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Cross Country Moving

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Moving to a New Nation: 5 Helpful Facts
Introduction – The Ins and Outs of Moving to a Foreign Nation

Moving to a foreign nation can be an exciting and exhilarating journey. It can make you feel like everything and anything is possible. That’s not to say, however, that there aren’t any drawbacks to it. People who relocate to other countries often experience culture shock. They frequently experience intense emotions such as isolation and homesickness as well. If you’re planning on relocating to another nation, you should approach the situation in a sensible manner. You should make sure you do plenty of research beforehand, too. Knowledge is always power in this fast-paced, unpredictable and dynamic world.

You May Spend a Lot of Time All By Yourself

If you move to another country, you should probably prepare to spend a lot of time all by yourself. That’s not to say that you won’t get the opportunity to meet new people and start new friendships. You most certainly will. The truth is, however, is that it’s never the same as it is back home. It can take a lot of time to build a network of close friends in a brand new location. There’s nothing wrong with that, either. If you want your transition to life in a new country to be as easy and stress-free as possible, you have to be mentally prepared to spend a lot of time on your own. You shouldn’t use that as an excuse to get down on yourself, though. Make the most of the extra spare time. Take up a new and interesting hobby. Explore the local culture. Do anything you can to improve yourself and your future in your new home.

Moving Abroad Won’t Solve Your Life

It isn’t uncommon for people to want to flee problems. Some people incorrectly believe that relocating to a new setting will change their lives and melt away all of their problems. That unfortunately isn’t reality in any way. If you want to move to another country to experience something new and fresh, you have to remember that that positive feeling won’t last forever. Reality will set in after a while. Life in your new country will start to become dull and perhaps even restless. You just can’t avoid that. Moving to a new country may be able to briefly give you feelings of happiness, contentment and fulfillment, but it won’t fix everything for you. A new environment at the end of the day is nothing more than that. If you’re fully aware of that concept, you should be able to approach moving to a new nation with a much healthier and more balanced outlook.

Culture Shock is a Real Thing

Culture shock isn’t a myth. It’s a real thing. It can be hard to immerse yourself into a lifestyle that’s totally unfamiliar to you. It doesn’t matter if you’ve done plenty of research, either. It doesn’t matter if you’ve taken the time to learn about local customs and practices. It can be tough to get used to cultural differences. It can be something that requires a lot of time, effort and patience as well. If you move to a new country, don’t be surprised if other people don’t respond well to your distinctive sense of humor. Don’t be surprised if people act startled when you try to hug them or shake their hands, either. The world is full of cultural differences. Don’t take them personally. That just wastes your precious time.

Your Friendships Won’t Be the Same

It can be hard to continue friendships when distance is involved. If you have a best friend who lives in your hometown, expect your relationship with him or her to be a little different. Some people speak to their best friends on a daily basis. If you uproot to an entirely new country, however, doing that probably won’t be realistic. Try not to feel hurt if your friends and family members from back home don’t contact you as much as they did before. That’s totally normal. You may not be able to contact them as much as you did in the past yourself. That doesn’t mean that you no longer care about them or think about them. It simply means that life is busy and that you have a lot on your plate in your new home.

Goodbyes Will Likely Be Common

If you move to another country, you may meet a lot of other people in your shoes. Expatriates tend to move frequently, however. That means that there’s a good chance they won’t be around for long. You should realize that there will probably be many new people coming in and out of your life. It can be painful and difficult, but that’s how things usually go in the expatriate world. People rarely stay put for extended stretches of time.

Conclusion – Preparation is Essential

Moving to a new country is simultaneously difficult and rewarding. If you go above and beyond to prepare well, however, it may be the best thing possible for you. Your aim should be to prepare for your relocation confidently and calmly.

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When it’s time to make a transition and move across the country, you face a difficult task: sorting out what to bring with you. A big move like this means that you will need to make some tough choices, because moving anything will be expensive and you will have very limited space. In this post, we will explain some tips to help you figure out what to bring and what to leave behind or sell.

