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About Bekins Van Lines

Bekins Van Lines is one of the oldest moving companies in the U.S. Offering both private and corporate relocation services as well as military moves, Bekins truly knows moving.

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Bekins Delivers Girl Scout Cookies to Arkansas and Arizona

It’s that time of year again!  Girl Scouts are pushing their delicious cookie assortment of Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do si Dos and Trios! Before your favorite cookies end up in your hands, did you ever think how the Girl Scouts have their cookies stored and delivered to them?

The moving & storage industry helps local Girl Scouts all over the country store and deliver the cookies. For Bekins Van Lines, two agents helped out their local girl scouts by storing and delivering cookies in their area.

Brandon Moving & Storage – North Little Rock, Ark.

Brandon Moving & Storage stored and delivered girl scout cookies for around 39 troops in the central Arkansas area. They stored approximately 57,000 cases of cookies, which is around 430,000-435,000 lbs.!

Brandon Moving & Storage dedicated two office staff members for bookkeeping. The bookkeepers were responsible for counting all of the cases as they were received and documented which ones were damaged. They then entered specific orders into the system  from the troops and invoiced the Girl Scouts for payment once all deliveries are complete.

In addition to the office staff, 6-8 people in the warehouse were tasked to unload the cookies as they all came in. They had to pull the cookies off in a specific order and load the trucks for delivery. Brandon also had 4-6 truck drivers make deliveries with 1-4 helpers, depending on the size of the orders and whether the cookies have to be unloaded by hand or if the receiving location had a fork lift on site.

Bekins Moving Solutions, Inc. – Tucson and Phoenix, Ariz.

Bekins Moving Solutions’ two facilities in Tucson and Phoenix, Ariz. covered the cookie deliveries for Girl Scout troops all over the state.

All of the cookies were received and stored at both facilities and then loaded for designated distribution locations.

At the Phoenix location, they handled approximately 152,000 cases and 1,824,000 boxes shipped throughout central and northern Arizona. Bekins Moving Solutions delivered to 22 out-lying distribution locations and five major locations, which were schools, around the Phoenix metropolitan area.

The Tucson facility held approximately 62,000 cases and 744,000 boxes shipped to southern areas of the state. Bekins Moving Solutions then delivered to 20 out-lying area locations and two major areas in Tucson. The largest major distribution location was at the Bekins Moving Solutions Tucson facility.

Once the cookies were taken to the designated distribution areas, the individual troops came and picked up the product.

Bekins Moving Solutions sent 2-6 crew members to the locations and had around a hundred individual vehicles to load all of the product. The Girl Scouts used numerous volunteers to assist in the distribution at all of the locations.

Director of Operations of the Girl Scouts of Arizona, Colleen Brinkley said “We appreciate the Bekins staff so much, they are AWESOME, every year!”

 

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 Special thank you to the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona for pictures of their cookie drop event.

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Decorating Your New Place with Your Old Decorations

When you first step into your new place, you may struggle to picture this house as your home. You can make this transition easier by decorating your new space. Adding small details in the room, like family pictures and flowers, will help everyone feel more comfortable.

You may want to grab your wallet and head to the furniture store because you think a new place deserves new stuff. However, decorating doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Use your old decorations for a more affordable solution. Not only will decorations make your new house look better, but they’ll help your kids feel more at home as well.

Below, we’ve listed some ways you can incorporate your old décor into your new place.

Assess What You Have

a box full of clothes to be donated.Before you pack up to leave, assess what furniture and décor you have. Keep in mind that you don’t have to keep everything.

Decide what you really want in your new place. This will save you from packing and transferring junk you don’t need.

As a rule of thumb, try and get rid of 25% of your old stuff. Take this opportunity to rid yourself of faulty appliances in the garage that you haven’t used in years. Auction your things off on eBay or have a garage sale. You may make a few extra bucks on decorations you would never use. Consider this move a fresh start.

