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5 Tips To Moving Out of State


Moving from one house to another can be a daunting task especially when it comes to going to a different state. Even though you might think that the moving process is easy, you will have to do more than packing your items and loading them onto the moving truck. When moving to another state, you have the option of either using the services of a professional moving company or decide to handle all the details on your own. You can choose the last option if you do not want to spend money using the services of moving companies, which can at times be expensive for people moving out of state.

It is Essential to Plan

The first thing you will need to do is to plan the entire moving process. Have a specific date in mind when you intend to move. It is during this period that you will have to go and look for a house in the state you are planning to move to. You can use online realtors to look for a house or ask friends living in the state you are moving to, to help you look for a good house. Planning ahead ensures that you do not leave anything to chance and will cause you to be focused on what you aim at accomplishing.

If you have kids, the planning process will provide you with the opportunity to enroll them in new schools. This allows them to continue with learning as soon as you have settled in the new state.

You will also need to change your address and notify companies and institutions that sends you important documents via mail, of your new address.

Packing Process

After you have found your new house, you should now begin the packing process. Definitely, you are not going to use all the items that are in the current house, so you will need to get rid of some. Items that are unnecessary can be given away either to friends, charity or if you want extra money, you can hold a garage sale. This is done so as to reduce the amount of items you will carry when moving and provide you with enough space to carry all your items without having to come back for the ones left behind.

Begin Packing Early

Start packing early but do not expect to finish packing all items in one day. As a rule of thumb, begin packing items that are not used on a daily basis. This will make your life easier and keep you from rushing when the day to move finally arrives. You can buy packaging materials from the stores or if you are using a moving company, they will provide them to you.

Ensure Items are Properly Packed

Ensure that your household items are properly packed. Items such as glassware, china cups and plates need to be handled with care and packaged properly if you want to keep them from breaking. Thereafter, seal the boxes and label them as this will make it easy for you to track each item. Items that are susceptible to breakage need to be labeled as “Fragile”.

Moving Day

If the state you are going to is far, you need to get everything as early as possible. You can ask friends to help you load the item on the truck, if you have decided not to use a moving company. Make sure to first load heavy items such as furniture, wardrobes, fridges, and washing machine onto the truck then put the larger boxes. Smaller boxes can then be placed on top of larger ones, or underneath tables and chairs. When everything has been loaded you should begin the journey to your new home.

Article was provided by Premier Movers, your favorite NJ movers. Premier also specializes in office relocation and considered reputable Office Movers NJ.

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Top 15 Best Housing Markets for the Next Five Years


Title: Top 15 Best Housing Markets for the Next Five Years

US Cities that will grow in the next 5 years

Is your home value increasing? If you are like many Americans it probably is not, at least not by very much. According to a price report by Fiserv Case-Shiller, average home prices are expected to rise a measly 0.3% in the next year and only 3.3% in the next five years. That’s a long way from the 25%+ annual appreciation many metropolitan areas experienced during the housing boom. But, as with every study, there are always outliers that will experience higher or lower gains.

The same price report found that there are several housing markets that will experience annual home value gains between 7.7% and 11.2% over the next five years. In this post we will take a look at the 15 metropolitan areas that are poised to see the greatest increases in home values.

Would you like to read the full report? Visit the Fiserv Case-Shiller website.

Rank Metro Area Expected Growth % (2012-2017)
1 Medford, OR 11.2%
2 Panama City-Lynn Haven, FL 9.5%
3 Santa Fe, NM 8.9%
4 Madera-Chowchilla, CA 8.8%
5 Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 8.7%
6 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 8.4%
7 Ocala, FL 8.0%
8 Napa, CA 8.0%
9 Gulfport-Biloxi, MS 8.0%
10 Tucson, AZ 7.9%
11 Brunswick, GA 7.9%
12 Yakima, WA 7.8%
13 Eugene-Springfield, OR 7.7%
14 Yuma, AZ 7.7%
15 Glenn Falls, NY 7.7%

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Created By: AdminELITE
Last Modified: December 07 2012 13:14
Categories: Relocation, City Rankings
Tags: moving tips, moving guide

American Cities with the Most Millionaires


Title: American Cities with the Most Millionaires

US Cities with the most millionaires

So you didn’t win the 550 million dollar Powerball on Wednesday, huh? Well, if you happen to be an entrepreneur or tech savvy person there is some good news. According to the Metro Wealth Index from Capgemini, many major metropolitan areas are recording an increase in the growth percentage of millionaires. San Jose, California, a large city within Silicon Valley, had a 2.1% increase in their millionaire population between 2010-2011. It’s not all good news though, some cities, such as Detroit, Michigan, saw a decrease in their millionaire population. During the same 2010-2011 span, Detroit lost 2.2%.

