Before we move into 2015, Wheaton World Wide Moving is looking back at the highlights from a great year 2014.
We moved people…
Wheaton World Wide Moving continued to do what it does best – move people. Wheaton’s customer-first philosophy helped thousands transition seamlessly throughout the country. In 2015, Wheaton World Wide Moving will celebrate its 70th anniversary!
We said hello…
Thirty-three smiling faces joined the team at the Wheaton World Wide Moving’s corporate office throughout the year.
Chavis Moving & Storage in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Todd Transportation Company in Rutland, Vt., and Veteran’s Moving & Storage in Jacksonville, Fla joined the ever-growing agency network throughout the United States.
We said goodbye…
Four longstanding employees announced their retirement:
VP of Operations, Gary Reynolds
Staff Accountant, Diane Schueller
Equipment Coordinator, Dave Rhodes
Warehouseman for Crown Moving & Storage, Sam Napier
We honored each of the individual’s contribution and impact on the company with a retirement dinner on December 11. Check out the photos and read about Gary, Diane, Dave and Sam here.
We gave back…
Wheaton continued to feed the hungry in conjunction with Move For Hunger. Wheaton agents offered to pick up the unwanted, non-perishable food items from those who were moving and delivered it to their local food banks. As of Dec. 15, agents have collected 348,143 lbs. of food – that’s 290,019 meals!
Wheaton World Wide Moving continued to support Keaton’s Korral at Give Kids the World. Keaton’s Korral allows children with life-threatening diseases and their families to ride horses and ponies while living out their cowboy and cowgirl dreams.
To kick off 2014, agents and members from Wheaton World Wide Moving participated in the Give Kids the World Extreme Village Makeover. The team renovated 100 vacation villas. Check out the video from the Makeover – Jason Fontaine of Central Moving & Storage makes an appearance at 4:30 in the video.
For #GivingTuesday on December 2, Wheaton World Wide Moving announced it will match ALL donations to Keaton’s Korral through January 31. We are more than halfway to the goal of $22,000! Please consider contributing to this amazing cause at www.gktw.org/keatonskorral.
Employees of Wheaton World Wide Moving delivered donations to the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana for Santa’s Workshop. Santa’s Workshop allowed parents and siblings staying at the Ronald McDonald House to shop for gifts at no cost during the holiday season.
The Wheaton corporate office collected more than 430 items from employees in drop boxes from early November through mid-December. Items included everything from pajamas, slippers and personal care items to toys, books and puzzles. From cash donations, Wheaton also donated a selection of gift cards. The team that delivered the donations were treated to a tour of Ronald McDonald House – check out the photos from the tour.
Executive Vice President A.J. Schneider learned what it was like to live on the road and assist with moves all over the country. He traveled with Permanent Fleet Driver of the Year, Bob Krumpols, from Utah to Florida and helped out with the moves along the way. Check out A.J.’s adventures:
In the first half of the year Wheaton World Wide Moving hosted its annual sales boot camp at the corporate office in Indianapolis and regional meetings in Atlantic City, N.J., Indianapolis, Ind. and Las Vegas, Nev.
Agents also participated in the 60th annual partnership conference at the Hyatt Regency in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Nov. 5-8. The four-day conference featured eight educational sessions, awards, keynote speaker Dan Coughlin and fun activities. Check out the photos from the conference.
Roaring into the Summer Week – April 21-25
National Moving Month – May
Employee Appreciation Week – Dec. 15-19
Direct Lease – Clifford Bowe
Permanent Fleet – Bob Krumpols
Intermittent Fleet – Kurt Griggs
We were in the movies and on TV…
Wolf of Wall Street – When you are watching the movie, be sure to pay special attention to the custom saltwater fish tank featured in the ‘Swiss Banker’ scene. The tank, used as a backdrop behind the Swiss banker’s desk, was moved by Basic Moving, an agent located in Brooklyn, N.Y. It was a favorite piece among the film crew and a memorable item for our moving crew. This fragile fish tank exemplifies the extreme attention to detail needed and given by Wheaton professionals when relocating items regardless of location – on a movie set or in a customer’s home.
