Pets and Moving: Reduce Their Stress Using These Ideas
Consider the impact moving has on your pets if you think it’s stressful for people. Dogs and cats have a unique sense that allows them to anticipate life-changing events. As soon as boxes and packing supplies appear, pets become anxious.
Here are some suggestions to help your beloved furry friends cope with moving stress.
Select a Home You Both Will Love
Consider how much space your pets require when you are looking for a house or apartment. Before signing a contract, you should consider
- How much space do they need?
- Would a yard be preferable for your dog?
- Is the area suitable and secure for your pets?
- Are there places nearby to walk with your dog?
Packing Tips With Pets
Anxiety in pets is common during the packing process. Therefore, you should start packing a few weeks before your moving day. Give yourself plenty of time to pack slowly.
Put the boxes in a separate room where the pets can’t reach them. First, maintain as much of a regular schedule as possible to keep them busy. Then, gradually introduce the rest of the packing supplies and have them become accustomed to them.
Prepare for the Trip
You should always keep your pets in crates or carriers during the relocation trip. Even during a short move, crates are essential to prevent them from escaping or becoming a distraction for the driver. Therefore, introduce a crate gradually if your pet needs to be crate-trained or isn’t used to one.
Get them used to being in the crate. Put some treats or food inside the crate to entice your pet inside. After each successful crate session, treat them.
Once the pet is comfortable in the crate, you can gradually introduce them to short car trips. This will ease the transition into car travel with your pet in the crate carrier. Moving day will go much more smoothly if you put in the time and effort to practice.
Plan for a Pet Sitter
When a lot of disruptive activity is going on, pets become anxious. Have a trusted friend or pet sitter care for them on your moving day to ease their anxiety. This will prevent them from getting in the movers’ way and keep them safe. Plan for them to stay with a friend at their house, or set up a “safe room” in your own home, free of packing materials and other potential dangers.
Prepare Your New House for Your Pets
Strive to make your new house 100% pet-proof by taking precautions in every room. Also, examine the entire perimeter of your yard’s fence for any openings they could use to get away.
If your pets are coming along for the move, keeping them in a separate room while you unpack so they can feel comfortable in their new surroundings without being in the way is best.
When unpacking, it’s essential to eliminate anything harmful, like chemicals, trash, or human food.
Tips for Calming Pets
Pets will be unfamiliar with the new space, but letting them explore too soon can make them uneasy. Instead, place the food and water in a quiet area away from the unpacking areas, and show them where to find them. Pets’ “home bases” should be stocked with all the essentials, including litter for cats, pee pads for dogs, and a selection of their favorite toys.
Make sure your dog is always on a leash. Your dog may experience anxiety in a new setting and attempt to run away. In addition, it will take your dog some time to learn the boundaries of your new home.
Once your pet has settled in and adjusted to your home, you can start introducing them to larger areas. Of course, they’ll feed off your worries, so being patient is critical. Keeping your cool will help ease the stress on your pet.
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Is It the Place or the Space: Deciding What Matters in a Move
Sometimes things just resonate with you. Whether it’s that cozy bungalow that reminds you of your childhood home or a destination that provides a lifestyle you crave, there are all sorts of reasons people find a home.
Admittedly, though, moving is a major life decision, one that’s often filled with complex — even conflicting — emotions. Depending on the circumstances, its prospect can feel joyous, exciting, paralyzing or sad. All these reactions are fair. It’s also perfectly normal if you’re feeling a mix of all of them at once.
Perhaps it’s hard to leave a place where many of life’s momentous occasions occurred. Maybe your neighborhood or school district changed, leaving you disconnected from a location that once felt like home. Then again, you may simply feel you’re “done” and need a fresh start.
The Mayflower 2022 Finding Home Study identified a noticeableshift in priorities when it came to why people did — or didn’t — move. Of the 1,100 surveyed U.S. respondents — 550 of which moved to a new state in the last two years and another 550 of which plan to move soon — there were revelations aplenty.
Whatever your reasons for considering a move, it’s a time to be kind to yourself and give yourself grace as you work through decisions shaping the next phase in your life. Here are some things to ask yourself, and consider, while you do.
What Stirs Your Soul?
Ask anyone who’s moved and searched for a home: When you find it, you just know. Risks, change and scariness of the unknown aside, you straight-up know when it feels right. Sometimes that happens on vacation, when you’re in a beautiful place you never want to leave — and don’t. Other times, it’s being immersed in a community that feels supportive, architecturally inspiring, family-oriented or professionally or politically likeminded. (Interestingly, 13% of those surveyed actually prioritized political views.)
Many of the best things in life happen when you go out of your comfort zone to embrace change, provided it makes sense in the context of your life. That idealized vision of a white-picket-fenced home is still a baseline and life goal for many people. Understandably though, between the pandemic, whacked-out job market, housing market and recession concerns, a lot of people did find themselves reevaluating what matters most. Still, 18% of survey respondents admitted to having compromised on a less-than-ideal location (be it city, state or property size).
What’s Important from a Resale Perspective?
From a resale perspective, your home’s location is one of — if not the — most important factors in determining the long-term appreciation of a home. Are you expecting to stay in a location long-term? To sell your home in a few years? Either way, your home’s location should be a strong consideration.
Of course, climate cannot be overlooked. What may have seemed like a dream location years back may be a reason to take a pause from a property ownership perspective today. Whether you dreamed of living by the coast, settling into the mountains or seeking solace in the American heartland, things like the flora, fauna, proximity to water and potential for natural disasters are important to weigh — especially since lenders typically won’t commit to a mortgage they deem is a risk.
