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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 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 Idaho, Here is What You Need to Know

Idaho is a North-western state in the United States. It is also referred to as the Gem State because of its plenty of natural resources and beautiful scenery. The State has lots of qualities that make it an attractive location to move to. It is a prosperous state with low crime rates. In addition, everything in Idaho is easily accessible, and traffic is light. There are a few things to think about if you are considering moving to the State.

If you are thinking of moving to Idaho, there are certain things must know. We have put together a list of things for you to consider.

  1. Cost of living

The cost of living in Idaho is relatively affordable when compared to the cost of living in many other states in the United States. Idaho provides you with a good quality of life at an affordable cost. Idaho is relatively inexpensive to live in. The cities in Idaho are one of the finest places to live in the United States. There is also one of the fastest-growing cities in the state.

2. Great outdoors activities

When it comes to outdoor activities and adventures, Idaho is one of the less-exploited states. Many people either are not aware of the outdoor activities and potentials of Idaho, or they are aware but just do not exploit it. Idaho is a great place for white water rafting and the state has wildlife such as deer, moose, and many more. If you are an adventurous person, you will appreciate the high mountain peaks, flowing rapids, huge western forests, and spots where you can explore and have lots of fun in the State.

3. Low crime rate

Safety is something that should be on your list when looking for a place to move to. You want to live somewhere that makes you feel safe and secure. If you are thinking of moving to Idaho, then you are on the right path. This state is one of the safest in the country. Idaho is enticing because its crime rate is lower than the national average, which is something that not many states can boast of. The state’s violent and property crime rates are significantly lower than the national average. However, residents are more vulnerable to property crimes than violent crimes such as gun crimes. Thus, you might need to be protective of your belongings.

4. Employment

Idaho is expanding, advancing, and continually changing, particularly in the job market. When it comes to work prospects, it is easy to see why so many individuals are considering relocating to Idaho. The State unemployment rate is low compared to other states in the U.S States. Furthermore, the job market is always expanding. Mining and extraction, utilities, manufacturing, professional and technical services, and other businesses pay the highest incomes. Employers from the healthcare, education, information technology, and retail industries are the largest employers.

5. Education.

Education is valuable. It has a significant impact on children and their future options. Idaho devotes more than half of its budget to education, and hundreds of individuals labor tirelessly to enhance educational growth. Idaho used to be one of the least appealing areas to go to school, but that has changed tremendously. Boise public schools are now widely regarded as tough, with remarkable high school graduation rates. Boise State University is also a well-known higher education school. Today, the city can boast a sizable, educated population. There are also great universities in Idaho.

6. Friendly people.

Idaho is a nice, inviting state. People are also generally friendly and striking up a conversation with a stranger is simple. Do not be startled if a stranger strikes up a discussion with you. You will also experience strangers waving at you. Feel free to wave back. As a result of their friendly gestures, settling in Idaho will be easy for you. Of course, not everyone is pleased to see a lot of people relocate to the State each year, but most people will not mind accommodating strangers. When you first come to Idaho and settle in, you will rarely want to leave.

7. Climate 

When you decide to live in Idaho, you will not only enjoy the mildest weather, but you will also get to experience all four seasons. Spring brings beautiful wildflowers, while winter ushers in the thrill of the ski season. Idaho is a place where you can feel all four seasons. During the year, there are approximately 200 days of sunshine and little precipitation. The summers are hot and dry, while the winters are frigid and rarely snowy. The average summer temperature is 71 degrees Fahrenheit, and the average winter temperature is 32 degrees Fahrenheit. When you move to Idaho, you will undoubtedly like the weather.

8. Potatoes are a significant part of Idaho’s identity

Potatoes are a big part of Idaho’s identity. If you are moving to Idaho, you will have the opportunity to visit the Idaho Potato Museum and sample some of the Idaho Potato Commission’s locally cultivated potatoes. Idaho’s superior growth features, such as rich volcanic soil, climate, and irrigation, make Idaho potatoes different from potatoes farmed in other states.

Below are some cons to consider when moving to Idaho:

9. Public transportation is limited

In Idaho, public transportation is hard to find and when it is available, it is limited to large cities in the state. If you are thinking of moving to Idaho, you must plan to purchase a vehicle if you do not already own one.

