Ella Andrews, Guest Writer
Ayla PR Representative with Moving Made Smooth, Inc.
Not everyone has the tenacity or energy to take on unpacking their belongings after a long day of moving. And we hear you! The moving process is stressful and draining. So, we've compiled a list of several things to help you unwind the night after your move. You may want to take a look at our blog covering the Open First Box for some ideas on what to have ready for your first night.
1. Find your favorite too-big hoodie, or your comfiest PJ's and get cozy on the couch. Sometimes all you need to make your new place feel like home is to make yourself comfortable in it.
2. Make an appointment for a professional massage. This can be a great way to unwind after any stressful day, so why not after your move? Get yourself pampered at any number of spas in the Omaha area. Click this link to see Google's listing.
3. Have you set up your TV yet? If so, you can spend the night chilling on the couch and marathoning your favorite shows or movies on DVD or Blu-ray. If your cable is already set up, channel surfing can be the best stress reliever.
4. Hook up your stereo or pop in your headphones. Hearing your favorite song, the one that makes you say, "That's my jam!" can take you right back to better times and kick the lingering stress where it counts.
5. Go to the nail salon and treat yourself to a mani-pedi. Maybe invite your bestie and make it a girl's night. Sometimes getting some me-time or going out with your best friend can make all the difference. For local nail salons follow this link.
6. Check out your new neighborhood. Find local landmarks and get familiar with it. Maybe check out the nearby bars or night clubs. If you have the energy, go out dancing. Maybe a good dose of fun is all you need to ditch the stress. Check out your nearby restaurants, maybe you'll find your new favorite place. For night clubs click here; for restaurants click here.
7. Go to the gym or a jog at a nearby park. Exercise is a proven stress reliever and is sure to get you in a positive mood.
8. Pull out your yoga mat and get some use out of your new living room floor. Yoga and meditation are great for diminishing stress and centering your mind and body.
9. Unpack a good book and sit in your favorite chair. Before you know it you'll be so engaged in that new world that you'll forget the stress of your current predicament.
10. Get in a long nap. Sometimes the best way to unwind is to hit that mental 'restart' button and sleep off the stress. You should wake up feeling refreshed andenergized. Maybe even motivated enough to start unpacking all those boxes.
11. Break out the scented candles and bubble bath! The hot water and aromatherapy will melt away the tension of the day and relax your stiff muscles. Have a glass of wine and maybe some soft mood music or ocean sounds.
12. Go out shopping or check out your favorite online stores. Buying yourself a present is a great pick-me-up. Pick up that handbag you've been eyeing or raise your self esteem by getting yourself something pretty. Maybe check out a home decoration store and plan the feng shui ofyour new place. Even some window shopping can do you some good by just getting out of the house.
13. Practice your favorite hobby. Grab your crochet bag and finish that scarf you've been meaning to complete. Bake the kids some cookies and build a blanket fort. Get out your sketch pad and draw for awhile. Hobbies are great for getting that little extra joy out of your day.
14. Hook up your game system and play some Call of Duty with your buddies (if your internet is turned on) or complete the campaign mode that you haven't gotten around to finishing. Play some board games with the kids. Some of the best times are sitting around the table and watching as the Jenga tower topples.
15. Turning off your cell phone. For some professionals this is a no-go, but for the majority of us it's not all thatimportant to have our phone on 24/7. Escape the worry and constant interruptions that sometimes occur when your phone is on.
16. Order pizza and invite your friends over for a movie night (or bring the pizza over to their place if you haven't unpacked your entertainment system yet). Who knows a better way to relax you than your best friends, right?
17. Surf the internet. Read some interesting articles or watch those funny cat videos your girlfriend sends you from YouTube. Find out the latest celebrity buzz or catch up on your favorite podcasts.
18. Get your favorite take-out or delivery food and cuddle with your significant other. Devote some time to them and maintain your relationship. Not only can this benefit you in the short term, but this can prevent future stress as well.
I hope that you have a great time learning to remove the stress from moving and that these suggestions have helped you or at least given you some ideas of your own. If you have a great idea for decreasing your stress after moving, please share it with us in the comments below. And as always, have a great move!
