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Do You Have an Exit Strategy for Moving Out of Your Living Space?

Living and working in the information age seems to make moving to a desirable location more effortless than ever before. You can get online and research school systems, crime rates, cost of living, and even GPS mapping footage of the new neighborhood. The value of these technology benefits cannot be understated.

While looking forward may be far more straightforward than 20 years ago, some things do not change. How to navigate the process of extricating yourself from your current living space will require some offline due diligence. If you plan to move out of an apartment or other rental space, these are things to include in your exit strategy.

Check Your Lease for Required Notice

Apartment leases typically require tenants to provide at least 30 days of notice that they are leaving. In some instances, even when your lease naturally times out, landlords may stipulate that you must provide formal notice. When people do not, property owners may operate under the legal assumption you entered a “tenancy at sufferance” situation. That means you remain obligated to pay the rent and follow the original lease until you provide notice.

It’s essential to know your lease and follow the process when vacating the premises. Otherwise, you could be stuck paying an additional month’s rent or lose a security deposit.

Purge Your Life of Unnecessary Stuff

It seems that no one is immune from accumulating underused and never-used items. These products may have seemed like great things to have at the time. But life has a way of drawing our attention to other areas, and closets turn into mini self-storage units.

Part of any effective exit strategy involves eliminating clutter. Consider taking a long, hard look at the stuff you don’t use and find a good home for it. Sell, give away, or donate unnecessary stuff before packing to move. We all start collecting clutter all over again after moving. Don’t double-down on extraneous things.

Secure Free Boxes

Moving comes with a series of necessary expenses that include utility changes, hiring experienced movers, and updates to a new space to make it feel like your own. But too many people spend money on items that you can secure for free with a bit of planning.

Plenty of stores and companies willingly give away boxes if you just ask. Liquor stores, wholesale outlets, and many others have little use for boxes after unpacking the products—some compact boxes and pay to have them hauled away.

If you are planning to move, you won’t be the only one seeking out free boxes. Consider starting the box collection process at least one month in advance. Pack and label them carefully and place them in a designated area. Proactive box gathering often leads to early moving preparedness. Even if it doesn’t, you won’t have to spend money on cardboard that gets thrown away later.

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Creating an exit strategy typically helps people save money and relocate efficiently. By that same token, many of us are overworked and lack the bandwidth to add to our hectic schedules. People can always rely on professional moving companies to fill in the gaps in their exit strategy.

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Acclimating to a New Apartment and Community in a New City – Making Yourself Feel at Home

Moving can be stressful. You’re contending with an overwhelming amount of things to do within a short time frame and adjusting to a new place. It’s not always easy. Add that to the fact that you are moving to a new city, and a big move can be emotionally stressful. Moving is often considered one of the top five most stressful life situations.

Your community is just as much a part of your home and identity as the walls that surround you. That’s why it’s essential to get acquainted with your new city as quickly as possible.

Remember a few useful tips to acclimate to a new city to feel more at home after a move.

1. Explore your new neighborhood on foot. 

One of the best things about moving to a new city is discovering the local spots you will enjoy walking to daily. The best way to find these local businesses is by getting out and investigating your new city neighborhood yourself from the coffee shop next door to the pizza place down the street. Take the time to walk around town. Check out the local stores. Try an interesting-looking restaurant. Get acclimated to your new city neighborhood streets, and you will soon feel like you are “home.”

2. Visit a spot within the city that has a familiar feel to it.

Scoping out a place in your new community that feels like home helps you feel a bit more settled. The area doesn’t have to be exact; familiar attributes may be enough. For example, maybe the city has one of the same chain coffee shops you would have frequented at your prior home city. You can perhaps find a city park with a similar layout or a local library with a familiar design.

3. Commit to a local class or visiting a local event.

The quicker you can form bonds with others in your new home, the more the city will feel like home. Getting into area events that locals likely take part in is an excellent way to do that. You may consider:

  • Signing up for yoga or fitness classes at a local gym
  • Visiting a hometown festival, concert, or show
  • Checking out events at the local library
  • Signing up for a class through the local college or extension office

You can gain a lot of insight by looking at local events listings in the newspaper, checking community groups on social media, and searching for festivals by the city on websites like Festivals.com.

4. Maintain your usual routines.

If you feel homesick, professionals claim you’re feeling is a longing for consistency, predictability, and familiarity. Routines are familiar, even if you are in a different place. Sticking to routines is tough during the first days after your move. But try to get back to your routine as quickly as possible. If you are still getting up, having dinner, and going grocery shopping at the same times as before, your life will feel familiar even if your surroundings don’t.