Keep Sentimental Things

Whether it’s pictures, books, jewelry, or anything else, you should hold onto anything that has some personal value to you beyond its monetary value. These objects are often associated with special memories or important people in your life, so do your best to keep them with you. These objects are often small, so they won’t take up too much space. It is a good idea to pack things like this separately to ensure that you can find them quickly when you need to unpack. As anyone who has moved knows, it is very common to postpone unpacking some of the things you bring with you, sometimes indefinitely. If you know where your most important things are, you can take care of them first.

Do Not Use Storage Services

It can be very tempting to open up a storage cube or unit to keep some of your things, but this is a mistake. All it will do is enable you to keep collecting things that you may well not need. A move is a good opportunity to free yourself of some of the stuff that you don’t need. If you get storage, the opposite will happen: you will just accumulate more things while you have a whole set of possessions stored away. You’ll wind up paying for storage for a long time because you will never have the space and time to unpack the storage unit. Nobody ever uses the things they put in storage as much as they expect. You should ask yourself why you don’t just get rid of an object every time you consider storing it away. Think about how it will most likely just sit in a storage unit for months before you even see it again. In that case is it really something you need?

Keep Durable Things

One of the best ways to cut down on the cost of moving is to hold onto things you have that are practical and will last a long time. For example, pots and pans, flatware, plates and bowls, and kitchen tools and appliances are very useful and they tend to last if they are of good quality. There’s no need to rebuy them if you already have a good set, so bring them with you. The same goes for electronics and clothing. Yes, your move is a fresh start, but just throwing out everything is a waste. Take a careful inventory of what you own and make special note of durable objects that you use a lot. Those should get a high priority when it comes time to make your list of what comes along.

Toss Things You Plan To Upgrade

Conversely, it makes sense that if there are things that you will rebuy, don’t take them with you. For example, TVs can be bulky as well as delicate. If you are getting a new job and a new place, you might well want a new TV. If that’s the case, you should save yourself some money and effort by getting the new TV right away when you move in and leaving the old one at the old place. Why carry a TV across the country if it is destined to be gone in a few months? You can make a similar argument for some other bulky pieces like speakers, air conditioners, and big appliances. Whether you own these depends on if you are renting or buying, because a renter’s landlord often supplies items like these. Think about what you would do if you were not moving. Are there items that you would want to upgrade in the near future even if you were staying where you are? Those are good candidates for being left behind.

Think Carefully About Furniture

Furniture is a delicate case. On the one hand, it tends to be bulky, heavy, and vulnerable to breaks and drops, so it takes a lot of effort and money to move. Those same qualities also make furniture expensive to replace, however, and some furniture can have sentimental value. This will come down to a case by case decision. Some people will want the continuity of their own furniture, while others prefer a totally fresh start. The cost and size of your furniture plays a big role as well. Some things make no sense to move because they are old, too big, or hard to protect from bumps. Most cases will fall into a gray area, though, where you will have to use your judgement to decide on whether to bring something along. If you will have more space after the move, then this decision is a little easier, but you will still need to make some tough choices. Furniture is often the hardest part because it is very expensive to rebuy, but by not bringing some of it, you can use that space and money to move many smaller things. You’ll simply have to decide on the emotional and practical value of each item individually- no set rule can guide you here.

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4 ways you can get help with your move

Before you make a move across the country, you will want to take steps to protect what you love. Moving furniture across the country can be difficult. You have to travel a large number of miles to get your cargo there safely. Through the many challenges, weather, and other factors you encounter, it can be difficult to arrive safely at your final destination with your furniture in tact.

The last thing you want to happen when moving is to get to your location to discover that you have damaged furniture, some of which cannot be repaired.

By having a plan as to how you will handle it, you can minimize the stress and the issues that may occur from this task.

TIPS FOR MOVING FURNITURE ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Before you start packing up your furniture to make the move and transport your favorite divan, couch, and China cabinet, you will want to consider the following tips to get it there safely and securely.

