How much to tip your movers?

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How much to tip your movers?

How much to tip your movers?As a customer, you put a lot of faith in your movers, as you entrust a bunch of strangers with your things on moving day. As a result, you foresee your belongings will be handled with care and respect. Although, you’re not in the wrong to expect great service, but as with most service industries, you won’t always get what you pay for. With that said, let’s hope you won’t ever have to deal with clumsy and unprofessional movers. For the most part, you should receive great moving services from hard working men, and when you do, how do you show your appreciation? Moving is hard, physical work, and very few people in the service industry can testify that they work as hard as movers do. The act of tipping is prevalent in service industries and the moving industry is no exception. How much to tip has always been a debatable subject of discussion, with varying opinions on the matter. If your crew was attentive, professional, and performed to your standards, then give what you believe is fair. Just like you would at a restaurant or a bar. Although, tip is neither mandatory nor expected, it is greatly appreciated when given. For the purpose of this article, let’s take a look at some scenarios when you may feel inclined to tip your movers. How to do it, and when. If you’re getting ready for your upcoming relocation and wondering how much to tip your movers? Then this article will surely help you answer some of those questions.

  • Do you have to tip your movers?

As in any service industry, tips are not mandatory. Therefore, the short answer to this question, is no. Whether or not to tip should be based off of personal experience and preference. If you’re satisfied with the services provided, you can choose to tip your movers to show your appreciation for their efforts. Simply put, tipping or lack thereof, should reflect your overall satisfaction or dissatisfaction.

Moving is not cheap, and even though you may already be paying a small fortune for your move, your movers are certainly not pocketing a significant portion of those costs. Therefore, if you feel like the guys were hard working, and performed to their best abilities, then why not reward them with tips? They will appreciate your gesture and will be happy to learn you were pleased with their performance.

  • Who should you tip?

An individual formally known in the moving industry as a foreman will manage your moving crew on the move day. A foreman oversees the entire process and makes important decisions pertaining the move, if need be. You can entrust the responsibility of dividing up the tips to the foreman. He or she will certainly make sure the money is distributed equally amongst the rest of the team. You can also tip the crewmembers individually if you wish to acknowledge and show appreciation for their individual efforts.

  • How much should you tip?

There is no general rule of thumb when it comes to tipping and how much to tip. Unlike with most other service providers, where 15-20% is the industry standard, the same may not always be applicable in the moving industry. Deciding how much to tip should be based off the overall complexity, time, and performance of the move. Anywhere from $20-$100+ per mover is standard. But again, where in that range you decide to tip depends on your personal circumstances.

  • Can food and drinks be considered tip?

Moving is back breaking, hard work and to keep your movers hydrated and energized, you should at the very least have cold water available for them, regardless of whether you’re tipping them or not. With that said, should you decide to buy them lunch in lieu of a tip, ask what they would prefer, as they probably have pizza multiple times a week.

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Packing for school: Ultimate college packing checklist

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Packing for school: Ultimate college packing checklistGetting ready to move to university this fall and feeling a little overwhelmed as you begin to pack for the big move? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! As many first-year students begin to prepare for their home away from home, deciding what to bring or leave behind becomes stressful, to say the least. You know not to over pack, but you also don’t want to forget any essentials, as you will now be living on your own. Of course, you’re on top of all the school supplies needed, but how about other necessities? To help you stay organized and pack for your needs, we have created an ultimate college packing checklist. Continue reading below to learn more about packing for school: Ultimate college packing checklist.

Although it may be tempting to pack up your entire life when packing for the first year of college, you must restrain yourself. Your school should provide you with a list of items that are permitted, restricted, and provided on campus. Be sure to follow this list to avoid buying something you won’t be allowed to bring, or need in the first place. Depending on the school, dorms will come equipped with basic furniture, such as a bed, desk and chair. Find out what furniture will be provided for your dorm life.

