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5 Key Techniques to Prevent Moving Damage

2015 April 15
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
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Although many people worry about forgetting something during their move, this usually become a problem. More often than not, the little scrapes and stains around your home that put a real damper on your move instead. Whether you rented or bought your home, it’s in your best interest to leave things in the same condition as you found them. Likewise, no one wants to damage their own items or new location upon moving.

You have plenty of things to protect in any type of move. From the walls and furniture to flooring and valuables, you want to keep them all pristine. Do your best to prevent common moving damages by reading the five techniques below.

1. Pack Valued Items Beforehand

Whatever matters to you, keep it well out of the way before the loading process begins. Many people make the mistake of packing valuables last, but this causes problems. Keep cherished possessions safe by packing them at the beginning of your packing process. Such items could include:

  • Family heirlooms
  • Cutlery, dishes, and other glass items
  • Expensive appliances
  • Artwork or photos
  • Electronics

After these valuables are out of the way, you can rest easy and have a more organized space to work with. Of course, everything should receive a secure packing before actual loading begins. By focusing on valuable items first, you can keep them safe from any accidents.

Talk your local Wheaton agent about moving valued possessions prior to your move.

2. Obtain Appropriate Floor Coverings

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Wheaton mover is covering carpets with floor protection.

Whether you’ll have to move over tile, wood, carpet, or all three, take measures to protect your floors. Not only are floors subject to scrapes and cracks, but heavy foot traffic and dirt as well. The following items work well to protect most flooring types:

  • Flattened cardboard boxes
  • Capet film protectors (plastic sheeting)
  • Moving blankets
  • Doormats to wipe feet on before entering the premises

No matter what flooring type you decide on, you have to secure the edges. This will prevent dangerous sliding that could lead to injury. Fasten plastic or fabric sheets to prevent bubbling, as this may cause you to trip.

3. Plan Ahead

This general technique incorporates several essential aspects to help prevent moving damage:

  • Measure the space you have vs. objects to move
  • Obtain sufficient moving help
  • Dismantle and empty furniture when possible

If you know what spaces you’ll have to with, you’ll have far less wall scraping. You can also prevent dropping or dragging too heavy items if you have the appropriate amount of power behind the lift.

Employ spotters and never try to lift something too heavy by yourself. As for larger furniture pieces, dismantle them as much as possible. True, you may have to make more trips this way, but you’ll definitely avoid severe injuries and damage to the building.

4. Protect Door frames and Walls

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Wheaton mover uses moving blankets to protect stair railings.

As careful as you or your movers are, slips can still occur. Doorframes especially tend to take a beating during moves, since they see high traffic and movement. You can buy corner or doorway pads to keep things chip-free, or just use your own towels and tape.

You should also wrap covers over furniture edges and corners. That way, you can create twice the amount of padding between your walls and items. These types of padding include:

  • Mattress covers
  • Bubble wrap
  • Furniture blankets
  • Corner guards

Just visit a local hardware store and ask about moving supplies. There’s a whole world of products you can use to protect your items as well as the new and old location.

WATCH how Wheaton World Wide Moving protects your home.

5. Trust Professionals

Moving isn’t something most people do every day, so you can easily make mistakes. Chances are you’ll receive much more satisfaction from your move if you leave it up to the professionals. You can still use all these techniques to prep your house or business as well as items.

You get what you pay for, so think about hiring a professional moving company to help you complete a damage-free move.

Employ professional moving services while using these strategies to minimize moving damage.

4 Ways to Make Your Corporate Relocation Easier

2015 April 9
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
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Moving an office or business is a huge event that takes careful planning to execute successfully. If your company is planning a move in the near future, there are certain things you can do to make the experience easier on everyone. This includes you, the administration, employees, movers and anyone else involved. Simplify your life by using the four tips listed below to achieve a successful corporate move.

1. Book a Moving Service Early On

What does it mean to start planning your move “early on?” The truth is, the larger your company is, the more time you’ll need to nail down the details. For a company of around 200 employees, you should be discussing moving rates at least four months in advance. This will give you plenty of time to choose a moving service that fits your needs and budget.

