A reader is moving from a tiny studio apartment in the heart of the city to a larger space in the suburbs. She says her stuff amounts to under 10 boxes, a few pieces of furniture and lots of plants. She's afraid that her lack of "stuff" will make it difficult to hire movers to help her get to her new home.
There are probably lots of people in this situation - young adults moving out on their own for the first time, seniors who may be moving in with family, students moving to and from a dorm, or like our reader who is simply looking to move from a one-room home to a two-bedroom apartment.
While some movers prefer to move large households (i.e., bigger contracts), there are lots of companies who'll be more than willing to move smaller places. You just need to know how to find them. Learn more.
Moving is difficult for most people. But if you're a teen, moving is even tougher. Changing schools, meeting new people and making new friends can feel overwhelming. With input from my nephew who moved recently, along with other teens who've gone through moving and changing schools, we've compiled their suggestions to help teens through this often frustrating and scary time.
If you're a teen, and you have a suggestion or a story about moving, just comment below. I'll add it to our ever-growing list. Thanks.
'Tis the season of traveling, both because of an upcoming move or to visit friends and family in another city or town for the holidays and that means taking Fluffy or Rover with us. While some animals travel really well, others need a lot of help and support to get through the trip.
Find out how to help your pet deal with long distance travel a little easier so both of you have a smoother move.
The one thing I really hate about moving is the waste it seems to accumulate. But with better recycling services in place, a move no longer needs to be so harmful to the environment. So, before you throw out that almost empty bottle of bleach, find out how you should recycle it, and what to do if the materials you need to get rid of are toxic, can't be recycled and can't be moved with you.
I firmly believe we can all do our part, and in the end, feel better that we made a smart, earth-friendly move.
On Tuesday, the Moving Fraud Task force closed down five movers for taking their customers' household goods hostage and refusing to provide records to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the organization responsible for monitoring the moving industry. The five moving companies and their locations include:
- Davie, Florida: Allegiant Van Lines
- Cooper City, Florida: Northern Van Lines
- Pembrooke Pines, Florida: Northeastern Vanlines
- Anderson, South Carolina: United West Moving and Storage
- Pikesville, Maryland: Direct Movers
To read the entire article, check out the FMCSA's news notice. For more information on how to avoid moving fraud when hiring a mover, find out how to spot a rogue mover and what your rights are as a consumer.
Creating a moving budget is a critical task to ensuring you save money on your move. And because the amount you'll spend is not always obvious, there are lots of small costs that quickly add up. The larger items, such as the cost of renting a truck or hiring a moving company, the money you spend on your airline ticket, and the up front cost of buying the packing supplies or hiring the packing service. However, most people think of the moving essentials and don't take into consideration the extra costs involved.
Find out how to track every cost with this essential guide to budgeting your move, including tips for saving money and how to set up a budget template.
Over the years, our site has dedicated most of its advice to individuals and families who are planning a personal move. But that doesn't mean we've forgotten about those companies or businesses that are thinking of moving regardless of whether you're up-sizing or downsizing - a business move is complicated and a little tricky to coordinate.
To get you started, we've created a quick guide to organizing your move with tips that will help with the initial stages, including recruitment and planning.
If you've moved to another country, you may be finding it difficult to maintain your culture while immersed in the new. Even though it's recommended that you do immerse yourself (to avoid culture shock), there's a balance between the old and the new, one that can be maintained regardless of how connected you feel to your new home.
Find out how to maintain your culture with these top 5 tips.
As we all know, moving is expensive, so my advice is always to keep your receipts, then see if they can be deducted when you file your taxes. Rules vary according to your government's stipulations. For instance in Canada, individuals or families who moved to attend full-time school or for a change in job or job location or to continue running a business, may be able to claim their moving expenses. In the U.S., moving expenses may be claimed if individuals or families moved in the previous year because of a change in job location or because they started a new job.
I've been there. I've had probably one of the worst movers in the history of moving and while I did get my stuff back (eventually), I had to fight and beg and plead and get a media company to tell my story before my things were returned.
So, to help you avoid the same horrible situation, we've come up with the top 5 terrible things that I mover can do to you which will provide you with some guidance about how to avoid what I went through.
And if you have your own horror story to tell, please do so in the comment section below.