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A move to a new city is quite a transition. If you are planning an upcoming move to Los Angeles, it may be one of the biggest adjustments you could make. Some things that separate living in Los Angeles from living in other cities across the United States are listed... (READ MORE)

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The Norfolk area of Virginia is often referred to as Hampton Roads. This region of the state consists of seven different cities also known as the Tidewater region. While each city is positioned near or on the Chesapeake Bay, each has its own separate economy and culture. If you’re considering... (READ MORE)

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If you’re moving to or within Philadelphia and looking for an apartment, then this article was written for you. Where do you start? Which apartments can you afford? Which are more spacious? How many bedrooms and bathrooms? These questions and more will be answered in this helpful guide to renting... (READ MORE)

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Relocating to any major city can be intimidating, especially if you’re moving long distance. It’s difficult to know which neighborhoods are best and which areas to avoid. If you want to get it right the first time, we’re here to help! Here is a guide to help you plan your... (READ MORE)

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If you are thinking about or planning a move to Phoenix, congratulations! The capital city of Arizona offers mild winters, affordability, and loads of entertainment, making it a great place to call home. Additionally, here are seven more things to love about living in Arizona’s prettiest valley: 1. No Ice or Snow Do you hate frozen toes and dealing with snow? Well, consider moving to Phoenix if you want to experience winters that rarely require more than a sweater. The coldest it gets is around 45 degrees in December. Yes, you must contend with some blazing hot summers, but it’s nice to avoid having to bundle up and shovel snow in the winter. 2. Affordability If you are looking to purchase a home in a metropolitan area, you should consider Phoenix because it’s ranked the 8th most affordable metropolitan real estate market in the country. Even those who bring home less than $42,000 a year can still afford a modest house in this sunny city. Overall, the cost of living in Phoenix is just below the national average, which means your paycheck stretches further than in other pricier metro areas like San Francisco or Seattle. 3. Parks 41,000. That’s the number of acres that Phoenix’s desert parks cover. If you like spending time outdoors, there’s no shortage of hiking trails that scale the surrounding mountains and offer stunning views of the city, such as the view from atop Camelback. The city also has 182 city parks, including dog and skate parks, meaning there’s outdoor fun to be had for just about anyone. 4. Museums Do you love art? Science? Racecars? Check out the great museums in Phoenix, which include the Phoenix Art Museum, the Arizona Science Center, and the Penske Racing Museum. 5. Dining Whether you’re getting a hot dog at Short Leash Hot Dogs downtown or rattlesnake at Rustler’s Rooste Steakhouse, you can guarantee that a meal at one of Phoenix’s best restaurants will not only be delicious, but quite possibly unforgettable. The restaurant scene in Phoenix and the surrounding neighborhoods is constantly improving, and additions in recent years have put this town on the culinary map. 6. Sports Phoenix is a haven for major league sports fans. The Valley is home to five major sports franchises, including the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks, NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, and the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. 7. Nightlife Looking for something to do on a Friday or Saturday night? Check out the great bars, dance clubs, and music venues in Phoenix. Grab a drink at Sidebar, get your dance on at Sky Lounge, or catch a show at the Rhythm Room. There’s no shortage of fun to be had in this hot desert city. We hope this has given you a good idea of why Phoenix is a great place to live. Not only are there plenty of activities to keep you entertained, but you won’t have to contend with freezing temperatures or break the bank to live here. Thanks to this local moving company, Cheap Movers Phoenix ,( for providing their input for today’s post. These moving professionals have the expertise to get you moved, whether it’s in town or long distance.  