Ella Andrews, Guest Writer
If you have already decided to move to a new place you should first consider a few things that might help you move out without problems.
· First, try to figure out the details of your removal at least a week before the time comes so you know exactly how many and what kind of materials you should use to pack your belongings, which removal company you should employ and so on. It is very important to know when you are going to sort, pack and prepare your things for the relocation, because it will be up to you to decide how to fit your removal with all the rest going on in your life in this important moment. You don’t want to lose valuable time to think about boxes and bubble wrap when you have to deal with the details of your new job, for example, right? Also it will be up to you to arrange your removal in the most suitable and fast way possible. That is why you should make a moving checklist, look for the proper materials or search for a moving company during that time. You will be surprised how many things you should look after before you can even begin sorting your things. If you begin arranging all the details for your relocation early on, you will be free to look after more important things when the time comes to move out.
· Second, you should try to figure out possible problems you will have beforehand. For example if you have bulky or heavy desks or wardrobes, you should look for furniture removals and where to get a moving truck. Do not postpone it till the last moment. The earlier you book the moving company the better. You will not want to lose your time worrying for your furniture when you could have far more important things to do. It is also not wise totry moving furniture yourself because you might not have the proper transport and you might even damage your car if you are not careful. Some items may actually be heavier than they look and even if you manage to somehow load them in your vehicle, you might have been better off with a simple house removal. Try finding an appropriate moving vehicle instead of risking major incidents.
· The earlier you start searching for the appropriate materials for your removal the less work you will have to do when the time comes. Also look for some friends or family to help you or if you do not have enough assistance, use the services of a removal company. Actually, if you get tired planning and making lists of so many things you have to do or simply you do not have time on your hands using removal services is a better option. Thus, there will be someone to take care of the problems that can arise and you could rest leaving the heavy lifting to a team of professional house movers. But, if you want to do it yourself, than at least a week earlier you should have already been to the stores and found the most appropriate boxes, bubble wrap, and tape you need for packing. Do not be fooled by the look of some articles or advertisements. Make a short list of exactly what and why you need it and follow it carefully. Don’t be disturbed by the marketing strategy of the store and get what you need, not what they are trying to sell you.
In the end, do not get disturbed if your apartment looks like a storage unit with boxes, bubble wrap and tape all over it. This actually means that you are almost ready and there will actually be almost nothing left to do on the removal day than simply – to move out.
For more moving tips read at: Removal Service London Ltd.
Ayla PR Representative with Moving Made Smooth, Inc.
At Moving Made Smooth, Inc. our men are trustworthy, background checked, and well paid. That is why it is unusual when we occasionally have calls from customers shortly after their move date accusing our men of stealing an item, only to have the customers call back a few days later to say that they found the item in a drawer, behind a dresser, etc. This is not only stressful for the customer, but we have to take measures to investigate. For these reasons, it is important to know where your valuables are at all stages of the moving process.
1. Create a list of these items so you can check them off as you unpack. You can do this by hand writing/ typing a description of each item or by taking snapshots on your phone or tablet. This is a great way to make sure all your valuables made the trip to your new home.
2. Most often, I recommend packing any sentimental or valuable items in a bag or box and putting this inside your personal vehicle for the trip to your new place. This will remove any doubt that you have the items in question and you know that light fingers will not be a problem. Collect any credit cards, financial documents, jewelry, guns, etc. and load them into your car.
3. Don’t be cheap about protecting your items! It often ends up being more costly for everyone involved, including you, if your new TV gets damaged during your move. It will only cost $70-$80 to protect your TV instead of paying several hundred dollars for a new one. So invest wisely in packing materials!
4. You may also want to look into moving insurance. Moving companies are insured, but it only covers a fraction of the cost of your more valuable items. So, it is wise to purchase a little extra insurance if you have many valuable items. Moving insurance is usually fairly inexpensive and will give you better coverage for your valuables. Some homeowner’s insurance policies cover items during the moving process, so you may want to ask your insurance agent about your policy. See our Blog about Moving Insurance for more information.
Following some or all of these steps can help decrease the stress you experience on move day because you will know your valuables are safe and secure. If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below. Have a great move!
