Helpful Tips For Families Moving Abroad For The First Time

One of the primary motivations of people who want to work abroad is to gain the opportunity to provide more for their families. They are willing to go to and live in a foreign country where the culture, practices and even language used is different from what they use or are accredited to so that…

One of the primary motivations of people who want to work abroad is to gain the opportunity to provide more for their families. They are willing to go to and live in a foreign country where the culture, practices and even language used is different from what they use or are accredited to so that can gain financial support, save more and provide better for their families.

Usually, most expats would decide to bring their families with them. They can not bear to be far away for too long from their families, but since they still have to continue working to earn a living, their best option would be to have their families join them abroad.

Having your family move with you to a foreign country is not an easy and simple task though. You may already have encountered certain problems or issues when you relocated overseas on your own. Such difficulties and issues may even be doubled or tripled when your whole family joins you in a foreign country.

There are certain tips for you and your family should keep in mind or follow so that your move abroad can go easier and less stressful. The following are some of these tips:

• Make sure you have a properly prepared and adequate accommodation for your family. If you're currently living in a bachelor's pad, you have to start looking for a new house or flat to rent that can accommodate your spouse and kids. It should be spacious enough for everyone and it should offer everyone in the family adequate privacy. When looking for a new accommodation that will suit your family, you should also consider its location, how safe and secure it is and if the rent can fit within your monthly budget.

• Look into the education options for your kids. Educational systems usually vary in different countries. As such, you need to take a look at the regular curriculum of each school that your kids can potentially go to. If possible, have your kids start their studies at the beginning of the school year or semester so that they are an opportunity to make more friends and they will not have a hard time adjusting to a new curriculum or with catching up with their classmates.

• Prepare your spouse and your children for some culture shock . Your family will absolutely react badly to the change in their lifestyle when they move to a different country. To minimize this, relocation consultants recommend that you involve them in the whole moving idea. This will increase their buy-in to the move and prepare them for the differences that they will experience. You can also have them watch movies, documentaries and read books about the place they will be moving to so that they have good idea of ​​what to expect.

• Finally, encourage your family to be part of the community. Once everyone has settled in the new country and their new life, help your spouse and kids to meet new people and make new friends. By following this tip, everyone can feel less lonely and they will start enjoying living in this new place.

10 Reasons to Relocate to Palm Beach Island

If you've ever visited Palm Beach Island then you can attest to the fact that it is an island of paradise. For many wealthy northerners, Palm Beach Island has become known as a great place to go for vacations – and many never come back. We've listed a few reasons why Palm Beach Island is…

If you've ever visited Palm Beach Island then you can attest to the fact that it is an island of paradise. For many wealthy northerners, Palm Beach Island has become known as a great place to go for vacations – and many never come back. We've listed a few reasons why Palm Beach Island is a great place to relocate.

1. Palm Beach Island is home to an appreciating real estate market. With an improved economy, demand has picked up speed from baby boomers and first time homebuyers alike. According to Coldwell Bank, over 411 homes were available for sale in Palm Beach in November. This equates to a 20 percent decrease in inventory from last year.

2. Florida does not have a state or city tax unlike New York. This has brought in many Founders of hedge funds and radio broadcasters such as Howard Stern and Rush Limbaugh. If you like paying more in taxes, scraping ice off your car, never seeing the ocean, then the Island will not be for you.

3. The best part of living here is that no matter where you are, you're walking distance from the intracoastal or a beach.

4. The Island is home to Worth Avenue. Worth Avenue is one of the most famous streets in America. You will never be in shortage of high-end clothing and fine dining.

5. There is never a shortage of activities or things to see. From Sunfest to Moonfest, Clematis or Cruzan Amphitheater, your calendar will always be booked.

6. If you love fishing, cruising, or jet skiing then you're in the right place. You will not have a shortage of Yacht clubs, boat rentals or fishing spots on the Atlantic Ocean.

7. Try sparking a conversation with any of the residents and you will notice that we have some of the best and most interesting. You will meet people with many diverse backgrounds. Athletes, entertainers, Presidents, and entrepreneurs all have called the Island home.

8. Want to play golf on the ocean? We've got you covered. You can also take in a polo match in Wellington.

9. Interested in spending time with your family? You're a 3 hour drive to Orlando's Disney World, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventures. You're also over an hour north of Miami.

10. Love sports? There's always a game to attend. The Miami Heat, Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, and Miami Marlins has games year round.

There are many reasons to consider relocating to Palm Beach Island. All it takes is one visit to Palm Beach and you will have a hard time not wanting to move. You will not regret the move.

Cash In or Stay Put

With real estate prices skyrocketing in Silicon Valley, some of my friends are deciding to cash in on their homes, grab the extra bucks and take a hike out of town or out of state and live the good life somewhere else with lots of money to spare . Maybe. It's a conversation we seem…

With real estate prices skyrocketing in Silicon Valley, some of my friends are deciding to cash in on their homes, grab the extra bucks and take a hike out of town or out of state and live the good life somewhere else with lots of money to spare .

Maybe.

It's a conversation we seem to be having at every social gathering. Asking prices are just the opening bid. Homes are selling for hundreds of thousands of more above the listing.

It's a crazy, crazy time and place here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Those of us who have lived through the boom, downturn and boom again know it can never last. Which is why many are taking advantage of the latest boom to sell out and high tail it to less expensive, but beautiful, climes elsewhere.