In the movie And So it Goes with Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas, you can spot Gold Service Movers, Inc. truck and cartons throughout the movie.
Ever wonder what it takes to move an NFL team for a road game? Wheaton World Wide agent, Coast to Coast Moving & Storage does! “CBS This Morning,” chronicled the Tampa Bay Buccaneers operations for their recent game in Pittsburgh, Pa. Owner of Coast to Coast Moving & Storage, George Burd and his truck make an appearance at 2:30 in the video. Watch the video here.
Thank you for an amazing 2014 and here’s to another great year in 2015.
What were some of your favorite memories of 2014? What are you looking forward to in 2015?
Whether you’re moving overseas or over a few state lines, it can be difficult to adjust to a drastically different climate. These transitions are fraught with tricky situations-from changing your health and beauty routines to learning how to drive in unfamiliar weather conditions. Adjusting fully will take time, but you can make assimilation quicker, safer, and more comfortable using these three tips.
1. Plan Ahead
There are plenty of plans to make during a move, but one of the most important is planning your reaction to a new climate ahead of time. If possible, your plans should include the following:
- Timing: If you move during extreme seasons, it will make your trip and transition that much more difficult. Time your move to take advantage of weather that is similar to where you’re living now. For example, if you’re moving from a cold climate to a warm, dry climate, move during your destination’s winter. Its winter will include temperatures you’re already used to whereas its summer wouldn’t.
- Equipment: When you move to a climate which will require specific gear-especially clothes-it may seem easier to stock up before you go. For some items this will work. For example, you’ll probably be able to find a reliable pair of flip flops just about anywhere. But, if you need a new winter coat, boots, or rain gear, you’ll find a broader, higher-quality selection at your new location.
- Transportation: Unfamiliar roads and extreme weather conditions can make getting around after a move more than a little intimidating. Employ a quality GPS and safe driving practices t
o prevent transportation-related injuries or damages. If you are moving to a cold climate with lots of snow and ice, be sure to winterize your car and maybe take a preparatory class to ensure you can safely maneuver slick roads.
Enlist the help of friends and family members who have experienced similar climates to help you prepare. If you don’t know anyone with relevant experience, join a community chat group or talk to members of your new homeowners association to get advice from the natives.
2. Fight the Temptation to Simulate Your Previous Climate
It can be tempting to match the climate inside your home to the climate you just left using your HVAC system. However, doing so can spread allergens and encourage bacterial growth, not to mention increase your family’s adjustment time.
Instead of trying to match an environment you’re accustomed to, change your bedding and clothes to work best with the new climate. If, for example, you moved to a town with higher humidity and temperature, switch to thinner sheets and clothes.
While a number of factors can affect your adjustment-including your age and physical fitness-it takes about two weeks for people to make the basic adjustment to changed weather conditions. To facilitate your adjustment, keep your home comfortable, but avoid using your climate control or humidifier to drastically change your home’s interior climate.
3. Make Health a Priority
Schedule an appointment with your doctor before moving to discuss how the conditions in your new home may affect your health. Schedule appointments for your children and any pets as well.
While there isn’t a trick for instant adjustment, you can support a healthy transition for each family member by minimizing the health risk posed by changes in altitude, humidity, and temperature.
For most people, decreased altitude shouldn’t cause any ill effects (except ear popping, which accompanies the initial pressure change). However, if you’re moving to a higher altitude, you may experience altitude sickness. Altitude sickness can manifest in the following ways:
- Decreased Physical Stamina: Altitude changes the way your muscles perform, including your heart and lungs. Don’t undertake any strenuous activities when you first arrive. Build up your tolerance slowly. Seek medical attention immediately if you have prolonged breathing difficulty or feel faint when performing normal activities.
- Dehydration: Because you breathe harder and sweat more at a higher altitude, you’re more likely to dehydrate. Assign each member of your family a water bottle and ensure everyone is getting enough fluids.