When researching moving companies, it’s good to ask about the basics. These include:7- heavy box

  • Pricing and estimates
  • Damage protection options
  • Pre- and post-move inventories
  • Delivery service guarantees
  • Boxes and other moving materials

As soon as you know what to expect from the company, you can make an informed choice about which moving service you’ll employ. Once you’ve made this important choice, stay in touch with the company to confirm dates and prices as well as to plan your ideal moving strategy.

2. Communicate Throughout

Communication is key to a successful move. Establish clear expectations to your moving company and employees. Every single person should be responsible for a specific job. Likewise, every single item should have a place. Make your team of employees and movers aware of these preferences so they can meet them.

Give each department a checklist of things to accomplish by certain dates before the move. This will keep things clear and prepare you for the big event. As long as everyone knows their assignments beforehand, you’ll achieve a smooth moving process.

3. Get Organized

Packing is what everyone thinks about in connection with moving, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. In truth, packing is one of the final steps in the moving process. What will increase efficiency is preparing items (and employees) in advance.Wheaton Movers

Have each employee start with their own personal area. Instruct them to pack away any loose items. This should prevent any messy mishaps. Next, have each department head manage the organization of their products, area and items. Companies have lines of delegation and authority for a reason, so use them to your advantage.

Make sure you take special care when packing office décor. This includes artwork, curtain rods or blinds, rugs, etc. It’s useful to give your moving service a list of fragile items and how you would like them packed and transported.

4. Emphasize Safety for All

As an employer, the last thing you need during your corporate move is for someone to get injured. Take steps to train on the latest safety policies before the move, and provide all the necessary equipment. This could include back braces, dollies, lifting instruction, and thick gloves.

One important way to prevent injury consists of arranging packed items and boxes according to weight. Placing things in their proper category on moving day is always helpful, too. You should also create a sensible moving path from your location to the moving truck. Anything that makes things easier on the movers will help your move go off without a problem.

Follow safety protocol and take precautionary measures to protect yourself and others from potential accidents. Consider each of these four steps as you prepare for your office relocation. When you do, your move can be successful for both the movers and the employees.

4 Questions to Ask When Deciding Your Moving Date

2015 April 7
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
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Contemplating a move involves countless worries, if you let it. The best way to lessen stress during a move is to start planning well in advance. Some people get lucky and have several months or even a year with the knowledge that they’ll be moving. Use this time to your advantage.

Many factors impact whether your move ends up going smoothly. If you’re lucky enough to choose your own moving date, there are definitely some things to consider. Whether you’re looking to keep a tight budget or just want to be sensitive about your children’s needs, think about these things ahead of time. Read on to find out the four main questions you should ask yourself regarding your move date.

1. How much money should I save?

This is quite an important issue for countless families. A move can be expensive, especially when you take into account home closing costs, relocation expenses, etc. Even emotional costs matter. So how can you achieve a successful move without breaking the bank? One of the main ways to complete an affordable move is to notice trends in the housing and moving market.

As a simple matter of supply and demand, most moving companies are extra busy during the warmer months. If you are moving in the Northern Hemisphere, realize that May through September are peak moving times.couple unpack sm

The busier movers are, the higher prices are and the harder it is to book a slot. You can avoid a lot of headache by scheduling your move during off-peak season, which can range between October and March. Although, if your priority is to move when no one else is, you’ll be safe between November and January.

2. What does my schedule require?

Next, consider the actual date of your move. We’ve discussed seasons and peak times, but not the time of the month or week. When it comes to moving, you’re best looking for a weekday in the second or third week of the month.

Both residents and businesses want to avoid losing work hours, so they schedule moves for Fridays and Saturdays. As a result, weekend moves will be harder to schedule. Leave you and your moving company plenty of time by going with a Tuesday or Wednesday, if possible.

To avoid paying another month’s rent or mortgage, people always are scrambling to move at the end of the month. You’ll get the best scheduling and lowered expenses by choosing the early weeks of a month. Consider these issues with your schedule to make the best choice.