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Special care should always be given to items that may be sitting in storage for an extended period of time. Many hazards exist that can damage or destroy them. Moisture, dust, stains, rust, and insects, to name a few, can all be detrimental to your stored belongings. In this blog, I aim to reduce or possibly even eliminate the threat that these hazards pose to your possessions.
Items to Protect your Belongings
The short list below will help you to protect anything from clothing to furniture to appliances.
• Desiccant/silica gel- this absorbs moisture from the air.
• Cedar chips or balls- these repel insects.
• tarps, old (clean) bed sheets, or furniture covers- to protect from dust.
• motor oil- inhibits rust formation
• packing paper- to prevent damage/dust formation.
How to Use These Items
Desiccant: Any electronic device, cloth, or paper materials placed into long-term storage should be protected with desiccant. This can be easily done by placing silica gel packets inside a box or container that has these items stored inside. It is also a good idea to place a few larger desiccant containers around the walls of the storage unit. Desiccant can be easily purchased at Walmart, many hardware stores, or online.
Cedar Chips or Balls: These are a great alternative to traditional moth balls. They smell nice and they will not damage materials, as moth balls sometimes can. I suggest putting these inside small cloth bags, similar to what you would see used for potpourri (an example of these bags is shown on the left). Then place the bags in your containers or set them near any stored upholstered furniture.
Tarps, Old Sheets, Or Furniture Covers: It is very important to protect furniture from dust during long-term storage. Dust that is allowed to settle on your furniture can and will eventually stain it. I recommend purchasing slipcovers or covering furniture with tarps/old bedding. If you decide to use old bedding, be sure it is thoroughly washed because organic material (like your sweat or dead skin) will attract insects and other pests.
Motor Oil: First and foremost, any kitchen appliance should be thoroughly cleaned before going into storage. Leaving any food residue will cause pests to infest the storage unit. To protect your precleaned appliances from rust, use a very small amount of motor oil applied to a cloth and wipe off the exposed surfaces of the appliance. This is also a nifty way to prevent rust on yard tools, bicycles, or any other metal item.
Packing Paper: Fragile items should be wrapped in packing paper and put in boxes. Be sure to fill any empty spaces in the box with more crumpled paper to prevent items from shifting and the box from being crushed. Notice that I said packing paper and not newsprint. Newsprint's ink can often transfer to the surface of the item you are trying to pack over time. Remember to pack books flat to prevent damage to the spine. Records and plates should be packed on edge, wrapped in plenty of packing paper, and the box should also be lined with plenty of paper. Be sure to mark any fragile items as such on the outside of the box or container.
Feel free to leave comments down below, but try to keep the posts relevant to the blog. For Instance, if you have any ideas for a blog you would like to see written (on the topic of moving/relocation) or you have a question about a topic the blog has covered, leave a comment. Thank you for reading!
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If you are relocating due to starting a job in a new location, which can be a new job, an old job that has moved you to a new location/branch, or a move due to your company relocating. The IRS form needed to deduct moving expenses is Form 3903.
Who Qualifies For These Deductions?
There are three main qualifications that allow you to file for these deductions.
1. Your move must be closely related in time and distance to the start of work in the new location.
2. Your move meets the requirements of the Distance Test.
3. Your move also meets the requirements of the Time Test.
A move that is closely related in time is usually defined as occurring within a year of starting work in the new location. Exceptions are made if you can prove that reasonable circumstances prevented you from moving within the year time frame. You can look over exceptions in greater detail on the IRS website linked below. A general guide to determining if the distance is closely related is if your new home is closer to your place of work than your old home.
A move that qualifies under the Distance Test means the distance between your new job location and your old home is greater by 50 miles or more from the distance between your old home and your old job location. To clarify, this means if your old home is 5 miles from your old work location, then your new work location must be at least 55 miles from your old home. This requirement does not take into account the distance to your new home. Members of the Armed Forces do not have to meet this requirement. For more details about this requirement see the full IRS document linked below.
