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Planning and organizing your move can be somewhat demanding and hectic. When you decide to take this step, you have to take care of quite a few tasks, which makes it more likely for you to make a mistake or even forget to do something. After all, you’re only human, right? Nonetheless, making some major errors during your relocation process can be rather stressful, so you should do your best to make sure the whole process goes according to plan if possible. To help you do that, we provide you with a list of most commonly made mistakes that you should avoid. Keep these in mind, and you have nothing to worry about.

  1. Choosing the wrong time

Your decision to leave your current place of residence and start your life over someplace else is a huge step, so it is of utmost importance that you reach such a decision only after careful consideration. Thus, before you do anything to get the relocation process started, make sure that you (and your family) are ready for your move. Think about the time of the year because, for instance, summer is the busiest season for moving companies, which means your relocation will probably cost more if you decide to move during the hottest months of the year.

  1. Not creating a moving budget

Not only is moving to another state intricate and time-consuming, but it is, more often than not, somewhat costly, too. For that reason, one of the first things on your to-do list is to think about is money. You should make a moving budget that can cover all the moving expenses before you schedule your moving day.

  1. Jumping to conclusions

Once again, remember how important your move is, so before you choose the first moving company that seems to meet your needs, do some research. Don’t just jump to the conclusion that the company with the lowest bet is the most affordable one. In most cases, such companies actually hide various additional costs that are added later on. So, we suggest that you explore several moving companies, narrow your choice down to only a couple of those, and then compare them in order to decide which one is the best choice for you.

  1. Not exploring your insurance options

Last but not least, don’t forget to learn more about the insurance your chosen moving company offers. We’re sure you don’t want your fragile and highly valuable items to get damaged or broken during the transportation. Of course, movers will do their best to protect your belongings adequately and avoid any possible damage. Nonetheless, accidents happen, so explore your insurance options in further detail to be prepared for the worst-case scenario.

If you need more moving tips, or you have some questions about your relocation, do not hesitate to contact Cross Country Movers Group anytime you want. We will be more than glad to help you in any way we can.

 

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How to make new friends when moving

How to make new friends when movingWe-understand-that-making-new-friends-in-a-new-city.jpgWe understand that making new friends in a new city might not be the easiest thing you’ve ever done, mainly because new people are not the only news in your life at that moment, so it might be hard to get used to so many changes. You’re trying to get accustomed to your new house, your new job, new surroundings, etc., so the chances are you’ll miss your old friends and family if none of them are there with you. However, instead of just missing them, you need to try to get to know your new neighbors and co-workers and make friends with them so as to make the whole getting-used-to process much more comfortable. If you’re wondering how to make friends in the city that you have just moved to, here are some ideas:

 

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We all know how hectic and stressful relocation process can be, so the best way to make your move a pleasant experience is to hire a moving company which can help you. Not only are there some tasks that you can’t possibly take care of all by yourself, but there are also the ones that will just take you too much time and energy, so it’s best to leave them to professionals. Luckily, nowadays, most moving companies offer a wide range of additional moving services that you can choose between, so you can forget about your relocation turning into a nightmare. In case you’re not quite familiar with these, here’s a list of the most common additional services you can use:

 

 

 

  1. Professional packing and unpacking

There is no doubt you would do your best to pack all your belongings with utmost care, but no matter how hard you try, some items such as fragile and expensive pieces of furniture or artwork are almost impossible to pack without professional assistance. For that reason, it is advisable to leave this tricky task to experts and not worry about the safety of your belongings. Professional movers are called professional for a reason – these people are trained for what they do, and they have all the adequate packing supplies, as well as wrapping and padding materials used to protect your items. Plus, they can save you the trouble of unpacking all your boxes when you move into your new house.

  1. Disassembling and reassembling your furniture

Another thing movers will be better at is dismantling and reassembling your furniture. Again, they have all the adequate equipment for doing so, which means you don’t have to lift a finger. You might be tempted to think that disassembling your furniture is not that complicated, but believe us – it’s more complex than it seems.