4 Ideas for Moving Furniture Out of your House

  • 1. Plan ahead of what you will need to help you get your furniture out of your house. Remember that very heavy items will require some additional assistance, such as dollies, furniture transport devices, and other tools. Having more people on hand is not always enough. Refrigerators and other heavy appliances must also be considered.
  • 2. Start with the small things first. Moving the smaller items such as small end tables, coffee tables, or small chairs should be moved first. This way, you free up floor space and clear the floors of obstacles that may inhibit moving the larger furniture outside of your house. This keeps your furniture from being damaged when you are taking it out as well.
  • 3. Check door frames and decide which door you will move tall or larger furniture out of. Some doorways are just too narrow to allow moving of large couches, kitchen appliances, or large items. Think ahead and measure the length and height of the door before you pick up the furniture and start lifting it outside. Door frames may be damaged, as well as your furniture if you get into a tight space that creates too much friction between the furniture and the doorway.
  • 4. Use furniture slides like “moving men” or other tools to avoid damaging the floor. If you are selling your house in the move, you can devalue your home’s value by scratching floors or causing inadvertent damage that sometimes happens during the move.

Loading the Delivery Truck or Van

When loading the moving truck, you will need to think of how to arrange it in the truck. If you are doing this yourself, this may require intensive planning to ensure that you get everything packed away safely so that it will not fall over onto other items. If you hire a moving company, they can do much of this for you.

  • 1. When loading a delivery or moving truck, put the tallest, largest items in the back first. This will create a “wall of furniture” in the back that will serve as a bit of a cushion for the less bulky furniture that could slide around during the move.
  • 2. Have plenty of rope to tie down the largest items, especially ones with glass doors or encasing. You don’t want to risk breakage of glass while you are moving. Smaller, more delicate items may be broken or destroyed if you do not secure the larger items adequately before starting the trip.
  • 3. If you are moving furniture across the country in an open truck, you will have to plan for bad weather. Even if the forecast calls for sunshine all the way across your tour (which is doubtful), one rainstorm could severely damage some of your best furniture. Have a plastic covered that is secured with rope or other materials or place some heavy water-resistant items on top to avoid having your wood and upholstery irrevocably damaged by weather and rain.
  • 4. Stop and check the status of your furniture once in awhile to ensure that it is safe and secure and free from danger. You will also want to protect your cargo from theft by locking up your vehicle during the night, especially if you are staying in a hotel on the way to your destination.
  • 5. Get insurance on your furniture before the move, so that you could be compensated for much of it if something tragic were to happen, such as theft, fire, or accident, that would damage or lower the value of your cargo before you got it to your destination.

SAVING MONEY WHEN MOVING

Everyone wants to save money when moving across the country. There is a lot of expense tied to moving. You have the expense of the move itself (renting a truck, extra moving people to help, and equipment to move with), as well as lodging, eating out daily, and shopping that must be done along the way. Here are a few tips to help save money and curb at least some of the expense you may incur from such a move.

  • 1. If your move is initiated by your company, check to see if they could pay at least part of the expenses of the move. Some companies have set policies on paying for a lateral move when they need to locate you across the country. It pays to do your homework and check into this before hiring moving people or trying to do this yourself.
  • 2. Plan lodging at less expensive locations. If you do some internet research on the locations you will be stopping at overnight, you can save a lot of money over the long haul. Compare rates for hotels and lodging at your short-term destinations using services such as Expedia.com or Hotels.com for starters.
  • 3. Rent a truck and drive yourself. You can save some money on moving expenses if you drive the truck yourself. However, some people do not want the responsibility of doing this so they opt to hire professionals instead.
  • 4. Have a yard sale prior to moving so that you are only taking your most important items with you. If you clear out some of the less valued furniture and other items, you will not have to worry about moving all of it. This can save you money and hassles when trying to move all of your stuff across the country.

