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5 Things to Consider When Planning Your Moving Date

Whether you want to move your family to the big city or you need to plan a corporate move, you have lots of things to consider, including timing. If you go into your moving process knowing the tips below, you can choose the moving date that suits you best.

1. Financial Details

If you understand the timing secrets of the moving industry, you could save a lot of money. Have you ever heard of peak moving season? When it comes down to it, the highest moving volume occurs between Memorial Day and Labor Day in the United

States. According to simple laws of supply and demand, moving rates cost more during this time.

So when planning your cost-effective and frugal move, try to avoid the time between late May to September. You’ll find prices much more affordable when you move during a less busy time. Booking in advance will also help you stay within budget.

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In addition to your availability (and any friends helping you move), you want your chosen moving company to have a clear schedule too. In addition to finding a time outside of peak moving season, you should consider the time of month or week.

Movers are always busy on weekends, along with the beginning of the month. To ensure the most convenient pick-up and delivery times, choose a weekday in the middle of the month. This date will give you all the flexibility you want when scheduling with your moving provider.

3. Weather

The weather impacts and affects many moves, often delaying them for days or more than a week. Fair weather contributes to your move’s success as much as the right moving company.

Moving in the summer puts you right in the middle of peak moving season. Don’t forget that a sweltering day will also slow down your movers, no matter which way you look at it. At the same time, moving in the winter comes with certain hazards too.

Choose a temperate season and check the weather ahead of time-and look at the forecast for your destination too. When you choose a day with optimal weather, you will protect your belongings as well as optimize your moving team’s productivity. You can’t control everything, but you can avoid a lot of problems by planning ahead.

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Whether you have a host of employees or your own family to worry about, you need to give your people time to adjust after a move. If you have to move a company, choose a time when your employees don’t have other events to distract them.

As you make your choice, pay special attention to holiday times, both before and after. Employees may struggle to stay focused if they’re excited for or recovering from winter break.

As for family factors, keep in mind that holidays are a great time to make your goodbyes to family and friends. However, traffic right after a large holiday can prove inconvenient.

You should also take the school calendar into account if you have children at home. A move after the school year ends might make sense until you realize it leaves no time to adjust to moving or say goodbye to friends. Give your family at least a month after the academic year ends to prepare for the move.

5. Personal Preferences

In the end, the best time to move is the date that works most conveniently for you after you’ve considered the above factors. Take time to stop and think about each of these factors when you plan your move.

Consider finances, company availability, the season, and adjustment time. With these factors in mind, you’ll find the best moving date for you, your family, your employees, and everyone else involved.

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How to Downsize and Organize Your Craft Room Before You Move

Given the choice, you’d probably choose to do a lot of things other than plan a move.

For instance, you might spend away the hours in your craft room-or buy a few sheets of scrapbooking paper at the craft store. You know that you should inventory your kitchen right now, but you don’t want to tear yourself away from what you love most.I'd rather be scrapbooking

With how much you love to craft it is very important for you to take the time to organize and pack your craft supplies before moving to ensure they arrive to your new home safely. If necessary, it is also important to prepare your craft room for downsizing prior to moving in your new home. Here are a few strategies for downsizing and organizing your craft supplies before moving day.

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The hardest thing for crafters to admit is that they have too many crafting supplies. If one box of quilting fabric is great, then an entire wall is better. If this sounds like you, you may be a craft-supply hoarder.

If your new place has less room than your current one, you’ll need to downsize your supplies before you move. Not sure where to start? Try going digital, hosting a giveaway or simply trashing old items.

Consider digital scrapbooking

If you have stacks of unused scrapbooking paper but find yourself posting more photos on social media than in an actual scrapbook, then choose a digital scrapbooking method instead.

Meanwhile, donate those designer papers to a local school or to a community group. Keep only the paper you plan to use within the next year.

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Invite a few like-minded friends to your home for a crafting event. Provide supplies for everyone to make a handcrafted item. Then send participants home with boxes of supplies you don’t want to keep.

