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The sun’s out, the pool water’s refreshing and there’s a chaise lounge and ice-cold drink with your name on it. While summertime might have you scampering to your apartment pool, this sunny season may invite some unwanted guests to your apartment: bugs. 

Not only do insects such as mosquitoes, ants and roaches thrive in the summer heat, they also breed during this time of year. Insects can bring germs inside your apartment home, so that’s why it’s important to keep your space as bug-free as possible. While many Greystar communities offer regular pest control as part of your rent, you can still do your part to prevent these unwelcome visitors from taking up residence in your apartment. Here are some helpful tips:

Don’t Leave Food Out

No matter what time of year, leaving empty pizza boxes or any kind of food around your apartment is just asking for insects to come over and have a feast. If you have a sweet tooth, you definitely don’t want to leave out any candy or cookies, which are like magnets for bugs. Whether you’re eating from a box of cereal or bag of chips, don’t leave your food on your counter or coffee table. Put it back in your pantry and store it in a tightly sealed plastic, metal or other pest-proof container. You may also want to consider putting all your fruits and vegetables in your refrigerator to avoid fruit flies.

Keep Your Home Clean

It’s best to adopt a “clean as you go” mentality if you’re serious about preventing bugs from entering your apartment. Whenever you cook in your kitchen, be sure to wipe down your counters and appliances – particularly the stove, sink and refrigerator – after you’re done eating. Don’t let trash overflow, either. Take it out frequently (or set it out for the valet trash service to take it if you have that service) and clean your trash can every few weeks to make sure there’s nothing in it that will draw insects. 

Nobody likes cleaning the dishes, but it’s a necessary evil to avoid an ant infestation. Don’t leave dirty dishes out overnight  that’s when roaches and other nocturnal bugs are on the prowl. 

Try Peppermint Oil

You can always opt for standard insecticide to spray around your home, but you may not want to deal with the harsh chemicals or bad smell. For a more natural alternative, consider peppermint oil. Mix about 4 to 5 drops of peppermint oil in a cup of water and pour this solution into an empty spray bottle. Spray this mixture in common bug-infested areas such as the kitchen, bedroom, inside cabinets and along baseboards.

Find the Right Indoor Plants

Incorporating plants, whether indoors or outdoors, into your apartment provides several benefits. They enliven your décor, improve air quality and reduce carbon dioxide levels. While there are many household plants that attract bugs, there are some that help ward off pesky critters. 

If mosquitoes are a problem, repel those bloodsuckers by getting a basil plant. Not only is this herb excellent for cooking, but it also fends off mosquitoes due to its strong smell. Mint is another plant that humans love but insects – especially the biting kind like ants – despise. 

Inspect Entrances

Insects have to enter your apartment somehow, and the places to check first include the front and patio doors. See if your doors have aluminum thresholds beneath them. If not, see if your maintenance team will install them. You might also check to see if your aluminum threshold is paired with a sweep, which features tiny nylon bristles that hang beneath your door. Not only does a door sweep keep out bugs, it also helps to keep cool air inside your apartment, saving you money on your utilities. If you leave your windows open to let in some fresh air at night, make sure you have 20-gauge or less wire mesh screens. 

You will also want to look out for any cracks or holes around your window frames, doors, walls, plumbing pipes and air conditioning units. Maintenance can use a caulk gun to seal those spaces. 

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When you have friends and/or family coming into town, they’re likely to stay in a nearby hotel for comfort and convenience. And that’s perfectly OK. But, what if you want them to stay with you at your place? Even if you live in an apartment with one bedroom, it’s possible to create a comfortable atmosphere for your incoming guests if you’re open to hosting.

If you’re thinking about accommodating loved ones at your apartment home, why not look to the experts whose main purpose is to provide a satisfying stay? According to Rory Peska, senior director of eCommerce at Interstate Hotels, there are certain amenities guests have come to expect when they seek a comfortable place to slumber while on a business or leisure getaway.

Here are some of those expectations and how you can apply these to loved ones staying with you in your humble abode:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi: Everyone wants to connect to the web. Before your visitors arrive, write down your Wi-Fi log-in information for them to access immediately. You may have to hunt it down yourself, so having it handy for your visitors will save time and frustration for future guests. It’s wise that your Wi-Fi password is not the same password you use for all of your online accounts.

     

  • Airport Shuttle Service/Parking: While you may not be able to pick up your guests from the airport, it’s still important to give them information on their best transportation options with very specific directions to your apartment – especially if your community is gated.

     

  • Breakfast Options: Even if you don’t follow the mantra that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, your guests might. Avoid awkward morning conversations by having plenty of options ready – especially the coffee. To be an even better host, ask them beforehand about any specific dietary needs or restrictions. It’s might be helpful to show them where to get water or soft drinks while staying with you. That way they don’t feel like they have to ask you every time they need a drink.

     

  • Fitness Center/Pools: While your apartment may have limits on the number of visitors allowed at these facilities, there is still opportunity to afford your family or friends access to these amenities to enhance their stay with you. Just be sure they understand and follow all of the rules of your community and to respect the rights of other residents. You don’t want to make your neighbors mad by splashing around in the pool after hours.

     

  • Location: Put some effort into informing your guests about nearby attractions and restaurants based on their unique interests in case you can’t spend every waking moment with them. If they have never been to your city or state before, help them decide what the must-see attractions are in your area - especially if you live in one of the best places to vacation.

     

  • Easy Access: Have you thought about how their schedule may or may not align with yours? It may be smart to give them a spare key to get in and out when you’re off at work or elsewhere. Don’t forget to include a fob for the community’s gate if you have one. Nothing could be worse than sitting idle outside a gate while waiting for a resident to enter.

