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The busy season for the moving industry is almost here and millions of Americans will soon be on the move. If you’re planning on moving, perhaps you want to move to a larger state. In that case, check out some fun facts about the top 10 largest U.S. states by population:
10. Michigan – 9,991,177
Michigan is known around the world as the home of the American automotive industry. Since the days of Henry Ford, the “Mitten State” has been a hub for industry. Along with its history as an industrial giant, Michigan has played a major role in the music world. Motown provided many of the greatest hits of the 20th century. Outside of Detroit, Michigan is known for its lakes. Sitting on the Great Lakes, Michigan has the most freshwater coastline of any state. Additionally, thousands of smaller freshwater lakes dot the map in Michigan.
9. North Carolina – 10,390,149
When most of us hear the words “gold rush” we immediately think of California. But did you know the nation’s first major gold rush took place in North Carolina? Just like back in the 19th century, more and more Americans are rushing to move to the Tar Heel State. North Carolina is known as a center for research particularly in the Research Triangle of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. The three cities are home to North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina respectively. With a low cost of living and plenty of natural beauty, it’s no wonder people are flocking to North Carolina.
8. Georgia – 10,545,138
Nicknamed the Peach State, Georgia was originally named after King George II of Great Britain. Like a number of other southern states, Georgia’s population is on the rise. According to Georgialibraries.org the state is projected to gain 4.6 million new residents by 2030. The capital and largest city of Georgia, Atlanta, is a world-renowned city. Atlanta is home to 15 Fortune 500 companies including Home Depot, UPS, and Coca-Cola. Along with the hustle and bustle of Atlanta, Georgia boasts plenty of beautiful natural scenery. From the Appalachian Mountains to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean you can’t go wrong with this state.
7. Ohio – 11,694,664
Ohio marks the beginning of the Midwest coming from the east coast. With its location between two major regions of the country, Ohio has played a massive role in recent presidential elections. The Buckeye State is also known for its love of sports. From the Ohio State Buckeyes to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Ohioans love their college and pro sports. As the birthplace of the NFL, Canton, Ohio is home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That’s not the only Hall of Fame in Ohio, though, as Cleveland is home to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame as well. If you’re looking to move to the Midwest, there may be no better choice than Ohio!
6. Illinois – 12,768,320
While Illinois is best known for Chicago, the state has much more offer. Rolling prairies from the banks of the Mississippi River to the shores of Lake Michigan make this state a link between the Great Lakes and the Great Plains. While the Northeastern part of the state is urban and densely populated, the rest of the state is largely rural. Agriculture plays a major role in the state, and Illinois was the largest producer of non-GMO soybeans in 2017. Historically, the state capital of Springfield is well known as the adult home of 16th President Abraham Lincoln. Because of the connection to President Lincoln, Illinois is often called the Land of Lincoln.
5. Pennsylvania – 12,823,989
Pennsylvania is known as one of America’s hardest working states from the Steel City to the city of Brotherly Love; there’s plenty in between. For the state with the 5th highest population, there’s plenty of rural land in Pennsylvania as well. Famously, Pennsylvania has a large concentration of Amish residents surrounding the Lancaster area. Pennsylvania also played an important role in the American Revolution. The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia in 1776. Additionally, the famous patriot and inventor Benjamin Franklin was a Philadelphia resident for most of his life. Due to its historical ties, Pennsylvania is nicknamed “The State of Independence”.
4. New York – 19,862,512
New York owes much of its population to New York City and its surrounding suburbs. The Big Apple is the largest city in the United States and holds cultural and financial influence around the world. While much of New York’s population resides in and around NYC, the rest of the state has plenty to offer. When you hear the words New York, you may not think of nature, but the upstate has plenty of natural wonders. The Catskill Mountains are part of the larger Appalachians and are perfect for hiking. If you’re more into history, Cooperstown is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Along with its connection to baseball, New York has played a major role in American food history. In Buffalo, you can find The Anchor Bar where the buffalo wing originated. Whatever you’re looking for you can find it in New York!
