Moving an entire office can be more stressful than an ordinary move. For one, it takes more planning and there are a lot more people and factors involved.
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In a previous article of ours “How to make a Moving Budget…” we talked about the importance of making a moving budget. While budgeting for your move is an important step, when it comes to our personal belongings and valuables it is hard for us to be so willing to let others handle them. You only want the best of the best moving your stuff.
Here are some tips to help you find the best movers in town and ensure that your belongings are in good hands.
How To Help Your Child Adjust Moving To A New School
We’ve discussed previously the trials of unexpected relocation—maybe it was a last-minute decision or unforeseen changes in circumstance. An unanticipated move on your own or with your significant other is a difficult process. Add children to the mix and you have a new layer of stress and responsibilities—especially if it’s a midyear. The idea of not only moving to an unfamiliar place but also moving to a new school might be daunting for a child. You will want to provide your child a safe space while also ensuring a smooth transition for them.
For younger kids, you may need to describe relocating. Explain the process in the simplest terms. For tips on getting the conversation started, check out these recommended reads for preschoolers and elementary schoolers. A visit to your new home ahead of the moving day could quell fears and anxiety about the place and even give your family a chance to meet the neighbors.
Helping Kids Mentally Prepare
- When discussing with your kids about an impending move, a word of advice: Do not think aloud. Tell your kids when you are certain the move is on.
- Plan some special going-away events that will help your children say goodbye to their current home and anticipate their new one.
- Tell your child that your family has a new opportunity, and make them feel part of this exciting chapter in your lives. A good beginning somewhere else is helped with a positive goodbye.
- Although it is probably a hectic moment, make time for your kids to have fun. Let them have sleepovers or go to their favorite spot downtown. Let them make the most of it.
- Enlist the help of your current school, too. Talk with the teachers and administrators; tell them that you will be moving. Ask if you can do anything to help your child say goodbye.
- Get yourself involved in the new school. Find out ways your child can get plugged into activities they’re excited about at their new school.
Having a smooth moving process is essential as well. You don’t want to stress over the details of packing and unpacking while helping your child adjust to moving to a new school. Best Deal Movers can make this transition easier for all parties involved. Best Deal Movers can handle the entire process from packing to unloading so you can focus on helping your child adjust to the new challenges they might face moving to a new school.
If you need affordable and flexible short or long-term storage solutions for whatever reason, you can always count on Best Deal Movers to provide you with what you need. Call us today at 678-771-5599 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us take care of all your storage and moving needs.
Has moving long distance been a dream for you?
We’ve all had those days when we’re sitting in traffic or having a bad day at work and think, What if I just packed it all up and started over? It’s a titillating fantasy. You’ll be free to explore a new, interesting city, fully experience a fresh, unburdened life and reinvent yourself (or so you imagine).
Moving long distance can easily become a reality.
It might take a long time to plan – or it could be a spur of the moment decision. Whatever the circumstances might be there are a lot of positive outcomes to moving long distance.
- Personal Growth When you take on a long-distance move, you are opening yourself up to a world of change. Starting a new life in an unfamiliar place, away from your tried and tested safety nets, you will come to know yourself deeply. While the risks may be great, so are the rewards, and often a drastic change in address will spark more changes in other areas of your life. You don’t have to be a thrill-seeker to appreciate this opportunity to get out of the rut. You just need to remember that life is short and the world is a wide, and wondrous place.
- Career Opportunities Speaking of getting out of the rut, discovering new employment markets can do a lot for your career. You may find yourself exploring new professional avenues, experimenting with unlikely job choices or turning your passion into a source of income. This is especially true if you feel your current situation is somewhat of a professional cul-de-sac.
- Broader Horizons Moving cross-country affords you the opportunity to get to know a place that is probably very different to everything you’ve ever known. Not only is that interesting, it is also a humbling, mind-expanding experience which will make you worldlier and more sophisticated. If life were a school (which in some ways, it is) this would be a bit like the student exchange program.
- New Network A city is ultimately just a city. What’s important about moving is the new people you will meet, the friendships you will forge and the impact they will have on your life. Opening up to new connections could be a huge life changer.
- Out with the Old Moving is a great opportunity to purge unnecessary baggage, and we don’t just mean your worldly possessions. Bad habits, toxic friends and other mental burdens don’t need to be schlepped across the country with you. Running away from your problems isn’t always the best strategy, but in some cases-it works.
If you’re considering taking the plunge and going long distance call Best Deal Movers. We are prepared to assist you from start to finish with the same professionally trained moving crew who will safely pack, load, and move your items from your current location to your new home. Each of our trucks has a GPS tracking system so we always know the precise location of your inventory, giving you peace of mind for the long haul!
Moving Anxiety: When You’re Forced To Let Go
Moving anxiety can escalate the stress of relocation.
Before I moved back to Georgia my life, to put it mildly, was a mess.
I had recently experienced gut-wrenching breakup, my last semester of college left me mentally and physically drained. I was weighed down with a feeling of loss because I would never see most of my friends again. I had planned to stay in Birmingham but the job I had lined up fell through. I didn’t have the financial means to continue living in the beautiful city I had grown to love and see as home.
