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5 Tips Moving In With Friends

These days around one third of all households have two or more roommates. This number is up from 25.4% back in 2000! Expert say that due to slow wage growth, increasing cost of rent and a recovering economy, people just can’t afford to strike out on their own as early.

Well, if you are going to need to get a roommate anyways, why not choose a friend? If you are going to go that route, here is some basic advice we would recommend to you.

1. Have It All Financial Agreements Written Down

When you are friends, it is easy to let small expenses slide. Unfortunately, letting small expenses like toilet paper, trash bags, hand soap and that type of thing can add up. That is before you even begin to consider utilities and rent. Make sure that you all have a written agreement about what the financial expectations are from everyone. This way if there is any conflict in spending, you can just refer back to the paper.

2. Give Everyone Space

Just because you are best buddies, doesn’t mean that everyone couldn’t use some space. When you spend enough time with anyone it can get loathsome, so make sure to know how to say you need to space. Also, make sure that you don’t spend excessive time around  your friend at home.

3. Talk About Expectations

Having a discussion about house rules and expectations can avoid problems that will inevitably come up.  Quiet hours, party rules, chores, bill due dates, etc. are all topics that should be covered. Also, if anything new comes up in the future make sure that you talk about it rather than letting the situation get out of hand.

4. Nothing Is Personal

Have an understanding that nothing is personal. If someone cannot afford to live in a place, they can’t expect you to cover their butt just because you’re their friend and visa versa. This may seem like common sense, but saying it out loud will make sure you are both on the same wave length about this issue. And again, when you communicate freely, you can refer back to the communication if issues do come up in the future.

5. Is It A Friend You Can Live Without?

Sometimes things come up when you live together. Acts of god, natural disasters, economic disasters, personal disasters- life has a tendency to throw us curve balls when we least expect it. If this is a friend that you can’t imagine living without, then maybe you should consider whether or not you want to risk that friendship by moving in with one another. If you are not one of those people who can easily forgive and forget, then perhaps just move in with a stranger instead. This way if they mess up (or you mess up) no one will be personally offended, and you won’t end up with one less friend in the world.


Signs You Chose A Good Moving Company

Investing in a moving company is a fantastic way to take a lot of the physical and mental pressure off of a move. The one problem with hiring movers that sometimes a move just doesn’t go all that well. Whether it is due to the  moving company or the actual movers themselves depends on the situation, but either way sometimes things go awry.

If you aren’t really experienced with movers, chances are you may not even know what a good experience with a moving company should be like though! The following are some sure signs that you picked out an awesome moving company, so that you can appreciate the value of the experience you do or do not have when using a moving company.

1. The Interview Process is Painless

When shopping around for moving companies, you may find that it is more difficult to get information out of some companies than others. A sign of a good moving company is that they are completely up front about most information in the first place, and that the customer service is willing to answer any questions that you may have. If you can’t even get past this part of the process

2. Everything is Well-Planned

When it comes time for moving day there should be an inventory and a removal plan involved. The company should not only assist you in this process, but they also should be willing to give you constructive feedback. Basically they’ll want to work with you to make sure everything goes as smoothly and efficiently as possible. If they don’t do this it is a sign they may charge you for extra time, or that the movers just don’t really care about their job at all.

3.  They Listen During The Move

Just because you’ve hired people to move your stuff, doesn’t mean that you are aren’t ultimately the one in charge. Movers should not only be willing to listen to your input during a move, but they should be checking in with you consistently to  make sure everything is progressing to your liking.

4. Are Open Up Fees and Charges

If something is going to cost you extra, a good moving company and their movers will let you know about it before it becomes a problem. There are some additional charges that can’t be foreseen, but for the  most part movers can tell when something is going to cost you a little extra. There is nothing worse than finding out after the fact that you owe the moving company a lot more than you had budgeted for!

5. Polite

Not at any level should a member of a moving company should treat or speak to you in a way that seems impolite. There is the off chance if you yell at them they may react, but other than that, there really is no excuse for mover to act in such a way. If they do, be sure to report their behavior to the manager of the moving company.

