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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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Moving house can be at once the most exciting and most stressful undertaking you can commit to. Uprooting your whole life and transporting it across the country or across the city is hard enough: it doesn’t need to be expensive on top of that. There are plenty of ways you can save money when moving, and today we’re going to take you through the most essential ways to save money on your move.

Stay organized

The most important thing to do when moving to help save money is to make sure you have a plan. Create a detailed checklist of everything that needs to get done. Spend a couple of weeks leading up to the move creating the checklist so you have time and don’t miss anything.

One of the biggest expenses you’ll incur when moving home is premium prices for getting things sorted out at the last minute. Any delays are likely to cost you money as well. On the run-up to moving day, make sure everything is packed and ready to go, and you aren’t leaving any surprises for yourself. Save yourself the drama.

Packing

Another way that being organized helps you save money is that it gives you plenty of time to source free packing and storage. Buying moving boxes is an unnecessary expense; we live in a world of cardboard boxes, and there’s always plenty available to find for free. Look to local supermarkets or any kind of large store; they’re likely to have lots of free cardboard boxes that they would otherwise just throw away.

Equally, if you have any friends or family who’ve recently moved, they might be able to help you out with the boxes they don’t need. Don’t forget about that freely available packing material, either: newspaper. Bubble wrap is expensive as well!

Even without enough boxes, be creative; think about your laundry baskets, trash cans, and even suitcases and bags all make great extra storage for your things.

Have a yard sale

Leaving your old house can be stressful, and even sad, but one thing it certainly helps you do is to declutter. In the weeks leading up to your move, plan to have a yard sale, or even just start trying to sell some of your old stuff online. You’ll come to realize as you’re packing up that you’ve accumulated a lot of stuff that you no longer need, and moving it with you just makes the job harder.

This is a great way to save money on your move, as anything you make on the sale you can offset against your total moving costs and you’ll have less stuff to take with you.

Get help

We don’t always like to ask, but the fact is that getting help from friends and family to move house is one of the best ways to save money on your move. Whether they have a van they can help you move with, a basement you can store some stuff in, or just a strong pair of arms to carry stuff out of the house, asking for help is always one of the best ways to save money. Buy them a pizza when the job’s done!

Use up food

One of the things that can accumulate most over years in the house is food. Non-perishables, canned food, dried food, that kilo of quinoa you bought two years ago because you were going to start a superfood diet—all of these items can be very heavy, and will add to your moving costs.

In the weeks leading up to the move, try and get through as much of this as you can, or simply donate it. Of course, using it up would save you more money than having to buy other foods.

Furthermore, when the moving date is getting closer, try and empty your fridge and freezer too, and don’t stock up on those items anymore. Moving large amounts of food can add to your costs very quickly.

Insurance

You need to know you’re covered against any major mishaps when moving—insurance isn’t a cost you should skimp on. That said, don’t rush to fork out money for expensive moving insurance when you may already be covered. Yo

In many cases, your current home insurance will already cover you for the duration of the move. You’ll most likely have to make your insurers aware of the move, but this is a good way to find out if you’re covered, too.

You can also check the insurance that the movers have—if you’re using professional movers, most of the time they will be covered against any mishaps.

Bottom line—check if you’re already covered before spending more!

Book an off-peak moving day

Moving companies will set prices based on demand for slots on a particular day. Unsurprisingly, the most popular times to move are typically at the weekend. If possible, try and arrange a slot sometime in the week. This will save you a lot of money on your move, and you’ll also most likely have more choices of time slots. Moving at the weekend is going to be more expensive.

DIY removal

When moving, you should always try to do as much as you can yourself. Taking your furniture and belongings from A to B is one part of a much longer process. If you can make the time, you can save money on your move by completing as many steps as possible yourself.

Disassemble your furniture, do all your own packing, and you can even load the items onto the moving truck yourself. All of this will save money on your move by reducing the cost of the removals.

Storage

If you’re not able to move straight into your new home, you may need to store some stuff for a while, and this can become a big expense. Be sure to shop around and compare offers, or as I said earlier, see if a friend has a basement you can use for a while. Decluttering will again help you save money here since you’ll have less stuff to store.

Cleaning

Finally, one of the biggest expenses with moving can often not even go to the moving job at all: just to cleaning your old house. If you can make the time in the weeks leading up to your move, clean the whole place yourself. Don’t hire a cleaning company to do it, or if you simply don’t have time, again be sure to shop around for the best deal.


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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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If you’re looking to make a move, one worry you can put to rest is how your goods will get to a new home. Moving companies with dependable service and fair rates are the standard, not the exception. You can trust your collections in the hands of professional movers, even to go across the (continental) states. But where should you go? If you’re planning on moving, you want somewhere you can be happy and stay for more than a year. You might even want a place worth settling into for life. If that’s the case, consider these top ten picks for the best cities to live in, and plan your move accordingly.