For some, the decision on where to move is easy … go closer to family who live out of state, finally get to the warmer, dryer deserts further south or join one of the ex-pat American colonies outside of the United States.

Anywhere less expensive.

While the decision seems to be easy for some, it's not so easy for me. Oh, I have no doubt I can make new friends, but I still like the old ones. They've stuck around still knowing all about me and my own pathologies. Guess I can say about them. There is comfort in that.

I've moved around a lot in my life. Attended several different high schools, lived up and down California as well as back east in Rhode Island and Washington DC

New England is beautiful for the seasons and of course the colorful, blazing leaves of fall. Washington DC is exciting for the international-ness of it all.

Folks on the east are curious about ex-Californians. I still remember the questions I would get when living on the east coast, “You left California because …?”

I can hear it now all over again. “You got a job back in California and you left a second time. You moved out of the Bay Area because …?”

Yet, I understand the draw of making a big killing in this mad real estate market. I just do not know where I would go to live permanently.

I've lived for a while in the Sierra, Pollock Pines to be exact. The small Gold Rush town is located off of Highway 50 directly east from Sacramento to Lake Tahoe. It was majestic. That's a thought. If I do not mind digging out of the snow several months year, it could work.

Then there is family as a draw. I have family back east, in Southern California and here. Los Angeles is out. Too big, too congested and too hot. Back east is too humid and scorching in the summer, then there is that snow thing again. Rather deal with snow here than there.

I have several friends that are buying “retirement” homes in Palm Springs and Palm Desert. They see these homes as investments for later. Frankly, the idea of ​​living in a location where the temperature brings triple digits a good part of the year does not appeal.

It's becoming clear I'm a weather snob.

Finally there is a cost to selling. It really is not all cash up front. I learned I had to spend a lot to sell, costs I never considered. Kind of took the thrill out of it all. Such dry stuff as:

• Real estate agent commissions.

• Closing costs and credits to the buyer.

• Transfer taxes.

• Capital gains tax. From Nolo Press, “If you earn less than $ 250,000 on your home sale (or $ 500,000 if you're married and filing jointly), do not worry – you will not owe a thing in the way of capital gains taxes. if you earn more than that, you'll want to look further into the matter. Once you've subtracted things like the costs of preparing the property for sale from the proposed gains, you may not owe the tax. ”

There are also:

• Moving costs

• Home improvements to get the house spruced up for selling.

All these fees and costs can eat a big bite into whatever windfall I think I will get from the big sale.

After reading my own reasons for not selling, I guess the answer is clear.

I do not really want to move even if I could stash a fair amount of cash. I just do not know where I'd go? Not to mention I've got to retrain a whole new group of friends.

Your Upcoming Move Simplified With Two Easy Steps

Are you organizing or getting rid of things so you can move to a new home? If you're looking down an overstuffed closet or garage, it's easy to get overwhelmed with all the sorting and purging that must happen before you move. In fact, this overwhelm can even overshadow the anticipation and thrill of settling…

Are you organizing or getting rid of things so you can move to a new home? If you're looking down an overstuffed closet or garage, it's easy to get overwhelmed with all the sorting and purging that must happen before you move.

In fact, this overwhelm can even overshadow the anticipation and thrill of settling into your new place. That's why it's best to start fresh by paring down and letting go of what you no longer need early on in the moving process.

Use the 3×3 Rule

One of the best strategies for clearing out the clutter in your life is a process I call the 3×3 Rule. You can use the 3×3 Rule to sort through and purge anything from clothing to craft supplies or furniture and tools. Here's how it works:

With the help of a trusted friend, (not a spouse or your partner) tackle a single area of ​​your home that needs to be de-cluttered. Pull everything out of this area and sort each item into one of three piles.

  • The first pile is for items you can live without and that you plan to give or throw away.
  • The second pile is designated for “undecided” items, which are those things that you do not needlessly use and love, but that you are not quite ready to give up.
  • And the last pile is for the items you know you want to keep.

Once you have completed your initial sort, you should repeat the process two more times. As you do, work quickly, and set a timer if necessary. By the end of your third round, your goal is to have completely eliminated your “undecided” pile and whittled down your “keep” pile so that it only contains things you use and love.

Once you have identified what you plan to keep, take what remains and immediately donate it to your local mission or a secondhand store (or put it in the trash if it is not worthy of having a second life in someone else's home.) If your donate pile lingers too long, you may be tempted to pull items from it, negating the hard work you've already done.

Sort, purge and in the blink of an eye, donate. You'll be amazed by how good it feels to shed your excess stuff.

The 3×3 rule is a simple approach to de-cluttering, but it works because you are breaking down the process into bite-size pieces. You do not have to feel overwhelmed when you're purging bit by bit.

Sometimes, even when you're following a concrete strategy such as the 3×3 rule, it can be difficult to part with your things because you feel emotionally connected to them. You may be saying to yourself, “I wish I could get rid of things, but there are just too many memories connected to all this stuff.”

Maybe those boxes in the barn or attic remind you of a departed loved one, and it just feels too painful to let go of all those things. Sometimes, it might even feel like you're letting go of the people you love when you get rid of the stuff associated with them.

In these cases, it's crucial to address your emotional connection to your marriages as you organize and purge. This will help you successfully reduce, consolidate and pack up your things as prepare to move to your new home.

