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

South Carolina is a welcoming place to relocate. It is an incredible state that is known for its hospitality, rich southern dishes, natural beauty, and a lot of outdoor activities. The state is known as the Palmetto state because of its well-known subtropical palm trees. If you are thinking of moving to South Carolina, you will love the state. There are a lot of things to love about South Carolina from the weather to the food, down to its natural beauty. Like many other places, there are pros and cons of living in South Carolina. It is best to examine these things before deciding to move to the state.

Here are the things you need to know before moving to South Carolina:

  1. Weather

South Carolina is the best place to be if you are tired of staying in a place where the weather is very cold. During the winter, the coastal regions are warmer, although inland may have slightly cold nights. The summer months are the best because it allows people to enjoy lots of outdoor activities. You will be able to go on trips to the mountains or go to some fun cities in South Carolina. When you feel all sweaty and just want to have some fresh air, you could visit several beaches. Winters are mild unlike other states, so you will be able to enjoy cocktails and teatime with friends and family.

  1. Hospitality

In South Carolina, the people are very hospitable. Their hospitality is sweet and heart-warming. They are nice to strangers. You will always hear them say “please” and “thank you”. When you get to places like the grocery store, you can meet friendly attendants who will politely attend to you and a big smile on the face. Be ready to make new friends and neighbors that will genuinely invite you for social activities. Their hospitality is very charming and addictive too. South Carolinians enjoy long conversations, and they can have a nice conversation with you even if you are a stranger.

  1. Art and Culture

South Carolina has a rich sense of historical charm. The state is rich in history and culture. You will find the state’s rich culture well displayed in the buildings around you all over the cities and small towns. You will always learn something about the beautiful state by just looking at the buildings. There are several artistic places to visit like art galleries, theatres, historical monuments, concerts, and more. Their historical lifestyle is also demonstrated in their food and drinks. They have great restaurants with great food and fantastic views. There are many festivals to visit in South Carolina with friends and family. Charleston is the oldest city in South Carolina with elegant architectural buildings and rich historical background.

  1. Slow Pace of Life

When you move to South Carolina, you will discover that people there do not live a hectic and stressful life. If you are tired of living a hectic life, South Carolina is just the perfect place to be. Even if you choose to live in the big cities, you will certainly meet people that are living life at a slow pace. The pace of life in South Carolina is quite different from other states. People in the state prefer to have a nice time with friends and family engaging in great conversations and having delicious meals. The atmosphere in South Carolina is warm and relaxing and you can have a great time working and relaxing.

  1. Sports and Outdoor Activities

In South Carolina, people are crazy about golf. People enjoy playing golf. There are acres of land available for golf courses. A great amount of South Carolina income comes from golf. There are so many golf courses in the state, in Charleston, you will find some of the best Golden age gold courses. South Carolina also has great weather for outdoor activities. The state is blessed with amazing surroundings to make you enjoy your stay in the beautiful cities and towns. You can enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, going to the beach, and viewing its natural beauties.

  1. Low Cost of Living

South Carolina is an affordable place to live in. the cost of living in South Carolina is lower than the national average. You can have a quality lifestyle in South Carolina without having to spend a lot. South Carolina also has low property taxes compared to other states in the United States. There are lots of tax exemptions and deductions available.

  1. Healthcare

South Carolina has some of the best hospitals in the United States including Prime Health Hospital in Columbia, MUSC Health University Centre in Charleston. There are over 80 great hospitals in South Carolina with top doctors. You are sure of living a healthy life and having pleasant medical attention in South Carolina.

  1. Education

Another wonderful advantage of living in South Carolina is Education. They have great universities in South Carolina including the University of South Carolina, College of Charleston, Clemson University, and Coastal Carolina University amongst others. You can explore different educational opportunities in South Carolina.

South Carolina is a great place to live but it still has its disadvantages. Some of these disadvantages are as follows:

  1. Hot Summers

While winters are mild in South Carolina, summers are hot. Your first summer experience could be very disturbing. The heat is always intense, and this starts from May to August.

  1. Hurricanes 

The weather in South Carolina is generally pleasant but there are a great number of hurricanes in the state. The state is always affected by at least one hurricane in a year. The Coastal towns in South Carolina are mostly affected by hurricanes.

  1. Different Way of Speaking

In South Carolina, you will discover that people are address “sir” and “ma’am” when you start living in the state. This title is considered as a way of being polite and it is not reflected in age. You will also hear people say “y’all” bless your heart” and some other phrases that will get surprised but with time, you will get used to them.

