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What to bring when moving to a tiny house

Even though living in a small house has its advantages, it is not that easy to move from a large home to a tiny one. You need to be aware of your new space limitations, which means you’ll have to make some changes when you get to your new home. Yes, tiny houses are more easily cleaned and redecorated, they give you the feeling of coziness, and home maintenance is less complicated than in large ones, but you also need to think about some items you wouldn’t need otherwise. What are these? Take a look at the following list and stick to it once you get down to organizing your relocation.

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The benefits of relocation to a new city

The benefits of relocation to a new cityYou have decided to move to a different location within the United States. You may have made this decision for a variety of different reasons – you want to find a new, better job, or perhaps, you want to move to a place where you’ll be able to get an education you’ve always wanted. Whatever your case may be, people usually find it rather difficult to say goodbye to their old hometown and friends. This is completely normal and we all feel like this when it comes to making such a huge change in our life. Relocation is definitely one of those scenarios, and it’s definitely not easy to simply turn your back to all the things you’ve gotten used to and you’re familiar with. Feeling lonely or worried is completely normal when it comes to cross country relocation. But, if you look at it from the bright side, you will realize the numerous benefits that this relocation can introduce into your life. You will also realize that there is no need to feel the way you do. There are ways in which you can cope with your emotions. For now, let’s focus on all the good things that this relocation will bring into your life! Continue reading to find out more.

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4 ways you can get help with your move

Packing is one of the most essential things when it comes to any type of relocation. If you’re moving across the country, you need to be fully prepared and ready to handle the packing process. Anyone who has experience with relocation knows that packing is not an easy process, especially if it’s your first time moving. People tend to underestimate how much time they will actually need in order to pack all of their belongings. It can sometimes take up to 2-3 days for your packing to be complete. After all, you’re not going on vacation – you’re moving! If you want to do everything properly and make sure that everything is safely packed, you need to dedicate some time to this process. One of the most important steps towards a successful packing is making sure that you have all the necessary supplies that you will need. Here is a brief overview of the packing supplies and materials you should grab:

First of all, you will need different sized moving boxes, to accommodate all of your belonging:

  • Small boxes
  • Medium boxes
  • Large boxes
  • Extra large boxes

You can also consider repurposing some of your old bins or shoes boxes, these are a great option if you would like to save some money!

Then you will need some good quality tape, which will help to seal your boxes properly:

  • Shipping tape
  • Tape dispenser
  • Duct tape and/or strapping tape
  • Masking tape, if you want to label your boxes

Other useful things to get include box cutters, hand trucks, dollies, protective gloves for hands, permanent markers for labeling, etc.

The next most important thing that you need will need is packaging material. The best kinds of packaging material are:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Foam peanuts
  • Packing paper

You can also use cheaper alternatives, such as old newspaper, old linens, sheets, etc. It is also important to have things that you can protect some of your items with. For example, you need to make sure that you floor is covered while moving things around or while cleaning. The best thing to use for this purpose are felt pads, or even old blankets! Twine, rope, tie downs or bungee ropes will protect your furniture and boxes from moving during transportation. If you want to color-code the packed items, simply get some colored highlighters, sharpies, sticky notes, etc.

You will also need some basic cleaning supplies, so that you can clean everything up after you’re done with packing. These include:

  • Glass cleaner
  • Sponges
  • Paper towels
  • Broom and a dustpan

 

PRO TIP: Hire a packing crew!

Cross Country Moving Group offer many convenient moving services, amongst which are, of course, our packing services. Our packing crew consists of professional and experienced staff, which will definitely make the packing process easy and stress-free. If you’re worried about how you’re going to handle it on your own, let us help you! We will supply all the necessary packaging materials, moving boxes, etc. If you wish to hire our packing crew, give us a call right away!