A week before my departure I sat alone in my small apartment, surrounded by accumulated clutter and a James Dean poster that had never been hung. I wondered how I was going to manage getting everything organized to go back to Atlanta.
I was face to face with raw, intimidating moving anxiety.
Even when you’ve created a timeline, budgeted your moving costs, and organized your boxes, relocating is a difficult task. Add emotional stress and the lack of control—perhaps economic crisis or divorce—and everything feels more complicated, more difficult, and even more overwhelming.
It’s not all doom and gloom. There are steps you can take to ease moving anxiety.
When facing the challenges of a move in a time of stress it’s important to take care of yourself first before trying to tackle boxes, timelines, budgets etc.
Don’t Be Hard On Yourself. It’s easy to tell yourself, “I can’t do this.” Or to dwell on the choices that may have gotten you to this point. You have to give yourself a break and go from ‘no’ to ‘know.’ Language is a powerful thing, and has great influence on how we deal any circumstance. So instead of saying, “No, I can’t do this,” ask yourself, “I know I’m having trouble organizing—what can I do to make it easier?” Instead of, “No I can’t move this sofa,” ask yourself, “I know moving this sofa will be difficult—what is the best way to tackle the problem?” Before you realize it, you’ll have a pen in hand, jotting down lists, taking inventory, and getting your move on the right track.
Purge. No, not like the movie—please, NOT LIKE THE MOVIE. I’m talking about your stuff. There is a book called “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” that did alter my whole approach to organization in a very real, very intense way. However, if you’re on a time crunch or just don’t like reading I can give you a quick footnote: Purging feels GOOD (again not like the movie). That doesn’t mean throwing everything away. Donating to Goodwill is a great way to get a tax deduction. You can put cash faster in your pocket and host a garage sale. Purging can be a great way to relieve stress and ‘detox’ your life. I can honestly testify burning that stupid James Dean poster my ex gave me was best form of stress relief.
Ask For Help. Your friends can do more than haul boxes. They are there for emotional support. Saying goodbye is never easy especially when it is under difficult circumstances. Yet asking for help when facing moving anxiety can relieve the tension—possibly even make things a little fun.
If you have to leave quickly and indiscreetly Best Deal Movers can help. Give our office a call and speak with one of our moving specialists; we are sensitive to awkward and difficult situations. We will move you as privately as possible to avoid attention. Be sure to check our PACKING SERVICES and FAQ website sections for help with being prepared for our full service moving crew’s arrival; being well prepared will make your move quicker and quieter!
There is a way to get a tax deduction for moving.
There’s two things that are unavoidable in life: taxes and death. Mostly taxes, because according to Greek mythology, you still had to pay a tariff to cross the river Styx. However, loopholes abound when getting tax write offs. If you’re moving this year we can tell you how to get a tax deduction for moving that doesn’t require putting two coins on your eyes.
To achieve a tax deduction for moving, you must meet two standards: The distance and time tests.
To meet the distance test, the distance from your old home to your new work place must be at least 50 miles further than the distance from your old home to your old work place.
To meet the time test, you must work as a full-time employee in the new area for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months after you arrive in the general area. The total weeks can be for more than one employer.
If you are self-employed in the new area, in addition to working at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months, you must also work a total of at least 78 weeks during the first 24 months after arrival. The 78 weeks can be a combination of time worked as an employee and as a self-employed person.
If you are married, only one of you needs to meet the distance and time tests.
Are you pulling your hair out yet? We don’t blame you. While discussing tax deduction forms is great, in general it can be as exciting as watching paint dry. Here are a few more things you should consider when seeing if your move qualifies for a tax deduction.
You can generally deduct your expenses of moving yourself, your family, and your belongings.
This includes the cost of:
- Professional moving company services
- Do-it-yourself moving trucks or pods
- Gas and oil or the standard moving mileage rate, if you travel by car
- Packing supplies (blankets, tape, boxes)
- Move insurance
- Moving help, for example if you pay Best Deal Movers to help you load and unload the truck
- Travel expenses (but not meals) for one trip each; this includes for you and members of your household
- Storage for up to 30 days after goods are moved, before they are delivered to your new home
While moving can be stressful and an expensive investment, knowing how to offset your costs with a tax deduction can relive some of the headaches. Just remember allowing the experts at Best Deal Movers to handle your move offers an affordable and efficient solution for your moving needs.
No matter what your reasons are for moving to a new home, this life-changing event can be filled with excitement, anticipation, and a lot of back-breaking work. Unfortunately, this can also leave you vulnerable to identity theft, especially if you let your guard down. Don’t let this happen to you. Here are some tips to help you protect your personal information during a move and prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.
Tips to Protect Your Identity and Prevent Theft When Moving
- Submit a Change of Address Form. Aside from submitting a formal Change of Address Form to your local post office, make a list of all the organizations and businesses that send you mail on a regular basis (e.g. your bank and other financial institutions, insurance companies and healthcare providers, utility companies, schools, publications you subscribe, etc.) and notify them of the address change.