Sketch a Floor Plan

Now that you know what you have, make a plan for your new home. Have fun with this step by choosing color pallets for each room. Decide where furniture will go and what child will have which room. If you want to go in-depth, visit the new place and take measurements. This way, you’ll know exactly what furniture will fit in what room.

Consider using a floor-planning program on the internet. Most are easy to use and will help you visualize the result.

Don’t forget to keep portion, balance, and scale in mind. Avoid crowding too many oversized furniture pieces into a small space.

Consider the dimensions and ceiling height to determine how much you can comfortably fit into the room. Don’t put a small dining table and picture into a large room with high ceilings or large furniture into a small room. The space will come off awkward and unsatisfying.

Planning will also help you stay organized as you pack. Mark boxes with which room they will occupy in the new house.

Start with Your Bedroom

Nothing beats sinking into a soft bed after a long day of organizing and unpacking. Start your decorating hiatus with your bedroom. This will give you a beautiful place to retreat to after working hard all day.

Most homeowners have at least a bed and dresser to incorporate into their new place. Next, choose a bedspread to mix and match with pictures and décor.

Don’t limit the possibilities with décor you previously had in your bedroom. Use décor from the entire house. If you have a flexible budget, consider painting the walls to match your bedding. Or maybe you want to keep the wall paint the same and buy new bedding. Try to plan these details before you buy anything. Planning will save you time and money.

Choose Small Details to Update

Small details can make a big difference. Rather than demolishing an entire room and

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starting from scratch, decide on one or two small details to update. For instance, freshen kitchen cabinets with paint rather than replacing them. You can also update a bathroom by painting the cabinets or replacing a light fixture.

Replacing light bulbs with less “yellow” bulbs is another way to update a space. This small detail can brighten a room and make it feel newer.

Unify the Room with Color

If you move into an older home with furniture from the 1960s, don’t worry. You can easily unify the room by incorporating similar colors in the space. For instance, imagine you have a chair that has a small fabric detail that could match your main room color. You can draw attention to that small detail by painting a wall a similar color. Suddenly that chair matches the rest of the room.

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You can use that same principle by matching colors with a rug, curtain, or accessory. Decide the room color from a décor item that you love.

Once you have chosen a main color, let the rest of the design branch from that color. Use neutral colored furniture around the room as a foundation. Then use your main color in accessories. The neutral furniture provides consistency if you ever want to change the main color of the room. And if you use this strategy, you won’t spend more money replacing or painting furniture.

Don’t stress about using the exact same color in the space. Retail stores would love if you bought an expensive bedroom set that matches exactly, but you don’t have to. You cannot go wrong as long as most of the hues in the room match. Use your previous décor to bring your personality to the space.

Now that you know the basics to make your house a home, check out our other blogs for more moving tips.

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Spreading the Bekins Love on Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day from Bekins Van lines! Since we are feeling the love today, we are looking at what makes Bekins Van Lines a preferred interstate van line. Receiving feedback via our survey, the Customer Experience Report (CXR), speaking to customers on a daily basis and analyzing the journeys our customers make during every step of the move process reveals to us what customers believe sets us apart from our competition.

Customers

Beginning in 1891, Bekins has moved plenty of people and with that type of long-history, many of them are returning customers or have been recommended to the van line. In fact, four in ten customers pick Bekins because they have used us before and had a positive experience, or they have been recommended by someone they know and trust to hire Bekins for their move. This is our largest segment of customers and this percentage has increased significantly over the last several years, so our customer loyalty is ever growing.

Karen, a recent customer said in their CXR, “Very pleased, as always, with Bekins. The driver told us of delivery date upon pick up of our goods. He and his helper were very professional! I hope this is the last move, but if not will call Bekins again”

Rudy and Carolyn, more recent customers said, “Ford transfer moved us locally 2-3 times in or near Twin Falls, Idaho. They’re great!”

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Happy customer after her move with Brandon Moving & Storage.

