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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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How to Locate the Best Restaurants in the New Town You’ve Moved To

After your move to a new town, there are several things that you will need to do to help you settle in and possibly make new friends in your new neighborhood. One of such activities is going to dine at local restaurants. Chances are high that it will take you a while to set up your kitchen after your move. This will cause you to have to buy food until you can set up your kitchen. When buying food, instead of ordering in, you should try going out to restaurants in your new town. This will provide an avenue for you to know more about your new town and get familiar with the town. It is also possible that you meet new people. Even when it is not necessary to eat out, you might just want to relax and have a nice meal in a restaurant.

Since it is a new town, you will need to take time and caution to pick a good restaurant.

Different attributes make a good restaurant. The first is excellent service – nobody wants to eat at a restaurant with poor service. Second, hygiene – a good restaurant should be very hygienic as food is something that goes into the body. Third, value for your money – the last thing you want is an overpriced restaurant with low-quality food. Fourth, ambiance – a restaurant can have food that is not too great but still have people trooping in because it has a great ambiance. All these and more are factors to be considered when picking restaurants in a new town.

Finding a restaurant is easy. However, finding the best restaurant is where the work is. You must be willing to investigate a little to get the best. The becomes even more necessary if you are a very picker eater. We have put together a guide to help you locate and choose the best restaurants in your new town. With all these tips, you should not go wrong when choosing a good restaurant.

 

  1. Ask around the neighborhood 

One good way to locate a good restaurant is reviews of people in the neighborhood. This can even be one of the things you bring up in the conversation when you go over to introduce yourself to your neighbors. You can also ask people at stores or yard parties how long they have lived in the neighborhood and then proceed to ask them about the restaurants in the neighborhood.

  1. Online

In this era, the majority of restaurants have websites. This makes your investigation easier. Check online for the restaurants in the new town and go to their website to see their reviews posted by previous customers. This also allows you to check through the menu to know if they serve meals you like.

  1. Social media

Social media is a great way to different get opinions on restaurants. Many towns have social media groups. You could join the group of your new town and drop the question on the group. A lot of people will weigh in opinions thus giving you different points of view. This will help you evaluate and choose. There might even be different options for you to choose from.

Alternatively, restaurants have business pages on different social media platforms. You could check them out and go through comments of customers and past visitors.

  1. Eating guides 

Most cities produce eating guides. Eating guidebooks are books detailing the restaurants and meals served and sometimes rating them. These guidebooks are updated from time to time by residents of the cities this will provide a good way to identify the best restaurants as residents are in the best place to do that.

  1. Town’s website 

It is very common for towns to have websites for the benefit of their residents. Visiting the town’s website is a great and easy way to find good restaurants. For most websites, there will be a section detailing recreation centers and restaurants in the town. It is also possible for the town’s website to have the menu of restaurants and the link to the different restaurant’s websites.

  1. Local newspapers

Local newspapers are also a great way to find good restaurants. There could be ads for different restaurants in the town. It is also possible that there are articles or columns on food and restaurants in the town. These columns can help guide you in choosing a good restaurant.

  1. Yelp 

Yelp is a site that is dedicated to reviews on local businesses for specific locations. These reviews are crowd-sourced. This means that the reviews are given by locals or people who have at least visited the location. People who give reviews can also give ratings on the website. All you need to do is sign up and search for restaurants by city. Type in the name of your new town and reviews will come up. Yelp also has discussion forums and blogs so go through them when making your decision.

  1. Urbanspoon  

Urbanspoon has an app and a website that offers a restaurant search utility. Urbanspoon’s search allows you to filter based on location. This makes it easy for you to find restaurants in your new town. It also allows for filters based on food and prices. It also has reviews based on the different restaurants and the different menu. Thus, you can go to Urbanspoon’s website or download their app and read reviews on the restaurants in your new town.

  1. Zagat 

Zagat is a survey platform. It provides ratings on a five-point scale for different areas of a restaurant such as food, service, ambiance, etc. you can visit their website for reviews on restaurants in your new town.

  1. Check out restaurants 

You can decide to go the old fashion way and go round town in your leisure time to check out restaurants. Look out for restaurants that are filled with people. This is sometimes a sign that the food is good. There is no way so many people will be in one place for bad food.

