Top Tips For Moving Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Boxes-Mask-Top Tips For Moving Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic-In Order to Succeed-WEBThere’s no doubt about it: moving is one of life’s most stressful undertakings. Whether you’re heading three miles down the street or three thousand miles across the country, a move of any size can cause more than its share of sleepless nights. And while a move has always been an anxiety-producing event, it has never been more so than in the era of COVID-19.

As moving concierge and organizing experts, all of us at In Order to Succeed have had to remain flexible over the past few months as we research and engage in best practices to ensure the safety of our team members, the professionals we work with, and our clients and their families. However, we understand that not everyone has the resources to work with professional organizers and productivity consultants like us. With that in mind, we wanted to offer some general tips that can help anyone moving during COVID-19 do so in as safe and efficient a way as possible.

The importance of the “virtual tour”:

Virtual Tour-Top Tips For Moving Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic-In Order to SucceedThe National Association of Realtors strongly encourages realtors to offer their clients the ability to take “virtual tours” of homes and apartments in the era of COVID-19. These tours, which often offer three-dimensional and panoramic views of interiors and exteriors, can provide you with a very good sense of your new home—even if it’s just on a computer screen. While we understand that it can be unsettling to consider such a major purchase based on limited or non-existent physical contact with a home, remember that licensed realtors are there to answer your questions, to help you narrow down your choices, and to find the “perfect fit.”

Should you hire professional movers?

As a concierge moving service, we work exclusively with professional moving companies that are licensed and insured. Although they may cost more, professional movers, organizers, and relocation specialists are trained and experienced. They know how to coordinate a move properly so that your goods will remain safe and will arrive undamaged. They’ve dealt with hundreds of moves and have often handled them with clients not present. Moving coordinators and professional organizers understand how to efficiently unpack the contents of your home and settle you in with as little stress as possible. 

Like all of our peer organizations, In Order to Succeed follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure health and safety during COVID-19. Professional movers are, too. The California Moving and Storage Association (CMSA) provides a thoughtful, well-considered series of steps, directed toward moving companies, that allow them to provide the best possible services for their customers. These include “maintain great hygiene,” “provide contactless customer service,” “comfort your clients,” and “remain flexible.” We feel that it’s important to share these steps with you so that you can understand exactly what precautions are being taken for your safety and the safety of those around you.

What questions should you ask before you hire a moving company, organizer, or relocation specialist?

Boxes-Blue gloves-Top Tips For Moving Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic-In Order to SucceedIn addition to the basics—questions like “What sort of insurance coverage do you have?” and “How can you ensure that my family’s possessions will get to our new home in one piece?”—you might consider asking some questions that center around these organizations’ responses to COVID-19:

  • What type of virtual and contact-free services do you offer? 
  • Do my family and I need to be present on moving day? If we do, how will you ensure our safety and the safety of your employees?
  • How is your company monitoring the health of your employees? Do you offer them paid sick leave? (Employees with paid sick leave are more likely to stay home if they are feeling ill.) 
  • What kind of moving and sanitizing supplies do you provide?

In addition, the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) adds several guidelines for consumers to consider as you plan and undertake a move:

  • Give movers the chance to serve you in the safest way possible. Notify them ahead of time if anyone in your household may have contracted coronavirus, or may have been exposed to someone who has.
  • Some professional movers can provide virtual estimates, rather than in-home. If this is your preference, please check with your mover to see if they offer this option.
  • Try to provide your moving crew access to a sink, soap, and paper towels throughout your move. If this isn’t practical, and it is readily available, provide hand sanitizer.
  • If you plan to prepack any items, purchase new moving boxes and tape from your mover; this isn’t the time to use recycled boxes from online sources or from stores.
  • Your mover may also have plastic bins available for rental. Wipe down the interior and exterior with a disinfecting wipe before packing items in them.
  • If you have shelf-stable food you plan to throw out to lighten your load, consider donating it to Move For Hunger to help feed people within your community.
  • Consider deep cleaning your new home before unpacking to mitigate further the risk of contracting the virus.

Finally, the staff at In Order to Succeed recommends that you create a moving plan in advance; that you and your family wear masks if you must be present during the move; that you pack a “last out, first in” box of essentials and keep it with you; and that, if practical, you wait 24 hours before unpacking your possessions (other than that “last out, first in” box).