Preserve the memories but shed the stuff

Is it still possible to purge some of your things, even when you may feel emotionally connected to them? It may take more work than the 3×3 rule, but it can be done.

You can consider using an approach used by writer Valentina Kaltchev when dealing with your treasured marriages. She suggests that you sort through meaningful items and create a personal journal chronicling your connection to them. You can do so by taking a picture of these beloved items and then writing down the important memories and feelings connected to them.

Once you've created a written record, you can get rid of the items themselves but still hold onto all the significant memories they create for you.

You may not need all your stuff, but your memories and feelings are yours to keep. Use the 3×3 Rule to organize and eliminate your stuff as quickly as possible. Then use the creative journaling method to keep memories close to your heart and to you help sort and purge with greater ease.

With these two simple tools, you can get your things organized and make your move from your current home to your next go as smoothly as possible.

Is Calabria The New Tuscany?

If you've bought a house in Tuscany twenty years ago you'd be sitting pretty on a healthy profit by now. That's IF you wanted to sell it of course, because Tuscany is beautiful. As indeed is most of Italy albeit in different ways, in different regions. Property prices have risen pretty steadily in the UK…

If you've bought a house in Tuscany twenty years ago you'd be sitting pretty on a healthy profit by now. That's IF you wanted to sell it of course, because Tuscany is beautiful. As indeed is most of Italy albeit in different ways, in different regions.

Property prices have risen pretty steadily in the UK since world war two, there have been some plateaus and even some dips which caused mortgage holders to end up with negative equity. Those, who weathered the storm however ever ended up with a good investment in the end. In the UK it's been part of our culture for many years to aspire to home ownership, in other countries leasing has been more the accepted norm and property prices have risen rather more slowly, possibly as a consequence.

In recent years though it's become more difficult to find property bargains even in mainland Europe. Locations in France which were cheap just ten years ago are somewhat less affordable now. Many retired Brits have fled to the sun in the south of Spain, Andorra and Portugal. In Spain some dodgy dealing has meant that some have 'bought' homes only to find that they did not really have title, or that the houses were built without planning permission and similar problems.

Buying abroad, where the language may be a struggle and the buying and legal processes are not something you were brought up with can be a minefield, but still Brits buy property abroad all the time and they're not the only ones. I have not looked for statistics and I do not know if studies have even been done, but I meet plenty of Americans and Canadians living in Italy and other European countries plus Turkey.

The Mediterranean countries do offer a different pace of life, a different diet and better weather than we have in England and in parts of the USA. If snow and winter sports are your thing though there are high ski resorts in mainland Europe as far south as Calabria and islands such as Corsica and Cyprus also offer ski-ing, as does Turkey.

Italy, as I'm sure you know is long and narrow and ferries are available from both the east and west coasts, west will take you to Elba, Corsica and Sardinia and on the east coast ferries will transport you to Greece, opening up routes to the Greek islands and onwards to Turkey. Further south of course there's a very short ferry crossing to the wonderful island of Sicily.

When you look then at a second home, or base in Europe, the south of Italy is pretty handy for further exploration. As a Brit Calabria is a lot further to go than France, but property here has yet to go up in price. Umbria followed in the footsteps of Tuscany and more recently Calabria's equally southern neighbor Puglia to the east of us has become trendy. Part as a result of the quaint conical, stone Trulli houses. Trulli is plural, a single Apulian traditional dry stone house is called a Trullo.

The Trulli are beautiful, as is Puglia, however if you want a bargain there you've missed the boat and the Trulli were basically poor lodging, many of the circular ones were actually built for livestock and few had windows. They can be made into lovely modern homes, but it takes a lot of work if you're starting from scratch.

Will Calabria follow in the wake of Puglia as Umbria did Tuscany? I do not know. My partner and I did not buy in Calabria as an investment but because we fell in love with the region and because we could afford to buy a home there at an affordable price, with no loan required. I will not tell you what we paid, because I believe we got a bargain even by Calabrian standards and I do not want to give a false impression. Do what I did though and have a look on-line, or talk to the wonderful estate agent I used.

Antonio runs his business in the charming seaside town of Scalea, near the border between Calabria and Basilicata. The business is called A & M Immobiliare and it's located on Corso Mediterraneo. Antonio has helped us with the purchase and the notary, getting a fiscal code and setting up accounts with utility companies. In short he took all the hard work out of the equation.

We did not buy in Scalea though, our house, part of an historical building in its own right, is in the Pollino National Park, in the mountains. There are two national parks of outstanding beauty in Calabria, the other being the Sila National Park. It's the height of the mountains in these parks which makes ski-ing possible here; it's a short season so far south but if you live in the area you just go when it happens to be good.

Calabria was once part of Magna Graecia, that is to say greater Greece, as Greeks looked to start colonies outside Greece from about 800BC. Not that it was uninhabited before that, Palaeolithic remains have been unearthed in Scalea and elsewhere. Naturally the Romans took over from the Greeks, then the Byzantines and just about everyone else including Normans, Longobards, Angevins and Bourbons. The history is as fascinating as the scenery is beautiful.

Being Italy the food and the wine are all part of the appeal and the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle are often cited as a route to long life. What amazes me most because is not the quality of the food, but the low prices for really good fresh produce. Eating out is amazingly good value too. In our local pizzeria for example pizzas cost between 3 and 6 euros, but the majority, including Caprese and Vegeteriana, two of our favorites are 4 euros each. They're made with fresh dough, vegetables, tomatoes and mozzarella and prepared in a proper wood burning stove by people who really know what they're doing. Wine is just 50 cents a glass and it's very pleasant wine. So for 9 Euros, about 8 UK pounds we can enjoy a meal which would cost 25 UK pounds quite easily at home.