MORE TIPS FOR MOVING FURNITURE AND VALUABLES

When moving valuables such as jewelry and other small but important items, you may want to carry these in a separate vehicle to your furniture and main household items. This way, if something were to happen to the moving truck, you would still have the most valuable and hard-to-replace items with you. Likewise, carrying the furniture in one main truck is the best for cross-country trips, so that you can unpack all of it at once in one location.

When insuring your furniture, estimate the amount you think the furniture is worth (street value today) and what it would cost to replace it. Don’t consider sentimental value as this will not hold water with insurance agents. Just think about the actual cost of repurchasing the items when calculating how much insurance you need.

Let kids and neighborhood friends help you pack up your moving truck if you are doing it yourself. They can save you a great deal of time and it makes it more fun when they pitch in to help. Who knows? They might even throw you a block party as a send-off!

Happy moving! And remember it just takes some organization, planning, and strategies in successfully getting your furniture across the country in one piece.

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things to know about a new city before your move

Relocating to a new city can be a daunting experience especially to individuals relocating for the first time. Whether a person is moving for the first time, or they have been relocating before, moving to a new strange city can be a scary and stressful experience. Not having an apartment waiting for you in the city can be another stressful factor. To other people who love fun, relocating to a new city can be adventurous. It is a good idea for you to conduct a lot of research about your new city before moving. Research on where you can find essential services within the city such as the municipal services, the coffee shop, the grocery shop, and the movie shop among other places. You do not need to go the neighbors’ house and ask for directions to these locations, utilize online resources for researching about your new city.

Other necessary information you want to be sure of before moving to a new town includes the rental and real estate prices. Also, consider crime statistics of the city, transit situation, and the best and the worst neighborhood among others. You have the obligation to dig into these matters before deciding to relocate to the new town. There are two options when you are contemplating to move into a new city. You can choose to throw a gamble and run blindly without having done any research about your new city. The other option is the one we recommend for you, conduct your homework properly, and research extensively before relocating to your new residential place. Knowing some friends or having family in the city is not adequate, you have to find out the ins and the outs of the city before settling.

Discussed below are some of the tools and ways to understand your new city before deciding to move:

1. Reach Out

Try to find out if there is any person you know that stays in the city you are relocating. Do not assume that everybody will be a stranger, and you will be surprised to find out that you are wrong. Share with friends and family about your relocation, and you might find a friend of a friend that may help you to settle fast. Share it on your social media account if you are comfortable with it. An old friend that you attended high school together might be staying in your new destination. Even the most remote connection may still be a lifeline.

2. Consult With Neighborhood Databases

Numerous online databases of different cities are available online. Visit the websites and check the profile of the city you intend to relocate. Other relevant statistics such as the cost of living, crime rates, average salaries, and the city’s climate are found in these databases. The site called Neighbourhoodscout.com digs deeper into details about cities such as demographic distribution, road accident rates, transit means, and home appreciation values that are available by subscription only. Another site called streetAdvisor.com focuses more on ranking neighborhoods and streets based on popularity. Walk score is another website that can be of importance to you because you can find neighboring schools, shops, and parks from the site.

3. Call the City and Ask for Guidance

The best way to learn a new city is to call the city hall and ask for assistance from the local authorities. Ask for information on new residential areas in the city or jobs offered in the city. You can also visit the official website of the city and familiarize yourself with your new destination. Many cities have resources on their websites that visitors can use to learn the city. The information contained in these sites can also be shared via the social media platforms. Other places to inquire for information concerning your new city includes the local internet provider and the local chamber of commerce.

4. Estimate the Time Taken for Commuting

You need get an idea of how much time you will be spending on commuting. Individuals planning on driving to work should also find out traffic situation of the city by checking the traffic overview on Google Maps. An excellent way to get familiar with traffic conditions is by viewing Google Maps, the sites give the most accurate traffic estimations down to day and hour. You also need to get familiar with the routes used by the public transit in case you are planning on using the public means when going for work. Transit authorities may be having online “plan my route” application that has details on how to move from one place to another.

