The movers have just finished packing the truck. You’ve signed on the dotted line, checked and double-checked your empty home, and made your last phone calls to your utilities company. Now all you need to do is get to your new location across the country.
Of course, it’s no small thing to uproot yourself and move to an unfamiliar city in a distant state. It’s understandable to feel a little nervous. Just remember: this can also be an exciting time. Whether you’re going solo or bringing your family along, here are 3 tips to making that long trip easier-and even enjoyable.
- Create a solid travel plan.
You’ve done a lot of planning in the past few months. Once you booked a date with your moving company, you probably slept with a “to-do” list rolling around your head. But you wanted every detail to go well, so you didn’t mind.
By now, you’re either on your way to the airport or are packing everyone into the family car. But if you don’t want to get lost or bogged down along your route, make sure everyone in the group knows and agrees to the travel plan for each day.
Before you go, do some online research ahead of time so you know which routes are slowed by construction and traffic problems. Call roadside motels to confirm your online reservation; you don’t want to show up at 11 p.m. and be told you’re out of luck.
Finally, make sure your phone or GPS unit is fully powered and working reliably. Connect either device to your car adapter so you don’t run out of juice in the middle of nowhere.
- Don’t exhaust yourself.
Even for road warriors who like to drive straight through with few breaks, it pays to use moderation. You won’t win any sort of medal for exhausting yourself and your family with 14-hour days on the road.
If you have to start a new job in a few days, consider flying to your new location while movers transport your car(s). Or, the rest of the family can drive leisurely from point A to point B while you await the moving van and settle into your new home and job.
If there’s ample time to drive instead of fly, give yourself permission to take regular breaks. If you have small children, regular breaks are critical for everyone’s sanity. Yes, the trip will take a little longer, but you’ll deal with fewer meltdowns.
Make your journey into a vacation.
If you’ve planned this cross-country move for a long time, you may have budgeted not only for the mover’s fee, but for a real vacation as well. What better way to alleviate some of the pre-move stress than through the excitement of a vacation on the road?
While this may not work for everyone, creating a vacation atmosphere is a great way to explore as you go. Consider these suggestions:
- If you’re moving by yourself, why not connect with friends along the way for some fun at a theme park or a half-day hike in a national park?
- Map out two or three must-see destinations, then decide how long to stay at each. If the weather is nice, consider a water park or a concert under the stars to help relax your road-weary muscles.
- Plan your route around a few “off the beaten track” destinations. Don’t just confine your exploration to cities along the Interstate.
- Remember that rest can be a big part of a vacation. If you’re always rushing during everyday life, maybe it’s time to visit a day spa or spend a few hours by a mountain lake, doing absolutely nothing.
Moving cross-country doesn’t have to be stressful. By following one or two of these simple tips, you may just arrive at your destination with a new spring in your step, ready to greet your interstate movers and adjust to your new life. Happy travels
Moving to a big city is something countless people have experienced. Still, it’s easy to feel completely alone when you do it yourself. Amongst the droves of people and stacks of skyscrapers, how do you maintain your sense of self?
Even if it’s just a matter of suburban versus urban living, you’ll encounter plenty of changes. The best way to deal with change is keeping an open mind. To help you make a smooth transition, we also recommend these five basic ways to adjust.
1. Build on What You Have
A mistake people often make when they relocate to a new area is ceasing contact with anyone from the old one. It takes time to make friends, so you’ll be glad that you’ve kept in touch with family and friends back home. They can provide support and motivation during your transition to city life.
Maintain your roots, but don’t rely solely on them. Strike up a balance where you nurture old relationships while fostering new ones. Introduce yourself in new situations and reach out. Keeping in touch with people from the past will help you feel part of a group before you’re fully comfortable in a new one.
2. Stay Practical
Since many cities have a higher cost of living than less-populated areas, prepare your finances. Learn about basic costs from people around you, including groceries, parking, utilities and rent. Find a living space you can afford, even if you haven’t yet obtained new employment.
When it comes to applying for jobs, don’t get stuck in a rut looking for your dream job. Accept that you may have to start small before you make it big. There’s nothing wrong with building your way to the top and gaining experience. Remember, a job is better than draining your savings while waiting on a pipe dream.
3. Play Tourist and Explore
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed in a large city, particularly if it’s your first time encountering urban life. Take time to get out of your comfort zone by exploring your area. A great way to start this process is just by playing tourist; treat it as an adventure.