3. Florida – 21,312,211
Florida is known as the Sunshine State, and you can find fantastic weather year-round in the southern-most state in the continental U.S. The state is known for being home to Walt Disney World as well as the Kennedy Space Center, which is a launch site for NASA. The interesting thing about Florida is that the further north you go geographically, the further “south” you go culturally. While South Florida bears cultural similarities to the Northeast and Midwest, the northern part of the state is much more culturally similar to fellow southern states. The reason behind that is the “Snowbirds” that move to South Florida from the North to avoid harsh winters. Florida is also home to Everglades National Park, one of the best places to observe wildlife in the United States.
2. Texas – 28,704,330
As the saying goes, everything’s bigger in Texas. The Lone Star State population has boomed since the middle of the 20th century. Major cities in Texas include Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin. When most people think of Texas, they think of oil. While the oil industry still plays a major role in the state, plenty of other major business such as At&T and American Airlines call Texas home. One thing Texas might beat all the other states at is its cuisine. With Tex-Mex, incredible barbecue, and more it’s tough to top Texas when it comes to food. Another major aspect of Texas life is football. With 2 NFL teams, 12 FBS college teams, and high school teams building $60 million stadiums, it’s clear football is a priority deep in the heart of Texas. With its massive size, there’s plenty of room for you in Texas!
1. California – 39,776,830
California is so big it could easily be its own country. In fact, if California were its own country, it would have the 7th or 8th largest GDP in the world. One of the biggest economic drivers in California is the entertainment industry. While the film industry has been centered in Los Angeles since the early 20th century, more recently the music industry has also moved to the Left Coast. However, most Californians aren’t celebrities. Many of the people of California work in agriculture, as the state led the nation in cash farm receipts in 2016. California is also renowned for its natural beauty. From the hundreds of beaches on the Pacific to the majestic beauty of the Redwood Forests and Yosemite National Park, the natural beauty of California is hard to match.
Moving containers have often been associated with cardboard boxes. But with today’s environmental issues, it can never hurt to save a few trees. While cardboard moving boxes can be repurposed, it’s still better for the environment to avoid using them. Whether you find an old bin laying around the house or rent plastic containers, there are plenty of alternatives to cardboard boxes.
Plastic Bins Around the House
Everybody has a few of those large plastic bins laying around. If you have a few of them just sitting empty in an attic or garage, why not use them for your move? Usually, larger plastic bins can hold more items and are more durable than cardboard boxes. Additionally, rainy or snowy weather won’t have the same effects on plastic bins as cardboard.
While they may not hold as much as traditional moving boxes, suitcases can be very helpful in the moving process. Think about it this way, you’ll need to pack your suitcase anyway, so why not fill it up? Plus, if you need to fly to your new home, you’ll need to pack a suitcase for the plane. However, if you don’t already own a suitcase, it would be unwise to buy one. Suitcases can cost hundreds of dollars and there are much cheaper options for moving containers.
Ask Your Moving Company
Almost all moving companies will have cardboard boxes available for your move. However, you should ask your moving company if they have any more durable box materials available. Around the country, more and more moving companies are catering toward green-minded customers. Some moving companies are creating their own plastic moving containers, while others have partnerships with outside providers. Before you schedule your move, be sure to ask if your move provides plastic containers.
Bungo Box is a company that rents plastic moving boxes for certain periods of time until you are unpacked. One of the biggest advantages of Bungo Boxes is that they’re easily stackable. Whereas cardboard boxes stack unevenly, Bungo Boxes will neatly lock in to stack. During the moving process, stacking your boxes will make your move neater and more orderly. Check out this map of Bungo Box locations to see if the service is available in your area.
Bin-It is a reusable container company that drops off and picks up reusable moving boxes. Like the other companies on this list, the cost of the boxes depends on how long you keep them. One of the advantages of using Bin-It is that they provide free delivery and pick up. Instead of having to go out and find boxes, they’re dropped off at your front door! Bin-It is currently available in the New York, Indianapolis, Nashville, and Philadelphia areas.
