A local move is when the distance between pick up and delivery is no larger than 100 miles. If you’re moving further than 100 miles, it is considered an intrastate move.

With 40% of the population living in New York City, many individuals and families are moving to the suburbs of New York State. Similarly, there are many people moving into New York City from within the state of New York.

Moving Locally Within New YorkLocal moves are charged at an hourly rate, with a minimum charge of between 3-7 hours. Any additional time will usually be charged per hour. You can contact local moving companies and obtain rough quotes over the phone. Once you have narrowed your search for a reputable moving company, a representative can be sent to your home, free of charge to provide you a cost and time estimation for your individual move.

You will want to ensure the moving company you hire is licensed and insured. To check the requirements of New York State, you can visit New York State Department of Transportation.

Insuring your belongings is also advised. Even if you are only moving a short distance, your items will be protected against any potential damage or loss.

If you are considering moving yourself, obtain all possible costs, including: truck rental, mileage, gas, and hired help, for assistance with loading and unloading your items.

Moving locally in New York

How exciting! Moving internationally to another country. Within that excitement, there could also be feelings of anxiousness and possibly even a little fear, all of which are natural. If you’re moving to a country that you’ve never been to before, there’s a lot to take in, a whole new culture! Often, we feel very comfortable with the familiar, the food we know, the climate, our surroundings, and if you’re not able to speak the language, it’s only natural that you might be experiencing culture shock.

International movingMoving to a new country is a big step, especially if you’ve done it alone. Finding your community, and places of interest, might take a little longer than expected. If you find yourself feeling lonely, impatient, or having any physical pain, such as headaches or stomachaches, both of which are common causes of stress, you might be experiencing culture shock.

 To ease culture shock and have a smooth transition, there are ways to help you adjust to the move. These can be done before you move. They include: Learning about the country you’re moving too, and familiarizing yourself with the language. Acquaint yourself with local attractions that can be visited once you arrive. And remember not to rush to accomplish everything immediately. Adjusting takes time. You’ll meet new friends, find your favorite hangout spot, and become a local sooner than you expect.

 

Moving to a new home can be very simple. However, some moves require special services, also referred to as accessorial services within the moving industry.

Extra services could include:

Packing/unpacking – professional packers pack and unpack your belongings.

Bulky items – Pianos, pool tables, motorcycles, etc. are considered bulky items. They are heavy and hard to maneuver.

Expedited service – Receiving delivery on a guaranteed date.

Stairs – Flight charge is common above a certain number of stairs. Check with your moving company.

Elevator – Elevator charges are common in the city. More time is spent loading and unloading an elevator when done more than once.

Long carry - If your items need to be carried above a certain distance from the moving truck to delivery location.

Shuttle service – If a large moving truck cannot park by your home, a smaller shuttle truck will need to be used.

cross country moving servicesExtra services are charged at an additional cost, on top of the estimate provided from your moving company. Before the movers pick up your items, you might have already arranged extra services; therefore they will already be included in your estimate. In some situations, extra services are necessary without prior knowledge, due to unforeseen circumstances. Knowing what the extra services mean will help you better understand what you are being charged for.

Tips For Green Cleaning Your New Home

Tips For Green Cleaning Your New Home

Cleaning your new home can be easy, cost effective and far healthier when using natural products.

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You may in fact already have many of these ingredients. You can prepare and make simple cleaning products, which can be used throughout the whole house. They’ll provide natural air fresheners, and joy when cleaning.

Vinegar – Distilled white vinegar is a sanitizer, can remove hard water stains, and disintegrate clogged toilets and sink drains.

Baking soda – In addition to its many benefits, when being used as a cleaner, it can get rid of odors, especially in places such as a trash bin, or a fridge.

Salt – For hard to remove stains, salt granules are great to use, due to their abrasive qualities.
Lemon – Lemons not only have a fresh scent, they are also a natural bleach. They contain antiseptic and antibacterial elements.

Borax – For decades borax has been used to whiten laundry. It’s also an antifungal, an antiseptic and antibacterial.

Essential oils – Just the scent of essential oils adds that extra freshness to any space. In addition, they’re excellent as a disinfectant.

Tips for using your natural products

Windows – Vinegar and water, how simple can it get!
Oven – Baking soda with sprinkled water. Leave overnight, then scrub.
Toilet – Baking soda and vinegar as a toilet scrub
Bath – Borax is great for scrubbing bath tiles.

Moving green your new home

First Day Essentials

First Day Essentials

There’s a lot to plan when making a move, make sure to have some basic essential items packed for those first few days in your new home.

If you’ll be arriving at the same time as your belongings, make sure the essentials box is clearly marked. Once it’s unloaded from the truck, place it in a room where it cannot get lost among the other boxes. If you arrive prior to your belongings, consider mailing the box of essentials, or if driving, keep it with you in the car.

Some Essentials:

Bedding and linens – Sheets and towels. If there won’t be a bed when you arrive, consider packing an air mattress.

Toiletries – Your basic day-to-day toiletries. In addition to these, pack: Soap, bathroom tissue, shampoo & conditioner, and a medical kit.

Clothing – Pack enough clothing according to your daily schedule, include work attire if you need to go to work. Bare in mind, you might not have a working washing machine in the beginning.

Cleaning supplies –
Pack a few cleaning supplies until you’re able to make a trip to the local supermarket. Something’s going to need cleaning.

Kitchen items – Planning to cook, pack some basics: a pot, pan and some reusable plates and cutlery.

Children and pets - Don’t forget the essentials for your kids or pets, you know what they are!

Electronics – Many people work on mobile devices these days. Make sure you have all components needed to use your electronics.

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