How To Move Your Office For Work

Most companies require employees to move their office at work. This is a big, unpaid pain in the butt, but it is just part of being an employee. Most of us just want to say I’m a *insert profession*, not a mover, but trust us, this argument probably won’t work on your boss.

We’d like to tell you that there is some magical way to make moving an office easy, but the truth is it takes a little bit of hard work. By following this guide, you’ll at least have a systematic approach to getting this office move done as quickly as possible. Without further ado, here is our guide for employees to move their office space from one location to the next.

Discuss Detail With Your Boss 

If your boss hasn’t briefed you on the move, or you have any additional questions, you should discuss things with them before you start packing and moving items. Find out if there are any restrictions or requirements on what you are supposed to/not supposed to take with you to the new office. Find out when the official moving day is, and when you are expected to move. Also, find out if they have a way for you to dispose of items that are no longer needed.  Of course, if you don’t already know, find out exactly where your new office is and the setup; this way you can plan how to set up your new office before you move everything in.

Pack Up The Non-Essentials 

Family pictures, calendars, decorations, extra office supplies and anything you do not have an immediate need for should be the first things that you pack away. Get this stuff of the way as soon as you know you’re moving offices, because that way once you need to worry about moving the bulk of everything, you won’t have to worry about smaller items. Put these in your car, at home, storage or in the new office, so that you don’t have to worry about them until it is time to re-assemble your office.

Pack Up The Files 

When we said non-essentials, some of you may have already considered packing up files. Filing cabinets are pretty easy to pack up. Just put all the file folders into boxes neatly. Try to label generally what type of files are in the boxes to make the organization process a little easier when it comes time to actually unpack all of the files. You may even want to put which drawer the files going into if you know you’ll be using the same cabinets in the new office space.

The Desk! 

If you are lucky, you are one of those people that keeps everything nice and orderly. If so, good for you! The process of packing up your desk will be easy. For the rest of us, it is going to take a little bit of extra time to unfurl our mess then pack it up.

While it can be tempting to just empty drawers into boxes and call it done, this is not the best approach to packing up the desk. Instead, take the time to organize the desk then start to pack it up. Separate off smaller office supplies into zip lock bags, so that everything doesn’t get tangled. Make sure that papers are clipped together in a way that makes sense. Basically, you want everything orderly when you pack it up, so when you go to unpack it you aren’t spending a bunch of time re-organizing stuff that already was disorganized. View this process as killing two birds with one stone: you are moving your desk and cleaning it out!

Moving a Car to a Different State

There are lots of challenges when moving to a different state and moving a car is one of the biggest ones. It would be nice if each and every state all had the same regulations, but it varies in each and every state. This means you will need to investigate the particular rules of your new state before making the move. Luckily, with the internet makes it easier than ever to find out the rules well in advanced before you move. On all state department of motor vehicles you can find a section dedicated to letting new residents know what they need to know before moving into the state.

Some of the major differences can mean the difference between a huge ticket or fine, so it is good to investigate beforehand what exactly rules you ‘ll be dealing with. Where many states differ are in three major areas: inspections, insurance, and registration.

Inspection Issues when Moving 

Every state has different stands for inspections. When mechanics look in the car they are required to check for certain things. In some state the list of things is a lot longer than others. One costly items that some states have that others done are emissions tests. Updating a car to meet the emissions requirements is something that can cost hundreds of dollars, so one thing you may want to budget for is updating your car to your new state’s inspections if you know the state has strict inspection rules. It may even be a good idea to take care of this before you move which is something that all mechanics can address beforehand.

Insurance Issues when Moving 

Every single state requires that a drive has an insurance if they own any car. The problem is that each state has different amounts of baseline coverage. For example, some states require drivers to have $25,000 in property damage while other states require a mere $6,000. Check with an insurance agent AND do background research to see around how much more or less insurance may cost you in a different state.

Registration Issues when Moving 

As we all know within a certain amount of time we have to get to the DMV to register our car and get a license which is a major inconvenience when is trying to settle in, but it is just one of the facts of adulthood that there is no getting around. The problem is that in each state the amount of time you have varies anywhere from the day that you move in to 60 days. Failure to register a vehicle is an extremely common ticket, so save yourself some time by finding out how long you exactly have. We all hate the DMV, but you’ve got to deal with at some point!


