Hiring a dependable and reputable moving company will help alleviate much of the stress of a long distance move. It takes the work and worry out of the move to have professional packers and movers help you pack, load, move, unload, and unpack your belongings. While employing a professional moving company does cost more than trying to do-it-yourself, you will worry less knowing that your valued items are packed with respect and transported with care. Before contacting moving companies, have a clear idea of exactly what you want to move, the departure and the unloading destination and a tentative date on which you wish to move. USAToday.com reports, “New U.S. Census data show that the great slowdown in migration caused by the recession is starting to give way. In 2012, "domestic migration" was as high as it's been in the past five years — nearly 16.9 million people moved between counties, with long-distance interstate moves accounting for about 7 million of those, up nearly 5% over 2010.” Avoid Damages And Theft • Choosing a reliable and trustworthy moving company involves more than checking the mover’s website or classified ad. Common problems encountered with less than reputable moving companies includes price gouging, hidden charges, damaged items and theft. Trustworthy Reputable Movers • When selecting a mover, reputation is everything. The last thing you need to do is to select a mover that doesn’t show up, or if he does, your valuables are mistreated, and you wonder if the moving van will make it to your destination. • Beware of posting your information on several moving websites. There are thousands of moving related website claiming they provide low-cost moving services. If it sounds too good to be true, it likely is a fraudulent individual or group garnering your information to sell to questionable moving brokers and moving companies. • Avoid moving contractors that fail to offer an on-site inspection and provide a ready estimate over the phone. There are a lot of scams out there, so its mover beware. A reputable mover will want to inspect your load and will ask about any anticipated problems or limitations such as the location of your new residence, if there are stairways to contend with and if you are in a multi-storied building, when is the freight elevator available. Be sure your mover is aware of any obstacles or restrictions such as road access, parking problems or street accessibility. • Research several moving companies before making a selection. Interview 2 or 3 with established credibility and a stellar reputation. Check with the BBB, your State Department of Transportation and local, state or federal consumer affair agencies to verify credentials. Moving contracts can be confusing and different companies include different service in their quote. Be clear on what you need and negotiate to remove services you don’t need. Otherwise comparing moving quotes is like comparing apples to oranges. • Inquire about insurance coverage. Be sure to inquire and request documentation that the moving company provides adequate general liability, worker compensation and personal injury coverage for all their employees and equipment. • Many moving companies offer the option of storing your goods for a specified period. This is particularly useful if you haven’t settled on a new abode and have yet to have a permanent address. It also solves the problem if you desire to paint or redecorate or new digs before unloading your items. Face it. Hiring a company to move you across the country or around the world isn't cheap. Just moving downtown, can cost a "pretty penny." Keep in mind a reputable moving company does a lot more than just transport your belongs. They can help you organize and pack, provide packing materials or do the job for you. They will then do all the heavy lifting to load and unload the moving van while you drive or fly in comfort to your new location. Many moving companies offer additional relocation services such as thoroughly cleaning your new home including shampooing carpets and waxing floors. Your can arrange for them to hang your curtains, put up shelves or hang paintings and wall art. You benefit by not having to negotiate a heavy truck you are not familiar with through heavy traffic and unfamiliar thoroughfares. Believe me, at the end of your move you will be extremely grateful you let the professionals handle the task.
