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Landing a Job in Your New City

Moving is a daunting task, but moving without a job can be completely overwhelming. Whether you are trying to find a job before you move or once you are settled in your new home, here are a few tips on how to land a job in your new area.

Research

Research the city that you are relocating to and learn about the industries that are located in that particular area. Pinpoint three-to-five companies that might interest you and think about what you, with your skill set, can bring to that organization.

You might want to research the geography of the city in relation to where these companies are located. Consider your commute to and from work as it might affect your decision on what neighborhood fits best.

Learn as much as you can about the culture of the city because these can be some great talking points in interviews.

Plan

When moving, planning is essential to alleviate stress. The same goes for finding a job, too.

Start by vamping up your resume and cover letter. A cover letter not only allows you to sell yourself, but can be a useful tool to explain your move and work availability. When possible consider using a local address on your resume since many larger human resources departments may filter out-of-town candidates from the pool. This will help you get past initial screenings.

Always be honest about your intentions to move. In your cover letter and in-person, make sure you are confident in your story as to why you are moving and when. It is essential to show hiring managers that you are not only committed to the move, but to the company and, most importantly, can remain composed under stressful circumstances.

Set a time frame and have a plan for your move when the time comes. There are many questions as to how much it will cost to move, who will relocate you, and how to pack your household goods. This will be much easier if thought out before moving day arrives. Here are some helpful tips when considering your relocation. http://www.bekins.com/household-moves/

Network

In recent study, 80 percent of jobs were found through networking as it can set you apart from a vast candidate pool. Be sure to connect with people in the area to let them know your intentions on moving. In addition, let family and friends know about you’re moving because they might have a link to someone in the area as well.

Consider reaching out to local recruiters or employment agencies. Their job is to find the best possible candidate for an open position at a company. Do a local search and explain your intentions with the move.

Try visiting the area before you move to meet up with these connections. If possible, plan your trip around local job fairs or networking events that can help build your network.

If you cannot visit before the move, the Internet will become your best friend. There are many career resources and job sites, such as LinkedIn, Indeed, Monster and CareerBuilder, which will help you find job openings. You also can search local newspaper and government Web sites. Change your location on your social media profiles, including Facebook and Twitter, to begin networking with companies and people in your new area. Join local industry groups on LinkedIn as they may post job openings and give advice for job seekers like you.

Persistence

Finding a job takes persistence. You might not get call backs or interviews right away, which can be very frustrating, but don’t give up! The perfect job for you will come along; you just need to put in some work finding it!

 

Have you landed a job in a new city? What advice would you give to someone who is planning on doing so?

 

Meet new neighbors after a relocation by shopping for groceries with your dog

Ripley after our relocation to Indiana. He loves hanging out at the local farmers market.

Ripley after our relocation to Indiana. He loves hanging out at the local farmers market.


Relocating from Oklahoma to Indiana was a stressful experience for me and my family. Our relocation was prompted by my husband’s job transfer. Essentials had been packed and taken with us on our drive to get us through a few days until the professional relocation company delivered our furniture. We arrived in Indiana to an empty house. The first few days were a little like camping. After a long car ride and sitting in an empty house, the family was starting to get a little stir crazy.

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.

Great Ideas Conference #NASMM2014!

Bekins understands that not every move is the same. While it may appear that we are simply moving your household goods from point A to point B, it is everything in between that makes a move successful, and in reality each move is unique.

For example take myself, a young college grad, moving into an apartment for the first time. Naturally, I have fewer belongings and I’m somewhat less attached to several of them. This is very different from my 64 year old grandma who will be moving out of her house that she has lived in for over 30 years. The household goods that will be relocated from her house have years of memories and bits of my childhood attached. Bekins understands that it takes trusted individuals that act with professionalism to successfully complete  moves like this. We are fully equipped to tailor to the needs of our customers.

That is why Bekins,  a proud partner of National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM), will be attending the #NASMM2014! Great Ideas Conference  held February 22-25th in sunny San Diego, Calif. Bekins is constantly looking for innovative leNASMM 2014arning opportunities gained from attending events such as this. While we may be able to catch some rays and flaunt a great tan back in our  headquarters located in Indianapolis, Ind. – more importantly we recognize the value in applying tools learned at these conferences. Ultimately investing our time like this  allows us to provide top-of-the-line service and seamless relocation for older adults.

Bekins’ will be hosting a Pre-conference Packing Training Event on Saturday February 22nd.  Get some training from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Be sure to stop by Booth #109 and chat with Bekins representatives. If you can’t physically be there, take a virtual tour through our pictures that we will be posting by clicking #NASMM2014! on our Twitter and Facebook feed. We will be giving away handy tape measures that are dually branded with our sister company, Wheaton World Wide Moving.