Taking Care of Toiletries

While it’s likely that your guests will be bringing some of their own toiletries, this might be one of the most important aspects of being a successful host. From making sure the bathroom doesn’t run out of toilet paper to providing fresh towels, prepping for this part of the overnight or more stay is a necessity.

Here are some additional things to think about before you consider becoming a host everyone will appreciate:

  • Is the toilet paper in plain sight to restock?
  • Do you have enough towels to last them through their stay? Have you provided beach towels, if needed?
  • Are you providing shampoo, conditioner and soap to suit the needs of your guests?
  • Do you have additional toiletries such as extra toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, razors, tissues and feminine products and a basket to store them in?
  • Is there a hair dryer set out for them?

Thinking Through the Details

“Hotels do a great job at evolving,” Peska said. “Allergy-friendly is a big attraction, and hotels are also offering Smart TVs with Netflix access to guests, which will become a standard fairly quickly.”

Just like hotels, it’s important to adapt to the needs and preferences of the people staying with you. In addition to serving your allergy-prone friends by washing the sheets an extra time and showing them how to use your TV, you can also provide them extra chargers for their phones and put extra blankets out. Put yourself in their shoes to think about what you would like if you were staying at their place.

Making the Most of Your Space

The most important thing to decide is where to sleep your guests at your apartment – the sofa, an air mattress or even your room if you’re feeling extra generous. Wherever you decide, it might be helpful to put out a chair that can serve as a makeshift luggage rack. When setting up the sleeping space, add a nightlight, move a lamp next to their sleeping space and provide a box fan to keep them comfortable.

Whatever it takes to prepare for your visitors, let them know they are welcome from the moment they arrive. One easy way to do this is to show them everything you’ve prepared for them. Then you can set expectations with them for plans the following day to avoid any confusion in the morning when everyone needs to get ready. Whether you’ve never hosted before or are simply looking to do it better, a little hospitality can go a long way and may be easier and more rewarding than you anticipated.

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Forbes and Travel + Leisure run lists every year of the best places to visit all over the world. A city like Santa Fe, New Mexico reigns supreme for speaking to an adventurous dialect, while upstate New York welcomes visitors ready and willing to break free from a bustling cityscape. What makes these places, among many others, unique is that on top of offering vacation time and much-needed escapes from everyday life, they also offer Greystar apartment communities.

That’s right. Why limit your creativity to just a trip to Fort Collins when you can make it your home? And why not sing the song of Music City every day when you reside in Nashville. Don’t just live somewhere that makes you want to “get away” all the time. Best places to visit? No need to settle for that when you can be lucky enough to call it home.

So, in no particular order, here are the spots where you can live to make your friends a tad bit envious:

Santa Fe, New Mexico

The rooted history of “The City Different” makes Santa Fe a desirable destination for travelers. Most can explore trails paved by the Pueblo people, relish in the creative arts at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and savor the soul of local foods. But imagine if you were surrounded by this all the time. As the oldest capital city in the nation, this artistic hub exhibits a charm all year long. In Santa Fe, you can experience hot summers and cold winters, perfect for those who love to hit the slopes when the temperature drops and strap on a pair of boots for summer hikes.

New York

While New York City is filled with a constant adrenaline that never sleeps, upstate New York counters that with a more calming reality. Living in upstate New York means more of lounging by the lake, exploring breweries and distilleries and spending your top hopping around to independently owned shops. Towns such as Ithaca and Syracuse welcome college students, young professionals and retirees to permanently enjoy the lush landscape that embellishes upstate New York.

New York City

With all that being said, sometimes you just can’t get enough of the hustle and bustle of city life. And with New York City’s up-and-coming neighborhood Hudson Yards, people are finding themselves wanting to travel there now more than ever. However, New York City is a fantastic place to live. With something to see on every corner, an event here and a dinner party there, it is no wonder why people sprawl to this concrete jungle. Even better, New York City offers a neighborhood that’s fit for your personal style. And if you need to get away? Hop on the train and explore the many pockets of magic that this city has to offer.

Nashville, Tennessee

You are sure to find your rhythm in Nashville when you make the move to this city. A popular place to visit for music lovers and Southern hospitality seekers, Nashville offers its residents a unique experience that never gets old. You can step onto Nashville’s main drag, “The District”, to catch tunes and classic Southern food. When you’re looking for a night in, you can turn off the sounds of the city by getting cozy by the fireplace. Living in Nashville, you sort of get the best of both worlds.

Fort Collins, Colorado

It’s no wonder why Colorado is a must-visit state. Among the vibrant cities that are planted here, Fort Collins has become a top destination on travelers’ lists. The city has everything you could want - from outdoor retreats for the nature lover to shopping, restaurants and nightlife if you’re looking to get social. If you love one or all of those things, making Fort Collins your home will place you right at fun’s fingertips. Spending your weekends at Horsetooth Mountain and Downtown Creative District or exploring the profound curation of craft beer will be just a few of the new hobbies you pick up when you become a resident in this thriving town.

Guadalajara, Mexico

Live the high life in Guadalajara, Mexico. Mexico has become more relevant on the radar for places to head to for more than just beach bumming afternoons. Visitors are flocking to the cities in search of culture, food, art and more. Could you imagine living in the middle of all of that? You’re also just a drive away from Mexico City, a haven for more art and a metropolis thick with architectural treasures and more amazing street food.