- Sleep Changes: Many people experience some insomnia or sleep apnea at high altitudes. Take a mild sleep aid to help you get the rest you need. If the problem persists, talk to a doctor.
- Altitude may exacerbate preexisting conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, and anemia. If you have a preexisting condition, talk to your doctor before you travel.
Humidity changes may be the first thing you notice after a move. This is because the concentration of moisture in the air instantly affects your hair, skin, and respiration.
- High Humidity: High levels of humidity exacerbate allergies and respiratory conditions. Ensure your new home is well-ventilated to decrease these risks.
- Low Humidity: Lack of moisture can cause skin irritation, nose bleeds, dehydration, immune system compromises, and some breathing issues. Apply lotion to dry skin and drink plenty of fluids to counteract the effects.
You may need to change the health and beauty products you use to compensate for the changes in humidity levels. Consider purchasing a humidifier or dehumidifier to modify the levels within your home.
Temperature extremes can take some getting used to. Here are the basics of protecting your family’s health through the mercury’s highs and lows.
- High Temperatures: Hot weather increases the risk of heat stroke, burns, and heart attack. Stay hydrated and be sure to wear sunscreen when you’ll be in direct sunlight. Dress appropriately for the weather and cut your pets’ long fur so they won’t overheat either.
- Low Temperatures: When the temperature drops, the risk of hypothermia and other cold diseases increases. If you aren’t used to navigating icy walkways, you may also be injured by a slip and fall. Bundle up and walk carefully when you’re exposed to cold weather.
A move can offer exciting opportunities. Don’t let climate changes hold you back once you reach your new home. Use these tips to help you and your family feel at home, no matter how your surroundings change.
You’ve moved in just in time for the holidays-now what? In an earlier post, we covered some details about throwing a housewarming party. While a housewarming party offers a great opportunity to meet new people, there are different ways to branch out and solidify friendships with those who live just around the corner.
A progressive dinner party is one of those ways. Progressive dinners involve successive courses that are prepared and eaten at different residences throughout a specific neighborhood. While one host prepares hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, other hosts prepare one of the following:
- Appetizer course
- First course (salad or soup)
- Main course
- Fruits and nuts
Neighbors move from house to house together and enjoy one another’s food and company. If you want to host a progressive holiday dinner party to meet new neighbors and make new friends, follow the steps below to pull it off without a sweat.
How do you want to split the courses? Who do you want to dine with? What do you want to serve? If you’re new to your neighborhood, it’s important to plan out everything in detail so you don’t overwhelm the other hosts-or yourself.
Travel around and meet your neighbors. Talk with them about the idea. Ask for input. After you’ve assessed your neighbors’ interest level, start planning. Usually, progressive dinner parties involve anywhere from five to six couples. Once you decide who to invite, contact everyone and ask them to meet with you to decide who will handle which course.
When you meet with your guests to plan, have a list nearby with options. Decide which things you will prepare and how long you’ll stay at each house. Help come up with ideas for entertainment during each round of the dinner party. Suggest easy-to-make recipes, and set a specific night that works for each couple.
Once you’ve determined who is in charge of each meal, start preparing the meal you’ll host. The holidays afford plenty of seasoned flavors that make everyone want to gather around the hearth and enjoy the atmosphere of good cheer and great cuisine. Depending on your assigned course, here are some recipes you might want to try.
Eggnog is one of the staples of the Christmas season. If you’ve been assigned hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, make a family-friendly eggnog with the following:
- 8 egg yolks
- 2/3 cup refined white sugar
- 2 quart whole milk
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 tbsp freshly ground nutmeg
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 8 egg whites
In a mixer, beat the egg yolks and add the sugar. Once the sugar dissolves, add the milk, cream, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Next, beat the egg whites in another mixer and then add to the first mixture. Chill and serve. Makes 12 cups.