Whether we will see you face-to-face, or via the social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter – we look forward to connecting with you!

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Free Infographic: Relocation for Baby Boomers

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.

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Easy Moving Recipes – Part Two

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.

Bisquick Chicken Nuggets

Ingredients:

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breast halves cut crosswise into 1/2″ strips
  • 2/3 cup Bisquick mix Bisquick Chicken Nuggets
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 3 Tbsp butter or margarine, melted

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 450 degrees
  • Line cookie sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray
  • In a resealable freezer bag (a big one), mix Bisquick, cheese, salt and paprika
  • Dip half the chicken nuggets into the egg and then place in the resealable bag. Seal the bag and shake. Place the chicken on the cookie sheet and repeat the process for the remaining chicken.
  • Drizzle your butter over the chicken and bake for 12-14 minutes, turning them over halfway through.

Mac and Cheese Lasagna

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages of Kraft Thick and Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
  • 1 pound ground beef Mac and cheese lasagna
  • 1 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

Directions:

  • Prepare the macaroni and cheese according to the package directions. You can prepare it using half the amount of butter and skim milk to reduce the fat.
  • While the macaroni cooks, brown the beef in the skillet and drain. Add the spaghetti sauce to the meat and stir to combine.
  • In a 9×13 dish, spread half of the meat mixture to cover the bottom of the pan. Follow with a layer of half of the macaroni and cheese. Repeat the layers with the remaining meat mixture and mac and cheese.
  • Sprinkle the mozzarella over the layers and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Homemade French Fries

Ingredients:

  • 2 potatoes Easy Homemade French Fries
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp garlic salt
  • Sprinkle of pepper, to taste

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 415 degrees
  • Slice potatoes in half and then in strips and place in bowl
  • Add the seasoning mixture to the bowl
  • Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with olive oil or cooking spray
  • Spread out the fries so that they are all laying flat
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes and then flip
  • Bake for an additional 15 minutes until golden brown

 

Sunday Spotlight: Down on the Farm

Owning a cattle farm is hard work, and for the Gilmore family, it truly is a family establishment.  Located in the Florida panhandle, Gizmo Angus Farm is their pride and joy. With involvement in the farm spanning three generations, the Gilmore’s live and breathe this work and find that it’s a passion that the whole family can share and enjoy together.

Getting Started

a family portrait

The Gilmore Family

So how does a family get started running a 200-head cattle farm? The Gilmore family says it happened gradually.  Farming has always been an interest for the Gilmore’s; in fact, Debbie and Ronnie Gilmore, patriarchs of Gizmo Angus, met while participating in 4-H.  When they got married and had children, they encouraged their two boys to also participate in the organization.

Their oldest son Lucas began showing steers at age 12 and was followed by their youngest, Jacob, a year later.  They chose to show steers based on the thought process that you can probably make more money with steers than you can with other animals such as horses.  Thus began the Gilmore’s love affair with cattle… and it hasn’t stopped since.

Gizmo Angus Farm

Debbie Gilmore bought her husband Ronnie his very first cow for his birthday back in 1991 and she says the rest is history.  The farm started as just a small plot of land at their house a family riding on a tractor on a farmwith only five cows to their name.  By 2001, when Jacob graduated high school, the family purchased 400 more acres of land and accumulated a total of 200 cows, 120 of those being mothers.

The operation has grown even more since then.  Their main focus on the farm is to sell purebred Angus bulls to commercial cattlemen which in turn help the cattlemen improve their own cow herds.  “You have to stay on top of what’s working in the industry,” Debbie explains.

This is especially evident in Debbie’s work studying cattle genetics.  Figuring out how to breed each cow is the linchpin of the family business and Ronnie even says that “Debbie is the brains of the operation”.  “She’s the one who leads this rodeo,” laughs Ronnie.

Whereas Debbie studies the genetics of the cows, Jacob and Ronnie’s passion lies in judging the cattle and looking for ways to improve them.  Even Jacob’s wife, who, according to Debbie is a “total city girl”, has even started getting involved in the operation.  “She’ll go out there and try and learn how to pick the best cows. She asks quite a few questions and has learned a lot about the cattle operations,” Debbie explains.

Jacob’s twin daughters, the third generation of Gilmore’s, have already picked out their own heifers. They may only be two years old, but they have already embraced life on the farm. two babies in front of a herd of cows The girls enjoy riding in the family Gator and looking at the cattle with their mother and father.