ESSENTIALS

Always begin your packing checklist with the essentials, as these items will make your first year of college much more comfortable, to say the least. To simplify this process even further, break it down based on specific area, such as bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and school supplies.

  • Bedroom
  1. Invest in a mattress cover, as you will be sleeping on the same mattress someone else slept on the year before.
  2. Few comfy pillows are a must, not only to sleep on, but use as back support when studying or lounging around.
  3. Stack up on sheets, and pillowcases, as you may not have the time to do laundry as often as you like.
  4. Extra blankets won’t only keep you warm but can also be used to provide extra cushion to sleep on, as most school mattresses are not very comfortable.
  5. Under-bed storage bins are perfect for storing out of season clothing, extra bedding, or whatever else you need to be out of your way on a day-to-day basis. They can be used for packing as well.
  6. Hanging organizers are perfect for dorm life, as you won’t have too much space all to yourself.
  7. Pop-up hampers are great, as they serve the exact same purpose as a regular one, but take up way less space when folded. Which is a huge plus during transport.
  8. You won’t be able to rely on the few outlets in your room to power all of your electronics, that’s why power strips prove to be very useful. Bring a few just in case.
  9. Don’t forget your TV! Even if you won’t spend much time watching it, it is a great option to have for entertainment. May not necessarily need to be on an essentials list, but then again that depends on the person!
  • Closet
  1. It’s so easy to over pack when it comes to our clothes! Don’t bring something you haven’t worn in a while. Chances are you won’t be wearing it at school either. The majority of your wardrobe should consist of the type of clothes you wear on a day-to-day basis. But remember, comfort is key!
  2. Don’t skimp on your undergarments! It is something you definitely won’t want to run out of.
  3. An extra tension rod will turn your tiny closet into a little less tinier one.
  4. Hangers for clothes may be common sense to some, but many still tend to overlook this essential packing item.
  5. Umbrella is crucial because it is bound to rain at some point.
  • Bathroom
  1. Three words – Shower flip-flops!!! You may have never experienced a communal bathroom before, but certain routines that you’re used to at home, just won’t work when you’re sharing a bathroom with so many strangers! Like going into the bathroom barefoot!
  2. Buy a handful of towels, as you may not always have time for laundry.
  3. A plastic shower caddy will make your every day shower sessions that much more convenient, and even sanitary. Definitely a must have item when packing for college!
  4. Avoid soap bars, and instead opt for liquid soap. Not only will the bottle fit nicely in your caddy, but also if you happen to drop it on the floor, you won’t have to worry about contamination, as you would with a bar of soap.
  5. Make sure to stack up on all of your need-to-have products, such as shampoo, conditioner, shaving creams, etc. Try to either buy in bulk or value size to avoid running out a week after your arrival.
  6. Don’t forget the razor!
  • Kitchenware
  1. Find out if your campus will provide a fridge and microwave because these are two essentials that you definitely cannot live without. If you’re buying your own, consider a mini conventional oven as a healthier alternative to microwave.
  2. Reusable, microwave safe dinnerware, and utensils. Bring a few of each.
  3. Stainless steel travel mugs are not only healthier than plastic or paper cups, but they’re also great when you’re on the go, and don’t have the time to sit down and have your morning coffee or afternoon tea. Which is likely to be ALL THE TIME!
  • Miscellaneous
  1. A lightweight full-length mirror is a great way to stay on top of your appearance and it can be hanged on your door and out of the way.
  2. Don’t forget your medication! Even if you’re not on any particular regimen, over the counter pain medication can be a lifesaver for headaches, etc. With that said, be sure to also bring a first aid kit because it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  3. Bikes not only make for easier transportation but a great workout as well.
  4. Earplugs may not be something that you would even think about packing, but you will definitely be glad you came across our college packing checklist, as they will be ultimate lifesavers for the next four years! You will really appreciate them when its time for a ten minute power nap between classes, or when your roommate is just not on the same timeline as you.