Combine salt with savor and let your guests’ mouths water over easy-to-make bacon-arugula-apple bites. You’ll need the following ingredients:
- Apple slices (any variety)
- Lemon juice
- Spreadable cheese
- Garlic and other herbs
- Cooked bacon pieces
- Arugula sprigs
- Cracked pepper and salt
Cover the apples in lemon juice so they don’t brown. Next, mix the garlic and other herbs into the spreadable cheese (or buy a cheese that already has mixed-in herbs). Spread the cheese onto each apple slice and then top with bacon, arugula, pepper and salt.
The queen of hearty cuisine and celebrations, Martha Stewart, lists dozens of main dish recipes for the holidays. She combines unique flavors with rare vegetables and mouthwatering meats. Each of her concoctions will amaze your guests and may even persuade a few of them to set up future dinner appointments at your home. Making and keeping new friends just got a whole lot easier with Martha’s help.
You can win your guests over with one of the most surprising and satisfying desserts of the season: candy cane cheesecake. Not only will this delicious dessert surprise your guests’ taste buds, it will help them remember how sweet the holidays are supposed to be.
Food? Check. Decorations? Check. Party time? Check. Once you’ve prepared for the evening, sit back, relax, and enjoy your progressive holiday dinner party. Meet with your fellow hosts and travel to each house together. Sing carols along the way. Do whatever you can to solidify friendships and have a good time.
If any of you have children, pool money together and hire a babysitter for the night. Invite the babysitter to play holiday games with your children. Help make it a night for them to remember as well.
Whatever you do, make sure you have the entire evening free to socialize and enjoy the wonderful feeling of Christmas. Progressive dinners are one of the best ways to get to know different people and feel right at home in the presence of your neighbors. Start planning your progressive dinner with your new neighbors today.
Carl needed to sell his house. He listed it in the newspaper classifieds, hired a real estate agent, and pitched a “for sale” sign into his front lawn. Despite his best efforts, Carl still had no buyers.
What’s poor Carl to do?
The answer is simple: stage his house.
The majority of sellers and real estate agents forget to stage a home before they attempt to sell it. Proper staging is one of the key elements of finding the right buyer willing to purchase a home at the right price. Potential buyers want to walk through a home that feels like home. They don’t want to look around and see clutter, worn furniture, dirtied carpets, and burnt-out light bulbs.
Potential buyers want to see a clean space with dust-free furniture, stain-free floor coverings, and brightly lit lamps. They want to click their heels together, soak in their surroundings, and chant “there’s no place like home.” You must create a space that makes them do just that.
No one wants to walk into a messy home. In an earlier post, we encouraged readers to de-clutter their space so they could appreciate the benefits of feng shui. The same goes for staging. De-clutter your space so your potential buyers can appreciate it for what it is. They will see the value and may want to make an offer.
To de-clutter, divide all of your items into four piles (to sell, to donate, to throw away, and to keep). Once you’ve separated your belongings into piles, hold a garage sale, donate the items to a local shelter, rent a disposal bin or dumpster, and then place any leftover “to keep” items in their proper place. De-cluttering your space will help you-and your buyer-feel more comfortable.
Scrub and Paint Walls
Grimy, dented, worn walls won’t impress any buyer. Before you invite any buyers inside, scrub your walls clean. Most bathroom walls collect surface mold. To get rid of surface mold, try the following:
- Fill a spray bottle with 2 cups water and 2 cups bleach.
- Spray the concoction on the wall.
- Wipe the wall with a wet cloth.
If other walls in your home have dents, holes, or marks, fill or cover the damage with plaster and then paint over it with a primer. After you prime the wall, pick a light-colored neutral paint (like grey, cream, or off-white) and paint over the primer.
Replace Doors, Knobs, and Blinds
Old doors, knobs, and blinds date a home. You can freshen up your space with new doors in dark, rich woods or painted a clean white. Since most new homeowners have specific preferences (and may want to choose their own knobs and blinds), make a special mention in your listing that informs potential buyers of your willingness to grant an allowance for new knobs and blinds.