United Kingdom

Places such as London, Harrow, Cambridge and Edinburgh are highly desirable for those looking to travel to the United Kingdom. Our communities in London and Harrow give you the opportunity to enjoy gems of the United Kingdom, and you’re only a short ride away from other destinations. Thanks to our variety of locations in London, you can also enjoy London how you would prefer it. And once you’re settled, you can visit Big Ben, Coca-Cola London Eye, Buckingham Palace and other tourist traps before exploring hidden places that are special to the locals.

North Carolina

No matter if you’re a city dweller or you favor suburbia, North Carolina is all about giving you plenty of options to satisfy your desired living situation. If you’ve traveled to North Carolina, you know that there’s beauty and charm just about everywhere. The mountains stand just as tall as the buildings in Charlotte, Raleigh, Charleston, Cape Fear and Greenville. Take your pick and call a place your home. If you choose the bustling city of Charlotte, soak up the many art museums the city has to offer. If Cape Fear caters more to your taste, you’ll have endless opportunity to brush up on history while also enjoying the gorgeous gardens and unique wildlife. You’ve got a lot more living to do in the Tar Heel State.

Baltimore, Maryland

The state of Maryland, coined Little America, is full of opportunity. Not only does Maryland offer Baltimore – a booming metropolitan area – it also features a superb location near Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. If you choose to make a permanent stay in Baltimore, you can make a short drive to visit these places at any time. However, you’re not going to want to leave the city once you’re there. In the Independent City, you can get your fix of sporting events, visit the home of Edgar Allen Poe and tour historical ships such as the USS Constellation and USS Tany. This city offers a copious amount of cultural sights, art museums, lush greens in the cityscape and the opportunity to catch a show at Hippodrome Theatre, once a venue embraced by Frank Sinatra.

Georgia

Georgia as a state was placed on the list for best places to travel in 2019. That means you can call Atlanta and Savannah home and make your friends jealous. We’re talking Southern hospitality, all the time. Atlanta is a thriving metropolis, while Savannah is the more slow-paced cousin down the block. In Savannah, Congress Street is studded with vibrant nightlife, restaurants and shopping. When it’s time to change it up, you can enjoy easy access to River Street and Tybee Island. Rich architecture of the past and a farmers market round out the Savannah life. In Atlanta, you’re constantly surrounded by art and style in Little Five Points. Visiting the World of Coca-Cola could never get old, and the music scene is off the charts. While time seems to move slower in Georgia, the people here are getting somewhere fast.

Houston, Texas

In 2019, Houston reigns supreme for being the most diverse city in the country. Most travelers flock to the city to explore craft beer, the Houston Rodeo and a plethora of events that the multi-cultural city has to offer. But now, more than ever, people are starting to call Houston their home. Diversity means meeting wonderful new people, having your pick of delicious foods brought to you from all over the world and experiencing a city with a community that can conquer anything when they work together. Among that, Houston feeds your appetite for art – Houston Museum District, sports – who doesn’t like Harden, science – earth to NASA, anyone? – and so much more.

San Diego, California

There’s no doubt that California is one of the best places to visit. On the West Coast, you get beaches and state parks, cultural cities and farmland. You basically get it all. And one of those places that people can’t stop talking about is San Diego. Why settle for a weekend by the Pacific Ocean when you can enjoy it every day as a resident? You can enjoy surfing, sailing, swimming and sunbathing whenever your heart desires. From spending Saturdays at the San Diego Zoo to gearing up for adventure at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, there’s a lot of memories to be made when you make San Diego your home.

Chicago, Illinois

There’s a lot more to Chicago besides The Cubs, Cloud Gate and the Willis Tower. Movies including Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Blues Brothers and Rookie of the Year are set in Chicago – so you know it’s a pretty cool city. The Windy City resides on Lake Michigan so as a resident, you can enjoy an evening on the Navy Pier watching as the fireworks cascade over Chicago. The city also boasts the Chicago dog, which is reason enough to make this place home. Enjoy routine bike rides through the parks or have a ball when you catch a baseball game at Wrigley Field. Whether you’re a sports fanatic or you’re looking for cooler winters, Chicago is the place to be.

Boston, Massachusetts

For history buffs and baseball fans, Boston prides itself on being a place where you can learn a thing or two during a walk down The Freedom Trail. The city offers the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum and Fenway Park for all your ballpark dog desires. The city also offers a waterfront escape with the Boston Harborwalk, a place popular among many locals. Whether you opt in for a place in the thick of the city or crave a home base near the water in Essex County, there’s an array of places that can cater to the life you want to live in Boston.

Seattle, Washington

As far as West Coast destinations go, Seattle is up there at the top of the list for vacationers – among the likes of Portland and other cities sprinkled down and off of the Pacific Coast Highway. However, Seattle has become home to many budding artists, tech whizzes (Microsoft’s main hub is here) and those who are in love with an endless amount of cozy, rainy days. When you call Seattle home, you can spend many afternoons strolling through Green Lake Park or picnicking at Alki Beach Park. If you’re a coffee connoisseur, there’s plenty of that to go around. Seattle is also great for music lovers. Artists such as Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain once strolled these streets, so you can, too. Seattle is the perfect balance for those who walk a fine line of needing nature’s best and the energy from city life.

Be the envy of all of your loved ones when you live in a city chosen as a hot vacation spot.

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Greystar, The Global Leader in Rental Housing™, has been recognized by The Denver Post as one of Colorado’s Top Workplaces for 2019. Out of the 35 employers chosen for the honor in the large category (500 or more local workers), the Greystar office in Denver landed number eight alongside household names such as Progressive Insurance, Charles Schwab & Co. and Edward Jones.

2019 marks the eighth year The Denver Post has teamed up with the Philadelphia-based software company Energage to deliver Colorado’s Top Workplaces. The results are determined by an employee engagement survey, not outside observances from The Denver Post or a third party. All employers – public, private, nonprofit and governmental – are eligible to participate, as long as they have at least 50 employees in Colorado. To accurately compare results, employers are grouped into large, midsize and small company categories.

