Moving Tips

The Weightiness of Hoarding Books

Books hold a wealth of knowledge and entertainment for those who are willing to read them, but all of that enjoyment can get heavy when it is time to move. With e-readers and digital ways to obtain information, why are people still holding on so tightly to their books? Perhaps it is the nostalgia or because they just prefer holding an actual book and reading off of a real page, but booklovers everywhere should beware: moving books is often not friendly ... Read more

The Perfect Plan for an Easy and Seamless Move!

Moving is one of the more stressful times in people’s lives, yet according to the United States Census Bureau, 14.19% of Americans do so annually. On average, Americans move 11.7 times in their lifetimes! In 2017, only 11% of the US population moved. This is the lowest moving rate since the Census Bureau began tracking it in 1948—a year which saw more than 20% of the population relocate.* Moving to a new home doesn’t always mean moving very far, though. Most movers never ... Read more

Minimalism the New Black?

Although so much of the “American Dream” has involved acquiring things, the “tidying up” trend has taken over. No longer is a growing mass of possessions — clothes, gadgets, collections — indicative of social standing. Instead minimalism is the new luxury.   WHO IS “MINIMALISM” FOR? Good design isn’t cheap. Whether it’s an iPhone or an angora sweater, a KitchenAid mixer, or boots made from hand-tooled leather, items that are built to last require an investment. There’s a certain kind of circular disadvantage associated with ... Read more

Cheers to a New Year!

Resolutions come with the territory as the calendar changes to January 1st. Most of us make a resolution or vow to break bad habits (and create new ones), but not all of us see them through to the end of the year. It happens! The good news is, we’ve compiled some suggestions so that the new year is nothing but smooth moving for you. 10 ideas to help you navigate 2019 and come out ahead! Exercise and physical activity are a great ... Read more
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How to Plan for Winter in a New Home

Is this your first winter in a new home? The holidays are fast approaching and you’re thinking about where to put the tree, how many you can have to dinner at Christmas or New Year’s, and where’s the best place to hide the gifts from the kids, and your spouse. Great! You should think about those things, for that’s the joy of the winter holidays. But have you thought about what it means to be a home owner in winter, especially if ... Read more
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How To Keep Your Pets Safe, Healthy & Happy During a Move

No matter how well you plan your move, there’s always something that seems to get away. We hope those “things” aren’t your pets. The commotion of moving – favorite chairs packed away, hiding places under the bed suddenly missing, strange people being in the house – add stress not only to your life but to your furry family’s. “Atlas was a great cat,” said Liz K., now of Charlotte. “He wasn’t one of those high-maintenance cats you had to be really careful ... Read more
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How To Keep Your Home and Belongings Safe During a Move

Moving can be a strangely public process. Between cleaning out the closets and hauling things off to donate, leaving items out at the curb for pickup, and loading up the truck, all your possessions — and the fact that you’re in transition — is on display for all the world to see. There are all kinds of scenarios that may present a security risk. Perhaps you find yourself stretched between two homes with some belongings in each or completely moved in to ... Read more
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How to Get to Know People (As an Adult) in a New Town

Relocating, at any age, is a stressful time in one’s life. Whether you are moving across town, across the country, or across the pond, change is difficult. While children have a hard time with moves too, they at least get the opportunity to make new friends at school, in the neighborhood and in after-school activities. That takes care of the young, but what about the “young at heart?" Move.org reports that roughly 35.5 million (or 11 percent) Americans moved in 2017 (July ... Read more

What Does Broom Clean Mean?

You may have seen the term “broom clean” or “broom swept” in real estate contracts. But that doesn’t mean you should just give your home a once over to knock away the cobwebs and collect the pet hair from behind the couch. Broom clean condition differs for home owners and renters. When moving out of a rental property, the place should be returned to the condition it was when you moved in to it. While there may be some wear and tear, ... Read more
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Honey, How Do We Tell the Kids We’re Moving?

I was four years old when my parents moved from Raleigh, N.C. to the mountains. Like most four-year-olds, I didn’t have a lot of say in the matter. No one asked me if I wanted to leave behind my little sandbox, and the green bean vines under which I'd found a bunny, or my Strawberry Shortcake-decorated room. Dad got a new job. We were moving. I didn’t get to say no, but my parents did their best to involve me in the ... Read more
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