Taking the Heat out of your Warm Weather Move

According the United States Census Bureau, summertime is the busiest time of the year for household moving. Statistics for 2015 back this up. July 31 was the most moved on day and June was the busiest month.

5 Warm Weather Moving Tips

There are merits to packing moving boxes at this time of the year. Summer has the advantage of summer vacation, meaning less disruption to kids’ routines and sleep schedules. In addition, work responsibilities may be a bit lighter for some making it easier to free up time. That said, summer heat can wreak havoc on your move. If you do decide to relocate in the summer months, here are some considerations for your moving checklist.

1. Reserve a professional moving company well in advance

Because it is a popular season for moves hiring your movers and securing your dates in advance significantly reduces unwelcome surprises as the day gets closer.  The best moving companies fill up their schedule quickly.   The beginning and end of the month and weekends are always packed because that’s when most people move. If you have to move on a particular day like Friday or Saturday or the first or last day of the month, chances are, if you book last minute you may be unable to reserve the moving company of your choice.

2. Stay safe in the heat

As with any other summer activity, it’s always wise to keep lots of water on hand. Moving can be intense and often stressful.  Fight fatigue and heat exhaustion by adding water, hydrating drinks, and light snacks to your moving checklist. Take breaks when moving boxes, especially those that are particularly heavy.

3. Take special care of seniors, children and pets

With a house full of moving boxes, equipment, movers, and other service providers there are few shady places to stay out of the heat. The doors will be open for extended periods as well, making air-conditioning inefficient, and window units may already have been removed from houses without central air. Arranging to have kids or seniors stay with relatives or friends and putting the animals in pet day care can make sense on hot moving days.

4. Take care of your movers on a hot day

Adding extra water, drinks, and cold damp towels for the crew to your moving checklist is a great way to earn good karma with your movers. This will ultimately keep them safe, hydrated and more efficient and most appreciative.

5. Protect heat sensitive items

You may have to do a little research to figure out which items are sensitive to the heat.  Certain items – such as wax candles, aerosols, and electronics, for example, should not be boxed up in the sweltering heat and transported in the back of a moving truck. Chocolate and hard candies have a way of becoming hidden in kids’ clothes and belongings. Shrink-wrapped clothing can also lead to disaster, as can vinyl records and CDs. Some equipment should never be stored in extreme heat or sun so evaluate the type of equipment you have and refer to user manuals for transportation tips. Mark items that are unsafe for heat to prevent loss and damage.

Moves in any season benefit from advance preparation. Ask your moving concierge for tips and experience on prepping for a safe and successful summer move.

Understanding the Basics of a Relocation Package

Relocating for a new position within a company is an exciting, and stressful, time for both an employee and the company. To ease the transition and compensate the employee for the disruption, many companies offer relocation packages that cover expenses such as apartment-hunting time off, moving, temporary housing, and an allowance for miscellaneous expenses.

In the Atlas Van Lines’ 2015 Corporate Relocation Survey, 81 percent of companies had formal policies for domestic relocation and 83 percent had policies for international moves. The details of what an individual company’s policy covers vary depending on the size and nature of the firm. In an Allied Workforce Mobility Survey, the average relocation package ranges from $11,000 at smaller companies to more than $33,000 at larger companies.

For a company to structure a fair and competitive policy, and for an employee to effectively negotiate a move, it is important for both sides to understand what a standard policy includes and what additional incentives might be included or negotiated.

Preparation for Moving

Before moving, an employee will visit their new city to look at new residences. Most companies will reimburse meals, lodging, and transportation for the employee and a spouse or partner. The employee should be armed with information about neighborhoods, housing or rental prices, and school districts in the new location before these trips. Some companies provide assistance with this research.

Relocation Package

Forbes magazine recently named Denver, Raleigh, Portland, Provo, and Atlanta the best overall places for business and careers. These cities are attractive both to the workforce and companies thanks to reasonable business costs. If an employee is being relocated to Denver, his trip would be more productive and cost effective for the company if he took time to research Denver’s neighborhoods beforehand. Using a resource like Rent.com can help narrow down areas that fit an employee’s lifestyle.