 

 


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

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

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

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

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

THINKING ABOUT MOVING OUT OF STATE?

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


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

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

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

  1. Inspect your car fluids

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

  1. Inspect your tires

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

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

  1. Inspect your battery 

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

  1. Inspect your brakes 

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

  1. Inspect your lights 

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

  1. Inspect your engine belts 

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

  1. Inspect your wipers 

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

Conclusion 

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

THINKING ABOUT MOVING?

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


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Retiring is a significant milestone in the life of many people. After years of working, it is finally time to rest. To help retirees rest and enjoy this period, many retirees chose to move to a new place. Moving also provides you with the opportunity to improve your quality of life by moving to a city with a low cost of living and good quality of life.

If you live in New Jersey and are thinking of a new place to move to after your retirement, we have put together a few tips to look out for when choosing a new location and top retirement destination for people moving out of New Jersey.

Factors To Consider In Choosing A Retirement Destination 

Because this move is not one that you must make, it is good to take your time to examine the available locations so you will pick a place that you will enjoy during your retirement period. Factors to consider include:

Cost Of Living 

Top on the list of retirement considerations is finances and the cost of living. It is best to pick a destination with an affordable cost of living. During tour retirement period, income is quite calculable. You need to consider how much it will cost you to live in the retirement destination, bearing in mind your budget based on the restricted earnings.

Cost of housing

Housing cost includes the principal and interest on your mortgage, homeowner’s association fees, and general property taxes. When considering destinations, it is important to consider and know the cost of housing.

Tax rates and structure

There are a lot of state taxes levied by the state government. This means state governments have the power to set the rate of taxation in their state. The last thing you want is to move to a state with a high tax rate.

Quality of life

Quality of life of a location is the standard of comfort, health, and happiness that can be experienced by an individual in a place. It also includes the social interactions you are exposed to and the security of the place. This is a very important factor in picking your retirement destination. The retirement period is a time for resting. In addition to the fact that you need rest, with age, you need to be more careful about your environment as your immune system is not what it used to be. You also need some activities to do such as socializing and shopping to keep you active. You can even get a part-time job. Thus, quality of life is very important when planning for your retirement. You should pick a city with good quality of life.

Top Retirement Destination for Retirees

Certain cities are popular for retirees. These cities are popular among retirees for different reasons. We have listed the top destinations for retirees moving out of New Jersey and have highlighted the top reasons retirees choose these different destinations. Examine the destinations and make your choice based on your reason for moving.

Florida 

  • Florida is a popular choice for retirement. It has many cities with great qualities to make your retirement restful and enjoyable. Many cities in Florida such as Sarasota and Fort Myers have affordable housing. In addition to its affordable housing Florida also has warm weather and a walkable downtown area. Florida also has good, affordable, and accessible health care. Crime rates in Florida are relatively low making it a safe state and because it is popular amongst retirees, there is an active retiree community. This will give you a place to socialize in addition to the already numerous relaxation spots in the state.

Michigan 

  • If you have been willing to explore your artistic side and you are retiring, then Michigan is the place for you to move to. It has an artistic community and in addition to that, the cost of living is affordable. There are a lot of museums, art centers, sculpture parks, to mention a few. You can join the art community and even have a little art business to make some cash.

South California 

  • People residing in southern California have a variety of resorts and relaxation spots to enjoy from. This makes it a good spot for relaxation as retirement is a period to relax. South California is also a very tax-friendly place for retirees. They have a high rate of deduction for taxpayers above 65 among other tax benefits. There are even certain tax exemptions like exemptions available to retirees. For example, homeowners over 65 are exempted from property tax.

North Carolina 

  • North Carolina is another good retirement location. The state has cities with job opportunities a low cost of living. If you are retiring but you want to get a small job to keep you busy, then you can consider moving to North Carolina.

Texas 

  • Texas is fast becoming attractive to retirees. One reason is that Texas has small towns that still give you the feel and conveniences of the city. Although the property taxes are slightly high, it has no state income tax. Cities in Texas provide a high quality of life which is important for retirees.

Tennessee

  • Tennessee is a good location to relax on a budget. There are nearby mountains and rivers for your relaxation. Tennessee also provides a lot of opportunities for venture capital firms, entrepreneurs, and tech companies. If you are retiring but still want to work part-time in any of these sectors, then Tennessee should be on your retirement destination list.