Look up local events that interest you or take a tour. Getting involved is one of the best ways to meet people and feel comfortable in your new surroundings. Relocations also provide the perfect time to reinvent yourself, so take a night class or try something new.
You’ll eventually need to locate the necessities, too. These include finding the nearest:
- Grocery store
- Post office
- Local hangouts
With knowledge of these locales under your belt, your confidence will increase.
4. Maintain Healthy Habits
With all the madness of moving, you may fall out of your regular routine. While fine for a while, don’t let your recent move throw off your groove. Especially when it comes to adjusting to a new place, it’s essential to restart a new version of your old routine.
Eat a healthy diet and take this as an opportunity to explore new eateries, supermarkets, and supply stores. For all you know, the big city may have grocery options you never dreamed of.
Keep a regular exercise routine. It might not seem feasible to go on a jog in the city, but you likely have a yoga studio or community center nearby. Of course, you can also take this as an opportunity to get away of the city and exercise outside the hustle and bustle.
5. Be Patient
Even if you follow these tips, adjusting takes real time. Be patient with yourself and your new environment. Don’t get frustrated if your new commute takes some getting used to; this is all normal. You can’t learn everything all at once, but using these steps will help you take that first step towards comfort in your new niche.
During an in-home estimate there will be many things your sales consultant will go over with you regarding your upcoming move. One of the most important items is your delivery spread. The delivery spread is very important because it will give you an idea of when you should expect your household goods to arrive in your new home.
Your sales consultant will give you a set of dates that typically range of 1-14 days for your household goods to arrive at your new home. When you sign the Bill of Lading, you agree to the dates in the window and are expected to accept the delivery within those days. The driver will call you 24-48 hours to let you know the planned date of your delivery. Meanwhile, Wheaton World Wide Moving will do their best to keep you updated on the delivery date.
- The distance between your origin and destination
- The time of year
- The weight of your shipment
The farther the distance of the move typically means the wider the spread. Larger shipments are easier to predict days vs. smaller shipments. Smaller shipments allow for more loads on the truck, so a driver may have four or five other families that he has to deliver to or pick up in their shipment spread. For example: If you are moving from New York to Seattle, Wash., the truck with belongings may be stopping in Chicago and Lincoln, Neb. before arriving in Seattle with your items.
It is a good idea to remain flexible during the delivery spread dates so you are free to accept the delivery on any of those days. If there are any days in the delivery spread that you will be unavailable to meet the driver, always make a backup plan at the time of booking for someone else to meet the driver on those days, however this is not recommended.
In the rare circumstance your belongings will not be delivered within the delivery spread, Wheaton will do what it can to accommodate you and your family. Our Customer Service department will be able to provide you with updates as they occur. If you have any questions about your shipment, please call 1-800-932-7799.
You’ve decided it’s finally time to move your business offices elsewhere. Your employees are relieved at the prospect of a bigger space, but you’re left with a host of worries about moving day. You wonder how you’ll organize the move to minimize downtown. You also worry that a subpar moving company might toss your expensive equipment into boxes, then leave you to do the heavy lifting in your new office.
Fortunately, you’ve found a trustworthy moving company that regularly moves businesses like yours. You’re relieved to know that your movers are skilled in all the latest moving techniques for fixtures, furniture, and equipment (FF&E for short). Now all you need to do is plan for success. Check out our tips below to learn more about making your office’s moving day a breeze.
Assign a Moving Coordinator and Meet Your Movers
As a busy executive, you have a business to run. That’s why you rely on moving coordinators to organize a detailed, pre-move task list. Depending on your business’ size, you also need at least one internal moving coordinator.
Once you know who your internal coordinators are, meet together with them and your movers to discuss the overall framework for your office relocation. Your movers have had a lot of experience with corporate moves, so they can tell you exactly what to expect.
Next, ask your own coordinators to map out a few details, which includes determining your move’s target date(s), preparing the new building, creating a packing schedule and coordinating utilities. This ensures that you’ll be up and running in your new space immediately after the move. Finally, book a firm moving date.
Create a Timeline
Moving a business is more complicated than moving individually-after all, your bottom line is at stake. To make your move smoother, more affordable, and more efficient, create a detailed time frame. Don’t forget to include any of these important tasks:
- Contact your IT department right away. They’ll need plenty of time to order utility setups and work with movers on equipment take down and setup.
- Conduct a thorough equipment inventory. Your moving coordinator should ask the heads of each department or division to tally up their desks, chairs, cabinets, printers, and computers. Even if you keep a current inventory, double check it anyway.
- Complete final paperwork for your new location. Meet the commercial realtor and any other officials in charge of your new business lease. Make sure the property meets your specifications before you sign.
- Assign employees to new office spaces. It doesn’t matter if your new building is being refurbished; you can still look over the blueprints and coordinate office locations for each department. Think about traffic flow patterns and areas of heaviest use before you make any final decisions.
- Create a moving-day itinerary. Everyone in the company needs to know exactly what to expect; otherwise, you risk chaos on moving day. Offer plenty of advance notice-and issue lots of reminders.
Remember that your corporate movers have completed many successful office relocations before yours. No matter how much you feel tempted to micromanage the process, realize that your entire moving team has the process down to a science. If you trust your internal coordinators, department leads, and moving company, you’re already more than halfway toward a successful move.
Of course, you can’t predict every detail. But when challenges arise, trust your movers to rise to the occasion.
In the end, moving your office may turn out to be one of your smartest business decisions thus far. Onward to relocation success!
When your employer asks you to make a temporary relocation, you can expect a lot of advantages. Often, employers will reward individuals willing to make the sacrifice with a bonus or job promotion. That being said, this situation also presents a few concerns. You may wonder what to take with you, where to live, and more.
If you worry about committing to a relocation, rest assured that the transition can be made smoothly. The information below will serve as your survival guide as you make a decision and move forward with the process.
Negotiating Your Arrangement
If you hope to make the most of your temp relocation, negotiations are a key step. As we’ve said, employers will often reward relocated employees for their sacrifice. Maximize your incentives by asking for the following:
- A Paid Visit to the New Location. You’ll want to scout schools and find a place to live prior to making your move. Feel free to ask your employer if he or she will fund a short visit to the new location.
- Compensation for Your Move. Don’t feel shy about asking for financial compensation during your move. Your employer may help with the costs of travel and hiring a moving company. Just make sure to keep your requests within reason.
- A Bonus or Higher Salary. The way a company treats their relocating employees will often impact their recruiting efforts. For this reason, you may expect to obtain some sort of bonus or raised salary.
The key to getting what you want in a negotiation is making your case. If your employer sees your requests as an investment, they will more likely meet your needs. Take the time to explain how the money you ask for will ultimately benefit the company.
Deciding What to Take with You
If you’ve settled on an agreement and decided to temporarily relocate, the next step will involve packing. Depending on your situation, you may need to bring only a few things or all of your belongings. As you determine what you need, these tips will help:
Tip #1: Plan on the Essentials
At the very least, you’ll have to take a few essential items with you. Necessary medication, personal documents (SSC, birth certificate, etc.) and your business wardrobe represent a few of the items on your checklist.
Tip #2: Consider Your Climate
When the move is only temporary, there’s no need to take your entire closet. Consider your climate as you decide what clothing to take and leave behind. You should also ask yourself which recreational activities you’ll participate in. Will you need your golf clubs or skis?
Tip #3: Find Out about Your Living Arrangement
Perhaps the most important step will involve learning about your new living arrangement. Will your space be furnished or unfurnished? If furnished, you can go ahead and find a storage solution for your current furniture.
Finding a Temporary Living Arrangement
Your employer may determine living arrangement. If, however, the responsibility is left in your hands, consider the following options:
- Normal Hotels. If your temporary relocation only lasts for a few weeks to a month, a regular hotel may be the answer. Keep in mind that this solution costs the most and doesn’t offer amenities such as a laundry room.
- Extended-Stay Hotels. If your stay lasts longer than a month, consider an extended-stay hotel as your solution. With these facilities, you’ll have the advantage of a kitchen and shared laundry room.
- Rental Apartment or Home. Finally, a rental apartment or home will be your best choice. That is, if you can find a rental agreement that fits your timeline. This solution will allow for optimal comfort and allow you access to features such as cable TV and internet.
Finding a living solution is not easy, so you’ll want to get started on this step as soon as possible. If you have questions or concerns, get in touch with local resources. A moving company or real estate agent will be able to lend a helping hand.
