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Moving Out of Your Dorm Soon? How to Get Back Your Deposit

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Dorm RoomIt's spring and if you're a college student that means upcoming exams, final papers and end of term. It also might mean that you'll soon be moving from your dorm room, whether that's back to your parent's place for the summer or moving to your own place after graduation.

Regardless, if you've been living in a college dorm or residence, then there are a few steps you'll need to take when you move out to ensure you get back your initial deposit.

Hiring Movers? What Not to Do When Hiring a Moving Company

Monday April 21, 2014

Shaking Hands with a MoverSome of us have to learn the hard way. It took me a few bad moves to really find out what it takes to hire good movers - things like don't rely on the yellow pages or just because the word "reliable" is part of the company name doesn't mean they'll show up on time.

So, while there are things you should do when hiring movers, there are also things you shouldn't do or what I like to call the Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid list, which is sometimes a little easier to follow.

Make a Plan! Create a Timeline and Task List for Your Move

Friday April 18, 2014

Moving CalendarIf you're like me, you like lists. And even if you scoff at we list-makers, when planning your move, a handy-dandy list is just the tool you need to make sure you've completed all the tasks that need to be done.

Part of the move plan should include a schedule of when you need to have completed each task. Now some "to dos" are flexible time-wise, while others need to be completed within a particular time frame. Make sure you check what tasks you should be completing and when, such as things to do a month before you move, and you'll manage to find time to kick back and relax.

You Can't Take it All With You! What Not to Pack When You Move

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Nail PolishWe all know that we can't take it all with us when we go, but did you know that the same philosophy and practical advice applies to your move, too? Well, it does. So when you're starting to plan your move, don't just concentrate on things you need to pack but also consider all that stuff you should leave behind.

Flammables may be the only thing on your list, but other items, such as nail polish remover should also be left with a friend. Find out what other household stuff needs to be on your What Not to Pack list and learn how to properly dispose of them before you move.

How to Arrange Furniture in a New Space

Monday April 14, 2014

Living Room LayoutEven though moving stresses me out, what I do like is the chance to start over. Moving into a new space and being able to arrange a room they way I like is something I love to do.  Maybe it's because I don't tend to rearrange a room after we've settled in so moving seems to give me permission to try something new.

While arranging and placing the furniture in a new space can  be challenging, it also has the greatest impact in defining your home. To start, find out how to arrange furniture within the new room to create both a functional and inviting space. Remember a move provides the perfect time to create the perfect space. Take advantage of it.

And check out About's Guide to Furniture. You'll find lots of great articles and resources to help you create the right space - for you.

How to Move Your Company's Office

Friday April 11, 2014

Empty Office When you move a business, you want your clients to know it is business as usual. Your move is literally everybody's business. Nobody wants to be held up just because you're relocating the office.

Here are useful tips to move your business efficiently and economically, while ensuring your clients know it's business as usual.

Need to Move to a Smaller Place? Tips for how to Downsize

Wednesday April 9, 2014

Small SpaceIf you're planning on moving to a smaller home, or helping an older relative sell their family home to move to a retirement community, downsizing is probably one of the hardest things you'll ever do.

So, where do you start? If you're helping a relative or older friend, you may want to read the article How to Talk to Seniors About Moving, and check out the 10 Tips to Help Seniors Move. If you're looking at downsizing, you can follow these suggestions on moving to a smaller home which includes information on how to get started and what questions you need to ask to ensure you're making the right choices.

Bad Move? How to Lodge a Complaint About a Mover

Monday April 7, 2014

Bad MoverIf your last move didn't go as smoothly as you expected, with the movers showing up late, your furniture ending up scratched or the final bill was a lot more than you were quoted, you have grounds to complain about the moving company especially if you know that you'd never hire that mover again.

You may think the above circumstances are extreme or rare, but they're not. My personal experience in moving has involved the police, the RCMP, a reporter and television crew and a moving company that was eventually charged with gun-running.

So do yourself and everyone else who's planning a move, a favor: if you had a bad experience with a mover, report it. By lodging a formal complaint, you'll be helping others avoid the same mistake you made and possible force a moving company to change it's ways. Besides, doesn't it feel better voicing your frustration?

It's Spring! Time to Host a Yard Sale

Friday April 4, 2014

Garden GnomeFor those of you planning a summer move or even if you're just looking at getting rid of all that stuff stored in your attic, why not organize a spring garage sale? Not only does it feel great to lighten your household goods, but just think of all that extra money! Okay, maybe it won't be enough to pay for the moving company...maybe not even enough to pay for all those moving supplies...but you can make enough to pay for an endless supply of lattes, just what you need for those upcoming packing marathons.

And really, you can't charge a fortune for that garden gnome or for Aunt Lucy's lava lamp that is still in its box, but by hosting a garage sale you can get the whole family involved and have some fun, too.

6 Easy Ways to Green Up Your Move

Monday March 31, 2014

Recycle TagMoving can have a huge impact on our ecological footprint - all those boxes and tape and packing paper that end up in the trash, never mind the long-distance hauls and all those emissions.

Trying to move while being aware of how to limit your contribution to waste does take a little extra planning and preparation. In the end it can save you money and will definitely make you feel better that you've helped the environment - a win-win for everyone.

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