New Hampshire 

  • New Hampshire has a high quality of life. There are job opportunities in the state and easy access to good health care. Another reason why New Hampshire will interest you is that the City does not have sales tax or earned income tax. However, note that the property taxes in the stated can be a bit high. It is also an artistic state. So, if you are artistic, you should consider this state.

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


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Buying a new home far away from your current one is an important decision in your life because it involves investing a huge amount of money. It is also an exciting and adventurous experience to have a new home where you can make new friends and have a fresh start. However, buying a new home far away from your current location could be a very stressful thing to achieve. It goes with a lot of mental and emotional stress. From considering the right location to move into, to getting the right realtor, purchasing according to your budget, and finally organizing your moving.

Here are a few tips below to make your house hunting easier.

Out of State Move House Hunting Tips

  1. Determine your budget.

When buying a new home, you must know how much you have saved for buying and moving into the new home. You must be able to determine the true cost of the house and the expenses you will incur. You can begin by finding out how much it will cost to purchase a new home, get a real estate agent, get a relocation expert to assist you in moving out, homeowner’s insurance, property taxes and utilities, house maintenance, transportation, food, and other expenses.

You may also need to consider a mortgage loan if necessary, from the bank or any mortgage institution that will be willing to lend you the money needed to purchase the home. However, it is advisable to work within your budget to avoid incurring debts that may in the long run make you lose your home. You may also consider paying by installment if you do not have the money at once. Having a budget should be the first step in purchasing a new home.

  1. Get the right realtor

Finding a good and credible realtor when relocating and buying a new home is one of the most important things to do. You should be able to choose a realtor that you can work with. Get a realtor with enough experience. Someone that understands the housing market and the location you are moving into. The realtor should be someone you can easily have access to and meet at any given time.

When picking a realtor, always seek referrals from other homeowners. A referral is important because it gives assurance on who you are working with. If you do not know anybody in the new area that can refer a realtor, you can find an online community of that area and reach out to people on the platform. You can also find out if the realtor is reputable and credible by researching about the realtor online or through a real estate company.

  1. Have a virtual home tour.

Recently, because of the pandemic, buyers now go online to search for a new home of their choice. They can easily go to a real estate website that has a virtual house search and find an up-to-date listing of houses that they fancy, in the location they want. They can also conduct a virtual tour of the home they desire. This will be helpful as you do not need to travel to check out the home. If you are someone with a busy schedule virtual tour can also help you.

  1. Visit the house for inspection.

Before buying a house, you need to visit the house to take a proper look at the asset you are buying. Even with the help of a good realtor and a virtual tour, there is a need to visit the house and carry out an inspection. It usually a good idea to get a proper feeling of what your life will feel like when you move to your new home. You should also get a professional inspector to inspect the house. A good inspector will inspect everything in the house and give you a piece of professional advice on whether to take the house or not. This will prevent you from making the wrong choice and having to regret buying the wrong house as your dream home.

  1. Learn about your proposed new location.

Knowing the new city or location you are moving into will go a long way in helping you make the right choice when moving to your new home. Make sure to pay a visit to the new city and know the neighborhood. It is important to move to a safe neighborhood. Discover if the neighborhood is well known for criminal activities or any other unacceptable activities. Also, find out if you will be comfortable in your neighborhood. It is best to consider how people interact with one another in the new location. Some cities are known for being people-friendly, relaxed, hostile, etc. you must know the atmosphere that suits your lifestyle. You should also get to know about the transportation options available in the new city, to plan your budget when moving in. Consider other activities like restaurants, grocery shops, galleries, etc.

  1. Consider your family and job.

Your new home should be able to accommodate your family members. However, do not forget to always work according to your budget. If you are single, you can decide to get a one-bedroom apartment. If you are newly married, you can get a two-bedroom apartment. Also, if you are a couple and do not wish to have kids you can get an apartment that will accommodate both you and your guests. You should also consider a pet house if you have a pet, the school your kids will attend, accessibility features for an aged person if you have one living with you and other family members. For your job, consider proximity from your home to your place of work if you are not working remotely. Even if you are working remotely, you also need to have a home that can be both office and home-friendly.

  1. Be open-minded.

Finally, keep an open mind on your move. Flexibility is important. While you may originally have an idea of the kind of home and neighborhood you want to live in, you can also discover that there are other options as well.