Whether your carpets have food stains, pet hair, or mud marks, dirty carpets look gross. Use a vacuum, carpet cleaning solution, and plenty of rags to clean your carpets and ready them for future showings. If you have a large stain, consider buying a rug to place over the stain. But be sure to be transparent about the stain (don’t ever lie to a potential buyer and pretend the stain isn’t there) so the buyer will trust you with their business.
Embrace White Space
White space is bright space. White space opens up a room and expands spaces visually. Dark walls generally make a room look and feel smaller, so focus on lighter neutral tones (wall colors, floor rugs, lamp shades, pillow coverings, and flowers) when you stage your home.
Let There Be Light
Natural light will enhance the features of your home and make it stand out as a clean, bright, organized space. First, wash the windows to let more light in. Clean windows will help the light in your home feel cleaner and brighter. Next, layer the lighting in your home so that potential buyers will get an idea of what the house looks like during all hours of the day and night. To layer lighting, choose the following:
- Overhead lights
- Task lighting
- Floor lamps
While some buyers stop by for showings in the daytime, the majority of buyers prefer to walk through a home after work. Use the proper lighting to ensure each potential buyer experiences your house in the best light possible.
The smell of fresh bread is one of the most important aspects of staging. If potential buyers can walk into your home and be doused with the sweet smell of freshly baked bread, they’ll feel at home and will be more willing to consider the property as a permanent one.
If you want to surprise potential buyers, stage your home. Make it feel familiar to them. Make it look familiar to them. Make it smell familiar to them. Once you do, you won’t have to worry about a plateau of uninterested buyers. Instead, you’ll be able sell your home without breaking a sweat.
Employees of Wheaton World Wide Moving delivered donations to the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana on Thursday for Santa’s Workshop. Santa’s Workshop will allow parents and siblings staying at the Ronald McDonald House to shop for gifts at no cost during the Holiday season.
Wheaton collected more than 430 items from employees in drop boxes at its corporate office from early November through mid-December. Items included everything from pajamas, slippers and personal care items to toys, books and puzzles. From cash donations, Wheaton also donated a selection of gift cards.
While delivering the donations, Wheaton representatives were treated to a tour of the Ronald McDonald House. The pictures from the tour are below.
Wheaton World Wide Moving celebrated the careers of Diane Schueller, Sam Napier, Dave Rhodes and Gary Reynolds during a luncheon at the corporate office today.
All four of the soon-to-be retirees brought had a different impact on Wheaton and will be missed greatly throughout the organization.
Diane Schueller, Staff Accountant – Diane has worked with the company since 1991 when she moved from Dallas, Texas. She is known as the number cruncher extraordinaire and is precise and detail-oriented with a wealth of industry knowledge.
Famous Quote “It’s six of one, half a dozen of another.”
Sam Napier, Warehouseman – Sam has been a warehouseman for Crown Moving & Storage for 32 years. He is known for always smiling and his calm demeanor. Sam is dependable and always a go-to for advice.
Famous Quote “You trying to kill me?”
Dave Rhodes, Equipment coordinator – Has been with the company since 2000. He has had varied background in the moving industry that stems for over 50 years. He watches over the fleet and the needs of drivers with great precision and detail. When you see a Wheaton trailer on the road, Dave is the reason it looks so good.
Famous Quote “It is what it is!”
Gary Reynolds, VP of Operations and Safety – Gary has been with the company for 13 years. The operations department has “hummed along like a well-oiled machine” under his leadership. He is known for his wicked sense of humor. He has worn many hats in the industry, but we are grateful his last one was with Wheaton.
Famous Quote “No good deed goes unpunished.”
Diane, Sam, Dave and Gary will all be greatly missed. Thank you for many years of service, loyalty and dedication.
Most of the time, your belongings will arrive right on schedule when you entrust them to a moving company. However, sometimes extenuating circumstances happen, and either you or the moving van ends up behind schedule.
