February 5th, 2018 - 8:52 AM
What’s it like to drive a moving truck?
Have you ever driven an unfamiliar vehicle? Whether you’ve rented a car or borrowed one from a friend, you know how strange it can be to sit in the driver’s seat of a vehicle you haven’t been in before. With buttons in different places, some controls not working the same, and blind spots not being where you’re used to, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. That feeling is magnified in a rental truck — the vehicle is bigger, the seat sits up higher, and all of your belongings are inside. Before choosing how to move, take a look at these tips for driving a moving truck.
January 26th, 2018 - 8:49 AM
Does my move qualify for moving expense deductions?
Did you move in 2017? You might be able to list moving expenses on your taxes and deduct them. There are certain requirements to meet in order to take advantage of these deductions — take a look at the qualifications, special circumstances (like military moves and those affected by natural disasters) and how the process works.
January 12th, 2018 - 8:06 AM
How to move house plants
Unlike other household goods that you can wrap with Bubble Wrap® and place in a box, house plants are living, breathing things and need special care. On top of that, each state has unique regulations and certification requirements, so shipping them from one state to another requires a little prep work. Determine if you should or can take your plants with you when you move, and explore options for transporting them.
December 6th, 2017 - 3:23 PM
How to help your baby during a move
U.S. Census Bureau data shows that 5.5% of people who moved in 2017 were under the age of 4. That’s a lot of tiny people going to new places. In addition to figuring out the logistics of moving with a baby — like trying to pack with a crawler at your feet — it’s also common to have concerns about things like traveling long distance with an infant or toddler and how to help them adjusted to living and sleeping in a new home. So we reached out to Certified Gentle Sleep Coach Tracy Spackman for advice. Take a look at some things to think about before, during and after your move make moving with a baby as stress-free as possible, and hopefully, get as much sleep as possible.
November 17th, 2017 - 3:48 PM
Figure out how long your move will take
Knowing how much time it takes to move is helpful for several reasons. It helps you know when to expect your items — a critical piece of information — and it also helps you know when to schedule moving labor, when to start packing, and when to schedule turn-on dates for utilities. The speed of a move depends on a few factors. Explore them below and see typical timeframes for popular moving options.
November 13th, 2017 - 1:49 PM
Making a move easier for kids
There are lots of things to coordinate and plan for as you prepare to move — the packing, the moving company, transferring utilities and more. But if you’re moving with children, making sure they’re ready for the transition is likely a top priority. If you’re looking for ways to help calm their fears and make the move a positive experience, we have some tips for making the change easier for kids, throughout your move.
November 10th, 2017 - 9:01 AM
How to save on gas costs
Before any road trip, you map out the route, scout hotels and food stops, and make sure the car is ready for the road. But do you make a plan for fuel? Most people just know there will be gas stations along the route and hit the road. However, with a little pre-planning, you can save money on gas. Road trip fuel costs can add up, and driving to move across the country is no different. Learn how to save on gas by finding coupons and discounts and figure out how to reduce fuel.
October 25th, 2017 - 1:15 PM
When it comes to being environmentally friendly, moving is not a perfect industry. Packing materials can be wasteful, and getting belongings to a new home can take a lot of fuel and create emissions. However, it’s possible to make a few modifications to the process to limit the impact your move has on the environment. To help us provide the best advice, we reached out to Kathryn from Going Zero Waste to get her input on how to make a move more eco-friendly.
October 20th, 2017 - 10:59 AM
Do I need to transfer my medical records?
Aside from packing up boxes and scheduling the moving company, there are several other details to handle when you’re moving state to state. You also have to do things like cancel and set up (or transfer) utilities, transfer your license and registration, select schools and/or child care, and do USPS change of address. Another important task that you don’t want to forget is transferring medical and dental records to any new providers.
When you begin seeing a new medical provider they’ll normally want to know your medical history, present and past illnesses or conditions and treatments and medications. Even if you’re in good health, it’s helpful for a new provider to review the history of your vitals, vaccines and any test results.
And, because of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), you have the right to take your records with you when you move or change providers. Learn more about HIPPA regulations for transferring your medical information.
October 16th, 2017 - 11:37 AM
Before deployment checklist
Planning to leave your friends, family and home for any period of time can be stressful, but the time before deployment can be even more difficult for service members. Getting things in order before you leave can mean dealing with things like last-minute home and auto repairs,doing a military move, handling bills and making plans for your absence (family, pets, etc.). To get everything finished before it’s time to head out, it’s helpful to have a detailed list. Here are some tips for preparing your family, home and personal matters for deployment.