Now That I’m Here, How Do I Fit In?
You have finally moved. You have a new home and are starting to settle into a new life in your new community. Unpacking boxes and organizing a home is hard enough. Getting the kids into a good school, choosing an efficient route to work and getting used to a new area can be stressful. Depending on if you have friends or family in the area, it might take a while. Maybe you don’t have a job yet and have to navigate a new location AND find a position that isn’t too far from your new abode.
Making new friends and getting integrated into your new community can feel like the last thing you need, but it can also offer you the support system you need in just these times. After all, if you don’t have friends or family near by, having people in the area to show you around and bounce questions off can make all the difference. And if you do, a few other perspectives and lines of support can be just as useful!
But where do you start? Here are just a few ideas:
- Get outside your comfort zone. Try something every week that doesn’t feel natural. Maybe trying a dog park, instead of walking your dog alone.
- Make a difference in the community you want to be a part of. What better way for you to become a part of the community want to join than to volunteer to improve it? You can better the community and network at the same time!
- Join a club. Salsa dancing, rock climbing, chess? Find affinity groups in your area. Immediately resume one or two activities you did before moving. You’ll meet people with common interests right off the bat.
- Find a support network. If you have kids, try to meet other parents and maybe get your children involved in an after school activity. If you have a medical condition, talk to someone at the hospital or clinic you will be going to. They might have support groups.
- Buy a map and start exploring. Or just get on a bus and let yourself be driven around. Seeing your new place is fun and immediately gives you something in common with other people. And you’ll start developing favorite haunts — a true sign of home.
- Start something totally new. Always wanted to take a cooking class? Go for it! Take advantage of the new adventures and possibilities. You’ll meet friends with common interests along the way.
- Look online. Sometimes you can find communities online that are centered around the things you like or the area you live in. Why not try a Meet Up group or networking at a PTA meeting?
It seems overwhelming at first, but the sooner you start the more you will feel at home in your new home.
Your New Home Has a Pool? Where Do You Start?
You found the home of your dreams and it even has a pool! It’s nice to say, but what about the work involved? And where do you even start??
- A pool fence. In some states they are required. But, required or not, a fence is a great idea for safety reasons. If there is already one, check the gate and make sure the latch works properly. If not, you’ll want to have it fixed or replaced. In the mean time, you might want to keep it closed. A chain and lock might be a good temporary solution.
- Look into a pool cover. You’ll want to keep out leaves, bugs and whatever else can fall into the pool. Not only will this keep cleaning an easier and faster task, it will keep out items that might damage the pool itself. Some pools can use electronic covers, which are easier, but not all can. You’ll want to research what options are available for your pool specifically.
- Check for any other needed safety measures. Is there a diving board that needs to be removed? Maybe a filter that needs to be replaced? You’ll want to look around and see what is loose and a safety risk or what might need to be replaced to make sure the pool can be maintained properly. Where will you be keeping your cleaning supplies? Make sure they are not easily accessible.
- Pool maintenance. You’ll want to make sure the pool is clean before you cannon ball in. The only way is to clean it yourself and make sure the pool has been shocked and is balanced. You’ll want to have Chlorine tablets and Super Chlorine for shocking the pool. Also, have a had or leaf skimmer for removing debris from the pool. A pH balancing kit will come in handy and you will need Muriatic Acid and Trisodium Phosphate for cleaning filters.
- DIY or Pool Man? You will want to look at the information you have and make a decision. Should you do it yourself or hire someone? If you aren’t comfortable doing this yourself, you might want to look into having someone take care of the pool for you. Even though it might be more than you wanted to spend, it might be worth it to have a professional take care of it. You might even hire them for just a couple of months, until the pool is clean and you are comfortable with it.
What’s Next? Your Next Steps Towards Your Move
You’ve gotten passed the stress of planning a move and finding the right movers. Now, how do you prepare? Here are a few ideas and suggestions of where to start and what to think about and ask.
- Make sure you have great communication with the movers. You’ll want to know what they will and won’t move. Let them know your needs and expectations. Do they need everything packed a certain way? Do they have recommendations for packing or offer packing services? Even if they pack for you, you’ll want things organized to make it go that much faster. Ask if there is anything you should be doing and what they will need from you on moving day. The last thing you want is for them to get to your home and need something you’ve already boxed.