3. What’s the weather going to be like on moving day?

Consider your current climate and seasonal weather conditions, along with that of your destination. If you’re moving internationally, this is especially important to consider. No one likes moving or traveling through a horrific snowstorm, so protect yourself by checking the weather.

If you’re moving to Florida, consider hurricane season. This might affect your moving date differently than if you were relocating to Arizona or even New England. Be aware of weather and travel conditions for a safe and well-planned move.

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Those with children know that moving can be dramatic, and sometimes upsetting. If you want to be sensitive to your kids’ needs, think about how the move affects their life. They’re in school, so would it be better to move during a break, or right smack in the middle of a year? Whatever you decide, consider your family’s needs? Try to avoid moving before an important event in your child’s life, and keep in touch with their friends if possible.

You should also avoid moving around big holidays, since your child might lose their excitement with the move. Issues like these that can make or break your move, so try to consider each one before settling on a move date. Base your move date off of your prioritized concerns, so you can have the best possible experience.

Infographic: Is my move tax deductible?

2015 April 2
by Wheaton World Wide Moving

It’s tax season and, as you know, there are a lot of questions as to what you can and can not deduct to maximize your refund.

If you moved in the past year for a new career or are being relocated for your current job, federal tax law allows you to deduct your expenses with a qualifying move.  In order to claim your move as a deduction, all expenses will need to be reported on an IRS Form 3903 to be included with your personal tax return after you have made sure your move satisfies all requirements. This infographic shows the qualifications that are needed in order to deduct your move from your taxes.

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Road Trip Games for Kids for Your Long-Distance Move

2015 March 30
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
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When you finally get into the car to start the drive to your new home, you may think you’re done with the hard part. You packed up every inch of your home, labeled boxes, and lifted everything into an enormous truck. You’re all ready for your new home—you just have to get there.

But did you think about what to do once you got in the car? Long drives can be hard with small children. And children who are nervous about moving to a new location can be even more difficult, especially in an enclosed space like a car.

To keep your long-distance drive free from incident, try playing some of these road trip games to keep your kids (and yourself) entertained.

The Animal Spying Game

If your kids are motivated by competition, let them compete by promising a quarter to the first child who can spot a particular animal on your drive. Choose an animal that you are likely to see on your trip. If you’re going through the mountains, you may try to spot a deer or fox. If you only drive through residential neighborhoods, maybe you can find a certain breed or color of dog. Once a child finds one animal, change the challenge to finding a different one.

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If you’re traveling across state lines, you have a greater chance of seeing license plates from a variety of states. Have your kids write down the different states they see on a piece of paper. Set different challenges, like declaring a winner for the first child who sees 10 different states or who finds a state with a certain letter in its name.

The Alphabet Hunt

Find various letters written on the road around you, from A to Z. Start with A and work your way through the alphabet until you and your kids have found every letter in order. You can see the letters on billboards, road signs, license plates, or even store signs as you pass through cities. Teach your kids tricks to find all the letters, especially hard ones like X, Q, and Z (Hint: these hard letters are more common on license plates than any road sign).

“I’m Going on a Picnic”

Use the alphabet to play a memory game that will challenge your kids to pay attention to the game. The first person should say “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing. . .” and then name an item that starts with the letter A, like an anteater. The second player repeats the same phrase, but adds something that starts with B to the sentence. You might say “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing an anteater and bubbles.” For even more fun, try to think of zany things to bring that will be easy to remember. If a player forgets an item in the list, they’re out. Keep playing until only one person can say the whole list without hesitating.

The Animal Name Game

This game involves spelling, so it’s best to play with children who can read. The first player names an animal, and the second player has to name another animal that starts with the last letter of the first animal. For example, if the first player says “fish,” the second player could say “hyena,” and so on. This game has no winners or losers, so no one will feel left out.

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This classic guessing game is perfect for kids who are always asking questions. Choose one player to be “it.” This player should think of a person, place, or thing, that the others have to guess. Let’s say one player chooses “lion” for the others to guess. The other players must ask yes or no questions to figure out what the first player is thinking of. Whoever guesses correctly gets to be “it” and think of a new word.

Make Moving Fun

Moving doesn’t have to be a hassle. For more tips and tricks on how to keep moving fun for you, your kids, and everyone involved in the process, see our blog for regular updates.

