How To Move With Your Partner, Argument-Free

Perhaps you and your loved one have decided to start a family, or just want to move to a better location?

Whatever the reason, moving day can be a mine-filled operation. Potential arguments lay hidden behind every door and within every packing box. A survey by SpareFoot found that 31% of Americans who have moved in with a significant other, had some of their worst arguments while moving.

So, we know there is a potential for arguments during the moving process, the question is, how do we avoid them?

1. Make a task list for each person

There are many tasks to accomplish before you settle in your new place; from packing and organizing boxes, to clearing rooms and taking out the trash. Use a checklist to discuss and decide who will be responsible for each task.

2. Plan ahead

Moving isn’t just a one-day affair; it will take a few weeks of careful planning. The trick here is not to leave things to the last minute; otherwise, you’re guaranteed to be rushing and stressed which will only lead to arguments. Make sure that you have a clear plan, so nothing is forgotten. There are plenty of planning tools online, check out this planner that starts two months in advance.

3. Be clear about expectations and budget

One of you thinks that you need a beautiful new 75” flatscreen television while the other thinks that your old television is fine, and you shouldn’t be wasting money. Sound like a familiar “discussion?”

Start a list of items that you think need replacing and another list of purchases for your new house. Check those against your moving budget.

Sit down together and look at Pinterest for creative money-saving ideas that you’d both be happy with.

4. Make time to date and dine

Don’t forget that you are a loving couple, and you need to nourish that relationship. Carve out some time to spend together having fun. Cook a last meal in your old kitchen together, take pictures of the big clear out, and celebrate when everything is boxed up and ready.

5. If it’s not yours, then don’t assume

When sorting through your belongings and packing up, be respectful of each other’s personal items. Avoid thinking “I’ve never seen them use this. They obviously don’t need it, so I’ll just throw it away.” You never know, it may be a treasured family heirloom or memento.

6. Speak freely

We all get frustrated, but what makes it worse? Bottling it up and exploding later on. It is much better to calmly voice your frustrations gently than becoming hot-headed and allowing your temper to flare.

Nodding in agreement?

Think that these ideas sound great and you’re nodding in agreement? Great, the first step is to show this article to your partner and get some decisions and agreements sorted. You’re already part way to a stress-free and happy move with your loved one!

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6 To-Do’s Before You Move into Your New Home

Moving is an exciting time! A new home awaits. But, before you move in you will need to take care of a few essential things. Here is a list of some key tasks you will want to take care of when you move into your new house.

Deep Clean

It’s possible the previous owners have left your new home in excellent condition, but just in case, if you have the opportunity, spend a day at your new place deep cleaning, literally from top to bottom. Scrub everything from ceiling and exhaust fans to baseboards and carpets, plus everything in between.

Give particular attention to disinfecting the kitchen as well as the bathrooms as those are the rooms where germs linger. Also, replace the toilet seats!

Or, if you just can’t squeeze in the time to do do the cleaning yourself, hire a professional cleaning service to take care of the dirty work for you.

Turn on Utilities

Take care of your utility changes well in advance.

If you are in an area where you need to maintain electricity or gas between the closing date and your moving in, you will need to make arrangements based on your closing date. Otherwise, plan to have the services turned on a day or two before your move-in date. Or, if you plan on doing that deep clean day, make sure your power and water are on for that.

When scheduling the disconnection from your previous home, plan to have the services discontinued a day or two after your scheduled move-out date so that you will have the utilities you need throughout your move.

Set-up Internet and Cable

In this age of technology we depend on these services, so you will want to have them available as soon as you move in.

Contact the internet and cable service companies for at least two to three weeks in advance to schedule service. Sometimes an installation appointment is necessary, so get on the schedule ahead of time to get these services up and running as quickly as possible.

Change the Locks

As soon as you move in, change the locks on all of your doors. Or, hire a locksmith to come and take care of it for you. Since you have no idea how many keys might be floating around out there it’s best to be on the safe side and have the locks replaced.

Change Address

Take care of changing your address as early as possible so that you don’t have to depend on the new tenants of your previous home to forward your mail.

Notify the post office of your new address through their online form.