- Have a packing plan. What will you pack first? Do you have all of the supplies you need (bubble wrap, newspapers, tape, etc.)? Where are the packed boxes going once they’re done? How will you label them (color coding? Contents sheet?)? What should go in the truck first? Which items need to be marked fragile? Which have the highest priority and importance? Are there items you will move yourself? If so, where and what will they be? When will your move-out inspection be? When will you inventory what you’re moving? While a list sounds like a headache, it might come in handy. You never know when you’ll need to track down the serial number for a lost item. And that list won’t be quick (you might want to take photos, too!). Have bags for the smaller items, so they don’t get lost. Make sure you are present for packing/moving day. Also make sure there is a plan for kids and pets (here is our post about pets http://www.mightymove.com/moving-with-a-pet/)
- Call your insurance. You’ll want to know what is covered, whether you use movers or not. Accidents happen. You’ll want to know what to do and who to talk to if they do. If you are driving to your new location, you’ll want to know what is covered by home insurance and what is covered by car insurance. Maybe it would be better if some items traveled with you.
- Know what you’ll need and where it is. You’ll need to eat between packing and unpacking. Make sure you have a plan for food, water, important documents, clothes and things you use on a daily basis. You’ll also want to know how you’re going to transport those items. Make sure you have cash to tip your movers, if you don’t know what other options there are. If you are planning on stopping on a cross country move, make sure you haven’t packed your map. you don’t want all that research and planning to go down the drain. And what if you need an umbrella or raincoat? You’ll want that packed with things going with you. Just in case.
Moving with a Pet?
Moving is hard enough. What about your pet? Sometimes moving can be just as hard for your them as it is for you. Here are some tips and things to think about while you are preparing your moving schedule:
- Prior to moving day, make sure your pets are fitted with collars and ID tags with your name and current cell-phone number. Micro-chipping is also recommended and will serve as a backup if your pet loses its collar.
- If your pet is prone to car sickness, make sure you visit your veterinarian a few weeks prior to your move to get any prescribed medications and feeding recommendations.
- Ask your vet if they can recommend a new vet in your new area.
- If your pet has a condition that may worsen through/after the move, ask your vet about proper treatment to ease the move and hold you until you find a new vet.
- If your pets are almost due for shots, get them done first. It may take you a while to find a new vet and you will want updated shot records for boarding, travel, etc.
- Get a sedative for your pet. If you are traveling long distances this will help your pet, unless they are traveling in the cargo area (http://www.wikihow.com/Minimize-Risk-to-a-Pet-in-the-Cargo-Area-of-an-Airplane). The sedative will also help if your pet doesn’t travel well and is cage aggressive or could bite anyone, but will not knock them out. It just takes the edge off the transition. Make sure you understand proper handling and dosages.
- Get copies of vet records and vaccination history and certificates. You might want extra copies. One for yourself, but also the vet and/or boarding. You never know what can happen while you are traveling. In the event of an emergency, you will want those records.
- Get any needed medications or prescription foods before leaving. You will also want copies of the prescriptions for the new pharmacy.
- Make sure you know the vaccination requirements in your new location. Your new home might have different requirements than the ones you’ve adhered to. Your new city or state might have different ordinances from the one you are leaving.
- Make sure that the airline has any information they might need from your vet, if you are flying with your pet. Sometimes a health certificate can be needed 30 days prior to travel.
- Always transport cats, small dogs and other small animals in a secure, well-ventilated pet carrier. Keep larger dogs leashed and under control at all times. The stress of a move can cause even the most obedient dog to run away in unfamiliar surroundings. NEVER transport any pet in an open truck bed, trunk of a car or storage area of a moving van.
- For long-distance moves, make sure you give your pet potty breaks and fresh water whenever you stop for a break yourself. Make sure pets are leashed at all times during potty breaks.
- For long-distance moves, be sure to identify pet-friendly hotels along your route and reserve rooms ahead of time. For a list of pet-friendly hotels, see www.petswelcome.com or www.pet-friendly-hotels.net. Make sure that you call the hotel, as hotels change policies without notice.
- Make sure that your airline is pet friendly and there won’t be any problems with your flight. There might be documents that are needed before you book travel or arrive to board. You don’t want those complications at the last minute. You will also want to ask additional charges.