  1. Appliance servicing

We’re sure you’ll be happy to hear that your chosen moving company can help you with your electrical appliances, as well. In other words, movers can save you the trouble of disconnecting them and then setting them up again when you get to your new house.

  1. Hoisting

Not only are certain pieces of furniture hard to dismantle, but there also the ones that are just too large to fit through the door of your old or your new house, which means you can only leave them there or ask your movers to deal with this problem. Luckily for you, moving companies have teams of people with great expertise in hoisting, so they can take such items out without any trouble using ropes and pulleys.

  1. Storage service

Last but not least, remember that you can ask for storage units if you need a safe place to store your stuff for some time for whatever reason. So, in case something comes up, and you find out that your new house will not be ready in time for you to move into it, you can leave your belongings in a storage unit.

So, when you get down to planning and organizing your move, keep in mind the previously listed services that can make the whole process much easier. Good luck!

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Relocation can be a very stressful time for everyone, especially for those who have never moved homes before. This is completely normal and it shouldn’t worry you. After all, we’re only human and we grow attached to the places we live at. This is why it’s so hard to say goodbye. And not only that – we also say goodbye to all of our friends who live there, perhaps our job and other relatives. You should start by thinking about how you’re going to be making a positive change in your life by moving to a new place. There are certain steps you can take in order to ensure a smooth relocation and avoid any unnecessary stress. Follow our guide if you want to learn how to cope with stress during relocation. We truly hope it will help you out!

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For an outbound move, it is obvious that you need some sort of professional moving help, since shipping luggage is primarily the responsibility of moving companies. There are services you will require that only certain licenced moving/shipping companies who are well established in the cross continental moving business can provide. You can’t rely on anyone else than those moving experts, and when the time comes, they are going to be your best friends and trusted allies. But if you are planning to move your house, or your business somewhere inside the boundaries of your own country, you might want to save up on hiring the professional movers. Are you best off moving on your own? Here are some objective reasons as to why hiring a moving company is ultimately safer and better solution than moving of your own accord.

You get insurance: Getting your possessions to your new home is only one aspect. Getting them there in one piece, without losing anything is something quite different. Similarly having a company with specialists in assisting with relocation will help minimize your stress as well as giving you additional reassurance when you move. This is why you should investigate the insurance which is provided by the company. No move should ever be conducted without insurance from the international moving company. Ensure you know the outcome if the worst was to happen and ensure that you’re covered for every eventuality.

You can hire a packing crew: One of the most dreaded tasks about moving house is probably packing everything you own into boxes. It’s tedious, dull and makes your back hurt. Not to mention very particular when it comes to dividing, labeling and proofing. That is why, apart from obvious time-saving reasons, you might want to hire a professional. I’m sure there is no need for us to convince you even further, but let us mention some benefits of having assistance packing team anyway: there is more time for you to go about your business before leaving the country, like taking care of the paperwork, checking all the passports and such; plus, you can’t be quite sure you have secured items from all the tumbling they might endure, so why not leave that to someone who has been specifically trained to do so; even further, packing can be an exhaustive feat, it requires strong, able hands and bodies to handle around all those boxes. You wouldn’t even have to worry about moving supplies, as the company is very ready with all kinds of boxes and duct tape, literally anything that can help wrap things. Our crew will then take everything to the storage unit that is either ready for shipping, or in case you need more time, a storage device that will wait until you’re ready to go.

You can split the workload: Hiring a packing/moving crew means you have a lot more free time. With a crew like ours, there is also a possibility to work out an agreement between a customer and the packing service team, to either do a full packing and unpacking at the scene, or that you pack some things, and then they do the rest. You can ask to have the cargo delivered and unpacked if you’re in a hurry. You can ask the crew to drop everything off, but not to unpack. You might want them to send you moving supplies. During an on-site packing, you can decide whether you would want some items packed separately, and what items can go in a single box together. There will be full cooperation from the members of our staff toward any customer, and any wishes you might have will be respected.

