How to Protect Your Flooring During a Move

floorIf there is one day out of the month that it is going to rain and create a muddy mess it will be your moving day. Alternately, if it is the middle of winter and your move happens to be scheduled on that one fluke mild day you have been looking forward to then you also have to keep in mind that snow will be melting and slush will be tracked in. You naturally want to protect the flooring and carpeting in your new place, but you also need to protect it in your old place, too, especially if you are hoping to get your security deposit back. It is also important to keep in mind that wet shoes will make kitchen tile and hardwood floors very slippery, which could lead to injury. Below is helpful moving advice you will be able to put to good use on moving day.

Start with Doormats

Any doors that movers are traveling in and out of should have a doormat on the outside that will catch a large percentage of the snow and dirt as they walk through. Only mats designed for the outdoors should be used because they are designed to dry quickly. If you put an indoor mat there it will only absorb water for a short time before you are essentially walking on drenched material. Materials to avoid include bamboo, woven cloth, and carpet topped with rubber backing. Read More

How to Make a Move Fun for Children

moving_kidsChildren can often feel like a move is the end of the world. Even if the new home is nearby and they won’t have to switch schools, the idea of a new house is scary. After all, there is no way their new bedroom will be as cool! This moving advice guide will give your ideas to make the entire process fun, so your children actually look forward to the big day.

  • Let Them Design Their Space – Let them know that one of the greatest things about moving is starting over fresh, which means they will have an entire space to decorate as they wish. Maybe she is growing out of the pink princess-themed room and would love a space a little more fun and retro with bean bag chairs and polka dots, or perhaps his passion is no longer bugs but cars instead. Now is the chance to pick the paint color for the wall and get a new comforter. This will also give you an excuse to go to the craft store to see what you can buy or make to decorate with.  Read More

College Relocation: Campus vs. Off-Campus Living

dormsSome students cannot wait to experience dorm life while others are 100 percent sure that they want to get an apartment or rent a large house with friends. Of course, if you are reading this then you might be on the fence. Many students have a hard time trying to decide between the two, so if you are looking for moving advice for both options, but feeling even more confused you are not alone. Of course, where you decide to live will dictate how you need to pack and what you need to bring.

Dorm Living

Most college dorms are quite small, so you will need to be thoughtful when packing and creative while organizing. Always check with the Housing Department on campus to find out if there are restrictions regarding space heaters, televisions, stereos, etc. You will also be required to be familiar with and obey all rules regarding smoking, drinking, noise, pets, and guests. Read More

A Guide to Moving Antiques

antiquesUnlike items you buy at a local furniture store, antiques cannot simply be replaced, if damage is done during a move. Whether you have an entire collection of these finely dated pieces throughout your home, or if you have one single piece handed down through generations it will require a little extra care during the moving process to make sure it arrives to your destination in the same condition.

Appraisal

Before you even start comparing movers, you should have an appraisal done on all of your antiques. You cannot purchase the proper level of insurance, if you do not know how much you actually need. American Society of Appraisers is a good resource to use. This non-profit organization will help you find an accredited appraisal in your area. Read More

Guide to Relocating as a Single Parent

parnet_relocatingWhether you are getting a divorce, breaking up with your significant other, or have been recently widowed, the first move is always going to be hard on you and your children. You are already filled with so much emotion that adding in the stress of a move can put you over the edge. Not to mention, your children could be sad, hurt, angry, or confused, so relocating to a new home and potentially even a new school will be overwhelming. It may be hard to see that light at the end of the tunnel now, but you will eventually. Getting through your move will be a positive step in starting the next chapter in your life.

Talk to Your Kids

It is natural to want to shield them from any more pain, but springing the news of the move on them is not fair either. Make sure you are in the right state of mind when you talk to them. Getting emotional and crying or yelling will not help. Go for a walk or run, and take a deep breath before you tackle the conversation. Be honest with them and explain why you are moving. Tell them where you are going, what they have to look forward to, and when the move will take place, so they can mentally prepare. Read More

Understanding Your Dog’s Stress After Moving

dog_stressFor the most part, dogs are fairly resilient, especially if they are confident, socialized, and have been raised in a stable home. However, even the most outgoing canine can be stressed by a move. It is a confusing experience that they do not understand, and it can leave them feeling so overwhelmed that they do not even want to eat or drink. There are a few things you should know if you are moving with your dog, and a few tips that will help him adjust a little more quickly.

