What To Consider When Moving to the Suburbs

What To Consider When Moving to the Suburbs

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Thinking of making a move from the city to the ‘burbs? You aren’t alone. These days, plenty of Americans are trading in their subway tickets for suburban mini-vans. While urban areas do have some advantages (read: no shortage of culture and ample job opportunities), city suburbs bring a lot to the table – including good public schools, low crime, affordable neighborhoods, more space, lower cost of living, and less traffic – among other positives. Before moving to the suburbs, though, be sure to carefully consider these 7 things first.

#1 How well the suburb fits your needs

First things first: before you move, make sure it’s the right move. Are you and your family fully prepared for the change of pace of suburban living? I recommend first conducting as much research as possible on your various suburbs of choice. Look into the quality of the health-care, nearby schools and cost of living. In addition to online research, visit and spend quality time in a place before picking up and moving. Head to a coffee shop, stroll through the park, talk to residents and attend local events to see what kind of overall vibe you pick up from the area. Just make sure you’re choosing the suburb that best fits your needs and lifestyle.

#2 The length and time of your commute

Still working in the city? If you’re planning to frequent the city for work, you’ll need to seriously consider the new commute time. According to Psychology Today, “longer commutes are systematically associated with lower rates of well-being.” The study reported that in addition to unnecessary stress caused by congested traffic and delays, an extra hour of commuting cuts into health-related activities, such as sleep, exercise and shared meals. So before you commit to a long commute, consider whether the benefits outweigh the costs. If you’re able to do so, I recommend choosing a suburb that isn’t more than an hour away from your workplace.

#3 You’re going to need a car

Let’s face it – many city dwellers (if not most) haven’t had to drive a car in years, thanks to easy, urban alternatives, such as subways, buses, taxis, and Ubers. But alas, these modes of transportation probably won’t cut it (and may not even exist) in the land of suburbia. So if you’re planning to move to a suburban community, be prepared to purchase or lease a car. Trust me – you’ll be driving everywhere! From the grocery store to your kids’ school, you’ll need a safe and reliable car to get you there. Obviously, the downside of having a car is the cost and upkeep. However, many suburban residents find that having a car actually gives them a newfound sense of freedom. Gone are the days of overcrowded subways and sharing cars with strangers. You’ll soon be able to drive yourself wherever you wish to go – and have your own personal parking garage as well.

#4 Local Realtors’ qualifications

Whether you’re renting or buying a home, it’s important to find a reputable and reliable Realtor to help you find the right place to live. Local real estate agents should know the suburb like the back of their hand, and should be able to introduce you to neighborhoods that meet your budget and lifestyle needs. Realtors also can assist with all legalities concerning your rental or purchase. To enlist a qualified buyer’s agent to show you around, check Realtor.com’s extensive list of local Realtors.

#5 The suburb’s school district ratings

Many families move out to the suburbs for the excellent school districts. In general, suburbs have more top-rated public school systems than large cities. If educational opportunities are a concern for your family, be sure to thoroughly research a suburb’s schools before making a move. To discover the best schools for your children, use Moving.com’s free school ratings tool to access all the information you need from GreatSchools. Our school ratings are easy to navigate. All you have to do is type in the zip code or city and state of your new home and then choose whether you want to filter information by district or by school. We’ll pull the school report information most important to you from our database of nearly 90,000 public and private schools serving grades kindergarten through 12th grade. Curious where the top 10 school districts in America are located? Check here.

#6 The size and needs of your home

It’s no secret that one of the biggest draws to the suburbs is the ample amount of space! Compared to city living and small apartments, suburban residents can typically get more bang for their buck when it comes to purchasing a home. Just remember though – the bigger the home, the more furnishings you’ll need to fill it! When moving to the suburbs, it’s important to consider the amount of space you and your family actually need. Do you need a yard, a pool or extra bedrooms? If so, it’s time to empty that storage unit and start unpacking. Once you settle on a place, I recommend taking the blueprint and coming up with a plan for how you will furnish and decorate each space. Start with the rooms you’ll be frequenting most and go from there. Don’t forget to start saving room for furniture and decor in your budget now, so that once you move you won’t have to wait months to outfit your home.

#7 Hiring professional movers

If you’re able to do so, I recommend hiring professional movers to handle the upcoming relocation from the city to the ‘burbs. With elevators, steep staircases, limited parking, and dense traffic, moving from a big city requires serious planning and efficiency. If you’ve already decided to rent a moving truck, yourself, you can always hire professionals to assist with labor only, such as assembling and disassembling furniture, packing, and loading or unloading items. Fortunately, there are plenty of professional moving companies that can handle the task for you. To find the best moving company to move your belongings, check Moving.com’s extensive network of reputable and reliable movers. All relocation companies in our network are licensed and insured, so you can rest assured that your move will be in good hands. Good luck and happy moving!

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Published at Fri, 01 Sep 2017 19:57:57 +0000

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A List of What to Bring When Moving Into a College Dorm

A List of What to Bring When Moving Into a College Dorm

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With fall right around the corner, thousands of U.S. colleges and universities will be reopening their doors soon!

