Things To Consider When You Relocate

Moving on, is a simple thing, what it leaves behind is hard.  – Dave Mustaine

Relocating is a stressful decision and it can somehow affect your life. Not only does it affect you solely but, it also affects other people such as your family.

According to the date from U.S. Census Bureau, between 11.5 and 12.5 percent of Americans move annually. It’s not a big amount but certainly there’s a constant amount of people who relocate every year.

Now, let’s try to check on what are the things that you need to consider before you relocate.

Job Opportunities

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Well, job-related reasons are the most common when it comes to relocation. Try to think hard if you do have a better opportunity in the next city or county that you’ll settle down in. Changing roles might give you a better chance of promotion and maybe you get a big break that could push your career forward. Try to think of your options before your big move.

 

Friends and Family

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Well, moving can be emotionally distressful if you have a close knit of family and friends. Moving to another city means that you might not see your friends personally and you need to be prepared in coping up with distant communication.

If you have a partner, you also need to consider about his or her job status whether he or she is enjoying superb benefits which might influence your decision.

A relocation will also prove to be stressful for children especially if they’re still schooling. A new school means a new environment and a new seat of friend which can be overwhelming for the young ones.

Total Expenses

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Moving can cost a sum of money whether you’re hiring professional movers or doing it yourself. Some companies offer some packages for a complete relocation and you just need to check different companies to compare. If you’re doing a DIY, try to check rental fees for moving trucks so that you could estimate the costs.

On some occasions, your employer could cover the cost of your relocation such as shipping and storing, which can be pretty convenient for you. You could always ask your employer if they provide those benefits or not.

 

Cost of living

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The expenses that you have in your current location may differ in the other area. Try to think if your salary is enough for you to live comfortably. Calculate the costs that you might meet in your daily life such as transportation, utility fees, groceries and so on. You could do some research about the cost of living in one state or city to get a better idea if it’s affordable or not.

Pros and Cons

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Think deeply about the pros and cons of your current city. Does your prospect location offer the same benefits or does it offer better ones? There are a lot of factors to consider and one of them is safety. Do some research on crime rates to make sure that you can live safely at that area. Other factors you might need to consider is the weather, the people and the culture.

 

 

The Simple Guide To Finding the Perfect Self-Storage Unit

We had put almost all of our possessions in storage, which was a metaphor for being twenty, as were so many things.” – Lorrie Moore

Planning to go for a long distance move means leaving a lot of belongings behind. Sometimes you come to the point of selling off your things or give away everything we think is not practical to bring with us.

But, what can you do about those things that are too important to lose or have a high sentimental value?

This when an option of choosing a storage unit comes into mind. Storage units are pretty neat because you can access them anytime when you need to take out something out of it. How do you choose the perfect one? Well, let’s discuss that in this simple guide.

 

Check Your Needs

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Firstly, you need to check your storage needs. What are the items that you’re planning to store? Is it furniture? Vehicles? Or appliances? If you’re able to determine what are the things that you need to store, you would know what type of unit can properly store them. You also need to think about climate conditions and whether the humidity level would affect the quality of your items or not. Some units have a climate-control feature which can be handy.

Features

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If you have decided on what type of unit you would go for, now, you need to check the features offered by your prospect facilities. Those with security features such as working cameras are advisable for they can guarantee the safety of your stored items. Other things that you might need to consider are: climate-controlled units, rental terms, door types and restrictions.

You can also try to consider the business hours so that it would be convenient for you to access your storage.

Location is Everything

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If you live in a large city, the best unit would be one that’s off a major highway for it can give you easier access to return to your storage unit to take out or add some items. On the other hand, storage units in rural areas have a more affordable rate so, if you can go out of the city, this would probably be the best choice.

 

Customer Reviews

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Another way to help you with your decision is to check out customer reviews of storage facilities that you are choosing from. Reviews can give you an understanding of the level of service that you could expect in case you would go through with it. However, not all customer reviews are truthful. You must need to look at the whole picture and not let one bad review change your mind.

If ever you need to rent a storage unit, just remember this simple guide and you would have a peace of mind.

 

Easy Guidelines to Packing For Your Big Move

Packing is always a nightmare. –Stefanie Powers

Moving is hard thing and packing just makes it harder. The feeling of packing your whole house is just overwhelming that sometimes you don’t know where to start.

Some people would just hire others to do all the packing but it’s really quite different if you do it yourself. I mean, you would know which is which when you finally do some unpacking at your new home.

It’s a tedious process but, here are some easy guidelines that could help you keep your sanity before your move.

The Earlier, The Better

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Procrastinating doesn’t really help and packing in a rush would just result into a big mess. Packing is a long process, considering that you have items in each room of your home. Have time to spend a day per room to make sure that you properly organized your items. This is really important because you can have enough time to sort out through your items.

Learn the Art of Disposing

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This is where you need to choose your needs over your wants. Go through all your items and sort those that you really need. Old items that you seldom use can be thrown away, donated or sold unless they have an emotional value to them. A garage sale can help you attain more money for your moving expenses and can lessen the overall weight of your to-be-moved items.

Try to also consider the area of your new living space. Would your bulky furniture fit in?

Label Like A Boss

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Labels are really lifesavers especially when you do some unpacking in your new home. You could label each box according to which room it belongs to. If you can be a bit more detailed, you could write down the specific name of the items because you might have more then one boxes for each room. Avoid overusing the “miscellaneous” label because you would just find yourself confused with a lot of boxes with the same labels.

You can also try to color code each room if you want.

Make A List

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Make a list of all the items that goes on the moving truck. This is really important to keep track of any lost or damaged items during the move. There are some instances that some boxes don’t reach their destination and get “lost”. By having a list, you could be more careful of your personal belongings.

Keep Your Valuables

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Never put your valuables such as jewelry into the moving truck. Keep your valuable items with you. Also, you need to make sure that your important documents are with you. replacing those documents are quite complicated and you can risk yourself in falling prey to identity theft.

Packing is complicated but once you have created a plan on what you need to do, it will just be a breeze.

“There is always a sadness about packing. I guess you wonder if where you’re going is as good as where you’ve been.” ― Richard Proenneke, One Man’s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey