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Posted by Julie D'Arcangelo on 3/13/2018

At it’s best, packing and moving your things when you buy a new home is a lot of work. At its worst, it can be downright dangerous if you aren’t careful when lifting and moving heavy items.

A necessary evil of moving to a new home, packing is probably the least favorite part of moving for your average homeowner. However, there are ways you can make this process easier, saving you time and ensuring that decorating your new homes is a simple and satisfying task.

In today’s post, I’m going to run down the list of 5 packing and moving tips to help make your move faster and easier than you thought possible.

1. Cleaning and decluttering

One of the best times to clean out your home is leading up to a move. First, if you’re selling your old home, it will pay off to make the house as clean and uncluttered as possible to attract potential buyers. However, you’ll also likely find that there is a lot of junk that you simply don't need to bring to your new home.

When packing each room, keep a garbage bag with you for things you might want to donate or throw away. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself if you’ve used or appreciated the item in the last two years. If not, you might find that it’s easier just to get rid of.

2. Schedule your packing

There are some items in your home that you’ll want available up until the day you move. Others you might not need for weeks or months until after you’ve settled into your new home. You can lessen your workload by spreading out your packing process across the span of a month or so, tackling a few items each week.

A good example of planned packing is to start packing your seasonal clothing that you won’t need until the next winter or summer.

3. Have someone carry away your old junk

If you have bulk items or furniture that you plan on getting rid of, put them on Craigslist or call a donation center with pick-up a month in advance of your move. This will help you get rid of large items without ever having to leave your home.

4. Hiring movers

Hiring movers might be out of some new homeowners’ budgets. However, there are certain times of the week that you can get lower prices. Movers are typically the busiest on the weekend, often making weekdays a more affordable alternative.

5. Find your local box stockpile

There’s typically no need to spend money on boxes if you give yourself enough time to find a good supplier. Some grocery and department stores will give away their boxes for free because you’re saving them on recycling costs.

Another good option is your local liquor store who probably has several empty wine and beer cases to give away.




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Posted by Julie D'Arcangelo on 9/5/2017

Moving to a new town can be overwhelming. We are creatures of habit and moving to a new home in a new town puts us totally out of our comfort zone overnight. Being uprooted from our communities and day to day routines can leave us feeling a little lost. If you plan to or recently have moved to a new town keep reading for some tips on how to feel at home in your new community. Introduce yourself. A great way to do this is by hosting a housewarming party and inviting new neighbors to attend alongside your family and friends. For the shy, taking a walk around the neighborhood and introducing yourself, if you happen to run into a neighbor, may feel like a more natural way to make your introductions. Explore the area. Whether it’s by car, bike, or foot get out there and discover your new neighborhood and town. Discover hidden gems and familiarize yourself with different routes you can use to get around. Shop local. Stop into the local restaurants and shops in your area. Becoming a regular at a spot to your particular liking can be a great way to become a part of the local community and even put you in a position to make some local friends. Play tourist. Get to know your new town by becoming familiar with the sites and places of note it is famous for. Check out the visitor center, community center and/or town hall for information on the attractions that make your town unique. Meetup. Hop online and browse the site Meetup.com for any groups in your local area that are interested in the same hobbies and/or activities as you. This is a great way to find your niche in your new community. If you are shy it is a great way to make friends in the area since you will have something in common with group members right off the bat. Go off the beaten path. Research where the local trails are in your area and pick a day to explore one. Being in nature is a great stress reliever, which is perfect after a big move. A lot of areas offer group walks along their trails which are a great way to meet other community members. Volunteer. Another great way to meet others in the community is by volunteering for local organizations. Not only will you be helping those in need within the community but you will be working side by side with others who enjoy helping as well. Read local. Pick up the local paper or join some of your area’s related Facebook pages to find out about events happening in your new town. Attending ones that pertain to your interests or even some that push your comfort zone will get you out and socializing with your fellow townspeople. While immersing yourself in the community of your new town can leave you feeling a little bit like the new kid in class, it doesn’t have to be quite so painful. With a little bravery and willingness to get out of the house, you will be sure to feel at home in your new community in no time.




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Posted by Julie D'Arcangelo on 8/22/2017

Technology has streamlined our lives at work, at home, and during our leisure time. We're constantly updated with emails and notifications from our bosses or our friends about upcoming deadlines or family parties. However, many of us are still old fashioned when it comes to using tech to improve the way we run our homes. There are apps that can control the electronics in your home, remind you when it's time to clean out the refrigerator, or even tell the people in your house when it's their turn to take out the trash. We've built a list of the most useful apps that will help you spend less time planning and organizing around the home.

Smart house

Wifi technology is slowly escaping our cell phones and computers and making its way around our homes. Smart TVs are now the norm, and Amazon makes buttons that you can store in your cabinets that automatically order new paper towels or laundry detergent when you run out. Part of this home automation revolution is the introduction of apps that allow you to remotely control your home. Kits like SmartThings or WeMo allow you to control lights, coffeemakers, and garage doors all from your smartphone.  What's more, you can control them from work as long as you have signal on your phone. Many of these apps allow you to schedule items to turn on and off at certain times as well, which can help you save on electricity.

Apps to ease the moving process

If you've moved recently, maybe you used a checklist app on your phone to keep track of items while packing. What you probably didn't know is that there are apps that help you even further, including choosing the best prices on moving companies. Unpakt lets you add items that you're moving to a list and tells you how many boxes you'll need. Then it gives you a selection of movers and lets you compare prices.

