If you are considering moving to a cheaper city or town to have an easier, less stressful life style there are some things to take into consideration. Of course moving from NYC to Oklahoma will get you a lot more bang for your buck but will it pay off? will you be happier? Here are somethings to check out before you weigh your options.
Cost of Living
Use a cost of living calculator to determine how much money you will be saving. The calculator will help you compare the cost of food, housing, transportation, health and more. It can also estimate how much money you will make or loose changing jobs.
Put some time into researching the area you are interested in. See what it has to offer in terms of schools, entertainment, parks, restaurants and any recreational activities you and your family enjoy.
Check out the taxes in the area you are considering. States are free to set their own tax rates so this is something to keep in mind.
Also keep in mind that moving away from friends and family will be a difficult choice and may not make you happier. Is the financial savings of moving to a cheaper city worth the strain of moving away from your familiar surroundings, family and friends?
Folks in the older generations despise it, laugh at it, and love to repeat things like “…we didn’t do that, and you turned out just fine.” But most modern parents know, childproofing is a must, or the consequences can reach far beyond a few tears.
Slammed fingers, pinched skin, bumped heads, and loose teeth — oh my! Those are just a few of the injuries that parents of toddlers, preschoolers, and even older kids deal with. But the sad reality is that the damage to little bodies and minds can be far more severe without the right precautionary steps.
Piece of mind. One of the most beautiful things about proper childproofing is that you can actually kick back on the couch and let them run amok. That’s because with all of the proper safety door locks in place, they will be contained in the area of your choosing. It allows the child more freedom, and thus, more enjoyable and productive play time. After all, the important things they learn while playing are actually critical to development.
The cost. One major complaint of new parents, or those who resist the idea of making their homes safe for young children is the cost. Sure, it can be a tad expensive to purchase what is needed, but so can a hospital visit — or even legal fees. Think about it, the cost to defend yourself in a potential child neglect case because your medicine cabinet was somehow reached by your little Spiderman could be astronomical. That cost would far exceed even the bill of a few hundred dollars to make things right. Not to mention the immeasurable cost of not having to see your little one suffer.
The basics. What you really need is to avoid worst case scenarios:
Cabinets can be secured with plastic locking devices that can either be affixed to the inside, or locked into place around the knobs
Areas with steps or dangerous pieces of furniture can be blocked with easy-to-install baby gates
Corners of furniture can be padded with rubber insulators to avoid nasty bumps
Tile and brick can be padded with interlocking puzzle-pads
Door handles can be secured with baby-proof grips
Glass windows can be secured with clear film to avoid being smashed by flying toys
Electrical outlets can be covered with semi-permanent covers that still allow functionality
Toilet lids can be locked with special a special apparatus
Heavy furniture can be secured to walls with brackets in case of climbing
A professional New Orleans moving company such as Atmosphere Movers knows how to beat the heat and make a transition as easy as possible. We have created the following tip sheet to help you with your move. Whether you are relocating your office, residence, antiques or art and making a local move or coming in from another state, we have amazing moving tricks to make it simple.
Reserve Your Moving Date ASAP
The summer is the most common time to move and the longer you wait, the less chance you have of nabbing your date. Reserving Atmosphere Movers as early as possible allows you to plan and ensure that you will be able to move when you need to. We always try to work with you, but summers book quickly! If your weekend is taken, try a weekday move. Having professionals on hand is a big stress relief when it comes to relocating. Moving yourself can certainly be done, but why make the transition more stressful? Atmosphere Movers is a New Orleans moving company offering competitive rates and treat your possessions as if they are our own.
A move is a great time to organize and reduce clutter. Go through your stuff and set aside stuff to donate, for a yard sale or both! You will carry around less stuff and make your move and transition into your new space a fresh one.
Set Up Your Utilities In Advance
It is hot out there. As experienced New Orleans movers, we know summer means heat waves in excess of 90 degrees. Call your utility department and have your services turned on prior to the move. This way, you will ensure that you have AC, water and power. If you are moving locally, often times utility departments will allow you to have two accounts active and schedule turn on/shut off dates in advance.
Hire us to pack your belongings! We offer full service and even white glove care for your possessions. We truly care about our customers and that is why we have 95 percent return customers! If you choose to pack yourself, make sure it is all done when moving day arrives, so we just have to worry about loading the truck. This will reduce your move time and make everything less stressful.
Organize and Plan
Take pictures of your new space and pack boxes according to where they go. Use a color code system, number system or just simply write “kitchen” so that your stuff can be easily located in a pinch (everyone packs something they need!), moved and unpacked.
Other Moving Tips
Stay hydrated! It’s hot out there!
Start early, before prime time heat hits.
Make sure pets and kids are comfortable and out of the way. Arrange care prior to your move.
Ready to go? Atmosphere Movers is a New Orleans moving company, offering services to any part of Louisiana. Give us a call now for your free quote: 866-7MOVE ME
Many families rely on the convenient approach to sun bathing in kiddie pools or allowing their families to enjoy special sprinklers or slip-and-slides. But depending upon the product and type, moving moving summer outdoor gear can be a challenge.
Keep them dry. As with any outdoor toy, keeping them dry is essential. Even smaller pools can be ruined after a few uses if you allow the sludge and mud to settle in. Instead, it needs to be sprayed off and dried for an entire day of sunshine. This is true of inflatable equipment like jumpers and bounce houses. Fully aired out and dry equipment is lighter and easier to manipulate into packages.
Original storage. Keeping that huge, colorful duffel bag that your kid’s bounce house came in turned out to be the best thing you could have done. Once it is dry, you can roll it into a nice ball, fold it several times and heave it into the bag. Take caution, because these things can be quite heavy once they are bagged up. Plastic swimming pools and inflatable water gear can be drained and rolled into shape to fit into the original boxes, too. If you have lost them over the years, you can simply pack them into strong, reinforced cardboard boxes.
Open immediately. Once you reach your destination, there will be a number of important things to do. But after you get settled, consider opening up some of the outdoor toys that you know you will be using. Leaving them packed away can cause whatever tiny amount of moisture there may be to fester and get funky. Air them out if possible, right away.