In addition to the frenzy of excitement surrounding a college move, many incoming freshman experience plenty of nerves – and understandably so. Living away from home for the first time ever is challenging. It means meeting new people, sharing a room with strangers,  and – yes – even doing your own laundry (sorry, can’t escape that one!). With this in mind, college freshman need to be extra prepared for moving into a college dorm room. After all, the more prepared you are, the less stress you’ll feel during the move-in process.

Keep in mind, college dorm rooms are generally teeny tiny. Some come outfitted with only a bed and desk. Many college dorms also require residents to share a large bathroom with the students living in their hallway. If this is the case, freshman will need to bring a few extra bathroom supplies (hello: portable caddy, flip flops and bathrobe). Those sharing a kitchenette with roommates will want to bring supplies and tools for cooking as well. Before packing, all students should double-check their university’s housing department’s policy on prohibited and hazardous dorm room items.

Overall, those moving into a college dorm room should focus on bringing small items that can easily be folded and stored away under a bed or on a shelf. Given the size of a college dorm room, there won’t be much space for storing unnecessary items. Unless you’re able to rent a storage unit during the year, you’ll need to make some compromises when packing up belongings. Be sure to check with your new roommate on the list of dorm room needs. To avoid bringing everything, I recommend splitting room necessities with a roommate. This way, you won’t end up with two TVs or two futons.

Before you get started with the packing, take a look at our helpful list of what to bring when moving into a college dorm.

Bedding

  • Mattress pad
  • At least two sets of twin sheet sets (be sure to check whether the dorm bed requires extra long twin sheets)
  • Pillowcases
  • Pillows
  • Quilt or bedspread
  • Duvet
  • Extra blankets
  • Backrest pillow for sitting up
  • Throw pillows
  • Reading light that can attach to bed

School Supplies

  • Bookbag or sling bag
  • Lap desk
  • Pencils
  • Black, blue and red pens
  • White-out
  • Index cards
  • New and used textbooks
  • Sharpie markers
  • Post-it notes
  • Highlighters
  • Printing paper and loose-leaf
  • Binders
  • Folders
  • File folders and cabinet (if needed)
  • Calculator
  • Desk organizer
  • Pouches for pens and supplies
  • Notepads and notebooks
  • Paper clips
  • Stapler and staples
  • Hole puncher

Laundry

  • Laundry hamper for dirty laundry
  • Quarters for coin laundry (if needed)
  • Iron
  • Foldable ironing board
  • Laundry detergent
  • Fabric softeners
  • Dryer sheets
  • Lint brush
  • Stain removing spray or pen
  • Drying rack for clothes that can’t be put in the dryer

Closet

  • Shoe rack or over the door storage
  • Clothing hangers
  • Clothing for all seasons
  • Umbrella
  • Raincoat
  • Winter coat, sweaters and fleeces
  • Rainboots
  • Sneakers
  • Shoes for all occasions
  • Dressy, semi-formal outfits
  • T-shirts
  • Athletic clothing
  • Jeans
  • Leggings
  • Shorts
  • Pants
  • Tops
  • Socks
  • Bathing suits
  • Sunglasses
  • Professional clothing for internships and class presentations

Bathroom & Toiletries

  • Shower curtain, curtain liner and rod
  • Soap and/or body wash
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Portable shower caddy
  • Waterproof flip flops for showering (if sharing a hallway bathroom with others)
  • Changing robe
  • Bathroom cleaning supplies
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair gel or mousse
  • Hairspray
  • Moisturizer
  • Razor
  • Shaving kit
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mirror
  • Tweezers
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair ties
  • Comb
  • Contact solution and eyeglass cleaner
  • Toilet paper
  • Mouthwash
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup
  • Chapstick
  • Qtips
  • Cotton balls
  • Makeup remover
  • Facewash
  • Hairdryer
  • Hair curling iron
  • Hair straightening iron
  • Bath mats

Kitchen

  • Ice bucket
  • Can opener
  • Coffee pot
  • Disinfecting wipes and spray
  • Clips for potato chip bags, etc.
  • Tea kettle for boiling water
  • Instant coffee
  • Creamer
  • Ramen
  • Canned foods
  • Bottled water or water filter
  • Snacks
  • Paper towels
  • Cooking and baking sheets
  • Frying pan
  • Oven mitt
  • Utensils
  • Plates and bowls
  • Cups
  • Mugs
  • Paper napkins
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Tupperware
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Sponge
  • Trash bags
  • Mini-fridge (if allowed)

Tech necessities

  • All chargers
  • Power strip
  • TV
  • Laptop
  • Flashlight
  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Ink for printer
  • Camera
  • Tablet with keyboard
  • HDMI cable and ethernet cable
  • Adapter
  • Extension cord
  • Router for internet
  • Apple TV
  • Headphones
  • Batteries

Decor

  • Floor lamp
  • Curtains
  • Curtain rods
  • TV stand
  • Comfortable chair, couch or futon for lounging
  • Desk chair
  • Decor pillows
  • Flower vase
  • Nightstand
  • Table lamp, lampshade and extra bulbs
  • Coffee table or ottoman
  • Poufs
  • Living room rug
  • Small dining room table and chairs (if room)
  • Extra blankets
  • Wall art
  • Mirrors
  • Shelving
  • Bookcase
  • Books
  • Picture frames
  • Bulletin boards
  • Plants
  • Extra baskets for holding things