Contact businesses and government bodies individually to assure your mail is forwarded to the correct address. Remember to:

  • contact car insurance and registration provider to change your address
  • update magazine and other subscriptions
  • update the details for voter registration
  • notify your bank

Personally update your friends and relatives with your new address through a text message or email.

Locate the Main Switches

Locate the circuit breaker box and primary water shut-off valve in your new home. It’s important to know how to shut off the electricity or water in case of an emergency. Also, make sure the circuit breaker panel is labeled correctly.

Let Us Help With Your Move

With so many details for you to take care of you might need some assistance with packing and moving. We can take those tasks off your plate for you so that you have plenty of time to do the rest and enjoy your new home. Give us a call today.

Manage Your Move From Your Smartphone: Top 10 Apps

You’ve wandered around the house a few times, you’ve picked things up and put them in a different room. Let’s admit it. You’re no closer to starting your move than you were last week.

We’ve all been there! When it comes to moving, one of the hardest things is merely knowing where to start. Let us tell give you a tip… “start by picking up your smartphone.”

No, we don’t mean scroll on Facebook or get lost in the world of Instagram. There are now plenty of amazing apps designed to make your big move as easy as A, B, C. Let’s take a look at the top ten.

1. MyMovingList

Are you looking for a time plan of how to manage your move? MyMove allows you to create a timeline of up to 8 weeks before the big day meaning that you won’t be leaving things to the last minute. MyMove is the ideal app to avoid moving day stress.

2.  Wunderlist

This is the ideal app if you like making lists. Wunderlist allows you to create, update and share your lists with collaborators, so you know exactly where you are in the moving process

3. Mint

Not great at budgeting? Then let Mint do the hard work for you. Simply link the app to your bank account, and you can organize your transactions, create graphs and quickly see where you are underspending or, overspending concerning your move.

4. Sortly

Do you find yourself thinking “Ah I’ll put that somewhere safe” only to forget where you packed it? If this sounds like you, then Sortly will be a dream come true. Take a photo of essential items, label them in the app and log where you pack them so when you move you know precisely where they are.

5. TaskRabbit

Sometimes it is just easier to get someone else to do the hard work, and that is precisely where TaskRabbit comes in handy. Need some repairs on your new place before you move in? With this app, you can find someone to clean your new home, hang new curtains, or even mount shelves.

6. MagicPlan

Trying to imagine how everything will look in your new home, but struggling? Then MagicPlan might be your ideal app. Take pictures of your new house (the app will tell you how), and you’ll be able to create and edit a virtual floor plan of every room.

7. Pinterest

A great app partner for MagicPlan. Search for decorating ideas and inspiration on Pinterest. You can save your favorite ideas onto different pinboards for each room.

8. Postmates

If you realize you’ve forgotten something, run out of toiletries, or maybe you’re just hungry? Whatever it is, Postmates will deliver your needs right to your door, so you can continue with your move without having to leave the house.

9. Thumbtack

A whole host of home services are available at the touch of a button. From interior designers to home security installers, Thumbtack has you covered.

10. Nextdoor

Connect with your new neighbors to find out about local events, great eateries and much more right in your community. Note, you’ll have to verify your address for access to your local group. You can also receive alerts from police, so you’re always in the loop.

Become a Moving Superstar

That’s it! Our top ten list of amazing smartphones apps that will turn you from a confused moving day wreck into a Moving Superstar. Sounds good, doesn’t it? So, what are you waiting for, it’s time to get organized!

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6 Essential Steps When Moving

Between creating a packing list, hiring movers, sorting everything out and packing for the move the moving experience can get overwhelming.

Waiting until the last minute to develop your moving plan can cause even more chaos. Here are some essential steps to include in your planning process.

1. Create a Moving Timeline

One of the keys to staying organized is to put all of the elements down in writing. Develop a list and assign completion dates for each task.

The moving process should start as early as possible and having a moving timeline to follow will help keep you on track. You can download one online then personalize it for your needs.

2. Inquire About Local Moving Companies

Securing a moving company is one of the first and most important steps in moving. It’s ideal to start searching approximately two months before your move.