 

 

Worried About Culture Shock? Here’s How to Adjust

2015 March 25
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
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Your international move marks the start of an exciting new period in your life. Whether you’re moving for work or for pleasure, your move gives you the unique chance to immerse yourself in a different culture. You’ll have experiences you couldn’t have anywhere else, make new friends you couldn’t live without, and enjoy new sights and foods that will enrich your life.

Even with the excitement that accompanies an international move, most people feel a sense of anxiety about one thing: culture shock. If you’ve never visited the country you’re about to make your new home, it’s hard to know how you’ll react to the new environment. Will you like the food, or will it make you sick? If you can’t speak the language fluently, how will you get around? If you have kids, how will they adjust to the change?

All of these worries are natural, and you’re not alone in having them. Luckily, there are multiple ways to successfully cope with culture shock. Read our blog below to learn about what culture shock entails, how to prepare yourself for it, and how to overcome it.

Culture Shock’s 5 Phases Culture Shock

In most cases, culture shock is inevitable. You might think that you and your family are prepared for your new home’s culture; you’ve read multiple guidebooks, watched movies, and cooked traditional foods. But there’s nothing quite like landing in a new country, stepping off the plane, and seeing, smelling, and hearing the commotion of your new home to make you feel disoriented anew.

The good news is that the more you know about culture shock, the better prepared you’ll be to deal with it. Here are the typical cultural shock phase an international traveler goes through:

  • Honeymoon: Initially, as with most new experiences, you feel a sense of euphoria and excitement. Everything about your new home seems wonderful, and you’re happy to be here.
  • Distress: Soon, you start to feel isolated in your new country. The cultural differences and new experiences that excited you before only make you feel more removed from the people around you.
  • Re-integration: You become frustrated with your new condition. You might start to reject the differences you see in your new country and idealize life back home.
  • Autonomy: After the anger and frustration wear off, you start to enjoy life in your new home again. You can start to appreciate the differences and embrace new experiences.
  • Independence: At last, you feel confident in your new home. You can successfully navigate most aspects of your new life. At this point, you truly feel at home.

As you experience each of these phases (or as you notice them in your children), try not to judge yourself, even when you feel angry and frustrated. Remember, these feelings are natural; everyone who’s lived internationally has experienced them as well. You’ll eventually overcome them and see this country as home—you simply have to work through the other phases to reach that point.

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While it’s good to know that your culture shock will eventually wear off, it can be hard to deal with in the meantime. Here are some tips to follow as you work through the five phases to reach independence in your new country:

  • Take time for yourself. If you’re feeling anxious and insecure, play relaxing music, meditate, exercise, or participate in one of your favorite hobbies, like reading.
  • Find similar people. Chances are, others from your home country have relocated to the area. There could be a nearby organization, school, or society with people who can relate to your situation.
  • Focus on the familiar. When you’re overwhelmed by difference, it’s okay to take a step back. A reliable moving company should have safely transported your possessions to your new home; spend some time with an item that makes you feel at home, like your favorite movie.
  • Embrace new experiences. Even though culture shock can make you feel shy, try to force yourself outside your comfort zone as least once a day. You’ll feel empowered as you do so.

With these tips, you’re sure to make your international move a success. Check out the other articles on our blog for more tips on how to improve your next move.

 

Using Social Media to Sell Your Home

2015 March 23
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
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Social media has modernized the retail market. Instead of just using social media to stay connected with old high school friends, consumers can now buy and sell everything from purses to homes online. For this reason, homeowners and realtors have turned to websites like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook to sell properties.

Use these social media tips to widen your audience base and sell your home more quickly.

Create a Website

One of the first steps to selling your home with social media should include creating a website highlighting your property. You can create a customized website with companies such as Weebly  or WordPress. These sites have designed simple outlines where you can easily upload pictures and write relevant text.

Within a few clicks, you can have a fully functional and informative website that will give potential buyers all the information they need concerning your home.