Sensitive cargo: We are best known for our high performance standards when it comes to dealing with sensitive cargo that’s been destined to be delivered from anywhere in the USA to anywhere else in the USA or any country abroad. Ocean freight logistics is not a foreign concept to us. We can guarantee the safety of your precious cargo, in the process of moving house, moving your company abroad, or transporting your vehicle using our services. One more thing we can assure you of is that there are no hidden costs, and that the bill will be the same as we have formerly agreed upon.

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7 Best Beach Towns to Live In 

Are you moving out for the first time and trying to decide what are the best beach towns to live in? Waking up to the sound of the ocean, spending your weekends at the beach, getting to eat seafood to your heart’s content – that is simply how you imagine a picture-perfect life. Well, it’s high time you started packing your bags and scheduling moving services. We’re bringing you our top list of some of the most vibrant, picturesque, dream-like coastal communities in the country!

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Here is the deal. There are several factors you have to take into account while choosing the international moving company.  In this article, we will make sure that you get the idea just how many aspects are involved and try to give you an impartial overview of those aspects. Firstly, before going on to contact one of the moving companies, you should make sure you’ve considered all of these steps:

  1.      Always do research

In the era of the Internet, there is hardly a service that can escape the harsh but righteous reviews of the online community. The same way people would give recommendations to students enrolling into a prestigious school, people now give recommendations and evaluations to certain services and companies that they have crossed paths with. Go through the reviews on the forums and sites dedicated to moving, and see what former customers have said about the efficiency, costs and the overall execution of the services that they asked for. Incorporated in your research you should include recommendations and testimonials from friends. When seeking the recommendation, make sure you ask questions around punctuality, clarity of communication, customer service and also facilities for tracking. It’s quite rare for international moves to be 100% error free, but it’s important to know if something went wrong, how the company overcame the issues and how they communicate.

  1.       Verification

At the same time, you will be checking for phony companies, who want to steal from you and those who mean serious business. If you can’t find a review for a company and you aren’t sure of its background, ask them to send you their license for business and/or certificate via e-mail. By providing those documents, they say that they mean business, and avoiding to provide them for you means they don’t have your best interest at heart.

  1.     Ask for quotes

Don’t let any one company sway you into dealing with them before asking around about the price range of the specific service with other moving companies. This is a very universal, somewhat obvious piece of advice, but beware of those moving companies who won’t bat an eye before adding hidden costs to your final bill. Because of this, many moving companies are now promising you great deals without any hidden expenses. To shield yourself from such shady deals, we suggest you get as many estimates as you can from a variety  of moving companies. That way you are somewhat familiar to the price range, or at least have the general idea of what something might cost you.

  1.       Specify the services you need

Upon contacting the company’s moving expert, here are a few things to establish with him or her. Give them the details of your move, precisely what state and city you’re coming from and what state and city you want to relocate to, and have them explain to you the services and utilities their company provides in your case. Have them check the availability of the requested service (For example, additional storage – if there is enough space left during the time frame of your move).  If your possessions require specific handling, such as priceless vase or a fragile piece of furniture, make sure you ask them about custom crating services. Such items can pose a great liability if not reported to the moving company handling your belongings, as the potential damage can backfire on both the customer and the company.

  1.       Establish the interval

The deadline you come up with in cooperation with the moving expert can serve as a guideline for both you and the movers. Best thing to do is ask them for their expected time of delivery to that destination and then try to incorporate your needs into it. You can work around the problem if your schedule does not align with theirs. In such cases, you can use the service of additional storage, to buy time before leaving on the moving day. Of course, no plan is completely foolproof when transportation and traffic is involved, which leaves you with an option of just being patient and hoping for your belongings to arrive intact.

  1.     Insurance

When it comes to choosing an international moving company to help you move, cost is definitely a factor, but cost effectiveness is what you should really be thinking about. After all, getting your possessions to your new home is only one aspect. Getting them there in one piece, without losing anything is something quite different. Similarly having a company with specialists in assisting with relocation will help minimize your stress as well as giving you additional reassurance when you move. This is why you should investigate the insurance which is provided by the company. No move should ever be conducted without insurance from the international moving company. Ensure you know the outcome if the worst was to happen and ensure that you’re covered for every eventuality.

