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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…

Telling friends about local long distance or international move

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…

Child in the car during local long distance or international move

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…

Buying furniture after local long distance or international move

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,…

Packing boxing for local long distance or international move

Downsizing for a Move

If you are moving into a smaller place, somewhere with less storage, or if you are moving a long distance, you may need to thin out your inventory of belongings to make everything fit in the moving truck and in your new living space. Cutting down on your belongings is a challenging task with many tough decisions to be made. This helpful guide will assist you in prioritizing what to keep and what to get rid of when you need to make space during a move.   The first and most important category of belongings to cut down on if you need to make room in the moving truck is furniture. Furniture is big and bulky, taking up a huge amount of space in both the moving vehicles and in your new place. Not all rooms are designed the same, either. That giant China cabinet that fit perfectly in your old,…

cleaning after local long distance or international move

How to Keep Your Home Clean While You’re Packing

When you’re packing to move to or from northern Virginia, you may be surprised at how overwhelmingly messy your home can become in a relatively short amount of time. Whether you’re making an international move to northern VA or if you’ve lived right down the street your entire life, if your home is messy and cluttered, it can make things difficult to find or impede your ability to move around while packing for your move. With everything else involved in an interstate move to northern VA, for example, taking the time to plan out how you will pack seems trivial in comparison to all the larger priorities that need to be taken care of during this stressful time. Packing for a move, whether it be to or from another state or country, or a local move in northern Virginia, the moving experts at Star International have several helpful suggestions for…

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6 Ways You Can Reduce Your Move’s Environmental Impact

Moving is a daunting and hectic task that almost everyone has to face at some point in their lives. When you move to a different place, you have a lot of things to think about, such as the packing, your finances and the movers who’ll help you relocate. With so many things to handle, it’s understandable if your move’s environmental impact is the last thing on your mind. In fact, most don’t even realize that moving to a different home can impact the environment to begin with. Unfortunately, a move can indeed affect the environment. Luckily, there is a way to get around the environmental impacts caused by a move. Here are the six different ways homeowners can reduce their environmental impact when moving to a new home.

A happy family while moving during summer

Summer Moving: The Do’s and Don’ts to Keep in Mind

Moving on a normal day is already hard enough for any homeowner. After all, you’ll have to think about the different logistics of relocating, such as your finances, the packing and even the movers who’ll help you do so. However, if moving on a normal day is hard, moving during the summer can be even more challenging and as such, there are a few things that you need to remember before you do so. Here are the do’s and don’ts of summer moving that every homeowner should keep in mind.