It's a similar story at breakfast, Maria who runs the central cafe in Piazza Navarra (the Spanish were also here in the fifteenth century and kindly built our house) will supply us with two creamy cappuccinos, two filled croissants and two glasses of water for 3 euros and forty cents, that would be about the price of just one coffee in a chain in England.

From our bedroom balcony we have a view of a valley, a hill and a Longobard castle, a river flows through the town too. The local people have made us so welcome it's hard to put into words and the most common question we're asked is why did you come here? To us it's a surprising question. It's often followed by a second question. Do you have family or ancestors here?

In Italy, sometimes especially in the south, family is very important. Most of the industry and most of the great universities lie in the north. Indeed many in the north look down on the south and yet many of the students and much of the work in the north ventures southerners who have moved there in search of that education and employment. They help make the north what it is, but they never forget their roots and their family. In August our town comes alive with festivals and young people coming home. Many families continue the pilgrimage home even when the parents or grandparents have died. August is one long joyous party.

So how do we answer the question why did we come here? We point out that the scenery is very beautiful, that the food and wine are excellent, we say that the history is fascinating and that you the people have made us so very welcome. We say we'd like to learn the language and discover the culture, but we do not want to be tourists and rub shoulders constantly with tourists. To us Calabria is the real Italy.

If too many people from Britain and America, and possibly from other parts of Europe discover what we've discovered then sometimes we'll spoil this wonderful place, but I hope not. I hope that a small influx of outsiders will bring life to empty properties and prosperity to shops, restaurants and tradespeople such as builders, plumbers, electricians and furniture makers. That enhanced prosperity will help young people to find work locally and thus protect the culture and family bonds. No it's not the new Tuscany, Calabria is Calabria and it's a wonderful, wonderful place to explore and to live in. It can get cold in the mountains, but the welcome is always warm.

Top Tips for Protecting Your Technology During Office Moves

Assuming you have chosen a professional office removals specialist, you can be sure that they will take the utmost care to avoid any physical damage to your items of furniture and equipment – including your technology. Even so, there are certain things that your office movers typically can not do on your behalf. However well…

Assuming you have chosen a professional office removals specialist, you can be sure that they will take the utmost care to avoid any physical damage to your items of furniture and equipment – including your technology.

Even so, there are certain things that your office movers typically can not do on your behalf. However well they may have packaged your equipment, some problems may always arise in-transit.

The problem is that technology can be notoriously temperamental and vulnerable to things such as vibration and shock waves. Good packing can hugely reduce those risks but never eternally eliminate them.

So, here is a list of top things you should be thinking about in terms of protecting your interests where technology removals are involved.

1. Check the technical manuals of your items for any specific instructions relating to physical movements. For example, some devices may have specific instructions that will involve asking software to 'park' certain components of PCs or servers so that they are lessiable to be damaged when being moved. Read the manuals carefully and follow any advice given.

2. Remove all devices that are connected to another device by USB etc. That's because interface cables are things that when plugged in can be easily snapped off in transit.

3. Make sure that you have taken full data and system back-ups of every PC or other data storage device you are moving. Hard disks are notoriously vulnerable to damage caused by being shaken in transit though things such as tablets and laptops should be more robust in that respect. Of course, taking regular backups should be good practice in any situation, even where you are not moving your equipment around.

4. Remove any DVDs from the appropriate reader or writer before shipping the box. Once again, discs of any sort can easily be damaged if they are left in when the box itself is being moved.

5. Even by the standards of technology in general, some devices have a reputation for being particularly fragile – including smart phones and tablets. In most instances, it may be sensible to consider moving them in their traveling cases by hand rather than simply putting them in a box and onto the truck.

6. Some devices have only limited battery life and may lose pre-set configurations if their battery is allowed to go completely dead. Research this in terms of all of your devices and when you are planning, keep in mind that sometimes unexpected delays can arise in transit for removals vehicles. There is no set answer to this, it is simply something to be aware of and plan for.

7. Although not really an issue relating to damage as such, some telecommunications boxes that connect to the outside world assume that they are in a specific location connected to a specific communications node. If you move them to another point, there can sometimes be issues. Take the advice of an Information Technology specialist on this and related issues.

20 or 30 years ago, an office move would have been a potential nightmare for organizations in terms of their technology infrastructure and potential damage.

Fortunately, today things are much more robust and with a little forethought and advance planning, you should encounter no serious issues.

Can You Manage Your Own Office Move?

It probably goes without saying that when you are moving office there is going to be a lot to organize. Perhaps, if you are a one-person business, then the overheads of organizing it might be something you can accommodate within your normal daily business routine. After all, there may not be much else you can…

It probably goes without saying that when you are moving office there is going to be a lot to organize.

Perhaps, if you are a one-person business, then the overheads of organizing it might be something you can accommodate within your normal daily business routine. After all, there may not be much else you can do about it anyway!

Even if you are a very small enterprise withhaps up to five or 10 employees, the overheads of doing your normal daily job and organizing your office move might be something that you can cope with.