You’ve packed up your belongings, said your final goodbyes to your neighbors, handed your keys to the new owner, and piled into your van. It’s time to trek across the country to your new home.
If you’re traveling with kids, here are a few ideas to keep your children entertained and happy during every leg of your trip.
If your kids are prone to dizziness or car sickness, purchase a book on tape or CD. You can also stock your smartphone music store with a wide assortment of books so your children can sit back, relax, and let their imaginations run wild. Popular children’s audiobooks include the following:
- “The Twits” by Roald Dahl
- “Fortunately, the Milk” by Neil Gaiman
- “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling
- “The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe’s Very First Case” by Alexander McCall Smith
- “How to Eat Fried Worms” by Thomas Rockwell
Audiobook narrators have a way of instantly drawing readers in, leaving readers captivated throughout the entire book.
Special note: Don’t forget to bring an auxiliary cord. Without one, you won’t be able to plug the audiobook into your car’s speaker system.
Lights, camera, action. If your car doesn’t have a DVD player, don’t worry. You can purchase a portable DVD player for under 50 dollars and set it up between the driver and passenger seat so every child can see the screen. Popular movies include:
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid
- Princess Diaries
- Chicken Run
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- My Neighbor Totoro
If your children aren’t close in age, ask your older kids to occupy themselves with different types of media. You might consider allowing your older kids to use your smartphone or tablet for movies, games, and other fun apps.
If your kids tire of movies and books, play one of these road trip games to keep them happy between states.
- Restaurant game – Find fast food restaurants along the way. Pick one fast food restaurant (Taco Bell, Burger King, McDonalds, Arby’s, or Wendy’s) and have each player choose a different fast food restaurant. You earn a point every time you spot the restaurant on the side of the road, on exit markers, or on billboards. Set a time frame and when the clock runs out, the player with the most points wins.
- Telephone – Have one child think of a line or story and whisper it into another child’s ear. Pass the line or story along until everyone in the car hears it. When the last person hears the line or story, let them repeat it out loud and see how much it varies from the original line.
- Twenty questions – Ask one child to think of a noun-person, place, or thing-and invite other players to ask that child one yes or no question (“Does it bite?”). After 20 questions, each player gets to make a final guess. The person who guesses correctly wins. If no one guesses correctly, the person who thought of the noun wins.
To make travel time a breeze, bring a cooler with plenty of snacks and beverages for the entire family. If you constantly have to deal with one son whining because another son stole his cookie, make a special snack case for each child and set ground rules. Here are a list of things you might want to include in the personal snack case:
- Sunflower seeds
- Dried apples
- Chocolate chips
Make sure to stop for meals every few hours so you and your kids can consume something more filling than snacks. Although the prospect of a cross-country drive might seem daunting, keep your kids happy (and keep yourself sane) with a combination of the audiobooks, movies, games, and snacks listed above.
Whether you’re neck deep in Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett’s love affair, you’ve just reached the most interesting argument in your medical journal or you can’t take your eyes away from the records of Malcolm Gladwell’s latest social science experiment, it’s time to break away from whatever book you’re reading and turn your attention to packing.
You hate packing, do you? Join the club. To many homeowners, packing seems like a never-ending activity full of boxes, tape, and labels. Fortunately, there is one way you can keep your mind, heart, and soul active while you slave through the various drawers and chores on your packing to-do list: utilize technology.
You live in the Information Age-information is at your fingertips. If you’re the type of person that isn’t a fan of packing and likes to learn on the go, you’re in luck. Technology allows you to kill two birds with one stone and learn a thing or two while you clean out drawers, tape boxes closed, and load furniture into your truck.
Grab your smartphone, log into the app store, and download the TED Talks app. This app has a collection of hundreds of different TED Talks that you can listen to while you pack up your belongings for a new adventure.
“How many brain scientists have been able to study the brain from the inside out? I’ve gotten as much out of this experience of losing my left mind as I have in my entire academic career.” – Jill Bolte Taylor
No medical journal or research findings that deal with the brain come close to Jill Bolte Taylor’s experience as a neuroanatomist turned stroke survivor. In her 2008 TED Talk, Taylor walks her listeners through the feelings and emotions she experienced during her own stroke.