 


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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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Moving takes a lot of planning and strategizing no matter the distance of the move. People always search for moving tips and guides to ease the stress that comes with moving. Irrespective of the distance of the move, you will always need tips. Some moves are easier than others. For some moves, all you have to do is put your things in a van and then you are set. The planning becomes, even more, when the move is a long-distance move. You do not want to miss out on anything and so it is important to do get all the tips you can and of course all the help you can.

We have put together a few tips to help you manage your long-distance move.

  • Make a budget and a moving plan early

For every move you make, you need a budget. A budget helps you plan every other thing. You know how much you can spare for moving supplies and other expenses. A budget helps in your decision-making for other things you need to pay for during the moving process. For you to properly manage your long-distance move, you need a budget to guide you.

  • Book a moving company 

You do not want to have to hire a moving company when it is close to your moving date. Chances are that companies might be booked depending on the time of the year that you are moving.

When hiring a moving company, you can ask for referrals from friends and family who have had long-distance moves. You should also research moving companies to avoid getting caught in a moving scam. You should get quotes from different companies. This way, you will be able to compare prices and packages and then pick the most suitable one for your budget and the type of move you are having.

  • Obtain a moving insurance 

Insurance is very important no matter the value of the property. Some moving companies have insurance to cover goods damaged during the moving process. Ensure to go through the insurance policy to find out what is protected and what is not protected. Where the insurance covers only some of your goods, you can ensure the uninsured ones on your own. Where, however, there is no insurance by the moving company, then you can easily purchase a moving insurance policy.

Moving insurance is very important. The distance of the move makes your properties more prone to damages, especially the delicate ones.

  1. Declutter 

Getting rid of things you do not have to move with is a very important step in preparing for a move. Moving and the cost of moving is generally expensive. It becomes even more expensive when the move is a long-distance move. So, you must cut down on as many things as possible to reduce the cost you will have to pay for the move. Before you move, you should sort out your properties and determine what is essential for you to move with. After sorting out your properties, you can sell all the things that can be easily gotten in your new location. There are different platforms available for you to sell used items. You can have a yard sale or make use of different websites and apps that are available. You can use the money gotten from the sale to buy the things you need when you get to your new location. You might even notice that there are a lot of things that you do not need and so you get to make extra cash which is a good thing. It is a good option to move only with the essentials.

  • Pack an overnight bag

Pack an overnight bag with essentials. This will help you settle in quickly in your new home. You might be too tired to unpack and even if you are not tired, it will not be possible for you to unpack.

  • Get quality moving supplies. 

When moving your properties, it is important to get quality and appropriate moving supplies. Some items such as fragile items require special care and special packaging. It is therefore important for you to get the appropriate items needed to move them to prevent damage in any form.

  • Pack and label properly. 

When packing your boxes, you need to keep in mind the fact that the distance is a long-distance move. If you must move with a fragile item, ensure to wrap it properly with a bubble wrap and then place it in a padded moving box. If you are using large moving boxes and you must put different items in one moving box, put heavy items at the bottom of the box and lightweight items on top of the box. This will help to protect lightweight items.

After packing each moving box, ensure to label appropriately. Indicate what item is inside each box and mark fragile, boxes containing fragile items. Labeling will help you greatly when you want to unpack in your new home.

  • Make an inventory

When moving long-distance, it is easy for your properties to get lost or misplaced. This makes having an inventory very important. The last thing you want is to be far away from your old home and find out that you lost or forgot something. So, make an inventory of all the things you must move with. With an inventory, you will be able to keep track of your properties.

  • Pick an excellent moving season  

There are times when a lot of people are moving at the same time. The surge will make the cost of moving more expensive. For instance, most people move during summer, making it more expensive to move during that time of the year. It is best to pick a time when there is no surge and save yourself the unnecessary expenses. You are already paying for a lot of other things.

  • Double-check on arrival 

This is where the inventory you made becomes useful. Upon arrival, you must check the items against your inventory. This helps to make sure that your movers carry everything into your new home. An inventory makes your checking fast and easy.

