How to Fit Everything You Own in a 5’ x 10’ Storage Unit

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Life changes happen: marriage, new home, newborn baby…etc. Then there are more unusual changes like the one I’ll undertake next month when I quit my job to travel the world for a year with my husband. Since we’re moving away and living only out of backpacks for a year, we had to figure out what to do with all the items we would leave behind.   With the amount of nice furniture and keepsakes we’d collected over the years, we had no other option but to store it all safely in a storage unit. Thinking optimistically we hoped we could fit everything into a 5’ x 5’ storage … [More]

Three Apartment Hunting Tips to Help Find Your New Home

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While there are plenty of homeowners out there who are looking to move from time to time, there are probably many more apartment hunters who need help as well. There are any one of a number of reasons why someone would need a new apartment, including a new addition to the family, a new job, looking for a new neighborhood, wanting to downsize and more. Just like with house hunting, apartment hunting can end up being a real hassle and even a confusing process , but it doesn’t have to be, and with these tips your apartment hunting process should go very smoothly. Know Exactly Where You Want … [More]

Moving? Don’t Lose Sight Of Your Valuables!

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  Cara Giaimo is a blogger for SimpliSafe. She is currently moving and is taking special care of her guitar, her laptop, and her hat collection.  SimpliSafe Wireless Home Security is making its way to the top of its industry. Take a minute to visualize your most treasured possession. Is it your wedding ring, your father’s wrist watch, or another irreplaceable family heirloom? Now consider for a second how you would feel if this item were lost. It’s a horrible thought, isn’t it? Moving can be one of the most stressful periods in anyone’s life, and at a time like this, it can be very easy to focus … [More]

How To Move Your Car Cross-country

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There’s no way around the logistical challenges of moving cross-country. Not only do you have to get all your stuff to your new place some 3,000 miles away, but you also need to get your car there. And unless you feel the call of the open road beckoning, you’ll surely want to find a way to ship it across without exhausting yourself behind the wheel. Luckily, there is a whole industry devoted to solving this problem. Businesses called auto transport companies operate all over the country, hard at work loading people’s cars and trucks onto even bigger trucks and sending them hundreds and thousands of miles away. You’re … [More]

Moving: Get the Kids Involved

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Moving with kids underfoot can add extra stress and difficulty to an already grueling process. How can you engage the little ones in the work? If you play your cards right, you’ll keep the kids occupied and get some quality help with your packing as well. Here are categories of things you can have kids pack, as well as specific tasks they can help with. Have kids pack . . . Their own things. Set out several boxes and have the youngsters put toys and games in one, clothes in another, and odds and ends in a third. Older kids can learn to wrap anything fragile and pack … [More]

4 Great Ways to Save Money on Your Move

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During your move, you will undoubtedly be looking for ways to decrease costs. Besides “perks” like the points you earn for gift cards and discounts when you plan your move with Moveboxer, there are other ways to save money on your move. Below are a few tips for doing just that through the various stages of you move. 1. Plan Ahead Shop around well in advance for movers and other services you will need. Decide whether you will be working with full-service or self-service movers, or renting a truck and taking care of it yourself. Call various companies and get quotes as soon as possible. Take note of … [More]

Why It’s Important to Get 3 Moving Estimates

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  You’ve heard of the rule of three, right? It holds true in math, writing, photography, and certainly doesn’t exclude the process of moving. To throw in another analogy, when you’re shopping for a dress, or a refrigerator, you do not settle on the first one you see. When interviewing babysitters, people feel more confident in their decision if they interview a few more, even after they’ve found someone that seems great. Similarly, the moving process involves talking with at least three different companies to get an estimate.   Getting three moving estimates will provide you with the necessary room to make the right decision. You will want … [More]

College Dorm Prep Guide: Moving Day!

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  Things have changed a lot since I went to college, back in the days of the floppy disk. While I carried a paperback dictionary with me in my backpack, a dictionary app can do the job now. Instead of taking a space-hogging alarm clock, a mobile phone will work just fine for waking you up. And thanks to digital music, there’s no longer a need to pack a stereo and CDs. However, there are still a few things that your mobile phone can’t do, no matter how smart it is!   I’ve made some lists of things you’ll need when moving into a dorm room. Before we … [More]

Tips for a Smooth Hot Weather Move

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  Maybe you didn’t want it this way, but you’re moving yourself on a hot day. It happens! However, you don’t have to sweat moving in warm weather. Just plan ahead to stay cool and collected. It may help you feel better to remember that you’re not the only one moving during hot weather. Summer is a very popular moving time! Many houses are sold and bought during the summer season. And it makes sense: The kids are out of school, and lots of couples move along with summer weddings. Now that you know you’re in good company, start planning for your toasty summer move.   Stay Comfortable … [More]

How To Find Your House-hunting “Sweet Spot”

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I recently went house-hunting and discovered that it is very difficult to resist the pull of appealing elements that ultimately don’t matter to me that much. Ooh, is that a cedar-lined closet? Did you say the coffee shop is only a two-minute walk? Quickly, I realized I needed a little mental discipline in my search. Though we’d all love to be able to afford any house we want, the fact of the matter is most of us are priced out of a good chunk of our local markets. Sadly, we can’t all have the mansion on the hill, or even the three-bedroom in the nice neighborhood. Or maybe … [More]