Wednesday Wisdom for 7-23-14
Wednesday Wisdom for 7-23-14
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New to the city and neighborhood, we decided to get out and about. So, we leashed up our dog, Ripley, and went to the local farmers market. It was a great experience! We met lots of locals and several of our neighbors as well as many local farmers. I even met a local rancher and purchased some meats to grill that evening. Our dog enjoyed exploring and meeting new canine friends, too. Many people stopped to chat with us because Ripley helped break the ice. It was a win-win and made us feel at home more quickly.
If you just moved to a new community, get out and explore by taking a trip to the local farmers market. The markets are free to roam, many have live entertainment and most have some prepared foods and snacks, which are perfect if your appliances haven’t arrived yet. Just being outside around other local people and the fresh, brightly colored fruits and veggies makes you feel more welcome.
Our family has gone to the local farmers market every Saturday it’s open. I love having the option to take my dog shopping for groceries!
Click here for a list of farmers markets in your area.
Sales and Marketing Project Manager, Rhonda Baker joined the Bekins Van Lines team this spring. Prior to her job and life in Indiana, she lived in Oklahoma City with her two sons and husband. When her husband’s job required relocating, they packed up their life and headed to Fishers, Ind.
“I grew up in Oklahoma,” said Rhonda. “It’s all I had known my entire life.”
Adjusting to such a major change is no easy task. Rhonda’s advice – Don’t overlook the milestone. In the weeks leading up to the move, be intentional about spending time with friends and family for a proper goodbye.
“Relocating definitely makes you appreciate friends and family,” said Rhonda. “You won’t take any time together for granted. It inspired me to make more of an effort to get together with close friends and family.”
Rhonda said she looks forward to planning several trips to visit her two sons, lifelong friends and family who still live in Oklahoma.
“I was most surprised about the amount of planning involved,” said Rhonda.
Rhonda attributes a great deal of the success of her move to the attention to detail in planning prior to relocating. She went as far as measuring their current furniture and comparing it to measurements of the new house. This saved time, money and space when it came to deciding what items to move.
“Downsizing and adjusting to a new home was definitely a challenging aspect of moving.”
She suggests diving into your favorite hobbies soon after relocating. For Rhonda, it is gardening and sprucing up her outdoor space. This made the new house feel like a home and took her mind off the move.
She also suggests asking a friend to ‘dog-sit’ for moving day. The last thing you want is your precious pooch running away on moving day.
“Having Ripley running around the new house made it feel more like home. Pets can play a huge emotional role in moving.”
Heed the advice of someone who has seen moving from the professional standpoint as well as personal.
Knowing the right questions to ask during an In-home Estimate is crucial to making it a success. Time is of the essence, so make your next estimate worth it by checking out a few must-ask questions.
A good question to ask when considering a moving company is whether or not they are Pro-Mover certified. Avoid a loss of time and money by ‘scammers’ by asking a few simple questions. Look for the Pro-Mover certification confirming that the company is indeed reputable and professional.
Are there reviews readily available?
Do a little research on the company. Ask where you can find organic reviews and feedback from customers who have used their services. Of course being realistic and using good judgment when reading reviews is necessary. Also consider awards that the company has received. Viewing Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List are both reputable companies to start the review research process.
Online sources through social media outlets can be resource to use when searching for reviews. However, keep in mind using realistic judgment is necessary when reviewing. Extreme opinions are often expressed over social media platforms, yet still might be worth checking out.
What is an estimate based on?
Be sure to inquire what the estimate is being based on. There are many ways that the costs of a move can be calculated. It will be in your greatest interest to fully understand the way in which your estimate will be based.
What does the travel look like?
The moving and storage industry is a unique industry and often more complex than one might assume. Inquiring about the route your household goods will be taking once departing from your home isn’t a bad idea. This can prevent miscommunication and misunderstanding throughout your relocation process.
It’s equally important the moving company asks you questions. You can assume the move will be detailed oriented and professionally handled when a company inquires about the specifics on your move. Any company that does not go the extra mile to consider every aspect of your move should be removed from your list.
Baby Boomers never cease to be one of the most intriguing and talked about generations. Things seem to be getting more interesting for the Baby Boomer generation as retirement approaches for many. Use this free infographic for detailed insights on relocation for the Baby Boomers.
This infographic sorts through trends of the Baby Boomer generation’s moving patterns. It breaks down easy to read statistics on when, where and why this generation desires to relocate. It also assists in formulating a plan for the relocation.
Get in touch with a Bekins representative who can provide you with additional information on relocating for Baby Boomers.
Bekins Van Lines understands the difficulties of trying to prepare a meal – on top of moving and unpacking – it can seem like an impossible task.
We’re here to ease the stress with three more easy-to-make recipes. Did you miss last week’s? You’ll want to check it out. It includes the recipes for easy fried rice, taco casserole, and more. If you want more dinner ideas, be sure to visit our Pinterest board for more delicious meals.
It’s your first week in your new home, and you still haven’t managed to find the box with most of your cooking supplies. By the end of every day it seems like you’re verging on near exhaustion. This is unfortunately what many people experience after a move, especially after a move that has taken you all the way across the country, like many moves that Bekins performs. Don’t fret though, you will eventually get your house and your kitchen unpacked, but in the meantime, here are a few easy recipes that your whole family will enjoy – and won’t break the bank.
All of these recipes were found on Pinterest. You can access the recipes on Bekins’ Pinterest board entitled Easy-to-Make Recipes.