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When you think about moving across state lines, one of the first things that probably comes to mind is the expense. While an interstate move can get pricey, it can be manageable if you set a budget and look for ways to save money along the way. By executing the money saving tips mentioned below, you could save hundreds, if not thousands on your next long distance move: Schedule Your Move If you can, try to schedule your move ahead of time, and do it during a time when long distance movers aren’t as busy. Experts recommend moving from September through May, when children are in school and most families try to avoid a disruptive move. By planning ahead and scheduling your move during a down time, you could save up to 30 percent off regular moving rates. Drive Yourself Driving a moving truck isn’t as hard as one might think. If it was, the government would more than likely require you to get a special license. Since most long-distance moves will be long stretches of easy-to-navigate highway, consider driving the moving truck yourself. Even if you hire a moving company to load your truck, this could potentially save you thousands since driving the truck is often the most expensive part of the moving process. Look for Free Moving Boxes Moving boxes and other moving supplies can really add up, but you can save lots by acquiring used boxes. Free boxes can be found just about anywhere, no matter where you live. Talk with a grocery store manager or even head to your local liquor store to see if it can supply you with discarded boxes. Even if they don’t currently have any extra boxes laying around, they may be able to set some aside for you the next time they receive a shipment. Don’t waste any money on boxes until you try these strategies first. Get Rid of Junk The more you have, the more space you’re going to need on the moving truck, which translates to more money spent. No matter when you plan on moving, now is the time to start de-cluttering your home and getting rid of anything you can’t or won’t use in the future. Whatever you don’t need can either be sold at a garage sale to raise funds for your move, or if you don’t have the time, consider donating it for a nice tax deduction. Don’t get rid of too much stuff, however. With each item, ask yourself if you will use it in the new home. If you haven’t used it in the last few years, now’s probably the time to get rid of it. Do as Much as Possible Yourself Lastly, do as much as you can, but always make sure you value your time. If it’s going to take you one hour to move a desk, you may be better off hiring local movers to do it in half the time. From packing up items to throwing a few things in a back of a truck, the more you do, the more you will be able to save. If you feel you have to hire moving professionals, don’t get scared just yet because a lot of times, hiring the right help can be a lot more reasonable than you think. Whether your out of state move takes you to the East Coast or to America’s heartland, there are plenty of ways to reduce your moving costs. A little prep work and planning will go a long way in rescuing your wallet!

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The city of Austin, Texas is one of the most popular places to live in right now, and it’s easy to see why! Austin is a great location for people who are searching for excellent weather, quality food and dining, beautiful scenery, and exciting live music venues. And although the city has a lot to offer for anyone, it might be helpful to learn more about the Texas state capital before considering a move here. Below are a few important things to know about the wonderful city of Austin. Career Opportunities Austin is a popular destination for people in search of career opportunities, particularly in the technology sector. The city is a technology haven that’s rapidly expanding, as tech companies continue to move here to escape the high rents of Silicon Valley. While Dell was one of the first big tech companies in the area, more recent additions include Apple, Google, Facebook, Hostgator, and Atlassian, just to name a few. If you want access to an abundance of jobs in the technology field, Austin may be a good fit for you. There seems to be no shortage of jobs for graphic designers, software engineers, or developers, in the Austin area. Cost of Living Austin tends to be significantly cheaper than many other metropolises in the United States which would explain why people are flocking to the capital city from places like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. If you assess other cities around the same size as Austin, like San Jose or D.C., they often have a higher cost of living. Austin’s cost of living is 3% lower than the national average, which means Austinites generally don’t have to pay as much for medical care, accommodations, monthly utilities, transportation, or food. People who want the perks of living in a large city without the price tag, may want to consider a relocation to Austin. Extreme Weather If you’re the type of person who gravitates towards warmer temperatures, then Austin won’t disappoint! Sweltering hundred-degree afternoons are very common during the summer months in Texas, which means you’ll have to make prolific use of your air conditioner. Locals have figured out a number of ways to keep cool during sweltering summers, including taking a dip in the beautiful Barton Springs Pool or sipping on a refreshing margarita at one of Austin’s many Tex-Mex restaurants. Blistering summer temps also mean Austin has mild winters compared to the rest of the country. Many Central Texans don’t break out jackets until late November, and it’s not unusual to have 70-degree days during the peak of winter. Transportation Austin differs from many other major cities in that its public transportation is lacking. While the city has a bus system and recently installed a light rail for suburban commuters, it doesn’t have a great subway network like those in other metropolitan areas such as Seattle or Chicago. Most people who live in the city opt to drive themselves, which has led to significant traffic problems as Austin’s population has boomed in the last decade. If you don’t know how to drive or don’t own a vehicle, you’ll need to consider enrolling in drivers ed or buying a car before moving. Austin Movers If you decide Austin is the city for you, you’ll probably want to enlist the help of a local moving company to help you with the transition. To get the best rates, it’s recommended that you get quotes from multiple movers in the area. To assist with your search, here are some of Austin’s best moving companies: Square Cow Movers (512) 401-6683 Einstein Moving Company (512) 815-8781 Apple Moving 9807 Brown Ln Austin, TX 78754 (512) 452-0399 Although Austin may be different that what you are used to, this weird city is loads of fun. If you’re lucky enough, you too will get to experience the thrill of living in Texas’ capital city.  