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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Stress Free Packing | Hercules Movers Inc | NJ Movers

The ultimate stress-free packing experience would be one offered by your moving company, for sure.  Hire them, bring them in, and they pack for you… But 99% of the time, this is not the case.  Most people run out, buy their boxes, and get to packing up their stuff.  Besides, only you know the more valuable, sentimental, and cherished items from the others.  Me, I am a bit obsessive-compulsive, so I would want to pack everything myself the way that I want to.  Besides, after moving no less than eight times in my life, I think I’ve become pretty good at it…  But, prior to packing “everything” for a move, there are things you should do to make your pack more “stress-free.”

Organize and Get Rid of Stuff

Trust me.  Decluttering your home and getting rid of the items you really don’t need will make your life easier.  Example:

  • The 12-year-old pillows on your couch with worn covers that you bought when you were in college.
  • The old blender you replaced with a Ninja or Vitamix
  • The old pair of sneakers that have been sitting in the back of your closet
  • The old lawn furniture that may not be right in the back yard or has about had it due to using over the years,

Really, making the decision to get rid of items will literally liberate you and make you less stressed about how you may get items to your new home, increased costs, and or whether or not items may be the right fit for the new space.

Get rid of anything broken that cannot be repaired you do not need.  Sell stuff on Offer Up, Craigslist, or Facebook Marketplace, to recoup a little cash for your moving costs…

Overdo the Packing Supplies

Seriously.  Again, I have done this enough to know, you never, ever, buy enough boxes, bubble wrap, plastic wrap, etc. the first time you bring them home.  You will almost always go back to the store to purchase more of them.  If you think you need 5 boxes, buy seven.  If you think one roll of packing tape is enough, buy two, etc.  It doesn’t matter if you have extras.  You may use them for storage at your new home for the attic or basement, or you can turn around and sell them.  Someone will buy them because of the sheer number of people that are looking for moving supplies at any given time.

Don’t standardize on one size box either, especially large boxes.  Do you know how heavy an extra-large box of kitchen supplies can be?  Will that box be safe?  Get smaller boxes for different packing options.

Buy more than you think you’ll need.  Trust me on this one…

Get Organized…

Yes, you heard it.  This is critical to helping you minimize the stress of packing and having a deadline to move. The more organized you can become early in the process, the less stress you will endure.  Here are a few tips to getting organized….

  • Label your boxes before you start and put them in their designated rooms.
  • Color-code each box in each room or label them for breakables
  • Create an inventory per room that you want to pack and a list of items you wish to get rid of.
  • Use a spreadsheet to keep track of boxes and belongings, by numbering each box for each row or column in the spreadsheet.

Get creative to make your life easier going into the process and at the exit of the process when you are unpacking.

Research “How to Pack”

You might find it silly, but there are literally hundreds, and maybe thousands of videos on YouTube for how to pack belongings, your kitchen, etc. that will make your life more efficient in the process of packing.  Click this link and you’ll learn more in just a few short minutes:  https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=how+to+pack+for+moving.  Don’t know how to pack your shoes, there’s a video for that.

One bit of advice we can give is that you should start the process no less than a month or more in advance… If you know you are moving in 90 days, start offloading the items you do not want to bring with you, selling them, disposing of them, or giving them away.  Once you have done that, you’ll be able to assess what you will “need” to be packing up.  Start packing 30 days ahead of time.  Why a month and not a couple weeks.  From experience the following may affect your packing:

  • Work schedule,
  • Holidays & family obligations
  • Budget
  • Weather
  • Car problems
  • Health issues

The list can go on.  You want to give yourself ample time to pack to keep yourself from being stressed out.

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If you are expanding, downsizing, looking to declutter your office, etc. feel free to reach out to Hercules Movers, Inc. and ask us about our storage space for your items.   We’ll even move them to our facility for you.  You can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here:  https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.


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5 Of The Best Ways To Avoid Moving Scams | Hercules Movers, Inc

500,000+ people moved out of New York City in 2020, almost 1,000,000 people moved out of California, and more people moved out of New Jersey than any other state, per capita.  You could barely find a moving company, they were so busy getting people to their new homes from their old.  Working with a reputable moving company may be one of the best decisions you could make, despite how busy these businesses were, and still are.  However, when any type of business spikes and there is high demand, you will find those nefarious players out there who may want to take advantage of you and scam you out of your money, belongings, or both.  By doing these three things, you’ll be taking prepurchase precautions and make a better hiring decision for yourself and your family.