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We all know that relocation can be a very time-consuming and stressful event. However, there are some steps you can take in order to make the entire process go as smooth as possible. One of the most stressful things about relocation is packing, especially if you own a huge house with lots of expensive items. This can give you lots of anxiety simply because you constantly have to worry about whether something is going to get damaged or lost during transportation. By using these packing tricks and tips you can be certain that you relocation will be quick, efficient and a lot less stressful!

There are several things than you might have to do when it comes to packing. Organization and time-effectiveness are essential. If you have no previous experience with relocation, don’t worry. Here are our best pieces of advice which will hopefully make you less worried about having to relocate. Let’s first breakdown the moving process into 4 segments:

  •        Organizing and getting everything ready
  •        Packing your belonging
  •        Transportation to the new location
  •        Moving in

Step 1: Getting everything ready and purchasing moving supplies

        This is the most essential part of your relocation. If you don’t feel confident enough about doing this on your own, ask a friend or someone close to you for some advice on how to cope with relocation organization. Be aware that there are many things that you need to take into consideration, so start planning on time. Being time-efficient is very important – after all, time is money! There are several things that you need to do before you can start packing all of your stuff:

  •        Organize all of you belonging before you start packing them: If you’ve never moved homes before, you might not realize the fact that you will come across certain things you forgot you even had. This is completely expected and happens to literally everyone. This is why organizing all of your items is really important. You can organize them into sections, for example ‘stuff for kitchen’, ‘bathroom stuff’, etc. Once you’ve gathered everything you have into piles accordingly, you will get an estimate on how many moving boxes you’ll need, as well as how many supplies you’ll have to purchase. The next things you should do is to measure any big furniture you own. This includes beds, closets, bookshelves, glass cases, etc. Once you’ve got all of the dimensions it will be easier to choose how much packing material you’ll need. Another important thing to take into consideration are any delicate and fragile items you might own, such as expensive paintings, musical instruments and anything else. Assess these items before you decide how much and what type of protective moving material you’ll need.
  •        Find and purchase appropriate packing supplies: Even though you might think that only moving boxes will be sufficient, you simply cannot go without more packing supplies. Some of these packing supplies include large moving boxes, bubble wrap, Styrofoam, duct tape, etc. There are lots of supply stores where you can easily locate and purchase all of these items. Don’t forget to make a shopping list! If you miss out on buying something, there might not be enough time late, so organize everything on time. You can always opt for any item you might encounter at the store and purchase it on the spot. But be prepared with a shopping list, which will contain all the absolutely necessary supplies you’ll need. You will also need certain tools for making your relocation easier. Such tools include dollies and handtrucks, for example. This will help you save so much time and energy, so definitely consider purchasing those too. 

Step 2: Packing your belonging and preparing for relocation

  •        Packing up everything: This is the final step. If you’re brave enough, you can pack everything on your own. However, if you have no experience, you might want to ask for advice from a professional or someone with a bit more experience. The most important thing to remember is that packing takes a lot of time, especially if you have a huge house with lots of furniture and other items. Remember to take short breaks every now and then in order to not get too exhausted. Also, don’t forget to have fresh water with you at all times. Keeping yourself hydrated will certainly help. Try to have a proper meal during these breaks in order to ensure having enough energy to go through the entire process. Once you begin packing, it’s best to work in sections. First, pack everything that belongs to the kitchen. Then, pack stuff that’s supposed to go in the bathroom. Make sure you have a packing checklist and track your progress as you go. This will ensure that you don’t miss anything while packing and will make the whole process a lot easier.
  •         Or simply hire a professional moving company to help you pack: Can’t be bothered to pack by yourself? Want to avoid any unnecessary hassle and stress? If this is the case, you can always find a reliable and professional moving company which can help you pack everything. There are so many moving companies out there nowadays. If you hire Cross Country Moving Group, you can be certain that our professionally trained staff will safely pack and transport all of your belongings. This will prevent any unnecessary stress. With Cross Country Moving Group, your relocation process will be swift and smooth.