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How to deal with bad neighbors

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How to deal with bad neighborsAlthough statistics show that only 20% of Americans interact with their neighbors, somehow, we’ve all had experiences with a bad neighbor or two in the past. While the obnoxiously-loud-music-playing teenager next-door and oh-so-nosey elderly couple down the hall can hardly be considered bad neighbors, there are those really bad apples that seem to exist for the sole reason of making life a living hell for everyone around them. While there is no one-fits-all approach to dealing with nasty neighbors, there are things you can do to make your life easier, to say the least. And since moving out is not an option for most, we have created a list of some of the ways on how to deal with bad neighbors.

  • Get to know them

Whether you lived in the neighborhood since you were born or just moved in, knowing your neighbors on a first name basis can help establish common ground. Familiarity can certainly help if conflict does arise in the future, because differences take much longer to resolve amongst total strangers than acquaintances.

  • Be open minded

If your neighbor gives you a heads up about possible noise that may be coming from a party they will be hosting tomorrow night, have an open mind and respect that they came to you out of consideration. Of course, if the noise escalates beyond what is bearable, express your concerns to your neighbor the next day, so it doesn’t happen again. Don’t be quick to call the police. Unless your life is in danger, calling the police for every annoying thing your neighbor does can backfire.

  • Communication is key

If your neighbor repeatedly bothers you with their actions, address the issue with them head-on. Do not assume they know they’re making life uncomfortable for you. They may be unintentionally doing something annoying and will stop as soon as you tell them it’s bothering you. At the very least, they may make an attempt to fix their behavior. If all else fails, continue to steps below!

  • Know the law

Knowing the governing laws in your community can help you make good decisions when it comes to dealing with problematic neighbors. If your neighbor is a repeat offender who doesn’t want to compromise, knowing regulations pertaining the surrounding area of your property can help you to lawfully address the matter, rather than retaliating in a way that may get you into trouble. You neighbor may be in violation of certain city laws. In which case, the city may be able to get involved and resolve the issue on your behalf. Do your research, and report the problem to the proper authorities.

  • Have evidence

If the same issue keeps coming up, document it. Keep track of the date and times your neighbor is up to no good. If necessary, take photos and keep a log of your surveillance footage, if possible. You will have information and proof to back up any claims made against the offensive neighbor. Remember, when it comes down to it, the individual with hard evidence has the upper hand.

  • Call the police

Unless your neighbor is posing a threat to you or breaking the law, you probably won’t reach a long-term solution by calling the police. However, police presence may intimidate your neighbor into doing the right thing the next time around.

  • Consider mediation

If you’re not comfortable with things escalating to court or simply don’t have the time to attend a small claims court, you may want to try using a mediator to help resolve your issues. National Association for Community Mediation is a third party service that may help you and your neighbor reach a win-win solution. Consult with a mediator near you to discuss possible solutions.

  • Take them to court

Do your homework and consider your options before taking your neighbor to court. Although, a small claims court is an affordable option if you wish to sue someone, it is time consuming. Make sure to have sufficient evidence and reasonable estimate for the claim.

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Apartment hunting? Important things to consider when renting

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Apartment hunting? Important things to consider when rentingAccording to the U.S. Census Bureau, around 45% of Americans rent their home. With so many options available to fit almost any budget and lifestyle, it comes as no surprise that this number is only expected to rise in the near future. Despite the many options to choose from, it is still quite easy to get into a unit that will have you wanting to move out upon immediate arrival. To avoid this from happening to, important matters need to be taken into consideration. We have created a list that may help you find the apartment of your dreams, one that fits your budget and lifestyle. So are you apartment hunting? Important things to consider when renting are listed below!

  • Affordability

Before you begin the search for the perfect apartment, you must first establish a budget, and try to stick to it. Once you have your budget established, research the neighborhood you’re interested in and the average cost of apartments in that area. Do your best to compare the available options and beware of too good to be true deals. Once you have your budget established, you can then easily determine if the place you’re interested in is reasonable and affordable. Be sure to also budget in the costs of utilities you will have to pay for each month.

