The bags are packed, the road trip playlist is ready, and the GPS coordinates are set. You’re ready to hit the road — but is your car? Whether you’re taking a fun trip across the country or moving to a new state, it’s wise to take time to prepare your car for the drive. Complete these vehicle maintenance steps so you’ll be ready to set out on your trip with a safe, dependable vehicle.
After a move, you may find yourself swimming in a sea of cardboard. If you’ve moved a two-bedroom home, you can easily have over 50 used boxes laying around. Or maybe you’ve ordered several things online and are looking for a way to reuse those boxes. You can go the environmentally-friendly route and recycle them, but you may want to get creative with some of them. With a few supplies, moving boxes can be repurposed into unique things that can entertain your kids, organize your home, and more!
Moving is an exciting opportunity to start fresh in a new place, but it also means leaving people you love behind. While this can make moving more difficult, the good news is that the digital age we live in makes it easy to remain close no matter how far away you are. All you have to do is make the commitment to stay in touch and then choose the best method. There are many ways to maintain a long distance relationship — you just need to discover what form of communication best fits your personality and needs.
Does this sound familiar: tired, watery eyes, frequent headaches, congestion and trouble sleeping? If so, you might be suffering from indoor allergies. Allergies happen when your immune system overreacts to something you’ve been exposed to, and whatever causes the reaction is an allergen. Many people are exposed to environmental allergens in their homes on a daily basis, and the main ones are:
Despite the best cleaning efforts, many of these substances can be found in your home. The first step to getting rid of allergy symptoms is learning which type of allergen is causing the issue.
Do you know someone who’s graduating this year? Whether it’s from kindergarten, high school or college, your graduate deserves a celebration that honors their achievement. To help you plan the perfect event, we’ve developed some ideas for themes, food and gifts. Choose your favorites to create a night your graduate won’t forget.
Whether you’ve lived in your home long term or you’re moving into a place that’s been vacant a while, there’s a chance you’ll have to deal with pests. Some you’ll see, like flies and ants, and others, like bed bugs and fleas, you may not. While many pests are simply a nuisance that you want to get rid of, some are more serious — causing damage and posing potential health hazards. Considering this, it’s wise to rid your home of those that are currently there, and take preventive measures to make sure they stay away.
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.
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.
Moving is an exciting and busy time. You get to start fresh in a new place, put things exactly where you want them, and decide how to decorate. But while it’s easy to get caught up in details like what color to paint the walls or where to put the couch, it’s important to make sure your home is secure. Use these home safety tips to protect your property and minimize risk.
Home security checklist — tips for a safe home
Here are 10 security steps new homeowners should take after moving:
Halloween is a time for candy, scary movies and haunted houses. It’s also a great chance to come up with creative costumes for you and your kids. Buying the same outfit as everyone else can be boring, and it’s way more fun (and cheaper) to make your own. For our list of homemade Halloween costumes, we gathered an assortment of moving boxes, paint and some easy-to-find craft items to create a few clever concepts. Perfect for all ages, these costume ideas are cheap and easy to make — they’re sure to be a big hit!