 

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Have you always dreamt of living in a rural area, surrounded by nature and friendly people? Are you tired of the polluted city air and constant noise? Then perhaps it is time you seriously consider moving home.

        But I’ve lived in the city my whole life, you might think, I don’t think I’d be able to handle the rural lifestyle. Well, the good thing about living in the countryside is – there’s not really that much to handle. However, if you are still unsure whether you want to ditch the city life, we at Cross Country Movers Group have prepared some arguments why we believe you should definitely do so.

The Relief

        Just think of all the times you went to visit your friends or family in the countryside. Remember that feeling when you realize you are miles away from the hustle and bustle, from crowded metro stations, from people elbowing their way through the city… And you just take a deep breath and feel at peace. Now, wouldn’t it be nice if you could feel like that all day, every day?

Eating Healthy

        Yes, we are aware that eating healthy is possible in the city as well. But the truth is, it’s not nearly as easy and enjoyable as it is in the countryside. Here, you would get to actually grow your own food. And that is the only way you can be completely sure that everything you eat is free of harmful chemicals. And we’re not only talking about fruits and veggies. You will get to have your own eggs, dairy products, or even meat. Another great thing is that if you don’t really think farming is for you – you don’t have to do it. Chances are, most of your neighbors will have their own gardens as well, and you will be able to buy their produce for much less money than in a store. So not only will you be healthier, but you will save money as well!

Breathing Healthy

        It has been estimated that there are more than 250 million cars in the United States. Just think about all the pollution they cause. And let us not even start talking about factories. In the age of industrial growth, the only truly clean place is the countryside. Spend a week or two in a rural area and you will most definitely notice a difference. Every breath will be more enjoyable. Why not live your whole life like that?

The People

        Residents in overcrowded cities don’t really bother getting to know their neighbors. And with their busy daily schedules, they simply don’t have the time to make friends. If you have lived in a city for the most part of your life, chances are, you feel somehow disconnected from the people around you. The great thing about living in the country is that you are surrounded with much fewer people – but each one of them will take some time of their day to say hello and see how you’re doing. You will never feel lonely in the countryside.

Safety

        Crime rates in rural areas have been lower than in the cities for as long as crime has existed. Knowing that you can go to bed at night without locking all your doors and windows is a relief that no city can offer you. In addition, if you have children, you will be able to let them roam around freely, without the fear of something bad happening to them. And you can’t put a price on the peace of mind, right?

Sustainability

        Leading a sustainable lifestyle is by far easier in the country. Living off grid, being in touch in nature, and taking care of your environment is borderline impossible in urban areas. If you are someone who cares about the environment, you should definitely consider going country.

Living Costs

        Home prices, as well as living costs in general, are far lower in the countryside than in the city. For example, half a million dollars will buy you a three-bedroom home on an 80-acres ranch in Colorado. For the same money, you can find a 2 bedroom apartment in Boston. The difference is amazing.

Needless to say, there still are some drawbacks to living in rural neighborhoods. The remoteness of your home may make it hard for you to reach a hospital when you need one. Additionally, your children might be forced to go to a neighboring village or town in order to attend classes. And if you are someone who enjoys going out, socializing, and always meeting new people, you just might find the countryside a little boring.

        But you know what? You can’t really know for sure until you try. Our suggestion is – give it a go. Move to the countryside for a couple of months, see how it feels and whether it makes you happier. And if it does, you can simply stay there for good.

        And if you have already decided to move, what are you waiting for? Give Cross Country Movers Group a call! Our representatives will be more than happy to provide you with additional information regarding our services, such as residential and corporate relocation, car shipping services, storage units, professional packing and unpacking, moving supplies, and so much more. Contact us today to get the best moving price estimate in the country. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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Have you ever experienced the hassle of a moving day? Is this your very first time moving house? Whether you’re moving across the border or across the world, relocating to an entirely new country is both exciting and downright overwhelming! Anything from planning the move, to packing, to settling in will find its place on your moving list, and that one won’t be easy to conquer. Thankfully, we’re here to help. Our group of experienced movers and relocation experts have gone through years of training just to be able to help families who desire to start fresh somewhere else. Whatever the reason for your move , be it further education, job requirements or getting closer to someone in the family. here are some tips to help you adjust to your new home and country quickly and successfully.