Keeping up with the chores

The app stores are inundated with tools to help you stay on top of your schedule. But recent additions take it a step further to target other household needs. Do you run a tight ship at your house? Or would you like to? iRewardsChart lets you track your kids' progress on their chores and reward them for good behavior. You can award them cash allowance, time watching television, or whatever else you see as suitable rewards. If you and your family or housemates have a hard time keeping track of whose turn it is to wash dishes, check out Chorma. It's an iPhone app that let's you add chores and coordinate them with other people in your house. No more excuses for not knowing it was your turn!

Creating your dream home

The best home and living apps aren't just about chores and reminders. There are some great apps that are out there to help inspire you to personalize your home. Brightnest is an app that provides cleaning tips, recipes ideas, and DIY projects so your home can keep evolving as you do.  





Posted by Julie D'Arcangelo on 2/7/2017

With the ever-growing number of mobile apps out there it can be difficult to know which ones you'll really use and which ones you'll never even open. If you're moving to a new house or apartment soon, we've got you covered. These five apps are all you need to use when it comes time to start packing your things. 1. Sortly There's no shortage of checklist apps on the market. Most phones come with simple to-do list apps pre-installed that are useful when you need to make a trip to the grocery store. But when it comes to moving, things get more complicated. Sortly is an app designed just for that. It has many uses aside from moving, like doubling as an inventory system for small businesses. It's great for moving because it allows you to sort, organize, print QR labels for your boxes, take pictures, add notes and more. 2. MoveAdvisor Another useful multitasking moving app is MoveAdvisor. However, it's most useful feature for your move will be its detailed timeline. With MoveAdvisor you can schedule out all of the important details weeks or months in advance, all the way up to your moving date. With its reminders you're sure to stay on track and feel prepared once moving day arrives. If you're planning on hiring a moving company, MoveAdvisor will also provide you with lists and reviews of movers in your area and help you calculate moving costs. 3. TaskRabbit Moving requires lots of help. From simple errands, to cleaning and shopping, TaskRabbit is the app that connects you to people that you can pay per task completed. Jobs done from TaskRabbit workers are insured and workers are highly vetted so you don't have to worry about the security of your things. When it comes to your move, you can hire people on TaskRabbit to help you complete a number of moving-related tasks. You can commission a helper to pack and box your things for you, or to lift, move, and assemble furniture. The help doesn't end there, however... you can also hire someone on TaskRabbit to help you clean up your old home or prepare your new home for you during your move. 4. Google Maps The most important app for the drive to your new home will be a reliable GPS app. In our experience, the app that gets you where you need to be with the fewest mistakes is Google Maps. You can map out your drive in advance, planning for rest stops to refuel yourself and your moving van. With Google Maps you can also easily share routes with other people who may be in your moving caravan so that everyone's on the same page. Moving far away? Google Maps works across country and overseas. Contact hotels right from the app to book in advance and hunt for good reviews. With Google Maps, there's no reason the commute to your new home shouldn't go smoothly. 5. BrightNest So you've arrived at your new home, taken all of your boxes out of the moving van, and now it's time to relax before you start to unpack and decorate. While you take a breather, check out BrightNest. It's a haven for great ideas on decorating and arranging furniture. It will also give you recipe ideas for your first meal in your new home. Enjoy!    





Posted by Julie D'Arcangelo on 11/17/2015

If you happen to find yourself moving to another state in the near future, you've got your work cut out for you.  On top of having to deal with the stress of relocating your family in an unfamiliar place, you'll have a lot of paperwork and research to consider before the big day.  Here are four things that you'll need to have covered if you hope to have a seamless transition into a new residence.  Keep in mind that the more bases you've got covered, the easier it will be for you and your family to get accustomed to a new state. 1.  Cost of living. - The cost of living can vary dramatically from state to state.  If you're moving for a new job, then make sure to research the cost of living close to your new place of employment.  If you lived in a metropolitan area before, then it may serve you better to move to a town surrounding the city and pull a commute than to take a gamble at throwing yourself into a new city that may upset your current lifestyle.  Alternately, you may find that the state you are moving to has a fairly low cost of living in the metropolitan areas compared to what you are used to paying.  Every state is different in this regard.  Doing the research now will save you major headaches. 2.  Moving companies. - Unless you are packing up all of your belongings yourself, odds are that you will be relying on a long-distance moving company to handle most of the work.  Prices of this service can very dramatically from company to company, so be sure to get at least three quotes from reputable moving companies as to ensure you're getting the best deal.  Also, make room in your budget for an insurance plan that you are comfortable paying for.  The last thing you'll want to deal with during your move is the worry of your possessions being damaged with no recourse. 3.  Taxes. -  You may not think that taxes are an important thing to consider this early in the game, but if you live in a state that doesn't collect an income tax, moving to a state that does can impact your cost of living.  Meet with a tax specialist and review any hidden taxes and expenses you may incur as a result of your move so you aren't surprised later on down the road. 4.  Neighborhoods and local culture. - This may be one of the most important steps that a lot of people overlook.  Just because you do a virtual walk through of a home and like what you see, doesn't mean you'll like where you're moving.  Do some detective work before you sign papers.  Look into crime statistics, school ratings, reviews of the city and neighborhood you're considering moving to, and local taxes and ordinances.  You can find all of this information online relatively easy.  If you can manage it, then plan a visit to your potential new home to see everything your new town will have to offer.  Look at the commute to your new place of employment, the sights and sounds of the local culture, and keep an eye out for anything you don't particularly like about a place.  You can make your transition a lot smoother by connecting with a reputable real estate agent who has a healthy knowledge of the area.







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