When that happens, you may find yourself in a bit of a conundrum. You’ll either have to spend some time without your furniture, or you’ll have to find a way to store your furniture until you arrive. Below, we’ve given you tips and instructions so that in the unlikely event that something like this happens, you’ll know exactly what to do.
What to Do If You Arrive Before Your Belongings
When you relocate your belongings with a moving company, the movers will give you a window of time when your household belongings will arrive. Ideally, you arrive at that location a day or so before the movers do, and you meet the movers at your new house so they can immediately unload your property.
However, if something happens where you arrive very early or the movers suffer significant delays, you may end up at your new home for days without any furniture or cooking utensils. Here’s what you should do in the meantime:
1. Find a hotel.
If you have to wait a few days or even a couple weeks for your belongings, you’ll still want to sleep in a bed. Even if you brought pillows and blankets on your drive or flight to your new home, sleeping on the ground probably isn’t ideal. Find a hotel that fits your budget and stay there instead. You’ll also have access to towels, soap, shampoo, television, and other comforts.
2. Buy essentials for your home.
Even though you can’t use this time to unpack, you should still do some preparation-you’ll feel better about the delay if you do a little nesting in the meantime. Go out and buy necessary items for your home, including:
- Nonperishable foods: Stock your pantry. You will use it soon, and if you stock it beforehand, you won’t have to worry about it after the stress of unpacking your belongings.
- Perishable foods: If your new home came with a fridge or cooler, you can also stock that with necessary food items.
- Hand soap: Place hand soap dispensers by every sink and put a stock of them in your preferred storage area. You’ll want the soap around when you start to unpack boxes and move furniture.
- Dish and laundry detergent: You probably won’t start washing anything for a few days. However, if you buy detergent beforehand, you won’t have to go through the stress of buying it in the middle of unpacking.
- Cleaners: The same principles apply here. If you have some time to kill, buy these items beforehand so you don’t have to stress about them after unpacking your household goods.
Once you purchase all these items, you’ll have all the essentials so you can relax when your belongings do arrive.
3. Clean your home.
Unloading will make a mess. But you can take care of many cleaning opportunities while you have an empty house. You could call an exterminator to set off a bug bomb so you’ll have a pest-free house. You could also have the windows cleaned inside and out, or you could call the carpet cleaner. You could even take this opportunity to repaint walls or replace certain features-you won’t have any furniture to get in your way.
What to Do If You Arrive After Your Belongings
No matter what, if something goes wrong with the timing of your move, you should call your moving company and work out all the issues. If you know that a crash, a natural disaster, an illness, or any other catastrophe will push back your arrival time, call your moving company. They may be able to make arrangements to arrive later as well.
However, if you can’t make arrangements for a delayed delivery, you’ll have to find other options:
1. Arrange for your belongings to go to a storage facility.
Can you negotiate to have your belongings go into a storage facility instead of to your doorstep? Ask your moving company about storage options. If you have advanced warning about the delay, you could ask the moving company to store your property in their own facility.
2. Call family or friends in the area to come get your belongings.
Do you know and trust anyone in the area? They could come and start moving your property into your new home if they have a key. They could also store your belongings at their homes or in a storage facility if they don’t have a key. However, this is not recommended because an inventory assessment is needed when your belongings arrive and who better to know your household goods, other than you.
These circumstances rarely happen. And if they do happen, Wheaton World Wide Moving will accommodate the extenuating circumstances. If you are planning a move between now and May, Wheaton World Wide Moving is offering a special discount program which includes a time-span delivery guarantee. If your belongings do not arrive in the agreed upon window, then we will pay you $250 a day! Talk to your local agent to learn more about this special discount program. So don’t stress about your belongings arriving before or after you do. Use the tips above to keep yourself prepared for the worst.
You’ve visited various moving blogs looking for ways to introduce yourself to your neighbors, but you haven’t found quite the right approach yet. After all, you are a more private person, and that’s okay. But this means that the typical housewarming party might not work for you.
Luckily, you don’t have to fill your home with strangers or spend a lot of money when you get to know the locals. To introduce yourself in a quieter, more intimate fashion, use the tips we’ve provided below.