Miscellaneous

  • Alarm clock or clock radio, if not using phone
  • White noise machine
  • Extra fan
  • Broom and dust pan
  • Waste basket
  • Coat hanger
  • Scissors
  • Sports equipment
  • Sewing kit
  • Storage boxes for under the bed
  • Space saving vacuum sealed storage bags
  • Space heater
  • Jewelry box
  • All important documents including health insurance cards, AAA cards and passport
  • First-aid kit with thermometer, advil, band-aids, neosporin, decongestant and antiseptic wipes
  • Vitamins and prescription medicine
  • Sleep mask
  • Ear plugs
  • Workout equipment and yoga mat
  • Luggage
  • Games and books
  • Bike or moped
  • Bike helmet
  • Hand-held vacuum for cleaning
  • Car

Ready for the move?

For many students, a parent’s mini-van simply won’t cut it. If you’re planning to move a heck of a lot of belongings into your college dorm, you’ll need to rent a moving truck or trailer to assist you with the upcoming college move. Fortunately, there are plenty of quality moving truck rental companies to choose from. To find the one that best fits your moving day budget and needs, check out Moving.com’s truck rental center. Within our truck rental center, you’ll find information and discounts on various rental truck companies.

If you’re looking to hire extra moving labor, Moving.com has you covered. Check out our extensive network of reputable and reliable movers. All relocation companies in our network are licensed and insured, so you can rest assured that your move will be in good hands. Good luck and happy moving!

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Published at Tue, 29 Aug 2017 19:11:43 +0000

5 Ways to Hire Help When Moving to a New Home

5 Ways to Hire Help When Moving to a New Home

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Moving soon? Unless you happen to have some very generous (and strong) friends to help you move, you’re going to need to hire help. Otherwise, you could end up with unnecessary anxiety, broken belongings or – worse – injuries! The best way to avoid these moving disasters and the stress that comes with them is to simply hire experienced professionals to help you. From outsourcing moving day labor to hiring on-demand storage, here are 5 ways you can hire outside help when moving to a new home.

#1 Hire labor-only movers

Minding your budget? Opt for labor-only movers instead of full-service. These movers will focus on furniture disassembly, as well as loading and unloading all of your belongings. Given that they’re professionals, you can take comfort in knowing that your household’s worth of items will be in good hands.

One way to find quality moving day labor is through HireAHelper. This online marketplace helps those moving locate and book moving labor professionals in their area. Movers on HireAHelper are either labor-only moving companies that specialize in load and unload services, or they’re full-service moving companies willing to send workers out on labor-only moving jobs. Users can view up-front pricing and reviews on the website to help with evaluating the options. HireAHelper also provides complimentary mover’s insurance that covers $.60 cents per pound, up to $10K.

For more information on other moving labor professionals, check here.

#2 Hire an on-demand storage service

Moving is a busy time. Chances are, there won’t be enough hours in the day to also load and transport your belongs to storage. If you live in an urban environment, this task can be especially challenging (think: heavy traffic, elevators and parking issues). So I recommend making your life easier by hiring an on-demand storage service in your area.

Several companies now offer these “valet-style” storage services, taking the self-storage process to a whole new level. How it works: the on-demand storage service will come to your home, pick up your packed belongings and deliver them to the storage unit for you. These services also let their customers request and schedule a pick-up or return via smartphone or website.

Several on-demand storage services worth considering include:

  • Clutter – Offers six different storage plans to choose from. Clutter is available in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Seattle, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Orange County, California.
  • Cubiq Offers cubes individually, or as part of a plan. Cubiq is available in the Greater Boston Area.
  • MakeSpace – Charges customers for the amount of space their items take up. Storage plans and prices vary by city. MakeSpace is available in New York City, DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
  • RedBinCharges customers $5.00 per storage bin monthly. RedBin is available in New York City.
  • Trove – Offers storage for $2.50 per square foot per month. Trove is available in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area.

#3 Hire a moving specialist to move valuable items

Planning a DIY move? If you have a particularly valuable and/or heavy item in your home, you may need to hire a niche moving company to move that – and only that – belonging. While we’re sure that you and your friends can handle disassembling a bed and carrying a few boxes, we’re not so sure that you can handle moving a piano. Moving a precious instrument that is potentially worth thousands of dollars should be left to the professionals. Fortunately, there are moving companies that focus solely on moving pianos and other niche items.

The same goes for moving a car before embarking on a long distance move. Unless you’re planning to drive the car yourself, it’s best to hand over the keys to a professional auto transporter (and not a friend). These auto transporter specialists focus on shipping cars around the country. Most car shipping companies ship vehicles via an open-air carrier. However, there are many companies that will ship via  an enclosed car carrier as well. Before hiring an auto transporter, make sure to check whether the company is licensed and insured. You can check all reviews online, as well as credentials on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website. Customers can also double-check whether the auto transport is licensed or not by looking up the company’s U.S. DOT number on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website. Get free auto transport quotes on Moving.com.