Research Reviews

Today, it goes without saying that you’ll likely hit a business’s Google ratings before you buy.  It’s normal, and people trust reviews like they trust a referral from their best friend.  You can review Yelp, but today yelp is likely secondary to Google, but Facebook may not be a bad option for the reviews… You will occasionally find the disgruntled employee acting like a customer, or a bad actor giving a business a poor rating, so please keep that in mind, but the Internet is likely the fastest way to determine if you are going to make a call to that company for your no-obligation quotation.

Ask Friends and Family

Just like researching reviews, friends and family won’t generally steer you wrong. I’m not sure there’s much more to say here, but this is likely a no-brainer.

Ask Better Questions

Get detailed in your Q&A when you are speaking to the Moving company representative and/or ownership.

  • How long have they been in business?
  • How many moves a day/week do they perform?
  • Are the employees long term?
  • Will there be a manager coordinating the move when they arrive at my home?
  • Can they provide references (see the review paragraph above)?
  • Do they have their license numbers handy?
  • Are they fully bonded and insured?

There are likely other questions but think a little deeper than beating them up for a better price on your quote.  You do want your belongings to get to your destination in one piece…

The Low Quote Warning

If you’re smart, you’ll get a couple of quotes.  If one of them is significantly less expensive, this could be a warning sign.  They may nickel and dime you to death with mileage, extra labor costs, etc. Or, they may not be fully insured, etc.  Remember, there are a lot of costs to running a business… Truck payments, truck insurance, employee insurance, other insurances, rental on their office space, employee costs, tax costs, etc.  These things make up the cost basis of the quotation and keep the moving company in business.  If the quote is too low, well, they may not be paying these, and you may be out of luck if items are broken, the truck they use is not stable enough, or if there are other issues or accidents.

Hard to Find on the Internet

Transparently, if you are looking for a moving company you’re starting on the Internet these days… And, moving companies today are notorious for advertising on Google, blogging, making videos, etc.  They put themselves out there so you can find them.  If they’re hard to find, on page 10 or further down than Google, they may be a bit obscure, and you may not want to put much stock in them.  A thriving and growing moving company doing business consistently should be easy to find and research online…

If you are expanding, downsizing, looking to declutter your office, etc. feel free to reach out to Hercules Movers, Inc. and ask us about our storage space for your items.   We’ll even move them to our facility for you.  You can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here: https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.

 

 


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4 Ways to Help Your Kids Get Used to Their New Home | Hercules Movers, Inc | NJ Movers

Not only can moving to a new home be stressful for you, but it can also be tough on the children.  If you’ve moved beyond your neighborhood, out of town or across the country, your kids may have left their friends behind, are in a new environment, and likely will be starting at a new school in the coming days.  Making new friends and leaving the old ones behind can be a bit stressful for a child. They’re essentially alone in a new environment at school for the first time all over again!  Here are a few ways you can make it easier on your child or children 

Keep Your Kids In The Loop

From the time you get ready to make the decision to move, keep your kids involved. They can actually be a big help if they are made part of the process.  Meaning, letting them know where you are moving to, some of the positive points and highlights, getting them to help you pack, unpack, etc. pack their toys in “their boxes” so that they can unpack them themselves, keeping them occupied so you can put your dishes in the cupboard for the first time without distraction.  This way they play a vital role in their minds to moving into the new home, helping to make it their own.

Make it a Special Family Growth Opportunity

Kids respond to the news of a move different from one another.  This is just a fact.  Some will be excited for your move south (if let’s say you’re moving from New Jersey to North Carolina, Georgia, or Florida, as many of our clients have done), and some will be more resistant to a move out of the neighborhood leaving friends behind.   It will be your job to get your children pumped up about your move to your new home, creating excitement for the new adventure they’re going on.  

One way to create some excitement, depending on their age, is to let them pick the color of their new room, or pick out that racecar or dollhouse bed for their new room.  This could ease their mind and distract them from the thought of leaving their best friend in first grade behind.

Maybe you’ve been thinking about a pet, such as a kitten, and think the new home is the right place, and the distraction may be the right time to do so for your child.  Or, maybe you’re moving to a new home with a pool, which is sure to get your kids excited for summer fun.