In situations though where you are a small to medium sized enterprise then you may start to find that the overall planning and management of your move becomes impossible for you to deal with alone. After all, under normal circumstances you are probably already running off your feet trying to cope with your work load on a day-to-day basis, so where are you going to find all that extra time from to suddenly start to manage your move and even your relocation service providers?

Do not underestimate the effort

The first mistake often seen in office moves is that the person 'at the top' somehow they will be able to cope with all of the work involved in addition to their normal daily activities.

That arises because the sheer amount of planning and management involved in a successful office move is often hugely underestimated. As any professional office removals company will tell you, there's an awful lot to be done and while they can do a lot of it for you, you're going to have to do some for yourself.

The effects of this underestimating are usually that something, somewhere, suffers. Perhaps your normal daily work will begin to slip or you will have things being overlooked in terms of your removals planning.

So, right at the outside, think seriously about whether you can possibly undertake this yourself.

Appoint a removals manager

The top tip here is at the outside, take a step back and as the business owner or chief executive, recognizing that your role has to be one of review and signoff rather than doing the detail of the work.

To help you achieve that, select someone in your company who is responsible and who has some degree of planning and supervision or management experience. Give them the outline parameters of what needs to be done and then allow them to take it to conclusion including all planning and communications etc.

If you do not have a suitable employee, consider taking on a part-time contractor with appropriate experience to help.

By all means make sure you get regular progress reports but do not try and micro-manage what they are doing because if you start doing so, you should probably question why you have bothered to ask them to do the job in the first place.

If you have selected a highly professional removals company, they will work closely with your appointed manager or coordinator and provide him or her with all the support they need.

Sometimes 'letting go' of any business activity and allowing someone to do it under your direction is a challenge. There may be a temptation to always think that nobody could do it as well as you can yourself.

However, try to resist such temptations in the case of planning and managing your office moves. It will pay dividends in the long run.

Need Help With Your House Removals?

Moving in a great house in a beautiful area is a treat. You can meet a lot of new people, do a bunch of interesting things and visit many unique places. But when it comes to moving from your old home into a new one, things tend to be a bit difficult. The entire process…

Moving in a great house in a beautiful area is a treat. You can meet a lot of new people, do a bunch of interesting things and visit many unique places. But when it comes to moving from your old home into a new one, things tend to be a bit difficult. The entire process can be tiring and can stress people more than they might imagine. So, if you want to move in the near future, make sure you hire some people to help you with house removals.

This type of service is meant to help you with your moving. A company that handles takes care of everything, from big problems to little details. It does not matter if you are just concerned about packing. They will do it, and they will also provide checklists that can support the process of moving from the beginning until the very end.

The checklists mentioned above can be of great help when you try to keep track of little details, which can otherwise by overlooked, but which can have a tremendous impact if they are neglected. For instance, let's say that you do not update the house address to your magazine subscriptions. These magazines will probably get lost, and you will not have the chance to enjoy the money you've paid for them.

But there are house removal companies which include services of this type, in order to help you keep track of every important detail. An important element of the services is to eliminate the need of constant supervising coming from your part.

Those companies who offer such services are of great help when dealing with the horror of packing. Experts specialized in house removal will take care of everything, starting with huge furniture and ending with small items. Movers will pack your things in a careful manner in order to avoid or minimize damage. In addition to this, you can make sure that your expensive possessions are transported in safety.

House removal companies can also make sure that the home you are leaving is released fast and safe, without ruining important elements down the road. This way, you can be sure of the fact that you will not leave important things behind.

Moreover, you can ask the movers to transport your things from your old house to the new one. After packing, your things can be loaded into vans which are created for the specific purpose of carrying heavy loads on great distances. The trucks are driven by people who have lots of years of experience in this domain. They know how to drive fast, but with consideration towards the cargo they carry.

You do not have to perceive house removals as a tough process. If you go ahead and hire people with experience, you will notice how easy it can be to move out. Choose the right moving company and your moving experience will be smooth and careful.

Color Code Items in a Home Before Moving and Sort Easy and Obvious Areas First

Moving can seem overwhelming, especially for seniors and their families. Following are a couple tips that can help make the move go smooth and, if you're hiring a senior move manager, can save you money. COLOR CODE ITEMS IN THE HOME Whether it's a chair, a painting, or a lamp on a table; use colored…

Moving can seem overwhelming, especially for seniors and their families. Following are a couple tips that can help make the move go smooth and, if you're hiring a senior move manager, can save you money.

COLOR CODE ITEMS IN THE HOME
Whether it's a chair, a painting, or a lamp on a table; use colored dots or stickers to identify the decisions you've made in a home. This way everyone (including yourself!) Will know what decisions you've made about which items.

Literally, put the sticker (test to be sure it's removable) or post-it note on the piece of furniture or on the frame of the picture or on the wall right next to the picture. It sure beats making a huge list in a legal pad and then never being able to connect the list with the actual items in the house.

Use colored stickers that coordinate to a stop light:

Green for “go”, things to move to the new place
Red for “stop” – things that do not move
Yellow for “undecided” and we'll come back to later
Post-It notes work great too and often are sold in multi color packs.

Moving Tips For Seniors

Using post-it notes to plan a senior move

SORT EASY AND OBVIOUS AREAS FIRST
When preparing for a move, it's common to see stacks and piles everywhere and just procrastinate getting started. To get the motivation, sort easy and obvious areas first!