10. There are only a few luxury shopping options

If you enjoy shopping for luxury brands, then you will be disappointed when you relocate to Idaho. This is because you would have to buy online or travel out of state. Luxury shops are not easily found in Idaho.

11. The city is always expanding

Living in Idaho can be difficult due to the constant population growth. Many people are migrating to the State. As a result, when you settle in the State and spend several years there, you may get tired and irritated due to the rapid growth.


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Thinking about Moving to Utah? Here’s What You Need to Know

Moving is stressful for anybody as it entails a lot of planning and preparation that can be both mentally and physically draining. If you are a senior citizen, moving especially to a new state can be an even more stressful event, although working with a very experienced and competent moving company can make the process much smoother.

Either way, you want to make sure you’re getting it right the first time. There are a lot of factors you will have to consider before deciding where to move to. Utah is a beautiful state and research shows that it is ranked the second happiest state in America. If you are thinking of moving to Utah, there is no right or wrong answer. All that you have to do is determine what your preferences are, then examine the state and determine whether to move there based on your preferences. In deciding whether to move to Utah, we have some of the things you need to know and consider before moving to Utah.

  1. Cost of Living – The cost of living in Utah is competitive however it is relatively low compared to that of other states. However, as much as the cost of living is low, other things will end up using the money saved because of the low cost of living. You can move to a suburban area in the state which is guaranteed to have a cheaper cost of living than the big cities in the state. You might also choose to move to a rural area. Here it is possible to have an extensive property where you can enjoy in addition to the cheaper cost of living in the rural area.
  2. .Quality of Life – At any stage in life, the quality of life of a place should be an important factor in determining whether you should move to a place or not. It becomes even more important the older you get. This should be one of the first things you consider when thinking of a place to move to. Utah is a state with good quality of life. Some cities in Utah have been said to have the highest level of well-being in America. As a plus, the state also has a low death rate compared to other states. Utah is a great place to live and you should consider moving there for this reason. You will have a nice and easy retirement period if you stay in a place with good quality of life.
  3. Stable Economy – Utah has a thriving and stable economy. The unemployment rate is low and the state has a lot of freelance opportunities available. If you are looking to do some freelance during this period of your life, this is a good state to consider.
  4. Transport System Utah has a good transport system that is well-maintained. The state has a good road network and has a good light trail system, giving you easy access around the state. The public transport system in Utah is very efficient and is also very safe.
  5. Effective Traffic Management System -Understandably, Utah has some big cities. Still, there is little or no traffic in the state. Traffic is almost non-existent in the state. This allows you to travel easily within the state. In addition to having little or no traffic, the state has a very low rate of driving fatality. This might be because of the good road network that the state has. Then again it just might be because the people drive safely. Either way, this might be one of the good reasons you move to Utah.
  6. Low Crime Rates – Utah has a low crime rate for both violent and non-violent crimes. Although the non-violent crimes are a bit higher than violent crimes, it is still low in the ranking when compared to other states.
  7. Cost of housing – Whether you are looking to rent or to buy a house, you will need to consider the cost of housing before moving. In Utah, houses are readily available both for buying and for leasing as new constructions are starting all over the state. The cost of housing in Utah is steadily rising. Houses in Utah are generally expensive.
  8. Recreational Centers and Activities – Utah is popular for having lots of recreational activities and festivals almost all year round. These events cut across various religious beliefs and age groups. Whatever you believe and whatever you age, there will be something for you in Utah. The many attractions in the state such as the Sundance Film Festival, Dark Arts Festival, Aches National Park, Zion National Park, and even Halloween (which is usually celebrated twice in one year) to mention a few. If you are looking for a place to move to where you can relax but also have many festivals and activities available, then you should consider moving to Utah.
  9. (Lack of) Oceanfronts – As much as Utah has a lot of nice outdoor activities and sports that you can enjoy in Utah, there are no ocean fronts in the state. Utah is landlocked. If you are a beach bum, this might not be the best state to move to.
  10. Weather Condition – Utah has good weather conditions. You get to appreciate warmth in the summer and reasonable winters except you are in some of the mountain locations. Some parts of the state can reach as high as 115 degrees Fahrenheit and some 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. During winter, the weather is usually about 20 degrees almost across the state. Sometimes, it falls below 10 degrees.
  11. Culture – The people of Utah have been described as very nice people and are liberal and progressive. As much as the people are nice, research shows that the state lacks cultural diversity. If you are looking to settle in a place with a variety of cultures, this state might not be the state for you. However, if you do not mind the lack of diversity, then you can consider moving to Utah.

