Help Your Kids Settle in with Play Dates (and Get to Know Your Neighbors, Too!)

Moving with children can be tough. You’re asking them to leave behind everything they’re familiar with and hoping they’ll adapt well to their new environment. It can be even tougher, though, if they’re leaving behind some close friends. It’s also tough on you, too, since everyone you’ve come to know and trust is still “back home.”

But if you have children, it’s a lot easier to adjust to your new neighborhood than you might realize. Setting up a few play dates will not only allow your kids to make some new friends, but you will, too!

Finding Opportunities for Play Dates

Obviously, if your children are in school, it’s easy to set up play dates. If not, you might want to use a site like MeetUp.com, where you can find groups for just about anything you can imagine. If you go this route, check out the details of the group thoroughly and carefully before committing to a meeting. You don’t want to be surprised to find that what you thought was a play date was really just a sleazy attempt to sell you on the latest network marketing racket. Read More

If You’re Moving, You Need to Know These People

When we move, we often fail to realize just how entrenched we’ve become in our old city. After spending years living in the same area, you’ve come to know and rely on certain professionals, but you probably didn’t even think about how important they are to your life when you planned your move.

Who are you going to call when you find out that your dog just ate a pound of chocolate? What if you want to go out on a date with your spouse – do you have a babysitter available? What if the air conditioner stops working, or the hot water heater gives up the ghost?

When you live in the same area for a long period of time, you accumulate a list of trusted professionals that you can turn to whenever these situations arise. When you move to a new area, though, you’re completely out of luck – you don’t know who to turn to, let alone who to trust. Read More

Places to Meet People After a Move

One of the hardest things about moving to a new area is being alone. Even if you are someone who enjoys their alone time after work, it is still nice to have at least one friend you call when there is a spider on your wall, and you need a pep talk to get close enough to deal with it. You really have two choices; you can either spend all of your time alone, or you can get out there and mingle early, so you have a partner in crime when you take advantage of those running trails or check every restaurant off your to-do list.

Now, if you are moving with a significant other, things are a little easier because at least you have someone there with you. However, it is still important that you both go out and make friends, and they do not necessarily have to be the same ones, and you don’t have to stick with other couples either! Read More

Websites to Find Discounts (New Places Means New Stuff!)

When you find yourself hiring a moving and storage company, you have a great opportunity to toss some of the old things away that you never use. But you also have one of the best times to purchase those new things that you have wanted for a long time. You will essentially start with a clean slate, meaning you have the perfect opportunity to start fresh with your interior decorating or storage solutions. Saving money during this step is important, so here are some of our favorite sites to find great discounts!

  1. What list would be complete without mentioning Groupon? You can find deals in your old neighborhood as well as your new spot. If you are planning your move far in advance, you might find plenty of great deals that you would have otherwise overlooked. Read More

New Neighbor? Perfect Housewarming Gifts

Do you know someone that has just moved? If you would like to welcome a new neighbor or make a friend/family member feel more at home, why not pick out the perfect housewarming gift? Moving is exciting, especially when you hire an experienced NYC mover.  Your gift can help make a home or new neighborhood even more welcoming; the proverbial icing on the moving cake.

For people you know well, such as close friends or family, choose a personal gift. Handmade items are especially thoughtful. Crafters will have an almost endless supply of ideas. Those who are not as crafty may like to purchase something for the home- curtains, a small appliance, or something you know was needed, but not purchased by the person.

Food is appreciated by almost everyone. Grocery shopping during a move adds more stress, so many people end up eating out or ordering in. Providing a home-cooked meal (or even several!) gives a much needed break along with easing stress on the wallet. Read More