Qualifying a move under the Time Test means that you meet the requirements outlined for an employee or self-employed person. An employee must have worked or will work full-time for 39 weeks within the first 12 months of moving to your new location. A self-employed person must have worked or will work full-time for 78 weeks in the first 2 years and have worked or will work full-time for 39 weeks within the first year of living at the new location. If you have not yet completed these requirements before filing your taxes, but will do so within the new year, you can still file for this deduction. There are more extensive rules listed on the IRS website linked below.
A retiree or survivor of a person who moved into the United States may be able to deduct some of the costs of moving from another country. Follow this link to the IRS for more information about this exception (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs- pdf/p521.pdf#en_US_2014_publink1000203483).
What Moving Expenses Can I Deduct?
For more information check out this link to the IRS website:
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There are a lot of decisions involved when you decide to move in with another person; whether you're newlyweds, dating, or just roomies. The task of merging your stuff can be tedious and even frustrating at times. Coordinating the move itself can be tricky. Setting ground rules is also an extremely important task. You should also make a financial plan for bills and rent.
Deciding to Move in Together
The decision to move in with a friend or significant other is a very important life decision that shouldn't be taken lightly. This will be a person that you spend a lot of time with and you will have to deal directly with this person and their habits for an indefinite amount of time. Think about your personalities and what you both do in your spare time. Are they compatible or are you able to be flexible? If you're considering moving in with someone who has a party every Friday night and you work early in the morning every Saturday you may want to reconsider the arrangement. Are you frequently in conflict with them or in an 'on-again, off-again' relationship? Maybe you are allergic to their favorite pet. Sometimes there are circumstances that cause people to be incompatible under the same roof even though you are the best of friends or devoted partners and that's okay. It's a whole lot easier to prevent the arrangement than to organize moving out and breaking a lease in the back end.
Merging Your Possessions
It can be difficult to decide on who's furniture will end up put into your new place together. Maybe you have a favorite chair that you are absolutely unable to part with. Assert yourself about your 'must-haves,' but remember to be flexible. They may be just as attached to some of their belongings as you are to yours. Give them room in your new home, but don't forget about yourself. Balance is key. If you have a lot of left over furniture, consider selling, donating, or storing it. Keep in mind that long-term storage can get costly.
Coordinating the Move
When two people are moving into a new place together it can make a move harder to coordinate simply because you have two homes and a lot more stuff to keep track of. Keeping organized is very important (you can check out some of our other blogs for tips & hacks). Even more important is proper planning. We recently had a customer schedule her move (in my opinion, ideally) for a move in with a significant other. They had a storage unit and a house that both needed to be moved onto moving trucks and unloaded at their new home together. So they hired four of our men and rented two trucks. Two of our men were able to load one truck at the storage unit and the other two went to the house to load the other truck. Both trucks then arrivedat the new house and the four men unloaded the two trucks in record time. Whatever you decide to do for your particular situation, remember to take it easy on yourself. The last thing you need is an argument on moving day.
Setting Your Ground Rules
When moving in together, it can be mutually beneficial if you lay out all of your pet peeves to the other person. If it bugs you, let them know. It is NEVER a good idea to let a continual annoyance fester into resentment. If your boyfriend leaves the toilet seat up and that little voice in your head flies into a tirade, you should let him know that. Be aware though that it may be destructive to your relationship to start off the discussion if you are annoyed or angry. Bring it up, let them know that a change in their behavior is important to you and beneficial to them (because it grows your relationship), but don't bite their head off! Treat your new roommate or significant other with the same respect you would want to receive from them. Be understanding. Remember, they are adjusting to you just as much as you are adjusting to
them. If they forget about the toilet seat a few times before it becomes a routine it's completely normal.
Financing is also very important to have worked out in advance. Decide if you are going to split the rent and bills or if you are designating certain bills to be a particular person's responsibility. Be sure to make your roommate or significant other aware if there is any reason that they unexpectedly cannot afford a bill and make it clear that you expect the same from them. You never want to have them angry at you because the power got shut off and you didn't tell them about it or vice versa.
Ayla PR Representative at Moving Made Smooth, Inc.
A lot of factors must be considered when deciding upon your new home. One of the most important factors is whether or not the new neighborhood is a good fit for you and your family. Moving Made Smooth, Inc. has made a helpful list of attributes that you will want to research before deciding on where to relocate.