Moving Expenses

The expense of physically moving the employee’s possessions to the new location is generally the largest expense covered by a relocation package. The Atlas Relocation Survey found that more than 50 percent of companies will pay for a moving company to pack, ship, and unpack all items, move up to two cars, and cover storage costs while an employee is in temporary housing.

One consideration for both the company and employee is when and how this expense will be covered.

  • Will the movers directly bill the company or will the employee be reimbursed?
  • What is the timing for any reimbursement?
  • Is the moving company chosen by the employee and approved by the company or arranged by the company?
  • Is there a cap to this expense?

Additionally, many companies include a payback policy, requiring employees to pay back the cost of moving if they leave the company within a certain time period after their move.

Additional Incentives for Relocation Packages

In addition to an allowance for miscellaneous expenses such as interim housing or utility costs, many companies will include or allow employees to negotiate additional expenses in their relocation packages. Companies may cover the cost of selling a home or breaking a lease in the old location, and some home buying costs in the new location. In a sample relocation package provided by Workforce.com, home selling expenses included real estate commission, appraisal and inspection fees, and rental expenses including the loss of a security deposit. For married employees, the Allied Mobility Survey revealed that 80 percent of employees were concerned with their spouse’s employment situation with relocation, so companies may include assistance in finding spousal employment or cover spousal unemployment costs.

5 Tips to Keep in Mind Before You Move

Here at In Order To Succeed we’ve moved countless clients from state to state. We are at a point where not much surprises us – but every once in a while we encounter something new & add it to our arsenal of “learning experiences”.

Below five tips before you move that may not be at the top of your list, but preparing for them before an out-of-state move will save you time and ease your transition. Get these items out of the way so you can spend your time finding your favorite coffee shop, settling into to work, and enjoying your new home.

1) Utilities. Call your utilities companies at least a week ahead of your move-in date and find out what they need to make the switch. In one very significant learning experience, our client learned too late that they needed to visit the water provider IN PERSON (to get it switched on since it was a new account. The water company was a 45 minute drive away and they had no running water! Adding to that, it was 90 degrees and we had six movers, two toddlers, one babysitter, our team, and NO water which means…no operating toilets. We hope this never happens to you, or anyone.

2) Budget. Add an extra $3000 to your moving budget for the first few weeks of the move and just call it “unexpected costs”. You anticipate the big costs (moving trucks, flights, etc) but the little things add up too: tips for the movers, frequent take-out meals, babysitters while you decorate/unpack/run errands, start up fees for utilities, dump fees for garbage removal, first big grocery shop, etc. The list goes on.

3) DMV Requirements. You know you have to either drive or ship your car, but what about registration, licensing, etc. when you get there? Find out the DMV requirements ahead of time and make a plan for when you arrive. States have different requirements for registration transfers (i.e. you must change your registration within as little as 10 days upon establishing residency) so just google your local DMV and/or Tax Collector and make a plan.

4) Purge. In weeks before before you move – spend the time purging the things you don’t need: clothing you haven’t worn in years, old books, games, toys, electronics. If you aren’t using it now, you will not want to unpack it. Hire a professional organizer to help you do this. Their fees will be less than the cost to move all the items that will just to go back in storage. Unpacking is not fun for most people. The knowledge that you are unpacking only what you need and/or love is priceless.

5) Network. Join a local Social 5  prior to the move and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. This is a great way to find like-minded individuals. Be specific and you will be surprised at what’s out there (such as: New Moms, Tennis Groups, Dog Walking Clubs, Wine Lovers, Alumni Groups) and how willing people are to connect. If you don’t find what you are looking for – create it!

Finally, I’ll dispel a piece of advice I received when I left for college and that I’m still using. Say yes to everything for a while. Try new restaurants, make plans with new friends, take out that bucket list, talk to everyone, force yourself to get out there. You will make a new happy home for yourself, – you just have to say YES!

Four Moving tips to avoid disasters

No move comes without unexpected challenges. Don’t stress over what could go wrong, anticipate potential hiccups. Moving tips to avoid to disasters.

You snagged a great job, found a good place to live and are thrilled to explore a new city. But every well-planned move isn’t without its unexpected challenges. Instead of pulling your hair out and stressing over what could go wrong, anticipate some of the potential hiccups so you can plan ahead. Here are a few moving tips that will help avoid disasters.