Bolte Taylor was able to tap into her brain as it lost each of its functions, including memory, speech, motion, and self-awareness. Not only is Bolte Taylor’s experience fascinating, but it also helps listeners understand what it felt like to be a brain scientist who used her own stroke as a springboard into some of the most valuable scientific research available for medical professionals.
Tune in to hear how, as an unknowing scientific guinea pig, Bolte Taylor turned her terrifying stroke experience into a stroke of insight for the medical research community.
Tony Robbins, the life coach and self-help guru, has one goal: he wants to know why you do what you do. When Robbins took the TED stage in 2006, he asked the audience what “invisible forces” motivate them to move, to grow, to learn, and to work.
What motivates you to move, grow, learn, and work?
Download this episode to discover your own answers, to learn more about motivation.
Sir Ken Robinson, an international advisor on education, has one thing on his mind: creativity. In Robinson’s 2006 TED Talk, he wants the world to rethink the way our schools are educating our children. Listen in as he speaks to the audience and makes a case for creativity in the school system.
If you don’t want to listen to an entire TED Talk during your afternoon of packing, you can log into the app store on your smartphone and download the TED Radio Hour app. The host, Guy Raz, compiles talks and interviews a host of speakers on the same topic for one hour.
If there aren’t enough hours in the day to check off your packing checklist and do activities that will keep your mind active, rely on technology to help you multitask while you pack. Although it doesn’t take much brainpower to pack belongings and secure boxes with tape, a TED Talk will make the time go faster and help you keep your mind active on the go.
Have you used TED talks to pass the time? What would you add to your “must listen” list? Comment below and let us know!
Moving when pregnant isn’t ideal. The packing and walking involved in the moving process may lead to painful back aches and swollen ankles.
Although it won’t be a walk in the park, you can still move while pregnant. If you plan for the moving day thoroughly, you can avoid the stress and body pains. Use these tips below to plan for a smooth, stress-free move for you and the baby.
Find a New Doctor
You may find that your new home is too far away to continue visiting your current doctor. A few weeks before you move, find a new doctor in your new area. Do your best to find a new healthcare provider similar to your previous doctor. You can ask your doctor for healthcare providers that they would recommend.
Once you find your new doctor, call his or her office to book your first appointment. You will need to take copies of your prenatal file and medical records to your new doctor, so make sure you get these from your old hospital before you move away.
Organize Important Documents
You should know where your important documents are at all times and have them available in case of an emergency. Pack them in an overnight bag that you plan to keep with you. These documents may include:
- Birth certificates
- Social Security cards
- Homeowners insurance
- Health insurance
- Closing papers
- Immunization records
- Pack a 3-Day Bag
Many pregnant women find they have a few items they can’t live without. Whether you prefer a body pillow or a specific snack, keep a few needed objects with you during the move. You may also want to include lotion, food, and comfort items in your bag.
Pack enough items to last you at least three days.
You will find these items will bring comfort and reduce stress while you’re between houses. Having needed items on-hand will also save you from frantically searching through boxes to try and find your favorite lotion at the last second.
If you have children and you’re pregnant, arrange childcare for the days while you’re moving. Once you start packing for the move, life will get even more hectic, and you may not have time to call someone. You can save yourself a fair amount of stress by having a babysitter come watch your kids while you focus on packing and organizing.
A babysitter ready may also come in handy if your baby comes before his or her due date. Make sure you start researching babysitters in that area well before the move. Arranging childcare in advance will reduce stress and give you enough time to interview plenty of babysitters.
Take Care of Yourself
If your family or friends offer to help during your move, don’t hesitate to say yes. Although you may not ask for help very often, moving while pregnant should be your one exception. Your main goal should be to take care of yourself and the baby. Stay as relaxed and stress-free as possible. Your physical and emotional state can have a huge impact on your pregnancy, so take care of yourself during the moving period.
Get plenty of sleep and stay out of extreme temperatures. Take breaks from packing and drink plenty of water. Never exhaust yourself. You may also want to try eating citrus fruits to enhance your strength and energy. Schedule naps and go for relaxing walks. Plan extra time to regain your physical and mental energy.
No matter how much rest you get or how well you take care of yourself, you should never lift heavy objects during pregnancy.
For a safe pregnancy, consider hiring a moving company to pack and take away your home items. A moving company will keep your baby safe and reduce pressure.
These tips will help you and your baby have a stress-free move. If you feel well enough, you can try to help with the move more, but always pay attention to your body and never overwork yourself.