What is the crime rate in the neighborhood?
An important factor to research is you and your family's personal safety. If a particular area has a large number of crimes or registered sex offenders in the vicinity, you may want to consider relocating to a different neighborhood. Below I have links to the different sex offender registry sites and other general crimes.
Search for crimes in any area
Nebraska sex offender registry
Iowa sex offender registry
Links to any state sex offender registry
Are there any nearby schools that are a good match for my children?
One of the hardest parts of moving when you have little ones is finding the right school. Some kids want to go to a school with the best drama or football departments. As parents, you may be interested in schools that have good before and after school programs. Be sure to thoroughly research a school before enrolling your kids. We have collected a few links to get you started if you are new to the Omaha area.
Omaha Public Schools (OPS)
Catholic Schools in Omaha
Private Schools in Omaha
Council Bluffs Community School District
Are there any activities available for me and my family in the vicinity?
It is important for families to do activities together to facilitate bonding. Or maybe you justaren't interested in becoming a hermit in your new city. Either way, it can be difficult to find new routines in a new environment. We have a few attractions in the Omaha area that may interest you.
Henry Doorly Zoo
Joslyn Art Museum
TD Ameritrade Park
Holland Performing Arts Center
Is the neighborhood quiet? What is the Community like?
Everyone is looking for a quiet and safe place to live, right? Maybe you like old houses or modern ones. Or possibly you want to get Cantonese for dinner on Wednesday night and Mexican food the next. Whatever it is you are looking for in your new neighborhood, doing research will help you find the right place.
Statistics & Demographics About Any City (some information on this site requires a fee, but the site is very helpful without paying a cent).
Will I have job opportunities after I relocate?
Omaha is home to many small businesses and large corporations. It is relatively easy to find work and many businesses in Nebraska have been little affected by recession. This is pretty attractive to many people who move into the Omaha area. If you are moving out of the area it may be useful to look up unemployment statistics for the new city or search job websites for jobs in your field.
Unemployment rates for metropolitan areas (I suggest using ctrl+F to find a particular city)
Cost of living
What is the Natural Disaster Risk in the New Neighborhood?
This may not be the first thing you think of when moving to a new area, but it is nonetheless important. Below I have a link where you can see the disaster risks as reported by FEMA. You can check a disaster risk by region on the left menu.
Ayla PR Representative with Moving Made Smooth, Inc.
#1 Use plastic wrap under bottle caps to prevent leakage of liquid items.
There aren't many things that would be as annoying as unpacking your toiletries only to discover that a bottle of hand lotion has leaked on everything! This life hack helps you avoid that kind of frustration and is done simply by removing the bottle cap, placing a small square of plastic wrap around the opening of the bottle, and replacing the cap.
#2 Use a white bar of soap or toothpaste to fill in nail holes.
This simple trick can help you to get that security deposit back! All you do is rub the bar soap into the hole until the hole is filled or press the toothpaste into the hole with a knife, spatula, etc. and allow it to dry. Ta-da! No more hole.
#3 Put Styrofoam plates between your ceramic ones to prevent them from breaking.
Putting Styrofoam plates between each ceramic will help prevent chipping or breaking by giving them a little extra cushioning. And remember to always stand dishes on edge inside boxes and pad the bottom of the box.
#4 Pickup wine or liquor boxes from grocery/convenience stores for packing up glass cups.
Liquor stores will often give these to you for free. They frequently have cardboard dividers in them so you can easily pack your fragile cups in there. If you have trouble finding these boxes or would rather order some we offer dish pack boxes. The boxes we offer can be found on our Packing Supplies page.
#5 Use toilet paper/paper towel rolls to wrap and store cords for your electronics.
I have mentioned this life hack before in my blog about packing electronics, but it is a useful trick and I thought it best to include it again here. Save up some of these rolls for about a week before you move. Remember to take a picture of how your electronics look plugged in and take it apart. Wrap up the cords and slide them into the rolls. You can label the rolls with information about where the cord came from and pack these into your moving boxes.
#6 Double box extremely fragile items like electronics.