  • Neighborhood

Don’t underestimate the importance of a great neighborhood, or one that is located in the shadier part of town. Aside from safety, take into consideration the overall location. Is it conveniently located near public transportation and various stores? If neither of the two is of concern to you, consider the things that are! The perfect apartment can be located in a not so perfect neighborhood, and your neighborhood is not just something you will be able to avoid. On the flipside, you may come across an apartment that doesn’t meet all of your amenity needs but is located in a great neighborhood, perhaps with an excellent school system. Sometimes a little compromise is needed when looking for an apartment. Think about what is important to you and the things that you can perhaps do without.

  • Amenities

Carefully consider all of the amenities that you just cannot go without. For an example, not all complexes come with an elevator. In fact, it is very common to come across a gorgeous and spacious walk-up apartment that would otherwise be perfect for you. Establish your must-have amenities and avoid wasting time looking at apartments that just don’t fulfill your lifestyle needs.

  • Expectation vs. Reality

Always make it a point to see the place in person prior to signing any contracts. Pictures are meant to entice and at times mislead the potential tenant. During your visit, you will want to make sure the apartment doesn’t come with any health or safety issues either.

  • Pet policy

If you’re a pet owner, you will have to make sure your particular apartment of interest allows for pets. In some cases you will have to pay a deposit and even a monthly fee that is included into your rent each month. Consider this factor when creating a budget as well.

  • Landlord

Your landlord may not have much of an affect on your life if perhaps you’re renting in a large complex. But what if you rent in a much smaller complex, where your landlord will play a significant part in your daily life. It may be easy to escape your repulsive landlord, if perhaps you’re one of 50 units in the building. The same cannot be achieved if you rent in a 3 family home. If you plan to rent in a smaller complex, be sure to meet with your landlord face to face before agreeing to any contract.

  • Roommates

If you’re renting an apartment with a roommate you have never met before, it’s best advised to get to know the individual as much as possible before hand. At the very least, try to have a couple of phone conversations with your future roommate and discuss ground rules. You don’t have to be best friends but mutual understanding should be established prior to moving in together.

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You need Certificate of Insurance for your move

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You need Certificate of Insurance for your moveAs if moving home wasn’t stressful enough, you have to also worry about things like Certificate of Insurance (commonly known as the COI) as well. Now, what exactly is a COI and do you need it for your upcoming move? Certificate of Insurance is an official document that is provided by your moving company’s insurance provider. In a nutshell, it is an indicator that your movers are insured. Not sure if you need one? Well, if you’re renting a unit in an apartment building, chances are your landlord may need a COI from your movers. Why does your landlord need it, you ask? Continue reading below as we address some of the more common questions regarding Certificate of Insurance, and learn if you need Certificate of Insurance for your move.

  • What is a Certificate of Insurance (COI) ?

Simply put, a certificate of insurance is used to verify the existence of coverage. More specifically, it lists important information, such as the kind of coverage, effective date, liability, and more. It is often demanded by property management to ensure that if damage to the property does occur as a result of the move, the movers are able to pay for the damages caused. Buildings have specific requirements that the COI must meet, and will therefore, require a copy of the COI at least 24 hours in advance, to ensure all of the conditions are being met. COI sample image ⇑⇑⇑

  • How do you know if you need a COI?

For the most part, COI requirements are very common for moves that take place in apartment complexes of urban cities. If you are moving from or to a luxury, high-rise building, then there’s a very high chance that the management will require a COI from your moving company. In most cases, your building management will alert you of such requirements as soon as they learn of your upcoming relocation. They will usually provide a sample document outlining all of the specific requirements. A document similar to the above image.

  • How do you get a COI from your moving company?