Sorting in areas that are obviously moving or obviously NOT moving will allow you to see progress and accomplishment. A rarely used room might be a good place to begin the sorting process where few items inside the room will move to the new place.

Sorting in difficult areas will take time, be cumbersome, frustrating, and leave you with the idea that you could never finish the whole house.

Where would you begin the sorting process? The living room? The stack of paperwork?

Start the sorting process in the living room. In a reasonable amount of time, you can make decisions about furniture, coffee table books, wall hangings, and knick-knacks and you can say, “We've done a whole room already.”

However, if you start with the stack of paperwork, you'll spend two hours only dig two inches into the stack and then say, “There's no way I can do the rest of this house!”

Start with larger, easier piles and you'll feel a sense of accomplishment.

Top “Don’t Forget” Moving Home Food Tips

If you are moving home, you may well have an extensive checklist of things to do both beforehand and on the day itself. That's great but something that is often overlooked is the impact on your food and drink caused by the busyness and sometimes the stress of home removals. Nobody is pretending that, in…

If you are moving home, you may well have an extensive checklist of things to do both beforehand and on the day itself.

That's great but something that is often overlooked is the impact on your food and drink caused by the busyness and sometimes the stress of home removals. Nobody is pretending that, in the overall scheme of your removals, these are big items but keeping them in mind might just help you feel a little bit better as the day goes forward.

1. Eat a good but disposable breakfast. If you can, it's best to avoid washing up crockery and packing it away on the morning of your removal. That always leads to panic. Instead, have some disposable plates and cutlery available that can go directly into the bin once you're finished. That means all of your 'kitchenalia' can be safely packed away the night before.

2. Have a pre-prepared picnic ready if your packing and removals activities are going to run through lunchtime. The logic is as per the above piece of advice because you just will not want to be thinking about preparing food and washing up after eating. Incidentally, do not bypass lunch in the pressure of packing and loading the van etc. You could find that you suddenly run out of energy mid-afternoon when you still have several hours of work yet to get through.

3. Have some tea and coffee in flasks to use during the day for yourself and sometimes your removals guys. Yet again, use disposable cups. Keep some bottled soft drinks and treats handy for the kids. Even if you do not normally indulge them like this, it will help as a distraction and avoid them becoming fractious during what could be a traumatic day (the children that is, not your removals experts!).

4. Even if you normally do not indulge in snacking between meals, which none of us arguably should, on your removals day you may find that a mid-afternoon sugar boost is a smart idea. A few biscuits can bring a smile to everyone's face as the day goes on – this time including your moving company personnel!

5. If you are moving into your new property and unloading on the same day, remember to take into account your evening meal. Whatever you may think in advance, many people are simply too exhausted at the end of the day to planing starting to cook even if they have managed to successfully unpack everything. Going out for a meal is fine but once again you may find that you are simply too tired. So, whatever your normal views are, considering having some pre-packed meals ready that can be quickly heated in the oven or microwave. An alternative might be some takeaway food but make sure you have checked with your new location well in advance and you know that suitable places will be open when you need them.

If this all sounds a little bit like saying the obvious, well, you may be surprised at how often food is overlooked in the planning cycle and the result is usually hunger and irritation on the part of everyone concerned.

So, add food to your list of things to be planned when you are preparing for the big removals day.

How to Move Office or Home With Outsized Furniture

When you are moving office or home, it's a fair bet that you will have plenty to worry about. In addition to all of the normal things though, you may be particularly worried as you look at that gigantic piece of furniture and wonder how on earth are you going to be able to shift…

When you are moving office or home, it's a fair bet that you will have plenty to worry about.

In addition to all of the normal things though, you may be particularly worried as you look at that gigantic piece of furniture and wonder how on earth are you going to be able to shift it.

Yes, it's easy to say that if once upon a time it got in then you should be able to get it out again but many surrounding factors may have changed since.

Get Professional Advice

Assuming that you are using a professional furniture removals service, talk to them and get them to come up with ideas. There is a fair chance that they will have seen similar challenges before and know of solutions that would not happen to you.

For example, specialists in this area are often able to form a 3-D picture of your location and the item concerned inside their head and simply manipulate it in different ways so as to look for options. This is a real skill and not everyone has it.

Be careful if your removals company has not made a personal on-site inspection of your items before issuing their quotation. If they suddenly receive an unpleaser shock at finding a massive and unexpected challenge when they come to do the removal itself, there may be some interesting discussions about pricing!

It may not always be possible for an on-site inspection as part of a quotation and if that's the case, make sure you send the removals company several good photographs of the item from different angles as well as some reliably precise measurements.

It may be, of course, that in spite of all their experience they can not see a way of extracting it either. If that's the case, they may contact a specialist or advise you to do so.

Specialist Services

Although it is becoming much less commonplace in the age of the flat-pack, in past times major items of furniture were quite often dismounted by a carpenter or some other tradesperson prior to them being taken into a property. They were then reassembled inside.

So, you may be able to reverse the logic by getting a qualified person to dismantle the item so that it can be more easily moved.

Remember in the case of antique or valuable (financially or sentimentally) pieces, that it might be sensible to pay extra and use a specialist craftsperson rather than what might be termed a generalist 'odd-job man.'

Sometimes though it may be impossible to dismantle that outsize piece of furniture without risking serious damage to it. In those cases you may need to just accept the risk or maybe consider small-scale structural work to enable you to remove it from your property.