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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People move for different reasons. Family reasons such as divorce, changing marital status, financial or economic reasons such as getting a more affordable house, and other reasons such as getting a new job in another city or another part of town. People are always moving not just because they want to, but sometimes, because they have to move. However, the rate at which people move is not as high as one would expect.

In 2019, just before the Coronavirus pandemic hit the world, fewer people in America changed homes. Statistics show that there was a migration decline in the months preceding the coronavirus pandemic. Even in the preceding decade, there was a continuing decline in the migration rate. Between March 2019 and March 2020, before the pandemic, the rate of people who changed residence was at an all-time low since World War II. Even before the coronavirus pandemic.

For 2020, it appears that there is a mix in the migration pattern both across different parts of the country and internationally. This mixed pattern is evidenced by real estate, moving, and survey patterns date. All these data show a selective migration based on different reasons.

The Pre-Coronavirus Pandemic Decline in Moving Migration Rate

Migration trends confirm a relatively consistent decline in migration movements. There has been a gradual but consistent reduction in migration. This reduction is due to a number of factors such as demographic factors, economic forces, age of the population, and labor factors. Migration plunged even more after the great recession in 2008. No doubt, the great recession affected the housing and labor markets generally consequently, affecting the rate at which people migrated.

Both local and international migration have been on a decline. From 2007 (the beginning of the great recession), internal migration reduced from 4% to about 3.5% to 3.7%. Survey shows that even the people who moved gave housing-related reasons. Many moved to find more affordable housing.

Factors that Affected the 2020 Moving Migration Pattern

Different factors such as safety and finances have contributed to the migration pattern of 2020. However, the major factor that affected moving migration pattern in 2020 was the coronavirus pandemic.

There is data to show that some moves were induced by the coronavirus pandemic. For example, some people moved from crowded cities to smaller cities to reduce their chances of coming in contact with people and getting the virus. Some young people had to move back home with their parents or other family members for health and safety reasons.

Effects of the Pandemic on Migration in 2020

2020 was the year of the pandemic. Countries were forced to go on lockdowns and people had to stay home and work from home. The Coronavirus pandemic affected a lot of activities and migration was not left out. Still, some reports show that despite the coronavirus pandemic, people kept moving. Moving data from 2019 was analyzed with that of 2020. Even though there are no definite answers, there is data that shows people’s response to the pandemic. Some data suggests that people moved more than usual while others suggest that people moved less.

Some Examples of How People Moved and Why are Highlighted Below.

  • Many countries closed their borders. The coronavirus pandemic forced many countries to close their borders. This was done in a bid to contain the virus in the country as well as prevent more from coming into the country. This made migration a whole lot more difficult than it already is. Border closures slowed down the rate at which people could migrate to other countries. Thus, border closures and travel restrictions affected international migration and not local migration.
  • Economic downturn was one effect of the coronavirus pandemic that led to a reduction in the rate of migration. Migration can be very expensive, and the coronavirus pandemic reduced the amount of money in circulation. Companies are letting go of workers and cutting salaries and there are no jobs because every other company is trying to remain stable through the pandemic. the direct effect of the economic downturn.
    There is however data to show that some people moved because of the economic downturn. The coronavirus pandemic caused a lot of income loss and this income loss led some people to move as they could no longer afford their current housing. Some moved to places with cheaper housing while others moved back in with family. The bulk of this category of people are millennials who found it hard to survive with the effect of the pandemic on finances and jobs. A lot of them had to move back in with families.
  • For internal migrations, some data suggests that people moved less than usual in a bid to stay healthy. However, people also moved to stay safe. For example, a lot of people moved from urban areas to communities with fewer people. For long-distance moving, reports show that there were fewer long-distance moves in the year 2020 and the obvious cause of this was the pandemic.
  • A lot of companies and organizations have adapted to the pandemic and now, many workers work from home. This work from home arrangement has affected migration patterns. Statistics show that a good number of people move to enable proximity to work. Now, they no longer have to go to work every day thus, dispelling the need for proximity. This development has caused some people to move away from big cities and also, prevented some from moving to big cities as they can work from towns close to the cities.

Conclusion

The bulk of the 2020 migration patterns were pandemic-related migration patterns. It is uncertain how lasting the coronavirus pandemic-related migration will be. It is however anticipated that when the vaccine becomes more widespread, the migration rate will go back to its stable downward shift. For instance, the fact that a lot of organizations have adopted the work from home arrangement means that fewer people will have work-related migration. It is uncertain how long the work from home arrangement will last thus, uncertain how long the reduction in work-related migration will last. The same applies to all other coronavirus-related patterns.