Employees from Greystar and 229 other companies took the survey, which contained 24 questions regarding topics related to workplace culture:

  • Alignment – Where the company is headed, its values, cooperation
  • Connection – Employees feel appreciated, their work is meaningful
  • Effectiveness – Doing things efficiently and well, sharing different viewpoints, encouraging new ideas
  • Management – Cares about concerns, helps employees develop
  • Engagement – Motivation, retention, and recruiting
  • Leadership – Confidence in company leaders
  • The Basics – Pay, benefits, flexibility, training and expectations

Greystar Marketing Director Melissa Robbins said she believes the positive response from the Denver branch’s nearly 600 employees is attributed to the company’s people-first approach.

“Over the past couple of years, our market specifically has worked really hard to improve our customer service and customer satisfaction scores through our resident survey programs,” she said. “Our efforts in focusing on people and customer service first have helped build a service culture, where not only our teams are giving better service and communicating at a higher quality but also they’re feeling better about working for Greystar. We’ve also worked to improve our online reputations. All of our managers are responding to every review within 2 to 4 days, which in this industry, is almost unheard of.”

This service-driven philosophy is part of Greystar’s Pillars of Excellence and Core Values, which are the foundation of how the largest multi-family property manager in the United States operates. These Pillars of Excellence include customer satisfaction, operational excellence, profitability, growth and community, while the Core Values are integrity, respect, professionalism, accountability, service and teamwork.

Training and recruiting have also been conducive to a healthy workplace. Over the last couple of years, the Denver branch went through a metamorphosis. The training and recruiting programs merged into one, which is now called Talent Acquisition and Development. Because of these shifts, employees in management positions began a two-year leadership course, which provided them the tools needed to become better mentors.

The Colorado leadership group has also focused on developing its team members and getting them to take training classes. As a result, engagement, internal poll survey responses and resident satisfaction have all vastly improved.

Interested in working for one of the best companies in Denver? Visit our careers page for information about opportunities at Greystar within the Colorado area and around the world.

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You’ve packed, you’ve moved, and now you’re in your new place, staring at a sea of boxes before you. Believe it or not, the worst is behind you. Now, it’s time to begin the unpacking process and settle in with a strategy that emphasizes self-care.

Where to Start the Unpacking Process

Many people believe there’s no real method to clearing the madness once you’ve moved into your new apartment and that you simply just need to “start somewhere.” But, Tonia Tomlin, an organization expert of more than 14 years and owner of Sorted Out, says this is the wrong approach.

 

“You’re so overwhelmed that you’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, what am I going to do?’” Tomlin says. “So, they make the mistake of starting with the boxes closest to them. I always urge people to start in the most-used spaces first. Think about it. You don’t want to start in the dining room or entertainment center. Otherwise, you’ll be eating out every day. You want to have your kitchen and pantry ready for access to food and cooking. Obviously, the bathroom is a must, and then onto the master closet. Essentially, start with the rooms and spaces you absolutely need to function.”

 

So, start with the kitchen, pantry, bathroom and master closet. Your bed should be set up once you arrive, so that shouldn’t be part of the unpacking process. Although, you may want to pull out the bed linens and get the bed made before you’re too tired later on.

 

Take Breaks from Unpacking

 

Whether you’re going for a walk to explore the new area or sitting on the floor in your unpacked living room with a glass of wine and the record player on, taking breaks is essential to avoid burnout. Prioritize a long Epsom salt bath to soothe the muscles and tension from a stressful move, take a breather out on your balcony, and continue hydrating and eating regularly to sustain the energy you need to get through the phases of unpacking.

If there’s enough space somewhere in your apartment, dip into a mindfulness practice, like yoga or meditation, to keep you centered and your anxiety under control.

“There are so many people who don’t take care of their bodies and minds after a move,” Tomlin says. “One of the best things they do after the move is get a massage because during a move, you’re bending, you’re stressed, feeling disconnected and run down. You went the extra mile for the move, now go the extra mile for you.”

Ask for Help

If you’re struggling to wrap your head around the amount you have to unpack, ask for help and make it fun. Organize an unpacking party with music and food. This way, you’re having fun while being productive and brushing off your stress and anxiety while checking your rooms off the list.

Bounce Back from an Expensive Move

You’ll find that expenses don’t stop climbing after a move. You’ve finished paying the movers or for the moving truck. You’ve paid for packing supplies and potentially new furniture. Sometimes, in the wake of moving exhaustion, people even rely on eating out, which can add up quickly.

 

Harrine Freeman is a financial expert, author and founder of H.E. Freeman Enterprises. She says the best way to bounce back after an expensive move is to make your budget a little stricter than it normally would be and abide by it.

 

“If you’re moved into a new place, track your spending daily for at least seven days,” Freeman says. “You’ll start seeing the patterns in your spending and can identify any risk areas and where you can actually increase your cashflow.”

 

Get to Know Your Neighbors

 

When you’re ready, introduce yourself to your neighbors. It never hurts to have a support system, especially if you’re moving into a new city. Greystar actually offers a few ways to help you meet your neighbors, like the ActiveBuilding® resident portal.

 

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You’ve purged your apartment, packed up what was left and are now ready for moving day. Here’s a guide to getting you moved in as smoothly as possible.

Stay Cool and Hydrated

May is National Moving Month because more people move in the summer than any other time of year. That being said, it’s also the hottest time of year to move. Just to start off on the right foot, make sure you have plenty of water, beverages and snacks available. Wear the appropriate clothing that will keep you cool throughout the day, and don’t rob yourself of taking occasional breaks. 