Capgemini is quick to point out that growth is not to be confused with the overall population. The largest and most likely cities, such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago are home to the most millionaires.

You can read the full report on the Capgemini website.

2011 Rank (Most Millionaires / Total Pop.) Metro Area 2010-2011 (Growth %)
1 New York 1.0%
2 Los Angeles -0.3%
3 Chicago -0.1%
4 Washington D.C. 1.1%
5 San Francisco 0.3%
6 Boston 0.4%
7 Philadelphia -0.9%
8 Houston 1.9%
9 San Jose 2.1%
10 Detroit -2.2%

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Created By: AdminELITE
Last Modified: December 03 2012 11:14
Categories: Relocation, City Rankings
Tags: moving tips, moving guide

Storage Unit Security: the Basics



Working in the storage industry as I do, I’ve had a Google Alert set up to email me any mentions of self-storage in the media. While I’ve been able to keep abreast of industry news this way, I’ve also been shocked to discover how many storage unit break-ins happen nationwide. Now, when viewed against the total size of this massive industry, only a miniscule fraction of storage facilities ever experience crime—and as we all know, bad news sells papers, so when something does happen it’s bound to be hyped by the press. But the fact remains that storage unit robberies do happen—despite how easy they are to prevent. The problem is a lack of customer awareness.

If you’re going to pay upwards of $50 a month for a storage unit, you probably place a lot of value on the things you store. And if you value those things so highly, you’ll want to make sure they’re safe. Here are some easy, basic tips that will make your storage unit virtually impregnable.

Choose the right facility: go for a facility that offers 24/7 video surveillance. Cameras deter criminals and help capture them after they’ve committed the crime. Ask the facility manager if they employ security guards at night. Some facilities feature units where the lock is built into the door—these are extra sturdy and safer from the elements as well. Any facility should be surrounded by a security fence over 8 feet high as well as a gate that closes at night. Climate controlled units are almost always housed inside one large building, meaning that there’s an extra door for a thief to get through. These extra amenities will often cost extra, but if you’re storing anything of high value then the expense is certainly worth it.

 Get the right lock: we highly recommend disc locks. These are much harder to break than padlocks as the shackle is much less exposed to thieves and their bolt cutters. If you can’t go with a disc lock, find a padlock of the highest quality materials—nothing but boron or stainless steel will do.

Make your valuables hard to find: hide valuable items in the back, behind and underneath less valuable items like furniture. While labeling your boxes is a good idea for staying organized, you might want to make up a code for what’s really inside—thieves will go for a box labeled ‘jewelry’ right away. This is especially important as thieves will often target units they know to contain valuable contents—if someone sees you moving that box of jewelry into the unit, they might decide to come back and take it. Just don’t forget your codenames.

Change your codes if they get out: if someone else learns your access codes, you’ll need to change them right away. Divorce is a common cause of storage crime: a jaded ex-spouse might not agree with the judge’s division of belongings and could attempt to reclaim their property. If you’ve recently gone through a divorce, change your codes and keys to prevent this from happening to you.

Brian Shreckengast is a writer at, one of the world’s largest search engines for discount self-storage. For more advice on storing and moving, check out the SSD blog.

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Top 10 Cities Where Americans are Moving


Title: Top 10 Cities Where Americans are Moving

Cities where Americans are Moving to

Are you ready to relocate somewhere new but are not sure where to go? Perhaps a look at the top 10 “Cities Where Americans are Moving”, published by Forbes, will help you make a decision. The data is based on the most recent statistics available from July 2010 to July 2011.

The biggest winner during this period has been Texas, landing 4 of the top 10 spots. It’s no surprise that Texas is such a strong winner, they have affordable housing, moderate weather and several major metropolitan areas with strong economies. While the migration to Texas is driven by many factors, other top 10 cities are likely seeing increases due to low home prices. Miami (#2), Tampa-St. Petersburg (#4) and Riverside-San Bernardino (#10) were all hit hard by the housing crisis, many have great housing values.

One attribute that nearly all cities in the top 10 have is favorable weather. It appears that moderate temperatures and sunny weather is a playing a larger role in the decision of where to relocate.

Want to read more? See the complete report published by Forbes.