“I had used Bekins for a business move a few years ago and was very satisfied, so I used them for my personal move this time from California to Nevada.  Our sales representative, Jennifer, in the Burlingame, California location (AMS Bekins) was very helpful, very friendly and very accommodating.  Our driver, Eric, was unbelievably excellent in every way.  He was courteous, on time and provided a very enjoyable moving experience. I would highly recommend Eric for training your drivers as he is definitely the ultimate example of customer service.  I have been in customer service for 29 years so I know what I am speaking about. I will always recommend Bekins to anyone I know is moving,” said Lynne in Dayton, Nev.

Drivers

Our drivers are the hILovemyDriverSign_Bekinseart and soul of every move. Not only do drivers spend weeks driving around the country with household goods, they also help coordinate the helpers and communicate with the corporate office about scheduling.

Customers consistently rate our drivers with high marks. More than nine in ten customers indicate in their survey that they would choose to have their exact same Bekins driver move them again for their next move!

“My driver, Alex, was absolutely fabulous.  He was on time in both places, as promised, took great care to let me know what was happening, was very reassuring at all times, personable, respectful, supervised the movers well, and didn’t hesitate to do things himself if he felt it was necessary,” Karen from Massachusetts said.

Barbara was very complimentary of her driver, “John was our mover and we could not have asked for anything better. He was simply great.”

Salespeople

One of the first interactions the consumer has with the van line is through our salespeople. Our salespeople are known for their expertise and professionalism in moving. This is another leverageable strength of Bekins. Approximately nine in ten customers have very favorable perceptions of our salespeople’s courtesy and professional service. This service promotes trust and confidence in our customers that Bekins can reliably and effectively handle their moves.

“In addition to the actual movers, Val Hardwick (sales mgr. AMS Relocation) and her staff were thorough, professional, on top of her game and a pleasure to work with. In this crazy world where so much doesn’t work, Bekins is doing it right with integrity. Thank you!” said Pix in her recent CXR.

Communication

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The Lincoln Moving & Storage loves Bekins customers!

Customer feedback and statistical analysis of our survey data reveal communication is biggest driver in shaping customer perceptions of Bekins. Communication and great customer service makes the difference between a good move and a great move. Since proactive and accurate information is so important to our customers, we are constantly reviewing our processes to improve our communication with them.

Future

Our goal is to exceed expectations with every move. With that goal in mind, we are constantly reviewing the customer experience through the CXR and other feedback mechanisms platforms for ways to improve the process and make it as stress-free as possible.

*Source: Wheaton World Wide Moving | Bekins Van Lines, Customer Experience Report, Quarter 4 2014

 

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What You Should Know About Moving from the East Coast to the West Coast

You didn’t know it before you relocated, but moving from the East Coast to the West Coast can compare to moving to another country. You assumed that everything would work the same way-after all, you moved from an American city to another. How different could it really be?

The United States stretches across an entire continent, so it contains myriad attitudes and cultures. In fact, you can think of each state as its own miniature country. Each has a different set of laws and traditions, and the farther you travel from your home state, the more different the culture can become.

So, if you recently moved from coast to coast, you probably experienced some culture shock. But don’t worry. Below, we’ve given you tips so you can better understand the new area and feel more at home.

1. Job Prospects

1395308240_silicon-valley-sign-lg-300x148If you list the biggest and most successful companies you can think of, your list probably includes companies like:

  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • eBay
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Twitter
  • Yahoo
  • YouTube

These companies all have a reputation for innovation and creativity (in addition to vast riches). They also have something else in common: they all come from the West Coast. You can also find thousands of other established or start-up companies.

Since the West Coast houses so many large, successful companies, residents have access to tons of jobs. This allows them (as a whole) to feel more relaxed and secure. Many people still have to deal with unemployment, but they almost always have good occupational prospects.