By thinking of others’ crafting tastes, you may find it easier to give things away, knowing they’ll go to a good home.

Toss old ink pads and other outdated supplies

Keep a trash or recycling bin handy when you go through each closet or paper stack. If you’ve run out of stamping ink bottles, toss the empties and the dried-out ink pads that go with them. Do the same for colored markers past their prime.

Broken supplies won’t do you or others any good, so throw them out or find a viable recycling option.

Organize and Pre-Pack

Once you’ve downsized your crafting supplies, you’ll can take the next step and organize leftover items prior to moving day with these techniques:

  • Inventory everything you have left in your craft stash: fabric, yarn, painting supplies, papers, glue and adhesives, markers, rubber stamps, ink pads and refill bottles, and the like.
  • Pre-pack loose, small items into plastic bins. If you can, use clear plastic bins that stack easily when the movers put them in larger boxes. This helps you-and your movers-see Honey-Can-Do-Organizer-Cartwhat’s inside.
  • Remove wheels from wheeled supply bins. Put the wheels in a baggie and store them inside one of the bin’s drawers. Tape drawers closed so they won’t spill small contents during the move.
  • Secure ink pads with rubber bands so lids don’t pop off during the move and drip ink over everything else. Do the same with marking pens, pencils, and coloring utensils.
  • Put liquid items (paint, glue, ink bottles, etc.) in plastic, lock-top bags.
  • Pack loose paper in filing bins or metal magazine boxes.
  • Store rubber stamps in large, clear plastic bins with secure lids.

Finally, breathe a sigh of relief. Think about how organized your craft room looks, and how simple you’ve made things for your movers. A great moving day lies ahead, thanks to your efforts!

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How to Successfully Move Your Medical Practice

Do you like the location of your medial practice? Have you ever wondered how your clinic would benefit if you moved somewhere with a little more space or with a little more traffic? Regardless of your specialty, you can benefit from a move.

Moving locations can increase the number of patients you see and strengthen the stability of your practice.

If you think moving would help your clinic become stronger, you need to make sure you do it right. A well-executed move will help your practice, while a poorly thought out move could hurt it significantly.

Tip 1: Keep Your Patients Informed

Once you find a location for your clinic, immediately begin to notify your patients. Patients represent the lifeblood of your practice. You can’t afford to lose them in your move. Use these suggestions to keep your patients during the moving process.

  • Post notices of your move in the office at least 30 days before yoChecklistur move. This will allow your more regular patients to take notice and plan accordingly.
  • Send patients emails before and after the move explaining the details of the move. Include the address and, if necessary, your new phone number. Consider sending postcards as well, since some people prefer physical reminders.
  • Launch a social media campaign connected to your move. Encourage patients to like your page or share posts about the move. Not only will this remind existing patients of your move, it could also encourage their friends or followers to check out your new location as well.

Tip 2: Maintain Employee Morale

You can’t practice medicine without your support staff. You need to keep them happy to ensure your practice runs smoothly, especially during a stressful move. Use these tips to keep up your staff’s morale up, even during a difficult transition.

  • If your staff participates with the move, make sure you do things that make it more enjoyable. As they pack up files or equipment, give them plenty of breaks. Provide lunch on a few days and other rewards for their hard work.
  • In the same vein as offering rewards, consider offering some sort of bonus for your staff. They will feel more appreciated if you recognize their extra work.
  • Make sure your employees understand the purpose behind the move. When they see what they gain, they will feel more excited with the transition.

Tip 3: Find Professional and Specialized Movers

Your medical office has many things to move. Odds are you can’t afford to move it all on yourself. However, you need to hire specialized professional movers who have experience moving medical practices. Because your move represents a more complicated prospect than the average business move, you need a mover who can simplify the process for you.

Use these tips to choose the right moving service:Moving In

  • Interview movers before you hire them. Use the opportunity to get a feel for their experience and skill. Ask about their methods, so you can compare them with other companies.
  • Look for medical moving experience. You need movers who know how to move fragile equipment such as an x-ray machine or tonometer.
  • Ask for references. Use them to get a sense of the company’s work history. Try to get references from other physicians. They can give you a more accurate reading of the company’s skill.