#4 Hire a professional organizer or Senior Move Managers®

If moving is particularly stressful for you or a loved one, I strongly recommend hiring a professional organizer to help lift the burden of a relocation. Those with overflowing closets (in need of making some serious donations) will be especially helped by a professional organizer before and after a move. If you’re planning to downsize, a professional organizer will be able to help you prioritize and organize all belongings before packing. To find a professional organizer in your area, check either the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals or a local review site, such as Angie’s List to find reviews of organizers near you.

In the case of a senior citizen, where a house may be filled to the brim with many years’ worth of belongings, hiring a Senior Move Manager® can help minimize the chaos of a complicated move. For reference, Senior Move Managers® are members of the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) and specialize in moving issues affecting older adults. Unlike a regular moving company, Senior Move Managers® offer a more holistic approach to the moving process, assisting with all aspects of the relocation.

#5 Hire a professional moving company

Of course, you can always hire a professional moving company to handle your entire move from beginning to end. Movers can do as little or as much as you like, including packing boxes, assembling and disassembling furniture, transporting belongings, and unloading items. If you’re looking for the least stressful way to move, this is it. Fortunately, there are plenty of professional moving companies that can handle the task for you. To find the best moving company to move your belongings, check Moving.com’s extensive network of reputable and reliable movers. All relocation companies in our network are licensed and insured, so you can rest assured that your move will be in good hands. Good luck and happy moving!

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Published at Thu, 24 Aug 2017 18:40:58 +0000

Best Long Distance Moving Companies

Best Long Distance Moving Companies

Want to know how long distance moves are carried out? We have the information you need to find out what the best moving companies do to carry out a long distance move. Many customers are unsure about what they’re looking for when it comes to long distance moving so we did research to see what the best practices are for a long distance move. You will learn that long distance moving is a more complex process compared to local moving and will require more work for the customer and the carrier. It is also very likely that multiple carriers are used for the move and that your items will be moved from truck to truck. Since goods will be on the road for a longer time, it is always a good idea to purchase insurance to protect your goods. Before choosing a moving company make sure to visit Moving Authority to check their reviews and see if they are a reliable mover for a long distance move.

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The Best Big Cities to Move to This Year

The Best Big Cities to Move to This Year

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Look around and you’re sure to see plenty of moving trucks this August.

Despite summer’s end quickly approaching, we are – believe it or not – still in the midst of peak moving season. With roughly 70 percent of moves taking place from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the tail-end of August is without a doubt one of the most popular times to move to one of America’s fantastic, big cities. And trust us – plenty of people are!

According to the personal-finance website WalletHub, large cities are growing at “twice the rate recorded during the opening decade of the 21st century.” While big city living does have its drawbacks (hello, pricey apartments, heavy traffic and expensive food), urban dwellers will tell you these negatives are well worth it. Compared to small towns and rural areas, big cities tend to offer more job opportunities, cultural experiences, entertainment and dining options, and of course – plenty of singles ready to mingle. For these reasons, America’s big cities have become a particularly popular choice among young professionals.

So where, might you ask, are the best big cities to move to this year? Fortunately, WalletHub has the answer. This summer, the personal finance website released its list of 2017’s Best Big Cities to Live in. WalletHub compared the 62 largest U.S. cities based on 50 key metrics. These included job opportunities, public schools, property taxes, safety and more. The results may surprise you. While many of America’s most well-known cities (think: NYC, Los Angeles and Boston) didn’t even crack the top 10 – a few lesser-known ones did. According to WalletHub, here are the 10 best big cities to move to this year.

#1 Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia Beach is officially the best big city to live in, according to WalletHub’s study. The reason you may ask? This southern city has the fewest violent crimes per 1,000 residents, the highest homeownership rate, and the lowest share of residents living below the poverty level, reports the study. The coastal city also offers residents beautiful beaches, affordable neighborhoods, mild weather, plenty of parks and a good number of outdoor, family-friendly activities.

Population: The population of Virginia Beach is 437,994, according to World Population Review.

Median Listing Price: The median listing price for a home in Virginia Beach is $300,000, according to Realtor.com.

#2 Seattle, WA

Coming in as the number two overall best big city to live in is Seattle. WalletHub ranked the city’s economy, education, and health first among all other big cities. With major employers like Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing and Providence Health all calling Seattle home, this Pacific Northwest city is clearly one of the best cities for job seekers. Recently, Seattle ranked as the seventh best place to live by U.S. News & World Report. And thanks to its higher than average number of 20-somethings, it ranked as the best city for young professionals by Forbes as well.

Population: The population of Seattle is 608,660, according to World Population Review.

Median Listing Price: The median listing price for a home in Seattle is $650,000, according to Realtor.com.

#3 Pittsburgh, PA

This former industrial giant now offers one of the best, revamped economies in America. According to WalletHub, Pittsburgh ranks as the third best big city due to its high percentage of residents with a high school diploma or higher, its strong economy and its high quality of life. The city is home to numerous universities and colleges, including Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh. With its highly educated population and overall affordability, Pittsburgh has attracted major players in the high-tech and energy industries.