Here are some things you should include on the website:

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  • Contact information
  • Home information
  • Home video tour (on your website and YouTube)
  • Nearby restaurants and stores
  • Neighborhood information
  • Pictures

Once you have created your website, link it to a QR code that you put on flyers, “For Sale” signs, local ads, and other websites.

You should also put your web address on these signs, just in case viewers don’t have QR code scanners. Use your Facebook and/or blog to post the link as well. These links allow potential buyers to get a quick rundown on your property.

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Post on Facebook

Although most of your friends may not want to buy your house, they may have other friends that need a new home. Make sure you post your home’s website link on your status as well as your home’s listings on other websites. Encourage friends to share your post and spread the word that your home is on the market.

You can also utilize Facebook’s photo album tool to post pictures of your home. Write a detailed caption for each picture and publish the album online. Include a link to your website and home listing in the album description. If you don’t want open access to your home pictures, change your security settings for this album.

You can also upload a video tour of your home. Use your camera or smartphone to give potential buyers a tour around your house. If you have video editing software, include an intro and exit page that posts your address and website link.

Facebook also allows you to create events, which gives you the perfect way to tell friends about your home’s open house. Invite all of your friends and encourage them to invite all of their friends. Include directions and a property flyer in the description area.

This tool also allows you to see who RSVP’d so you know about how many people plan to come.

A few days before the open house day, send a reminder to guests. Also, remember to not over-post on your page. You don’t want to overwhelm your friends.

Find a Social Media Friendly Realtor

Some realtors discourage using social media to sell a home. You should find a realtor that not only uses social media, but also has proficient online skills. These advertising skills can widen your potential buyer audience and help you sell your home faster.

This also takes the social media pressure off of you. You shouldn’t have to worry about selling your home through social media you can trust your realtor to do that for you. While you still should share on your own social media, don’t stress like you have to sell your home alone. Your realtor should manage most of that work on your behalf.

As you navigate the selling process, use these tips to make your home more accessible to buyers. Don’t forget to stay patient as well. The more you can convey a positive attitude, the more welcoming your home will seem to buyers.

Wheaton World Wide Agents Deliver Girl Scout Cookies to Local Troops

2015 March 18
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Wheaton World Wide Moving is known for it’s interstate delivery of household goods and providing moving services throughout the United States. A potentially lesser-known fact is that Wheaton World Wide agents also put their equipment and resources to good use helping their local communities. For example, Preferred Moving & Storage and Claeys Brothers Moving & Storage both have brought together their resources to help their local Girl Scout troops store and deliver the famous Girl Scout Cookies.

Preferred Moving & Storage – Harrison Township, Mich.

Preferred Moving & Storage stored 60,000 cookies in their warehouse up until February when they made personal, home deliveries to the Girl Scouts who sold three hundred or more cases of cookies. Preferred also stocks cupboard sites, which are various home or council locations for the Girl Scouts to pick up additional cookies as needed.

From Feb. 12-14, Preferred delivered approximately 40,000 cases of cookies to various malls, schools and churches where the troop leaders pick them up from trailers. The 7,000 remaining cases are stored at Preferred Moving & Storage to be restocked at cupboard sites every Wednesday for the next four-to-five weeks. At the conclusion of the sale, Preferred will move the remaining cookies from the cupboard locations and take them to the Girl Scout headquarters.

 

Claeys Brothers Moving & Storage – Sioux City, Iowa

This is the third year Claey’s Moving & Storage has helped out the Siouxland Girl Scout troops. They work with 97 troops in the Sioux City and surrounding areas, which covers 120 miles. In one day, Claeys Brothers Moving & Storage hands out 15,000 cases of cookies, which requires 18 helpers to load and deliver the cookies. Claey’s takes pride in donating their labor to help the Girl Scouts. Claey’s Brothers also stores 23,000 cases for 30 days.

Claeys doesn’t just help with cookies, they also store and deliver peanuts and candy for the Girl Scouts.

 

 

The Art of Feng Shui and How it Will Help You Adjust to Your New Space

2015 March 16
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
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Feng shui enhances any environment and empowers individuals to improve every aspect of life-health, wealth, relationships, and career. The art of Feng shui spans centuries. As a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the environment, Feng shui translates to literally mean “wind and water” in English.