Not just a vacation spot, Miami is a bustling metropolis with tons of appeal for many demographics. The expense of living costs are balanced by the quality of life. It’s the retirement Capitol for many who are looking for a relaxing lifestyle with a medium average salary. A good place to look for upgrading from small city to bigger city living.

2. Lancaster, Pennsylvania

On the clear opposite side of the metropolitan spectrum is Lancaster, PA, a city and county famous for its Amish population. The down-home lifestyle is much slower and less hectic, but it’s still a major city – the 8th most populated in the state. It is the overall quality of life is owed to its fantastic medical accessibility and the slower-paced lives people live overall, inspired by the long-lived and neighborly Amish communities.

3. Green Bay, Wisconsin

If you’re a Packers fan or a football fan in general, Green Bay is an obvious pick for a great place to live. It’s home to the famous Lambeau Field and all things Packers. It also provides the full complement of Midwestern amenities, including incredible food and plenty of open-air nature to explore. Median rates for homes and rent are stable and very moderate by the national average as well.

4. Rochester, New York

If you want to experience all the prestige and incredulosity of New York City, but you don’t want to pay the exorbitant prices of living there, consider one of New York’s other fine cities such as Rochester. Rochester was ranked the #1 best place to live post-pandemic for its safety, public considerations and tightly tethered community activities. It’s also home to Finger Lakes, the top wine region in America, and has better affordable housing than the national average by 50%.

5. Fort Collins, Colorado

One of the cleanest cities in the country, Fort Collins has all the joys of the mountain state with less of the metro buzz and traffic jams. It’s a vibrant college community that hosts a wide range of specialized people who maintain fantastic careers. This is a city for up and comers, people who are on track for great things – and people who can afford a bit of a climb in living costs to match the upturn of quality.

6. Boise, Idaho

The Potato Capital of the US has been ranked very highly as a prime place for millennials due to its growing metro scene and relaxed atmosphere. It’s been steadily growing in the last few years without compromising its own identity or going overboard. Stay for the calm, midwestern culture, explore the open mountains and engage in a safe, secure community. The one thing it doesn’t have is much public transportation, so meet the movers halfway and bring a car. Or, a really big bike.

7. Austin, Texas

Austin offers a sort of mid-range of Texan living with a relatively lower cost for living compared to similar-sized metro areas. It’s Texas’ fastest-growing city, owing to a constant influx of people who are “fleeing” other major cities but still want to engage with that same kind of lifestyle. It’s a digital city, with tons of businesses and companies focused on digital services and software, making it a prime hub for anyone with a technical background who’s looking to make the most of their skills. Texas’ own “Little California” is bringing a powerhouse economy to the already powerful state’s spending power.

8. Huntsville, Alabama

An unexpected rising city is Huntsville, which up until the 60s was just a farming town with minimal traffic. Once the Space Race kicked in and NASA opened an R&D branch, everything started to get very technical very fast. Today, it’s a mecca of engineering and is constantly building up new places for its growing population. Despite that, it maintains comparatively cheap rates for housing and rent compared to other industrial and technological hubs, owing to its humble background and widespread farming lands just outside the city center. It’s a perfect blend of rural and futuristic retro, as work on space programs continues there to this day.

9. San Jose, California

If you’re particularly well-off and don’t mind trading off some wealth for a high quality of life, don’t be tricked by the Hollywood glamor. There are more livable places in California, such as San Jose. It’s expensive, especially for home-owning, but the opportunities for high-paying jobs outclass most other metro areas and is one of the highest college-ready cities tied with Boulder, Colorado for education. San Jose has all the appeal of Southern California with far, far fewer problems than its more famous alternatives.

10. Ann Arbor, Michigan

If you’re concerned for your health, especially nowadays, you’ll be looking for the healthiest city in America. According to polls and research, that’s Ann Arbor. The University of Michigan, which boasts a nationally top-ranking medical program, is located in the city, meaning everyone is close to a number of well-practiced and established hospitals. It has been ranked Number 1 in quality of life for 2021 and going into 2022. With a medium entry price on homes and rent, it’s worth every dollar to live somewhere safe, stable, and secure.


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Thinking About Moving to West Virginia? Here’s What You Need to Know

West Virginia is a beautiful state with miles of mountain and forest views, making it a place many people consider moving to. There are many reasons to consider relocating to West Virginia, and we will be discussing some of the main ones in this article.