No move comes without unexpected challenges. Don't stress over what could go wrong, anticipate potential hiccups. Moving tips to avoid to disasters.

Buy Extra Boxes

It’s the day before your move and you just ran out of boxes and packing tape. But don’t freak out. There is a solution. U-Haul, hardware stores and office supply stores are open late and carry the supplies you need. To be proactive, buy more moving supplies than you need, and then return whatever you don’t use. Just make sure you keep your receipts.

Hire Movers

Admit it. You laughed last week when you watched Tom guilt his friends into helping him move on “Parks and Recreation.” And then you laughed even harder when he goes on a huge power trip watching them carry his things. Of course, you are not like this to your friends, so you’re wondering where everyone went on the day of your move. Other than your bestie, all your other friends are suddenly “busy.” Avoid this disaster by hiring your own help. Besides having bodies to carry boxes, professionals are better at packing and handling fragile items. After all, you don’t want your one of your friends to accidentally drop your grandmother’s antique tea set.

Build in Cushion Days

The paperwork takes forever, your daughter has a mental breakdown and the cat goes missing. Then, Mother Nature throws you a curve ball and it starts to rain. There are any number of things that can delay your move. Anticipate this before it happens, and build in a few cushion days so you don’t have to hurry to get into your new place. Although it’s difficult to plan for unexpected delays, making lists and staying organized can help. And when it comes to weather, plan for the worst. Have ponchos, gloves, jackets and whatever else you need depending on the weather you face in your city. Regardless of all your preparations, having a few extra days built in can drastically reduce your stress about getting to your new place on time.

Rent a Bigger Truck

You’ve done all the legwork. Your boxes are organized, labeled and ready to be loaded onto the truck. But no matter how you stack the boxes, there isn’t enough room for all your stuff. To avoid this situation, rent a bigger truckprior to moving. You tend to underestimate the amount of stuff you’ve collected over the years, but it adds up quickly. Although the cost may be a little more, it is worth avoiding this headache on moving day.

Moving is about the details. Make lists, use labels and pack ahead of time to cut down on last-minute stress. But don’t forget to keep the big picture in mind. Unexpected hurdles will happen, so try to keep it all in perspective.

The Long Haul: Prepare for your cross-country move

Moving clear across the country can seem daunting. From packing up your home to the long drive, it’s difficult to keep everything organized. And you don’t want to forget anything! So how can you keep all your ducks in a row? Here are some moving tips to make your cross-country move less stressful.

Packing

Leave some baggage behind. Go through all the things you own — from furniture to clothes — and decide what you really need. Got crates and crates of books you’ll never read again? Take them to a local used bookstore. Clothes you haven’t worn since 1980? Donate them to Goodwill. If you have items that might be worth something, hold a moving sale or list items on Craigslist or Ebay. Craigslist tends to work better in cities where demand is high. Ebay works best in rural areas, though consider shipping costs and logistics before posting.

Sometimes it’s difficult to part with nostalgic or sentimental items, but part of moving is letting go of the past and finding something new. The less you have, the less you’ll have to haul across the country. Parting ways with some of your less-than-essential possessions helps you prioritize and focus on what really matters.

Your Car

While moving cross-country, your car is your tool. You wouldn’t try to cut down a tree with a dull or rusty chainsaw, so why would you try to drive a car on a long trip without a tune up? An oil change, new spark plugs and maybe even some new tires are a good idea before you hit the open road.

Old tires can be a safety hazard — especially if they’ve ever experienced extreme weather conditions — and cause you loads of time and trouble. Check the wear of your tires by measuring the tread using a penny. With so much on your mind already, you don’t want a distraction like a blowout or flat.

If you’re moving somewhere rural, all-terrain tires might be a good idea. All-terrain tires are smooth on paved roads, but also have the tread to handle muddy and rocky tracks. Order them online from a retailer like TireBuyer, and have them delivered to a specialist for easy installation before you leave.

Your Route

Plot out your route. By having defined directions, you’ll save yourself worry, time and money. Getting lost can slow you down, waste gas and be stressful if you end up on shady roads in unfamiliar cities. With an in-car GPS navigation system, you’ll take the most efficient route.