2. Cost of Living

This doesn’t apply to every area on the West Coast, but overall, major cities on the West Coast tend to have a lower cost of living than comparable cities on the East Coast. This takes a little stress off of West Coast residents, and it gives them more purchasing power for luxury items.

However, your move doesn’t guarantee that you’ll suddenly feel richer. Compare the cost of living in your old area and your new one. On average, West Coasters get more bang for their buck.

3. Mild Weather

If you lived in the Northeast, you probably feel anger, annoyance, or fear when you hear the

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term “polar vortex.” Luckily, now that you’ve moved to the opposite coast, you don’t have to worry about it. Sure, the West Coast has its share of unpleasant weather patterns, but you won’t have to worry about drastic ones like polar vortexes or hurricanes.

That being said, you may have to adjust to the climate depending on where you move. If you relocate from Florida to Oregon, you’ll have the opportunity to experience stunning, but frigid, snow storms. But if you move from Maine to California, you’ll have to get used to the yearlong heat.

4. Vacation Destinations

Have you ever dreamed of traveling to Asia or Hawaii? The West Coast gives you easy access. You’ll sit through a 4.5 hour flight if you want to visit Hawaii, which features all kinds of activities from surfing to volcano exploration. And if you want to see Tokyo or Shanghai, you’ll experience a shorter flight as well. After all, you only have to fly across an ocean. You don’t have to fly across a continent as well.

You’ll also have access to a wide variety of domestic vacation destinations if you live on the West Coast. Your new home puts you in close proximity to the following:

  • Death Valley National Park

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  • Disneyland (which has its own, unique charm that is utterly different from Disneyworld)
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Hollywood
  • Mount Saint Helens National Monument
  • Olympic National Park
  • The Golden Gate Bridge
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Yosemite National Park

5. Extreme Sport Opportunities

Because the West Coast boasts everything from towering, snow-capped mountains to scorching deserts, you can participate in any kind of extreme sport you want, including:

  • Base jumping
  • BMX biking
  • Kite surfing
  • Motocross
  • Paragliding
  • Rock climbing
  • Skiing/snowboarding
  • White water rafting

If you feel like you’ve moved to another country, don’t worry. Use these tips to get started and you’ll feel right at home soon.

If you would like the move from the East Coast to the West Coast, Bekins can help – Find a local agent.

Throwback Thursday: Bekins Northwest at Super Bowl XLVIII

Bekins Northwest is taking the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl again!

As the official mover of the Seahawks for over 12 years, Bekins Northwest will be making its third trip to American Sports largest stage in Arizona this Sunday.

Let’s take a look back at Bekins Northwest’s trip to Super Bowl XLVIII last year in New York City and celebrations in Seattle.  ​

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Follow Bekins Northwest’s blog and Facebook page for updates from the Super Bowl XLIX.

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“Hats off to Keaton” Social Media Contest Underway

For the finale of another successful annual campaign for Keaton’s Korral at Give Kids the World, Bekins Van Lines is hosting Hats off to Keaton event to reach the final $22,000 for the annual fundraising goal and raise awareness for the Village. The van line is matching ALL donations made to Keaton’s Korral until January 31.

To participate in the Hats off to Keaton photo contest:

1. Visit Bekins Facebook page:
2. Click “Hats off to Keaton” and post a pic of yourself in a hat of your choosing.
3. Share and encourage your friends to vote. Be sure to include #HatsOffToKeaton and the link www.gktw.org/keatonskorral to participate in the contest.
4. Enter between January 26-31, 2015
5. Entries receiving the most votes as of January 31 at 11:59 p.m. will win the following prizes:

1st place – $100.00
2nd place – $ 50.00
3rd place – $ 25.00

If wearing a hat isn’t your thing, please support the contestants by voting for your favorite picture.

