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Relocating with Rhonda

Rhonda Baker (second from left) joined Bekins' Sales & Marketing team in early Spring

Rhonda Baker (second from left) joined Bekins’ Sales & Marketing team in early Spring

Relocating is a unique experience for everyone. It’s exciting for some and dreadful for others. One of the best ways to understand the process is by seeking advice from those who’ve experienced it first-hand.

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.

Bekins’ National Moving Month Tip #6: Floor Plan

6. Once you know the layout of your new home, sketch a floor plan.

Moving and relocation can definitely be a daunting task.  Nothing is really simple when moving – even deciding what furniture to take.

The furniture that fits in your current house might not fit in your new one.  There’s nothing worse than moving several heavy pieces of furniture, only to realize they won’t fit through the front door or in the living room.  That’s why Bekins suggests sketching a floor plan.

As soon as you’ve settled on the house that you’re moving to, make a point to measure the rooms yourself or ask someone else to.  That way, you’ll know the dimensions of your new space and you’ll know whether or not your sectional sofa will actually fit in to your family room.

If this is your first time sketching a floor plan, here are some helpful hints for getting the job done:

  • Measure the baseboards of each room and also keep in mind the doorways, closets, windows, electrical outlets, fireplaces, shelves, and other built-in features and add those to your sketch.
  • Use graph paper to sketch. Regular lined paper or construction paper makes it difficult to sketch the room to scale –and that’s what’s important when making a floor plan.
  • Color code your sketches by room, floor, or size – whatever makes the most sense to you.
  • If you have a large piece of artwork or other wall hanging that you definitely want to display, keep that in mind when sketching and placing your furniture.
  • Keep in mind that cable TV plug-ins, Internet routers, electrical outlets, and light switches can dictate where you place certain pieces of furniture.
  • Indicate the floor covering – carpet, wood, vinyl, tile – this will help you plan for furniture and rugs


Room sketch


Bekins Van Lines has a slew of other moving tips on our blog that we’d love to share with you.  We’d also love to hear from you! Have you made a floor plan prior to moving? Comment and tell us about it or share on our Facebook or Twitter pages.