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It can be hard moving to a new place where you don’t know anyone. So the sooner you establish relationships with your new neighbors, the sooner you won’t feel so alone. If you don’t know where to start, simply introduce yourself. Things can be awkward at first, so if you need to, ask to borrow a vacuum or a cup of milk. Borrowing something can be a great “in” to break the ice. You don’t have to throw a housewarming party or need an elaborate reason to connect with your neighbor. By being friendly from the get-go and making the first move, you communicate that you are approachable and open to having an amicable relationship.
Going beyond introductions
Further down the road, depending on who your neighbors are, you may have established enough of a relationship with them that you feel comfortable giving them your phone number. This gives you another means of communication in addition to knocking on their door. At this point, it’s entirely appropriate to ask them to notify you of suspicious activity when you’re on vacation. Once you’ve developed even more trust, you could give them a key in case of emergencies. If they have younger children and you have older, offer to babysit or extend an invitation to use your pool. These are all great ways to reach out and be a good neighbor.
Lastly, keep in mind as you unpack to keep your driveway and porch as clean as possible. Break down unpacked boxes and bag up all packing paper that needs to be recycled or picked up. Make sure and put them out the day of trash day so they don’t blow into your neighbor’s yard.
There are so many things to remember when you’re moving, it’s easy to toss your empty luggage into a box along with everything else! But it’s important to actually pack items in them, to save you the hassle of opening multiple boxes as soon as you arrive to your new home. Pack essentials like:
activities for the kids (coloring books, books on CD, a laptop or dvd player for movie-watching, and snacks)
clothing (enough for a week)
important documents you’ll need in order to set up utilities, rent, etc.
Sometimes it’s hard to know what you’ll need ahead of time, so don’t try to pack your suitcases in one sitting. Just jot a quick list down of what you think you’ll need. Then set the suitcases out. Anytime you’re packing boxes and you come across something you know you’ll need in the first couple days/week, pack it in the suitcase instead. It’s much less stressful this way and the likelihood that you’ll forget something is low since you’re going through every single item you own!
So remember, don’t pack the suitcases, pack things in them!
If moving is stressful for you as an adult, can you imagine how stressful it is on your child? Here are some ways to make the process easier on them (and you!) as you move.
Set aside things that remind your child of home
Don’t pack blankies, favorite stuffed animals, or night lights. Children equate these things with home. You want them to know that even though some things may change with the move, the things they love most are staying the same.
Schedule a fun activity or two in your new home town
Make a paper chain counting down the days or give your child their own calendar to cross off days. This will give them something to look forward to instead of focusing on the move.
Stock up on easy meals
Stock up on things like mac ‘n cheese, frozen pizza, and grab ‘n go snacks towards the end of your move. Simplifying meal time will give you more time to focus on packing and spending time with your kids.
Even if your child is a bit old for naps, set a time slot each day for “nap time” for your smaller children to nap and your older children to read, draw, or do something quietly in their rooms. Not only does this occupy them but it gives you some uninterrupted packing time! Don’t be afraid to call on family and close friends to help with your children as well.
Moving during bad weather can be challenging, but there are ways to stay safe and protect your belongings from the elements during your move.
First, make sure you lay towels and mats at your doorways so that movers can wipe their feet. This will prevent them from tracking water and mud accidentally into your home. Not only will this save you extra cleanup, but it will ensure no one slips and falls as well. Pro-tip: wear shoes with good treads on them the day of your move too! You need as much traction as possible when walking on slick floors and pavement.
You’ll want to also pack valuables like laptops, memories, and important files in water tight containers. Pack hard drives, passports, social security cards, etc. in plastic bags that seal.
Finally, be sure your car is ready to handle the bad weather as well. Double check that the treads on your tires and make sure your headlights are working well and are clean. Also, pack an emergency kit including a flashlight, first aid kit, water bottles, and flashlight just in case. Weather you’re dealing with snow in the winter or thunderstorms and tornadoes in the spring/summer, you want to be as prepared as possible to minimize accidents and protect your belongings from getting damaged.