Moving-Boxes-Top-Tips-For-Moving-Safely-During-the-COVID-19-Pandemic-In-Order-to-SucceedHere at In Order to Succeed, we understand that these additional steps can make an already-stressful experience that much more challenging. However, we hope that this curated resource—which we encourage you to share with others—will give you and your family some concrete, actionable information as you research and plan your move. 

If you live in New York, Connecticut, Florida, or Minnesota and would like to talk about working with us, please contact us directly. If you live elsewhere, you can find a professional organizer or productivity consultant through the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals’ (NAPO) searchable database. All of us at In Order to Succeed wish you the very best and hope that your move is as safe and stress-free as possible!

5 Common Mistakes People Make When Moving

No matter how many times you’ve moved, you’re bound to make mistakes here and there. Moving is one of the most stressful and exciting times in someone’s life and it’s easy to overlook essential details or rush to do things last minute.

Luckily, people who came before you have made these mistakes so you don’t have to. If you’re one of the countless people who are planning to move into a new home this year, here are some mistakes to avoid at all costs.

1. They don’t protect their valuables

When it comes to valuable goods, some things are simply irreplaceable. Even if you don’t have antique jewelry left from your third aunt twice removed, keeping your important documents and materials safe during a big move is essential.  

Getting a watertight safe is the best way to ensure your valuables are protected. After all, you wouldn’t want these items to get into the wrong hands. You might want to put some of the following materials in your safe:

  • Passports
  • Social security cards
  • Small, luxury items like watches and jewelry
  • Valuable coins
  • Stamps
  • Prescription medications

2. They pack up everything — and we mean everything

Moving is the perfect time to declutter your home and perform a little “spring” cleaning. If you catch yourself wondering about the purpose of an item or document, your best bet is to throw it in the trash or feed it through a paper shredder. If you’re struggling to decide whether or not to kick it to the curb, keep this in mind: have you used it in the last two years? If not, don’t hesitate.  

For items that are still in great shape, however, you can always make an event out of it. Throwing a yard sale is the perfect way to save time and effort while making a couple extra bucks for your trip. You’ll be able to streamline your move with fewer items to pack and your new home will benefit from a less-cluttered space. Donating to charity is a great option for items that didn’t sell well. If you can’t use them, someone else can certainly benefit from your donation.

3. They do it all alone

Sometimes people think that doing things on their own will save them time and money. Why would I need a mover, a professional organizer or moving coordinator when I have two perfectly good hands, myself?

Professional movers, organizers, and relocation specialists are trained and experienced.  They know how to coordinate a move properly so that your goods will remain safe and arrive undamaged to their destination.  They’ve dealt with hundreds of moves and know the best strategies for packing up your home in a manner that makes the most sense. Boxes may be labeled and inventoried so items are unpacked with ease.  Experienced movers will know how to disassemble and reassemble furniture and maneuver around corners and through doorways. Moving coordinators and professional organizers understand how to efficiently unpack the contents of your home and settle you in with as little stress as possible. You’ll be delighted when you see how simple and fast your boxes will be emptied and for your belongings placed in your new home in a tidy, logical and well-organized manner.

Related: How to Choose a Moving Company

4. They procrastinate

Moving takes a lot of time, patience, planning and effort.  If you wait until the last minute to get started, you’ll likely lose things, pack items incorrectly, or break valuable items in the process.

Beat back procrastination by following a daily packing routine. Instead of doing a bunch of packing at once, intersperse is throughout your day or follow a routine to ensure each room of the house gets done. On Monday, focus on items adorning your shelves and surfaces. Tuesday, pack up your kitchen appliances. Wednesday, do the guest bedroom. By starting to plan your move in advance, you’ll prevent procrastination. You’ll also feel great ticking off each item on your checklist.

The relocation specialists and professional organizers at In Order to Succeed have created a comprehensive home moving checklist that you can download to make your move easier.

To Download In Order to Succeed’s Relocation Checklist  Click Here

5. They don’t forward their mail

You think you’ve done it all: you’ve canceled cable, dismissed the electric company, sent in your two weeks to the job you hate, and finally told off your landlord (okay, maybe not the last one).

However, many people forget to forward their mailing address. Not only can you be missing out on important documents, you might also be putting your personal information at risk. When no one is available to pick up your mail, it might end up in the wrong hands. Don’t forget this vital moving step.