5. Invite family and friends for a visit.

A new city often means being immersed in a place full of strangers. Once you get your belongings unpacked, consider inviting some visitors over from your previous hometown. Having people you know in a new home with you can help you feel more comfortable, despite the new surroundings. If you happen to know people in the new city that are not close friends but perhaps friends of friends, reach out to them as well.

Trust the Professionals 

Trust professional movers for the heavy lifting so that you can focus on settling in.

Relocating to a new city may be challenging, but the more you can focus o getting acclimated, the faster you will feel at home. Make sure you reach out to us to help you with the physical labor of the move so you can get to know your new hometown.

 

Moving Food 101: Tips to Reduce Food Waste

If you’re like most people who are relocating, the thought of packing up the kitchen strikes at least a little dread into your heart. It’s easy to understand why; you’ve got to deal with cupboards packed with pans and pots, drawers full of cooking and baking tools, and shelves of breakable glasses and plates.

But that’s not all — after the fragile, bulky, and oddly shaped items are securely packed, you still have to deal with pantry shelves, freezer, and refrigerator — full of food. After all, you don’t want to waste.

These tips will help you pack up your pantry and move with a minimum of food waste.

Take Stock

About a month before moving day, take inventory. Go through your pantry, freezer and fridge organize your stores into the following categories:

  • Frozen meats, vegetables, and fruits
  • Perishable refrigerated items
  • Pantry items in glass jars and bottles
  • Pantry items in boxes
  • Canned goods
  • Food in delicate packagings, such as paper bags of flour or rice

Note the expiration dates of perishable items.

Create a Meal Plan

Now that you know what you have and how long it’ll be edible create a meal plan. Your goal? To use up as much of the food you have, as soon as possible, before moving day.

Begin with perishable items, starting from the nearest expiration date and working back. Your meals should focus on foods that will go bad before or not long after the move, as well as depleting the contents of your freezer.

Using these items will save you money on eating out. You’ll also reduce food waste, as the more you eat now, the less you’ll have to discard on moving day.

You may have to think outside the box, so don’t be afraid to get creative with your meal planning! Luckily, there are ways to plan and make tasty meals using pantry staples.

Before Moving Day

As moving day draws closer, it’s likely that you’re still going to have food left. Now comes the difficult decision: To move or not to move? Professional movers have restrictions on what they can move for you, so make sure you are clear on what they prohibit. Check to see if your mover participates in a Move for Hunger program to which you can donate your food. These programs seek to reduce food waste and reduce hunger for those in need.

Don’t plan to move the food from your fridge or freezer unless you’re moving a short distance or have a large, well-insulated cooler. Instead, give this food to family, friends, or neighbors. The same goes for anything in glass bottles. While it’s possible to pack them carefully, they’re also at risk of breaking and making a huge mess. Just one broken bottle of oil, vinegar, or pasta sauce can create a lot of clean-up. Consider donating anything in glass bottles or jars.

Of course, you can also choose to donate canned and un-opened boxed foodstuffs to charity. If you do plan on bringing it with you in your own vehicle, pack smart:

  • Use small boxes or plastic containers with lids
  • Place large, heavy items (such as jars of peanut butter and cans) on the bottom
  • Place lighter items on top
  • Decant bagged foods (like flour, sugar, or rice) into sealed containers before packing

No one likes to waste food. By organizing and planning meals in advance, you can eliminate food waste when you move.

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How to Clean When Moving from Your Rental

Are you moving out of your rental property? It’s essential to clean your place after you move out to prepare it for the next occupant. And if you are renting, this is particularly important because you want to get as much of your deposit back as possible.

Cleaning is one of the least enjoyable parts of the moving process. However, you can make it a little more efficient and less tedious by following the steps below.

Moving Out? Use These Cleaning Tips

1. Don’t clean more than you have to.

Cleaning up after yourself is undoubtedly a courtesy you should offer those that come in after you. But try not to go overboard, especially if you are renting.

Landlords usually have policies about how they handle cleaning rentals after tenants move out. Some landlords automatically charge a cleaning fee, either upfront or taken from your deposit – no matter how well you cleaned the rental.

Check your lease to verify what the cleaning policies are. That way, you avoid doing extra work you are already paying someone else to do.

2. Gather cleaning equipment and supplies before you start.

There are few things more annoying than being up to your elbows in a cleaning project, only to find you don’t have the things you need to finish. Don’t set yourself up for frustration. Make sure you have the right supplies.

