it needs to be packed up, hung up, or just dragged out, get it ready.

2.   Plan To Work

If you’ve ever seen a yard sale you must think it’s pretty easy. You just sit in the shade and wait for people to roll by to inspect your goods. It’s not that simple. You’ll need to put prices on everything, every single item, and be willing to negotiate with keen buyers who are looking to get a deal for themselves first and foremost. You’ll be out there all day, for multiple days, just to watch over everything so it doesn’t suddenly turn into a moving-out donation drive instead.

3.   Plan For Weather

Look ahead to see what the weather is going to be like. If you’re lucky, it’ll be sunny and mild so people will be outdoors, walking around as normal who might just happen to cross your street and see what’s going on. You don’t want to have clothes hanging or boxes out in the rain, or in a dangerous heat wave. If you have a garage, you can keep everything in there and let the more weather-durable goods rest outside during the day.

4.   Plan Your Advertisements

A business can’t do business without letting people know that it’s in business. And what you’re running, however temporarily, is a very small business. Send out messages, get friends involved, even make flyers to post in approved public areas if you can. That’ll help get rid of all the extra printer paper you weren’t planning on packing anyway. Just posting a sign in your yard isn’t enough. You want people informed of what you’re doing from one end of your town to the other for maximum potential traffic.

5.   Plan Your Prices

You might be tempted to get a full refund for all the things you bought and never used or forgot about, but that’s just not realistic. Even if you only used that massage gun or blender once, people will assume that it’s as second-hand as anything on eBay is. So you may as well check what people are doing on eBay. Price your goods according to second-hand online stores like eBay. If anyone is curious about how much they should pay, that’s likely what they’ll check before haggling.

6.   Sell Online, Too

There’s no reason not to sell online. In fact, for specialty goods, it’s probably a better idea. Appliances and electronics have a huge market online. Consider the state of your neighborhood. Will the old man down the street really be interested in a slightly refurbished Xbox? The only issue with selling online is time. An item could stay listed for weeks, and by then you will have already moved, so put them up at the moving sale too for a lower price. If it sells, it sells, and you can always deactivate the listing early.

7.   Get Some Help

Moving is already a lot of work, and doing a moving sale is like moving without actually leaving your house. You’ll be arranging and placing all your old items in a new place – the yard, and that takes work. Maybe too much for one or two people to handle. Get the family involved. And your friends. Offer them whatever you can for help, a warm meal, or first pick of the merchandise.

8.   Get Ready Early

You might think that outdoor, home-based moving sales are things of the past, but if you’ve seen one recently then you will figure out why that’s not true. If you advertise properly, people will come. Some make a dedicated effort to go to as many yard sales as they can to hunt for bargains on things. They know you aren’t just pushing your junk out the door for them to collect. The things you sell had value to you once, so they must still have some kind of value to them. Expect some early shoppers to show up as soon as your first day.

9.   Plan For Money

How are people going to be paying for everything? You’re not a real store, you don’t have a credit-card swiper…..But you could. Personal card swipers that integrate with apps on your phone are common place nowadays. They link right up to online payment processors like PayPal, too. They’re great for small businesses, and even though yours is the smallest a business can be, it doesn’t hurt to go digital with money. Not everyone will carry cash, and do you have enough change for everything you listed? Who knows. Maybe someday you’ll need that swiper again. Or, in your next moving sale, you can get a decent price for it.

10.   Everything Must Go

The goal here is to leave nothing behind, not even regrets. At the end of the sale, you might still have stuff left, probably more than you want, but you’ll have made something out of it. As for the rest? If you can’t sell it, and it’s not trash, donate it to a local charity so it can go to people who need it but can’t afford it. You can move out knowing you made your neighborhood a little better than when you left.

 


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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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