- Ask about temperatures and spaces if you have animals that have certain requirements. Great Danes will require more space than Chihuahuas and Alaskan Malamutes might need climate conditions in the cargo area that other pets won’t. It’s always better to ask and know than to suffer the consequences. You will want to know the maximum carrier measurements.
- Ask the airline if you can watch them load and unload your pet into the cargo hold.
- Make sure that you have food and water for your pet. Also be sure to take them for a potty break before they are crated or placed in the carrier.
- When you board the plane, ask a steward or stewardess to notify the captain that your pet is in the cargo. He or She might take special precautions for your pet.
- When in a hotel with your pet, make sure you have the do not disturb sign on the door and try to keep your pet controled at all times. If you have to keep them in a crate, it is better than housekeeping coming through and letting them out by accident.
- Do everything you can to prevent accidents in the hotel. Remember that even if they are pet friendly, you are most likely responsible for the cost of damages.
- Make sure that you have a small suitcase with everything you need for your pet, while traveling. Keep this bag with your pet and make sure it doesn’t go in the moving truck! You aren’t traveling alone and want to make sure your pet is comfortable, too!
- Spoil your pet as much as possible. Treats, walks, extra affection…it all helps! Your pet is going through a lot with the move and they can’t communicate with you. The more pest feel unloved and neglected the more stress and bad behavior is likely. If you are sedating your pet, make sure you take note of the times and doses.
Your Moving Day
- Schedule boarding for moving day. This is to prevent people walking in and out of the house, making noise, boxes around, furniture being moved and causing your pet stress.
- On moving day, make sure your pets are secured in a crate or closed room of your house or apartment until you are ready to load them into your car. The activities and sounds of moving day will be frightening to your pets, so it is important that they be kept in a secure area to reduce their stress as much as possible and to prevent an accidental escape.
- Try to stick to your normal schedule, as much as possible. Routines are very important, especially when you are changing so much around them. Try to keep feeding and walking schedules.
- Go into your new home first. It will be best to check out everything before introducing your pet to your new space. You’ll want to be aware of areas they shouldn’t be allowed in, before your pet has time to look around and get into trouble. Check the yard, if there is one. You’ll want to make sure there aren’t harmful items (chemicals, sharp objects), the gate is closed and the fence is secure.
- Once you know it is safe, lay out some familiar items like toys and their bed. Let them into the home to look around and get familiar. Make sure there is time to play and make them comfortable, before you have to get started on anything else. Take them through a tour, if they don’t want to play. This might make them feel better about the new place. Then, try playing again.
- For outdoor cats, keep them inside for a few nights until they get acclimatized. Gradually allow them more time outside before just letting them lose.
- A good tip to stop a cat straying from your new residence is to put butter on it’s paws, it will spend ages licking it off and will then get used to it’s surroundings.
- If your animals are too many or too aggressive to be caged together you should plan for multiple carriers.
- Take time to consider if moving your pet is in the best interest of the pet or if you should find it a new home in your old town. Make sure your pet will be physically able to tolerate a move. A particularly old dog with arthritis may not tolerate a move to a colder climate. Traveling with fish may also be disastrous.
- If you have a high energy dog make sure you have an extension leash and toys for the move day. You can stop for some catch and play at rest stops and never have to remove them from the leash.
- Put towels or sheets on your seats if you are traveling with a carrier. In case of a potty accident there may be some spillage since the carrier may sit at an odd angle on a car seat. Putting towels or sheets on your seats may also help with fur since animals tend to shed a lot when they are stressed.
- Pad the bottom interior of the pet carrier with a folded old towels or sheets. If there is an potty accident you can toss or wash the bedding.
- Ask a friend to travel with you if you are traveling alone with your pets. It is too easy to become distracted with their activity in the back seat and it’s difficult to walk multiple pets when traveling solo.
- Some animal insurance companies have specific providers. If you have insurance you should see what you will need to transfer to your new town.
- Never transport your pet in the cargo area of a moving truck. Items may shift and fall on the carrier. The temperature is unregulated and it is very unsafe, very loud and also cruel.
- Never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle as temperatures can become very hot or unsafely cold for your pet.
- When you arrive at the airport, you will be instructed to remove your animal from the carrier so they can x-ray the carrier. Even if your cat is sedated, they can very well freak out, since you must walk through the metal detector with your cat in your arms. Be prepared – three minutes is a long time if your cat flips out.