Make a List to Make Mental Space

The week of - or even the night before - the move, make a list for the day’s events. You may think this is a waste of time or even unnecessary and stressful. Actually, making lists does wonders for stress and anxiety, especially before a big event. Clear some space mentally by making lists to alleviate the burden of remembering everything yourself. Free yourself of the fear that you’ll forget something important or find yourself flailing throughout the day from one point of moving to the next. Even listing out your boxes and their contents could be an extra step to ease the mind, but it’s not completely necessary. A moving app can help you compile these lists and keep track of where you are and where you want to be throughout the day.

Get Enough Rest

Perhaps one of the most important things to do before moving day, according to Tonia Tomlin, organization expert of over 14 years and owner of Sorted Out, is to get enough rest.

 

“Before the move, I always tell people to schedule time to get enough rest. I remind all of my clients to go to bed early, at 8:30 or 9 p.m.,” Tomlin says. “When you’re moving, it’s very tense and taxing on your body and your brain. I always urge people to make sure they have plenty of sleep and eat well. Likewise, exercise isn’t a bad idea to build that strength and produce that natural energy the weeks leading up. Diet, exercise and sleep - this is a common theme for us when we’re helping people prep for a move.”

 

Manage Your Time Wisely and Healthily

Tomlin urges people who are moving to manage their time wisely. The best way to do that is by saying “no” to some things.

“Don’t overdo yourself. If you have to go to work and then a party and then pack, you might need to rethink the plans you can control,” Tomlin says. “Be careful with saying yes to too much. I feel like people think they can do too much while they’re moving, and they regret their commitments on moving day. Your friends and family will understand if you can’t make this one.”

Label Items for Locations

If you’re putting items in storage or having furniture taken to consignment, make sure you label each accordingly. Perhaps use a tagging system, Tomlin suggests, where storage is blue, yellow means “to the apartment” and green is consignment.

 

Meet with Your Movers or Your Helpers 

 

Always have a meeting with the team, whether it’s over the phone or getting together in person. This is the time to discuss the cars available (or size of the moving truck), map the best route that incorporates all stops and drop-off points, and inform them of the system you’ve created when they arrive - how you’ve tagged, labeled and organized each room’s stuff. Since it’s a new location, check the route multiple times to see if there are shorter or easier ways to navigate for everyone involved.

 

Final Moving Day Checklist Items

Keep these last suggestions in mind before launching your moving day excursion. Make sure you:

  • Take out cash to tip your movers or order a pizza to tip your friends.
  • Keep plastic sandwich bags on hand for small or broken items (like screws or table feet).
  • Pack a cooler for constant, fresh replenishment.
  • Charge your phone since you will be the point of contact throughout the day for everyone.
  • Leave out the cleaning supplies until the very last minute.
  • Do a sweep over the old place and then a walk through.
  • Hire a sitter for your small children or pets, as recommended by AMSA experts.

While it may be hot during your summer move, follow these guidelines and tips to make the process itself a breeze.

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One of the hardest parts about moving is the packing, and one of the hardest parts about the packing is getting started. In this part of our National Moving Month Series, we’re going to unpack everything about packing for a move to help you take that first step.

 

Go Room by Room

Just like you go room by room making piles for donation, consignment and trash, you also go room by room when packing. This helps keep relevant items together, which makes labeling easier, thus, making the entire moving process run smoother.

Tonia Tomlin, a professional organizer for over 14 years and founder of Sorted Out, urges people, as a general rule, to size up each room individually and prioritize labeling.

“After you’ve purged your home of everything you don’t want or need, it’s time to pack,” Tomlin says. “Size up your kitchen, then your bedroom, living room, and so on. Visualize how much you have, get dish packing boxes, wardrobe boxes – or reusable plastic bins for the green movers. Size up how many you’ll need for every room. You can return the rest of what you don’t use later. Then, labeling properly for the destination for each box will help your movers or your friends know exactly where they need to go.”

An efficient, space-saving tip: Use your laundry hampers, open-top baskets, decorative linen crates and suitcases as packing boxes. Sometimes, these are a better fit for certain items in the house.

Moving Essentials Bag and Personal Essentials Bag

While packing and unpacking during a move, it can be difficult to keep on-demand items on-hand. Moving experts at Two Men and A Truck recommend saving yourself some trouble by making sure you have what you need easily accessible for at least a few days pre- and post-move.

“Make sure you pack an ‘essentials’ bag – things like a toothbrush, chargers, so on – that you can access right away at your new home,” says communications writer Erik Sargent from the nationally known moving company.

Pack bags for:

  • Personal items: a change of clothes, toiletries, medications, hand soap, a towel, important documents (insurance information, family records, etc.), and any other personal items you may use on a daily basis that will keep your life on track
  • Food items: designate a bag for provisions and snacks
  • Moving materials: create a kit full of packing materials such as tape, labels, padding for boxes, scissors, tape measurer, anything that relates to the packing process.

Leave any cleaning supplies unpacked throughout the entire move. Once you have everything out of your current place and into your new apartment, then you’ll have to clean up after yourself. Make it to where you aren’t stressing when you’re on your last leg.

Tips for Packing Different Items

It’s not until you finally get to the packing that you realize not only how much you have but how different everything is, requiring a change in pace each time you switch rooms or shelves. Here are some tips on how to approach some of the main stuff:

Wall hangings: Take down any artwork, framed pictures or wall hangings first. These are easily forgotten in the rush of a move. When you take them down first, it makes you feel that you’re already making progress. Pack small frames together wrapped in paper. Any extra-large artwork can be propped up against the wall in bubble wrap.