 


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Thinking About Moving Out of New Jersey to New Hampshire? Here’s What You Need to Know

New Hampshire has been ranked to be one of the best states to live in. In being ranked as one of the best places to live, a lot of factors such as income level, unemployment rate, and population density were considered. All these and more are factors you consider when considering whether to move to a state. If you are thinking of moving to New Hampshire, there a few things you should consider. New Hampshire is ranked as one of the top 10 states to retire to. This is because there are a lot of attractive attributes in New Hampshire that make the state appealing to people of all ages. When picking a state to move to, things such as cost of living, taxes, and of course weather are very crucial considerations. We have put together a list of things you should know and consider before moving to New Hampshire below.

  1. Culture The people of New Hampshire are very diverse generally described as friendly and helpful. The people are also honest and hard-working, and you will not have trouble making new friends after your move.
  2. Affordable Housing New Hampshire has affordable rates whether you are looking to buy or rent a house. These affordable houses are readily available. What’s more, there are a lot of new settlements being developed all around New Hampshire. All these new developments will allow houses to be readily available for buying or renting at affordable rates. In addition to affordable housing, New Hampshire also has affordable home insurance. On the downside, New Hampshire has high Property tax rates. It has the third-highest property tax rate in the country. What this means is that money saved on affordable rent or buying, and home insurance might be spent on property taxes in the state.
  3. Tax Rates As stated above, property taxes in New Hampshire are high. However, it is still a tax-friendly state. There is no state income tax or sales tax levied by the state. So, this lack of state income and sales tax might offset the high sum spent on property tax. The state is especially tax-friendly to senior citizens. Social security benefits and other retirement incomes are not taxed.
  4. Population Density If you want your home to be in a compound with a lot of space, then New Hampshire is the place for you. The state has a low population density. This allows for you to be able to purchase a large portion of land at a good price.  This extra space can be used for gardening and any other hobbies you would like to try out with your extra time.
  5. Quality of Life Multiple studies have shown New Hampshire to be the best place to live in. One of the reasons for this is that New Hampshire has one of the highest quality of life and life expectancies. The state is generally clean with plenty of fresh air for you. At this stage, quality of life is very important for you because you are in a delicate season of life. The quality of life in New Hampshire makes it possible for you to live a good life at this stage of your life.
  6. Cost of Living New Hampshire has a good economy. The cost of living in New Hampshire is very affordable compared to other states. If you are retiring, chances are that you are going to live on your retirement benefit. It is therefore essential for you to choose a state with a low cost of living so you can have a comfortable retirement period.
  7. Recreational Activities One of the reasons people move to New Hampshire is its proximity to recreational activities and centers. There are a lot of beaches, mountains, lakes, and forests. New Hampshire has a lot of recreational activities and centers that you can utilize to relax. There are nice sculpture gardens, museums, nice castles, and festivals. Whatever recreational activity you are a fan of chances are high that you will find an or place to satisfy you in New Hampshire.
  8. Low Crime Rates New Hampshire is popular for its low crime rates. The state is ranked one of the highest for public safety and one of the lowest for crime rates. It important that you pick a state with low crime rates to avoid being the victim of the crime as much as possible.
  9. Weather New Hampshire has nice weather. However, the state has long and harsh winters. If you do not like winter, it is especially long in New Hampshire and that may not be the best possible state for you. If you really want to move to the state, you can try moving to New Hampshire, and be going on holiday to another state during winter. New Hampshire is also prone to health hazards such as wildfires, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. This is something you should seriously consider before deciding to move to New Hampshire.
  10. Effective Healthcare System New Hampshire is ranked as the third healthiest state and ranked first for quality of health care. For you, quality health care is really important and a state like New Hampshire with quality health care should be top on the list of states you are considering moving to.
  11. Freshly Brewed Beer If you love freshly brewed beer, then you should consider moving to New Hampshire. The state has a lot of excellent breweries scattered all over. It makes it easy for you to access your freshly brewed beer.

 


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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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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?

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