That is not quite as destructive as it sounds because once again, in the old days, removing windows and doors in order to facilitate large furniture going in or out of a property was reliably normal practice. If you're renting though, do not forget you'll probably need your landlord's permission to do so.

Summary

Having talked about extreme solutions, in the vast majority of cases your furniture removals specialists will be able to spot a relatively simple solution.

Make sure though that they get the maximum possible advance warning so that they can think about how they'll do it rather than discovering the issue for the first time on the morning of your removal.

Step By Step Guide To Making Your Global Relocation Easy

Being prepared is very essential in everything that we do. And when it comes to grabbing great opportunities abroad, you do not just prepare for the job you recently got, but also have to prepare for the major relocation you're about to take. Global relocation can be very stressful and time-consuming especially when you're moving…

Being prepared is very essential in everything that we do. And when it comes to grabbing great opportunities abroad, you do not just prepare for the job you recently got, but also have to prepare for the major relocation you're about to take.

Global relocation can be very stressful and time-consuming especially when you're moving to a country that has a culture very different from yours or perhaps a culture you have never been exposed to in your whole life.

How to make your relocation as smooth as possible?

Here is a step-by-step procedure you can follow to make your relocation process as seamless as it could be.

Step 1: Create a cheat sheet.

List down every item you need to bring. Bring only the basic things you need such as clothes, gadgets, memorable things and personal things. Keep in mind that you are moving overseas so it would be very expensive to bring all your things to your new home. According to relocation experts, bringing all your things abroad does not only cost you a bunch of dollars but also cost you too much of your time. Why not sell the things you do not really need or the things that are difficult to transport and buy new ones with the money you earned from selling those stuff?

Also, make a list of the things you need to buy as soon as you reached your destination.

Step 2: Prepare the important documents that you need to bring.

These include your birth certificate, marriage license if married, school records, pertinent IDs, and a lot more.

Once you are in your new home country, it can be very difficult, stressful, and costly to secure these documents once you forgot to bring them. So better have these filled together ahead of time.

Step 3: Do your own research about you new home.

Living in a foreign country can be exciting if you are knowledgeable about your destination. Know where you're going – the people, the culture, the language, the laws, and the place in general. The internet has bountiful information. Utilise it.

Be aware of the people's lifestyle. Be sure to find out about local customs and beliefs that might be in contrast with your own. Remember, you are a visitor in their land so be sure to be compliant at all times.

Step 4: Get in touch with reputable service providers for relocation services.

Relocation service providers will typically have trustworthy agents and highly trained staffs who will guide you even before your arrival. They offer services such as city orientation, home search, immigration assistance, intercultural orientation, educational counseling, settling in, and so much more.

Benefits Of Professional Furniture Movers

You may be familiar with the fact how moving furniture from your old house to the new one or between your offices maybe can turn out to be extremely tiring and a rather complicated task. This is exactly why we consider professional furniture movers as an essential service to subscribe to while you are looking…

You may be familiar with the fact how moving furniture from your old house to the new one or between your offices maybe can turn out to be extremely tiring and a rather complicated task. This is exactly why we consider professional furniture movers as an essential service to subscribe to while you are looking forward to move. Without further ado, let's take a closer look at the benefits of professional furniture movers in order to convince you in a better fashion.

Peace Of Mind:

There is no argument over the fact that the fear of getting your furniture damaged or ruined in the worst case scenario is the primary concern of all people who are looking forward to move. However, since the professional furniture movers take the simplest route and ensure the protection of your furniture, it enables you to have the peace of mind.

Reliability:

It should go without saying that hiring the professional furniture movers is far better than asking for help from your family or maybe friends. The thing is that such professionals are extremely skilled, talented and specifically trained to perform the aforementioned tasks and hence can be relied upon as far as the moving is concerned.

Accountability:

It is quite obvious from the above mentioned facts that if your furniture ends up getting damaged or ruined during the process of moving, the professional services can be held responsible and accountable for it.

Fast:

As mentioned earlier, such professional furniture movers are quite skilled at what they do. They know what they are doing and they are way more efficient as compared to an ordinary individual. Therefore, hiring such a service, as against asking for help from friends or family is going to save a lot of your time.

Efficient:

Since the professional furniture movers are always looking to get done with a particular job so that they can get a new one, they ensure that the services are being provided in a timely fashion and that all sorts of procrastinations and unnecessary delays can be kept at bay .

Health:

It is indicative to mention here that while moving furniture, you may have to lift a number of heavy things. This can even cause body pains in worst-case scenarios specifically if the furniture is not lifted in an appropriate fashion. However, thanks to the professional furniture movers that this risk can be taken care of.

Safety:

As an ordinary individual, it is highly unusual that you will be aware of certain things regarding the process of moving, such as packing or perhaps the unpacking of a particular stuff, or an appropriate fashion in which tender belongings can be transported without getting damaged. This is exactly where the professional furniture movers step in. They ensure that all of such issues can be taken care of an appropriate fashion.

Experience:

It can almost be taken for granted that like in anything else, experience does matter when it comes to professional furniture movers as well. The higher the experience, the better are they going to be with their services and the more can you benefit from them as well.

Hassle:

It is only fair to conclude that hiring the professional furniture movers enables you to take care of all the hassle that may be associated with the process of moving. Since all of your furniture is being taken good care of the extremely talented, skilled, and experienced individuals, you can move from one house to another or probably from one office to another without any sort of an hassle, issue, or unnecessary complication.