The Natural Beauty of West Virginia

West Virginia is famed for its beautiful scenery. There are mountains and forests everywhere, with snow-capped peaks in the winter season and vibrant green leaves in spring. Even the lakes that dot the state look beautiful as they reflect the sunlight or rippling water. If you’re moving to this state because you love nature, then you will undoubtedly be pleased by what you see. Not only that but there are plenty of parks here where one can enjoy a picnic surrounded by natural beauty. Here are just a few of the natural wonders you’ll experience in West Virginia:

  • Mountains and Forests: The natural beauty isn’t the only great thing about living in West Virginia; its proximity to forests and mountains will make you feel as if you’re in heaven. If you love hiking, camping, fishing, or hunting, then there are plenty of opportunities for you to do so without having to travel too far away from your home. The town of Berkeley Springs is also located within close proximity to the beautiful New River Gorge National Park, so if you like hiking and appreciate nature, even more, when surrounded by it, then this is a sure-fire way to have an amazing time.
  • Stunning Lakes: One of the things that makes this state stand out is the sheer number of lakes within it. The most famous lake here is Lake Kanawha, which is heavily visited during the summer season because boating and fishing are both incredibly popular activities here. If you’re someone who loves water sports or camping, then this lake has plenty of shorelines for your enjoyment too. Not only that, there’s another beautiful man-made type lake here called Cass Scenic Railroad State Park Lake. Many people come here to do some kayaking on the surface, while others enjoy fishing from boats all around its circumference. In addition, there are also hiking trails in this area as well as opportunities to camp.
  • An Outdoorsman’s Paradise: People who love the outdoors will certainly be pleased to call West Virginia home. Whether you enjoy fishing, hunting, or camping, there are opportunities for all of these. Not only that but there is also a lot of pristine nature to enjoy too! Many people are moving here because they like the outdoors and want to experience a more country or rustic lifestyle than living in other areas of America. If this sounds like you, then you should consider becoming one of these happy new residents.

Low Cost of Living

Besides its scenic beauty, West Virginia enjoys one of the lowest costs of living in America. This is great news for anyone living on a budget because it means that you can get so much more from your money than other people in other states.

Lower Tax Rates

Better yet, taxes are also reasonably low compared to quite a few other places in the US. So if you enjoy shopping, you’ll definitely notice that your dollar goes farther in West Virginia than in other areas of the country.

A Great Place to Live, Work and Play

West Virginia is a great place for all kinds of fun. There are theatres in many cities where you can enjoy live performances, skating rinks to spend time with your family members or get some exercise, parks that are perfect for hiking or just enjoying the weather on a beautiful day, and bars where you can grab drinks with friends. You’ll never be at a loss of things to do here if you love living life to the fullest.

Low Crime Rates and Safe Places to Call Home

You’ll also have no trouble finding a safe place to live in this state. West Virginians have not lost their neighborly sense of care for their fellow residents, and their crime rates support that. So you and your family will feel safe and secure wherever you make your new home.

Friendly People and Environments

West Virginia is a great place to live with wonderful people. You can find friendly folks all around the state, and they’ll make you feel welcome in no time at all. If you’re not used to Southern hospitality, it may take some getting used to, but after only a few months of living there, you’ll find that words like “yes ma’am” or “no sir” will come naturally.

A Simple, Relaxed Lifestyle

Because of its low population and relaxed lifestyle, West Virginia is an excellent choice for anyone who wishes to have a more simple life. You can grow your own food if you’d like and not have to worry about fighting traffic on the road. You’ll also enjoy an easy-going atmosphere that makes every day feel like a vacation.

A Chance to Try Something New

Are you seeking out a new lifestyle? Wanting to escape a former life that no longer fits you? West Virginia is the perfect place for anyone who wants to try something different. Many people are moving there because they want to make a fresh start, whether by themselves or with their families. Many people are seeking an escape from overcrowded cities to the simple country life, and West Virginia provides that in the most ideal way possible.

Final Thoughts on Moving to West Virginia

As you can see, there are many great reasons to move to West Virginia from abroad or even just another part of America. From stunning natural scenery to friendly, helpful people, West Virginia has it all.

If you’re seeking a new life, then look no further than West Virginia because it is one of the best places in the country for anyone who loves nature, an active lifestyle, and fresh beginnings.

 


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Thinking About Moving to Montana? Here’s What You Need to Know

Montana is a beautiful state with a lot to see, do and experience. So it’s no surprise that many people are considering moving to The Treasure State. If you’re one of them, there are several things you need to consider before making a move. Today, we’re sharing a bit about why people love living in Montana so much and what the state has to offer new residents.

Why is Montana such a popular destination for transplants?

Life can be beautiful in Montana—and it’s no surprise that many people are choosing this western state as their home base! It offers so many perks: shorter commutes, tons of outdoor recreation and natural beauty, spectacular national parks like Glacier and Yellowstone…the list goes on and on! While these things certainly play into its popularity with newcomers, one unique factor really sets Montana apart from other states: a strong community.

