What Makes A Moving Company Great

There is no shortage of moving companies in business throughout the state, the nation, and the world. With so many options in existence, how can you be sure you are making the right choice when it comes to selecting a moving company? When you hire a moving company to transport your boxes, you are entrusting complete strangers with the things that are most precious to you. Every mover’s worst nightmare is trusting a moving company with their belongings, only to have their boxes arrive at their new place of residence, spend hours unpacking, and realize that some of their beloved possessions have been destroyed beyond repair. Other companies may not necessarily be unreliable when it comes to keeping your belongings safe, but they may be slow to respond or lack the attentive customer service necessary for helping customers who are going through a potentially stressful life event. So, when it…

Interstate Moving Tips

When moving from one state to another, it is important to consider certain factors that either do not typically apply to moving within the state you already reside in or do apply, but in a different capacity than if you are moving out of state. There are many factors to consider when moving that extend beyond simply packing boxes and getting in the car to make the drive to your new place of residence. In addition to the packing and the road trip, there are also a number of tedious yet necessary legal factors to consider when making an out of state move. You will need to do research ahead of time to be sure that you do not overlook anything when making an interstate move such as updating your driver’s license, setting up mail forwarding, and informing the proper institutes of your move, such as the IRS, for example.…

Storage Solutions

At Star International, we do not just handle moving-related services; we also offer short- and long-term storage solutions for the DC, northern Virginia, Maryland, and Wet Virginia areas. You may need our storage services to keep some of your belongings in a temporary, short-term storage unit, perhaps during a short-term life event such as a move where you would prefer not to have to worry about moving all of your possessions all at once. Or perhaps you simply need more room in your home for new belongings, but you are not quite ready to get rid of the things you already have. Or you might even want a storage space to keep seasonal items such as holiday decorations or beach gear that you only use for a brief time once a year, to avoid cluttering up your closet space with things you will not be using on a regular basis.…

Corporate Relocation

Moving is a big task, even when you are only moving yourself or your family. Now, imagine the task size of moving your entire company from one location to another. Moving your corporate office or business location involves a great deal more than a typical private residential move usually requires. You may need to move substantial amounts of inventory with as little loss as possible. You may have a large amount of expensive office equipment that needs transportation. Your business may have employees that need to move as a result of your corporate relocation. Whatever the case may be, Star International has the experience required to tackle everything from small business relocation to large corporate moves. We take care of everything, and our expertly trained moving crews are guaranteed to coordinate your move seamlessly and with minimal downtime or disruption to your workplace. We are even capable of breaking down,…

Important International Moving Prep

When you make a move as big as moving internationally, there will be quite a few things you will need to consider that you never have to worry about when moving locally, or even between states. There will be differences in how you ship your things from your current residence to your new international residence. There will also be some differences in the paperwork that you need to provide to establish residency. Moving internationally may have different requirements depending on what country you are moving to, but most of the things that you will need to have squared away will fall under the same categories with only slight variations in specifics. This is your quick guide to some of the major things you will need to do when you make the big move to an entirely new country.   Important Legal Documents – Before moving internationally, you should research exactly what documents…

Searching for a New Home on a Budget

Moving is an exciting event in anyone’s life, but with it come many stressful factors, the most obvious of which being cost. Home and apartment prices are through the roof right now, and sometimes you do not have the luxury of waiting for the housing market to shift in your favor to make a move. You may need to relocate for a new job, family reasons, or perhaps you have been priced out of the location you are currently in due to recent increases in rent. Whatever the case may be, it is understandable that sometimes moving cannot wait for ideal market conditions. With that in mind, if you are looking to move from your current place of residence to a new one, but are not sure if you can afford to, here are four helpful tips for finding a new home or apartment within your price range.  Figure out…

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Items You Should Always Have With You When Moving

When moving, most of your belongings will be packed in boxes and loaded into the moving truck for the journey to your new place of residence. There are some things, however, that are important enough that you should always keep them with you to avoid them getting lost or damaged. A general rule to follow is to always pack as if you might have to stay in a hotel for a couple of days, but when moving, you will need bring some extra items that you would not normally have to think about if you were not in the process of moving house. This easy guide will help you keep track of what things are better brought with you in the car rather than stored in the moving vehicle.   The most obvious things to always have with you are your phone and wallet with your ID in it. Needing these…

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Who to Tell About Your Move and How

Moving is exciting, but it can be difficult to break the news to those close to you if you are moving far enough away that it will make seeing your friends and family on a regular basis difficult. You want the people around you to be excited, but deep down you also recognize that saying goodbye to your loved ones will be hard for everyone involved. In addition to the people in your life you care about, there are also services and agencies that you will need to inform of your move as well. Friends and Family – Your closest will be both the easiest and the hardest people to tell about your move. There are two ways to approach breaking the news: you can tell them all individually or as a group. If you would rather tell people one on one, invite each person out to dinner somewhere significant…

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Long Distance Moving Checklist for Kids

Moving with kids can be challenging, especially if you are moving a substantial distance away from your previous residence. Kids can get hungry, bored, fussy, etc., and the last thing you need when going through an already stressful event such as a move is for your child to throw a tantrum that demands every remaining ounce of your sanity. You can do your best to avoid this, though, by following this helpful checklist to make the trip manageable for your little ones who would rather be running around outside than sitting in a stuffy car for hours on end. Snacks – Kids get hungry, and when they do, they are sure to let you know about it. Rather than being stuck listening to “Mom, I’m hungry…” repeatedly, stock up on a variety of your kids’ favorite snacks to keep them occupied and comfortable. Some great road trip snacks that are…

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Top Five Places to Shop for Furniture on a Budget

If you have just made the big switch to a new living space, you might have gotten rid of a lot of old furniture, or now have more rooms to furnish than you previously had. New furniture is a common expense associated with moving, but it does not have to break the bank. If you are concerned about spending a fortune on new furniture, but you are wary of resorting to cheap furniture that may break not long after purchasing it, then you are not alone. Luckily, there are several furniture stores that have the inventory needed to match your style and the price tags to keep your spending levels in the green.   Ikea – Everyone has heard the name, and hopefully had a chance to try the Swedish meatballs from their food court. Ikea is popular for many reasons: their furniture is some of the most affordable there is,…