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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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Do you want to move closer to the sea? Just imagine waking up to the beautiful views of the ocean every morning. Sipping coffee on your oceanfront porch, light breeze playing with your hair, seagulls flying around… The only question is, where exactly you should move to? Luckily, with more than 12,000 miles of coastline and 88,000 miles of shoreline, our country offers quite an array of choices. Needless to say, however, some places are simply better than the others. In order to help you choose your next seaside town, we at Cross Country Movers Group decided to dig into the matter and find some of the most charming places in the country. Even if you are not looking to relocate, you still might want to take a look at this list – these places are just as attractive as popular tourist destinations, if not more.

Jupiter, Florida

Located in Palm Beach County, Jupiter has been named one of the happiest coastal towns in the country. With its population of slightly more than 60,000 residents, Jupiter is not too racially diverse. However, it still is welcoming to people from all kinds of backgrounds.

Kihei, Hawaii

Not including a Hawaiian town in this list would simply be wrong. In fact, about one fifth of this place is – water. The weather is quite nice, with usually less than 10 inches of rain a year. With its 16,000 residents, Kihei is quite ethnically and racially diverse.

Sarasota, Florida

Another gem of Florida, Sarasota has been nicknamed Paradise. That should tell you pretty much all that you need to know about this city. With its islands, including Lido Key and Siesta Key, Sarasota boasts some of the most breathtaking sandy beaches in the world. The city is also home to a boating school.

Lahaina, Hawaii

We simply couldn’t limit ourselves to only one Hawaiian town. It is a popular tourist destination, with its population of 11,000 growing to 40,000 during the tourist season. Lahaina was once the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, which makes it quite charming and attractive to history enthusiasts.

Charleston, South Carolina

This is the oldest and largest city in South Carolina. However, it has still retained its small beach town vibe. It is home to one of the largest and most significant ports in the country. Its economy is quite stable, and schools here are pretty good.

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Once a hidden treasure, Gulf Shores is becoming increasingly popular among those looking to move to an oceanfront location. Still, only around 10,000 people call it home. It is important to note, however, that the city’s location makes it quite prone to hurricanes.

Chatham, Massachusetts

Home to the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, Chatham is perfect for those of you who like to be in touch with nature. Aside from beaches, Chatham also boasts a number of brooks, ponds, inlets, rivers, and harbors. The climate in the area is pretty mild, both in summer and in winter.

Ogunquit, Maine

The name of this place means “the beautiful place by the sea”. And it truly is. With a population of only around 1,000, it has the perfect small beach town vibe and is quite peaceful. Despite its small size, the town is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination, mainly visited by those who want to experience something completely new and different.

Tybee Island, Georgia

On its eastern shore, Tybee boasts a beautiful sandy beach. It is a popular vacation destination of residents from nearby towns and cities, with only around 3,000 people actually living here. It is also famous as having some of the most beautiful sunrises in the country.

Beaufort, North Carolina

This is one of the oldest towns in the state of North Carolina. Its long history gives it a special kind of charm that its 4,000 residents truly enjoy. The place hosts a number of annual events, including festivals, shows, and tournaments. Several years ago, it was named the country’s “coolest small town”.

Chincoteague, Virginia

This is another perfect place for nature lovers. Surrounded by the Chincoteague National Wildlife Reserve, the town is home to charming wild ponies who are free to roam around. Although this is a relatively popular tourist destination, the town fights to retain its small town feel. You will not find any high-rises or busy boardwalks here.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

This unusual city with an even more unusual name is home to around 4,000 residents. It is considered to be one of the most dog-friendly cities in the country, with most hotels, restaurants, and shops not only allowing, but welcoming our furry friends. The architecture of the city is truly unique and makes the place picturesque.

There are dozens of other places we could mention. But this article has to end somewhere. So instead of bombarding you with more suggestions, we’d like to ask you: have you decided where you want to move yet? If so, it’s time to call Cross Country Movers Group! We will be more than happy to help you relocate to your new oceanfront address. Our representatives will provide you with the best moving cost estimates, as well as additional information regarding our services, including:

      Moving services

o   Residential and corporate

      Car shipping services

o   Open and enclosed

o   Terminal-to-terminal and door-to-door

      Professional packing services

      Packing and moving materials and equipment

      Storage services

      And much more.

Contact us today and let’s get you on the road. Cross Country Movers Group is looking forward to hearing from you.

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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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