Make it a Game

If your children are old enough, you may have had them memorize your home address.  They’re getting a new one, so you may want to turn the memorization of the new address into a game with treats and prizes to get them interested in learning their new address… 

Tour the New Area (A Couple of Times)

It’s likely you moved to a new neighborhood in a new town.  Very rarely does someone move two doors down from their old home, unless you’re moving from a smaller apartment to a larger one in the same building?  If you’ve moved to a new town or a new neighborhood, it’s likely that your children are a bit overwhelmed with the simple things, like getting off the school bus at the right home. Make it a point to find out what the route is their school bus will be using, and drive that route to and from school a couple of times.  This will familiarize both you and them with their route so they are more comfortable on their first day at the new school.  It will be rough enough on them getting on a school bus with a bunch of kids they don’t know.  

Take them to the closest playground or park.  Show them something they can look forward to in a semi-familiar environment.  Every kid likes a playground if they’re of that age group.

Ask them to pay close attention when you are touring the area, and try to have them navigate you from place to place or on the route home.

If you are expanding, downsizing, looking to declutter your office, etc. feel free to reach out to Hercules Movers, Inc. and ask us about our storage space for your items.   We’ll even move them to our facility for you.  You can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here: https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.


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Make Your Next Move More Sustainable | Hercules Movers, Inc. | NJ Movers

Green, eco-friendly, low carbon, renewable.  All of these are terms for what our society believes businesses should be, more ‘sustainable.’  What is the definition of sustainable and how can we have an eco-friendlier move and lower our carbon footprint just a little bit?

Eliminate the Need to Purchase Moving Boxes

What?  Don’t buy moving boxes?  That’s right.  Did you know that a lot of people give away moving boxes or sell them when they are done using them?  You can go to Craigslist, Freecycle, Facebook Marketplace, or Offer Up to find those giving away moving boxes, selling them, or selling plastic storage bins (my personal favorite) inexpensively, and recycle them for your own use.

By recycling cardboard moving boxes, you are keeping them from hitting someone’s garbage or recycling bin and losing their ability to be used over again.  If you have a green thumb, save the cardboard boxes (if you don’t want to pay it forward again), and use them at the end of the summer season in your garden.  Pull some soil off the top of your garden, cut the boxes into single layers and put the soil back on top.  The paper in the cardboard will decompose and rejuvenate the soil, giving you richer soil to plant in the spring.  Your boxes helped you create a food source.  What’s more renewable and greener than that!?!?  Just be sure to pull off any plastic tape and dispose of it appropriately so that it does not become part of your garden…

By buying used plastic bins, you’re clearly saving the world from the energy of recycling and putting them to good use.  Don’t throw them out, however, pay it forward and give them away or resell them again so that someone else gets good use from them.  The plastic, as we all know takes forever (literally) to decompose, if it ever does at all…

Recycle at Home

Recycle Moving Boxes and Newspaper | Hercules Movers, Inc. | NJ Movers

Bear with us for a moment.  Let’s assume you bought a home with a wood fireplace or wood stove. You may have a ton of newspaper used in packing and your cardboard boxes from your move.  Did you know that you could process the paper into a log, and use it in your fireplace?  This device will allow you to compress paper into a log brick that you can use to heat your home…

To recycle your paper and boxes, follow the below directions:

  1. Using one of your plastic storage bins, you tear up the waste paper like an old newspaper, journals, and cardboard boxes into pieces and soak them in water overnight in your plastic bin or a 5-gallon bucket from Lowes or Home Depot.
  2. Put the soaking paper in the briquette maker basket and squeeze out excess water.
  3. Move it to a dry place and wait for it to become dry paper brick then you can use it as stove fuel.

It’s literally that simple…

Donate, Donate, Donate

The last way you can stay green in your attempt to move is to donate unwanted clothes, small appliances, etc. to the appropriate organizations such as Goodwill. We all have clothes, shoes, and other stuff we’ve barely used that can be of service of someone else who needs it.  By donating to Goodwill, the Red Cross or some other deserving organization, we can ensure that the items will go to those who consume them based on their needs.  To us, this is the ultimate in recycling and doing good by those who would best be served by the items you might normally just put in storage or in the back of your new closet.