Along the way, call in some favors. Friends, family, family friends — you can save money on hotels and visit people. Don’t let the experience of moving go by too fast. Take a few days off and enjoy the trip. If you’re moving to a city without permanent house plans in mind, arrange a temporary place to stay before you get into town. A friend or inexpensive hotel can be your base of operations until you get your bearings.

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Should you move it, chuck it or sell it? What to keep when moving

If you’re getting ready to move, you have some big decisions to make. One of them is figuring out which items to take with you and what to leave behind or sell. These tips can help you decide what to keep when moving:

Appliances

There is no broad-brush explanation as to when major household appliances should be replaced. The 5-10-15 rule, by Stanford University doctoral candidate Rachel Adams, is a good starting point:

Keep any refrigerator, washer or dryer that is less than five years old.
Consider replacing 10-year-old appliances after calculating their daily energy consumption. Refrigerators, for instance, can account for up to one-fifth of monthly electric bills. Replacing an old refrigerator with a newer model that is Energy Star-compliant could drop your monthly electric bills substantially and pay for itself within a few years. EnergySavings.com features four steps to estimating energy usage.
Replace any appliance that is more than 15 years old.
Another factor to consider is storage costs. The more appliances you keep, the larger storage facility you’ll need while between homes. A 10 X 10 unit costs around $70 per month (depending on where you live), whereas a 10 X 20 will be double that amount. But if the items you’re storing are worth keeping, then the price difference doesn’t matter.

The best time to buy new appliances is late September and October when retailers are introducing the latest models and slashing prices on last year’s merchandise. Holiday deals, particularly Black Friday and the days following Christmas, are also good times to find bargains.

Furniture

We typically buy furniture based on the space in which it will be placed, and your old furniture may not fit physically or aesthetically in your new home. But you can always make current furnishings feel new to you.

First consider the quality and sentimental value of your furniture before deciding to reupholster. The labor and materials that go into reupholstering can equal the cost of buying new furniture in some cases. If it’s the couch that you and your spouse had your first kiss on, then perhaps you’ll want to keep it. The same goes for a comfortable bed that you fall asleep on as soon as your head hits the pillow.

But don’t reupholster a couch or chair with wobbly legs and a cheap wood frame. Vitian Robinson, who owns a reupholstery business in Indianapolis, told Angie’s List that many furniture manufacturers have lowered their wood standards in recent years. Today they use materials that would have been deemed garbage for furniture 20 years ago. In other words, if your furniture is relatively new, it’s usually better to replace it than restore it.

New Additions

Moving to a new home usually means more space. Now is the time to decide on some new items you’ve always wanted, but never had the square footage to make happen. Hot tubs are not only great for relaxation and pain relief, but are also conversation and party starters. An exercise bike or elliptical trainer can help you take control of your health and eliminate gym membership fees.

Moving can be a stressful, drawn-out process. But having a picture in your mind as to what your new home will look like when finished is a great motivator.

How to save time and money when moving into a rental

You’re moving out of your college dorm and into an apartment nearby. Your spouse just got relocated for work and you have a three-month window to move. You just found a bigger, nicer apartment closer to work at a much lower rental rate than your current lease. These are just a few of the situations that may require you to pack up all your worldly possessions in boxes and bags and get them to your new address.

If you’re like most people, you want to save as much time and money on your move as possible. These tips, tricks, and hacks will help you do both while making your move easier and more organized.

Tips for Using the Right Equipment

If you’ve accumulated a larger number of carefully packed boxes, it may be easier to move them all at once rather than taking short trips back and forth. To speed things up even more, rent moving supplies like hand trucks or warehouse dollies to get your items loaded quickly and with less strain on your back. Use items like moving straps and furniture pads to secure and protect your belongings during transit. Straps enable you to stabilize bulky items, and furniture pads help to protect surfaces from getting scratched.

Packing Tricks

If you want to prevent breakage and be able to find things easily when you get to the other side of your move, pack wisely and label things clearly. Before you start boxing anything up, create a colored moving/packing key that matches brightly colored printed labels. Run to the office supply store and get laser printer labels in at least four different colors for major areas of your house such as kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and living room. Print out sheets of labels instead of writing directly on the boxes. You’ll find that the easy-to-read labels, plus the color coding, makes organization much more efficient.