Better Plan Than Sorry: The more in-detail plan you create, the better prepared you’ll be once you arrive. Use our article to create a step by step list of things you should do in a chronological order. First and foremost, we need to get the logistics of your move out of the way. It’s especially important to find a professional and reliable international moving company. Look for the one that can best accommodate your move. If you’re moving to a country far away, you’ll more than likely need to have your belongings shipped overseas. While some choose to ship their things via plane, the most economical (albeit slower) route is to ship them via boat. Make sure the movers walk you through the entire international relocation process from beginning to end. Since much of the cost of an international move is based on volume, it’s best not to pack everything. Remember: items, such as furniture and decor, can be purchased in your new country. Be sure to pack your own suitcase with at least 2 weeks worth of clothing and necessary items as well.

 

Mental Prep: Stop worrying in advance about what you’re going to do after you move and start focusing on what to do before you move. Besides moving logistics, there are plenty of ways you can prepare for your relocation. First, I suggest setting up your utilities and bank account ahead of time. Then, focus on learning as much as possible about your new country. Here are a few good starting points:

  • Check out maps online to get a general lay of the land.
  • Learn about the shops and restaurants in your new neighborhood.
  • Research the country’s history, culture, customs, and cultural norms. Read a travel book to explore the happenings in your area.
  • In addition to learning about the culture, it’s also a good idea to study up on the country’s language. If you can take a language class or hire a tutor, I highly recommend doing so before you move. This way you’ll know enough of the language to do basic things the first few months, like ordering food or asking for directions.

 

Additionally, it may be a good idea to research relocation companies in your new city. Oftentimes, these companies will not only help you find a home and furnishings but will also help you to get acclimated to your new surroundings.

Find Your Inner Tourist:  We encourage you to embrace the world and be touristy! When you’re new to a city, the best thing you can do is grab your travel guides and start exploring your environment. From museums and historic sites to shopping, dining and activities – touring your city and its surroundings will introduce you to all the fun your new country has to offer. Once you’ve explored your own town, we recommend renting a car and checking out other cities and landmarks throughout the area.

Make some friends:  …but don’t neglect your old ones. You won’t do yourself any favors by sitting at home all alone. Say “yes” to as many invitations as you can. Also, be the one to invite. Don’t wait for potential new friends to come to you – get outside and find them yourself! Seek out local expat groups, meetups, and expat bars in your new town to meet like-minded people. Also, don’t be afraid to take initiative when it comes to planning activities with other people. This might sound too obvious but do say hello to your neighbors (and don’t forget to give them a friendly smile). You can easily chat someone up after they’ve returned you a smile. However, while you’re busy making new friends, don’t forget your old ones! Make time to skype and call friends and family back home, so you don’t lose touch.

Blend In: Here is what we mean: Not only is getting involved in the community a great way to learn more about your home, but it will also inadvertently introduce you to a new set of people and potential friends. Find out about their causes, and help with one. Join the community effort to clean he streets or help poor member of the community. In case there is a community center nearby, you can easily sign up for language classes, become a volunteer at a local non-profit,  or buy a gym membership. Join an enthusiast group sharing your hobbies.  Find your best way to immerse yourself in a new culture and community.

Go with the flow: Obviously, not everything about your move is going to go as smoothly as you hoped. Perhaps your belongings show up a few weeks late or you’re struck with a bout of unexpected homesickness. Stay calm – it’s perfectly normal to run into a few hiccups and bumps along the way. Whatever happens, though, try your best to remain positive. Everything gets easier over time. So focus on the good things, like the culture, food and people and forget the rest! Try to stay positive in face of every obstacle and enjoy the experience.

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