The small-town vibe in Montana is enough to make anyone fall in love. The people of this state are some of the kindest you’ll find anywhere, making new friends and forming tight-knit support groups at every turn. So if you’re planning a move to Montana, know that you’ll be joining a great community full of friendly faces and a robust local business economy.

And what about the outdoors?

Living in Montana means no shortage of outdoor adventure—and lots of it! If you’re an avid hiker or fisherman, this is your ideal spot for exploring. And even if you’re not into sports like these, there’s still plenty to see and do all year round. Winter may mean snowshoeing or sledding through the snow; spring and summer mean kayaking, fishing, hiking, or just sitting back to enjoy the scenery. There’s truly no shortage of things to do in Montana!

In fact, there are so many activities here that you’ll have a hard time choosing which ones to try first! However, if you’re moving from another state, it can be hard to decide on which business or hobby club is right for you until you get a feel for where exactly you’d like to live.

So how do you know where to begin? A good place to start is by asking around: family members or local businesses know about popular events. Even if they don’t—or even if you’re not sure yet where your life will take shape after your move—it’s a good idea to start paying attention to local events and activities. This will help you decide where you’d like to live when the time comes!

What if I’m not sure where in Montana I should live?

Moving can be stressful! There are so many things that need to be considered, from job opportunities and public schools in your new city to getting used to a new neighborhood. However, one significant factor is often missed: what type of community best fits your personality? People choose different locations for various reasons: some may want an easy commute while others might want more access to their favorite outdoor spots or top-rated restaurants with unique menus. If these things aren’t important to you, it doesn’t mean Montana isn’t the place for you—but if they are, make sure to find a location that matches your priorities!

For those who aren’t ready to commit to a particular part of the state, we have some great suggestions: check out these small towns in Montana, which all offer stunning scenery and an easygoing lifestyle:

  • Helena – Known as one of the best-preserved old western cities in America
  • Butte – This city once had a copper mining boom that lasted over 100 years!
  • Bozeman – A picturesque little town known for friendly residential neighborhoods, upscale shopping and dining districts, and much more!

Whether you’re interested in ranch living or want to be close to a town center, there’s something for everyone here. Whatever your needs, moving to Montana can bring significant benefits. From beautiful scenery to friendly people, your new home is waiting!

Why Do People Love Living in Montana?

Taxes

One of the major benefits is that residents pay some of the lowest property taxes in the country. Taxes are significantly lower than in other areas such as California and New York.

Weather

The weather may be a topic of concern when considering moving to another location. If you’re like most people, you’ve watched movies about Montana weather and heard that it could get pretty cold up there! However, while it does have its fair share of snow and harsh winters, some towns boast beautiful summers with an average temperature of 70 degrees or warmer!

It’s Not Overcrowded

Montana’s population is very spread out due to its vast land area. There is an abundance of land which provides more opportunity than other areas for fishing, hiking, skiing and even golfing!

The Beauty of Nature

Away from the big city lights, it’s hard not to feel close to nature in Montana. When people think of Montana, they think of cowboy imagery. However, the mountains and valleys provide homes for deer, antelope, and moose, among others. Residents also enjoy various birds throughout the year, including wild turkeys and bald eagles that live in the area.

Montana has many unique cities that will have something for everyone, no matter what your interests are. Beautiful lakes, rivers, and forests allow for excellent fishing opportunities and Montana wildlife viewing. Many people have moved here from other areas to enjoy this type of lifestyle.

Its an Outdoorsman’s Paradise

Montana has been called a haven for outdoors people. With over 1 million acres of public land and roughly 9,000 lakes, it’s hard not to get excited about Montana as you start planning your move! It’s truly a beautiful state that holds a lot of potential for many individuals and families.

Montana is one of the best places to visit and live if you’re looking for an adventure. There are so many activities available year-round that it’s almost impossible not to find something fun to do. You’ll be able to enjoy:

  • Golfing in any number of beautiful courses all over town
  • Hiking through some amazing Montana landscapes – every season has its own beauty.
  • Cycling
  • Boating on the famous Flathead Lake (and other premier lakes in the area).

Final thoughts on moving to Montana

If you love to be surrounded by nature and want to have room to spread out, Montana is the place for you. With its big skies, friendly people, and low cost of living, Montana is undoubtedly an option worth considering.

 

 

 


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Thinking About Moving to Indiana? Here’s What You Need to Know

If you are thinking of moving to the Hoosier state, there is a lot to consider. Indiana has much more than cornfields and basketball games, although those things are pretty enjoyable. Here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking about becoming a Hoosier.

