February 17th, 2017 - 2:24 PM
United States relocation trends
The U.S. Census Bureau began collecting housing data in 1940 and has since archived numerous statistics about our moving habits. Using this data and other reputable resources, it’s easy to see some recent patterns in the way we move. For example:
- More people moved to the South and West than to the Northeast and Midwest
- Larger homes are more popular — median home size has increased by 450 square feet since 2010
- Renters are more likely to move than homeowners
Want to learn more about long-distance moving trends? Check out the infographic below to see popular destinations in the U.S. and get information on moving options.
February 15th, 2017 - 1:42 PM
Why you should use flooring protection when moving
It’s moving day, and you and a friend are carrying a custom-built (and heavy!) farmhouse table to the front door. As you round a corner, your fingers slip, and the legs crash to the ground. You sigh with relief when you see the table didn’t suffer any damage, but wait — is that a dent in the hardwood? Sure enough. Now what?
Floors don’t usually top the list of things to think about during a move, but protecting them from damage can prevent costly last-minute repairs. Fortunately, there are several simple ways to protect floors throughout a move.
February 10th, 2017 - 10:26 AM
Simple ways to keep energy bills affordable
Utility costs can fluctuate for many different reasons, but it usually comes down to inefficient use (a problem often seen with old equipment). And while everyone wants to save money on their bills, expensive upgrades like tankless water heaters or better-performing HVAC systems aren’t always possible. Luckily, there are plenty of easy, budget-friendly ways to spend less on utilities — even if you rent.
February 6th, 2017 - 3:27 PM
Important moving company questions
Moving your belongings can be a big ordeal, especially when moving long distance. Because you want your items to stay safe, it's important to make sure the moving service fits your needs — but knowing what to ask in order to choose the right company can be tough. Before making a reservation, start by asking these ten questions.
January 27th, 2017 - 9:53 AM
Parking permits for moving equipment
Parking permits are usually one of the most overlooked details when preparing a long-distance move, but they’re also one of the most important. And because planning and packing can be hectic, you don’t want the added worry of wondering whether or not parking is available at your new residence. Save yourself some time and stress by determining if you’ll need permission to park the moving equipment and then arranging for it in advance.
January 20th, 2017 - 1:58 PM
Staying safe from Craigslist scams
Craigslist has been the go-to for buying, selling and renting practically anything since 1995. You can even find and hire services like movers, travel agents and financial advisers there. Though it definitely makes things more convenient, it can also be a place where scammers take advantage of the innocent and inexperienced. While most fraud attempts are obvious, cybercriminals are becoming craftier — from creating counterfeit checks and fake websites, to rogue companies and suspicious encounters. If you plan on using Craigslist during the moving process, avoid being caught in the middle of a scam by learning how to recognize one upfront and familiarizing yourself with five of the most common fraud attempts.
January 11th, 2017 - 7:59 AM
Most dangerous roads in America
Whether you’re looking for the safest paths to travel or you’re interested in finding thrilling places to drive, knowing the scariest roads in the United States is sure to help. Our list of the ten most dangerous roads was compiled using accident data, comments from people who have driven on them, and a look at the general safety measures used during construction. Before heading out on your next road adventure, be sure you’re choosing the route you want.
January 4th, 2017 - 2:28 PM
New house checklist
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the thought of moving to a new house? You’re probably thinking about everything that needs to be done like connecting the utilities, remodeling the areas that need work and cleaning old messes (just to name a few). To make sure you are not forgetting any important details, we’ve compiled a list of things you should do when moving to a new house. Follow these tips to help make your new place feel more like home.
December 28th, 2016 - 9:48 AM
The best way to protect your belongings
Paper or plastic? While this is a question most commonly heard at the grocery store, it can come up when you’re moving, too. Should you pack your stuff into cardboard boxes or plastic totes? Choosing the right thing is important when it comes to moving long distance.
Plastic totes are very popular for storage. And they might even appear sturdier and easier to stack than moving boxes. But are they a smart investment? Will they keep your stuff safe and secure for a trek across the country in a moving truck?
December 26th, 2016 - 10:58 AM
Winter driving tips
If you're traveling in or out of an area that experiences extreme winter weather, you may have concerns about how to drive in the snow and ice. Depending on where you're headed, you may encounter snow drifts and white outs or ice covered roads. All of these conditions require different styles of driving and condition-specific safety precautions. Learn how to maneuver when driving on ice, snow and other cold weather conditions.