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Wheaton World Wide Moving | Bekins Van Lines has been a partner of Give Kids The World since 2000. Through its generous support of Keaton’s Korral, 7,300 families each year have been able to experience  the fun of horse and pony rides, as they wear western hats and get to live out their cowboy dreams. Keaton’s Korral was named for Keaton White, an alumni wish child who spoke at a Wheaton |Bekins conference shortly before he lost his battle with cancer. His story touched so many of the agents and  employees, as he told of his dream to ensure every child got to experience the joy he felt during his time at the Village.  “Give Kids The World was one of the happiest times of my life,” White said. “I just want to be sure that someday another little boy or girl and their family are loved just as much as me and my family were loved.”

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Remembering Extreme Village Makeover at Give Kids The World

A year ago, Give Kids The World took on the daunting task of renovating 88 25-year old villas in a two-week period, a task that was achieved with the hard work and planning of thousands, including a team from Wheaton | Bekins. We are looking back at the successful renovation with the people that helped make it happen from the members of the Wheaton| Bekins team.

Planning started back in June 2013 when Michael Bausman of Give Kids The World called Jason Fontaine of Central Moving & Storage for help with the two-week renovation. Jason went to his dad and owner of Central Moving & Storage, Jim Fontaine, about how they could help.04-29-2013-xtreme-village-makeover

“I told him that the Village was going to renovate approximately 100 units over a two-week period. He quickly did some math and said we could pull that off in two weeks then I told him that the renovation was going to be two weeks, but we have two days to get all the furniture fixture & equipment (FF&E) items in,” explained Jason Fontaine. “He replied you didn’t tell them we could do it. My answer was if we don’t do it somebody else will. This is something we had to do for the kids and the Village.”

The two started brainstorming on how to get the manpower and keep the cost down for the Village, so Jason contacted President of Wheaton | Bekins , Dave Witzerman, to help recruit agents and corporate staff to help with the renovation.

With plenty of planning over the next seven months, Jason and the team worked with the Wyndham group for what was deemed – Extreme Village Makeover, and extreme it was.

“Central Moving & StoragMore Loading Bekins Trucke handled more than 350,000 lbs. of FF&E/construction items for this project. We received approximately 300,000 lbs. in our warehouse,” Fontaine said. “There was a total of 38 trailers that were unloaded by CMS and their volunteers in two days. There was an additional four trailers loads of kitchen cabinets and four trailers of construction material that we delivered prior to the install.”

While Central Moving & Storage worked on the staging and operations, a 75-person Wheaton | Bekins team consisting of agents and corporate staff went to Orlando to unload and reassemble the furniture in the final days of the Extreme Village Makeover Project.

Jerrod_CIO_GKTWChief Information Officer at Wheaton | Bekins, Jerrod Carter, remembered what it was like trying to make the two-week deadline of renovating the villas for Extreme Village Makeover.

“The biggest thing I would say is it was enthusiastic and chaotic, but it was a very organized chaos. Everyone knew what their job was and there was a lot of activity going on all at one time in one unit.” Carter said. “We were just trying to get all of that work done as quickly as possible so Give Kids The World could get back to their mission of having kids on site and providing that unforgettable experience for that family. Everyone there knew that and were enthusiastically there to support that.”

With the hard and enthusiastic work of all the volunteers and businesses, the project was successfully completed in the short two-week time frame. The new villas were unveiled on ABC’s Good Morning America along with Ty Pennington of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
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For all of his hard work as one of the main coordinators of the event, Fontaine was given an inaugural key to the village for his hard work on the project.

“I was honored,” Fontaine said. “There was still actually work that needed to be finished up, but Philip Torres of GKTW grabbed me and said you need to take a break and get something to eat and listen to the closing speeches. When they called my name, I was in total shock. I was just doing what was right for the Village.”

The completion of the villas was not only a huge success, but it brought the Wheaton | Bekins team closer together.

“Things like this bring all of us so much closer as agents and friends. It reminds me of the early days when we all had more time to do things together, which were the best years ever,” said Henry Cadle of Preferred Moving & Storage.

