You’ve spent decades wisely saving for retirement, a reward for a lifetime of hard work. Now, as you prepare for your golden years and plan out the next steps in life, you’re probably thinking about where to live.
What’s the answer? Well, that’s entirely up to you! Close your eyes and conjure up a happy place. Is it somewhere with endless sunny beaches or majestic mountain views? A gorgeous, green golf mecca? An affordable spot with great entertainment and shopping options? No matter where it is, make sure it’s the right place for you!
We’ve identified some of the best cities for retirees in each U.S. region. So kick back, dream a little dream and explore the possibilities!
Tips for packing a Christmas tree, ornaments and other holiday décor
What are your favorite Christmas decorations? Is it the reindeer ornament your child made out of craft sticks? What about the snow globe of Santa’s village passed down by your great-grandmother? Maybe it’s the tree, twinkling with little white lights and a sparkling star?
Whatever the case, you pack these things away after the holidays each year, knowing they’ll be safe until next season. But now you’re moving, and your stuff has to travel across the country in the back of a truck. When it comes to fragile items like ornaments, it’s essential to pack with even more care than you would for storage. This helps ensure you’re able to deck the halls with your most treasured keepsakes for many seasons to come! Start by getting the right supplies, then follow these tips and best practices for packing decorations.
Do you feel like your moving situation is out of the ordinary? Well, rest assured, there’s no such thing as “normal” when it comes to moving. We’ve helped more than a million customers move, and have seen just about everything you can imagine. Some challenges are super easy to work around, and some require a little more creative problem-solving. Take a look at the situations below, and read about the solutions we offer.
Moving to a place with a higher elevation comes with lots of cool advantages. With mountains nearby, you’ll breathe fresher, crisper air. There’s also beautiful scenery to enjoy and access to more outdoor recreational opportunities. But, because the air is thinner and the atmospheric pressure decreases, your body definitely needs time to adjust. You also may need to change your workout routine, prepare food differently and take extra precautions with pets and vehicles.
Read on to learn what life is like at higher elevation and how to prepare for it.
With work slowing down and kids being out of class, holidays are an ideal time for transition. And while these times come with some unique challenges, planning your move over a break can definitely work in your favor. Let’s explore the pros and cons of moving over the holidays, and discover ways to plan around the issues you may face. It’s possible to have a happy move and a happy holiday!
Moving can be stressful for everyone in your household — even your pets. But unlike moving with a dog or cat, if you’re planning an interstate move and own exotic pets like reptiles, birds, ferrets, rabbits or other unique animals, they need a little extra TLC. Plus, you’ll want to be sure you’re moving them safely and legally to your new home.
Before you head out, review this information to help prepare for moving with your exotic animals.
Congratulations on being in your new home! You’ve survived the stressful journey of selecting a place to live, packing and moving. Now you’re ready to kick back, relax and enjoy it. So why not throw a housewarming party and celebrate?
Housewarming parties are a great way to meet new neighbors and co-workers, hang out with family and friends, and get acclimated to the community. They’re traditionally low-key affairs, but be as fancy or as casual as you wish — it’s your party, after all! If you’ve never hosted a housewarming party, or if you’re looking for a refresher course to get some ideas, you’re in the right place. Read on for tips on how to host a memorable, stress-free get-together that won’t break the bank!
Moving can be emotionally draining. After saying goodbye to your friends and family, packing up and moving to a new neighborhood, you may not feel like being outgoing and social. But, after getting settled, it’s smart to take the time to meet your new neighbors.
Even if you’re not looking to make connections in the area, it’s nice to have someone you know nearby. You may also find that it’s helpful to meet people who can check mail or water the plants while you’re out of town — or at least someone who can recommend local service providers. Most would agree that it’s better to befriend neighbors than endure complicated relationships simply because you don’t know them well. So jump in and get to know those living next door.
With nearly 85 million families owning a pet in the U.S., it’s no surprise that many moves include at least one animal. But if you've never moved with a pet before, you likely have a few questions. How will you keep them contained in the vehicle? How often will you need to stop? Is it better to use a pet transporting company? We've got the information you need to help everything go smoothly!
Where do you take your dog? On trips to the vet? To the local park on the weekends? On family vacations? Even if you regularly make short trips with your pup, a big move is much different. There are several things to handle before you leave, like planning travel and preparing your dog for the long drive.
First, check out this guide to moving with pets for general tips, and then read below for these dog-specific things to consider for your move.