Moving to a new state is filled with new challenges, but informing yourself helps you avoid unwanted tickets and fines. Before you know it, all of this DMV nonsense will be over with until it is time to renew or move again!







Tips for Moving to a Bigger Home

Moving to a bigger home or apartment is exciting- one gets the sense of stretching their legs AND moving up in the world. The transformation from a small residence to a larger one can cause some growing pains. Here are give tips  that’ll help guide you through the process of moving to a bigger home.

1. Hold off on New Furniture, Decoration, Etc.

You finally have space for more furniture, decorations, etc! It can be tempting to want to fill all the space up at once with new items, but there are two big problems with filling up the space asap. One, if you buy a bunch of stuff before your moving day, it can add on a large cost for moving charges and fees. Not to mention it adds no extra stress and work for yourself due to the fact you have to worry about even more stuff! The second problem is that it can be hard to gauge exactly what you need until you are unpacked and settled in. Although it can be tempting to buy a bunch of items, it is wise to wait for a little bit if at all possible.

2. Calculate Utilities and other Expenses

A bigger house=bigger utilities. Sometimes a bigger house also means moving to an area with higher cost of living. Research and calculate how much extra you may be spending a month, so that you can budget accordingly.

3. Don’t Spread Out for the Sake of Spreading Out

Having naked rooms feels somewhat strange, but we don’t want to end up like a sprawling suburb within our home. It is okay to leave some space empty until you figure out how to utilize it. Heck,

4. Sketch Out How you Want the Rooms to be Laid Out (Eventually)

Plan out exactly how you want to fill out the rooms with things you have and don’t have. This will help you decide what you can actually fit into all this extra space that you now have! If you have to wait to get new items, it will give you a fun activity to feed the excitement (and impatience!).

5. Plan on How/When you Want to Take Items Out of Storage

If you have items that are in storage that you can finally get out of there, if at all possible wait until after everything is unpacked to do so. Moving is a lot of work, so you don’t want to put too much on your plate if at all possible. If you have to take self storage items out immediately plan what you are going to do with them in your new home. We recommend just putting everything in one area until you have time to deal with these excess items.

The Last Big Move: Ideas to Help Organize Your Parent’s Home

Whether downsizing by choice, or coming to realize that a little daily help would be a good thing, moving from the family home to a smaller space is a challenge for many seniors and their families. Though that last big move always requires much work, there are ways to make it less stressful and put everyone’s mind at ease when all is said and done.

The Last Big Move Ideas to Help Organize Your Parent's Home

Organizing Functional Areas

Deciding what to move to an independent living, mildly assisted living apartment, or assisted living in Virginia can be challenging. Any kitchen is assured to be much smaller than the old familiar one. Most facilities offer two or three common meals each day. There will be no need for a tiny kitchen to function in the same way as the old home kitchen and large dining room. Your new place still can be organized similarly to the home kitchen, however. If dishes are immediately to the right of the sink in the home kitchen, then they can occupy the corresponding space in the new kitchen. Keeping item types organized similarly to where they have been in the old home kitchen brings some familiarity, and avoids some memory issues.


Dividing Those Antiques

Clearly, a parent going to a smaller space will need to make some choices about what to keep, and what to let go. The parent has the first choice, of course, though one approach is to have everyone involved list the items important to them and decide from there where heirlooms and antiques will go and mean the most. Each person has different significant memories that may be attached to those antiques, and if the family can do the listing exercise before the move, a parent will be able to take pieces they want to the new place, and everyone knows which family member a specific piece will go to when they are finished with it.


The Old Place

In certain cases even when a parent moves out, the old home will not be sold. If it is a piece of property with valuable land, or a house with generations of memory, it may be something to consider before deciding to go for a smaller living space. Perhaps it will be inherited by a family member, and other times harder decisions must be made. Make sure the parent’s wishes are being fulfilled by calling in a realtor who can finalize all legal documentation on the property. Be sure you have all these matters settled well before a move.