Dishes: Dishes are unique in their own right and demand gentle handling of each and every piece. Packing paper is your best friend at this time. Fill the bottom of the box with lots of it to keep everything still. When you’ve wrapped every item and put them into the dish box vertically (like vinyl albums), add more crumpled packing paper on top and in crevices. Since dishes are heavy, make sure you space them out between boxes. Feel free to incorporate small kitchen appliances and other fragile items such as vases or lamp bases into these boxes as well and label the boxes “fragile.”

Books: Your books, along with any media items (movies or games), can all be packed together. However, pack the books sparingly, spacing them out with other items. Or, keep all the books together, just in smaller boxes. Neither you nor the movers will appreciate back-breaking boxes, and book boxes can get heavy pretty quickly. If you’re using very large bins or boxes, feel free to take up any of the open space within the box for pillows, blankets or other lighter items.

Electronics: Before packing your electronics, go to each television, game system and computer and take a picture of the hookup configuration. Even if you’re technologically savvy, this will minimize the time it takes to hook everything up in your new place. Next, remove any batteries from remotes and electronics so they don’t overheat during your move. Then, try to pack all electronic equipment in their original boxes, if you have them. Otherwise, get the packing paper and bubble wrap and wrap each generously and secure with tape. Label all cables and try to keep them together.

Clothes: When it comes to packing your hanging clothes, there are two things you can do - either use a wardrobe box, where your clothing can continue to hang and be moved in bulk, or simply move your clothes as is on their hangers and laid over other items packed in your vehicle. A wardrobe box is more important in the case that you hire movers. It ensures the safety of your clothes in the course of a move. Plus, it makes it a lot easier to unpack right after moving. For your folded clothes, use your suitcases and roll each item, filling every small space with some type of clothing.

Personal or Sentimental Items: Scott Michael, president of the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA), suggests that even though movers do not mind moving sentimental or personal items, you should take care of your most prized, irreplaceable personal possessions yourself. “This could include photo albums, travel documents, letters, insurance, or just anything you yourself could not replace,” Michael says. “Pack these all together and hold it back for you to move personally.”

Packing your DIY Moving Truck or Vehicles

If you’re going the DIY moving route, then you must be enlisting friends and family to help with the move. In this case, the first rule is to finish packing before your helpers show up - and providing pizza can always be an extra incentive. Sargent recommends starting with boxes and then loading furniture.

“When loading a moving truck yourself, you’ll want to make sure you always stack items from the floor to the ceiling while loading,” Sargent says. “Stack boxes by the appropriate weight, with the heavy items being on the bottom. Load moving boxes into the truck first, then load furniture, and place loose or non-stackable items on top of these pieces of furniture. Make sure all items in the truck are secured with straps and bungie cords before moving.”

Finish Packing, and Make Some Calls

In the final week of your packing, prepare for disconnections and transfers of utilities. Here are just a couple of tips for checking these final items off of your prep checklist:

  • Call Your Utilities Providers: Reach out to your cable, internet, electricity and renters insurance providers to schedule a transfer or cancellation of service.
  • Change Your Address: The week before your move, change your address. This way, your packages will make it to your new apartment and your bills and credit card statements can arrive without any hassles.

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Many of us live with excess belongings and could take a lesson from Marie Kondo. We have things we want, don’t want, need and/or don’t need. Truthfully, the best time to sort these out and declutter is during the year, but the second-best time is before you move. Not only will it minimize the move’s stressful impact, but it’s a fresh start in your new apartment.

 

Let’s talk about the process of shedding the excess and how to do it in a healthy way.

 

Go Room by Room

 

The first rule, according to Tonia Tomlin, a professional organizer of 14 years and founder of Sorted Out, is going room by room and making piles for certain destinations and purposes.

 

“The first thing I tell everyone I work with is that we’ve got to purge the home, room by room,” Tomlin says. “Especially before getting quotes from moving companies. We rid all of the stuff that’s either trash, donate or consignment, dispose of any extra paints and items that are toxic.”

 

A lot of items you’re discarding, selling or donating can be picked up by certain charities, special hazardous waste services or junk hauling companies. She says it’s important to do this before packing not only because it lightens the load but because these require scheduling dates for pick-ups ahead of time – sometimes even one to two months out. Though, it’s still worth calling, even if you’ve waited until the last minute.

 

“Local charities, veterans affairs, advocacy centers, salvation centers – there are so many opportunities to make an impact locally with the things you once loved and are still in decent to great condition,” she adds. “Really pick a charity or place that you are truly passionate about and give back before you move on.”

 

Rushed Decisions Can Cost You

 

Even if you are in a hurry, slow down, take a breath and think through your piles after going through each room. The last thing you want after moving into your new apartment is having to buy new furniture. These are unexpected purchases you may not have budgeted for.

 

Harrine Freeman, financial expert, author and CEO and owner of H.E. Freeman Enterprises, emphasizes that taking the purging process one step at a time is crucial.

 

“Costs soar during and after a move, and many times, these costs can be unexpected,” Freeman says. “So, before the move, as you’re going through your home, start with lists before piles if you need a tangible way of choosing what goes and what stays. List out the things you definitely need and want, naturally making you think critically. It’s all about taking steps one at a time and not rushing to sell or donate everything at once. Think it through now to avoid regret later.”

 

Freeman also urges that selling items is a good way to supplement some of the moving costs or new pieces that you do decide to purchase. “Again, thoroughly consider the item’s value to you before posting it on Facebook Marketplace or another online selling platform.”

 

What About All That Food?