Make a list of all of the things you might need to get the job done and pick them up first. You might find it easier to keep all of your cleaning products in a caddy designed explicitly for them.

Here are some commonly used cleaning products to have on hand:

 

  • Paper towels and cleaning cloths
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Carpet cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Surface cleaner
  • Disinfectant
  • Oven cleaner

3. Plan your cleaning project.

It might seem funny to go so far as to make a cleaning plan, but it really can help. You are going to be going through an empty house or apartment and trying to clean every area. It’s easy to miss something.

You can make things easier on yourself by writing out a list of what you will clean. You may even want to plan what order to clean things in. For example, dusting and cleaning surfaces may knock stuff on the floor. Wait to vacuum and mop until after you do the surfaces.

4. Know that it’s ok to hire someone to do the job.

Depending on your personality, you might make it a point of pride that you do your cleaning. Or, you may just want to save as much money as possible. Just keep in mind that – like hiring movers – hiring professional cleaners can get you better results and save time.

You can hire cleaners to do a deep clean of the whole house or just to clean the areas that you really don’t like cleaning.

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How a Long-Distance Move Differs from a Local Move

A long-distance move is any relocation to another state or one that involves moving a significant distance, even if within the same state. While all relocations share specific characteristics, long-distance moves are different from local ones. Knowing the peculiarities of a long-distance move can help you better prepare for yours.

Schedule Early

Scheduling your move as early as possible is always important, but even more so for a long-distance move. Ideally, you should begin calling movers for estimates 12 weeks before you plan to move and schedule no later than eight weeks before and longer than that in the summer. If your move is international, you will want to schedule at least three months in advance. The sooner you book, the more options you will have, including price.

Budget Carefully

Long-distance moves are often priced differently than local moves. Local moves may be priced by the amount of labor required, but long-distance moves are determined based on distance, the number of objects to be moved, and their weight. In a long-distance move, you also have fewer options for moving some items yourself.

To keep costs as low as possible, obtain estimates from several movers, and be sure you understand what assumptions are behind each estimate. Allow plenty of time for downsizing. Measure the rooms in your new home to be sure large items, such as king-sized beds, will fit into the new space and sell or donate them if they don’t. The less you have to move, the less the cost will be.

Pack for the Long-Haul

With a local move, your possessions will be in the truck for a few hours. With a long-distance move, they could be in the truck for several days. If you pack yourself, put extra bubble wrap, clothing, or quilts around fragile items and mark those boxes clearly. Obtain estimates from the mover for professionally packing your possessions and consider carefully that this option may well be worth the cost.

Label boxes with your last name as well as content and room designation. In long-distance moves, movers may place boxes from several families together on the same truck. The labels will ensure your belongings are dropped off at your new home rather than carried to another location and having to find their way back to you.

Choose an Experienced Long-Distance Mover

Not all movers can make long-distance moves. Many small, excellent local movers don’t have the resources; research to find movers who specialize in long-distance work.

Reliable long-distance movers also will have a license from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Look for movers with experience in the area you are moving to because familiarity with the site will help the mover do the best job possible. Check reviews of movers, as well.

Keep Some Things With You

Because you may not receive your belongings for several days, carefully consider what items you will need for basic cooking, washing, housekeeping, stress relief, and clothing during that time. Pack those items separately in an “essentials box” and take them with you.

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8 Ways to Make Your Upcoming Downsizing a Success

Moving into a smaller home is challenging. Over years or decades, people tend to build up so much stuff that downsizing means getting rid of things they never thought they’d get rid of. 

While moving into a smaller home can be a lot of work, it can also be a very positive experience. Downsizing can mean enjoying a simpler, less expensive life. If you’re moving into a smaller home sometime in the coming months, these tips can help.

1. Get an Early Start

Downsizing takes time! Make your upcoming relocation a success by getting an early start. The more time you have to sort through your clutter, get rid of your extra belongings, and downsize thoughtfully, the easier the process becomes. Start decreasing at least six months to one year before you plan to move, and if possible, start reducing years in advance.

2. Get Rid of the Stuff if You’re Getting Rid of the Room

Maybe your old home has a guest bedroom, but your new home does not. Get rid of the bed and furnishings in your guest room before moving into your new home, so you won’t have to find a new place to put all those displaced furnishings.

3. Declutter

Clutter takes up a lot of space and makes it hard to fit in a small home, so decluttering is an essential part of the downsizing process. Declutter your home one room at a time, covering at least one room every week. Decluttering is an art. During the process, you’ll have to decide what’s clutter and what you can live without. As you get into the process, you’ll become more comfortable with decluttering.