- Protect sensitive documents. Don’t leave any personally identifiable information in the dumpster. Identity thieves can easily use this information against you. To be safe, put all your sensitive documents (e.g. birth certificate, Social Security cards, financial documents, stock certificates, insurance policies, wills, etc.) in a locked box or online vault and keep them with you during the move. As an added precaution, shred documents you no longer need.
- Be present. Your mere presence during the duration of the move can deter theft and help ensure that things are being properly taken care of.
- Monitor financial statements. Monitor your bank and credit card statements for any signs of suspicious activities during and after the move.
- Use a trustworthy moving company. Not all moving companies are created equal so do your research to find one that you can trust. Take time to read online reviews and ask for recommendations from family and friends who have recently moved. For best results, choose a company that is fully licensed and insured, has an excellent rating with the Better Business Bureau, and has been recognized as a leader in the industry.
Remember, you can prevent identity theft when moving. For more tips on how you can enjoy a more affordable and stress-free move, download a copy of “The Ultimate Guide to Moving”, a comprehensive guide that provides helpful tips in planning and organizing your move.
Moving Tips and Tricks: Some Tips to Consider When Moving during the Peak Season
It’s summer once again! And just like the previous years, you can expect the number of movers to reach its peak during this time. With the skyrocketing demand for professional moving services during these months, one can’t help but ask if there is a way to ensure a convenient, safe, and stress-free move without going over budget. Thankfully, there are several ways to organize a successful move during the peak season. Here are some moving tips and tricks that can help you accomplish your goal:
You can beat the moving rush if you plan your move as early as possible. For maximized results, create a detailed moving calendar to help you accomplish the things you need to do on schedule. This useful tool can also help you keep track of your progress and prevent you from overlooking any aspect of the moving process.
Set your moving budget
Moving during the peak season can be expensive, so set your budget carefully. Specify your moving needs and requirements, and plan for any emergency and hidden costs. Additionally, try to find ways to cut costs whenever possible.
Choose a credible moving company
Not all moving companies are created equal; thus, choose one that has a proven track record. Ask for recommendations from family and friends and read online reviews to uncover the best candidates for the job. Get quotes from several moving companies and compare them side by side. This wat, you may accurately choose one that best suits your needs. However, please be aware that there are many incompetent and rogue movers out there that may simply want to take your money, steal some of your items, or hold your valuables hostage until you pay ridiculously high fees so be careful.
Keep these moving tips and tricks in mind and you will surely enjoy a stress-free move – even if you choose to move during the peak season.
Stress of Moving: Top 3 Reasons Why Moving Can Stress You Out
Moving to a new location is one of the most stressful life events anyone can ever expect to go through in his or her lifetime. In fact, it is considered as the third most stressful event, outranked only by the death of a loved one and divorce. Why is moving so difficult? Here are some reasons that may explain why moving to a new location can cause undue stress.
Moving forces you out of your comfort zone
Moving is strongly associated with chaos and loss of control. Being creatures of habit, most people feel safe and secure when they are in familiar surroundings. We don’t welcome change easily, especially if it means losing control of the situation and dealing with the unknown.
Moving can eat up your time
Relocating to a new place is extremely time-consuming. You need to look for a new home, decide what to take along with you when you move, purchase packaging materials, choose a moving company, and tie up a lot of loose ends here and there. With all the work involved, relocating can easily eat up your time and energy.
It can be expensive
According to the American Moving & Storage Association, the average cost of an intrastate move is $1,170, while the average interstate move can easily cost $5,630. Aside from purchasing the packaging materials and hiring a moving company, you will be hit with a lot of extra costs, including deposits and utility connection fees.
With all the costs involved, some people look for moving companies offering the lowest quotes without taking other factors into account. However, since not all moving companies are created equal, you may end up paying more if you hire a cheap mover without first doing your research.
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Moving While Pregnant
Most expectant moms and dads are usually baffled about whether they should move in to their new home before the baby arrives or after the baby is born. Since there are many opposing views about this issue, here are some things that you may need to take into account before you make your final decision.
The Advantages of Moving to Your New Home While Pregnant
While the process of relocating can be difficult while you are carrying a baby in your womb, it is definitely a lot easier than doing the same thing with a newborn in tow. Here are some of the top reasons why.
You can concentrate on finding the ideal home.
Let’s face it. Having a newborn baby may get in the way of searching for a new home so it is better to have your house hunting tasks done before the baby arrives. Remember, the baby’s needs always come first.
You can put your nesting instinct into good use.
Researchers from the McMaster University observed that pregnant women have an overwhelming urge to clean and organize their household. This can come in quite handy as you move in to your new house.
You have fewer health issues to consider.
Save for your aching back and a baby bump, pregnant women are more able to go through the rigorous task of moving as compared to those who have recently given birth. Some women may feel mild to moderate discomfort for weeks or even months after childbirth while some even face serious complications that may affect their ability to do any physical activities. However, do consider asking someone else to do the heavy lifting since it can increase your risk of premature labor, low birth weight and hernia.
Take the stress out of moving by downloading a copy of The Ultimate Guide to Moving ebook. And to make sure you get all the help you need during the Big Day, hire only the best moving company in Atlanta – Best Deal Movers. We will give you the best value for your money. That’s a guarantee.
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