Growing cities with ample opportunities

Indiana is home to many thriving cities that offer plenty of opportunities for residents. Indianapolis was ranked by Forbes as one of “America’s Fastest-Growing Cities” in 2012 due to its steady population increase over the past decade – increasing by 19%. The Indy metro area added 100,000 people from 2000 to 2010 and had a 3.2% growth rate between 2010 and 2020. The city was also ranked as the #1 Best City for Relocating Families in 2012 due to its affordability and central location.

Besides Indianapolis, other metro areas in Indiana are experiencing growth. Fort Wayne grew by 1.2% between 2000 and 2009, with a 3.9% growth rate since 2000. Fort Wayne was ranked as the #5 Best City for Relocating Families in 2012 due to its low cost of living and solid public school system. Evansville also has positive stats – the population increased by 7.3% from 2000 to 2010 and had an average growth rate of 2.3% over the past decade.

The point is – if you want to move to a booming city filled with opportunity, Indiana is the place to be.

Great schools all around the state

Indiana’s education system is a big draw for families looking to relocate. The public school system is solid and diverse.

Indiana has a mix of urban, rural, and suburban schools with great opportunities for residents. Affordable housing, low cost of living rates, and solid public schools make Indiana a top state for relocation throughout the country.

Families are attracted to smaller communities in Indiana where they have an easier time finding affordable housing options that meet their needs, along with public schools that will help children grow socially and academically.

For example, Bloomington is a smaller city that consistently ranks among the top places in Indiana for its outstanding schools. The public school system boasts an average ACT score of 23, which is among the best in the nation. Not only are students provided with sound academics, but they also learn about social responsibility thanks to initiatives like “Community Service at Lunch.” This program allows students to make a difference in their communities through contributing time and effort towards different organizations – making them great candidates for leadership positions!

Indiana’s cities may be small compared to New York City or Chicago, but they still offer plenty of opportunities for young people looking to move somewhere where there is no shortage of things to do and places to explore.

If you want your children to have access to excellent education without making a huge financial commitment, Indiana is the place to be.

Tech jobs are on the rise in Indiana

Many people equate Indiana with cornfields and basketball, but the truth is, there are many tech jobs on the rise in Indiana. In fact, it was ranked as America’s 3rd “Best State for Tech Jobs” in 2013.

The state has a diverse range of cities where technology is booming; international companies such as Infosys Ltd., Convergys, and Hewlett-Packard have offices throughout, with many urban centers across the state.

Employees can find tech hubs all over the state; Indianapolis even boasts one of the highest concentrations of IT workers per capita compared to other metropolitan areas. The number of IT professionals employed within 15 miles of Indianapolis increased by 25% from 2010 to 2018, so if you’re thinking of moving to Indianapolis, you should know that there is plenty of opportunity for career growth.

Other cities with a significant tech presence include Fort Wayne and Evansville in the north, and Bloomington, Lafayette, and South Bend.

Business-friendly environment

Indiana is a great place to start your own business, too, with lower costs of doing business than the national average and an economy that is expected to grow by 4.8% in 2022 (for comparison, New York’s economy is projected to grow by 2%).

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) provides numerous incentives for start-ups to relocate, such as tax credits and grants along with a Business Retention/Attraction program. The IEDC also supports businesses that are already up and running; they provide free advice on expanding, starting new projects, adding new technology, or securing funding through loans and government aid.

So if you’re interested in moving somewhere where the business environment is friendly to start-ups or established companies alike, Indiana may be the place for you!

Hoosiers are friendly

Indiana residents really are as friendly as they say. In fact, a recent study found that Indiana was the 7th friendliest state in America.

All across the state, there are opportunities to make new friends and enjoy some fantastic company thanks to various sports leagues, community activities, and inviting restaurants. From Indy’s Pacers Bikeshare program to Fort Wayne’s Riverfront wine walks, there is no shortage of ways you can meet new people in this great state.

Since Indiana has such a large number of college students (almost 2 million and still growing!), chances are you’ll meet people from all over the world. The campuses might be small, but the famous Hoosier hospitality and friendliness are big.

Beautiful Scenery

Indiana’s scenery is as captivating as it is diverse. There are plenty of lakes, rivers, forests, and fields to enjoy, so you can work on your tan or get some great pictures while exploring the state. But if scenic views aren’t for you, there are still other opportunities to appreciate striking scenery, whether it’s at Conner Prairie, the Indianapolis Zoo, Bloomington Railroad Days, or any one of Indiana’s many parks. There really is something for everyone in this great state!

Final Thoughts on Moving to Indiana

Indiana is clean, safe, and full of opportunity, so if you’re looking for a place where you and your family can settle down without breaking the bank, consider moving to Indiana. It’s got plenty to offer!