Wheaton|Bekins has been a partner of Give Kids The World since 2000, leading the efforts of Keaton’s Korral, where 7,300 families each year have been able to experience the fun of horse and pony rides, as they wear western hats and get to live out their cowboy dreams. Currently, Wheaton | Bekins is matching all donations to Keaton’s Korral until Jan. 31. To donate, please visit www.gktw.org/keatonskorral.

You can watch the recap of it all here, including the unveiling of the Villas here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE2UEu8LXu4

Ian Hazzard from Hazzard Moving & Storage also documented the experience which can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrbxQOpdLCM

A very special thank you to all of the agents that had participated in the makeover.

AAA Moving & Storage:
George Bunkis
Richard McCant

Action Moving & Storage:
Shawn Biggs

American Relocation & Storage Systems:
Steve Lancashire

Bell Moving & Storage:
Deb Jablonski
Jim Jablonski
Joe Maddux
Marie Coakley
Neil Coakley
Tamara Kissel
Bill Kissel

Boerman Moving & Storage:
Dan Boerman
Mark Paloucek

Friends of Central Moving & Storage:
Drew Benedetto
Pam Benedetto
Adam Palmer
Pam Haines
Preston Haines
Paul DeCarlo

Florida Transfer & Storage:
Angelo Rick
Rachel Husky
Scott Huskey
Tracy McDuffy

Frank & Sons Moving & Storage:
Alex Hillman
Jim Gravedoni

Gilmore Moving & Storage:
Clayton Shaffer
Fredrick Riley
Steven Surles
Roni Gilmore

Hart Moving & Storage:
John Hart

Hazzard Moving & Storage:
Patrick Hazzard
Ian Hazzard

Liberty Movers:
Anthony Mandella
Callie Fontaine
Eric Desorcy
James Bibeau
Jason Dion
Jennifer Hennessy
Karen Fontaine
Mason Husser
Matthew Anderson
Matthew Walsh
Michael Fontaine
Michael Mandella
Paul Fontaine
Ryann Fontaine
Stephen Fontaine
Timothy Harris
William Henry
David Fontaine
Joe Fontaine
Scott McNamara
Audra McNamara

Preferred Moving & Storage:
Henry Cadle
Megan Cadle
Mark Crantz
Graham

Wheaton | Bekins corporate
Dave Witzerman
Jerrod Carter
Steve Burns

And all of the staff at Central Moving & Storage
Jason Fontaine
Jim Fontaine
Tammie Fontaine
Al Rossi
Chris Chapman
Chuck Gurganious
Jeffery Richardson
Jim Foley
John Brennan
John Christie
Nick Benedetto
Pam Fontaine
Willie Weeks
Mark Compton

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9 Reasons Relocating in the Winter is the Right Move

With some preparation, winter might be the easiest and cheapest time to move. Plus, who wants to wait until the busy spring and summer months to relocate? Here are the top 10 reasons to consider moving in the winter: 

Why You Should Move in the Winter

    • Moving in the winter can save you money when hiring a moving company. Most household moving companies have cheaper rates compared to the peakCoupon - Copy moving months (May to September). Bekins currently offers This is moving. Relocation Prograwhere you can save $150 and receive other service guarantees on your upcoming move.
    • Movers are more flexible with dates in the winter. You may not need to give as much notice or you may even get your household goods quicker.
    • Weather permitting, travel can be quicker due to the lack of cars and construction on the roads.
    • There are less homes on the market during the winter and sellers often are eager to move from their residences.
    • There can be fewer buyers during the winter because more people prefer to move in the warmer months.
    • Due to a decrease in volume during the winter, mortgage lenders usually have fewer loans and less paperwork to process.
    • Due to the slower market, real estate professionals have more time to devote to your search for a new home.
    • Lenders may forgo certain fees to stay busy in the off-season.
    • Because landlords want to fill vacant apartments and homes in the winter, they are more likely to entice you to move with bonus offers, lower rent or a smaller deposit.