Bekins Van Lines Connection

Gilmore Moving & Storage began in 1955 by Ronnie’s father.  The moving company signed on to become an agent for our partner company, Wheaton World Wide Moving in 1979 and have enjoyed being a part of the network of agents ever since then.  Their favorite part of being a Wheaton agent? The fellow agents and friends that they’ve made over the years.  “We’ve truly appreciated and enjoyed the relationship with Wheaton over the past few decades,” Debbie said.

Make sure to keep up with the rest of Bekins’ Sunday Spotlights.

Sunday Spotlight: Fitness Superwoman

 

Every day is a juggling act for Annie Dietrich, CFO of Bekins agent, Lincoln Moving & Storage Co.  She wakes up every weekday at 4:40a.m. to prepare herself for her long, busy and full day.  Yes, Annie works for Lincoln Moving & Storage, but that isn’t her only working responsibility.  She is also the proud Co-Owner and a Certified Group Exercise Instructor and Personal Trainer at her fitness studio, AOK! Fitness.

Her Passion for Fitness

Dietrich has always enjoyed being active, citing walking and biking as a couple of her

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Annie Dietrich and her husband.

favorite physical activities. She started making exercising a staple in her daily routine back in 1985, reminiscing listening to 80’s classics such as “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield and “Physical” by Olivia Newton John while working out and teaching classes.  “I really can’t remember a time prior to 1985 that I haven’t worked out,” said Dietrich.  “It’s always been something I love, so it’s easy to do it each day.”

Transition to AOK!

With the help of her good friend Kim, Dietrich decided that her passion for exercising could be more than just a hobby – it could be a profitable business as well.  In 2002, the two women decided to open their own fitness studio, AOK! Fitness.  Opening this studio meant making a commitment to offer the best in fitness, health, and wellness while offering a welcoming atmosphere to people of all shapes and sizes, ages, and fitness backgrounds.  This commitment hasn’t changed a bit since the opening day in 2002.

Evolution of AOK!

Since opening AOK! in 2002, the studio has grown from just 2,000 square feet to a staggering the outside of AOK! Fitness  8,400 square foot operation, boasting over 20 Certified Instructors and 84 group exercise classes every week.  In addition to their main facility, AOK! also contracts their classes out to local recreation centers, private companies and adult continuing education programs. In addition to co-owning the facility, Dietrich also plays a pivotal role at the studio by teaching several classes including Cardioboxing, Spinning, TRX Yoga, Barre Pilates, Resistance Training, PiYo, Weight Lifting and Step… just to name a few!

Community Involvement

AOK! Fitness doesn’t just aim to offer an inviting and welcoming atmosphere for their customers.  In addition, they also place an importance on giving back to their community of Strongsville, Ohio.  This coming September, AOK! Fitness is presenting Party In Pink, a huge party and Zumbathon benefitting the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  AOK! Fitness has been presenting this event for several years, and has raised well over $20,000 over the years.  It’s an event and a cause that Dietrich is very passionate about. One of her close friends and co-workers at Lincoln Moving and Storage is a breast cancer survivor as well as several AOK! clients and friends.

Bekins Connection

Annie Dietrich is the CFO of The Lincoln Moving & Storage Co. and proudly represents the third generation of family ownership and management of the moving business.   She shares this third generation distinction with her brother and three cousins.

Easy Moving Recipes – Part 1

Great Dinner Recipes

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.

Easy Fried Rice with Chicken

We love recipes that don’t require a lot of ingredients and this one is about as easy as they come:

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beatenfried rice
  • 1 cup uncooked carrots, shredded or diced
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 3 cups cooked white rice
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • Chicken or shrimp – you choose how much you’d like to add

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!

Directions

  • Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; warm pan over medium-high heat. Add eggs; tilt pan so that eggs cover bottom.
  • When eggs start to set, break them up into pieces with a heat-proof spatula or wooden spoon. Cook until eggs are cooked through, about 1 minute more; remove eggs from skillet and set aside.
  • Off heat, recoat same skillet with cooking spray; set over medium-high heat. Add carrots and all but 2 tablespoons scallions; sauté until carrots are crisp-tender, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Stir in cooked rice, peas and soy sauce; cook until heated through, stirring once or twice, about 1 minute. Gently stir in cooked egg and remaining scallions; heat through. Yields about 3/4 cups per serving.

Tuna & Pasta Cheddar Melt

Ingredients

  • 1 can Condensed Chicken BrothTuna & Pasta Cheddar Melt
  • 1 soup can water
  • 3 cups uncooked rotini pasta
  • 1 can Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded (about 4 ounces)
  • 2 Tbsp. Italian-style dry breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp. butter, melted

Directions

  • Heat the broth and water in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat to a boil. Stir in the pasta. Reduce the heat to medium. Cook until the pasta is tender, stirring often. Do not drain.
  • Stir the soup, milk and tuna in the skillet. Top with the cheese. Stir the bread crumbs and butter in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the tuna mixture. Cook until the mixture is hot and bubbling.

