Not only is a computer an expensive, fragile electronic, it can also be very important to your life. Maybe you use it for work or for school, but even if it’s just for streaming Netflix, you want to keep it safe. To ensure it arrives in perfect condition after moving, take a little extra time to pack it properly.
Keeping your family safe is a top priority, which is why it’s important to check your neighborhood crime rates. Whether you’ve lived at an address for a while or are shopping for a new home, being aware of what goes on in the area can help you make informed decisions. Since many online tools and apps give helpful data, it’s pretty simple to find crime rate statistics — you just have to know what to look for. But no matter what you find, there are some easy ways to improve security and help deter crime.
Moving with dogs: It’s more than just a long car ride
They say dogs are man’s best friend, and many dog owners agree. So, if you’re planning a long-distance move, you might be wondering how best to take care of them during the process. If your dog is the laid-back type, he or she will probably adjust easily to the change. But if your pup isn’t used to strangers, long car rides or new places, these tips will help them stay calm and happy.
The spotted lanternfly: a new invasive pest to be aware of
Lycorma delicatula, commonly referred to as the spotted lanternfly, is an invasive insect that’s native to China. It was first seen in Pennsylvania in September 2014, but has since spread to other regions of the country. Much like the gypsy moth, which is present in several states, the spotted lanternfly is capable of destroying several important crops. Take a closer look at the threat this insect presents, and learn how to prevent spreading them to new areas when you move.
So many exciting things come with a new apartment: a new city or area to explore, new neighbors to get to know and new a place to decorate. But before you can start on that exciting adventure, there are several things to coordinate. From going over your lease to securing parking, these steps are important for a successful move. Check out these tips for managing the details of apartment moving, and then take a look at how to pack up an apartment from start to finish.
Do you prefer a calm lake or a raging river? Are you a solo rafter or do you head out with friends? No matter your style, you’ve probably had amazing experiences inside your boat. So, if you’re moving across the country, you’ll want to make sure it stays protected. After all, what fun is a new state if you can’t explore the water? Check out these tips for moving a kayak or canoe — it’s a lot easier than you might think.
Excited about an upcoming move, but not sure how to make the announcement to friends and family? You can share the news online, in person, in the mail or in other interesting ways. Here are our best tips for letting people know you’re moving.
Making an online moving announcement
Whether you’re looking to announce an upcoming move or let people know you’ve already moved, social networking sites are great places to post. In just a few clicks, you can let everyone know! There are two main ways to go about it — unique shareable images or a special Facebook status update.
How does your cat respond to interruptions in environment or routine? If it’s like most, he or she may get anxious in unfamiliar situations. During a move, cats will face a long car ride, loud noises, and a new home — all of which might cause some stress. It’s normal to be concerned about how your pet will fare during a long move, but a little preparation can make it easier on everyone involved.
Worried about putting your cat in a rental truck? U-Pack® is a “you pack, we drive” service that lets you travel in your own vehicle so you can focus on the trip, not the move. Get started with a free moving quote.
Get mail at your new home with a USPS Change of Address Form
Have you ever seen a yellow sticker on a piece of mail with the words return to sender, not deliverable as addressed or unable to forward? The United States Postal Service calls these pieces “Undeliverable As Addressed” (UAA) mail — they can’t be delivered with the address on them and must be forwarded, returned or thrown away. According to Mailing Systems Technology, the USPS handles over 6 billion pieces of UAA mail annually, but only about 20% of it gets forwarded to a new address. And 75% of the time, this happens because someone moves.
Filling out a Change of Address form will ensure your mail gets to your new home. Look at the options for forwarding, completing the process and what items will and won’t forward.
It’s completely normal to leave a tip for good service. And if you’ve ever eaten at a restaurant, gotten a haircut, had a pizza delivered or taken a cab, you’re probably pretty familiar with how it works. But if you’re hiring movers for the first time, you may be wondering if you’re supposed to give them extra cash for a job well done. Learn from Dustin Whinery, an experienced mover in Texas, to see what’s typical and what to expect.