Over the years, I've had mostly great movers, with one mover even helping me recover an escaped cat that had slipped through the open front door. Other great experiences include two brothers who fixed our garbage disposal and didn't charge us anything extra and another who gave us recommendations for some local services and even made some calls for us.
So while I've had my share of bad movers, overall, the majority have done their job well. And when that happens, I certainly compensate the movers not only because a good job should always be rewarded, but also because I may need their services in future and a good tip will usually guarantee that they'll go that extra mile should I need them to.
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If you're hiring a moving company to move your stuff, they should be suggesting that they conduct an in-home estimate. This means they'll want to see everything that you're moving so they can determine how much to charge for their services. While this may be the last thing you want to do considering all the stuff you need to do before you move, it's a critical step in hiring a mover.
Find out what the mover will do when they visit your home and what you need to do to help you decide if this mover is right for you.
Whenever we move, the kitchen is always the first room we unpack and organize.. After all, it's where our family gets together to eat, socialize and regroup. For me, having an organized kitchen not only saves a lot of time and energy, but also a lot of frustration since there's nothing more frustrating than not being able to find the potato masher when the potatoes are ready to be mashed!
Find out how to unpack and organize your kitchen after you move.
As I've mentioned several times before, we're planning a move to Los Angeles, a city we don't know very well and one whose reputation includes high levels of crime. While this impression of LA is more of a result of watching too many cable television shows rather than any kind of real statistics, it's still an overwhelming city to figure out where might be the best place to live and considering we don't live close by, we have to rely on some online tools to help us figure out where we could live.
So even if you're moving to Fargo or Tampa or Portland, it's a good idea to see just what areas of the city you might want to avoid and which neighborhoods might be the best for you and your family. And you can do just that with my pick of the top 5 crime mapping tools that are not only online, but free, too!
We're starting to look at moving to Los Angeles where my husband is submitting resumes and hoping to land a job. We've been to LA a few times before, mostly for an event or sports race one of us was participating in. Living there is different. While I like LA, the weather in particular, I'm a little uncertain of where we can settle considering cost of housing, crime and neighborhood livability. This is not to say that I won't move, rather that we need to do a lot of research before we pinpoint the spot we want to be.
During my investigation of where to live, I thought I'd share what I found, not just for those of you who are also thinking about moving to SoCal, but also for anyone who's planning to move to another city and aren't sure where to start your neighborhood search.
So take a look at this guide to finding your perfect spot and let me know if you have any other tips or suggestions that you'd like to share with all of us who are planning a move.
Every time I move I think about all the waste generated, even though I try to reuse boxes, use shredded paper for packing and even try to find new homes for stuff I no longer want. On top of that, I tend to move long distances (across continents and across countries) so my emission count is sky-high - literally.
So while we start to plan our next move (this time across the state), I've figured out how to both limit my contribution to waste and at the same time save money. Now that's what I call a positive move.
Over the years, we've moved to a few different countries and it's always a little difficult navigating the visa process, especially if you want to work or stay longer than a tourist visa will allow. Each country has their own stipulations and requirements and sometimes you can get caught in between, unable to move.
Find out what you need to do to live, work or even just visit another country so you're not stuck on the border with a truck load of stuff and nowhere to go (happened to us once!).
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One of the great things about moving is the chance to start over in a new place. While this can be stressful, it also allows you to make some changes; get your home organized the way you've always dreamed.
With the help of some great online tools, creating that perfect new space is even easier; furniture layout tools are simple to use, and better yet, they're free! Furniture and room arrangement is also a good project to undertake before you even begin to pack up your home to move. Knowing the size of space you're moving into, how it's set-up, can help determine what should move with you and what should be left behind.
Valentine's Day is almost here; it's a great time to snuggle with someone you love, share boxes of chocolates and other yummy treats. But it's also a great time to show your accountant a little love, too, by dealing with all those moving receipts now before tax crunch-time arrives.
So, to add some sparkle to your festivities (and to your wallet), do some research to find out if all those moving expenses can be deducted. Get the scoop on Publication 521 and maybe you'll discover that a refund check is coming your way - enough to buy red roses and a romantic dinner out!
Now wouldn't that be a good reason to spread a little love?
Unlike vacation-time, moving brings an entirely different set of difficulties and issues that you'll have to deal with as a parent. It's one thing to plan a fun road trip, it's another kind of "fun" traveling because of a move.
To avoid too much hair-pulling, find out how to involve your family, and prepare as best you can, for the trip to the new home.