Ideally, a knowledgeable moving representative will ask their clients whom are moving to or from a property similar to the ones commonly known to require a Certificate of Insurance, if a COI is needed. If your rep doesn’t ask, just simply tell them yourself when booking your move. In fact, acquiring a COI should require very little effort on your part, as for the most part; your movers will work directly with the building management to provide them the proper documentation needed. The most you will have to do is let your moving company know your move requires a COI and provide them with the contact information of the property management. They will then contact them and provide what is required. Do follow up with both, your movers and management to make sure everything has been resolved, don’t assume!

  • Failing to provide a COI when one is needed!

Certificate of Insurance must be processed and rendered by your mover’s insurance company, a process that can take up to a week. With that being said, if the COI is not requested within sufficient time or not at all, your entire move will be affected and most likely postponed. Most buildings requiring a COI will need this document at least 24 hours prior to the move. Although some will accept it at the time of the actual move, not all are this lenient. Your moving company needs to be aware of the COI requirements several days in advance in order to have it processed in time for the move. If sufficient notice is not provided your movers may not be able to have the COI ready in time for the move date, despite the attempts made on their part. It is actually something that is out of their control because it is up to their insurance company to process the document and have it ready in a timely manner. In the worst case, your moving crew will show up on the move day, without any knowledge of a COI requirement, and get denied entry into the building. At this time, your move is postponed to a later date or your moving crew will stand idle as they wait for COI to be sorted out between the moving company and building management. This will delay your move and result in surcharges.

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Best time to sell your home

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Best time to sell your homeThinking about selling your home? Before putting your house on the market, you should first take into consideration all of the important factors that could yield a larger profit, such as the time of the year you put your home up for sale. Although location is king, seasonal changes play an important role as well. In fact, according to Zillow, home sales differ on a month-to-month basis, and can be compared using their analysis of seasonal sales chart. While selling at the highest profit margin is every exiting homeowner’s goal, strategically putting your property up for sale during a more “favorable” time, can prove to be more profitable. Continue reading below to learn when is the best time to sell your home.

  • Peak Season

Simply put, peak season is statistically the busiest time of the year when people buy and sell real estate. Generally speaking, springtime leading into summer is known to be the peak season to buy or sell real estate. This is especially true for communities that host local schools as one of its main attributes. People looking for a home in such neighborhoods tend to want to buy in spring or early summer to make sure their kids are settled in time for the new school year. According to Realtor.com, 50% of all moves take place during this time. While that is an overwhelmingly high number, not all communities share the same peak seasons. Retirement states that experience warm weather all year around, such as Florida, will have an entirely different peak season than similar communities on the East Coast. Although peak seasons can change, and are affected by location, selling during the peak season has its advantages. Let’s take a look at some of the pros of selling home during peak season.

  1. You have the freedom to set the asking price higher during the peak season. Although many people put their home up for sale during peak seasons, the asking price does not drop because the demand is just as high as supply.
  2. You can be picky when screening potential buyers because peak season brings around lots of candidates shopping for a new home. Selling your childhood home and don’t want just anyone living in it? Peak season allows you to look for the perfect family to take your place.
  3. Peak season can yield higher valuations on properties, as a result more money in your pocket. During peak season, the high demand drives up the value of homes. As a result, similar homes in the neighborhood are sold at a higher price as well. This is great news for you, as the appraiser will look at comparable homes that were recently sold in your neighborhood, and use those sale markers to assert the value of your home.
  4. The high demand during peak season brings many potential buyers wanting to purchase your home. Bidding wars between buyers have been known to drive up the asking price. Ultimately closing the sale above the asking price.
  5. Buyers are also less likely to make repair demands at this time, due to fear o flossing the sale to another buyer.
  • Sellers’ market

In real estate jargon, a seller’s market simply means that there are more buyers than there are homes available for sale. This allows you, as the seller, to be more assertive when accepting offers from potential buyers. Keep in mind however; overpricing your home can also scare buyers away. On the other hand, a buyer’s market can work against the seller as home prices are forced down because buyers have many options to choose from. Although a seller’s market gives the seller leverage and a buyer’s market can make the selling process tougher, both have little impact on the best time to sell your home. Ultimately, the peak season of your area market will play a much bigger role regardless of the market being a seller’s market or a buyer’s market.

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Overlooked homeownership costs

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Being a homeowner offers many perks. Increased privacy, tax benefits, accumulated property value, and the freedom to modify the home are just some of the benefits of homeownership. Although homeownership rate has dropped in the recent years, owning a property is still very much on the mind of many Americans. And while most people anticipate the expenses associated with owning a property, there are costs that have a tendency of being overlooked. In this article we will list the most common overlooked homeownership costs.

  • Property taxes

Many folks may anticipate property taxes when purchasing their home, but they fail to realize that even after the mortgage is paid off in full, property taxes will remain to be paid each month. And depending where you live, you can easily expect to pay up to $1,000 a month just for property taxes alone.

  • Homeowners insurance

Homeowners insurance provides against unfortunate events that happen to and within the property. As a homeowner, property damage won’t be your sole concern, as you’re now liable for injuries that take place on your property as well. That’s why having a really good homeowners insurance policy is very important. Keep in mind that a more significant damage caused by a flood or an earthquake is usually covered only in the case that you have additional insurance. In the case that a disastrous event does occur; you will have to pay a deductible before your insurance kicks in and can surely expect your premium to go up substantially.

  • Maintenance 


Homeowners will be faced with unforeseen maintenance costs many times over the years while living in their home. More common maintenance work like roof repair can be expected as you continue to live in your home for 10 or 20 years. Unforeseen maintenance costs such as a broken kitchen appliance, can easily break down at any moment, forcing you to shell out thousands for replacement.

  • Landscape

As most homes come with surrounding land, no matter how small or big, it will have to be tend to. Whether you outsource landscaping services or tend to your lawn yourself, you will have to pay to keep your property looking as good on the outside as it does on the inside. Such equipment or services can amount to thousands annually.

  • Upgrades

As a homeowner, you will be apt to further invest in your home, and add upgrades that enhance your life, while also adding value to the property. Luxury intergrades, such as high tech entertainment systems, granite countertops, and in ground swimming pools are just some of the few upgrades you may wish to splurge on as a homeowner, the cost of which can easily cost thousands of dollars.

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  • Recycling

As a homeowner, you will be responsible for waste management. When renting an apartment, your landlord will take care of garbage disposal. When you own a property, you as the landlord become liable for when and how you dispose of your garbage, services for which can cost up to couple of hundred dollars a month. In addition, you have to be sure to abide by your state’s recycling regulations or be faced with fines of up to $500.

  • Time

Once you become a homeowner, you will notice that a lot of your downtime (and other time) will go toward maintaining your home. In fact, you can expect to be stuck doing all kind of tedious chores on your days off, holidays, or even worse, on workdays. It is not uncommon for something urgent to come up that requires your immediate attention. As a renter, your responsibilities toward maintaining your apartment are minimal. Even if a problem were to come up, you would likely call your landlord to come take care of it. That is why, as a homeowner, time management is important not only to your daily routine but your wallet as well.

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Keep your sense of humor when moving

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Keep your sense of humor when movingKeep your sense of humor when moving

Moving home is not the most anticipated activity, to say the least. It bares a rather boring and tiresome reputation that just can’t be shaken, and for a good reason. If you’ve ever moved before, you will most likely know this to be true. Unless of course, you took this time to be creative and make the most of a stressful and hectic situation. In which case, you will know that moving home can actually be turned into a fun activity. The secret is to try and keep your sense of humor throughout the whole thing. In fact, it’s not as hard it sounds. There are plenty of things that can be incorporated to keep everyone entertained and in great spirits. If you’re getting ready to move and wish to learn what you can do to turn a stressful situation into an exciting one, then this article is for you. Continue reading below as we list some of the ways you can keep your sense of humor when moving.