Apartment complexes are typically very picky when it comes to apartments being clean before tenants move out. Not cleaning your apartment thoroughly enough could result in surprise fees, and that’s the last thing you need when you’re moving. So how do you make sure your apartment is ready for inspection? Here’s a few handy tips to keep in mind.
1. Ask the manager if there is a cleaning checklist they use when they do the walk-through.
Since you’re aiming to meet all their expectations, why not just ask for them upfront? This list will not only include basic cleaning requirements, but also little things you might forget like making sure all light bulbs work and changing the air filters. If the manager doesn’t have a list for you, there are plenty online that you can print out and use as a guide.
2. Double check that you packed everything.
You’d be surprised how many nooks and crannies there are in an apartment! Go room by room and open every single drawer, closet, cabinet, etc. (Be especially careful in the kitchen, since there are so many spots for things to be hiding in there… don’t forget the dishwasher, washer, and dryer!) Slap a small post it note on each drawer or cabinet you’ve checked. When you’re finished, walk through once more to see if there are any drawers or cabinets without post-its. This will bring to light any “blind spots” you missed.
3. When in doubt, pretend you’re moving in.
What you would want your new apartment or home to look like when you move in? Would you want clean toilets, unclogged drains, mildew-free showers, and swept/mopped/vacuumed floors? If you’re unsure what to clean/how you should clean, pretend you’re the one moving in! No one is going to walk around with a white glove, but your landlord is not responsible for the mess you made. Make the apartment move-in ready for the next tenants, and you should be good to go. If you aren’t good at cleaning or simply don’t have the time, hire a professional to come in and do it for you.
Whether you’re moving across town or to a new state, it’s important to make sure you pack everything properly to prevent breakage. Here’s a couple tips to keep in mind as you pack your belongings.
Invest in good materials
First of all, make sure you have plenty of packing paper and bubble wrap. Look on sites like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, oftentimes people are willing to get rid of packing materials for free! You can also use these sites to look for good sturdy boxes. Don’t get old boxes, try to get ones that look new as these will provide the most protection.
Secondly, don’t pack haphazardly. Sometimes when we’re in a hurry, we pack sloppily. Give yourself plenty of time to pack. Use things like pillows and towels to cushion breakables. Don’t pack heavy items on top of light ones. And make sure you clearly mark boxes that shouldn’t be stacked or need to be handled with care! It may seem like extra work, but taking the time to pack carefully really pays off when your belongings arrive safely.
Another way to prevent damage is to not under-pack or over-pack. If you don’t put enough items in a box to fill it, it will buckle when boxes are stacked on top. If you put too many items in it, glass items and breakables can get crushed. In order to know if you’ve packed it the correct amount, try closing the flaps on top. If they lay flat on top of the contents without force, go ahead and tape the box shut.
Lastly, consider purchasing insurance for valuable items. Despite your best efforts, some items may still break in transit. You’ll be glad you paid for those items to be covered so you can buy new ones.
As you get things in order to sell your home, you may be nervous about the home inspection. It’s intimidating to have someone walk through your entire home and “grade” it. But with the right preparation, you can feel confident your home will pass with flying colors. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you prepare for a home inspection.
Provide clean and easy access
Your inspector shouldn’t have to move things in order to reach attic space, electrical boxes, water valves, etc. They also shouldn’t have to clear cob webs or take an allergy pill just to make it through the inspection! Dust, vacuum, and pull aside heavy furniture ahead of time.
Do the same thing outside as well. Mow your lawn and clear overgrown bushes and trees, especially those surrounding the foundation of your home. You want the inspector and potential buyers to be able to picture themselves moving in without having to do anything. Put toys and trash cans away in the garage. Make your yard clutter-free and provide easy-access to all the areas an inspector would need to reach.
