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Moving With Kids

Written By: Laurie Malseed, Franchisee

Moving with kids can certainly add to the long list of moving stresses and I’m not claiming to have all the answers! However, I have moved a time or two (or eight) with kids and twice across country (while pregnant). I’m really not sure how we did it to be honest, but it’s just one of those things that you have to do, so you do it.

Thankfully, we were always able to use professional movers!

Moving with kids can be challenging, but making it an adventure can relieve the stress in everyone!

Moving with kids can be challenging, but making it an adventure can relieve the stress in everyone!

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Finding Your Paradise: A Beginner’s Guide to Renting

One of the most important decisions you can make in your life is where you choose to live. Everyone wants to be able to come home to a place they can relax in, feel proud of, bring friends to, and most importantly, feel safe in. As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, with all of the transitions happening in my life, I have found myself looking around for places on a few different occasions.

Today, technology has made it easier than ever to scope out potential places to live. Sites like Trulia, Realtor, ApartmentRatings, and even Craigslist have all provided resources for you to start a search for your ideal place to live. However, the purpose of this post is not to serve as a database of resources. I wanted to write this post to outline a few tips that I have learned in all of my home hunting that will hopefully be helpful to you in your search, as well.

1. Know what you can (really) afford.

This might sound like common sense, but more often than not, the prices you see on any of the various searching sites like the ones above do not reflect the total cost of living. Even for places that boast ‘all utilities included,’ most of the time there will be more costs associated, such as renter’s insurance, cable, and internet. Figure out a ballpark figure of how much these extra utility costs will be, along with water, gas, and electric bills if they are not included. Tack all of that onto the base rent, and then you will really know if you can afford a place. At my current apartment, none of our utilities were included, and we are also paying extra fees for parking—when all is said and done, there is probably an extra $400 or so tacked onto our base rent. You do not want to find yourself in a position where you are unable to pay your bills—don’t neglect to factor in these extra monthly costs!

2. Read reviews, schedule tours, and ask questions.

Another function of the sites listed above is to provide a place for current tenants to post reviews. Try to do as much reading as you can so you can become aware of any potential issues that people are having with maintenance, management, safety, etc. However, with online anonymity, one can never be completely sure that competing landlords aren’t flooding sites with bad reviews of other complexes to make themselves look better. To try to combat this, make sure you are getting your info straight from the horse’s mouth. Schedule tours and check things out for yourself. If there are any issues brought up in reviews or that you see in-person, make sure to directly approach the leasing officer or manager giving you your tour about them. Hopefully you will be able to feel out whether or not they are being honest and sincere with you. This can prevent a huge amount of headaches and stress that could arise if these were not addressed.

3. Start your search in as far advance as possible.

So you did the math and figured out exactly what you can afford. You’ve done your research and found a few potentially great places that meet your budget and living needs. You call the leasing offices only to find out they are completely occupied. If you are in a situation where you are trying to find a place fast, this is obviously the worst news you can get. However, if you’ve given yourself enough time, more than likely something will open up in the time before you have to move out of your current place. This can save you a lot of heartache. In some circumstances, you still might find that even if you’ve given yourself a few months in advance, there still might not be any vacancies available. That is simply out of your control—but don’t let that perfect place slip away because you’re only giving yourself a 2-week or month window to move!

With all that to say, if you are currently looking for a new place to call home, I wish you the best of luck. Trying to find a place to live that meets all of your needs can be extremely frustrating and unfortunately the stars won’t always align, but hopefully if you’ve taken the above precautions, you will be much more likely to find and secure your own personal paradise. When that day does come, you know that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® can help get you there. Bon voyage!

Blessings,

Andrew

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The Hurt. The Betrayal. The Chaos: 3 Moving Day Headaches to Avoid

As a 21-year-old in the midst of a time of many transitions, I have found myself moving seemingly a LOT lately. Moving to and from college I feel like I’ve redefined the clichéd “man on the move.” OK, that might be a bit melodramatic, but as someone who had lived in the same house for as long as I could remember, it seems like a lot!

Needless to say, as amateur and inexperienced as I was (and still am) with moving, mishaps were both frequent and unforgiving. Actually, that might be putting it lightly.

In no particular order, here’s my list of moving day disasters to avoid at all costs.

The hurt. Anyone else who has ever moved can testify—moving large furniture is NOT fun and can potentially be pretty dangerous. I’ve gotten pretty banged up in some of my moves, but luckily nothing too serious. You or your help might not be as lucky, though. Kudos to you for wanting to DIY or managing to get some friends to show up and help, but that in no way guarantees anyone knows how to move. Whether it be a broken foot from dropping something or even lingering injures like a thrown-out back or pulled muscle, save yourself from these potential injuries—let someone else do it the right way!

The betrayal. It’s been said many times and I have found it to be 100% true—you find out who your true friends are when its time to move. I might come off as jaded but I assure you that I am writing this with a light heart! Abraham Lincoln was once caught saying “Better to just think someone a lousy friend, rather than ask him to help you move and remove all doubt!” Alright, Lincoln may have never said that, but let’s face the facts here. The idea of spending a normally relaxing Saturday completing exhausting, repetitive manual labor in exchange for a few slices of pizza is not all that appealing. Save your friends the hassles of thinking up excuses, or, God forbid, actually helping you move—hire professionals.

The chaos. Plan ahead. Nothing with the huge and elaborate task of moving should be done last minute. Most importantly, make sure your help is arranged for at least two weeks ahead of time, whether it be TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® or a group of friends. And if you are planning on taking no heed to my above advice and try to rally your friends together, make sure to constantly remind them of the impending doomsday, or they WILL think of excuses and cancel last minute. Nothing is worse than trying to move short-handed! Also, arrange for cable/internet/phone installation in your new place before your move-in day for a seamless transition. Lastly, make sure you have enough boxes and packing material for all of your stuff—it saves you from scrambling for makeshift ways to pack and will keep your stuff better organized. Don’t get caught off guard and smacked in the face with how hectic moving can be—I say again, plan ahead!

All that to say, my experience with trying to move myself has led me to know that I will absolutely not make another big move without the help of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Plain and simple, it is just not worth it.  Spending the money on highly trained, professional movers WILL help you avoid a great deal of the stress and frustration that tends to take away from the excitement of transitioning to a new place! Hire the Movers Who Care ®!

Andrew

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