  • Perspective

Keep your sense of humor when movingAs with any other situation, your perspective on the matter is what helps to set the tone. It is rather proactive to try and keep a positive outlook when moving. If you dread this “stressful event” and complain about all of the things on your moving checklist, then you can expect to experience just that. It really helps to stay positive and look at the bright side of things. Moving home is an exciting time that can bring a world of new experiences, friends, places, and just a brand new environment as a whole. Once you change your perspective, the experiences will follow. Don’t dread moving. Instead think of ways to make it fun!

  • Moving party

A great way to keep your sense of humor when moving is by hosting a party! Yes, you read that right. Host a moving party to keep things fun and exciting while moving your belongings from point A to point B. No, not the kind of party that requires a designated driver, but the kind that allows your friends to help you pack, go through some of your things and help you decide on what you’re keeping, or just simply offer moral support. You can prepare different games you can play in between, and even a favorite movie to watch. Chances are your friends will be more than willing to participate, and in return you get the much needed help and support. You see, moving home doesn’t have to be a boring, lonely process. Use your imagination, and your sources to your advantage. Reward generously!

  • Play some games, and make some jokes

You don’t have to host an official moving party [that you organized in advance] to play some games and have some fun. In fact, you can make up fun activities as you go. Although moving needs to be addressed as a serious matter, and performed to everyone’s best abilities, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some down time to relax and get your strength up. If your friends are helping you move, keep them entertained with jokes, games, and of course snacks! You’ll be surprised to see how quickly things get done when everyone is happy, entertained, and fed!

  • Take breaks

Although fun activities can be implemented to turn moving day into a fun day, non-the less, it will remain a physically challenging event. Therefore, taking frequent breaks, either to recharge mentally or physically, is of great importance. You can use this time to have a snack, make few jokes between friends, or just simply rest.

Pro Tip ⇒⇒⇒ Be sure to always have plenty of water readily available. Staying hydrated during a move is not only important to health but overall performance as well.

  • Reward your helpers

Keep your sense of humor when moving

If you enlist the help and company of your friends when moving, be sure to make it worth their while. At first, your friends may not jump at the idea of a “moving party”. And who can blame them? They will have to do some physical work after all. Chances are your fiends are helping you move simply because they are your friends. Show them they are appreciated by ordering out some food, and having few drinks after the move is complete. Reward them and yourself for a job well done!

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8 signs its time to move home

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8 signs its time to move home

Different life circumstances cause us to relocate our home. Either by choice or outside force, many of us move home at least once in our lifetime. There are many reasons why it could be time for a change. Whether you’ve outgrown your job, your home, or the neighborhood you lived in for years, when the winds of change come, they are usually hard to ignore. In this article we will list 8 of the most common reasons (in no chronological order) why folks decide to move home. Continue reading below to learn if any of the 8 signs its time to move home are showing up in your life.

  • Finances

The decision to move home is vastly impacted by finances. After all it is the sole deciding factor whether or not you can afford the place. Whether you have experienced a salary increase or a sudden decline in funds, you will certainly be forced to make a decision of whether to stay or go as a result. You may decide its time to move if your suddenly depleted income forces you to downsize your home. On the other hand, a sudden cash inflow can have you in the market for the home you’ve always dreamed of.

  • Upgrade

Although your financial situation is the deciding factor when it comes to affordability, it my not be your finances at all that forces you to reconsider your living arrangements. You may have wanted to upgrade for sometime now because you have simply outgrown your home. Maybe you’re finally ready for a bigger home with amenities and upgrades in a nicer neighborhood. If any of these things come to mind, it’s probably time for an upgrade.

  • Upsize

Its time to move when the home you’re living in is just too small. Whether the need to upsize home is a growing family or growing wardrobe, the need for more space is one of the biggest reasons people choose to move home.

Pro Tip ⇒⇒⇒ More tips on upsizing your home.

  • New job opportunity

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, one of the top reasons people move home is job-related. Perhaps you have been offered a new job in another city or just simply looking to expand your job search, moving home for work related matters is a decision many are faced with every day.

Pro Tip ⇒⇒⇒ Tips on moving for a job.