Rank Metro Area Net Population Gain (July 10′-July 11′)
1 Dallas-Fort Worth +39,021
2 Miami-Fort Lauderdale +36,191
3 Austin +30,669
4 Tampa-St Petersburg +27,157
5 Houston +21,580
6 Washington DC-VA-MD-WV +21,517
7 Denver +19,565
8 San Antonio +19,515
9 Seattle-Tacoma +17,598
10 Riverside-San Bernardino +15,131

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Created By: AdminELITE
Last Modified: December 03 2012 07:51
Categories: Relocation, City Rankings
Tags: moving tips, moving guide

Why Transport Your Car When You Move


When you are relocating, particularly if it is over a long distance, there are a thousand and one considerations to keep in mind. From packing your stuff properly to checking out the new neighborhood upon your arrival to your new destination, it seems as though the list is endless for things to add to your to-do list. Therefore, it seems prudent to take as many things off of your list as possible, to hand off to others. Transporting your vehicle when you move is one of those things.

There are a number of reasons to transport your car when you are moving, each of which benefits the overall process. Consider some of the top benefits to transporting a vehicle when you move:

It can save you money by bundling services: When you can bundle moving services with auto transport, you may save money on both. This is a good way to get some of the tasks associated with moving off of your plate and in the hands of the experts that can create a stress-free moving situation for you.

You don’t have to worry about how your car is going to get from one place to the next: After all, one of your major considerations is how to get your stuff from one place to the next; how do you have the time to worry about your vehicle as well. When you use auto transport, this is not a worry you have to contend with. The transport company will get your vehicle where it needs to go, so that you work with the moving company to get everything else packed and moved effectively and efficiently.

You can ship your vehicle in advance and meet it at your destination, so you can drive around a bit before your belonging arrive in the moving truck: If you don’t know much about your new destination and have someone that can stay behind and oversee packing up, you can hop a flight to your new locale and have your car shipped for optimal convenience. Having your own car in your destination gives you the freedom to drive around and find the important places – bank, grocery store, etc. – in your new location.

Transport is affordable and convenient with the right company:  With the right company, there isn’t much for you to do outside of signing the contract, paying the fee and dropping your car off. The company takes care of everything else, which can be quite a benefit during a move, which is one of the more stressful undertakings.

The more preparation you put in for your move, the more smoothly it will run. Shipping your car takes the stress off of you in figuring out how to get your vehicle from one place to the next. A transport company worth its salt will make this process easy and convenient, so that you can make sure that every other detail of your move is tended to and in place before its time to pack and make it happen.

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Top 6 Packing Materials to Use for a Move


Based on how much planning and preparation is involved, the moving process can be much simpler than expected.  Since the moving company will accomplish the task of wrapping and moving the furniture, it is up to you to pack and prepare the rest of the home. There are a few essential packing materials involved with the packing process that everyone should acquire when planning for a move. Some of the basic supplies involve:

1 Packing Paper – This is a very important material to have when packing. Packing paper is mainly used to wrap items such as dishes, pictures and other fragile items. Also, it is best to used it as extra cushioning in the boxes by bundling up the paper and securing the items together. If used properly, this protection may help you save time by not dealing with damaged claims.

2 Boxes – Surely you will need boxes to pack your items into. You can get boxes from the moving company, department stores, some storage places, and from friends. Boxes come in many different sizes and remember when packing that heavy items go into small boxes and lighter items go into larger boxes. If you choose the right moving company, they may even provide free boxes.

3 Tape – You’ll certainly need moving tape to close the boxes shut and secure items inside. You will find various kinds of tape available, and you also can get these items from department stores or moving companies. Items like these should be provided by the moving companies and you can ask about these types of materials to see if you can get them for free from the movers in return for using their services.

4 Markers / Pens – These are needed to label boxes so the movers can place them in the correct rooms. You should write on the box the room it belongs in, the contents inside, and write “fragile” if the items are breakable.

5 Box Cutters – These will be used after the move during the un-packing process. These save time and the box from becoming torn when taking off tape.

6 Tape Gun – Tape guns are good tools to have if you are not experience with cutting the tape. Some will use scissors but a tape gun is by far the quickest way to apply tape to boxes.

Packing Quick Tip 1: Use you linens as extra packing medium. This will help save paper and create fewer items to be moved.

Packing Quick Tip 2: Create a box for everyday items such as prescriptions, toiletries and clothes. Pack these last and have available these items for easy access.