 

It’s pretty common to forget about the pantry when you’re preparing to move. The canned goods and other nonperishables, especially, are heavy and cumbersome and often forgotten or tossed in the last moments of a move.

 

“I love donating food,” Tomlin says. “Instead of packing up all those canned food items, let’s donate them to the food pantry. Think about how many people throw away stuff because it’s so heavy. What’s sad is, there is a huge need for canned goods. Food banks ... are great for giving back to the community, while minimizing the weight during your move.”

 

What You Can’t Part with Permanently

 

What about that other pile? The one where you want it, but not right now, and you don’t need it every day, but you aren’t ready to part with it permanently? The answer is storage. While you can go the traditional storage route, by leasing a unit and doing the hauling yourself, there are storage companies that act as a sort of concierge or “Uber” of storage. These companies cut out the middle man, Tomlin says, by picking up the items you want stored, putting them in protected photo inventory, and delivering your items when requested.

 

Freeman adds that by making these lists and piles and scheduling pick-ups and donations early on, you allow yourself more time to budget for storage and plan the route with your movers to the storage unit.

 

Let the Prep Begin

 

So, it’s time to make the difficult, decluttering decisions now with the purging process before you start the packing process. You’ll thank yourself later.

 

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Summertime. It’s when the livin’ is easy, right? Well, until you have to move. Then it’s just stressful – and sweaty. May is National Moving Month, kicking off the busiest time of year for apartment moving: May through September. Moving can be a major disruption of routine and daily life, so in this five-part series, we want to walk you through the process with tips and more from multiple experts. We start with the basics: How to Move.

 

To Hire Movers or Not to Hire Movers? That is the Question.

 

There are two main factors at play when deciding how you’re going to move: time and money. To confidently make this choice, you’ll need to ask yourself which of those means the most to you.

  • Hire a mover/moving company if you want to save time and energy while experiencing less stress.
  • Hire yourself, friends and a truck(s) if you want to save the most money.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, professional movers relocate more than 35 million Americans each year. The cost, however, is different for everyone – with or without movers – and really depends on your situation: the distance of your move (local, interstate or intrastate); the size of your place; the number of belongings you’re moving; and if you’re packing yourself.

 

Pros and Cons of Hiring Movers

Hiring a moving company takes less time, causes less stress, takes no physical toll and is more efficient. It can, however, get pricey. It also means less control over the move and requires thorough research to find the right movers. To get an idea of what your move is going to cost, check out this handy guide from moving.com that will assist you in estimating your approximate expenses for a move of any distance. On average, according to HomeAdvisor:

  • Local moving (100 miles or less) within the same state (intrastate) costs between $80 to $100 per hour, plus $25 to $50 extra per additional mover.
  • Interstate/cross-country (over 100 miles) moves generally cost $2,000 to $5,000 per load.

On a local level, for those with a one-bedroom apartment, a move is likely to take between 3 to 5 hours to complete, making the average price range between $200 and $500. For a two-bedroom apartment, the move will likely take 5 to 7 hours, costing between $400 to $700. For a three-bedroom house, you’re looking at almost 10 hours of work and up to $1,000 for the move. Double that for a four-bedroom house.  

 

For longer distances, it’s harder to pinpoint, though it’s based on two factors: weight and distance. If you’re not sure how much your items weigh, movers will give you a decent estimate before you commit. On average, though, belongings in a 1,000-square-foot apartment typically weigh about 5,000 pounds. A 2,800-square-foot, four-bedroom home’s furnishings typically weigh in at around 20,500 pounds.

 

Whether you’re moving to Houston, Austin, Denver, Atlanta, New York City or even Los Angeles, companies including North American, Atlas Van Lines, United Van Lines, Bekins, Mayflower, National Van Lines or Allied are ready to provide free quotes as to how much a cross-country trek could cost. Locally owned companies that move within a city or region also are available.

 

The most important part of hiring movers, though, is verifying their identity, according to President and CEO of the American Moving & Storage Association Scott Michael.

“Look for the red flags, such as no physical address or phone number online, or maybe if the price is suspiciously low,” Michael says. “And don’t rely on over-the-phone estimates. Have the movers come to your home or do a virtual home survey if the movers offer that. Lastly, going through an association is a great way to avoid these scams.”

Another way to make the move go smoothly while feeling confident about hiring movers is purchasing temporary moving insurance, says Harrine Freeman, a financial expert, author and founder of H.E. Freeman Enterprises.

“One thing people may not think about is purchasing moving insurance,” Freeman says. “Some moving companies offer a temporary insurance policy, or you could ask your home or renters insurance company if they do as well. The great thing about it is that it reduces stress because you know that if something does happen to your belongings, you will have the money to replace them without a long-term commitment to a policy. It’s a policy meant for this move specifically.”

Pros and Cons of DIY Moving

Moving yourself allows you full control over the situation, saves some money, offers flexibility when it comes to dates and times and requires no researching of movers - just calling up your best friends or beloved family members. However, it will take the most time and the biggest toll physically. While it does save some money, it’s definitely not free.

Doing a DIY move has its perks, but it also wears you down. From the planning and reserving resources to the actual packing, loading, hauling, unloading and unpacking, it can be a tough process. In the end, it may not actually save you enough money to make the time and effort worth it.

 

First, you need transportation. Most DIY-ers will seek out a friend or two with trucks and larger vehicles. But if that’s not an option, the next best thing may be to rent a truck or van. The cost can vary greatly depending on the size of the vehicle needed, mileage, the price of gas and the amount of time the truck will be used.