Currently available in the Chicago and Portland areas, Redi-Box provides another great alternative to cardboard. Redi-Box is simple to use, as the company offers delivery and pickup for your boxes. Not only will using Redi-Box help the environment, but it can also help you to save on your move.
Rent a Green Box
Available in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas, Rent a Green Box was founded in 2005 by Spencer Brown. The boxes provided by Rent a Green Box are made entirely from recycled plastic trash. Despite being made from trash, these boxes can hold more weight and are more durable than cardboard.
Moving is sometimes characterized as harmful to the environment. Much of that reputation comes from the pervasive use of cardboard boxes. However, with the increased environmentalism of the 21st Century, moving customers are turning to cardboard less often. Whether you use items you already own or turn to a reusable box company, there are plenty of options to make your move less wasteful!
Spring is almost here, and there’s no shortage of reasons why it can be a great time to move. For starters, the weather is better, rates are lower, and everyone is generally in a better mood.
1. Lower Rates than Summer
While the spring is busier than winter when it comes to moving, it’s still shy of peak moving season. With the high demand for moving that comes during the summer, moving companies tend to increase their rates. However, if you decided to move in the spring you can beat the “peak season” rush. Pro tip: if you have the ability to choose your move date, the earlier in the spring, the better. As the weather improves and the school year ends, more and more customers will be moving.
2. Moving Companies are more Flexible
In the summer months, moving companies can be booked over a month in advance. Particularly, summer weekends near the end of the month can be almost impossible to book. While you should still try to book as far in advance as possible, a spring move provides more flexibility. If you find yourself in the unavoidable position of a move on short notice, you at least have the luck of seasonal rates and availability on your side. By the end of April and early May, the moving season will be in full swing so be sure to discuss potential moves with family, friends, and landlords during the frigid winter months.
3. Perfect Moving Weather
Although there can be rainy days, keep in mind the weather across the country is generally more accommodating to logistical events like a move. The high heat and humidity of the summer months can make moving a major headache for parents of small children and can also cause the movers to take longer due to oppressive conditions. During winter moves, snow and ice become major road concerns. Additionally, early spring usually lacks the extreme weather events that can shut down roads, businesses, and schools during the winter and summer months.
4. Good Vibes
Spring is the season for recharging and rebirth. The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and everything seems brighter after a dreary winter. With moving already being a stressful endeavor, why not do it feeling your best? Plus, once you’re moved in, there’s no better time to enjoy the scenery of your new home. Get that move out of the way so you can sit back, relax and enjoy your summer!
5. Tackle Spring Cleaning and Minimizing for a Move in One Step
Spring is widely known as the season to clean up around the house. One of the often overlooked aspects of a big move is cleaning and purging of household wares, clothes, and other possessions. Why not kill two birds with one stone? An added bonus to cleaning in the spring is that you should be able to find some items to donate. Charitable organizations receive plenty of donations during the holiday season, and you can rest easy knowing you’ve done a great deed by donating in the spring. If you need some help organizing your spring moving clean-up check out Everlist to make the perfect checklist.
Whatever the reason for your next move, consider the upside of doing it in the spring. Even if you find yourself stuck in a stressful, last-minute move, the gentle conditions of spring will help to ease your worries.
For generations, Americans have flocked to big cities. The opportunity, fast-paced lifestyle, and social scene of cities attracts millions each year. However, the promise of big-city life can come with a few drawbacks. With less space, time, and increased regulations moving in a big city can present more challenges than suburban or rural moving. However, as long as you’re well prepared, moving in a big city can be just as easy as anywhere else. Otherwise, how would thousands of Americans move in, out, and around major cities each day? Here’s our list of the biggest challenges to big city moving along with simple solutions:
1. Higher Costs
Similarly, to just about any good or service, moving is more expensive in a large urban area. A higher cost of living means moving companies will have to pay their employees more. Additionally, fuel tends to be much more expensive in urban areas, which will increase the truck or travel fee. Moving companies may also have to pay higher fees for parking, which can further drive up costs.