Relocating to a new home may be an experience of a lifetime, but it can be overwhelming if you’re prone to stress. To streamline your packing process, avoid these common mistakes people make while moving. Give yourself sufficient time and enlist the help of a solid team so you can sail through your transition with calm and ease.  

This article was written by Casey Ribek of Colonial Van Lines.

Tips for Moving Your Pets the Safe and Stress-Free Way

With moving comes packing, unpacking and everything else that makes relocating to your new home stressful. And while you may have the fortitude to withstand the stress, your furry friends might find it very unsettling. The good news, however, is that you can make the moving process much more bearable for your pets. How you might ask? Well it’s easy, all you have to do is adhere to these simple tips;

Brace yourself – and your pet

Pets have the unique ability to sense the emotional state of their owners; it’s why your cat buddy cuddles up to you (even when no one else will) when you come down with the flu. In the same manner, your pets will most likely pick up on any bits of anxiety, franticness or anger you let loose during the moving period; to prevent this, it is imperative that you stay calm. Kim Salerno summarises the importance of maintaining your cool in an email correspondence with the New York Times;

‘It’s about letting your pet know that you will keep things stable and under control, which allows him to worry less,’

Try to start the prepping and packing early and take breaks throughout the process with your pet as this will alleviate stress for you and them.

Introduce your pet to its makeshift home

And by makeshift home, we mean your pet’s kennel, cage or carrying crate. Whichever way you choose to ferry your pets as you move, it’s vital that they are comfortable with the setting even before the D-day. In the words of Rebecca Wallwork, columnist for;

‘A crate is a pet’s home during transport. Getting them used to it early can help relieve stress.’

The first step to getting them comfy is selecting a suitable and correspondingly comfortable enclosure. Once that’s settled, set up the enclosure at home and encourage them to take naps or entire night rests in it. Don’t forget to incentivize them with treats.

Continue with this until your pet earmarks the enclosure as its new makeshift home.

From experience, we’ve found that it’s good practice to send your pets in their temporary housing to somewhere without the shake-ups that accompany the final D-day packing; could be your friend’s place or even the vet’s office. Once you’re through and ready to move simply pick them up and head off on your trip.

Planning your road or air trip

Road essentials

If you’re moving by road prepare to make a few pit stops on the way, this allows your pets time to pass out wastes. It’s also a good way for them to get a breath of fresh air. Don’t forget to pack up the water and food. And depending on the moving distance and your pet’s needs you might also require a few on-the-road pet care extras. AirHeart pet hospital recommends packing; a collapsible water bowl, extra dry kibbles and treats, a small blanket, extra poop bags, an empty water bottle, and prescription medications when traveling by air. This applies to land travels also.

Be conscious of where you place your pets as you drive, make certain that they are secured in place in a ventilated area and as far from the windows as is possible.

Moving by air

Unlike land trips, air travel can be a tad bit complex. Although many airlines do allow for under seat carriage of small pets, bigger pets will most likely fly as cargo. In both cases you’re required to pay a fee, the latter being more expensive. Note that depending on the carrier, many other rules and regulations still apply. Word on the marble from DR Patty Khuly of Vetstreet is to always verify your airline’s pet policies before the actual of day flight; ‘you’d be surprised at how much you need to know if you’re planning to take your pet aboard a plane,’ she says.

Finally, getting settled in

Sure, you might feel the need to slide onto your new couch and doze for hours on end. Moving is tiring, we understand, but the moment you arrive at your new home is perhaps when your pets need you most. The melange of new smells and scenery can be hard to take in at once, help it settle in by unpacking and setting up their space, ideally at the point you’d want it to be in the long term.

Once you’re rested completely, you can then go on to do some home touring and neighborhood sightseeing. By now your pet should be getting tuned to its new environment, and if that’s not the case, give it time, some pets might need a few more days to settle in properly.

How to Make Your Next Move Eco-Friendly

Moving from your home or office starts a new chapter, but a downside of any relocation is the tremendous time and work required to execute it properly.  It requires planning, prepping, getting rid of clutter and unwanted goods. It can also mean lots of waste and trash. As a moving consultant and relocation specialist, I understand how easy it is to get caught up in the hustle and bustle leading up to moving day. Because my team and I are passionate about taking proactive steps toward eco-friendly moving, we are always cognizant of finding ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.