4. Give Away Sentimental Items

Sentimental items are too precious to throw away but often too numerous to keep. To shed yourself of your sentimental items, try giving them away to people who you care about and who would appreciate your sentimental items as much as you do. Offer them to children, relatives, or close friends.

5. Know When to Ask for Help

Downsizing is such a big project; it’s hard to handle on your own. Get help from friends or family, especially if the process involves pulling items down from the attic or difficult to reach storage areas in your house. Getting help can prevent injuries and can make the process less stressful overall.

6. Only Make Two Piles

Some people make three piles during the decluttering process: keep, get rid of, and maybe. The “maybe” pile just adds time to the decision making process. Make two piles only: keep and get rid of. This helps keep the sorting process more efficient and faster overall.

7. Donate the Rest

After you have given away the sentimental items, plan to donate the rest to charity. Some charities will pick up. Contact local organizations to see where you can donate.

8. Buy Multi-Functional Furniture for Small Spaces

When you’re downsizing, it becomes more important to have furniture that serves more than one purpose. Buying a bench? Look for one that can store your blankets. Purchasing a bed? Buy one with drawers under the mattress for storage of towels or seasonal clothing.

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5 Critical Things to Do Immediately After Moving Into a New Home

So you’ve completed your moving-out checklist, and now it’s time to start moving into your new home. You’re undoubtedly ready to begin unpacking and getting everything settled, but you’ll want to make sure you take care of some critical steps as soon as you can.

Read on to learn five things to do after moving into a new home.  

1. Do a Walkthrough of the Home

When moving day comes along, it’s a good idea to take your time conducting a thorough walkthrough of your new home.

Before you have unpacked items cluttering each room, you can familiarize yourself with every nook and cranny. This will also help make organizing your belongings easier when you do unpack. 

During this walkthrough, also confirm that everything is in working order, including light switches, outlets, and appliances.

2. Child and Pet Proof 

If you have a young child or pet, then you’ll want to pet-proof and childproof your home as soon as possible. Put up your childproof locks, gate the stairs, plug outlets, and make sure your windows and doors are locked. 

When unpacking your belongings, make sure you place medications and cleaning solutions on high shelves — inaccessible to young ones or pets. 

Be sure to secure any unstable furniture. Children and pets will naturally run, jump, and climb while playing. Prevent things like bookshelves, TVs, or other large pieces of furniture from tipping over. Use brackets or anchors to secure them safely.

3. Conduct a Deep Clean

Even if your home is cleaned before you moved in, you’ll want to conduct your own deep clean after officially moving in. This is because, once you’ve unpacked, you’ll probably be left with some dust and garbage. Cleaning your new house is also a great way to make it feel homey right away and start fresh. 

If it’s a large home and you have the budget for it, you might even consider highering a professional cleaning service. 

4. Prioritize Repairs

Whether you’re relocating to a brand new home or one previously lived in, you’ll want to start thinking about repairs from the get-go. New or old homes may have structural or aesthetic features that you want to change. Older homes may also have wear and tear that needs to be worked on or replaced. 

Once you move in, make a list of all repairs that you want to make to your home in the coming months and prioritize them in order of importance. Then, when you’re settled, you’ll already know where to start. 

5. Change the Locks 

When you move into a new home, an essential thing to do is change all locks on the doors. Even if you’re not worried about the previous owner, you never know who has a key or access to the home. For your family’s safety and your peace of mind, it’s best to have the locks changed just in case. 

You can change your locks on your own, but hiring a locksmith may make the process easier and more efficient. 

Take These Steps After Moving Into a New Home

Moving into a new home is exciting, but moving day isn’t the end of the process. Ensure that you follow each of these five tips to make the process easier, safer, and more rewarding. 

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5 Tips For Helping Your Cat Transition To Your New Home

You’re ready to move into your new home – but is your feline friend as excited as you are? Follow these five tips for helping your cat make a fast, low-stress transition into your new home.

Use a Pet Carrier

Crating your cat during your move is the ideal way to keep them safe. If your kitty is unfamiliar with using a carrier, start introducing it about a month before your move date. Place some food near its carrier along with a favorite toy inside. Make sure to take your cat for a few short rides in the carrier to get used to it.

Create a Safe Room

Keep your cat away from the hustle and bustle of the moving activities as much as possible. Cats will instinctively sense that things are changing. This unusual activity around them might cause stress, and in turn, spraying, vomiting, or escape attempts. A “safe room” for them where you can close the door and shut out the chaotic activity might help them cope better. Before placing your cat in this room, make sure that the room is packed and cleared out to minimize disruption. Place your pet’s carrier with the door open as well as favorite toys, so it has a place to feel safe.