If you’re looking to cut back on moving costs, try packing less. It can be difficult to part ways with some possessions. However, in the long run, selling or donating things you own can have a huge benefit! Along with decreasing the cost of your move by packing less, selling some items could offset your moving cost. If you’re lucky, you may even find enough value to pay off your whole move!
2. Increased Regulation
Due to the scarcity of parking in urban centers, most major cities require that you obtain a permit to park a moving van or truck. If you use a moving company, make sure to ask if they have a permit. Moving companies that regularly do business in major cities should have a permit in place. However, if you decide to take part in a DIY move, you’ll need to acquire a permit yourself.
3. More Scammers
Even with greater regulation, city governments can’t stop all illegitimate moving companies. While most major cities maintain plenty of reputable moving companies, there’s always a few bad eggs. Because moving happens so much more often in urban centers, customers can be more susceptible to scams. If you want to avoid using unreliable movers, one resource to look to is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The FMCSA allows you to search for moving companies and find out whether they have a USDOT number. Also, be sure to check if your state requires additional licensing. Don’t wind up the next victim of a big city moving scam, make sure to put some research in!
4. Less Time
When you’re moving in a suburban or rural area, you may have much more flexibility with your move date and time. However, when you’re moving around a large city, your time may be much more restricted. For example, most apartment complexes will require you to move out by a certain date. Then, on moving day you have to be sure that elevator time has been booked. Additionally, moving trucks may only be able to park on the street for a short window.
To alleviate the shortage of time during a big city move, make sure you are as well packed as possible. If you have to save any packing for the last minute, it could add hours to your move. On the other hand, if you’re extremely well prepared your move could end up taking less time than the original estimate.
5. Tighter Spaces
While a large home in the suburbs may provide spacious doorways and sidewalk space, a big city move often requires dealing with tight spaces. Even if you have a home in the city, your neighbors are probably much closer. With less space, moving in an urban area can never be a private affair. Before you move, be sure to inform your neighbors of your move date. That way, your neighbors won’t be surprised by the commotion and can stay out of the way. Additionally, make sure all of your furniture is well-wrapped and padded.
The high population density and fast pace can make big city moving more difficult. However, keep in mind that thousands of people are moving in, out, and around major cities each day. As long as you prepare in advance and use a reputable moving company, your big city move should be a breeze!
Learn About The Best Neighborhoods for Millennials in The Metroplex
Since the mid-twentieth century, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex has become a boomtown. While it’s most famous as an energy hub, the DFW Metroplex is home to Fortune 500 companies in numerous industries. With all of the available opportunities for employment, it’s no surprise that young professionals are flocking to the DFW area. Before you move to the cultural and economic hub of North Texas, it’s a good idea to learn about the trendiest and best neighborhoods in the area. Whether you’re looking for an artsy neighborhood with coffee shops and galleries, or a night-life center with dozens of bars and restaurants you can find it in the DFW Metroplex.
Deep Ellum – Dallas
Established in 1873, Deep Ellum has long been the go-to place for music and the arts in Dallas. Live music staples include Trees and Club Dada, but in total there are over 30 venues to enjoy the best music acts Dallas has to offer. Deep Ellum also serves as home to the annual Deep Ellum Arts Festival, which includes over 100 bands, 200 visual artists, and various street performances. Usually, where musicians and artists go, great food tends to follow. Deep Ellum is no exception to that rule; from burgers at Angry Dog to sushi at Deep Sushi, this trendy neighborhood has options for any palate. If you’re looking to stay on top of the latest trends, Deep Ellum may be the neighborhood for you!
Lower Greenville – Dallas
Lower Greenville has long been known as the top entertainment district in Dallas. While the neighborhood formerly had a notorious partying reputation, it has recently cleaned up its act. A multitude of hip gastropubs and shops have sprouted up in the past few years. Even as the neighborhood has changed, the beautiful Granada Theatre has remained a staple. Once a large cinema, the Granada now hosts concerts for the trendiest acts coming to DFW. Lower Greenville is also famous for hosting the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dallas, which makes it one of the best neighborhoods.
