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One of the drawbacks of renting is that your landlord has the right to raise rent once your lease expires. In most cases, landlords won’t raise the rent by more than three to five percent a year. However, there are cases where the rent may go up drastically. Whether or not the rent goes up by a lot, you still need to decide whether you want to pay this increase or move out.

The Reason Behind Rent Increases

Things like maintenance, market rates and property taxes all tend to go up year after year, which means that landlords have to adjust their rent prices so that they don’t begin losing money. If a landlord hasn’t raised rent in a while, they may increase the rent significantly. This is completely legal since they can charge whatever the market allows. However, some states do require landlords to give a certain amount of notice on month-to-month agreements.

Should You Move When Rent Goes Up?

There are a few things to think about. First of all, look at other similar places in the area and see how much rent is there. If the cost is similar, then moving may not make much sense since you’ll be paying the same amount. If the rent has only increased a little, then the cost of moving may negate the amount that you would save as well.

If the increase is somewhat larger, then consider how much you make. Your housing costs should be no more than 30 percent of your income, including rent and utilities. If it exceeds this, then you may not be able to afford the increase. You could try to negotiate, but you may want to consider moving.

Regardless of your reasons for wanting to move, contact us at Dircks Moving & Logistics if you’re ready to take that step.

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There’s been a lot of speculation about why Millennials have continued to rent more than they buy houses. Millennials are now the biggest generation in the country, and there’s some worry as to why they are less likely to invest in property than previous generations. The following are a few of the reasons why Millennials don’t dive into the housing market often:

  • Lack of funds – The cost of going to school has gone up considerably over the past few decades, making it difficult for Millennials to pay back student loans at their level of income, especially right out of school. In fact, finding work following graduation has proven to be a huge challenge for many Millennials, making buying a house something that they don’t even think about.
  • Waiting for marriage – Millennials aren’t settling down as soon as their parents’ generation. They don’t see the point of buying a house until they are married, and many Millennials aren’t getting married until their 30’s.
  • Different priorities – To many Millennials, being a homeowner just isn’t as important as it once was. They prefer to spend their money going on vacation and seeing the world while they are young. They see owning a house as more of a financial burden that will prevent them from enjoying other things in life.
  • They are saving up for their dream home – Millennials that do want to become homeowners aren’t so quick to invest because they are waiting until they can afford their dream home, complete with space for their pets and future children.

These are a few of the reasons why Millennials tend to rent more than buy, but as the generation ages, the trend is beginning to reverse. In fact, having a place to live with their dogs has been cited as a reason for increased home ownership!

Whether you’re moving into a new apartment or a new house, be sure to contact us at Dirck’s Moving & Logistics to plan your upcoming move today.

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Once you complete your move and finish unpacking, odds are you’re going to find yourself with a whole lot of packing materials that you no longer need, from cardboard boxes and packing paper to styrofoam peanuts and bubble wrap. The following are a few ideas for what you can do with all of these moving materials:

  • Give your boxes away – If you’re moving into an apartment building or complex, tell the property manager that you have boxes to give out. They may know of a resident who is getting ready to move out. Let your friends and coworkers know as well, in case they know someone who is moving.
  • Store your boxes – If you think that you might be moving again in the next year or two, you may want to break your boxes down and keep them in a closet, basement or attic until you need them.
  • Reuse for care packages – If you send gifts in the mail, you can save money by packing them using materials you already have.
  • Recycle what you can – If you can’t get rid of your boxes and you have no need for them, recycle them. You can also recycle your packing paper.
  • Give styrofoam peanuts to packing places – Do not just throw away your styrofoam peanuts as they are not degradable. Instead, call local packing places and offer to give them your styrofoam peanuts.
  • Post an ad online – There are plenty of places where you can post free ads offering free packing materials. Try posting an ad on Facebook or Craigslist.

These are just a few things that you can do with your packing materials once you’ve completed your move. If you are planning an upcoming move, then be sure to contact us at Dircks Moving & Logistics. Not only do we offer residential and commercial moving, we also provide packing and storage services as well.

