Before you get a moving company to help you relocate there are certain things that need to be clear. First of all do they have the right papers to be in the moving business? Do they know what is expected of them and do you know what is expected of you? You should also ask about the estimate.
- Are moving companies registered with the government?
It’s important to know what the regulations are when it comes to movers and what they should be able to show you as proof of their legitimacy as a moving business.
- Once I’ve hired a moving company, what am I responsible for?
Once you’ve agreed to hire the mover, you need to know what your rights are and what’s expected of you as a client. Knowing what you’re responsible for will ensure that you’re not paying extra fees or end up with a much higher estimate than was first quoted.
- Do I really need an estimate?
I get asked this a lot. Yes, you need an estimate.
But not just any estimate. You need to know what type the mover offers and whether that will work for your particular move.
So when exactly should you move out? What are the signs that you need a change? If you no longer have a passion for the current place you are in then you should move. If you have never lived in any other place then it is time you should try out a new place.
It is really easy to bargain with yourself when it comes to your dreams. No matter which way you cut it, the television industry lives in Los Angeles and New York, web start-ups congregate in San Francisco, and oil men reside in Texas. Though it is possible to be a huge fish in a smaller pond (just ask some of the best filmmakers in New Orleans and Austin), it isn’t necessarily the best move. If there is a better place to be to do what you love, whether it be composing sonnets or catching trophy winning trout, it might be time to find your Mecca. We all know that the Internet has put careers within reach of people working remotely, but be real about what you’re giving up if you don’t live where the action is. Yes, you can design apps in your shack in rural North Dakota, but is that giving you the best chance at success?
You Haven’t Lived Anywhere Else
You don’t know if you don’t try. Though this sounds like the sort of thing your mother would say in an attempt to get you to join marching band or math club, it’s still good advice. There are people out there (we all know at least a few of them) who know deep down that they want to live their entire life in their hometown. There are also those people who graduate college and decide that they’ll live out their days in their college town. There’s nothing wrong with a decision like this, but if you aren’t absolutely sure where you want to spend your life, it can’t hurt to try something new. The worst thing that can happen is that you don’t like it and opt to move back. If you move back, at least you’ll be able to replace “What if?” with “I tried it and it sucked.”
If there is a baby on the way then the main question is should you move or wait till the baby comes? Well some say you should not move when pregnant since the hormones will weigh you down but maybe the opposite is true.
My husband and I had planned to move after the baby’s birth, but an initial meeting with our real estate agent, not to mention a nasty leak in our ceiling, changed our minds. Lori McAlees, our Realtor® in Rochester, NY, said we’d be better off buying before the baby came to distract us—and before the real estate market heated up in the spring. In the brutal month of February, when we found a house that fit our budget and our space requirements, we snatched it up.
No open house waits for a breast pump. There’s no room for the weary in real estate. If you’re actively searching for a home, you need to be ready to pounce at a moment’s notice, and nursing, napping, and nappie changes make that awfully hard. And if you miss a bit of the open house, you’ve got even less info on which to base your decision. As McAlees points out, you may spend a total of only 20 minutes in a house before you decide to buy it, and you need to make every second count.
The nesting instinct is no joke. I found myself with my head deep in the kitchen cabinets of my new home, armed with a toothbrush for scrubbing those hard-to-reach corners. You might reorganize the closets and cupboards, get the linens in order, and even defrost the fridge. You won’t be able to curb the instinct. Research shows that the nesting instinct peaks in the third trimester—better to already be settled in the new place so you don’t have to sort all the baby onesies by color and size twice.