According to a 2017 U.S. Census Bureau report, the percentage of people who move every year equates to 11.2 percent of the population (or roughly 36 million people). These numbers are significant as are the impacts of moving upon the environment. Imagine the amount of disposed furniture each one of these moves can accumulate! In an article published by Reuters, “In 2009, the U.S. EPA reported that furniture accounted for 9.8 million tons (4.1 percent) of household waste,” which then finds it’s junky way into our landfills.

As far as managing your move, Evernote is a great too for keeping tasks organized and helping to ensure that things stay green. Besides keeping track of everything and promoting a more paper free environment with Evernote, here are some other suggestions to help make your next move more eco-friendly.

Go Green with Your Packing Materials

Eco-friendly-move-Green-CleanFrom the paper, bubble wrap, styrofoam peanuts and cardboard, packing materials can result in piles of waste but by taking time to search your home and innovate, you can keep your items safe and keep trash down. Newspaper, old blankets or rags, egg cartons and a variety of other everyday household items can be used to protect your belongings. When you need to purchase materials think of repurposed paper, peanuts, and even reusable packing pads. There is also the option of renting reusable boxes. City Moving Boxes, a provider of packing materials that offers same day delivery throughout New York City has both conventional cardboard as well as reusable boxes for rent free delivery and pickup included. For additional companies offering this service you may wish to check out this article on MoverJunction highlighting 5 Companies That Provide Plastic Moving Boxes. We will recommend that our clients consider recycled boxes and materials both to be kind to our planet as well as save them some money.


Moving is a great time to toss household and office goods that you don’t need anymore. The beauty of it is, most of these items can be recycled, and taking the time to dispose of them mindfully can go a long way toward making your move green. Most of us also have leftover items like old paint, batteries, and unused or old electronics. Most cities have centers to accommodate the drop of potentially harmful materials. To check out a list on the EPA’s website for Links to Hazardous Waste Programs and U.S. State Environmental Agencies by state, visit their website. Throwing these items out in the regular trash can be devastating for the environment. If you’re dealing with something that’s still usable such as an old CD player or Nintendo unit, you can take it to Habitat for Humanity, a local thrift shop or second-hand electronics store. They’ll be happy to give it a new life.

Donation and Removal

There’s nothing like a move to kick decluttering into high gear. Old shoes, clothing, purses and furniture are prime items to donate. From second hand stores to non-profits and domestic abuse family shelters, you can rest easy knowing that someone will get good use out of the things you no longer need. And the best part is, you’re not filling the local landfill site with these unwanted items. We advocate donating rather than tossing unwanted furnishings and home goods as long as they’re still of use. There are organizations such as the Salvation Army and United War Veterans Council who will pick up for free. 

Eco-friendly-move-Blog_DonateWhen we need to remove both trash as well as donation items, we call on The Junkluggers, a premium eco-friendly furniture and junk removal company specializing in donating, reuse and recycling. Their goal is keeping as much as possible out of the landfill and will take almost everything but hazardous material.  Zach Cohen, brother of The Junkluggers founder Josh Cohen and the owner of the Manhattan and Brooklyn franchise said: “We like to think of ourselves as a logistics company that happens to specialize in furniture and junk removal. We have a true passion for giving back to our local community, and in this wild and wonderful city, there’s no shortage of people and organizations who can make use of your extra couch, old microwave, former office furniture, clothing that no longer fits—or any other items you may have lying around.” Homeowners may receive rate quotes over the phone and online or schedule an onsite estimate so they know in advance the projected associated costs. Specific designated time frames are given for pick-up and discount applied in the event of a delay that is 30-minutes or more.  The Junkluggers partner with dozens of nonprofits and donation centers as well as provide tax-deductible receipts via email within a couple weeks.

Aim for a Natural and Organic Cleanup

Eco-friendly-move-Green-CleanWhether you’re leaving the old place spotless for the next tenant or owner or scrubbing your new home before move in, be sure to steer clear of noxious chemicals. From all-purpose cleaners to scouring powders and a variety of other household cleaning materials, many cleaners contain harsh, if not downright dangerous chemicals. Go green with your cleanup by using natural ingredients such as baking soda for scouring the sink, vinegar on the windows and select safe and natural substitutes for chemical cleaners that won’t hurt the environment! For some wonderful recommendations, see this article from the Today website, “An expert’s choice for the best eco-friendly cleaning supplies” for 2018.