We love recipes that don’t require a lot of ingredients and this one is about as easy as they come:
Note: You can add whatever frozen or fresh vegetables that you typically prefer in your fried rice. Customize based on preference — and what you have in your kitchen!
Stay on the lookout for more recipes that will grace the pages of our blog. Until then, follow Bekins Van Lines on Pinterest for more recipes, DIY home decoration ideas, and moving tips.
It doesn’t matter how old you are. It doesn’t matter if you’re moving across town or across the country. Any type of move is a stressful event for everyone involved. In the next few weeks, millions of American college students will experience the rite of passage known as Freshman Move-In Day. For some students, this is a day for celebration. For others, it’s a day filled with heavy emotions that go along with relocating, heightened by the fact that this is the first time that many have ever lived independently of their parents. No matter the feelings involved, a move is a move which means it’s probably going to be stressful and not a whole lot of fun.
Earlier this week, Meredith Slavens, Online Content Development Specialist at Bekins Van Lines, shared her own personal freshman move-in story. Today, she shares some tips she’s gathered from her many moves throughout college.
In college, your living spaces or dorm rooms are small. Unfortunately, there’s just no way around it. It’s better to take less than to take too much and not have room for it. Be choosy as to what you bring. If you haven’t used it in a year, then chances are you won’t use it in college either.
In college, I used four trusty plastic containers to store a lot of my stuff in, such as shoes, toiletries and craft supplies. Not only did the containers help to contain a lot of my possessions, but it also made it easy when I went to move. All of those loose items were already packed and organized in easy-to-carry containers.
I got my tower fan as a high school graduation present, and still to this day I maintain that it was the best present I received. In the summer months, your dorm room will be really hot – especially if you don’t have air conditioning. In the winter, your dorm room will still be really hot due to the heaters in your room. You can’t win in terms of temperature, so do yourself a favor and bring a high-quality fan with you. As a bonus, it will also drown out the noise of snoring from your roommate!
If your college experience is like mine, you’re going to have to move a lot in college. There’s really no point in buying nice, expensive furniture at this point. It will just get banged up in the countless moves that you’ll inevitably have to make. If you do have to buy furniture for a house, I suggest buying secondhand from a consignment store or donation center. There’s a time and a place to buy new furniture, but it isn’t while you’re in college.
College is a time for the wonderful world of communal living. While there are definitely pros and cons to living with a handful of other people, one of the major pros is that between each person, you and your roommates will probably have everything needed to furnish a dorm room or house. The biggest obstacle in determining this though is communicating well enough to know that before moving in. I suggest spending a few days during summer break creating and sharing a Google doc spreadsheet where each person can all write which items he or she has. For even more organization, divide the spreadsheet up by room. This helpful document will give your room or housemates a good idea of what still needs to be bought and what can be left behind.
I’ll never forget the feeling of packing up my whole life into just a few boxes. As an 18 year-old who had never lived anywhere but New Castle, a small town in rural Indiana, I’d known all the same people since I was about five years old. I felt very secure in my life and also very comfortable living at home with my parents. It’s not that I wasn’t excited about moving off to college – I definitely was – but more than anything, I was terrified of the unknown… and also stressed out about packing.
For someone who had never moved before, going through 18 years of possessions and trying to decide what should and shouldn’t go off to college was nothing short of a herculean task. How could I not take my nightstand? What about my collection of Harry Potter books? Of course I need all of my shoes! If I could give advice to anyone who is moving, it would be this: Simplicity is best. Pack less and buy what you don’t have. This is especially true if you’re paying someone to help you move – the lighter the load, the cheaper it will be. If only I would have known this back then…
As my parents and I made the 50 mile drive from New Castle to Butler University, a small liberal arts college located in the heart of Indianapolis, Ind., my stomach began churning with nerves. As we pulled up to Butler, I saw the picturesque view of college, complete with fraternity boys grilling hamburgers and hot dogs in the front yard of the frat house situated right across from my dorm. As I walked up to my dorm room in Schwitzer Hall, I was struck by two things:
The rest of the day was a whirlwind of running up and down stairs, plugging in my mini fridge, connecting my laptop to the internet source, running to the store to buy forgotten items like power strips and plastic containers, making my bed with my brand new Twin XL sheets and unpacking all of those special touches that make a generic dorm room feel more like a home.
The rest of my freshman year of college progressed and before I knew it, I found myself graduating and receiving my diploma, physical proof of everything that had happened from that move-in day back in the fall of 2008 to graduation day in the spring of 2012. That diploma represented not only all that I had learned in the classroom, but also all the lessons learned outside of the classroom. It represented the not one, not two, not even three, but eight moves that I made during college (moving tips to come – watch for the blog!) It represented four years of growth and experiences that I will never and could never forget.
So, my advice: don’t fear, freshman. Move-in day is overwhelming, there’s no doubt about that. It’s an anxiety-induced 24 hours, but it’s just that – 24 hours. Before you know it all of those 24 hours will have strung together to make four years and you too will have that coveted diploma. Enjoy move-in day for all that it is and know that the best is yet to come.
Meredith Slavens is the Online Content Development Specialist at Bekins Van Lines. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Arts Administration from Butler University. Meredith has moved ten times in the last five years, so she considers herself a bit of an expert when it comes to moving. She enjoys helping others make their moving experience a little simpler by sharing some of her own personal moving tips. Feel free to contact Meredith at email@example.com