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Making the move to New York City can be a daunting and overwhelming experience. With so many districts and boroughs within the city’s large landscape, it can seem impossible to know where to begin when searching for a home. To make your relocation to the Big Apple easier, here’s our guide to help out with the moving process. Study the Layout Before making a move to NYC, you should take some time to familiarize yourself with the city layout. Review a city transit map in addition to downloading the NYC Subway App. You should also take some time to research how the city’s streets and addresses work. For example, there’s a distinct difference between NYC’s streets and avenues. Learning the different street grids of the city will help you to better understand where you’d like to move. Research Different Neighborhoods Before searching for a place to live, find out which neighborhood in NYC best suits you and your family’s needs and tastes. Each neighborhood has something unique to offer, and you’ll want to know what each area can bring to the table before moving there. Try researching the different boroughs of the city to get an idea of each neighborhood’s character. You may also want to consider spending a day in the city getting to know the neighborhoods you do like and then targeting your apartment search to those areas. Hire a Realtor Apartment hunting in NYC is a completely different experience when compared to most other cities in the United States. In addition to housing being much more expensive, there is also a lot of work involved in actually securing an apartment. It’s highly recommended to hire a realtor during the moving process, as realtors can simplify the house-hunting search. Along with your check and application, your realtor will make sure that you are prepared with proof of income, bank statements, and tax returns. Housing laws are very strict within the city, and realtors can help prove that you can afford to rent a space. Your realtor can also help identify properties that best suit your and your family’s needs. Be Aware of Costs When searching for an apartment or hiring a realtor, be prepared for a lot of up-front costs. You’ll need to provide first and last month’s rent in addition to a security deposit of 1.5 months rent when signing a lease with a landlord. Real estate agents also typically charge one month of rent as their fee to help you find an apartment. As soon as you and your realtor see a place you like in the city, you’ll want to break out your checkbook and make a deal right then and there. Apartments move very quickly in Manhattan and it could be weeks before you find something if you are too picky. Hire a Professional Mover Once you’ve settled on a neighborhood and found an apartment, you’ll want to shop around for professional movers. New York City streets can be difficult to navigate, particularly in a large moving truck, so you may want to reconsider if you were thinking about moving things yourself. Plus, it’s nice to leave the heavy lifting to someone equipped with the right tools and knowledge to get the job done quickly, like this New York moving company. Before hiring anyone, verify the company’s licensing and insurance to make sure your belongings are protected. Intrastate moves are regulated by the New York State Department of Transportation, while interstate movers are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). You can easily check a company’s credentials on these sites depending on whether you’re making a local or long distance move. Once you’re moved in, take time to explore your new surroundings and discover the magic of living in New York City. Living here is an unforgettable experience filled with incredible opportunities around every corner.