Look for a Go-Green Moving Company

Eco-friendly moving companies are cropping up all over the place, and many have a wide variety of policies designed to keep things green. From recycled moving materials to low-emissions vehicles, these companies make it a priority to take the environment into account during their moves. Nir Shuminer is President of Scanio Moving and Storage, a trusted moving company in business for over seventy years is committed to using biodegradable packing materials. He states “we care deeply about our impact on the community and the world at large and work hard to remain socially responsible through using green business practices.” Selecting a mover who shares these beliefs is key for ensuring an eco-conscious experience. If you’re doing the move on your own then inquire about a rental truck that uses an alternative bio-friendly fuel, such as natural gas or biodiesel fuel. If your move is long distance, then consolidated shipping or even sending shipments by train.

Even though moving is a massive undertaking there are ways to execute your relocation while keeping environmental considerations in mind and making deliberate efforts to go green.

If you are planning a move and want to discuss your options for a greener move, please email or call us today!

Tips for Selecting a Quality Moving Company

In a few short weeks, holiday gluttony will give way to guilty feelings and itchy fingers.  That’s when we will all sit down to write a set of aspirational goals for 2018.  Working out more and spending more time with family are commendable objectives, but if you are disorganized, you often mismanage the time necessary to achieve these new goals.  Amy Esper, professional organizer, move manager and co-head of In Order to Succeed in Sarasota, FL will let you in on five new habits that will improve your life quality and make the time it takes to get to the gym and play with your kids.

1. Don’t Let Guilt Hold you Captive to Things.

Being sentimental is commendable.  Holding onto everything that is sentimental is a slippery slope.  Throw away that shredded duck pillow that your mother had on her couch 20 years ago.  Your memories are with the person, and not the thing.  Share your stories of the fun you had on the couch chatting with your mom as you laid your head on that pillow.  It is not enough to put it in your basement or attic.  Get rid of it!  Slowly go through items that you stored and part with them.  Your loved ones will be so proud that you did!


2. Don’t Bargain Hunt!

Frank Woolworth opened America’s first discount variety store in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in June 1879.  Today there are over 250 discount chains worldwide and countless online stores constantly advertising sales.  Saving money on things you need is smart.  Buying things on sale that you don’t need is not.  Practice smart shopping.  Don’t go to the store without a list- even if it’s just in your head!  Resist the temptation to go off list.  You will have more money in your pocket and less clutter in your home to clean around.


3. Get your Children on the Chore Train.

It’s never too late to teach your kids to do for themselves.  Tired of making four beds in the morning or packing three lunches at night?  Me, too.  Start small and give your kids incentives.  For toddlers, get a jar and let them fill it with pennies after each completed task.  If your kids are older, increase their bedtime or curfew for chores well done.  New research shows that it takes 66 days to create a habit, so get going!  The kids will feel proud and you will have more time to do fun things with them. Check out our other tips on the Five Ways to be More Organized Parents.


4. Don’t Wait to Put Everything in its Place.

Stop putting things in temporary spaces.  When you walk in the door of your home or office, put everything in its place.  Your keys go in the dish or on the hook.  Your briefcase goes on your desk. Your coffee mug goes in the dishwasher.  Your shoes belong on their shelf and your clothing goes in your closet or in the dry-cleaning bin.  Why wait?  It’s only going to accumulate.  Keeping things in their place avoids the large clean ups that occur on the weekends when we want to relax and enjoy each other’s company.


5. Sell It!

Those kindles your kids bypassed for iPads?  The jeans you can’t quite squeeze into?  Don’t let them clutter your surroundings.  Recoup some money for them and make way for new hobbies you can share with your loved ones.  Facebook marketplace has replaced Craigslist as the best place to sell your goods locally.  You can post anything from an old camera to a car in less than five minutes.  It feels so great to free up space and get your items to people who will use them!  There is also a new game in town when it comes to clothing sales.  Move over eBay, the Poshmark app is here. Place your item for sale with a few clicks and when it sells, print the emailed label, package your item in envelopes (available for free at your post office) and place it in your mailbox.  The best part?  Poshmark allows you to transfer your earnings to your bank account in minutes!

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 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, 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.


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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