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Thinking About Moving to Ohio? Here’s What You Need to Know

Ohio is a state full of diverse landscapes, from rolling hills and farmland to sandy beaches along Lake Erie. So whether you prefer exploring its snow-dusted ski resorts in winter or paddling down the Cuyahoga River during summer, there’s plenty to do in Ohio year-round.

If you’re considering making a move to Ohio, we’ve compiled some information for you to make the most informed decision possible:

Why You’ll Love Ohio: A Look at the Numbers

Ohio is ranked as one of America’s fastest-growing states, with a median household income of $46,042. It also boasts lower than average unemployment rates for the Midwest, making it one of the more desirable places to live in terms of employment opportunities and career growth potential.

Beyond improving your quality of life through employment opportunities, moving to Ohio can also put money back into your pocket thanks to tax benefits like exemption from personal property taxes on certain items like clothing and appliances used for business.

Education in Ohio

Ohio schools provide a high-quality education at an affordable cost. It’s no surprise, then, that the state consistently ranks near the top of all 50 states when measuring student academic performance and overall experience. Recent rankings from Education Week, for example, show that Ohio has a higher learning and instructional environment than the national average. It also falls in the top 10 states when it comes to measures like class sizes and school funding fairness.

A recent report by WalletHub ranked states based on their K-12 systems. They identified three key metrics for measuring school performance which included: student outcomes (academic achievement), standards and accountability (school safety) as well as spending per pupil (classroom resources). Ohio’s K-12 performance was ranked 9th overall due to factors such as high test scores among students despite its relatively low cost compared to other states.

Additionally, Ohio’s K-12 system has consistently been rated among the top in the nation for education quality. Ohio is consistently ranked as one of the best states for schools, citing factors such as high graduation rates and high standards set by the state for students to remain on track to graduate from high school.

Friendly Midwestern Values

People living in Ohio are known for their friendliness. In fact, its cities consistently rank among the Top 4 Most Livable Places in America because of their high quality of life and abundance of excellent universities (which also happens to make them great places to find a job). So if you’re looking for a friendly place to raise a family, Ohio might just be the right state.

Accessibility and Location

Ohio is centrally located in the United States, meaning you can quickly get to where you need to go. In addition, you’re never far from the cities and vacation spots that you love, thanks to Ohio’s proximity to major transportation hubs like Chicago or New York City. Plus, with the many driving options in Ohio, getting to your next destination is a breeze.

Unparalleled Outdoor Experiences

From Lake Erie’s sandy beaches to the glimmering waters of Buckeye Lake, there are ample opportunities for water sports and recreation. In addition, hikers can enjoy scenic trails throughout the state where they’ll find more than 50 state parks and nature preserves that preserve unique features of Ohio, such as Hoosier National Forest or Kalahari Resorts Snowtubing Park.

Additionally, thrill-seekers can also take advantage of Ohio’s bicycle paths which feature over 1,000 miles in total. Columbus is known as one of America’s most family-friendly cities thanks to exciting attractions like COSI and the Columbus Zoo for those who prefer something on dry land.

Entertainment in Ohio

Ohio is home to more than just world-class museums – it’s also a haven for movie buffs who enjoy everything from IMAX theaters to 3D releases. You’ll never be far from your favorite theater, thanks to the state’s diverse selection of cinemas. Additionally, the music scene features more than 700 live shows daily, making Ohio one of America’s most vibrant states when it comes to entertainment options.

Job Opportunities in Ohio

Ohio is known for its manufacturing industry, and to this day, that remains one of its major economic drivers. However, you can also find other employment opportunities in the state beyond manufacturing jobs. According to the Ohio Development Services Agency, Ohio’s largest private employers are Walmart, Kroger Co., and Fiserv Inc., all of which provide excellent job opportunities that often offer benefits and perks like career advancement opportunities or tuition assistance for continuing education.

Ohio is also home to a handful of Fortune 500 companies such as KeyCorp (a bank holding company) and Progressive Insurance Corp. – meaning you’ll have access to some of the best companies in America at your doorstep.

The Small-town Lifestyle You’re Looking For

If you’re tired of city life but still want access to everything you need, consider moving to Ohio, where’ll you can find a quiet and safe neighborhood that’s still close to all the major cities you love.

If you’re looking for a home with a yard and don’t want to live in the middle of nowhere, Ohio is an ideal choice where you can enjoy urban convenience without feeling isolated from your neighbors. For homeowners, this means never having to worry about over-crowding or the long commutes associated with life in larger cities – something that’s on the minds of Millennials who are increasingly moving away from large metropolises and choosing suburbs instead.

Ohio’s Low Cost of Living

While housing costs are higher than those you’d find in more rural areas like Kansas or Nebraska, they’re significantly lower than in places like New York City or San Francisco. For example, consider how much rent would run you on average if you decided to move to Manhattan and compare that with what you’ll pay for similar housing options in Columbus. Overall, every dollar counts when it comes down to choosing where you want to live – which is why Ohio remains an appealing option thanks to its reasonable cost of living.