Population: The population of Pittsburgh is 305,704, according to World Population Review.

Median Listing Price: The median listing price for a home in Pittsburgh is $175,000, according to Realtor.com.

#4 San Diego, CA

With its beautiful beaches, parks and weather, it’s not hard to believe that San Diego is the fourth best big city in America. This stunning West Coast city received high marks from WalletHub for its high quality of life, strong economy, and high number of educated residents. Earlier this year, WalletHub also named San Diego the seventh happiest place to live in America, due to residents’ emotional and physical well-being – as well as their high income and employment rates.

Population: The population of San Diego is 1,307,402, according to World Population Review.

Median Listing Price: The median listing price for a home in San Diego is $696,000, according to Realtor.com.

#5 Colorado Springs, CO

This popular Colorado city offers residents drop dead gorgeous views, hiking trails, plenty of recreational activities and a long list of attractions. WalletHub ranked Colorado Springs as being the fourth most affordable big city in America. The city also ranked third for its number of educated residents with a high school diploma or higher. Earlier this year, Veterans United Home Loans also named Colorado Springs the second best city for veterans in America.

Population: The population of Colorado Springs is 416,427, according to World Population Review.

Median Listing Price: The median listing price for a home in Colorado Spring is $325,000, according to Realtor.com.

#6 Austin, TX

This wonderfully “weird” city’s strong job market, innovative tech-sector, slew of restaurants and endless entertainment options make it one of the best big cities in America. Thanks to its booming economy, Austin was also recently named the best large city in America for job seekers by NerdWallet. With heavy hitters like Dell, Apple and IBM calling Austin home, it’s easy to see why this city is a popular choice among young professionals and families.

Population: The population of Austin is 790,390, according to World Population Review.

Median Listing Price: The median listing price for a home in Austin is $435,000, according to Realtor.com.

#7 Minneapolis, MN

As part of the “Twin Cities,” Minneapolis offers a vibrant downtown scene, a low unemployment rate, a lively sports culture, and plenty of good shopping and restaurants. The Midwestern city received high marks from WalletHub for its high number of educated and health-focused residents, as well as its strong bike score. According to The Atlantic, the Twin Cities rank in the top 10 for “highest college-graduation rate, highest median earnings, and lowest poverty rate.”

Population: The population of Minneapolis is 382,578, according to World Population Review.

Median Listing Price: The median listing price for a home in Minneapolis is $285,000, according to Realtor.com.

#8 Las Vegas, NV

More than just a vacation hotspot, Las Vegas is quickly becoming a popular place to put down roots. Amidst the flashy entertainment and vibrant nightlife is a city with affordable neighborhoods, fantastic restaurants, plenty of outdoor activities, cultural experiences and festivals galore. In addition to ranking Las Vegas as the eighth overall best big city to live in, the personal finance website also ranked the city third for its exceptionally high quality of life.

Population: The population of Las Vegas is 583,756, according to World Population Review.

Median Listing Price: The median listing price for a home in Las Vegas is $291,000, according to Realtor.com.

#9 Denver, CO

Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is the ninth best big city to live in, according to WalletHub. With its many cultural activities, beautiful surroundings, and high number of jobs, it’s certainly easy to see why. The Mile High City scored big for its strong economy, income growth, and bike-friendly environment. Due to its many job opportunities and unique recreational activities, Denver has become a popular choice among young professionals and families.

Population: The population of Denver is 600,158, according to World Population Review.

Median Listing Price: The median listing price for a home in Denver is $492,000, according to Realtor.com.

#10 San Jose, CA

Nicknamed “the capital of Silicon Valley,” San Jose is located just south of San Francisco. The large city offers top-notch schools, a strong job market and close proximity to plenty of startups and high-tech headquarters. WalletHub ranked San Jose high for its low crime rates, excellent schools and health-conscious residents.

Population: The population of San Jose is 945,942, according to World Population Review.

Median Listing Price: The median listing price for a home in San Jose is $800,000, according to Realtor.com.

To learn more about these cities, check out Moving.com’s City Profile Report feature. Our reports include city demographics, real estate, economic makeup, climate, income, education, crime and residential information. Simply enter the zip code or the state and city of your potential move, and get a free report at the click of a button.

Think you want to make one of these cities your new home? You’ll need the right moving company for the job. Check out Moving.com’s extensive network of reputable and reliable movers – all licensed and insured. Good luck and happy moving!

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Published at Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:28:02 +0000

What to Know Before Building or Buying a Tiny House

What to Know Before Building or Buying a Tiny House

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Looking to join the tiny house movement?

If so, you’re not alone. America’s fixation on these mini dream homes has gone to a whole new level, thanks in part to the HGTV shows “Tiny House Revolution” and “Tiny House Hunters.” In addition to their instagram-worthy cuteness, tiny houses provide many with a practical and affordable path to homeownership. Measuring less than 400 square feet of space, they also give homeowners a fantastic excuse to declutter and live a less materialistic lifestyle. If a tiny house appeals to you, keep reading to find out more about the cost, building options, restrictions and more.