As a parent, do you have wonderful memories of camping when you were a child and would like to share those memories with your children? Maybe you have never gone camping, but it’s on your bucket list. It’s never to late to get started. If you are new to camping, try camping in your back yard: the kids will love it. With camping season soon to get underway, don’t let another summer go by without spending time with your children outdoors, away from the distractions of technology. Many parents report a growing concern of being unable to connect with their children without the distraction of smart phones, tablets and laptops. Going camping with your kids is an ideal way to schedule a break from technology; without a screen to interact with, children have to talk to you and each other. Join The Fun Celebrating its 10th year, the Great American Backyard Campout, held every year in late June, was organized by the National Wildlife Federation’s "Be Out There" campaign in the hope of encouraging families to spend time outdoors. According to Anne Keisman, a spokesman for the campaign, today, children in America spend an average of less than 10 minutes a day outdoors. The shift to technology and the obsession with electronics and online games has contributed to a national health crisis. Health statistics reflect an alarming increase in childhood obesity, depression, ADHD, and behavior problems associated with a lack of exercise and fresh air. Backyard camping, Keisman says, offers “a way to slow down those busy family schedules, enjoy being together, and appreciate the simple joys only nature can deliver.” Although your goal is to get children outdoors and enjoying the wonders of a wilderness adventure, a “trial-run” in the backyard or a local park is an excellent way to practice setting up your campsite and making sure that you have included all necessary gear in your preparations. And as an added plus, it’s close to emergency supplies or home if your night is interrupted by a sudden thunderstorm and your tent camping attempt backfires. Do-It-Yourself If you are the kind of dad or mom that likes to do-it-yourself and teach your children new skills in the process, the planning and preparation can be a learning experience and a big part of the fun of your family camping trip. REI.com provides a helpful checklist of camping gear and supplies you will need for your backwoods adventure. Make Camping An Educational Experience In this age of ever-evolving technology, most children, even teenagers, are totally lost when it comes to reading a map or using a compass. Technology is a wonderful tool, but it is important to know what to do without a smartphone or how to find where you are going without the aid of a GPS. Camping in an excellent opportunity to teach children these rudimentary skills as well as basic first aid and how to identify edible plants and dangerous wildlife. When you do go camping, take only a fully charged cell phone restricted to use in an emergency only, leaving all other electronic devices at home. Camping With Kids Allow kids to be part of the planning process and take part in decision-making regarding your camping destination, the length of the trip, supplies, gear, recreational opportunities, foods and sights. Encouraging children’s participation helps build anticipation, engagement and excitement. Spread out maps and talk with kids about where you plan to camp. Older children and teens can be in charge of their own packing. Have kids make a list and supervise to make sure essential items are not left behind. The backcountry can be intimidating to anyone not used to spending time in nature. Tailor your trip to an age appropriate camping destination with recreational opportunities your children will enjoy. Prepare For The Worst When It Comes To Weather You don’t want to learn the hard way how miserable a trip can become if everyone is wet and cold. Be sure that each child has plenty of warm clothes, rain gear, hats, and a change of shoes. A helpful tip is to pack each change of clothing for the kids, including socks and underwear in a separate gallon plastic storage bag. This way, you always have a warm and dry change of clothing available.
Want to boost your home's value? Completing home improvement projects enables you to do just that, as you can perform these tasks regularly to maximize the value of your residence. So which home improvement projects should you prioritize? Here's a closer look at three important home improvement tasks that every home seller should consider: 1. Painting the walls. Picking up a can of paint and various paint supplies ensures you can revitalize the walls in any room of your home instantly. Over an extended period of time, the paint on your home's walls may start to chip or peel. However, adding a fresh coat or paint (or two) to your residence's walls serves as an inexpensive way to transform bland, unattractive walls into visually appealing ones. Devoting even a few hours to paint the walls of your home can help you boost your home's value. And ultimately, your new paint job may allow you to receive multiple offers at or above your asking price, too. 2. Installing a water filtration system. Does your kitchen have a water filtration system? If not, you could be missing out on a golden opportunity to increase your residence's value. A water filtration system offers multiple benefits, as it ensures a homebuyer won't necessarily have to worry about buying bottled water if he or she purchases your residence. Plus, this system is one of many features that may help differentiate your home from others in a highly competitive real estate market, thus making your residence that much more appealing to homebuyers. Installing a water filtration usually is fast and easy as well. Furthermore, you won't have to worry about breaking your home improvement budget to complete this project. 3. Cleaning up the front lawn. High grass and weeds will damage your home's curb appeal and may significantly reduce your chances of a quick sale. On the other hand, spending some time mowing the lawn, raking leaves and performing other essential front lawn care tasks can deliver long-lasting benefits. A clean front lawn likely is one of the first things a homebuyer will notice about your home. And home sellers who are committed to maintaining a pristine front lawn can improve their home's value and their chances of a quick sale. Also, maintaining your front lawn can be easy if you spend even an hour per day performing yard work. Or for those who want to avoid lawn work altogether, professional landscapers typically are available that can keep your front lawn in great shape until your home sells. As a home seller, you'll want to take the necessary steps to up your home's value before you add your home to the real estate market. And with any of the aforementioned home improvement projects, you'll be better equipped to boost the value of your home quickly and efficiently. Stay focused on increasing your home's value consistently and keeping your residence in excellent shape. By doing so, you'll be able to keep your eyes on the prize – maximizing your home's value and selling your residence to the highest bidder.