Uptown – Dallas
In recent years, driving around town has become less popular. These days, everyone wants to live in a neighborhood with great walkability. In Dallas, there’s no better neighborhood for walkability than Uptown. The neighborhood takes pride in being Dallas’ first “live-work-play” community. With all of the bars and restaurants on McKinney Avenue and throughout the neighborhood, there’s plenty of fun to be had on any given day. There’s even a neighborhood trolley to take you from place to place. One of Uptown’s most famous restaurant/bars is The Rustic, which boasts plenty of outdoor seating and delicious homestyle cuisine. If you’re looking for a neighborhood where you can have it all, look no further than Uptown.
Magnolia Avenue Area – Fort Worth
Fort Worth may be known as the city of Cowboys, but the city is also home to a vibrant art scene. Thus, the city’s motto “The Crossroads of Cowboys and Culture.” On the south side of Fort Worth, the Magnolia Avenue area is a haven for the city’s artists. Similar to other art-influenced neighborhoods, Magnolia Avenue is home to numerous coffee shops and trendy restaurants. One of the best of these coffee shops is Brewed, where you can also find a great craft beer and food selection. After grabbing a cup of cup of joe and a bite to eat, head over to SiNaCa studios, to take in finely crafted glass artistry. You can even take a glass blowing class to learn a little about the craft. If you’re looking for a tight-knight community with a great art and dining scene, the Magnolia Avenue area may be one of the best neighborhoods for you!
Las Colinas – Irving
If you can afford the high-priced rent, there may be no more convenient location than Las Colinas in Irving. Located just minutes from DFW International Airport, Las Colinas is the perfect spot for business travelers. Not only is Las Colinas near the airport, but multiple Fortune 500 companies are centered in Irving. Due to the surrounding corporations, the Las Colinas area is home to numerous quality golf courses including TPC Four Seasons. If you’re looking to become a power-player in DFW, Las Colinas may be the place for you!
The Dallas-Fort Worth area continues to grow at a high rate. Each day, more and more millennials are flocking to the area. Regardless of your personal preferences, the DFW Metroplex will have one of the best neighborhoods for you. Whether you’re an artist looking for a creative community, looking for a change of scenery, or a business person looking for convenience, the DFW Metroplex has it all.
There is never a great time to move, but there are certainly inconvenient times to pack up your entire life and relocate. Most people would prefer not to spend Valentine’s Day moving, but if you find yourself stuck doing just that on the most romantic day of the year, don’t worry! You can still have a romantic evening with your significant other in spite of the boxes, the stress and the mess. Here are some creative ideas on how to enjoy Valentine’s Day while in the midst of a move.
1. Romantic notes
Leaving sweet and romantic love notes in boxes or around your new home is an easy way to let your partner know you’re thinking about them on Valentine’s Day. You can express your feelings for them even as you both unpack boxes and begin settling into your new home.
Giving your loved one a massage is always a nice gesture, and it will be even more appreciated after a stressful day of moving and unpacking boxes.
3. Music and wine
Break out a bottle of wine and turn on your favorite tunes as you unpack. Unpacking is often seen as tedious, but why not make it fun? Drink and dance a little while you decorate your new home together.
4. Bubble bath
Do you love your new master bath? Walk away from the boxes and break in your new tub with some bubbles, candles and champagne. This is a great romantic gesture, and it will serve as a much-needed respite from the stress of moving.
5. Scavenger hunt
Your home is already a mess, so why not use that to your advantage? Hide clues for your valentine in and around boxes, cabinets and furniture. Have them go on a scavenger hunt to find whatever special gift you’ve decided to get them.
6. Fireside chat
Does your new home have a fireplace? Light a fire and just relax. Take some time to chat with your loved one about the future you’ll share in your new home.
7. Dine local
Need to get away from the boxes and mess? Go and explore your new neighborhood by eating a romantic dinner at a nearby restaurant.
Moving on Valentine’s Day is certainly not ideal. But don’t let the chaos of the day prevent you from showing your partner how much they mean to you and enjoying this romantic holiday together.