Downsizing and moving to a community populated by other seniors can be highly positive for a parent, particularly if they are a social type who enjoys being around others. That last big move is still stressful, however, as all moves are. Planning and cooperation are invaluable, and everyone must remember that the parent’s needs are the central issue.

Six Things You’ll Need When Packing for Your Big Move

When it comes to the big move, chances are you are already stressing about getting everything out of your place in time and into your new place smoothly. You have plenty to look forward to, for better or worse. Moving all of your furnishings from place to place doesn’t have to be such an aggravating hassle. Make sure you have everything you will need when you start packing so you don’t have to make emergency trips to the store. Here are some items you might not realize your needed:

Sandwich Bags

Keep screws, bolts and other small items secure and organized in small sandwich bags. This can be especially helpful if you’re moving furniture and need to keep up with all of the various washers, screws and other odds-and-ends. Don’t forget to mark each bag so you can keep track of which items go where when you try to put them back together. Once you have all your baggies labeled, place them in a box that you won’t misplace.

Bubble Wrap

Bubble wrap can save the day when it comes to protecting your most fragile items, including fine china, appliances with easily-scratched finishes and more. There are several inexpensive types of bubble wrap available depending on what you plan to move and how much cushion you’d want for your belongings while they are in transit. Just a basic layer of bubble wrap taped around your tables or dressers could protect them from bumps against doors and corners as you move them in and out of the truck.

Shock Cords

A shock cord (also known as a bungee cord) helps keep all of your things strapped down securely. You don’t want to worry about all of your items sliding around during the move. Unlike ordinary rope, shock cords offer greater flexibility and resist tangling, making it easier to tie down items securely. This is essential if you are planning to move your belongings in the back of a truck or car.


If you’re moving items on the back of a truck bed, you’ll need something to hold everything down. While a tarp might clash with your fashion sensibility, it’ll prevent your furniture and other items from flying away during the move. You can use a tarp in conjunction with shock cords to keep larger items bundled up while they’re being moved around.

An Overnight Bag

When you do arrive at your new place, chances are you’ll be too exhausted from the day’s activities to unpack. Your overnight bag should have all the things you might need for that night and the next day, from essential toiletries to an extra set of clothes. An overnight bag also serves as a relatively safe place to keep your laptop so it doesn’t turn up missing after the move.

The items above should help you when it comes to successfully moving all of your belongings from one residence to another. After all, you don’t want to be caught unprepared when the day finally comes. Don’t forget to make sure everything is nice and tidy and that you have your cleaning supplies out of the way before the day of the move.

The Best Ways to Make Your Move More Manageable

Moving day is often hectic, and it can be easy to become overwhelmed. Fortunately, there are many things that can be done beforehand to keep stress levels down while moving your items to a new residence. Here are the best ways to make your move manageable so you can transport your belongings without unnecessary worries on moving day.

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Gather Supplies Before Packing

There is nothing more frustrating than starting to pack, only to realize that you do not have enough boxes or packing tape. To avoid this problem, carefully assess your belongings, and try to estimate how many items you will need. Remember, it is better to overestimate, than to have to stop packing for another supply run.


Organize Boxes According to the New Location

Although it may be tempting to throw everything into a box and go, moving day will be much easier if your boxes are packed according to what goes into each room. It is best to pack according to the new location’s layout. For example, those who are downsizing may find that packing two bedrooms together will allow for a smoother transition to the new home.


Create Detailed Labels on Boxes

Even when you label boxes according to each room, you may be surprised to discover that you cannot find necessities to get you through the first few days in the new home. For this reason, it is best to include detailed labels on each box that include a short list of the main items. This will help you to quickly locate necessities such as cookware and toiletries.


Use Storage to Keep Boxes Organized

Often, packing begins long before the actual moving day, and so many unused items can create clutter and make it harder to continue packing, and certain items may need to wait until you have already settled into your new home. In these cases, you will want to choose Santa Monica storage units that offer a secure place to keep your belongings throughout the moving process. This simple step can provide you with peace of mind, and prove valuable for storing seasonal items and bulky furniture throughout the year.