Top 5 Things To Consider When Getting A Moving Quote

Moving is often a huge challenge on its own and deciding on the ideal moving company to fit your funds and goals is not an easy feat. Understanding how they function, reach their prices, and what is included, are important aspects in the shopping process. These represent the top 5 items to consider, when finding…

Moving is often a huge challenge on its own and deciding on the ideal moving company to fit your funds and goals is not an easy feat. Understanding how they function, reach their prices, and what is included, are important aspects in the shopping process. These represent the top 5 items to consider, when finding a moving estimate.

1. Understanding the Types of Quotes

Much like many other services for hire, moving companies employ a pricing method to project exactly what the consumer's charges are going to be after services are rendered. However, it is really not enough to simply shop around, because there are several terms to be aware of when approaching moving service quotes. First of all, you should create the primary difference between non-binding and binding quotes. A non-binding estimate is when moving service figures the weight of your marriages and debts a price from it, which can be modified up or down after the move is completed. This can be different from a binding quote, which is usually a more concrete agreement. This means that the price quoted is exactly what the client extremely owes.

2. Does the quote employ a Ceiling?

While it is necessary to be aware of the contrast between a non-binding and binding quote, the main aspect of the estimate is whether or not the figure is recognized as, “not-to-exceeded.” This means that whatever you end up spending can not surpass an original estimate that was provided. The appeal of this kind of characteristic is pretty obvious, since the client can know the maximum total that will be owed to the moving company, upon finishing the work. Just like other businesses working to make a profit, movers are known to overestimate their quotes higher. This unfortunate fact can make quotes that are lacking a not-to-exceed feature more risky in contrast to those that come with them.

3. Know the Weight of your Property

Weight can be a significant factor that is commonly employed by moving companies to price their services. Since their employers will be carrying the customer's belongings, they usually use this as their basic way of creating a price, when working up an estimate. Movers charge by the pound, so knowing their system of reaching their prices are a very important part of the experience. However, you should not solely concentrate on this aspect, seeing as there are other determinants that make up the quote.

4. Compute the Distance between Locations

As weight is one of the major factors utilized by moving companies to configure the prices, the distance that is covered during the move will be the other. These fees, which may be known as linehaul charges, make up the remaining bulk of the bill. Since they're quoted in miles or kilometers, it is especially necessary for the customer to accurately calculate the distance in advanced after which you can compare it to what the moving company is claiming it to be. Most pros encourage working with a GPS or Internet source, like Google Maps, to reach precise projections.

5. Finding out what is included in the price

While many moving companies use options, including weight and distance, to arrive at their estimation, there are additional factors to consider when shopping around. Communicating with them may help flush out what's included in their professional services as well as possibly discover any hidden fees which they may be opting to keep tight-lipped about. Discovering that their services involve more than a closely priced competitor could easily be a determining factor and get more value for your money. Bear in mind, you get what you pay for, so accepting the cheapest bid for strictly financial reasons could result in numerous complications later.

Killarney – Calgary

Killarney is located in the western portion of Calgary, Canada. The roads that border this area are Richmond Road, SW, 37th Street SW, 25a Street SW and 17th Avenue SW. The area boasts of many great schools as well as many activities for residents to enjoy. Real estate consists of many styles of homes including…

Killarney is located in the western portion of Calgary, Canada. The roads that border this area are Richmond Road, SW, 37th Street SW, 25a Street SW and 17th Avenue SW. The area boasts of many great schools as well as many activities for residents to enjoy. Real estate consists of many styles of homes including split level, ranch style and condominiums.

About the Area

Killarney is filled with tons of rich history, making it a popular location for history buffs. The area did not receive much attention until post World War II. After the war the area did see a high escalation of growth including many different homes as well as people from all different cultures.

Schools in the Killarney

Killarney offers many great schools. These schools all have great reviews and offer strong academic programs. Schools include Killarney Elementary School and Holy Name Elementary School. These schools also offer many different extracurricular activities making them highly popular with parents and students. The area is also home to several different churches including St. Louis. Mathews United Church, Unity Church of Calgary, and Holy Name Church.

Recreation in Killarney

Killarney is home to many different recreational activities. One of the largest attractions in this area is the Killarney Aquatic and Recreation Center. Here residents can enjoy various programs including swimming, exercise programs, various sports, as well as playgrounds for youngger children. Other recreational activities include Calgary Taekwondo Academy, and Good Companions Activity Center. There are also several areas where residents can go walking and exploring some of the wildlife that inhabits the area. Bird watching is highly popular along many of the residents as well as the tourists that come to the area.

Shopping In Killarney

There are many shopping centers located in this community. The Westbrook Mall is one of the most popular locations with visitors. The mall consists of several different shops which include clothing stores as well as grocery stores. Other shopping stores include Calgary Sound Rentals, Inspire Studios Inc, Model Land, and Francesco's Food Store.

Restaurants in Killarney

There are many different restaurants within the neighborhood. Restaurants in the area include different cuisines and ethnic backgrounds from all over the world. Some of these eateries include Greco's Pizza, Spiros, and Second Cup. Sophie's Pizza, and Heritage Bakery and Deli. Fast food restaurants like McDonald's can also be found within the community.

Killarney, Calgary is one of the largest up and coming areas in Canada. Not only do residents have plenty to do and great homes, they are also close to everything that the surrounding areas have to offer.