Take It Slow

When you arrive in your new home, you might be tempted to watch let your cat explore immediately,  but it’s best to take it slowly. Gradually expose your cat to different areas of the home. Giving them access to one room (with food, water, and a litter box) is a good way to help them start to get used to the area.

Helping your cat understand their surroundings can be an important part of helping them feel comfortable in your new space.

Keep It Familiar

Bringing their familiar litter box, special toys, and old bed is an excellent way to help them recognize that not everything has changed. These items can provide some comfort for your cat. Don’t forget to gather up their old toys as you move out of the house, too – a forgotten catnip mouse or a laser pointer that has long been sitting in a drawer can provide your cat with a fun distraction from the stress of getting used to a new space.

Expect Some Negative Behaviors

Your cat may mark your new home or may engage in some scratching. This is normal, and to be expected. To curb negative behaviors, focus on the positive. Give your cat plenty of attention, and don’t leave anything around that cats are known to mark on (piles of clothes on the floor, heaps of blankets, etc.).

Plenty Of Snuggles

Your cat needs to know that you’re still there for them, providing the love and care that they need. Make sure to attend to them with plenty of playtime, and be extra vigilant in ensuring that their litter box is scooped, that they have plenty of water, and that their food bowl doesn’t run empty. Taking care of these things before becoming an issue can help ease your cat’s stress levels.

Calming Options

If your cat is seriously struggling with adjusting to your new home, talk with your vet about calming options. There are many over the counter sprays that contain scents that can soothe cats. Some are a part of a diffuser that gets plugged into the wall, while others are a spray you can use on your cat’s favorite lounging chair. If over the counter options aren’t cutting it, your vet can prescribe temporary anti-anxiety medications to help your pet through this transition.

Most importantly, simply be there for your pet. Show them that you love them, hug them, and reassure them that you’re still there and everything is going to be ok. While they can’t understand your words, they can appreciate your love, and they need to know that that will never change.

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Helping Your Children through Your Move

A residential move takes children into uncomfortable and unfamiliar territory. Here are some tips to explain what is happening, deal with their feelings, engage them in the process, and help them adjust to their new home.

Communication Is Key

Toddlers are different than teens, and how you communicate depends on their age, but many principles are the same.

Tell Them Promptly

Let your children know as soon as you’ve definitely decided to move, so they have time to process the information. Tell them when you’ve selected your new home. Inform them as soon as you know the moving date.

Hearing these things may be uncomfortable for them, but not as awkward as being in the dark.

Listen

Don’t brush off their concerns. Acknowledge their worries. If they say, “I’ll miss my friends,” agree. Give them time before telling them they’ll make new friends.

Be willing to let them rant a little. Even if the move is right for your kids and the family, they may not initially see it that way.

Explain

Younger children, in particular, may misinterpret preparations for moving. When you put toys into a box, let them know these aren’t disappearing for good.

Tell them some things will be different, but others will stay the same. There will be a new school, a new community, and new neighbors.

But there will still be the family. Dinnertime and other family traditions will continue. Many things in their rooms will be unchanged. They can still participate in sports and activities they like, albeit with new groups.

Learn about Your New Home

Once you know the new house you’re moving into, show them their new home. If it’s close, drive-by. If it’s distant, use pictures and Google Maps.

Visit, physically or online, the schools and parks they’ll have. Check out the playground, the ice cream parlor, and area attractions such as rivers, lakes, and historical landmarks.

Encourage older children to read the new online newspaper. Make it a family project to discover as much as possible about the community.

Engage Children in Moving

Ask your children what’s most important to bring and what’s not as important. They may surprise you.

Have the child help layout their new room. Is it the same size and shape? Should the bed go in a similar spot? What’s the best place for dolls or stuffed animals?

Here’s a hint from Parents. Suggest the child take pictures of what they’re leaving, and encourage more photos during the trip and at the new home.

Getting Them Settled In

Moving isn’t done when the bags are unpacked. It takes time to make a new house into a home. Be realistic.

Kids may struggle in school at first. Be supportive and work with teachers to provide any little extra they might need. It takes anywhere from six weeks to six months to adapt.

Be prepared for a certain amount of crying and complaining. It doesn’t mean they’re going to be unhappy forever.

Enroll them in activities. Keeping busy is a cure for many ills, and it’s a great way to meet new friends. You might even sign up for something new yourself!

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