To learn more about how to organize a winter move and how to make your move as easy and stress-free as it can possibly be, contact Bekins for a free moving quote. Don’t allow the thought of bad weather to interfere with making the right move!

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Moving? How to Help Kids Adjust to a New Community

Moving can be exciting and exhilarating for people of all ages. Moving brings the promise of a fresh start, interesting places and faces, and new adventures.

But moving also means leaving friends, familiar places, and sights of home behind. While leaving these things behind is hard for adults, children and teenagers often experience additional difficulty. Children may feel intimidated by the thought of living in a new town, attending a new school, and making new friends.

Moving doesn’t have to be scary or intimidating though. Use the tips below to help your kids adjust to a new community.

Make Special Considerations for Children of Different Ages

Your children’s ages and personalities affect how they will respond to moving. While one of your children might adapt easily to a new place, another might need more help and emotional support to make the adjustment. Keep the following in mind:

  • Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers will not understand the meaning and complexity of a move. They don’t interact with very many people outside of the home, and they don’t experience change very often. Young children thrive on predictably, so try to keep their routines as normal as possible once you’ve moved.
  • Elementary school-aged children want to fit in with their peers. As a result, your children might feel scared about living in a new community. Focus on the excitement of attending nervous-boy-back-to-schoola new school and meeting new people. Tell them about a person or group of people, such as immigrants, who overcame their fears to come to exciting new places.
  • Although teens are old enough to understand the need to move, they might resist change. Teens may feel like they can’t establish valuable friendships in a new community, which might make it hard for them to transition into a new school. Moving is especially hard on teens who participate in sports or other extracurricular activities. To help ease your teens’ worry, research the programs in your new town. Does the high school have a state championship swimming team? Is there a state-of-the-art performance hall?

You have to focus on the positive to help kids transition to a new. Listen to their questions and concerns, and reassure them that they have things to look forward to.

Provide Support After the Move

The first few months in a new town prove volatile for many children, so pay extra attention to their emotional needs. Here are a few ways you can provide emotional support as your children settle into a new community:

  • Explore your new community. Visiting nearby parks and finding the best local restaurants can help your whole family feel more at home.

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  • Find ways for your children to get involved in the new community. If your children participated in music or drama clubs in your former town, help them get involved in the same activities in your new town.
  • Encourage your children to express their feelings. Many children want to know that they have a friend and confidant who understands what they’re going through. You can be that confidant. Listen carefully and intently as your children vent their frustrations. Don’t get short with them, as this can make them feel even more insecure.

Set an Example for Your Children

Children of all ages take cues from their parents, especially in new or scary situations. As you settle into your new community, model the kind of behavior and attitude you want your children to adopt. For example:

  • Socialize with families in your new neighborhood. If you encourage your kids to get involved in the community but never leave the house, your children might take this is as a sign that they don’t need to branch out. Invite your neighbors and their children over for a dessert night. This will allow your children to meet new people in a nChildrenon-threatening setting.
  • Stay up-to-date on events at school and in the community. The more you know and learn about your new community, the more your children will feel at home. On the other hand, the less you know about the community, the less likely your children are to embrace their new surroundings.
  • Don’t complain about your new house or community in front of your kids. Chances are, you’ll feel frustrated or stressed about unpacking and settling into a new home. Try not to let your children see this frustration. If they hear you badmouthing your new community, they might do the same. This makes it harder for them to settle in.

Adjusting to a new community doesn’t have to be stressful or scary for you or your children. Focus on the positive aspects of the new community. Provide outlets from your children to vent their feelings and frustration. Set an example for them to look to as they adjust. By helping them feel at home in a new community, you’ll be able to enjoy your new adventure that much more.

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7 Tips to Make Your Winter Move Easier

Whether you finally found your dream home, or your job transferred you to a new location, moving in winter offers a lot of benefits. Winter is the off season for many companies, so you may enjoy better rates and more flexible moving dates. And in the colder seasons, roads tend to have less traffic, resulting in shorter, faster drives.