- Allowing your pet to roam free in a car can be dangerous to the pet if you are in an accident. It can also be a distraction to the driver. Keep your pet in the carrier or secured to a car riding seat (available on line and made for dogs). Try to attach your pet carrier to the seat with the seat belt. It will prevent it from sliding around.
- Don’t let your dog hang his head out the window. It’s fun to watch but very dangerous for your dog. It forces air and bacteria into the sinuses and your dog could jump from the vehicle or be injured in an accident. Remember: pets often do strange things during moves because of the stress!
- Animals transported in the cargo area can experience injuries, acute stress, and extreme temperatures. The cargo hold is designed to transport cargo, so the environment is not controlled in the way the cabin is. The carrier is not likely to be strapped down in the event of turbulence. In considering the risk to your pet, you may want to consider all other alternatives before going this route. Even the best airlines have a significant death rate for animals.
How to Choose a Storage Facility
Sometimes there just isn’t enough space in your attic or basement. Sometimes the garage is just too crowded. It’s a hard decision to come to, but sometimes you just need a storage unit. But, how do you choose one? There are so many too choose from!
- Determine your needs. Do you have items that are temperature sensitive? How many items do you have and what size? don’t forget to leave a little room to move around, you never know when you’ll need to get something and you don’t want the dread of maneuvering around a small space filled with boxes and furniture that’s packed in like sardines. What about security? Do yo have valuable items? Does the facility have security cameras? Will your items be safe?
- Don’t get stuck on location. Your items might be close, but will they be safe and comfortable? Having something near where you live might not necessarily be the best option. When considering what you’re storing and what your needs are, also consider if getting what you need is worth the extra drive. It might be worth the extra fifteen minutes in your car, if your items are safe and cared for.
- Call around. Make sure you talk to as many people as you need to. Talking to more people might help you think of more questions to ask or consider needs you hadn’t thought of. Once you feel lik you haven spoken to enough people and gotten all the answers you need, it’s time to make your choice.
- Ask about the details! Find out about payment schedules, payment grace periods, late fees, what happens if you miss a payment…all the details. You’ll want to know what kind of notice you have to give if you’re closing out and what kind of access you’ll have to your belongings. These details tend to slip your mind while you’re in the rush of moving your things around!
- Ask questions! You should never feel afraid to pick up the phone and ask questions? If you think that paying online or over the phone is something beneficial, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask! It is always better to ask and know than to leave the question lingering.
Choosing A Moving Company
Moving is stressful enough! Just hearing about the idea can bring on a wave of anxiety, how are you going to choose a moving company? There are so many options, but which is the best one? How do you narrow it down, let alone pick ONE??
First, you want to think about your needs. How far will you be moving? Which floor are you currently on, if you’re in an apartment? If you have a house, how big is it? How many rooms will you be moving? There are so many factors, that you really have to make a list of all the details! This list can be essential when talking to movers. You can add the most valuable/important/fragile items you have, just to make sure you have all of your bases covered.
Next, you’ll want to get recommendations and do a little research to find the options that are available to you. You’ll have to make a few calls and answer questions, to make sure that the companies you identify really suit your needs. They might not move the distance you need or the number of rooms/space might cost more than you want to pay. Knowing these things will help greatly! Make sure you are keeping track of the companies you like, the things you like about them, the things you don’t and the cost they estimate for you.
These are the basics. After you have a list compiled, who you choose will depend on what you look for in a company. Most people want movers who are prompt, quick and efficient. You can research their reputations online and with family and friends. Make sure that you write down any questions that you have , this will help you weed out the companies that don’t align with what you want. Make sure you identify deal breakers and ask all your questions on a follow-up call. By then, you should have a sense of the people you are dealing with. You’ll want to pick movers that you are comfortable with. This should make the transition a little easier on you.
Finally, once you have chosen your movers, it’s time to get ready for the move! Ask what the process will be like, what you should be doing and what they need from you! Mighty Movers should be your first call, we’ll give you a nice base for comparison!
Getting Ready for Your Move
You know you’re moving and you know where. Now what? You have to pack, you have to find movers…try not to freak out!
First, you’ll want to declutter. Why pack things you don’t need or even want? Once you separate what you want to keep and what you don’t, you can figure out what to pack and what to give away or sell. Try this article for inspiration: https://www.onekingslane.com/live-love-home/marie-kondo-book-declutter/. Decluttering will also make your life easier when you unpack in your new home!