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Whether it’s for a new job, to move closer to family, or because you simply want a change of scenery, your family may choose to move out of state. An interstate can be hard on everyone, but especially on kids. It’s important that parents take the time to help their kids understand the new situation and adjust to their new home. Here are a few helpful tips for helping the whole family adjust to life in a new place. Remember, Kids Take Their Cues from You We all know that kids, especially young ones, tend to mimic their parents. Show your kids that you’re excited about the move! Often, when kids see their parents excited about things, they get excited as well. If you’re unhappy with the move or stressed out, your kids will be able to sense that something is wrong, and that is the last impression you should give them in their new home. To go along with that, moving is one of the most stressful things in life, so take care of yourself as you adjust to the new house as well. If you begin to feel overly stressed, set aside some time to relax. It’s important to stay positive and upbeat during this transition. Get Them Involved with the Packing Packing up your old house is a huge undertaking, so why not get the whole family to help? Have your kids assist you with boxing up their toys, books, and other belongings. As you pack, you can also get them to help sort out donation and trash piles for items they’ve outgrown or no longer use. Keep in Mind, It’s Their Home Too Allow your kids to pick out some new decorations for the new house! Let your kids be a part of the process of picking out furniture or other decorations for their room so they feel like they have contributed. This will give them a sense of ownership when it comes to their new home. Maintain Structure Most likely, your kids are dealing with one of the biggest changes of their lives up until that point, so, if you can, stick to the daily schedule you followed in your old home. Try not to make any other drastic changes. Not only will this provide your kids with structure during this hectic time, but it will also assure them that nothing is changing other than the location of their home. Read, Read, Read There are so many great resources, not only for parents, but for kids too! provides a great list of age specific books for you to read to your children to help them adjust to this big move. For parents, is also a great resource, with an age specific list of ways for you to help your child transition. It’s important to be able to confidently handle and address any obstacles your children may be facing in their new living situation. At the end of the day, every child is different. One of your children may be completely okay with the move whereas another kid may have a rougher time. Just be prepared to allocate more attention towards each child as needed. Lastly, let them know that their feelings are valid, and allow them to openly express their feelings as well.  

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If you’re about to embark on an interstate move, it’s important to plan ahead. The logistics of moving out of state are far more complicated than the typical in-town move. To help your move go more smoothly, here are seven things you should do before moving out of state. 1. Research and Compare Professional Movers It’s prudent to comparison shop before settling on a mover for your out-of-state move. Consult reviews and ratings from review websites like Yelp, Facebook, or Angie’s List. Consult your social media networks; your friends, relatives, and colleagues can be a valuable source of information as well. Try to book a mover at least a month or two before your planned moving date. 2. Get a Jump on Packing Even if you get help with your packing duties, there are some things that you will want to take care of yourself, such as valuable, irreplaceable items (jewelry and other heirlooms, for example). Valuables should be kept with you during the moving process – never pass these off to hired movers. Take photos or videos of your things before you start packing so you have evidence for insurance purposes in case something happens during your move. It’s wise to start the packing process about a month out from your move date. Start by packing infrequently used items, saving rooms like the kitchen for last. 3. Remember to Forward Your Mail While many of the people in your life likely communicate with you via email, it’s important to remember that your U.S. postal mail must be forwarded to your new address. Go to your local post office and fill out the change of address form to forward mail, or simply fill one out online. This should be done at least a week ahead of time. Some mail may still arrive at your old house for a while, so ask a trust neighbor to keep an eye out for mail once you’ve moved out of state. Check in a couple of times the month after your move to see if they’ve received anything at your old address. 4. Notify Utilities of Your Move You’ll need to arrange to turn off gas, electric, water service, and other utilities at your former address. Additionally, you’ll need to discontinue or transfer your paid TV and cable services to the new address. Before the move, arrange for essential services to be turned on at your new home before your arrival. Water and electricity will definitely come in handy on moving day. 5. Research Local Amenities You won’t know your way around town like you do in your old home, so take some time to research things in the new neighborhood, like restaurants and movie theaters. If your family is devoted to fitness, find a new gym now (if you already belong to a national chain, this should be an easy task). Depending on your specific needs, you may want to investigate local schools, doctors, supermarkets, church or temple, and so on. 6. Know How to Get Emergency Help You likely know the location of the fire and police departments that serve your current home. Find out these details for your new home before moving so you will have peace of mind about knowing where the first responders are in your new city. 7. Find Local Service Providers Something might break at your new home shortly after moving in, so it pays to have some contact information for companies that can help you out. As you did research to find movers, you should also comparison shop for local repair firms, handymen, plumbers, electricians, HVAC specialists, and any other professionals that you might need to contact once you’ve settled in. With all the stress that can occur when moving from one state to another, the more preparation you can do before moving day, the better. By following these 7 tips, you’ll be in better shape to handle unexpected issues and enjoy life in your new home.

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