Wind and Water

How does the concept of wind and water play into this ancient system? Feng shui discusses invisible forces and how those forces bind the universe, earth, and humanity together to create qi. According to the Zang Shu, or Book of Burial, Chinese philosophers believe “qi rides the wind and scatters, but it is retained when encountering water.” Qi is the central aspect of feng shui and attaining qi will allow any home and its residents to thrive.

But how can you attain qi-a perfect balance of wind and water-in your home?

Through feng shui, you can move things around in your new place to create a perfect balance and enhance your quality of life. It doesn’t take much to make the change, but once you do, you’ll feel an immense improvement in your day-to-day life.

Keep Your Space Clean

De-cluttering is one of the perks of moving and one of the most important aspects of feng shui. Instead of packing up junk and transporting it from one location to another, leave it behind. Arrive at your new location with as little as possible so you don’t have to worry about crowding bookshelves and counter space with stuff.

If you’re about to move, gather your belongings and place each item into one of the following piles:a box of clothing donations

  • Sell – What items can you sell to make a marginal profit?
  • Donate – What items can you do without, but want to donate to a charitable cause?
  • Keep – What items must you keep?
  • Throw away – What items don’t have any value and belong in the nearest landfill?

Decide which item belongs in which pile and then stay true to your word. If something ends up in the throw away pile, throw it away. Try to donate as many used clothes and useful belongings as possible. Local shelters accept donations year-round and will appreciate your contribution.

Let in the Light

Once you move in, open up every window and let light into your new home. Natural light increases productivity and comfort while providing mental and visual stimulation. Natural light has also been touted for other aesthetic, environmental, and health benefits, including the following:

  • Stabilizes moods
  • Increases energy levels
  • Balances sleep patterns
  • Improves vision and eye development
  • Increases vitamin D absorption (vitamin D regulates the immune system, helps you maintains body weight, controls asthma, and keeps the brain energized)
  • Reduces mold and mildew
  • Improves the look of any space (illuminates interior structures)
  • Decreases energy waste (eliminates the need for artificial light)

Natural light also helps the plants in your home thrive-and lush greenery is another key element of feng shui in your home.

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Open up your home to the freshest greens of every season. When you incorporate green into your home, you add a natural element and allow energy to congregate in each space. Indoor plants will keep your indoor air clean and pure-and fill it with much needed oxygen. The top five air-purifying plants include:

  • Areca Palm
  • Lady Palm
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Rubber Plant
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Each of these air-purifying plants is easy to care for and incredibly attractive. While some remove toxins and resist insect infestation, others soften energy and improve air quality. Whatever indoor needs you have, trust indoor plants to improve the qi in your home space.

Map It Out

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Each space has a feng shui energy map, also known as bagua. Once you define the bagua of your space, you can know which areas of your home have a connection with specific areas of your life. Generally, the bagua of most homes is as follows:

  • North: Career
  • Northeast: Spirituality
  • East: Health and family
  • Southeast: Wealth and abundance
  • South: Fame and reputation
  • Southwest: Love and marriage
  • West: Creativity and children
  • Northwest: Charity and blessings

If you don’t know how to define the bagua of your home, just assume it has a similar bagua as the common list above.

Create Feng Shui

Now that you have a general idea of your home’s feng shui energy map, start creating balance and harmony. If you want to increase your wealth, incorporate natural elements (wood, water, plants, etc.) into the southeast area of your home. If you want to improve your relationship with your spouse or children, focus on the west and southwest areas.

Feng shui allows you to get creative and use your own energy to improve your home’s energy. Don’t move into a new space without de-cluttering, letting in light, incorporating plants, mapping out your home’s bagua, and creating balance and harmony. Use these steps to improve the qi in your home and improve the most important aspects of your life.

What to Do with Your Car When You Move

2015 March 11
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
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Have you ever been driving around one of the mainland states and seen a car with license plates from Hawaii? You may have wondered “How did that car get here?” or “How much does it cost to ship your car from Hawaii?”