Stress Starts Before the Move

You may not notice, but your dog’s stress likely started to increase long before the move. First of all, your four-legged friend can pick up on your stress. So, if you have left everything until the last minute, so you are so overwhelmed that you are snapping at people in the home and on the phone, he will think something is wrong, and associate it with the move. Plus, dogs are very attached to their surroundings. When there are boxes all of a sudden scattered everywhere and they notice things are “missing” it is very worrisome. Ideally, you will start packing a couple boxes a day far in advance so he does not deal with the drama of everything disappearing and getting moved around in one day. Pile boxes in a spare room, if possible. Read More

Make a Moving Scrapbook with Your Child

sadMoving is more stressful on children than some parents believe. Sure, kids are resilient; they will quickly make new friends and stop pouting, but that does not mean that their troubled feelings over the event are not important. Rather than simply deal with their attitude and wait for them to get over it, embrace the connection they have to their home and let them know that it is okay to feel sad about leaving behind their bedroom and the swing set in the yard. Making a moving scrapbook with them will let them know you understand how they are feeling, and you will have something they can look at whenever they want to reminisce.

Go the Craft Store

If the moving scrapbook is for your child then in all fairness, they should get to pick out the design and paper you use. Be prepared to be in the store for a while. Picking out the paper alone can take forever. Plus, you will need stuff to decorate it, such as stickers, ribbons, fabric, crayons, and anything else that ends up in the cart. When you buy your adhesive, make sure you consider the material you are using. You will need a glue stick, and it should be a quality one. It will be the foundation of your scrapbook. Sometimes glue dots, double-sided tape, liquid craft glue, and clear glaze are better options, depending on material. Read More

Why Moving Can Take an Emotional Toll

moving_stressMost people just have to hear the word “moving,” and they immediately feel stressed. It is a lot of work to pack and move your life somewhere else, regardless if you are going across town or the entire country. Interestingly, it is not only the hard work that takes a toll on you; the process can be mentally exhausting. It is common to become irritable during this time. Some even end up with whatever virus happens to be floating around because the lack of sleep has wreaked havoc on their immune system. Becoming familiar with why moving can be so emotionally unsettling may be helpful in understanding why you may be feeling the way you are.

There is a Lot to Do 

Obviously, the main reason why you may be feeling like a bundle of nerves is because there is a lot to do to prepare for the big day. Plus, you are probably a little worried that you will forget something. Creating a list of everything you need to do will help diminish the anxiety you are feeling over having to accomplish so much in a short period of time. Keep in mind there are some tasks that you can delegate to others to get done. Also, use the internet as much as you can. For example, rather than drive to the post office, you can change your address right online.  Read More

Prepare for Mother Nature’s Wrath During Your Move

mother_natureWhen you think of your moving day, you likely picture a sunny morning with just enough fluffy clouds to provide a bit of shade. Of course, it is a mild 70 degrees Fahrenheit with a gentle breeze, too. Well, unless you fall into the very small percentage of lucky people who are fortunate enough to be blessed with perfect weather on moving day, you can kiss this image goodbye. Staying true to Murphy’s Law, if Mother Nature is going to have a mild temper tantrum or unleash her wrath in the near future, it is probably going to be on your moving day.

Watch the Weather

Do not wait to see what the weather turns out like on the morning of your move. Of course, you know that there is always the chance that the weather person is going to be wrong. Sure, they say partly sunny and you end up with light showers. These small changes can be adapted to without blinking an eye. Watching the weather means knowing if there is the possibility of severe storm activity developing as you approach your moving day. If you are moving cross-county, watch the weather for your entire travel route. The Weather Channel is a great source, but you may find the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration helpful, too. Read More

Moving a Pool Table? Thing You Should Know

poolNo one should have to tell you how heavy a pool table is. This is the main reason most people hire professionals to move them. However, there are other reasons why it is not a good idea to move them yourself. Whether you insist on saving money and recruiting friends to move your table or if you still are trying to determine if you should splurge and hire professionals, there are a few things you need to know.

Why Hire Movers? 

Before you learn about disassembling and moving you may want to know why pool tables are one of the most important items that movers should handle. Did all your buddies gather around the table and do a little lift test to determine they could carry it? There is a huge difference between lifting it for a few seconds and hauling it several feet. These tables average 700 pounds or more. Have you considered how you are going to get it through the door or up the stairs?  Read More