Tip 4: Notify Your Payers

Of course, you should immediately notify your payers when you are moving. You could lose needed revenue if your payers don’t have your new address. Don’t forget to update your address with the postal service, this way you will not miss out of any mail or payments during the transition.

While moving your practice can cause stress, the right move will increase the number of patients you see and help you become more successful. Our tips will help you cover the major requirements of your move. Use our suggestions to start planning a move today.

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Permanent Change of Station: Tips for Surviving Your First Military Move

When you receive orders for your first permanent change of station, it can be hard to know where to start. Most importantly, you’ll want to take advantage of the available resources.

Before you worry about anything else, make sure you take advantage of the following entitlements:

  • Temporary Lodging Allowance. If you are moving overseas, you may ask for a temporary lodging allowance. This entitlement provides a lodging allowance for military members until they find permanent housing.
  • Temporary Lodging Expense. Like the allowance mentioned above, this expense covers lodging for military families. The main difference is that this is for members moving within the continental United States.
  • House Hunting Trip. Before your move, you will receive up to 10 days of temporary duty Military-Moving1leave. During this time, you can make a house hunting trip to your new station without paying a fee for leave.

Once you’ve taken advantage of these entitlements, you can start to plan the rest of your moving details.

Get In Touch with the Right Programs

Which relocation program you work with depends on your branch of military. Most often, you will need to contact the Transportation Management Office. This group will provide information on the coordination and reimbursement for your move.

If you have questions, you can also get in touch with your base transportation office. The name of this office varies among service branches:

  • Household Goods Shipping Office (Coast Guard)
  • Personal Property Shipping Office (Marine Corps and Navy)
  • Installation Transportation Office (Army)
  • Traffic Management Office (Air Force)
  • Joint Personal Property Shipping Office (Department of Defense)

The earlier you can make an appointment, the smoother your move will be. Once you’re familiar with the moving options available, you’ll be able to make some final decisions.

Make Preparations for Your Family

If your family is making the move as well, you’ll want to make additional preparations. For family_01this reason, most relocation programs provide family centers. This resource allows your family to become familiar with the new community. In preparing your family for the move, you can also do the following:

  • Request a sponsor. A sponsor from your destination provides extra support to your family. This individual can also prepare for the move by helping you determine which items to take.
  • Connect with employment assistance programs. Once you reach your destination, your spouse may be on the hunt for new employment opportunities. Your post or base may offer an employment assistance program to help with this step. Members of this program may also help your spouse apply for the Accredited Financial Counselor® certificate. Military spouses can earn this certificate while they provide financial guidance to other military families.

By taking advantage of these services and more, you ensure a smoother transition for your loved ones.

Seek Guidance from a Local Moving Company

Finally, you can make further preparations by contacting a local moving company. With so many programs available, this resource is sometimes overlooked by military families. While it may seem easier to have the military move you, there are a lot of advantages to opting for a Moving InDIY, Personally Procured Move. These advantages include the following:

  • Saved money. Rather than having the government move you, you can choose to receive 95 percent of what that move would cost. The advantage here is that you get to keep whatever money you have left over. So, by working with a moving company and taking advantage of discounts, you can actually make money on your move.
  • Increased control. Of course, another advantage will be greater control over your move. Rather than leaving all the decisions to the government, you can make those choices yourself.
  • Additional time. The other bonus will be your ability to create your own timeline. If you plan wisely, you may save time by procuring your own move.

When you connect with a local moving expert, he or she will be able to answer some of your pressing questions about relocating to a new base. Remember, the sooner you get started, the smoother your transition will be!

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Children learn the ins-and-outs of Bekins Van Lines

The children of Bekins Van Lines employees were able to experience a day in the life of the moving industry for Take Your Child to Work Day on Thursday, April 23. The students who took part in the one-day event at Wheaton | Bekins not only sat with their parents and mentors to learn their job role, but also participated in activities designed to highlight each department’s function in the company. The day included interactive activities, such as building an advertisement, programming a computer program, assessing claims damage, and conducting customer service training. The students also participated in a packing relay and toured a moving truck. The day concluded with a stop at the Bekins store where the students purchased items with their day’s “pay”.