The local area price range for renting a small truck for one day averages out to about $20, while renting a larger truck for a couple days can make it up to $160. That’s not including cost-per-mile (69 to 79 cents), a potential truck rental deposit (up to $150) or fuel costs ($5-$20). Long-distance moves using a basic truck rental can easily make it up into the $500 to $1,700 price range, also not including fuel cost, potential deposit and cost-per-mile.

 

Your moving supplies checklist might be a little longer, as well, if you’re going the DIY route, with added items like furniture pads and covers, dollies, mattress bags, stretch wrap and cargo straps for fastening your belongings tightly in place.

 

Compromising to Cut Costs

 

There are a few ways you can compromise to make the most of your move. Instead of going full service (packing, loading, hauling, unloading, unpacking), which can sometimes amount to an extra $400, consider going with a self-pack moving company, where you do the packing, loading, unloading and unpacking at your own pace. All they do is the transporting. You often see this approach with pods, where a shipping container is delivered to you, you load it in your own time, and it’s then taken to your destination. There are negotiable variations of this process, depending on the company.

 

There are also more cost-effective ways to get your main moving supplies:

  • Boxes or plastic bins
  • Bubble wrap, tissue paper or other padding
  • Packing tape (lots of it)
  • Labeling materials

For containers, you could always visit mid-size retailers or your local liquor store to get boxes strong enough to hold your belongings while saving you money. Or, utilize bin- or box-renting services at local storage or container companies that provide the easy rental of plastic moving boxes for a more affordable and eco-friendly option. Renting bins also eliminates the need to buy tape and box cutters, saving money on the supplies front.

 

Tonia Tomlin, a professional organizer for more than 14 years and founder of Sorted Out, urges individuals to buy their supplies in bulk and return anything extra later.

“One of the biggest misconceptions in moving is thinking you need less supplies than you do,” Tomlin says. “In the end, time is wasted with three or four trips back to the store. Make one trip. It’ll save you time and sanity, and the rest can be returned.”

Tomlin adds that this is a time to truly consider yourself.

“Moving often comes about as a result of major life events. There are a lot of reasons why people move, and it’s not easy physically, mentally or emotionally,” Tomlin says. “You’ve got to have the right approach for you - what will work best for you.”

So, Time or Money?

 

Everyone is different. For some, it may be about savings. For others, it’s about not lifting a finger. Regardless, budgeting and prioritizing come first.

 

“Budgeting for a move is the move important preparatory task you can do,” Freeman says. “How much furniture will you be buying? What about selling? Does your budget allow for a mover or storage? Do things in phases, whether it’s saving boxes and supplies over time or slowly securing money to maintain your unexpected emergency fund.”

 

No matter which you choose (time or money), take care of yourself in the process, do some budgeting prior, conduct the proper research and make your move to that next dream apartment.

 

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When you are determining where to live as you grow your family, you have plenty of opportunities. You could head to the suburbs and buy a house, find an apartment in the city, move in with your parents (the kids’ grandparents) or even stay where you’re at right now. The possibilities are nearly endless. No matter what you decide, your end goal likely is to get more space.

It’s important, though, to focus on more than just square footage when it comes to choosing your next home. Here are some tips and reasons for living with a baby or even multiple children in a smaller space. These apply just as much to apartment renters as they do homeowners who have more condensed floor plans.

Take away your pre-conceived notions of what it will be like and focus on the possibilities.

While simple logic may cause you to think that more family members means you must significantly increase the size of where you live, countless families prove this logic wrong. Tyler Moore lives with his wife and two daughters in a small, railroad-style apartment in New York City, but they are thriving thanks to inspiration from Marie Kondo’s tidying techniques.

Moore even started the Instagram account @TidyDad to inspire others in their journey after he and his family totally flipped the way they see their home, starting with trading the master bedroom with the girls’ bedroom to maximize the use of each space. He encourages families questioning if they should move into more square footage to think through their reasons for wanting more space, which impacts our daily lives more than we realize. From time spent on cleaning and maintenance to how much individuals within a family engage with one another, there are many aspects of our lives dictated by our home.

Consider more than square footage when determining the functionality of rooms.

When you are hunting for a place to live with your family, Moore advises to look at wall placements and how spaces are zoned to determine the possible functionality. While a large entryway has more square footage, it probably won’t do you much good. Meanwhile, an open living area and kitchen provide many possibilities. In the Moore home, they have used creative solutions such as transforming a pantry into a toy closet. A set rotation takes place to keep all of the toys from being out at the same time and crowding up the entire room.

It’s also important to determine, like the Moore family, if the larger of two bedrooms would be better utilized by the kids. Their girls successfully share a room thanks to thoughtful spatial planning and the purchase of furniture that is useful in the long term, such as bookcases that also have cabinets. However, what works for you depends on your unique family unit and needs. If you have a baby or work from home, then your needs may be different than a family with two toddlers.

If you currently live in an apartment community you love, but it’s time to move from a one- to two-bedroom place, simply reach out to your manager to see what is available and whether you can amend your current lease.

There are some additional upsides to apartment living with a family.

If you’re worried about feeling cramped, there’s actually a good implication of this for families – encouraging you to get out and explore your city. This doesn’t have to mean spending money. It can mean taking a walk to the local park or having some fun with chalk drawings. Regardless of what you do, you’ll be creating memories instead of spending hours and hours mowing the yard, doing chores or even working more to pay for a bigger house.

Apartment living also gives parents the opportunity to teach their children lessons about respect. This may include “quiet hours” to respect your neighbor’s sleeping schedule or enforcing specific rules about tidying up to keep the apartment more livable for occupants. On the topic of neighbors and crying babies, there’s only so much you can do when you’re in an apartment, but a little effort goes a long way. That could simply mean moving the crib to a different wall or room.

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