Prepare all your packing supplies in a bucket or basket so they’re all in one place. Include your labels, packing tape, a utility knife, a black marker, and any other supplies you’ll need.

Instead of putting clothing straight into boxes, consider slipping bunches of hanging clothes into large garbage bags to keep them cleaner, more wrinkle-free, and ready to hang in your new place. Cut handholds into moving boxes before packing and sealing to create an easier and safer way to lift boxes.

Moving Hacks

Instead of spending a lot of money on your move, try these money-saving moving hacks.

Save money on moving boxes by looking around for free boxes before you start packing. Check local shopping clubs and discount stores, look on online freebie sites like CraigsList and Freecycle, or drive around apartment complexes at the beginning of the month checking dumpsters for discarded boxes from people who just moved in.
Sell, gift, or donate non-essentials before packing so you’ll have less to move.
Prevent leaks and spills by unscrewing caps on toiletries and liquids, putting a plastic baggie or layer of plastic wrap over the opening, and re-securing the cap before packing. Use foam sheets between plates and around glasses to pack breakable kitchen items.

4 Essential packing reminders for an efficient & happy move

“Domestic migration” is on the rise and has been the highest in five years. In 2012, about 16.9 million people moved to a new county. As the nation’s economy recovers, more Americans are on the move. Home prices are lower, and the number of people moving within the U.S. is up 5 percent from 2010, reports USA Today. Whether you’re moving to a new town or across the country, moving (and packing!) is a taxing undertaking. If you’re headed to a new home, be prepared and stay organized with these packing tips to ensure a stress-free moving experience with as few disasters as possible.

Plan Early

Waiting until the last minute to pack is easy to do, but if you start early, you’ll be less rushed and stressed. And on a tight deadline, you be less likely to strategically categorize items. Items can get misplaced, or lost forever, at the new house. Martha Stewart’s Website offers moving and packing checklists that can map out the packing process, keeping you organized and on track even months before the move. At least two months before moving, start to sort, organize, de-clutter and downsize. Then create an inventory and gather the moving materials — even ship discount moving boxes directly to your doorstep to conveniently collect the essential moving supplies.

Clean Before The Move

Without proper packing, unpacking can turn into a miserable experience. Simplify the unpacking process and ensure all items are clean and dust-free before they’re boxed. It may be faster to pack everything as-is and worry about cleaning dirty things later. But you’ll be happy, and less stressed, to unpack clean items in your new home. Also, try to visit your new home a few days before you move-in for a preliminary clean in the bathroom, kitchen, and bedrooms. Dust, dead bugs, and cobwebs are common in vacant homes, and it can become overwhelming to clean as you are trying to unpack and get settled.

Prepare Large & Delicate Items

Your over-sized belongings like mirrors and televisions are bulky and easily breakable. Maneuvering these items throughout your move can be complicated and time-consuming. Use quilted furniture pads to wrap and safeguard these large items, recommends Real Simple. Special wooden crates can help you safely and efficiently ship televisions and other large breakables as well. For extra padding, use heavy blankets or fill large trash bags with soft items like stuffed animals, towels and pillows to help protect your delicate belongings and keep them clean.

If you’re moving large electronics, landscaping tools, and equipment or vehicles, such as a motorcycle or ATV, that need a new part or to be repaired, wait until you arrive at your new home to mitigate extra hassle. Your lawn mower or dirt bike is susceptible to damage during the move. You can even order parts or accessories online before you move and have the components delivered to your new address.

Label & Organize Boxes

Take the time to label and create an inventory of your boxes. The organization is a time-saver for when you’re unpacking and can’t find a television cable or drinking glasses. Inventory helps track smaller items likely to get lost. Also, label and organize boxes by room and categories to help make unpacking more efficient. Right before moving day, pack belongings that you’ll need immediately in a clear plastic container so you can see and access these essentials quickly.

Protect yourself by taking a home inventory

We love our possessions and take great pride in them. Why, then, does over half of the population not even have a home inventory? If you haven’t taken inventory of your home’s contents, you need to do it as soon as possible. Your home can be hit by theft, fire, and depending on the area, certain natural disasters that can take away the things you have worked so hard to obtain.