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Although our movers have the training and equipment necessary to allow us to move all kinds of fragile items, heavy items and furniture, there are still a number of things that we cannot move for safety and liability purposes. The following are some of the items that we cannot help you move:

  • Hazardous materials – There are hazardous household items that risk damaging your other belongings if they are packed together with them, and that could even cause damage to our moving trucks. Such hazardous items include acids, ammonia, aerosol cans, car batteries, fire extinguishers, fireworks, gasoline, kerosene, petrol products, alcohol, guns, poisons, pool chemicals, pesticides and more.
  • Perishable items – Perishable items, such as foods, should be thrown away or moved on your own. Perishable items are likely to spoil while on the road, especially if you are moving long distance. They will start to smell and will potentially attract bugs, which could then infest your other household belongings. If you have canned foods you want to move, then ask your mover beforehand if it’s okay.
  • Plants – Plants are very delicate and may not survive the trip in our truck. Any moves that take longer than a day will deprive them of the sunlight and water that they need. Not to mention that they could be damaged by being packed alongside heavier household items and boxes in the truck. If you need to move plants, you should do so in your personal vehicle.
  • Pets – For obvious reasons, we do not move pets in our trucks.

Any reputable moving company will refuse to move these items.

Shelf-stable medications can be moved in the truck, but make sure you have everything you need with you during transit. While we are happy to move these items for you, many families prefer to keep jewelry and items of sentimental value with them as well.

For more information about what we can and cannot move, contact Dircks Moving & Logistics today.

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Here at Dircks Moving & Logistics, we have steadily been building our reputation as one of the most trustworthy and reliable movers in the country over the past few years. In fact, we are proud to say that our efforts have landed us a spot on the prestigious Inc. 5000 list this year.

What is the Inc. 5000?

Every year, Inc. magazine releases a list ranking the 5,000 fastest growing companies in the U.S. Inc. magazine has regularly been publishing such lists since 1979, but the Inc. 5000 wasn’t officially implemented until 2007. The rankings are determined by the percentage of revenue growth over a three year period. The only way to qualify is to be an American-based, privately held and independent business, which means the companies listed on the Inc. 5000 cannot be subsidiaries or divisions of other companies.

Here at Dircks Moving & Logistics, we managed to achieve a three-year growth of 52 percent, which is no easy feat. With 97 employees and a revenue in 2016 of $18.3 million, Inc. we managed to earn a place in the 2017 rankings, where we hold the 4,594 spot.

We are incredibly proud of our position on the Inc. 5000 and would like to thank all of our current and past customers for helping us reach such a success. We hope to continue growing our business by continuing to build on the relationships we have fostered throughout the industry – and hopefully, we’ll climb the rankings on the list in the future!

For more information about our services out of Phoenix, AZ, be sure to contact us at Dircks Moving & Logistics today.

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One of our goals at Dircks Moving & Logistics is to make the moving experience as easy and convenient as possible for all of our customers. For that reason, we recently formed a partnership with OfferPad.

What is OfferPad?

OfferPad is a very unique service that makes it easy for homeowners to sell their property. Instead of having to put up your house on the local real estate market and hope that an interested buyer comes along sooner rather than later, you can upload your home information on OfferPad’s website. Within only 24 hours, they will respond with an offer. If you agree to that offer, you can then decide on your schedule and what your closing date will be.

Our Partnership with OfferPad

We believe OfferPad provides home sellers with an incredible service that makes selling homes a much more convenient and easy experience than it’s ever been before. As part of its home buying service, OfferPad has begun offering its sellers the use of a free moving service. This is where we come in.

If you sell your home to Offerpad, then we will provide you with a free professional moving service within 50 miles of your Phoenix-area location and for homes that are up to 2,800 square feet in size. This means that two of the biggest challenges of moving — selling a house and the move itself — have been eliminated. Basically, our partnership with OfferPad has made the logistics of selling a house and moving much less complicated.

Read more about our partnership with OfferPad. Or for information about our moving services in general, be sure to contact us at Dircks Moving & Logistics in Phoenix, AZ today.

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Moving to another country can be a very exciting experience; however, you may end up experiencing a bit of culture shock as well, which can be difficult to deal with. Learning how to identify culture shock and knowing how to deal with it will help you enjoy living in a different country.