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Have you ever embarked on a long-distance trip that was going smoothly and you were so relaxed and having fun but suddenly, the car stopped moving? This can be very annoying and frustrating, especially when you are at the center of the road with no help from anywhere. Moving can be very stressful and one of the ways to ease the stress of moving is by making the road trip fun. Getting on a long-distance move can be fun. At the same time, a long drive can affect your car if not properly tuned up. Thus, the need to ensure that your car is tuned up before a long-distance move cannot be overemphasized. Below are some routine checks to carry out on your car before undertaking a long-distance trip.

  1. Inspect your tire

Inspect your tires to know if they are perfect for the long trip. If you notice that they need replacement, make sure to replace them with new sets of tires. You do not want to have flat tires while enjoying your road trip. You also need to check the air pressure to ensure it is moderate. If you notice the air pressure is too low, you must add air into the tires to bring them to a suitable level. There is also the need to have spare tires in case the ones in use for the trip get punctured. Additionally, have your jack with you and make sure it is in good condition All these will help to ensure your trip is safe and smooth.

  1. Check your battery.

The fact is, you cannot go on a long-distance trip if you have a dead battery. Before making that trip, check your battery to be sure that it is strong enough. If you notice you are having difficulty starting your car, you may need to get a new battery. You can also repair the dead battery if you cannot afford a new one. However, to avoid disappointment and frustration on the road, you should get a new battery.

  1. Change your engine oil.

Changing your engine oil is important to ensure your car moves smoothly. You must know how to change your engine oil. You cannot have old and dirty oil in your engine. This will hinder the effective functioning of the car. Ensure that the oil is not too low to prevent the car from not being able to move at all. Get clean oil for your car and make sure to add the right quantity to the engine.

  1. Check your breaks.

If you are going on a long trip, you must ensure that your brakes are in good shape. Making sure that your brakes are not making squealing noises, or they are not worn out is very important. Examine your brake pads or get a professional to do so. If there is any problem with the brakes, then change them before embarking on that trip.

  1. Check your headlights.

Headlights are important during a long-distance road trip. Check your headlights by turning them on and off to ensure they are bright enough for the road. If you notice are too dull or they are not working, it is best to change them. Headlights are mostly important for night driving. It is risky to drive at night without a good headlight. You should also have spare headlights if the already fixed ones get bad.

  1. Get your air conditioner working.

Air conditioning is needed when embarking on a long trip, especially summer road trips. You will feel very uncomfortable if the weather is too hot and you are on a long-distance move. Get your air conditioner replaced or serviced if you notice a reduction in the cooling capacity.

  1. Clean and replace your window, mirror, windshield wipers.

Clean windows and mirrors are necessary when going on a long trip to avoid accidents on the road. Make sure your windows and mirrors are sparkling clean to ensure good visibility while driving. Windshield wipers should be replaced if damaged. There should be sufficient screen wash to help clear your windscreen while driving.

  1. Fill your fuel tank.

Most times, people go on a road trip without filling their fuel tanks, only to run out of fuel in no distant time. Filling your fuel tank before hitting the road will save you a lot of stress and prevent you from being stranded when your car gets trapped on the road because of an empty tank.

  1. Check your belts.

The engine drive belts are used to run a few different engine accessories. Know how to examine your belts and prevent them from potential breakdowns. Before the long trip, inspect the belt and check if there is any sign of wear. If there is, make sure to replace it. You should also inspect the belt for cracking. When the belt is old, the rubber becomes weak which can cause a crack. Once you notice the crack, the belt should be replaced because it may fail at any time.

  1. Have an emergency kit.

You should always have an emergency kit when going on a long-distance move. It is important to have an emergency kit because the longer the journey, the more they need an emergency kit. An emergency kit will be very handy if the car breaks down or there is any form of emergency. It is necessary to have it available to avoid the unexpected while driving.

Conclusion 

In conclusion, general car maintenance is exactly what your car needs before hitting the road. Every part of the car must be duly checked and maintained for the car to function well while on the road. You can also get a reliable mechanic to inspect the car and conduct a complete car tune-up. Failure to do any of the above may result in an accident, a frustrating ride, or an unsuccessful road trip. No one wants to have a road trip filled with car troubles. Having your car tuned up before a long-distance move will make you confident and relaxed. You will also have fun while driving.

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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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.