Do some online research on local movers. Look for a moving company in good standing with the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

Look for a moving company that is well established and has been in business for a number of years, and confirm that online reviews are positive.

Make sure the company is licensed and that the workers are bonded and insured. Check out the website of each moving company to learn more about their services.

Once you have focused your list, contact the company for an estimate.

3. Purge Unnecessary Items

Before packing up all your belongings, take the time to sort through everything and purge items you no longer use or need.

Depending on how much stuff you have to get rid of and how much time you have, consider having a garage sale. Another way to make a little money from the sale of items it to place them on online websites or apps like eBay or Poshmark.

Or you can always donate old clothes and toys to charities like Goodwill and Salvation Army.

Finally, start finishing up any perishable foods because you won’t be able to move those items.

4. Begin Packing

If you prefer not to do the packing yourself, contact your moving company to inquire about their packing services.

If you opt to pack your own belongings rather than hire professional packers, you should start the process at least a month before the big day. Commit to packing a few boxes every day.

Holiday decorations, seasonal clothing, dress attire can be packed days or weeks in advance. Items you need daily should be packed as close to your moving date as possible.

Keep items from one room packed together in the same boxes. Label each box appropriately and label each side of the box. Make sure items are secure in the box by filling up any empty space with packing paper.

5. Pack an Essentials Box

Pack a box that will stay with you that includes important items for your first night and day in your new home.

Ideally, this essentials box will include necessities like medication, toiletries, bedding, snacks, paper towels, soap, cleaning supplies, garbage bags and a toolkit. Think about would items you will want to have on hand with easy accessibility. Pack them in this essentials box so that you can have peace of mind.

6. Get the Word Out About Your Move

A month before moving, begin notifying others of your move. Fill out an online change-of-address form with the US Post Office.

Contact utility companies at your current address as well as new location. Arrange for utility services to be set up at your new address, and schedule the cancellation at your old address.

Inform all your family and friends about your new address as well. Provide them with your new contact information via email or text.

Final Thoughts

Remember to begin your moving process early and implement a timeline plan. With these moving steps, your move is sure to be a success!

Do you need help with your move, contact us for a free quote today!

Downsizing? How To Break The Curse Of Hoarding

Are you moving from your family home? Perhaps your children have now left, and it’s time to downsize to a smaller location.

We all know that downsizing can be difficult, you’ll need to either store or part with some beloved items in your home.

You have spent your hard earned money purchasing everything in your house. Or, perhaps you are surrounded by numerous boxes filled with your child’s drawings, their first pair of shoes, their first book, and first A-graded assignment.

Don’t fall into the trap of saving everything! Want to learn how to downsize without hoarding? Follow these basic rules.

1. Enlist the Help of Friends

Sometimes, you need a friend to offer a shoulder of support. Choose a friend that will be firm and help you make the right decisions. It’s time to purge your belongings, so you need to be a bit ruthless.

Just remember that your friend is doing this as a favor, so no arguments, please! You are purging items, not friendships!

2. Ask yourself three important questions

  • When did I last use this item?
  • Do I plan to use it again? (The answer “Well, I might,” is probably the same as “no.”)
  • What is the worst case scenario if I don’t have this item?

Hopefully, by answering these questions, you’ll realize if it is essential to keep.

If you are still unsure, establish a ‘maybe’ storage box so you can come back to that item later and have another look at it at the end of the day. Only allow one storage box for this exercise. If there is no room to add a new item to the “maybe” box, then you’ll have to get rid of something before you can add another.

You never know, as the day progresses, you might become more decisive.

3. Be realistically sentimental

This is one of the hardest things to do because sentimental feelings are powerful. If you feel especially connected to some items, think about where you might store them in your house. If the item is one of a kind, will it continue to be stored in the closet or put on display?

If you have a whole draw-load of artwork or projects from your children, keep one or two favorites and perhaps frame those. Take a photo of the others together for remembrance and then discard them.

4. Don’t give up!

Once you have gone through all of the items in your house, you’ll feel much better. Now you won’t take things that you won’t use or see to your new home.

After your purging is complete, treat your helpful friend to a nice meal to celebrate. You’ll both need it!

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