Present your home in the best light
Replace light bulbs that are out, install new air filters, make sure all monitors (smoke and carbon monoxide) are working, and exterminate for bugs. Fix anything that is broken such as screen doors, broken or cracked windows, clogged sinks, and malfunctioning toilets. The inspector will check every single nook, cranny, and function of the house. They will check that the house is safe and in full working order. If you anticipate that they will be testing every faucet, every toilet, every shower head, every unit, you won’t have to dread a bad report. You’ll be able to proudly show off your home knowing that everything is safe, clean, and in working order.
If you’re thinking of moving by yourself, you should re-consider. Moving is taxing, whether you’re moving across town or several states away. Since there are so many aspects of moving that you have to do yourself, consider asking someone else to share the burden of packing and moving your belongings. Once you decide to ask for help, you have to decide who to get help from: should you have friends and family help you or should you get the pros to do it?
The answer is “both!” Friends and family can be a great asset when it comes to meals, babysitting younger children, and toting items you no longer need to the thrift store. However, it’s sometimes hard to tell family to “be careful” or to pack differently. Not to mention carrying heavy boxes is a lot of work to ask a loved one to do for free. So it’s best to enlist the help of a professional for the actual packing/loading up process.
Professional movers know how to pack things so they don’t break in transit. They know how to maximize space and how to make boxes just the right weight (so they’re not too heavy). They are also typically faster packers than the average person, because it’s their job.
Whether you’re storing already-packed boxes or setting aside items for a garage sale, storage units can be incredibly helpful during a move. Here’s a few things to keep in mind as you make your storage arrangements.
Don’t store firearms, paint, or food in your storage unit, as these items are not storage unit friendly. Double check with your storage facility about any further regulations you should adhere to. When in doubt, it’s better to ask permission than assume.
Invest in the best
Depending on what you’re storing, you may not need all the climate control, tight security, and safety features available to you. But these are more than just amenities. They protect your belongings from damage, theft, and the elements. So if you are storing antiques, technology, or other valuables, better to be safe than sorry and invest in the protection you need.
Don’t forget the perks
Sometimes storage units will give you discounts on moving trucks or allow you to use their other moving equipment such as dollies, hand trucks, and blankets for free! If you need something, it doesn’t hurt to ask what equipment is available to you.
Moving and need storage? Reliable can help you with your moving and storage needs. We’re ready to make this move the smoothest ever. Contact us today!
Sometimes in the process of moving, you have to take a quick trip out of town to hunt for apartments or attend a meeting for your new job. So how do your protect your home and your stuff while you’re gone?
1. Make it look like someone’s home
The regular appearance of someone still being home is a simple yet effective way to discourage burglars. Buy a light timer or two. You can find them at Walmart, Amazon, or most home improvement stores. You can set the timers to turn on a lamp or two at a certain time every day, so that it looks like someone is home. Thieves will assume someone left (based on your vehicle being gone) and someone else stayed behind (based on the lights.) Of course, if you’re not going to be out of town for long, you may choose to simply leave a lamp on with a cost-efficient bulb. This method will run your electrical bill up, though.
2. Have a neighbor spy for you
Have a neighbor or relative come regularly to check mail, water plants, feed an indoor pet, etc. Not only will this deter potential intruders, but you’ll also have someone who can spot something out of the ordinary should anything happen. Better to find out sooner rather than later. Don’t leave a key for them under a mat or flower pot, though; these are common spots for keys and robbers look in those spots. Instead, give your “spy” a key to put on their key ring.
3. Be smart about security
Close blinds, lock every door and window, and put valuables in a safe. Don’t leave valuable items or documents by easy-access areas like windows and doors. Should anyone happen to attempt to steal some of your belongings because they’ve noticed you’re moving, they will reach for the most pricey item they can grab quickly and get out. If you have valuables packed in a safe or box somewhere hidden, chances are the most valuable item they’ll take will be something not as important to you or replaceable.