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Protect Your Treasures: Tips for Packing Your Collection Before a Move

When a woman took her family baseball card collection for appraisal, she discovered that saving something for sentimental value can yield big rewards. At the “Antiques Roadshow” taping in August 2014, an expert examined the baseball cards, which feature some of America’s earliest baseball players, big names for the Boston Red Stockings in the late 1800s.

Before the appraisal, the owner had turned down an offer of $5,000, suspecting the cards were worth much more-and she was glad she did. The appraiser valued the collection at over $1 million.

But, the sentimental value still trumps the monetary value. The woman has no plans to sell and become an instant millionaire.

Instead, she wants to keep the collection in the family for many more generations.

As a collector, you may understand her reluctance to sell. Whatever you collect, the collection has worth in your eyes not just because of what it’s worth but because of what it represents. When you have to move, you don’t even question whether your collection will move with you. You just wonder how you’ll pack it up so it arrives safely at your new house. If that’s a dilemma you face in the near future, use these tips to pack your collection right.

Fragile Items

Many collectors display their collections inside curio cabinets or other prominent locations. They want family and friends to see their special items. If collectors’ items are fragile, they want that observation to take place with minimal touching.

That principle applies when fragile collections follow their owners to new homes. Protect your too-easily-broken valuables with these suggestions:customer-service-billboard

Buy special moving boxes. Many moving companies or shipping stores sell special boxes for common fragile items. These boxes have dividers to cushion delicate collectibles in transit. These boxes commonly fit dishware, stemware, wine or framed photos or art.

Stock up on cushioned packing materials. People rarely have sufficient bubble wrap, newspaper, and packing peanuts when it comes time to put collections into boxes. Start saving these items as soon as you know you’re moving. You can also put out feelers around the neighborhood and on social media letting people know you’ll take packing materials they get from online orders. Many people throw these materials away, so they probably won’t mind giving them to you.

Mark boxes as “fragile.” This tip should almost go without saying, but you’d be surprised how many times people forget to mark some boxes as holding fragile cargo. Be meticulous about marking boxes. Write “fragile” on more than one side as well as the top. And while you’re at it, note which way is up to avoid damaging the items with tipping and flipping.

Another way to ensure your fragile collection arrives safely is to use professional movers. Movers take care with every box they pick up, transport, and set down, even boxes not marked as “fragile.” If using Bekins Van Lines, talk to your local agent about the precautions that will need to be taken to protect your collection.

Large Collections

Some collections are notable not just for the individual value of each item but for the total items in the collection. If you own 500 snow globes or 200 Madame Alexander dolls, you know what we mean.

The challenge with large collections becomes packing each item with the same care. You also have to gather sufficient packing material for each part. Try these tricks to pack large collections:

Use original boxes whenever possible. Many collectibles come in boxes with custom Styrofoam that fits perfectly around the item. If you still have that packaging, take advantage of its original purpose and put your items back inside for the move.

Pack boxes to a reasonable weight limit. With a large collection, it’s tempting to put as many items as you can in the least number of boxes necessary. But, as any book collector knows, LRjimWrapGlasthat can yield heavy boxes that are hard to lift and easy to drop. Limit most boxes to 30-40 pounds, if possible. Try to keep each box under 50 pounds.

Pay for professional packing services. You might not have time to pack every item in your collection personally. You have a lot to handle during a move, so ask your mover about professional packing services. Trained movers will handle your items with care, so you won’t have to oversee the packing process.

Oddly-Sized Items

Are you a cinema buff who owns original props from your favorite film franchise? Are you bringing your collection of igneous rocks to your new home? Unique, organic, and oddly-shaped collectibles like these rarely come with original packaging to simplify the moving process.

If your collection has strange or one-of-a-kind items, first decide if you want to personally move the ones you value most. You might experience less worry if you bring great-grandpa’s phonograph in your car instead of packing it with everything else.