If you have concerns about whether a fragile item will make the trip feel free to use this life hack. For screens and monitors, you may want to mask them in an 'X' to help prevent it from cracking. Then, wrap or pad the item with moving blankets, paper (or newsprint), or corrugated cardboard and put this into an appropriate sized box. Proceed to pad this box in one of the afore mentioned ways and put it into a slightly larger box. The boxes can be the original product box or you can purchase an appropriate box from us (we have television boxes).
#7 Books are easiest to pack into wheeled suitcases.
This life hack is extremely convenient. Often when packing books into a box, it is really easy to make the box to heavy. Not only is this a problem because the box is unwieldy, it may be too much weight for the box itself and can cause the box to break open. Using a wheeled suitcase to pack your books eliminates these issues as they are unlikely to break open if filled and can be wheeled to the truck instead of carried.
#8 Put 2 old fitted sheets on your mattress, one covering one side and the other over the other side.
If you're like me and didn't think to keep the packaging that your mattress came in, this life hack could be right up your alley. All it requires is two old fitted sheets and your mattress will have a decent amount of protection from stains and damage. As I said above, just put one on normally and flip the mattress over. Then put the other one on the other side, being sure to wrap it over the edges of the first. If you are looking to get extra protection for your mattress we offer mattress bags and boxes on our packing supplies page.
#9 If you need to pack a number of small items in a single box, line the box with a trash bag.
This life hack is a great preventative measure. If many small items are packed into a single box, it can make a box quite heavy. This measure prevents cleaning up if a box breaks open. The items in the box will be still contained within the bag, making clean up and repacking a breeze.
#10 If a dresser has only light-weight items, leave the items inside and wrap the drawers closed with plastic wrap or tape.
This life hack is a timesaver. Instead of folding, packing, and unpacking all of your clothing, leave anything light in the drawer and secure it closed with tape or plastic wrap. You can add extra padding like moving blankets, corrugated, etc. and have it loaded onto the truck.
#11 Mask off an 'X' on mirrors and glass picture frames to prevent them from breaking.
Masking off an 'X' on these fragile items can help to prevent shattering if there is any shifting of your belongings on the road. For extra protection we do offer mirror/picture boxes on our packing supplies page.
#12 Put screws in baggies and securely tape them to the furniture they came from.
Organization greatly reduces stress during a move. Putting in just a little more effort when you take your furniture apart by organizing your screws and making sure they are secured to the item that they came from can greatly reduce the time it takes for you or your mover to reassemble the furniture in your new place. When securing screws to the furniture do your best to attach them to a place where they won't get brushed off while the furniture is being moved.
#13 Use trash bags to pack clothing on hangers.
I have also mentioned this life hack before when discussing packing clothes and other personal belongings, but I thought I would include it here as well for your convenience. This packing method is best reserved for general, everyday clothing and is also a giant timesaver. All you do is puncture a moderate hole in the bottom of the bag, slip the clothing (still on hangers) through, grab the hangers through the hole, pull the bag down, and tie it off at the bottom. Any expensive or sentimental clothing you own may be better packed inside wardrobe boxes. We also offer wardrobe boxes on our packing supplies page.
#14 Remember to defrost any refrigerators or freezers and empty any gas or oil from lawn mowers, leaf blowers, etc. at least 24 hrs. in advance of your move.
These are important things to remember as they can cost you on your moving day. If a fridge or freezer isn't properly defrosted ahead of time, the appliance can leak water all over inside your truck and damage your belongings. Oil and gas must also be drained from any tools or equipment you own. Any flammable liquids (propane, oil, gasoline, etc.) are dangerous to have loaded on a cargo truck because of the risk of static electricity ignition. With all of your items slightly shifting around on the truck it can build up a lot of static electricity. Also when renting a truck from any company you sign a waiver that states that you will not put any flammable liquids on their truck and it is a breach of contract for you or a mover to load it.
#15 Apartment management frequently have floor plans available online so you can plan ahead where you want your furniture to go in your new place.
Often when researching apartments you can find floor plans on an apartment manager's website. When you decide on a particular apartment, just print out the floor plan. You can use a pencil to draw out where you would like each piece of furniture to go. Sometimes floor plans even give the dimensions of each room making it easier to decide if a particular furnishing will fit in a spot.