5. Learn about the City by Checking School Reviews

Schools usually make the best neighborhoods. Residents that are fond of their schools care about their community. It is not a must for you to have school going kids to be able to stay near a school. Individuals planning on reselling their private place in the future should highly consider a school neighborhood. The most informative place about schools is the non-profit organization GreatSchools that publishes a guide that ranks schools on a scale of one to 10. Factors considered in the ranking include standardized test scores and students outcome rates. Residents are also allowed to share their reviews about the schools in the neighborhood.

6. Check the Crime Rates of the City

The most crucial statistics to look into before moving to a new city is the crime rates of the city. Information regarding the crime rates can be found on official police websites. More information about criminal activities of the town can be found by gathering cursory data over the phone. Sites that share public crime data can also be located online, and such websites include crimereports, the Family Watchdog, and SpotCrime websites. Safest cities can also be found on websites such as Safewise that regularly ranks cities according to their safety records. Ensure the safety of the place you intend to relocate by taking the necessary actions.

7. Visit User Forums to Get Honest Opinions

Online forums are the best place from where you can gather information about your new destination. Locals tend to provide great honest feedbacks on the online forums. Visit sites such as City-Data.com and go to user forums to learn more about the town you are planning to relocate. Another reliable website is Reddit where you are provided with information concerning various cities. Reading posts on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Yelp, and Google+ is another good resource for information. Residents may also be having private networks such as the NextDoor.com, which is a private networking site where neighbors connect and share information.

8. Conduct Some Reading

Check your local library or visit your bookstore and get some information regarding the place you are moving to and read up. Individuals that are fond of fun activities such as hiking need to find out local trail maps, cultural spots, or museums existing in the city. Search for travel guides featuring your favorite destinations. Look out for hashtags on the social media platforms and look out for the tagged places. You could also decide to connect with the local users to get their opinion about the place you are headed. After these activities, you may be able to come up with some information regarding your new destination.

9. Learn About the City’s Local Culture

Once you have acquired all the necessary details about the city, now it is time to make a further step and get to learn about the local attraction, tourist attraction sites, and favorite sports activities. Several online sites are available that provide plenty of information about various city’s’ cultural events. City-Data’s forums are the best place to visit, and you can meet someone that is a resident of the place you are moving to and willing to meet you.

10. Lastly, Plan on Being Involved in Community Activities

Participating in community services is the best way to meet new people and interact with them. You could volunteer at a local kitchen, church, or a local school.

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hacks to simplify your move

“No friends, no life”. A simple statement but it holds a beautiful concept of life. Man is a social animal and he is brought in this world to interact, to socialize and to learn from others. Friendship is the best way of it, and people who have friends are extremely fortunate. The friendship is a relation in which you can share your problems, sorrows, happiness and secrets which most of the time cannot be shared with any other person. Friend guides us in the most difficult times of our lives, they support us when we need support, and they protect us from many obstacles and possible fails. The person who is blessed with the friend is never alone.

People who make friends are most lively and loving as compared to those who hardly make friends. If we make new friends it affects us very positively. Friends build our confidence level, make us strong. We come to know how to deal with different people, we share diverse thoughts with them, and we have a chance to meet people with the different psychology and mentality.

New experience is always a risk, but unless and until you experience new things you will not have a chance to taste the flavor of it. Making friends is also a risk but a beautiful one. It is very obvious that if you are new in a city or state and you don’t know anyone – you might be little unwilling to talk to people or to make friends.

Friend are always a good guidance for us. You should talk to new people and try to develop a friendship if you like someone, and that someone is friendly to you. By making friends in a new city or state, we have a chance to enjoy life there in different ways, by learning about their language, by learning about their customs, tasting their traditional foods, and by sharing different thoughts regarding various debatable topics.

If we make friends we would never be bored, unaccompanied, confused, complexed, helpless, hopeless, sad and in trouble.

Friends are always like a family, so never be hesitant to make friends in your new city or country of residence. Your new “home” will be welcoming if you want to have friends and are open-minded.

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