Next, get an estimate on the price of custom-fit foam packing. The extra expense might be justified on your favorite pieces. Plus, you’ll always have it whenever you need to transport the item later.

Finally, ask a professional moving company how they’d recommend packing unique items. Decide whether you feel comfortable packing it yourself. If not, put your collection in the hands of the pros. Remember, a little extra moving expense is minor compared to the cost of trying to repair or replace a rare collectible.

However you decide to pack your collection, using these tips will help your priceless items arrive at your new home safely.

Relying on professional packing and moving services can alleviate your worries about your collection and allow you to concentrate your energy on other moving considerations.

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7 Tips for Moving While Pregnant

Moving is not an easy task and, if you’re pregnant, it becomes even more difficult. Whether you’re moving across the country or down the street, the packing and stress could leave you with anything from back pains to swollen ankles. Use these tips to avoid the strain and plan a successful, problem-free move for you and your baby.

  1. Find a Babysitter

Before you move, you will need to find a childcare provider in your new area. Looking beforehand will reduce stress and give you enough time to thoroughly search for the perfect person for the job. Use friend references and local ads to start the interviewing process early.

Once you find someone you feel comfortable with, have the person watch your children on moving day. This will act as a test run for the new babysitter and give you a chance to organize and pack without the distraction of your little ones.

If everything goes well with the new babysitter on moving day, you will have someone you can call when the baby comes.Pregnant Bloggin

  1. Start to Pack Early

If you can, start to pack six to eight weeks before moving day. Set a goal to pack two boxes a day and start with items you won’t need within the next few weeks.

Be extra careful when moving items as pregnancy shifts your center of balance. Your hormones also loosen ligaments, which can put extra pressure on joints. To avoid straining your back, place boxes on tables and countertops so you won’t need to bend all the way over to put items in them.

You may also want to hold a packing party with your family and friends. This will reduce the stress on you and allow you to spend quality time together.

  1. Arrange a New Doctor

Closer to the move, you will need to find a doctor in your new area. Talk to your current doctor and ask if he or she has any suggestions for a doctor you may want to contact. You can also look online for doctor reviews to help you narrow your search.

Find a doctor who is covered by your health insurance network and has high approval scores from patients. Once you find the right doctor, have your current doctor’s office transfer your prenatal and medical records to the new hospital.

  1. Pack a Personal Moving-Day Bag

You may have specific items that you like to have with you during your pregnancy. On moving day, pack a bag with any prescriptions, food, lotion, or books that will keep you calm and organized. Pack enough to last you at least a few days while you’re in between homes. These items will reduce stress and help you avoid digging through boxes trying to find your needed prescriptions.

If you’re in your last trimester, keep your hospital bag packed and ready to go. You will need all those items on-hand just in case the baby comes early.

  1. Ask For Help

Moving PregnantAs you go through moving while pregnant, never hesitate to ask for help. You shouldn’t risk your baby because you’re afraid to ask. Even though you may not normally ask for help, consider pregnancy an exception. On the same note, if your friends or family offer help, feel free to accept.

  1. Be Cautious Around Chemicals

Most moves involve deep cleaning and/or painting the old or new house. Be extra cautious around strong chemicals. Use nontoxic cleaning products such as white distilled vinegar or baking soda. If someone else paints or cleans for you, avoid the areas where you can smell these chemicals.

  1. Expect the Unexpected

Pregnancy is an emotional time. To avoid unnecessary stress expect the unexpected. Things may go wrong – deliveries may not come on time and things may break. If things do go wrong, don’t feel bad if you feel overwhelmed, cranky, or weepy. You may need to take a few moments to yourself to cry and then feel better afterword. Take a break and try to think of the positive.

Your number one goal through the moving process should be to take care of yourself and the baby. Drink plenty of water, rest if you feel dizzy, and stay out of the hot sun. You should also consider hiring a moving company to handle the heavy objects.

Now that you know the basics of moving while pregnant, check out our other blogs for more moving tips and tricks.