1. Just Go Say Hello
People think that they need a special excuse to introduce themselves to their new neighbors. However, remember that you just went through a dramatic upheaval. You uprooted your entire life and moved it somewhere else-that counts as a “special excuse.”
If you feel comfortable, you can simply walk up to your neighbor’s door, introduce yourself, and have a quick conversation. There’s no need to prepare a speech (although you can if you want), and you don’t have to bring anything with you.
But before you rush out the door, make sure you take the following into consideration:
- Don’t take it personally if your neighbors don’t want to talk to you. They may have had a bad day, or they may be in the middle of doing something stressful. Even if they normally behave rudely, you shouldn’t take it personally. You didn’t do anything wrong.
- Don’t visit at strange times. Visit in the middle of the day instead of late at night or early in the morning. You should also have some knowledge of your neighbors’ schedules so you don’t interrupt them while they run errands.
Make sure you give your neighbors time to talk as well. You’ve visited them to introduce yourself, but they’ll like you better if they get to talk about themselves too.
If this strategy seems too awkward or forward for you, don’t worry. The rest of the tips in this list give you a “special excuse” so you can visit your neighbors without leaving your comfort zone.
2. “Borrow” Something
Need a ladder? An extra cup of sugar? You just moved in, and nobody will mind if you ask for help. Even if you only pretend to need something, you can use the opportunity to get to know your neighbors. You can introduce yourself informally while you wait for your neighbors to find the requested items.
However, you shouldn’t use this strategy on all of your neighbors, and you should try to make the request legitimate. Ask only one or two of your neighbors if you can borrow simple items-if you keep asking everyone for help, they’ll think that you are up to something.
Not sure what you can ask for? Most neighbors won’t mind if you ask for any of the following:
- Hand tools
- Gardening tools
- Extension cords
- Ladders/step stools
- Cleaning supplies
- Food ingredients
Remember to return anything you’ve borrowed once you’ve finished using it.
3. Give Them Treats
Everyone loves food, and if you introduce yourself over a plate of cookies, they’ll also love you. Make some sort of baked goods and give some to every person on your street. Popular baked goods include:
- Simple chocolate chip cookies (leave the raisins, nuts, and oatmeal for later)
- Sugar cookies
- Banana bread/zucchini bread
- Carrot cake
- Pie (usually fruit pie)
- Homemade artisan bread
If you bring treats with you, it doesn’t matter if you run out of things to say. Your food will do the talking for you.
4. Spend Time in Your Front Yard
Your neighbors might come and introduce themselves if you garden or play with your family in the front yard. If they also come out to garden, they’ll see you, and they might come say hello.
5. Go for a Walk
If your neighbors won’t come to you, you can also go for a walk and say hi to them while they garden or check their mail. Don’t worry about meeting all your neighbors at once-if you take a walk every day, you’ll probably run into all of them eventually.
6. Join a Book Club/Exercise Group
You can combine your hobbies with socializing if you join a local book club or yoga group. You might not get to know your closest neighbors, but you will make friends with people in the area.
7. Join the Neighborhood Watch
Many neighborhoods have a volunteer watch group that keeps the area safe. If you join your neighborhood watch, you’ll get to know your community better while you build new relationships.
If gigantic party plans aren’t your style, skip that route and get to know your neighbors another way. Any of the tips we listed above will work, and you won’t have to spend money or entertain a large group of people.
You can introduce yourself to your neighbors at your own pace. Use these tips to get to know your neighbors your way today.
Not only can you save on Black Friday, but you can also save on your upcoming move! From now until May, you can take advantage Wheaton World Wide Moving’s “Change Never Felt So Good” promotion for an interstate move and save money while moving your household goods with a peace of mind.