What is the overall cost of a tiny house?

The overall price of a tiny house varies and is largely dependent on its size, as well as the finishes and materials used. While a luxury, custom-built tiny house could cost upwards of $150,000, a DIY build will, of course, cost much less. Those building a tiny house themselves could pay as little as $10,000 – but this is rare. According to PAD, an educational site for tiny house owners, a DIY-built tiny house will likely cost anywhere from $35,000 to $45,000. A tiny house built by a reputable builder could cost between $50,000 to $70,000. And a custom-built tiny house usually costs upwards of $80,000 to $100,000.

According to Good Money, the average cost of a tiny house is $23,000. However, the website points out that in order to keep the cost of a tiny house this low, owners “have to maintain a square footage of 186 square feet.” So if you’re hoping for more space in your future tiny house, expect to pay somewhere in the $50,000 ballpark.

Are tiny houses considered RVs?

Some tiny houses are considered RVs (recreational vehicles). According to Curbed, there are two types of tiny houses. Those on wheels (or trailers) are registered as RVs. Those built on a foundation are legally considered an “accessory dwelling unit,” or an ADU.

Can I buy a pre-owned tiny house?

Yes. As anyone who’s ever watched “Tiny House Hunters” on HGTV knows, homebuyers can purchase a new or pre-owned tiny house. Many tiny house builders have ready-made models for purchase. For example, one of the most popular builders of tiny houses is Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. This tiny house builder offers finished Tumbleweed tiny houses with several different models and floorplans to choose from. To purchase a pre-owned tiny house, you can also search through local listings on Realtor.com, as well as listings on Tiny Home Builders’ Tiny House Marketplace. Depending on the square footage and finishes, these resale homes tend to run between $25,000 and $100,000.

How do I build a tiny house?

Those looking to building a tiny house have several options:

  • DIY Build – Prepared to roll up your sleeves and get to work? Those capable and willing to build their own tiny house will save a boatload on labor costs. They’ll also be involved in all aspects of the design and creation of their tiny house. However, do-it-yourself building does have its downsides. Being your own contractor will mean having to source all materials yourself. And unless you have family and friends willing to pitch in, you may end up having to outsource part of the labor. If you’re lacking the desire or know-how to design and build your home from scratch, you can opt for a tiny house kit instead. These kits often provide homebuyers with blueprints, instructions, and materials for constructing their own tiny house. For more information on tiny house builders that offer ready-to-go tiny house kits, check out The Spruce’s list here.
  • Custom Build – Perhaps the most stress-free approach to building a tiny house is to simply have someone else – preferably, professionals – do it for you. If this is the route you wish to take, you’ll need to find a local contractor who either specializes or has experience in building tiny houses. To find a tiny house builder in your area, check Tiny House Listings. The cost of a custom-built tiny house typically runs higher than a DIY home, but given it’s more streamlined approach, many tiny house owners will tell you it’s worth the pricetag. Working with a contractor who is knowledgeable of the tiny house market should also ease the process of obtaining the right permits and meeting certain codes.

Where can I build or park a tiny house?

Before purchasing a tiny house, you’ll need to decide where exactly you will park it. Many owners choose to park the tiny house in a friend or family member’s yard. Good Money reports that tiny homeowners can rent lots in “tiny house co-ops and communities, where monthly prices range from $250 to $500.” The website points out that buying a lot in one of these communities costs around $65,000. Keep in mind though that tiny house communities may not be allowed in your state.

Tiny homeowners may have the option of purchasing an empty lot in their own community. However, due to city and county zoning regulations, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to simply park your tiny house on just any empty lot. For instance, if your tiny house is legally considered an RV, you’ll need to park it in an area zoned for RVs, such as an RV park. Given that many residential neighborhoods are not zoned for homes less than 1,000 square feet, you may have trouble finding a viable lot. So make sure to talk with your local zoning department before purchasing land.

For more details on zoning regulations and building codes, check out the American Tiny House Association’s informative website.

Do I need permits?

Yes. When building a tiny house, you’ll need to apply for various permits. These include electrical permits, plumbing permits and more. Permit costs and forms vary from place to place, so check your local building permit requirements on the city or county website.

How do I get a loan for a tiny house?

According to the Tiny House Community, there are six ways to obtain a tiny house loan. These include:

  • A traditional mortgage
  • Bank loan
  • RV loan
  • Your builder
  • Credit Union
  • Private or peer-to-peer lending

What are the indirect costs of owning a Tiny House?

In addition to the direct costs of buying a tiny house, such as land, trailers, materials and finishes, you’ll also need to consider indirect costs. These include the price of actually moving – whether you hire a moving company or move yourself. Other indirect costs include storage and fuel costs for towing the tiny house.

Ready to move to a tiny house?

To find the best moving company to handle the job, check Moving.com’s extensive network of reputable and reliable movers. All relocation companies in our network are licensed and insured, so you can rest assured that your move will be in good hands.