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Most Affordable Places For 2015 College Graduates To Move

Blog is provided by Kristy Hessman of HotPads.com

Cap and gown season is nearly upon us. And for many new college graduates, the next step after accepting a diploma is to accept a new job in a new city. And that, inevitable, means moving.

Moving to a new city can be overwhelming, particularly finding an affordable apartment in a neighborhood you love.

New data out from the rental website HotPads can help new graduates moving to new cities and starting new jobs find the most affordable neighborhoods in which to start their rental search.

Say you are graduating from Purdue University with a degree in civil engineering and you’ve just accepted a job in Chicago. How much can you afford to spend on rent on your salary? And what areas does that mean you can rent in?

Civil engineers between the ages of 22 and 30 make an annual salary of $70,000 in the Windy City. That means neighborhoods close to Chicago’s downtown and Loop areas are fairly affordable. Such graduates will spend about 21 percent – $1,250 per month – on rent in Lincoln Park and an estimated 28 percent – $1,625 per month – in the Lake View neighborhood.

Law school graduates, who plan to move to Los Angeles, will start in careers earning an estimated $50,000 per year. Those individuals wanting to live in the beach towns of Malibu and Santa Monica, however, will have to spend 66 percent and 54 percent of their respective salaries on rent to live in those areas.  Law school graduates will spend 32 percent of tHotPads Dataheir salary – or $1,316 per month – in the popular Silver Lake neighborhood.

Those who are looking to move to New York City and want to move into an affordable flat would be wise to steer clear of the pricey Manhattan neighborhoods, particularly Greenwich Village and the Upper West Side. These areas could eat up more than 75 percent of a new grads gross salary, depending on their profession.

A teacher moving to New York may want to head to the neighborhood of Astoria in Queens where they will spend 34 percent of their gross salary on rent as opposed to 80 percent renting in Midtown Manhattan.

Soon-to-be college grads can search interactive maps in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC to find information on some of the most affordable neighborhoods in those cities.

HotPads also compiled a Rent Here Not There “cheat sheet” for new grads moving to cities throughout the US.

Explore all of the cities by profession, by clicking here.

 

 

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3 Steps to Organizing a Profitable Moving Day Sale

Over the years, you have probably accumulated everything from childhood keepsakes to old high school textbooks that you’ll never use again. Maybe you forgot to get rid of your old ski equipment that you only used once.

Now as you get ready to move, you realize it’ll cost a pretty penny to transport all of these items to your new home. Instead of throwing your things away, consider holding a moving sale. This will reduce the amount of stuff you have to move and help you make money for the rest of the moving process.

If you want to organize and host a profitable moving sale, you will need to create a thorough plan first. Follow these moving sale tips to make sure your sale goes problem-free.

Organize Your Items

Before you can sell items, you will need to find them. Look through your attic, basement, garage and closets to find items in good, sellable condition. Once you have the items you want to sell, choose an area in your home where you can organize these items. Then separate items into piles according to their functions. For instance, you can have a pile for your kitchenware and another pile for children’s toys.

Here is a list of possible items you may want to sell:

  • Souvenirs with no sentimental value
  • Magazines or posters
  • Unused CD’s
  • Children’s shoes and clothesgarage-sale-woman
  • Old textbooks
  • Sports equipment
  • Furniture

Don’t get overzealous and throw away items that have sentimental value to you and your family. Some items merit the cost of relocation.

After you have organized the items into categories, make a list of items you plan to sell and what you’ll charge for each item. This price list will help you in case stickers fall off during the actual moving sale.

If you’re computer savvy, consider selling high-priced items on eBay. You can sell these pieces faster and possibly make more money. Selling on eBay does require some extra efforts. You will need to take pictures, write descriptions and ship the items. However, you may make more using this method.

Schedule and Advertise the Day

If you don’t plan to move immediately, schedule your moving sale on a Saturday near the first half of the month. People are more likely to go shopping after they receive their paycheck at the beginning of the month. You should also hold the sale in the morning so you have all day to sell your items. Make sure you choose a day that has good weather forecasted.