When you’re moving, it’s important to know what type of move you’re involved in. You may think that the cost of your move depends solely on the size of your home or apartment. However, the distance and boundaries of your move may actually be the most prominent factors in determining the cost. In that sense, it’s important to know the three main categories for moves concerning distance and state borders; local, intrastate, and interstate. Knowing which category your move falls under will help you be better prepared when you contact a moving company.
Usually, any move under 50 miles is considered a local move. Local moves are the most common type of move in the moving industry. These moves could range from moving furniture up a set of stairs to moving a five-bedroom house 40 miles away. For local moves, most moving companies will usually charge their hourly rate. The hourly rate can depend on the size of your home and the specific items you are moving. Additionally, most moving companies will add a travel fee and materials fees as well. The travel fee helps moving companies to cover fuel costs for the drive from their headquarters to both ends of your move.
Due to the smaller distance of local moves, customers are sometimes tempted to turn to part-time options. These options could include renting a truck or finding part-time labor on a site such as Craigslist. While these may seem like good ways to save a quick buck, you should be mindful that experience counts in moving. Using part-time movers or doing the job yourself greatly increases the risk of damage to some of your items. Plus, a non-licensed mover is much more likely to pull a bait and switch with your move. To find out more about illegitimate movers, check out how to avoid fake moving companies.
Technically speaking, an intrastate move is any move that begins and ends in the same state. However, in the moving industry, the term “intrastate” is applied to moves beginning and ending in the same state beyond 50 miles. For example, the distance between Dallas and San Antonio is about 300 miles, but because the entire route remains in the state of Texas meaning it is still intrastate. Especially in larger states such as California and Texas, intrastate moves can often cover a longer distance than interstate moves.
When you participate in an intrastate move, don’t expect to pay the same rates as a local move. Because it’s a long distance move, moving companies will price the move at their own discretion. Some companies may keep their hourly rate and add an extra travel fee, while others will charge by weight or cubic feet.
An interstate move is any move that crosses state lines at any time. Even if a move ends in the same state, if your belongings cross state lines at any point it is considered an interstate move. In the case of an interstate move, moving companies will typically charge by the weight of the items on your move. Due to the increased fuel and labor costs, an interstate move will almost always cost more than a local or intrastate move. Keep in mind that your moving company will often have to go through multiple toll booths, increasing the travel cost.
Of course, there are exceptions, such as if you live near a state border. Even if your interstate move is relatively shot, your moving company will still need a US Department of Transportation number. Checking whether a moving company has a USDOT number is as easy as spending a couple of minutes online. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration allows you to verify USDOT numbers for moving companies around the country.
Understanding what type of move you are participating in is an important step in the moving process. The difference in cost between local, intrastate, and interstate moves can be substantial. However, if you know which category your move falls into, you can get a much better idea of your total moving cost.
No matter where you’re moving to and from, the moving process requires a number of steps. However, when you’re moving out of an apartment, there are some aspects that differ from home moving. These 7 steps to moving out of an apartment will help you alleviate many of the common headaches.
1. Give your Landlord at least 30 Days Notice
When you’re selling a home, you dictate its sale along with a realtor. A large number of people will move out of their house while it’s still on the market. On the other hand, Landlords prefer not to have vacant apartments on their properties. It is customary to provide your landlord with a letter informing them that you will be moving at least 30 days before the move date. That way, your landlord has time to post the listing and find a new tenant by the time you move out. For most apartments, the required notification time is at least 30 days before you move out. However, make sure to check your lease as soon as you decide you are going to move. Some apartments may require you to provide as much as 90 days advanced notice.
2. Plan your Move
While moving out of an apartment may take less time than moving from a home, there is still plenty of planning involved. Additionally, because a new tenant may move in soon after you, the deadline can be more strict than moving from a home. Once you figure out when your lease ends and when you have to be in your new home or apartment, start making arrangements for your move. Whether you’re taking part in a DIY move or using a moving company, try to plan out the details at least a month in advance.
