Two months before the big day and you're not quite sure where to start? Take a look at our 8 week countdown to moving. With tips and tricks on getting organized, you'll find yourself ticking off the tasks faster and easier than you thought.
Of course, it helps to get the rest of the family involved, which is the first rule of moving: when you can, delegate!
We all have them: toasters, mixers, blenders, food processors and coffee makers. And how many of us, after purchasing and unpacking and assembling, keep the original box and accompanying styrofoam pieces?
Not me. I recycle the box as fast as I can. I hate having boxes pile up in the closet. So, if you're like me, then you'll need to pack your small appliances in boxes that may be too big and without the handy precut packing blocks. So, take a look at this step-by-step guide to help you prepare all your small appliances for moving. And make sure they arrive safely; especially that most-needed friend, the coffee maker!
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.