When you’re ready for your big move within New Jersey, to Pennsylvania, or another state such as North Carolina or Florida, you can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here: https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.


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The Risks of a Do It Yourself Move | Hercules Movers | NJ Movers

It doesn’t matter if you are moving across town, to Pennsylvania, North Carolina, or Florida, you always have the option of doing it yourself.  It’s tempting.  Trust us.  It’s our business to know.  I mean, it seems reasonable to want to try and save a few dollars because moving can be an expensive venture, especially if you just bought your first home…

Two things we here often when those that are moving look to save a few dollars are:

  • Save time
  • Save money

But, does renting a truck, enlisting help (if you have it), and doing it yourself really help you bypass saving money and time?  After all, they say time “is” money, and if you have to take time out of your workday or the weekend to move what did you really save?  You just traded your downtime for hours of back-breaking labor for yourself.  If you’ve been thinking about a do it yourself move, you should look at the workload, the time, the effort of those helping you, etc. Other factors in your move are:

The Safety of Your “Stuff”

Ask yourself this question, “Do you trust yourself, and your friends to handle, carry, stack, unstack, handle, and carry again, all your electronics, breakables, and other items without breakage?”  One of the biggest risks in a do it yourself move is the damage of your own goods.  A fully bonded and insured moving company is insured to move your belongings.  By choosing a company such as Hercules Movers, you get professional movers that perform these jobs up to 1,000 times a year, you get a fully insured service in the event of a mishap.

 

What is it going to cost you if that 65-inch flat-screen falls off of the top of your stuff in your own Do It Yourself move?  The trip to Costco or wherever you may have purchased it, to purchase the latest model for $1,000+ dollars over what you just paid to move.  You could have hired the moving company for the rental and the cost of the television…

Which Brings us to Experienced Movers…

If you’ve ever moved an entire home before, or even hired movers to move an entire home you should be aware of a few things:

  1. Driving a large rental van or moving truck around town with all your stuff can be HARD. If you are not used to maneuvering a large vehicle you are going to have to be EXTRA careful you don’t damage the truck or another vehicle.  What would this cost you financially?  Think on that for a moment or two.  An experienced driver has no issue backing up a large vehicle or getting around tighter corners.
  2. As mentioned earlier, do you want to leave your curved 65” 4K QLED television to just anyone? If you are going to spend all the extra time trying to figure out how to pack all your stuff, safely, just remember time is money, and broken possessions are more money…  If you accidentally pack your dinner plates on the bottom of 350 pounds of other items, you may have an issue, wrapped in bubble wrap or not…  Why not leave it to an experienced team?

The Right Gear for the Job

If you’ve not done it all before, and know what you need, meaning, moving blankets, rope, extra boxes, ramps, dollies, and more, you may want to leave it to a moving company. Nothing is worse than having to stop a move, because you have to run to the big box hardware store and buy a dolly because you forgot to rent a couple of extra ones for the move… Time and money… Time and money… What is it worth to you?  You may not want to nickel and dime yourself by having to go buy extra gear, bubble wrap, moving blankets, etc. just because you miscalculated… A professional moving company can get this right the first time for you.

Lest We Mention Stress

We would be remiss if we did not indicate the number one reason, we think Do It Yourself moves should be avoided at all costs.  It’s not enough you have to start packing and disrupting your normal routine with your family at least a month ahead of time.  You’ll be putting things in boxes “hoping” you don’t need them over the course of and prior to your move.  You still have to work, you still have a normal family routine, etc. Now add in the time daunting task of packing and stacking boxes out of the way until moving day.

You may want to think about using a professional moving company at that point… A moving company can take the stress of scheduling the rental truck, picking it up, hoping your buddies can make it to help you with your move, etc. A professional moving company will bring the team with them to move you right the first time and protect your belongings correctly.  With Hercules Movers, you can expect the most professional of commitment to your move from a very reputable organization that’s been moving New Jersians for years.

When you’re ready for your big move within New Jersey, to Pennsylvania, or another state such as North Carolina or Florida, you can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here: https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.