If you own your home, you have homeowner’s insurance. If you rent, you may have renter’s insurance, in which case congratulations are in order, as you’re unlike the 34 percent of people who don’t. In any case, you need to have documented proof of what you own so if something happens you can file a claim with your insurance company that shows what you owned and what was lost. Insurance companies don’t just hand out money. If you don’t document your inventory, you probably won’t get what you need/want for the actual worth of your possessions when they’re lost. In addition, with correct documentation, you will have accurate records for your income tax.

After you take a home inventory, go over your homeowner’s insurance policy and new inventory with your agent. This way you will know that you’re paying the correct amount of insurance.

Here’s a simplified way to catalog your possessions:

Do a visual inventory.

The very first thing you should do is take your camcorder and video every nook and cranny of your home. A video of your possessions proves that you own whatever you’re putting a claim in for. If you can’t video tape your home, take a bunch of pictures.

Document everything in your home on paper.

Yes, it’s a daunting task, but you need to have everything in your home documented on paper; whether you lose a lot or a little, you’re covering yourself. Start by taking it room by room. When you are dealing with TVs, DVD players, etc., make sure you put the year, make and model number down. Don’t forget your garage, your attic, or any place that you have stored things that you don’t use. Make sure that you get an adequate appraisal of your valuables and document who appraised what.

Receipts and statements.

It really speeds up a claim if you have proof of purchase on top of home inventory documentation. A good way to document your paperwork is to scan them and save them to disk. Put it in a secure place that’s not in your home. A safety deposit box at the bank is a good place to store your home inventory documentation. This way you’ll always have a copy.

Technology: the perk.

Technology helps us do everything, and taking a home inventory is no different. If you know how to use spreadsheets, use one (or more) to do your inventory. Get online and Google ‘home inventory software’ and your search results will give you several apps that will help you inventory your home, whether it’s from the computer or on your phone. Read the reviews on each one; some are really good and will help you organize your home all the way down to your kitchen drawers.

Taking home inventory is not a real pleasurable way to spend your time. Once it’s done, though, you will have the satisfaction of knowing what you own, where it is, and what it’s all worth.

How to get the most for your used vehicle

The old girl may have carried you across the country on that most memorable road trip and shuttled the kids through their childhoods, but when she’s too worn out to go much further, you’re faced with a difficult decision. Do you sell her? Donate her? Break her down into scrap? Or maybe you trade her in and find a new ride.

It really depends on the value of the vehicle and what you would like in return for all those miles of personal memories. The bottom line is that you have an aging vehicle with some type of value to be assessed.

Sell it or trade it in?

First, check the Blue Book price of your old car online. You might be surprised how much it’s worth in a straight-up sale or for a trade at a dealership. Sites like KBB.com will help you find offers, place ads for your sale, and locate other resources to make sure you get the best price possible. The Blue Book is the standard for pricing used cars. It will provide you with the confidence to know what your car is worth on the market.

Depending on the condition of your car, you may want to trade it in. Edmunds.com helps you do so efficiently. The car info site suggests weighing the possible costs of fixing up the car with the potential trade in value as-is. Is it worth it? It depends on if you’re a car person or not. If you’re confident under the hood, or have a trustworthy mechanic, maybe you can get another 30,000 miles out of your vehicle. If not, you ought to consider timing that trade to maximize your value.

Once you have done your research, check out car dealerships online to get a better idea of what cars are available locally and how they are priced.

Donations and other options

If you don’t need the trade-in value on your new purchase, you might consider donating your vehicle to a non-profit organization as a tax-deductible donation. Options include donating to National Public Radio to help fund commercial-free local journalism, or to the Make a Wish Foundation to help fulfill the dreams of sick or terminally ill children. Regardless of your choice, you reduce your tax liability.

Of course, if you have a real jalopy on your hands — you may just want to bring her down to the scrapyard and see if you can get a few hundred bucks for her. But that’s a last resort.

Whether you’re trading it in or selling it outright, your vehicle is worth something. Once you figure out what that value is, you can use that money toward a new vehicle or toward some other financial benefit.