If you’re planning to downsize to a tiny house, you’ll need to rent a storage unit – at least temporarily. To locate self-storage facilities in your area, use Moving.com’s ‘Find Storage Now‘ tool. All you have to do is type in the zip code or your city and state, and click the ‘find storage’ button. Moving.com will pull quotes from the closest self storage unit facilities near your new home, so that you can compare costs and offerings. Best of luck and happy moving!

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Published at Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:54:59 +0000

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4 Moving Containers to Consider For Your Next Move

4 Moving Containers to Consider For Your Next Move

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Looking to save big money on your next move? Try renting a portable moving container. These nifty large boxes provide those moving and/or looking for temporary storage a convenient and affordable alternative to hiring a professional moving company. Earlier this year, we provided our readers withfive quality moving containers to use during a move – including PODS, 1-800-PACK-RAT, U-Haul’s U-Boxes, ABF U-Pack ReloCubes, and United Mayflower. In addition to these options, here are four other quality moving containers that you should consider next time you move.

Zippy Shell

The moving and storage container company, Zippy Shell, is a particularly good choice for those living or moving to a city apartment, condo or home without a driveway. That’s because Zippy Shell’s “street legal” containers offer both license plates and wheels, and can easily be parked in places that other containers simply can’t. The company points out that if you opt for street parking, Zippy Shell will need the length of two car spaces and the appropriate parking pass. The moving container company offers customers up to three days to load and unload the container. After loading is complete, Zippy Shell will pick up the container and deliver it to their new home.

Container Sizes: Zippy Shell containers comes in two different sizes and can be used for both local or long distance moves, as well as storage. The company’s smaller size container measures 7 ft. high, 7 ft. wide and 10 ft. long with 80 square feet of space. Zippy Shell claims that the container can hold up to one to two furnished rooms worth of furniture and boxes. Zippy Shell’s largest container measures 7 ft. high, 7 ft. wide and 15 ft. long with 106 square feet of space. The container can hold up to two to three furnished rooms of furniture and boxes. Zippy Shell’s trailer is 10.5 ft. wide, 11 ft. high and 22 ft. long from the hitch to the back.

Storage Details: Those looking for storage will have up to three days to load their belongings into Zippy Shell’s containers. Once the container is picked up, Zippy Shell will deliver it to their secure, climate-controlled indoor facility. To retrieve the storage container, customers can simply call and request its return.

SMARTBOX

SMARTBOX is a popular choice among those looking for a smaller, more affordable container option. The containers offer ground level loading capability and a wide access door that allows customers to load the container with ease. Once SMARTBOX delivers the container to their door, customers can load the box at their pace. Given that the moving container company offers unlimited time to pack and load, customers who are looking for a flexible moving schedule will find it with SMARTBOX. If moving, the company will transport the container to the customer’s new, local or long distance location. SMARTBOX customers only pay for the units they use and will not be charged for unused space.

Container Sizes: SMARTBOX offers a one size container measuring 8 ft. long, 7 ft. tall and 5 ft. wide. The container can hold up to 3,000 lbs. This container size is ideal for a studio or one bedroom moves. For larger moves, customers will need to rent multiple SMARTBOX containers.

Storage Details: Once the container is loaded up and ready to go, SMARTBOX will pick up and transport it to a secure, climate-controlled storage facility.

Go Mini’s

For customers looking for unlimited packing time and an especially large moving container, Go Mini’s is a great choice. While most moving container companies allow customers to rent a container on a monthly basis, Go Mini’s lets customers rent a container on a weekly basis. The portable moving and storage container company offers steel containers with padded wheels, and multiple tie-down points. According to Go Mini’s, they are are also designed to “minimize odor, mold and mildew when household goods rest up against them over a period of time.” When the customer is ready, the company will deliver the container to their doorstep, allowing them to load the container at their own pace. Once the container is loaded, Go Mini’s will then pick it up and deliver it to the customer’s new home or storage.

Container Sizes: Go Mini’s offers moving and storage containers in three different sizes, including a 12 ft., 16 ft., and 20 ft option. Go Mini’s claims that, at 20 ft., their largest container offers 29 percent more more cubic feet than the largest container offered by PODS

Storage Details: Customers can: store at their own location, where they have access to it at all times; store at a secure, outdoor Go Mini’s location; or store it indoors at a climate-controlled Go Mini’s storage location.

COWs

COWs (short for “containers on wheels”) is a popular choice for those moving and/or in need of portable storage for their business or residence. The moving container company offers weatherproof, steel containers with wheels that allow customers to move their container from place to place. COWs locations generally offer customers several services including: a DIY option, where customers load and unload the container themselves; a hybrid option, where customers can opt for labor assistance for heavier items; and a full service option, where customers can opt to have the company load and unload all belongings.

Container Sizes: Most COWs locations offer 8 ft. and 16 ft. moving and storage container options for daily, weekly and monthly rentals.

Storage Details: Once the COWs storage container has been loaded (either by the customer or the company), COWs will pick it up and deliver it to the storage unit. Customers will need to locate their local COWs affiliate to find more information on the specific storage facilities offered.

Ready to move?

For more information on portable moving containers, check out our website to use the ‘Get Free Quotes Now’ tool. Simply enter where you’re moving from, the location of your new home, the size of your home in bedrooms, and what date you want to complete your move. We’ll send you the best quote available.

