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Posted by Elena Langlois on 9/20/2018

If you buy or sell a house, you may need to hire a moving company as well. That way, you can work with an expert moving company to ensure all of your personal belongings can safely make it to your new address.

Ultimately, there are lots of things you can do to put yourself in the best position to conduct a successful search for a moving company, such as:

1. Reach Out to Multiple Moving Companies

There is no shortage of moving companies available in cities and towns nationwide. Thus, if you reach out to several moving firms, you should have no trouble finding one that matches your budget.

Account for your moving timeline as you search for a moving company, too. The top moving companies may be in high demand. But if you can give a moving company plenty of notice about your upcoming relocation, you can boost the likelihood that this business can help you on moving day.

2. Request Client Referrals

Sometimes, it can be tough to differentiate one moving company from another. If you ask a moving company for client referrals, however, you can learn from a business' past clients. Then, you can use these client referrals to help you decide if a particular moving company is right for you.

A moving company typically can provide client referrals upon request. Meanwhile, you should ask a moving company's past clients about their experiences. You then can use these clients' insights to determine if a moving company can match or exceed your expectations.

3. Evaluate a Moving Company's Services

Moving companies may provide a wide range of services for residential and commercial customers. As such, you should examine a moving company's services to find a business that can help you accomplish your desired results.

If you need a moving company that can help you pack and move your belongings from Point A to Point B, for example, you should hire a business that can fulfill your request. On the other hand, if you need a moving company that can handle an out-of-state relocation, you should hone your moving company search accordingly.

When it comes to finding the right moving company, you may encounter myriad challenges along the way. Lucky for you, a real estate agent may be able to help you speed up your search to find the right moving company.

In addition to helping you buy or sell a residence, a real estate agent may provide moving company recommendations. He or she also may be able to put you in touch with the top moving companies in your city or town.

For those who want to streamline an upcoming move, it generally is a good idea to hire a moving company. Thanks to the aforementioned tips, you can conduct a comprehensive search for a moving company in your area. As a result, you may quickly find a moving company that can take the guesswork out of transporting all of your belongings to your new home.




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Posted by Elena Langlois on 4/27/2017

Excitement and the chance to live in a better neighborhood and a house that meets all of your family's needs and wants isn't the only thing that packing and moving brings. Moving to a new house can bring feelings of insecurity, uncertainty and even anxiety. You're not the only one who might experience feelings of unease as a house move nears. Your kids might feel stressed about the change.

How moving to a new house could unnerve your kids

If your kids have gone through just one unpleasant change, they might associate change with unwanted experiences. Whether you realize it or not, your kids could think that moving to a new home will bring bad changes their way. For example, your children might create images of not:

  • Fitting in with kids who already live in the new neighborhood
  • Seeing their current friends, the kids who live in the neighborhood you're leaving, again
  • Adjusting well to attending a new school
  • Feeling left out as they become the "new kid" everywhere they go

These fears can create physical symptoms. Your children might:

  • Feel nauseous
  • Experience significant appetite changes and eat more or less
  • Struggle to get a good night of sleep
  • Sleep more than normal as a way to avoid dealing with unwanted thoughts and emotions
  • Spend more time alone as they ponder the many experiences that the move could create

Helping your kids enjoy a stress free house move

To reduce your children's stress, include them in move discussions. Start talking with your kids about a house move as soon as you start giving serious consideration to relocating. This helps your children to feel heard and important.

Talking with your children about moving to a new home lets your children know that their thoughts about moving really matter. It gives your kids a voice.

Fortunately, there are more ways to help your kids adjust to a house move. You could:

  • Take your kids with you the next time you visit neighborhoods that you're seriously thinking about moving to.
  • Let your children know what each member of the family can do to make the move smooth
  • Point out great features of the new house
  • Highlight advantages that your kids can gain from the move (e.g. more sports events, better schools, more entertainment options)
  • Plan moves when your children don't have other major events going on in their lives
  • Ask your children to share their thoughts and feelings about the move with you (but, don't pressure your kids to talk)
  • Observe your kids and offer assistance and support as needed (For example, you might share uneasiness that you feel about packing, meeting new neighbors and getting accustomed to a new work commute.)

Stress free house moves for kids don't happen on their own

Bills, house repairs and hours of heavy lifting and packing may cost you sleep as you prepare to move into a new house. You might even think that your spouse and you are the only people who are losing sleep because you keep thinking about what will happen after you move. But, you'd be wrong. Your kids might be worried about the move.

Start talking to your kids early about house moves to reduce, and maybe even eliminate, house move worries. Also, take other focused actions to make moving to a new house and neighborhood stress free for you and your kids.




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Posted by Elena Langlois on 8/18/2016

Moving is stressful. You have to worry about cleaning out your old home, preparing your new one and all of the logistical headaches that come with it. If that weren't enough, you still have to balance your work and family life with the demands of moving into a new home. With all of those factors taken into account, it's easy to make mistakes on moving day. Today, we'll cover five of the most common mistakes people make while moving to a new home and how to avoid them.

1. Thinking you don't need help

None of us want to burden our friends or our wallets for moving. But unless all of your belongings fit in a suitcase and you're moving to a furnished apartment you're going to need some help. Whether it's friends, family, or professional movers, make sure you have enough people to help you with the moving process. Don't worry, you can repay them with free food or a good tip accordingly.

2. Assuming your help is reliable

If you're counting on friends and family to help you move, check in with them a few days in advance to make sure they're still available. Give them details for the exact time and place they're needed. As a courtesy, order everyone pizza at the new house in exchange for their help. If you're hiring a mover, do some research before you commit to one. Read customer reviews and testimonials, make sure they have all required licensing, and so on. Call to confirm on the day before the move to make sure no mix-ups have been made.

3. Not taking traffic into account

If you and your movers are on a deadline, take traffic into account for your move. Do a test run along the moving route during the hours you'll be traveling to find out how long it will take. This will also help you plan out stops for gas if needed. Another good practice is to print out directions to the new home and give them to everyone who will be driving. This way you and your moving van know exactly which route to take.

4. Forgetting overnight necessities

Necessities like a tooth brush, deodorant, soap, and cell phone charger should be packed in a separate bag that stays with you. This way it won't get lost among your boxes and regardless of where you're sleeping that night you'll know where to find the important items you need.

5. Not planning for their pet

Moving your belongings is easy, but moving your pet will require extra planning. You'll have to ready your crate, pet food, toys, litter box or dog bags, and anything else your pet needs. You'll also need to look out for your pet during the move since doors will be opening and closing and they'll be in a new (potentially frightening) environment. If you can, have someone pet sit for you on moving day. If that isn't possible, keep the pet in an empty room with everything they need until you've settled in, checking up on them periodically.




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