3. Take Care of Your Utilities
Utilities always have to be accounted for in any type of move. However, moving from an apartment could make things more complicated. Some apartment complexes will cover certain types of utilities such as cable packages or maybe even heating and air conditioning. If you begin your lease at a “utilities included” apartment complex, be sure to know exactly which utilities are included and which are not. On the other hand, if you pay for all your own utilities the switch may be as simple as informing the service providers of your new address. Keep in mind that if you move across state lines, you’ll likely need to switch all of your utility providers.
Nobody wants to leave a mess. If common courtesy isn’t enough motivation to clean your old apartment, the threat of monetary fines should be. Most landlords will perform an inspection once you leave the apartment and will check for any damage or stains. You can expect that this inspection will be thorough, so don’t neglect any nooks or crannies. Cleaning your apartment for the last time shouldn’t be rushed. Spread it out over a week or so before your move.
5. Book Elevator Time
If you live on the first floor of your apartment, this step may not be necessary. However, if you live on an upper floor, booking elevator time is one of the most important steps of your move. Trying to move all of your things up and down without informing your landlord is a recipe for disaster. For one thing, you’ll inconvenience all the other residents of your complex by hogging the elevator. Secondly, if you don’t book elevator time, it will add time to your move which means a higher bill at the end. While some apartments may allow you to book time in the regular elevator, it’s a good idea to check the availability of the service elevator in the building.
6. Get Your Security Deposit Back
Remember that security deposit you had to pay way back when you moved into your apartment? While it may have seemed like a drag at the time you paid the security deposit, the key is that you can earn that money back. As long as you take proper care of your apartment while you live there, you should have no problem earning the security deposit back. Just make sure to keep your apartment clean and try to avoid disputes with your landlord.
7. Change Your Address
Changing your address is one of the most important details of moving, and yet it can be easy to forget. However, neglecting to change your address can be catastrophic. You don’t want the tenant who moved into your old place to be rummaging through your personal mail. To change your address, start with the US Postal Service and then work your way to banks and other service providers.
Whatever type of home you move from, the moving process can be taxing. Specifically, moving from an apartment comes with unique challenges, but if you follow these steps your apartment move should be a breeze!
With all of the costs that come with moving, you should always be looking for ways to save. First off, there’s your rent and security deposit or a down payment on a home. Then, there’s the cost of facilitating the move itself. Whether you use a moving company or take part in a DIY move, moving will always cost at least a few hundred dollars and sometimes thousands for long distance moves. If you’re concerned about the cost of moving here are a few tips to help you save:
1. Raise funds through a Moving Sale
During the moving process, you may realize that there are some items you don’t want to bring to your new home. If you’re moving on a budget, hosting a moving sale can help alleviate some of the costs. In the process of packing up, you may even find some items you didn’t realize were valuable. Instead of rotting away in storage, maybe that old pack of baseball cards could pay for your whole move! Outside of holding a garage or yard sale, there are also plenty of online options to help you sell your things. Even if you don’t find anything valuable to sell, at the very least hosting a moving sale will save time on your move. The less time a moving company spends on your move, the less you’ll have to pay.
2. Compare Costs
One of the most important steps to take when planning a move is to compare costs. If you’re on a strict budget, be sure to do thorough research on multiple moving options. While you may think a DIY move could save you money, that may not always be the case. Plus, taking part in a DIY move creates the stress of having to call friends and relatives to help. Renting a truck, paying for fuel and moving materials could end up costing you more than a moving company in the end. If you do decide to use a moving company, be sure to do some research. If a price seems too good to be true, you may not be dealing with a legitimate moving company. Luckily, all moving companies on Move Matcher are fully licensed, bonded, and insured.
3. Avoid Peak Days
Most people who move have little control over the date that they move. However, if you do have any say, there are a few days to avoid. If possible, try to avoid weekend days in the summer months. At those times, moving companies are busier than ever. During their peak times of the year, moving companies tend to have higher rates than the rest of the year. If you do have to move in the summer, try your best to move on a weekday in the middle of the month. While you may not have complete control of the timing of your move, at the very least try to avoid the busiest days of the year.