  • Hectic commute

It may be time to move home not because of a new job but for an existing one. Commuting to and from work every day can be very stressful, especially if the distance is far in between. Dealing with traffic, bad roads, and inclement weather is enough reason for many to move home, and to reduce their commute.

  • Relationship status

If the relationship between you and your significant other changes, it may be time to move. Whether a positive or negative change, relocating home due to a change in the relationship stands as one of the most common reasons to move home. You and your sweetheart may be taking things to the next level and decide to move in together. On the downside of relationship matters, you may be going through a divorce, which forces you to move home as well.

Pro Tip ⇒⇒⇒ More on moving out after a divorce.

  • Better schooling system

Unfortunately not all schools are built the same. When it comes to the education system, some schools are just overall better than others. Moving to a new home in a neighborhood zoned for great schools is the decision many families are faced with each year. Since the education received has a huge impact on the future, the decision to move home for a better schooling system is of great importance, one that needs to be made with careful consideration of the child’s welfare and future.

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Pest control during a move

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For centuries, pest problems have been the source of great frustration for many homeowners. Pest infestations not only wreak havoc in our home, but can also be detrimental to our health. Often times very troublesome to rid a home of pests, it is always better to take calculated steps to prevent an outbreak in the first place and avoid it all together. Severe pest infestations have been known to force people out of their homes because the living conditions were just too much to bare. In fact, pest control is just as important when moving home. You want to make sure you’re not moving into an already infested place or bringing any critters along for the ride. Take preventative steps to pest control during a move with our helpful tips below.

  • Prevent

The best approach to pest control is prevention. If you control the pest in your current home, you won’t have to worry about transporting unwelcome critters to your new place. Tidy home makes it hard for most pests to breed and multiply. Cluttered homes create a safe haven for pest and make it hard to get rid of them. Keeping your home clean and de-cluttered is essential to pest prevention. Don’t leave out any sources of food that pests can feed on. Keep all leftover food in tightly sealed containers. All garbage should be removed from your home on a regular basis. Carpeting can be used as a breeding ground for all kind of tiny pest. Deep clean all of your carpets regularly to minimize pest infestation. If you have pets, be sure to check them regularly and take preventative measures against infestations. Outdoor and even indoor pets are one of the biggest sources that introduce pests into your home. Vacuum regularly to eliminate potential traces of pests and pest eggs.

  • Eliminate

In the case your home is already infested, you have to now put all efforts in eliminating pest from your home. Learn how to control and eliminate the particular kind of pest that is invading your home. Thoroughly check your home for possible breeding grounds. There are many pesticides available on the market, some more effective than others. Research your options and choose one that is effective and low risk, if possible. Always follow strict directions while handling and distributing pesticides. If you have young children and pets, be sure to keep them away from areas where pesticide has been applied. For more serious infestations, hiring an exterminator may be your best option.

Pro tip ⇒⇒⇒ How to prepare to fumigate your new home.

  • Packing

Thoroughly inspect every item you are taking with you to your new home, no matter how small. It is very common for insects to hide in small dark places, and the last thing you want is to bring the bugs inside your new home. Items that have been stored for some time require thorough inspection. It is better to be proactive than to suffer the consequences. When packing your belongings, use new material to avoid transporting cockroach eggs and larva.

  • Inspect your new home

Prior to moving in, have a pest control specialist inspect your new home when it is vacant. If you purchased a house these issues are addressed during a performed inspection of the property before the sale is finalized. However, if you’re moving into an apartment, you will want to make sure you’re moving into a pest free place. Although the landlord was supposed to do an inspection when the former tenant moved out, you don’t want to take any chances and assume it was done.

  • Moving in

Assuming your new home has been inspected and if necessary, treated by a professional, inspect the place one more time before you unpack. Sometimes, an apartment can stand vacant for months before anyone moves in, allowing for new infestation to take place. When unpacking, carefully inspect all of the items, and get rid of the boxes as soon as you unpack.

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