What you get:
• $150 discount off your salesperson’s best price
• 15 percent discount off Replacement Value Protection (RVP)
• $250 per day delay guaranteed delivery dates, we will give you $250 a day
• $25 per day claims guarantee if the claims resolution letter is not received within 30 days
• Free, one-year subscription to Good Housekeeping magazine
To qualify, your move:
• Must be an interstate move in the contiguous United States weighing 5,000 lbs. or greater
• Commence between now and May 1, 2015
• To receive 15% off of Replacement Value Protection, you must purchase Replacement Value Protection
• Dates must be consistent with Wheaton’s Transit Time Guide
Learn more about this special promotion by talking to your local agent.
Your pets are part of the family. So when you move, you want to make sure that your new location becomes a home to both you and your animal.
Work your pets into the details of your big day so they don’t feel uncomfortable or get left behind. We’ve already provided some tips on how to move with your pets, but now we have a checklist for every stage of your move.
Before the Move
Consider your pet from the start to ensure an easier move.
Keep your pet in mind when choosing a location.
Wherever you go, remember that your pet needs space and security. Is the location close to somewhere where it could exercise?
Are there other animals in the neighborhood that could intimidate your dog or cat?
If you will move into an apartment or condo instead of a house, make sure that the landlord allows animals. And if you move into a house, research the neighborhood to make sure your pets will be safe there. If the neighborhood sits next to an industrial park or major highway, your pets have a higher risk of injury if they leave the house.
Purchase a roomy crate or carrier, with enough room for food and water, and get your pet accustomed to the crate. You can use the carrier as a bed or a spot for eating for a few days before the move.
Find a veterinarian.
An emergency could happen at any time, so find the location of the nearest vet before you arrive at your new home.
During the Move
Moving day might be stressful for you, but it’s equally stressful for a pet has never traveled before. Try not to transport your pet by air. If you travel across or out of the country, contact the airline and make arrangements. Otherwise, use these suggestions for a pleasant car trip.
Plan pit stops along the way and keep treats on hand.
If you plan to keep your pet in a carrier for the trip, stop on occasion to let your animal walk around and do its business. Assign one person to keep track of your pets and their needs. A treat now and then or a fun chew toy can reassure your pet through the long drive.
Find a pet-friendly hotel or kennel if you are staying overnight.
Ideally, you will be able to keep your pet with you in the hotel, but you might need to arrange other boarding for your pet overnight. Remember that you shouldn’t leave your dog alone in the car due to theft or uncomfortable weather conditions.
What about my fish?
Fish present fewer issues than furry companions when it comes to planning your move. You don’t have let them out or keep them entertained during the drive. If you keep the same tank, you don’t need to acclimate fish to a new home. You only have to worry about transporting them.
To keep your fish safe, you should:
- Stop feeding your fish a day or two before traveling so they do not produce as much waste and use up oxygen too fast.
- Buy an insulated cooler, durable foam container, or fish bag. You can even set up your filter system if you have a solid container. Whatever you choose, your container needs a tight lid to keep water from spilling.
- Line the container to further prevent spills, but smooth out the lining so your fish do not get trapped.
- Keep your bag or container with a ratio of 1/3 water and 2/3 air.
- Bring bags of hot or cold water to keep the temperature steady.
You’ve finally made it to your new location, and your pet wants to roam around. Not so fast. Before you let your furry friend settle in, follow these tips.
Make your new home or apartment safe and comfortable for your pet.
As you move in, you’re going to have boxes and objects everywhere. Clear out a spot for your pet, in the backyard or in a spot inside blocked off from your other items. Put out food, bedding, and favorite toys so the surroundings become friendly and familiar.
Check that area for:
- Choking hazards
- Strong cleaners or pesticides
- Plugged-in appliances or worn electrical cords
- Access to trash cans or elevated areas
- Loose screens or fences
If you will allow your pets in, out of, and around the house, let your animals roam around as soon as it’s safe. You can also try introducing them to one spot at a time.
Give your pet some attention.
Moving is a long process, and you’ve likely neglected this loved member of your family. Take your dog on a walk around your new surroundings. Buy your cat a new toy. They deserve it.
Try these suggestions and make a personalized plan of your own so moving day goes off without a hitch.