Identifying Culture Shock

Once the euphoric experience of being somewhere new wears off, you may realize that your normal support systems are no longer as accessible as they once were, leaving you potentially feeling alone and confused. Those experiencing culture shock will begin idealizing life back home, comparing it to the culture you are experiencing now. This can cause feelings of frustration and hostility.

Avoiding Culture Shock as an Expat

Culture shock isn’t unusual, especially if you’ve moved somewhere where the culture is completely different than what you’re used to. Fortunately, many people have worked through similar issues. Here are some tips for dealing with culture shock when moving to a new country.

  • Avoid retreating – Fight the urge to retreat and try to find a social activity to participate in, such as joining a club or taking a language class. This will make it easier for you to become part of a community, allowing you to feel less like an outsider.
  • Make your home comfortable – Set up your home so that you feel safe and comfortable. Your personal space is important and will make you feel more at ease with where you are.
  • Get around – Go exploring. Find a coffee shop or bar to visit regularly where people will begin to recognize your face.

Culture shock is normal but can be avoided. If you’re planning an international move from Phoenix, then be sure to contact Dircks Moving & Logistics.

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By Joe Manna

I’ve relocated two separate times. It can be stressful because despite putting a good plan in place, oftentimes, things don’t go the way you intended. Still, whether you’re a home or condo owner, there are a few steps you can take to help minimize the stress and uncertainty of relocating.


What options do home and condo owners have when relocating?

  • Rent it out
    If you don’t have more than 20 percent equity in your home, renting it out could be a great option. And since you won’t have immediate access to your home due to being a long distance away, partnering with a reputable property management company to manage renters will minimize stress. The upside of renting out your property? It allows someone else to make your mortgage payments. The downside is, you may have to foot the bill for repairs on a regular basis.
  • Sell it directly
    If you have at least some equity in your property, it might make sense to sell to a direct home buyer like OfferPad. When you sell your home directly, you get an end-to-end moving experience. They even take care of repairs and renovation costs—so you can sell your home fast, skip title and escrow and close any time you want. You get the flexibility you need with the ability to sell between five days and three months. The benefits of selling your home this way is that you get maximum convenience and control and you get fair market value.
  • Sell with an agent
    If time isn’t an issue and you have equity in your home, you might consider using a real estate agent. While taking the traditional route could mean fetching a higher price for your home, the downside side is, you’ll have to pay out of pocket for renovations and repairs, as well as pay a commission to the agent. You should also be prepared to have your house ready for showings at a moment’s notice—isn’t life busy enough already??

When planning a long distance move, hire a professional moving company. Whether you’re moving back home, just landed your dream job, or whatever the reason may be, don’t let your house or condo keep you from moving forward with your life.

This post was authored by OfferPad, a direct home buyer that has partnered with Dircks Moving & Logistics to provide homeowners a free local move when they sell their home.

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When it comes to relocating a business, moving companies with corporate moving experience should have no problem handling the task, which generally involves the breaking down, storage, transportation, and assembly of equipment. However, relocating a data center is a whole different challenge that not all moving companies can handle.

The Challenges of Relocating a Data Center

There are many considerations that must be made in order to relocate an entire data center. Besides just making sure that all of the equipment is properly transported from one location to another and set back up in as safe and efficient a manner possible, the customer data held by the data center needs to be available and accessible throughout the transition.

The longer the downtime is, the more likely that clients will experience the loss of business as a result of not having access to their data. The following are the two methods used to move data centers:

  1. Push/Pull – The traditional push/pull method is the least expensive data center relocation technique. It’s better suited for smaller data centers, since equipment will be shipped and reassembled at the new location. Meticulous planning must be done so that the equipment can be properly assembled and set up at the new location immediately, thereby limiting downtime as much as possible.
  2. Migration – Migration is the safest way to relocate a data center. It involves setting up a duplicate data center to prevent loss of access to the data. The duplicate data center must be thoroughly tested before migration can take place to ensure no issues occur.

If you need to have your data center relocated, then make sure you hire an experienced mover that can limit your downtime. Contact us at Dircks Moving & Logistics for more information today.

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