Starting your upcoming move with an organized approach is the most effective way to make it more manageable. Begin by breaking down your move into individual rooms, and then consider which items may be stored until you are ready to use them at the new residence. By having a clear plan in place for your belongings, you will be ready to stay calm and organized on moving day.

The Top 5 Steps To Completing Your Move To The New House

The Top 5 Steps To Completing Your Move To The New HouseMoving is one of the most stressful experiences a human being will go through in their lifetime, but it doesn’t have to be completely overwhelming. One way to keep the anxiety to a minimum is to get organized.

Here, find a helpful list of the top five steps to completing your move to the new house without wanting to jump off its roof!

Plan and Organize Your Way Home

Carefully plan your move. Keep a binder and notebook for move-related items only. Blueprints, floor plans, lease or mortgage documents, notes from home inspections, a list of utilities you will need to get turned on and off, and so on. Keep a moving checklist handy and check things off as you go through your storage unit.

Stay True to Your Life

Once you are in the thick of things, be sure not to let the moving process fully consume you. Keep the rest of your life as normal as possible. Keep hair appointments, meet friends for that drink on Friday night and hit the gym in between unpacking boxes, if that’s what you would normally be doing with your time.

Furnish With a Flourish

If your old things don’t work in the new place, splurge on some new pieces if you can. Hit stores like Best Buy to shop for a new home theater system that will make movie night better than ever. Browse Madison furniture stores to get ideas for a new couch or dining room table. Whether you pick up some furniture for the guest room you didn’t have before or a bigger TV to go with your larger living room, you will be glad to have a few brand new things to make your brand new house feel like home.

Get to Know Your New Neighborhood

Once you’ve moved, get to know your neighborhood as soon as possible. Whether you explore in the car, on foot or while riding your bicycle, it pays to learn as much as you can about where you live.

Lay Out Your Welcome Mat

Host a housewarming party or send out “I’ve Moved…” cards to loved ones. This will let others know you are excited to share your new home and encourage them to visit you or mail a card to your new address congratulating you. Nothing makes a move feel complete like having friends and family help break in the new place!

Moving Mid-Winter? Tips to Make the Process Easier

Moving is a daunting task; this is especially true if you need to do it during the cold winter months. Although the winter months bring harsh weather, many families find themselves moving during this time. If you aren’t careful, moving during the winter can increase your risk of injury, and it also tends to increase the risk of damaging your possessions. Even if you are moving to the PebbleCreek community in Goodyear AZ, you might run into trouble! Follow these tips to help make moving a seamless process no matter the weather.

Moving Mid-Winter Tips to Make the Process Easier

Allow For Delays

During the winter, you need to be flexible with your moving schedule. Inclement conditions can quickly put a stop to your moving plans. If you don’t give yourself some leeway, you may find yourself stuck in a jam. When moving during the winter, it is smart to expect the worst, but hope for the best. If renting a truck, give yourself enough time to make your move; you want to take extended travel times into consideration. If you don’t, you may not have enough time to finish everything you had planned.


Clear Walkways

Always make sure your walkways are clear; many people get injured when there are obstructions in their path. If moving a big item, it can be hard to see something that is in your way. If you trip and fall, your move may end up canceled due to injury. If you live in an area where there is snow or ice, clearing your walkway is important. If someone slips on ice, they will likely drop your items and break them, and they may also suffer from serious injuries. Keep shovels around to clear snow, and keep salt around to melt ice.


Clear Your Driveway

The experts at Mary Couzens Realty remind us that moving trucks need to be parked in a clear area; this is actually true for any season of the year. Always have a clear place to park; the closer you can get to your home, the shorter distance you have to move all your items. During the winter, you may need to clear a path through the snow; it’s extra work, but it leads to a safer, quicker and more efficient move.


When moving during the winter, you never know exactly what to expect. Most of the time, you will have to deal with cold temperatures; although snow is rare in some places, it does happen. Always play it safe and prepare for anything that mother nature can throw at you.