Taco Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onionTaco Casserole
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) taco sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 can (4 ounces) diced green chiles
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix
  • 1 package (12 count) taco shells, broken
  • 2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese, divided
  • Optional: chopped tomatoes, green bell pepper, sour cream

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Spray with cooking spray 11×7 inch baking dish
  • Cook beef and onion in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until beef is browned
  • Drain and discard excess fat
  • Stir in taco sauce, water, chiles and seasoning mix; bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat to low
  • Cook 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Layer half of broken taco shells on bottom of prepared baking dish
  • Cover with half of meat mixture; sprinkle with 1 cup cheese
  • Repeat with remaining incredients
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted
  • Serve with desired toppings

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.

 

Vegas, Baby! – Bekins Explores Las Vegas

Widely known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas is the city that never sleeps.  Chock full of casinos, hotels, five-star restaurants and wildly popular entertainment shows, this city literally always has something going on.  While at first glance, Las Vegas might not seem like a family-friendly city, there is definitely an abundance of attractions for families as well as adults.  Read on for some information on top attractions and restaurants as well as Las Vegas moving companies that can help move you and your family to Vegas.

Las Vegas Restaurants

If you’re coming to Vegas for some delicious and delectable food, you’ll find that there really Lotus of Siam restaurantis no shortage of tantalizing tastes for your tongue.  A favorite of locals, visitors and foodies is Lotus of Siam.  This restaurant serves traditional (and delicious!) Thai fare. Don’t know what to order or aren’t familiar with Thai food? We suggest the drunken noodles.

If you’re looking to splurge in Vegas – and to be frank, where’s there a better place to splurge than Las Vegas? – look no further than Joël Robuchon. Located in the MGM Grand, this is opulence at its absolute best.  You can opt for the 16-course ‘Menu Degustation’ or if you’re not feeling quite that hungry, you’re Joel Robuchon Las Vegas restaurant interiorwelcome to order a la carte.  Patrons of the restaurant rave about the bread and dessert cart that come around throughout the meal as well as the impeccable service.

Las Vegas Entertainment Options

After you’ve sufficiently filled your stomach with delicious food, you’re ready to head to one of Vegas’ many shows.  While there are literally hundreds of entertainment options on the Strip and throughout the city, here are a few of Bekins’ favorites:

  • Fountains of Bellagio: Not only is this an impressive show, but it’s also one of the few freefountains of bellagio options in Las Vegas, and it happens frequently! During daytime hours – 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. – there is a show every half hour.  Once nighttime hits – 7:00 p.m.-12:00a.m. – the show occurs every 15 minutes.  Watch as the water leaps and bounds, choreographed in cue with familiar songs.
  • Celine Dion: There’s no doubt that Celine Dion is one of the most revered vocalists and entertainers that has ever lived.  With musical hits spanning several decades, Celine returns to Las Vegas with a more intimate show, performing some of her greatest hits as well as paying homage to some of the greatest songs and artists of all time. And yes, she does sing “My Heart Will Go On”.
  • Michael Jackson ONE Las Vegas showMichael Jackson ONE: Cirque Du Soleil presents this amazing tribute to the King of Pop and his music.  With the signature acrobatics that Cirque is known for, this show is a moving portrayal of Michael Jackson’s greatest hits.

 

 

 

 

Of course, Las Vegas offers entertainment experiences that are second to none.  It goes without saying that there are hundreds more restaurants, entertainment venues, attractions, and casinos to explore.  So, why not move to Las Vegas and get a first-hand look at all the city has to offer?

Bekins Moving Companies

Luckily for you, Bekins Van Lines has a strong presence in the western part of the United States, with two Las Vegas full-service moving companies.  Founded in 1891, Bekins Van Lines is one of the oldest moving companies in the United States.

Las Vegas Moving Company 1: Bekins A-1 Movers located in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Moving Company 2: Blue Ribbon Relocation in North Las Vegas

 

Be sure to keep up with the rest of Bekins’ travels across the country, including visits to Denver, San Diego, Orlando and more.

Reasons to Move: College Move-in Day

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.

College Move-in Day

College move-in graphicFor 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…

Moving In

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:

  1. This whole no air conditioning thing might be really unfortunate
  2.  This move is really happening.

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 College Experience

The rest of my freshman year of college progressed and before I knew it, I found myself College graduategraduating 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 meredith_slavens@wvlcorp.com