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4 Key Hacks to Make Finding and Purchasing a New Home Stress Free | Hercules Movers Inc | NJ Movers

Buying or renting your first home can be a very exciting and harried experience.  You get on Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, etc, and start looking for the perfect place for you to live with the right price point whether you are renting or buying…  You look for the right neighborhood, the right school system, you may be looking at mortgage rates, you start thinking about packing and trips to the Home Depot or Lowes for moving boxes.  You may be thinking about putting some items in self-storage.  What do you get rid of and what do you keep…? It can get a bit overwhelming.

Below are several tips you can use to help streamline the process of finding your dream home, condo, townhome, or apartment!

Define What You Want in Your New Home

What are you looking for, specifically?  What you will find is that no one place may be perfect, however, you may get everything you are looking for just not the way you initially visualized it.  Meaning, you may get all the bedrooms and baths you are looking for but they may be slightly smaller to fit your budget.  You may be slightly further away from your workplace you want to be but get the perfect home on the perfect budget.  Additionally, you’ll need a finite minimum number of bedrooms for the number of occupants for space.  If you have two boys and two girls you may be able to get away with a three-bedroom home, with the children sharing a room.  However, most people today want their children to have their own bedrooms… Not to mention, most people want their home to be in a school district with a good educational rating.

It should be noted, also that you should cap your purchase price, the payment you are willing to make, and/or rental payment so you do not go outside a budget that makes you “house poor” as they call it.  Experts have often said that you should not let your mortgage, insurance, taxes, etc. that make up your payment exceed 25% of your monthly household income… This is just a guideline, however… So, before you jump on the real estate sites, you might want to make a list of your criteria, and your monthly budget, as this will dictate what you want or can afford during your search to keep your expectations in check.

Get Pre-Approved…  It’s Essential to the Process.

It goes without saying, that Realtors want to work with qualified buyers.  Being “qualified” in the early stages of the home buying process means you have a mortgage preapproval from your bank, mortgage lender, or credit union.  That is unless you have enough cash to purchase your home outright, and most people today do not so they buy into the mortgage payment process with a qualified lender.

You can easily get pre-approved today for a mortgage by going to any online mortgage company such as Rocket Mortgage, Quicken Home Loans, Wells Fargo, Etc… They say that you should get three pre-approvals.  One from your local bank or credit union, one from a big bank, and one from a mortgage service.  Depending on your negotiation skills you can negotiate the rate a bit if you need to…

Getting pre-approved will dramatically make your life easier for you when you finally engage a realtor in your home search, and purchase.  Just make sure you start also preparing for the onslaught of financial paperwork requests for pay stubs, tax returns, credit card statements, etc. By having this information pulled and ready to go, you will make your life much easier.

Get Your Buyer’s Real Estate Agent

People have mixed views of Realtors… Some are more helpful than others.  Some expect you to know the exact property you want already, expect to show it to you in person, and expect you to get right to the paperwork.  Some are more ambitious than others, and others simply want to show you the properties you forward them from the real estate websites.  Don’t let any-one agent push you in one direction or another, and sadly you will likely have to take charge of your search yourself.  I’m not saying Realtors are lazy, just that some are more ambitious than others.

Behind the scenes, realtors do manage processes for you.  They have access to MLS data you may not have, may live in the market you are looking and can have invaluable off-line information and data for you, and their organization will be instrumental in coordinating the closing meeting so that you may take ownership of your new property and home.

A good Real Estate Agent can help you streamline the process and ensure you get the options you are looking for in the shortest time possible.

Focus on Home Features Not What’s in It….

There is no doubt a well-staged home attracts potential buyers to the properties you may be looking at purchasing.  A well-staged home makes an empty house look beautiful…  Remember one thing… It’s not your furniture.  The furniture is there to make the space look attractive.  While you want to visualize yourself in the home enjoying time with your family in front of the fireplace, you need to focus on the home’s condition and structural integrity…  You need to spend time in the basement, stick your head in the attic, etc.  You need to get a feel for what might need to be replaced or repaired.  These are all costs above and beyond the purchase price of your potential home.

A good inspector will point out issues you did not see or the current owner did not know existed, or dare we say was trying to hide from you the potential buyer to make their home look like a more attractive purchase.

Conclusion

There’s much more to buying a home, but these four tips will help you make the right decision for you and your family.  Don’t rush into anything, take your time, and weigh your options…

When you’re ready for your big move within New Jersey, to Pennsylvania, or another state such as North Carolina or Florida, you can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here: https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.