4. Find Free Moving Materials
Along with the cost of moving labor and travel fees, a number of moving companies also require materials fees. A good way to save is to provide those materials yourself. In particular, the boxes necessary for moving can easily be found for little or no cost. Home improvement stores, grocery stores, family or friends are all great places to find free moving boxes.
5. Pack Yourself
While most moving companies offer packing services, if you want to save you should handle that aspect yourself. Once you are packed, moving companies will be happy to load and unload your belongings at their normal hourly rate. On the other hand, If you have a moving company do your packing for you, they may add an additional fee to the loading and unloading costs. Just make sure to label every box to make things easier for you and your movers.
6. Transfer Furniture
When you’re moving to a new home or apartment, it can be tempting to buy all new furniture. Perhaps you want your new home to have a completely different feel. However, if you’re looking to save, the best solution is to keep most of your current furniture. Splurging on a new couch or television could really push your move over budget. If you do eventually want to change the style of your home, try updating things one piece at a time instead of buying all new furniture at once.
Moving can come with plenty of costs. However, as long as you’re well prepared and keep things simple you should be able to keep your move under budget!
Whenever the new year approaches, many of us think about the changes we want to make in our lives. Whether it’s a home improvement project, a new diet, or kicking a bad habit, a new year is a good place for a fresh start. However, if you really want to turn your life around, moving can be a great option. Here are five reasons moving is a great way to start off the new year.
1. A Chance to Start Over
Perhaps you’re frustrated by the area in which you currently live. Maybe there’s not enough to do, or you’ve outgrown a livelier neighborhood. Either way, moving gives you a chance find an ideal area to live in. Whether you’re headed for the trendiest spot in a big city or a farmhouse in the middle of the country, moving gives you a chance to change things up. Even a move down the hallway in the same building can give you a new perspective on life. If you feel like you’re caught in a rut, moving may be the perfect solution to break out of it.
2. It Can Help You Accomplish New Year’s Resolutions
When we make New Year’s Resolutions, it’s usually because we want to make a change in our lives. Often, a New Year’s Resolution can require a major shift in your normal routine. In that sense, moving can help you to more easily accomplish your goals for the new year. Because a new home will give you a fresh start, it also requires you to create new routines. This concept isn’t just conjecture; it’s backed up by research. According to a study from the University of Bath, people are more likely to change their habits in the first three months following a move. Therefore, if you need to make some positive changes in your life, moving may be just the place to start.
3. Easier to Line Up with School/Work
One of the main reasons summer is the most popular time of year to move is that it is the best time of year for children to switch schools. If you’re unable to move in the summer, winter break is the best time to move with children. Entering a new school after winter break is much easier than in the middle of a semester. Additionally, workplaces tend to be more flexible around the Holiday season. If you’re moving for your job, you should be able to take some time off to orchestrate your move.
4. Reduced Rent
Typically, rent is the highest in the summer. As summer is the most popular time to move, landlords are able to raise rents because the demand is higher. On the other hand, apartments can become much more difficult to fill in the winter. Therefore, if you’re able to get a lease that begins in January or February, you can save on your rent and security deposit. Additionally, the lack of demand in the winter could give you a better choice of living space. While everyone else struggles to find an apartment in the summer, you’ll be comfortably settled into your new digs.
5. Lower Moving Costs
Similarly to the rental market, winter marks the slow season for the moving industry. Due to the lower demand, moving companies usually offer lower rates compared to the peak season. Plus, waiting until after the new year will allow you to enjoy the holidays without the stress of moving. Give yourself a couple of weeks to decompress and then get moving. As long as you book your move before the spring, there’s a good chance you’ll be paying much lower rates.
As the calendar turns from 2017 to 2018, many people will seek to make changes in their lives. One way to start making positive changes is to move to a new home. Moving allows you to break out of your old routines and start forming new habits. Plus, by moving early in the year you can save on rent and moving costs. A great 2018 could be just one move away!