Packing Quick Tip 3: Pack heavy items into small boxes and light items into large boxes. You don’t want to end up with one big heavy box that nobody can lift.

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10 Best Places to Retire


Title: 10 Best Places to Retire

Best Places to Retire

2011 was the first year in which “Baby Boomers”, those born between 1946-1964, began hitting retirement age. Over the next 19 years approximately 77 million Americans’ will retire, many of whom may be looking for a new place to live. So where do you go? Luckily, large outfits like Yahoo! and Newsweek research and publish town, city and state rankings in a variety of categories. Today’s category? The 10 Best Places to Retire in 2012 as reported by Yahoo!.

Compare the 2012 rankings to our 2011 post, “Most Affordable Retirement Cities in 2011“.

Rank Location Median Home $ Best for Top State Income Tax
1 Albuquerque, NM $174,000 Big City 4.9%
2 Portland, OR $272,000 Big City 9.9%
3 Louisville, KY $116,000 Big City 6%
4 Tucson, AZ $148,000 Big City 4.54%
5 Austin, TX $215,000 Big City None
6 Winston-Salem, NC $129,000 Big City 7.75%
7 St George, UT $264,500 Resort 5%
8 Traverse City, MI $195,000 Resort 4.35%
9 Coeur d’Alene, ID $259,000 Resort 7.4%
10 St Augustine, FL $156,000 Resort None

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Created By: AdminELITE
Last Modified: October 18 2012 08:23
Categories: Relocation, City Rankings
Tags: moving tips, moving guide

Why You Should Write a Review for Movers


The article was provided by E-Z Movers of Salt Lake City, local moving company in Utah that provides commercial and residential services.

If you hired a moving company when you moved to your new home, you should consider writing a review about them. You may ask why you should write a review for movers when you can just tell your friends about them. There are number of reasons for writing reviews about movers which will be discussed in this article. But before you learn about the reasons, you should first know what kind of information you need to include in your write-ups.

First, you have to mention the name of the company and branch location or you can at least give some important things to look out for when searching for a professional mover. You should also include the fees charged by the company, the kind of service that they offer, and how to contact them.

Now that you know these simple tips for writing a review about movers, you should now understand why it is important to write a review.

  • If you had a good experience dealing with the moving company, one way to give a reward is to write a positive review about them. People who are looking for movers will surely consider the company after they have read your glowing praises. This is much better than tipping because a positive review can considerably boost their business.
  • On the other hand, if you had a bad experience with the professional mover that you hired for your move, writing a review can also be helpful to other people who are in search of a reputable moving company. This will warn them not to hire the specific company because of bad customer service, exorbitant fees, hidden charges, and so on.
  • A write-up is also more powerful and effective than word of mouth because a written review is more permanent. You can post it in your blog where more people can read it or you can submit it to your local newspaper or magazine. Be careful with your facts though because you do not want to be sued for libel especially if you are writing a negative review. If you want to avoid controversy, you can drop hints instead of stating the full name of the company. You can also just give advice and tips based on your experience with the company.
  • If the moving company that you are referring to in your review was able to read your write-up, this will encourage them to change their ways if the review is negative or to continue what they are doing if the review is positive.

The answer to your question why you should write a review is simple. Writing a review is not only a way for you to express your thoughts and experiences about a certain moving company. It also helps other people looking for professional movers to make a good decision and for moving companies to improve their services.

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Organize Your Home Gym


Now that summer is winding down and the weather is starting to turn cooler, it is time to dust off your treadmill, stationary bikes and personal home gym. Soon, exercising outside will be more difficult and you will be forced to move inside to get fit. All of the items you stacked on your treadmill have to find a new place. Now is the time to get your weights, bands, mats and balance balls ready as well.

Your home gym should be out of the way in your house, maybe in the basement or a spare room. If you put it in a room people regularly use, you probably won’t get much use out of the gym. Make sure the space is organized and clutter free so you don’t hurt yourself stepping on kids toys as you work out. You want to maximize the space to get the most out of your workout. Take time to organize and even store any items which could limit the space you have for your gym.

Additional items you may need include a TV, DVD player, workout DVD’s and gym clothes. Be sure to have enough room to store these items as well as all of your other stuff. If there isn’t enough room in your living space to hold all of the things you moved out to bring your workout gear in, you should consider renting a self storage unit. Self storage is an affordable, convenient option when you have limited space. The ease of access and proximity of many self storage facilities to your home will have your workout space clutter free and your other valuables stored securely.

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