Final Thoughts on Moving to Ohio

Ohio is a thriving state that offers everything you’d expect from America’s heartland. From an abundance of cultural opportunities to housing options to fun recreational activities, Ohio has something for everyone – which is why it remains one of the most sought-after places to live in the country.

 


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Thinking About Moving to Tennessee, Here’s What You Need to Know

Tennessee is a beautiful South-eastern state and is sometimes referred to as the heart of the South. Tennessee is the 16th most populous state in the United States. There are a lot of great cities in the state, and this provides great options for people planning to move there. Tennessee is a great state. It is one state that is suitable for almost anybody. You can raise a family, it is a good state for professionals, it is good for students, and even for senior citizens.

However, this state might not be for everyone. Moving to another state is a big decision and a lot of thoughts must go into the decision of moving. We have put together a list of things you need to know and consider if you are thinking about moving to Tennessee. This list should guide your decision.

  1. Cost of Living

The cost of living in Tennessee is slightly above the national average in the United States. Some cities in the states are more expensive than others. However, these expensive cities have a lot to offer. These cities have things like nicer neighborhoods, recreational amenities, and entertainment. Availability of all these things tends to increase the cost of living. If you are looking to move to a city with a low cost of living, then Tennessee is not your state.

  1. Economy 

You must consider the economy of a state before relocating to that state. Tennessee’s Economy is a strong one. Even during the Corona Virus pandemic, the economy of Tennessee still had a strong outlook. Tennessee is said to be a corporate haven. A lot of companies have offices and factories in Tennessee. Tennessee also has a lot of tourists sites that attract a lot of tourists to the state regularly. All these things help to boost the economy of the state.

  1. Employment Opportunities 

Tennessee has a thriving economy; this allows for a lot of employment opportunities. There are a lot of businesses and companies in Tennessee consequently, a lot of job opportunities. For job seekers, especially young people, Tennessee is a good place to find a job.

  1. Cost of Housing  

The cost of housing in Tennessee will depend on the city you decide to move to. There are cities where the cost of housing is relatively affordable. However, for the big cities, housing cost is relatively high. This is relatively high because the demand for housing in the state is high. This then drives the price of the houses in the state.

  1. Tax 

Income tax is not levied on income in Tennessee. What this means is that your salary income will not be taxed. However, income from investments (dividends) will be taxed. The current tax rate on dividends in the state is 6%.

In addition to having no income tax, the rate of property tax in Tennessee is relatively low. Although the rate will depend on the city, it is generally about 0.5% which is low. Tennessee also has a tax-friendly environment for companies. Thus, attracting companies to the state.

Generally, the state has a favorable tax structure. The sales tax in Tennessee however is higher than the national average. The sales tax rate is 7%.

  1. Good Quality Healthcare 

When deciding where to move to, irrespective of your age or health condition, the availability of good health care should be one of the things you look out for in a place. Tennessee has a lot of excellent hospitals and health care facilities all over the state. With the quality of hospitals in Tennessee, you can be assured that your health is secured. This makes it a good place to consider moving too.

  1. Good Quality Education 

If you are moving with your children, then you need to ensure that the place you are moving to has good schools for them. Tennessee has a lot of good schools in the state. There are top universities and colleges in the state. There are also good public and private schools for school children. This is one good reason to help you make your decision to move to Tennessee.

  1. Weather 

Although the weather will depend on which part of the state you live in, Tennessee generally has wonderful weather. All four seasons are enjoyable in Tennessee. The weather is generally not extreme for any season. Thus, allowing you to enjoy the weather for most of the year.

  1. Outdoor Activities

If you love outdoor activities, then you will love moving to Tennessee. There are beautiful mountains for you to climb, hiking trails, camping sites, and waterfalls. You will have a handful of recreational activities for you to explore when you move to Tennessee.

  1. Traffic

If you do not like to spend time stuck in traffic, then you should consider the traffic situation in a place before moving there. Tennessee is a very populated state. Especially the big cities in the state. This makes Tennessee vulnerable to traffic issues. If you do mind traffic, then you can move to Tennessee considering all the other good things the state has to offer. If you are interested in moving to Tennessee and the traffic is the only thing deterring you from moving there, then you can move to the smaller cities. The population density in smaller cities should be less than that of the bigger cities.

  1. Crime Rate

When planning to move, you must consider the crime rate of the place you plan to move to. This is important especially if you are planning to move with your family. For Tennessee, the crime rate is high. The crime rate in this state is higher than the national average. The report shows that Tennessee has the highest violent crime rate in the South-Central Region and the second-highest property crime rate in the region.