However, moving in winter also has its shortcomings. Poor weather and icy roads turn an otherwise safe journey into a harrowing experience. Fortunately, you can make the trip easier with these cold-weather tips.

1. Check the Weather

HeadlightsAs you pack and prep for the upcoming move, periodically check weather reports. Schedule your moving day during a bout of warmer weather, but give yourself a range of acceptable moving days in case the weather turns dangerous.

Even if the weather is supposed to be clear on your moving day, stay ready to call off the move at a moment’s notice. Weather can prove fickle, especially in Indiana. You’ll do better to postpone your moving trip in favor of better conditions than to work in the ice and the cold.

2. Keep Winter Supplies on Hand

Even if you plan to move to a warmer climate, you’ll want to keep your winter gear on hand while you move. Items such as a snow shovel, ice scraper, and salt will help you clear a path safely through the snow, while winter clothing such as heavier coats, hats, and gloves will help you stay warm while you move.

As you dress for your move, layer your clothing. Layers keep warm air from escaping and provide better insulation. This will keep you warmer during colder conditions. And since you may be moving heavier boxes and working harder, the layers enable you to shed unnecessary clothing to prevent overheating.

3. Clear Snow from Walkways

Moving boxes, appliances, and furniture is hard enough. You don’t want to have to deal with slip and falls on top of your move.

Use your snow shovel to clear a path through the driveway, sidewalk, and any other places Clear the Walkwaysyou and your crew will move consistently. Use salt to melt the ice faster and sand to provide traction.

If you hire a moving company to help you, make sure the company has a liability and protection plan in place. This will ensure that both the movers and your items have coverage in the case of an accident. If someone slips and falls on the sidewalk, you won’t have to worry about paying for medical coverage or for replacing your glassware.

4. Use Cardboard and Sheeting to Protect Floors

Even if you do a careful job clearing ice and snow from your driveway, chances are likely that you’ll track some of the slush into your home. The water, mud, and other debris can soak into and damage your carpet, and as a result, you may have to spend more time cleaning your home before you lock up.

Additionally, icy water on tile or wood floors poses a safety risk for you and your movers. The slick surface combined with limited visibility from heavy furniture create the perfect setup for an injury.

You can keep your flooring and your team safe by laying cardboard and sheeting near the entryways and other areas that see a lot of foot traffic on moving day. Keep towels near the front door to dry off dolly wheels and other moving equipment.

5. Board Your Pets

While you’ll want to take your beloved Fluffy along for the move, you don’t want your furry friend to frolic underfoot during the moving process. With multiple people traveling in and out of your home, someone might step on a paw or tail. Or in the excitement of the day’s events, your pet might slip out the door unnoticed.

Rather than spending hours tending to a pet’s injury or searching for a missing pet, take your pet to a local animal boarding facility. If you have a tight budget, consider asking your neighbor to watch your dog or cat for a few hours while you move.

6. Stay Warm with Hot Drinks

Constant changes between the warmth of your house anCup-of-black-coffeed the cold air from the outside take a toll on your body. While you might not immediately notice your dehydration, you may notice that it’s easier to become fatigued while moving heavier items.

Do your body a favor by drinking regularly while you move. If cold water sounds unpleasant in the chilly weather, opt for warmer drinks like hot cocoa, cider, or tea. Don’t forget to offer some to your moving team-they’ll likely appreciate it!

7. Call the Professionals

If you have a large family and a group of friendly neighbors to help you during the move, you may feel tempted to save money and pack your items yourself. However, not everyone is equipped to handle cold weather ventures, and this increases the risk of injury to you, your family, and your items.

When moving in winter, you’ll have better success transporting your valuables if you call on a professional moving team. With the right moving company, you can move your items quickly and safely. Don’t hesitate to ask professionals to assist you in your next winter move-with these tips, you’ll be out of your old home and into your new home in almost no time!