Still think you’re going to need professional movers for the job? Find the best moving company to handle your upcoming relocation by checking Moving.com’s extensive network of reputable and reliable movers. All movers in our network are licensed and insured, so you can rest assured that your move will be in good hands. Good luck and happy moving!

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Published at Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:16:58 +0000

How to Move a Piano Without Professional Movers

How to Move a Piano Without Professional Movers

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Moving a piano is not for the faint of heart. As anyone who’s ever done it will tell you, this arduous task requires some serious manpower and preparation. The process of moving a piano is so tedious and strenuous that it has even managed to carve out its own niche in the moving industry. Nowadays, you can find moving and storage companies all over the country solely dedicated to piano moving.

Considering the fact that pianos typically weigh anywhere between 300 to 1,000 (or more!) pounds, we certainly recommend hiring a professional moving company with piano moving experience to do the job. Many times, a piano also happens to be the most valuable and expensive item inside a person’s home. The price of a quality piano ranges from the low thousands to upwards of $100,000. Given a piano’s value, it’s especially important that the instrument is handled with the utmost care, making professional movers all the more necessary.

However, if hiring professional movers simply isn’t in your budget or timetable, it is possible to move most pianos with the help of friends. However, if you own a grand piano weighing 1,000 pounds, I strongly recommend investing in professionals. These exceptionally large pianos often require special equipment and handling that only true moving professionals can provide. Also, if there are steep stairs or particularly narrow hallways involved, I advise enlisting professionals as well.

Still convinced you want to move the piano yourself? Take a look at our helpful tips below.

Before the Move

Find the appropriate moving supplies and materials

First, you’ll need to make sure you have all the appropriate supplies and materials to safely and securely move the piano. For both an upright piano and a grand piano, you’ll need plenty of moving blankets for protection. After all, the last thing you want happening is a scratch (or worse!) on your valuable instrument. Tip: you can also use thick towels and blankets to cover the piano. Multiple rolls of tape will be needed to help secure the blankets in place. Moving an upright piano will also require a dolly capable of holding the piano’s weight.

Due to their size and structure, grand pianos are a bit more complicated to move and also require additional supplies. Besides moving blankets, I recommend finding the appropriate size piano board (also called a piano skid board) to handle your move. To hold your piano in place on a skid board, you’ll need straps and a screwdriver as well.

Enlist as many helpers as possible

Once you have your supplies in order, I recommend assembling a strong team of helpers. You’ll need at least four people – maybe more, depending on the size of the piano and the complexity of the move. It’s best to enlist friends, family and neighbors who have experience moving heavy items and are in relatively good shape. Make sure they’re all wearing appropriate moving clothing, as well as sneakers with good traction.

Measure doorways, staircases and hallways

Prior to the move, you should measure any place in your home that the piano will pass through. Make sure to thoroughly measure all doorways, staircases and hallways to assess how easily it will be to maneuver the piano and piano board through your home. It’s also a good idea to make sure doors are open, floors are properly protected, and furniture that could potentially hit the piano are removed before moving your musical instrument. If you’re worried about the piano nicking a corner or getting scratched along the way, try covering any sharp edges of the doorway with baby-proof bumpers or extra towels.

Moving the Piano

Moving an upright piano

Moving an upright piano and a grand piano both require plenty of preparation. To move an upright piano, you’ll want to protect the piano keys and piano pedals. Cover with a blanket and tape to secure. Follow by covering the piano with moving blankets, placing them on the front, back and sides. Tape all blankets to secure them in place. Once the piano is protected with moving blankets, you and your team can safely hoist the upright piano onto the dolly. When lifting the piano, be sure to have someone on all sides of the instrument. To avoid injuries, your moving team should take special precautions, making sure to bend the knees to prevent hurting their backs. Once the piano is on the dolly, carefully carry it to your moving truck.

Moving a grand piano

Before moving a grand piano, it’s especially important that you lower and secure the top lid. If you can, take a screwdriver to disassemble the piano pedals and legs. Carefully, take all legs off the grand piano. When taking the legs off the piano, make sure your team is in place to prevent the side of your piano from hitting the ground once the legs are removed. Wrap the lid, keys and all sides of the piano in moving blankets. Secure all blankets with tape. You’ll also want to wrap the piano’s legs and pedals in separate moving blankets. Make sure these pieces are safe and secure, then gently tilt the piano onto the piano board. Secure the piano to the piano board with straps. When pushing the piano board, I recommend having several team members help to prevent any accidents. After you successfully move the grand piano into your new home, you’ll need to re-assemble the legs and pedals. Make sure to have a team of people there to assist you with this part as well.

Once the move is complete, I recommend re-tuning your piano and giving it a good clean using a damp washcloth.

Prefer to hire professional movers?

If moving a piano DIY-style isn’t for you, there are plenty of professional moving companies that can handle the task for you. To find the best moving company to move your belongings, including your piano, check Moving.com’s extensive network of reputable and reliable moversAll relocation companies in our network are licensed and insured, so you can rest assured that your move (and your piano) will be in good hands. Good luck and happy moving!

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