Monthly Archives: April 2017

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Moving: How to Ensure Safety in Your Old Home

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One of the most common obstacles that is faced when you move is transitioning from one home to another. This is complicated even more when you still own the one home you are moving out of, and are moving into a home that was just purchased. One of the most common fears that people have in this situation is their old home. With burglaries happening throughout the United States, a vacant home is almost like a welcoming card to those who are looking to rob a home or cause damage to a home. So, what can you do? We have a few tips for those who are moving out of a home, but are still owners until they sell!

  1. Consider asking someone who is local to check in on the house. If there are people who are monitoring the home, thinking that it would be an easy target, when a person keeps showing up at random times throughout the day or week, they are going to back off!
  2. Exterior lights that are on timers are a great way to make a statement! If you time these to come on as soon as it is dark, it is going to make people think that there is someone who is staying in the home. You can even use this with the interior lights as well!
  3. Security cameras set up around the home can be instant detour to those who are up to no good. You can find very inexpensive sets to utilize that you can monitor from your home computer or even your cell phone.
  4. Get a security system! You can find that these are rather inexpensive when you compare just how much they could save you in the long run. Shop around and check out the offers. Remember, this could be a way to get even more value out of your home when it goes on the market.

In a perfect world, you would sell your old home then move into a new home within a week or so of each other. However, that is not always what happens. Several of our clients are moving out of their old home while it is still on the market, waiting to get sold. If this is the case, be sure that you take the time to add in a few safety precautions to keep it safe! And remember, for help with your move, Excel is here for you!

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Moving with Teens: Tips to Succeed

Teens

One of the biggest challenges in moving, is when you move with kids in tow. Moving with kids can be a bit easier, the younger the kids are. However, what do you do when moving with teenagers? For many parents who have done this in the past, they find that this move is harder than any others. Why is this? For one, teens are often categorized as being a bit on the moody side, to say it lightly. The idea of change may be something that upsets them, and if this is the case, you may want to count on them acting out. Two, teenagers have friends that they have developed and may even have a boyfriend or girlfriend that they do not want to leave. So, what can you do?

We have a few tips on what to do and what to avoid doing, as you could make the situation worse. Remember, moving is a huge life change, no matter what age you are!

  1. Talk to your teen about the move. Don’t assume that they are not happy about this! Assuming they are not happy about the move can make the move even harder. You never know, your son or daughter could be super happy about moving.
  2. If you do have an upset teen, don’t let them make you feel guilty about moving. This is a common feeling for parents if a teen is unhappy or acting out about this move. Remember, kids often adapt to a move easier than what parents think. Be positive and know that you are making this move for a good reason.
  3. Try to move when the school year is over, during the summer. It can be easier for a teen when they are starting fresh during an academic year, rather than starting in the middle.
  4. Get an internet connection asap at your new location so that the teen can stay in touch with those back at their old location. This will make the move easier as they can still communicate with their old friends.
  5. Encourage your teen to get involved in new groups at your new location. This way they are making new friends, and this can help ease their transition into a new school.
  6. Try to give your teen things to do while moving, to make them feel as though they are a part of this move. Plus, this can help a teen to not focus on the moving dilemma that they may be feeling.
  7. While your teen may mope around due to the move, keep a watch on them, but try not to interfere much. Kids often find their own way if they are given the chance, and this can be a tremendous time of growth in your teens life. However, if you do notice that their grades start slipping or they are getting depressed, perhaps counseling could help.

Remember, moving is a difficult task. We can make it easier! Here at Excel Moving we have years of moving experience. This way, you can focus on your teen and other children rather than worrying about when boxes are set to arrive at your new home.

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A Business Move: How to Prepare your Office for the Change

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When a business move is near, it can be difficult to know where to start. There are a number of items that need to be checked off of your list before the move happens. For example:

  1. Informing clients of a new location
  2. Making changes to the online profile for the company including all social media pages
  3. Making announcements via social media about this move
  4. Packing up the office
  5. Informing employees of their new locations after the move

All the while, you may still be doing business. The stress of this can be outrageous! In fact, many business owners do not realize just how stressful this move can be. The good news: there is help and advice that can get you through this transition.

Have a Timeline for Every Business Move

For every business move, you need to have a timeline. This timeline is going to keep you on schedule and will help to decrease the stress slightly. An example timeline could be:

  • 2 weeks before moving offices, let customers know
  • Announce the upcoming move on social media two to three weeks from the date
  • As the date grows closer, keep announcing this move so it reaches the maximum number of people
  • One week before the move, all employees need to be packing their items
  • Stop doing business at that location two days before the moving company comes to help, this way you have two solid days of no interruptions

Ask for Help

Always be aware that there is help for a business move. And many businesses find it is better to call in the professionals to help with the move rather than having their office staff tackle this on their own. Excel Moving can offer tons of help for any move, whether this is business or residential. A few other ideas that have worked for businesses in the past:

  • Have interns for the business help with packing.
  • Hire one time employees to help with the move, as there is the packing of this office, as well as getting unpacked at your new business location.

Remember, a business move does not have to be something you dread. You can make this move one that is going to be a positive experience and best for your business! To get better prepared for your business move, be sure to check out packing tips and talk with professionals, as there is always advice to be found.

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Moving for Work? What you Need to Know!

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Moving for work is not something that is considered strange. Many people find that when they get that big promotion that they have wanted, not only are they getting a pay raise, but they may have to move as well! If you are in this situation, then you should know that you could be getting this move paid for you! Many companies offer movers assistance for those employees who they are asking to move for a new position. And if the company doesn’t offer this, always remember that you can deduct work related moving expenses on your taxes. However, to do this, your move must meet a few criteria:

  1. The new location for work must be more than 50 miles away from your current home. If you were move to a new neighborhood that is only 25 miles away from your old home, moving expenses cannot be deducted! However, if you were to move 52 miles away from your old home, you could deduct these expenses.
  2. To deduct any type of moving expense, you must work full time for at least 39 weeks during the year you arrive at a new location for a job. Otherwise, you cannot try to deduct any type of moving expenses. This does not apply to those who are members of the armed forces, involuntary separation or in the case of a death.

With these criterions being known, we have a few tips that can make this move for your professional success even better.

  • Be sure that you call us at Excel Moving as soon as you know that you will be moving. Keep in mind that the Summer time is a popular time to move, along with Spring and Fall, as students head back to school and the like.
  • Consider decluttering many times, especially if you are going to be moving a long distance away. As the price you pay on the move does depend on how much weight you have in goods to be moved.
  • If moving cross country, you will probably need vehicle transportation as well for your move, unless you plan to drive yourself to your new home.
  • Work with a great real estate agent whom you can trust. In many cases, those who are in this situation is not waiting around to sell their home before they move, thus you need someone whom you can trust to show this and sell your home.
  • Prepare your family for this move by pointing out the great points about a new neighborhood or even new state. Be sure they realize that this can be an adventure if they let it!

Moving for work is never easy. However, it is a necessity in a changing work environment. The good news is that we are here to help!