For people moving to or from Hawaii, moving their vehicles when they relocate is a major consideration-and a big expense. Auto shipping rates to the 50th state start around $1,000 for West Coast residents and increase to $2,500 or more for people living farther east.

You don’t have to be moving across an ocean to wonder about the best way to get your car from your old house to your new one.

Most people face questions about how to transport their vehicle during a move. To simplify the decision for you, in this blog we cover the pros and cons of all the major auto moving options.

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For many people who are moving, this is the obvious and easy solution for getting their car to their new home. The movers pack a van with your stuff and head to your new house, and you take off in the same direction in your own car.

If you’re driving yourself, you’ll want to plan your trip and budget for it. You should estimate how much you’ll spend on these typical road trip expenses:

Pre-trip vehicle checkup. Don’t skip this! It costs you more up-front, but it could save you a lot of time, money, and stress by preventing your car from breaking down in unfamiliar territory.

Gas. Calculate your car’s average highway gas mileage and the distance from your old house to your new one. You should also look up current gas prices in major cities along the way, since they can vary widely.

Food. If your new home is more than a few hours away from your current one, you’ll most likely eat on the road. Plan to stop every 3-4 hours for a snack or a larger meal.

Lodging. Extra-long moving trips could cover several days, so book hotel rooms along your route in advance.

Tow It

Do you need to move multiple vehicles? You might be able to tow one car behind another.

If you choose this option, make sure the towing vehicle has plenty of power. It may have to tow the other vehicle up steep slopes.car-dolly-rental

Plus, both vehicles might have a few of your extra belongings stashed inside, which adds extra weight.

You have two main options for vehicle towing trailers:

A tow dolly. This type of vehicle trailer lifts a car’s two front wheels off the road. Tow dollies are usually less expensive. They work well for small- to medium-sized front-wheel drive cars.

A car carrier. This type of trailer sits under the entire car and uses its own wheels. It’s a more reliable option for long distance moves.

Maybe driving to your new house isn’t a possibility. You might need to be in your new city right away or dread the thought of driving cross-country with young kids and feisty pets. In that case, you should investigate the other car-moving options below.

Ship It

This is the main alternative for people who choose not to drive their cars when they move. You can shop around for quotes or talk to your local Wheaton agents about rates for shipping your car.

Before you call for quotes, you need to gather information that will help each company give you a more precise estimate. Figure out the approximate weight of your car, the distance between the starting point and destination, and the dates you plan on moving in and out. You should also ask your car insurance agent whether your policy protects your car in transit.Car Shipping

When you call for quotes, be sure to ask:

What the pick-up and drop-off options are. Shipping companies may offer to pick your car up at your house and deliver it right to your new front door. This is more convenient, but it likely costs more, too. Alternatively, you may have to take your car to a terminal and pick it up from a different terminal.

Whether shipping is open or enclosed. A car-shipping company may move your vehicle on an open-air truck, like those you’ve seen carrying multiple cars to dealerships. You might be able to select an enclosed truck, which gives your car better protection from weather and road hazards. But, enclosed car shipping costs about 60% more.

What the company’s insurance policy is. Even with a reputable company, your car might meet problems on the road that cause damage. That’s why you should ask about this, regardless of the protection your personal auto insurance policy offers.

Store It

If your move is only temporary, storing your vehicle may be a better option than moving it with you. People find this option feasible when they face military deployment or a short-term relocation overseas for work.

Call local storage facilities and ask about their rates and amenities for long-term vehicle storage. You don’t need anything fancy, but you’ll want a secure location where your car won’t be vulnerable to theft, exposed to the elements, or likely to sustain damage.

Sell It

sellcar_23_600If none of the above options appeal to you, you can always sell your car. This is usually a last resort, but it can be a good choice in certain situations. Maybe your car is old and unreliable. Perhaps you’re planning on buying a new car soon anyway. You might even be worried about tougher emissions and safety standards in another state. In those cases, selling your car might give you the least hassle.

Now that you’ve seen all your options, it’s time to decide what you’ll do with your car when you move. Consider your situation and choose whatever works best. You may have to compare pricing on several options (for example, driving versus shipping).

Once you decide, call a moving company to help you move everything else.