  1. Culture 

The people of Tennessee are generally very friendly, and it will be easy for you to settle in and make friends in the state. However, the people are not open to change and are not very flexible.

 


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Thinking of Moving to Wyoming, Here’s What You Need to Know

Wyoming is one of the Western States in the United States. By landscape, Wyoming is the 10th largest state but, by population density, it is the least populated state in the United States. Wyoming is a beautiful state filled with lots of sites for recreational activities. However, a lot of people view this state as a vacation spot and not a place to stay. In addition to being a beautiful state, Wyoming has a lot of things to offer.

If you are thinking of moving to Wyoming, there are a lot of things you would need to be informed about and take into consideration before making your decision to move. We have put together a list of things you need to know before moving to Wyoming.

  1. Quality of life

Quality of life in a state is the level of comfort concerning the health, social and economic wellbeing, and happiness of individuals in the state. Wyoming is a state with good quality of life. Wyoming is ranked as one of the top states in the United States with the all-around physical and financial wealth and social wellbeing of its residents.

  1. Cost of Housing 

Regardless of major reasons for deciding to move, everyone prefers affordable housing and so you must consider the cost of housing in a place before deciding to move there. The cost of housing in Wyoming is well below the national average in the United States. Wyoming has affordable housing. This quality makes the state an attractive option when deciding to move.

  1. Low Crime Rates 

Crime rate is the number of crimes committed in a location. You need to consider the crime rate of a place before deciding to move there. Wyoming has low crime rates for both violent crimes and property crimes. This makes it a good option for anyone considering moving to the state.

  1. Low Pollution 

Considering the times, pollution is almost inevitable. There is therefore hardly any place you are considering moving to that does not have an element of pollution. However, you can decide to evaluate the rate of pollution in that location. Wyoming has some of the cleanest cities in the United States. The level of population is relatively low, and the state has some of the best quality air in the United States. If you decide to move to Wyoming, you will be able to take clean deep breaths without having concerns for your lungs.

  1. Tax Liability 

Everyone wants to pay a little less tax than they already pay. If you are currently living in a state with high tax rates, moving to Wyoming will make it possible for you to have a lower tax liability. The state has one of the lowest tax rates in the United States. The property tax rate in this state is 0.61%. This rate is the 9th lowest property tax rate in the United States. The sales tax rate ranges from 4% to 6%. In addition, there is no income tax levied in the state. If you are considering moving to a place to reduce your tax liability, Wyoming is your state.

  1. Outdoor Activities 

If you are a lover of outdoor sports, then Wyoming is your state. The state has beautiful spots for a variety of outdoor activities. Outdoor activities you can enjoy including skiing, fishing, and mountain climbing.

Wyoming has a lot of parks, and these parks are some of the best parks in the United States. The state has about 14 parks both state and national parks. There are also some national forests and wildlife refuges in Wyoming. If you decide to move to Wyoming, there will be a lot of outdoor sports and activities to keep you busy and help you relax.

  1. License and Vehicle Registration

If you are thinking of moving to Wyoming with your car, it is important for you to not that any new resident must register out-of-state vehicles within 30 days of arrival into Wyoming. In addition, you have one year to get your Wyoming driver’s license.

  1. Economy and Employment Opportunities

The economy of the state is not the strongest in the United States. The major drivers of the economy of Wyoming are its mining sector and tourism sector. Wyoming has a lot of natural resources. This makes mining and extraction a popular sector in the state. The state is also popular for tourists as there are a lot of beautiful natural sites and parks in the state.

The top employers in the state are government agencies, the educational sector, the mining, and extraction sector, and the tourism sector. If you are a professional or you do not practice in the popular sectors in the state, you might want to secure a job in the state before deciding to move to the state. The rate of unemployment in Wyoming is relatively high. You do not want to be in a new location without a job.

  1. Accessibility Issues   

Wyoming is a large state by size but, it is not a populated state. The population density in the state is low. Thus, there tends to be a lot of space between houses. You might also have to go a distance to get to the nearest available store or health care center. On the bright side, the low population density of the state allows for less traffic as there are not a lot of vehicles on the road. This makes it easy for you to get to your destination regardless of the distance.

  1. Severe Weather 

Regardless of the season, the weather in Wyoming can be very harsh. Take winter for example. Wyoming’s winter is harsh and sometimes unending. Flooding is also a common occurrence in Wyoming. These severe weather conditions have caused Wyoming to be classified as a dangerous place to work and live due to the high rate of fatalities caused by extreme weather.

  1. State Laws

Because states can make laws in the United States, you must be aware of the laws of any state you are thinking of moving to. Like many other states, Wyoming has some uncanny laws and so you must get familiar with them to avoid breaking the laws of the state. You should know that ignorance of a law is not an excuse for breaking the law.


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