Now that you know what you’re keeping, check out these packing ideas: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/20-smart-tips-make-moving-breeze.html. They will help keep you organized and make your move a little easier. Just as importantly, it will make unpacking a little easier.
While you are organizing your belongings and packing, you can find movers. You don’t want the hassle of moving yourself. Most people who do tend to say they never will again. Make your life a little easier and make a few calls to ask questions. If you’re not sure about what to ask or what to expect, start with Mighty Movers. You’ll quickly see how easy and painless it can be. The calls after that will be informative, but we’re sure you’ll choose us!
After you’ve chosen your movers, your move should seem a bit easier. Ask them what they need from you, what you can expect and what you should be doing. Once you’re packed and waiting for moving day, you might feel anxious and more stressed, wondering what you’ve missed. But, with lists that you’ve made and tips that we’ve provided, you should be fine! Try to relax…let us take care of it from here!
Last Minute Relocating
Not all moves are planned. So, how can you make a fast move an easy one?
Here are a few tips: http://www.wisebread.com/leave-town-fast-essentials-for-making-a-last-minute-move, http://www.mymovingreviews.com/move/move-in-the-last-minute, http://moving.about.com/od/Last-Minute-Moving/a/Sort-And-Pack-For-A-Last-Minute-Move.htm, https://www.mymove.com/resources/moving/moving-shipping/checklist-night-before-the-move.html.
The most important facet is that you need to keep calm and have a level head. How many times have you made a mistake because you were flustered? This is definitely not the time! Picking a great mover will help a lot and packing the essentials is vital. You want someone who is going to make your move as easy as possible, so make sure you ask a lot of questions. And don’t be afraid to ask for advice!
5 Steps to Increase Your Home’s Resale Value
You’ve thought about it for months, and you’ve finally reached the conclusion: it’s time to move on to greener pastures. Or maybe you are ready to downsize. Either way, you’re ready to move.
But before the big day arrives, it’s important to ensure that your house is in tiptop condition so potential buyers can fight over who gets to be the next lucky homeowner. We have put together some crucial steps that should not be overlooked while preparing for the big move, to help you get through this process as quickly and painlessly as possible while getting the best bang for your buck.
1. Upgrade Exterior Doors
The first thing potential buyers will likely see when they enter your home? Your front door. The front door can set the mood for what a person can expect inside. Make sure that your front door style and color is up to date. It is crucial that your potential buyers enter your home with confidence and excitement about what is to come on the inside.
2. Beautiful Siding
Along with gorgeous exterior doors, having beautiful siding can make all the difference. When making a huge purchasing decision, buyers want to picture a future with a home. Potential buyers will want your home to look vibrant and exciting. Additionally, the aesthetic appeal of your home’s siding can potentially have a big influence on a home’s resale value because it is in plain sight of any passerby. Good siding also provides the benefits in the forms of sustainability and protection against climates.
Not only is natural light an important factor when buyers are looking for a new home but it can also completely transform any room. Natural light has the ability to open up an entire room, making it feel larger and more welcoming. Consider replacing multiple windows with an open glass door design for added light. Look for French doors, garden doors, folding patio doors or sliding glass doors for great design options.
4. Energy Efficient Windows
Large sliding glass doors are beautiful, but they can let in both chilly winter air and the stifling heat of summer. Still, there are other upgrades you can undertake to make the make the rooms in your home look twice as nice. If you have energy efficient windows, you can show off your home to buyers with the blinds open, without worrying about the room feeling stuffy or frigid. As a bonus, the heavy gas fills in these windows work to reduce noises from the exterior to the interior, so you can show your home without the possibility of outside interruptions.
5. Window Maintenance
A new window easily makes the quality of a home increase therefore increasing the resale value. When a potential buyer sees new windows on a home, they can immediately conclude that many interior problems – such as rotting wood, a broken glass pane or energy inefficiency – have been addressed. A buyer can be confident that this is a well taken care of home and they will not have to encounter many hidden problems in the future. Well-maintained windows can transform a home, giving it an instant appeal.
Your future move does not have to be complicated. Next time when you look to Mighty Movers to safely transport your precious cargo, keep Brennan Windows in mind to transform your windows, sidings and doors and increase your resale value.