After you’ve set a time and date, spread the word. Use newspapers and signs to lead people to your home. You can also advertise on the internet through local news outlets and your personal social media accounts.

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People like organized places, so try and keep your moving sale as organized as possible. Set items with similar uses next to each other. This will help your customers find items they need without having to dig through boxes or missing the items altogether.

Set tables out and place smaller objects in the front and larger objects in the back. You should also hang pictures and clothes. When people can look through items freely, they’ll see and buy more. Clearly designate prices. Often people don’t want to ask “how much does this cost” more than once. So make sure each of your items have a visible price tag.

Creating a clean, welcoming atmosphere will help you sell more. Therefore, create colorful signs, play music, and hang balloons. This atmosphere will help attract and maintain visitors as they look through your items.

Once you have your moving sale set up, sit back and let the people come. You should also consider hiring a moving company with the extra money you earn to make the moving process that much easier.

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You’re All Moved In: How to Throw a Housewarming Party

You unpack the last moving box, open a bottle of champagne to celebrate, and look around your new space: it still feels empty. You peer out the window, catch sight of your new neighbors, and wish it wasn’t so hard for you to make new friends. You peek up at the calendar hanging on the wall and see far too many empty days.

There’s only one thing to do:  plan a housewarming party.

Whether you’re new to the neighborhood or new to the state, housewarming parties are the perfect way to branch out, fill your schedule, and entertain new neighbors and friends. If you’re nervous, breathe deeply. Use this as an opportunity to develop new skills in the kitchen, new skills in decorating, and new skills in social situations.

Who to Invite?

Are you in a new area? Do you have any friends nearby? Are you part of a religious, academic, or social organization? The people you invite to your social gathering depends on your circumstance.

Start with Who You Know

First, start with people you know. If you haven’t moved far, invite old friends, co-workers, and neighbors. These people should want to celebrate your move and help you feel comfortable in your new home.

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If you’ve transferred to an entirely new area, be brave and outgoing.  Open up at your new workplace and invite coworkers—promise there will be plenty to do, eat, and drink. Walk around your neighborhood and deliver an invitation with a plate of cookies. Chat with neighbors and ask them to spread the word. Your neighbors will be more inclined to come if they meet you beforehand.

Branch Out

If you have children attending grade school in your new area, go meet the teachers. Become a school parent and meet other moms and dads who volunteer in the class. The more you branch out, the better your chances are of meeting new friends and having more people over to celebrate.

How to Decorate?

You don’t keep-calm-join-the-housewarming-partyneed to spend a lot of money to transform your house into a party-worthy space. Instead, focus on your personal aesthetic and create a space that includes an allotment of seating areas, a mix of music, and plenty of ambient lighting.

  • Seating – Most people feel most comfortable when there is plenty of seating. Move your furniture around and consider renting extra tables and chairs depending on the amount of people you invite.
  • Music – Music can make or break a party. Create a mix of old classics and new tunes. Don’t choose anything that might make guests run for the door. Make sure to include a few upbeat tracks in case anyone is in the mood to dance.
  • Lighting – Ambient lighting will help everyone feel more relaxed and comfortable. Scatter candles and string lights throughout your space and turn the overhead lights low.

If you throw your housewarming party in the summer, prepare your yard for entertainment and invite everyone to sip their drinks outside.

What to Serve?

When it comes time to demonstrate your stellar cooking skills, go big. Wow your guests with an assortment of scoopable (pastas and salads) and pickable (kabobs, fruit slices, and bread)

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foods. When everyone is near-full, pull out all the stops and serve up a delectable dessert: homemade donuts, parfaits, mocha mousse, tiramisù, profiteroles, cannolis, or cheesecake.

Although throwing a successful housewarming party may seem like an overwhelming feat, it doesn’t take much to pull it off with pizzazz. Once you know who to invite, how to decorate, and what to serve, most of the work is done for you.

If you’re the type who plans ahead and still have weeks before your move, contact your local moving company to get your belongings transferred to your new home in the safest way possible.