How About Taxes? And Rent?
One unpleasant reality for those purchasing a home is the fact that property taxes are always on the rise. Renting instead? Well, that increases at a regular clip, too. If you’re considering staying where you move for a period of time, it’s wise to consider not just a location’s cost of living, but also the potential for the cost of living to increase.
Come to terms with whether you’re willing to pay more to live in the place (hello, ever-present sunshine!) or if what matters most is truly the space, in which case you’re not alone. In fact, 36% of those who plan on moving or recently moved leaned into finding their “forever home”.
What’s the Educational System Like?
As homeowners know, a significant portion of property taxes goes to the local school district. That’s a fact that not only impacts home prices in the neighborhood — it also can significantly impact a home’s resale value.
Regardless of whether you’re buying or renting, those with school-age children would be wise to consider the quality of schools. After all, a good education opens doors for the future, while setting kids up for success. Not surprisingly, 25% or those surveyed considered schools a key component in their moving decision.
Are You Close to Family and Friends?
Your proximity to loved ones is always a consideration. Depending on your reason for moving, you may want to be closer to family (32% of our survey respondents do). Then again, proximity to outdoor recreation may matter more (as is the case with 21%). If it’s the amenities that have you beginning anew, is that something you’re comfortable with for the long haul? Many seem to think so — 13% say the ability to work remotely has opened up doors.
Then again, it doesn’t have to be one or the other — outdoor recreation and closeness to family can exist in tandem. As a past mover noted, “I want to see new places and be able to be close to my family.”
Take time to weigh the pros and cons of your destination and its potential to bring you long-term happiness or the happiness you need right now. In either case, it may be one of the best decisions you’ve made.
8 Benefits of Hiring Full-Service Movers
Full-service movers can make relocating a breeze! From box packing to moving furniture, full-service movers have the experience and know-how to handle almost everything.
Here are eight reasons to work with a full-service moving company.
1. Less Stress and Worry
Moving is stressful because it’s so much work, and there’s often a limited time to finish it. When you hire a full-service moving company, your movers can handle a significant portion of your relocation, and they’ll know how to do it right. In addition, the right relocation experts are trained to complete the work efficiently and safely. This means there’s much less to worry about when hiring full-service movers.
2. More Time to Focus on Your Relocation
Packing can take many hours if you’re doing it yourself. If you’re packing without the assistance of movers, give yourself a lot of time. That’s less time to focus on other aspects of your relocation, like finding a job, a new house, setting up utilities, settling in your new community, and more. When you have full-service movers working for you, you’ll have far more time to dedicate to the other aspects of moving.
3. Everything Is Packed Properly
Full-service movers use all the suitable packing materials, from bubble wrap to furniture pads and moving blankets, to complete the job. With everything packed correctly, you know our possessions will be safe and arrive at their destination in good condition.
4. Cost Efficient
Full-service moving may be more cost-efficient than you imagine. Full-service moving companies keep their prices affordable by getting the work done quickly, much faster than it would take untrained professionals to get the job done. Given how much time it will save, full-service moving is surprisingly cost-effective!
Moving can be dangerous for someone untrained. It’s easy to lift a box incorrectly and hurt your back, and it’s easy to fall while carrying piles of heavy boxes. Falls, overheating, pulled muscles – all these problems can happen during relocation.
6. Move Coordination
A personal move coordinator is invaluable and can help guide you through every step of your move and answer any questions. With so many other things going on during your move, having one point of contact from start to finish lets you rest easier.
7. Add-On Services
Full-service movers are often able to tailor a moving plan to your needs. Make sure your full-service movers can provide you with these services
- Packing services
- Custom crating
- Debris removal
8. Customizable Solutions
Professional moving companies offer customized services to enhance your move experience. Every move is unique, so finding movers that meet your timeline and needs is essential. Whether you need partial or full packing or help packaging fragile or specialty items, your full-service mover can help with custom crating, car shipping, and more.
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Moving is better when you hire a full-service moving company. Find out why working with a full-service moving company can transform your relocation experience. Contact us to schedule a quote on your upcoming relocation.
8 Tips and Tricks for Moving a Smaller Boat
If you’re a weekend boating or sailing enthusiast, your vessel is something you’ll likely want to take along with you. But moving your boat securely over a long distance will take some prep and planning to make sure it’s shipshape upon arrival.
Small, easily portable craft such as a kayak or canoe can usually ride along in the moving van. For this blog, we’ll focus on moving trailer-able vessels that fall within a particular set of parameters. Use this checklist as a guideline for a self-move scenario.
The Boat You’re Planning to Move
- Is approximately 22 feet or less
- Has a beam width of 8’ 6″ or less
- Is less than 12 ½ feet tall when on the trailer
- Has a trailer and hitch rated to safely tow the boat based on weight and dimensions
- Has a centerboard, dagger board or an outboard motor versus a keel or inboard engine
- Has an easily steppable (removable) mast if it’s a sailboat
- Has been regularly towed by you or the designated driver before
- Has an up-to-date license and plates on the trailer
If you’re planning to move a larger boat, reach out to an experienced mover like Mayflower for assistance.
1. Plan Your Route
It’s no surprise that the longer and wider your boat is, the trickier it will be to haul. Add in some winding stretches or mountains, and it soon becomes clear that you can’t always just take the route with the shortest distance. Things you’ll want to consider include the terrain on which you will be hauling, the tow vehicle weight, the trailer weight and the stops (rest and otherwise) you plan on making during your journey.
Keep in mind that towing any heavy load affects a vehicle’s acceleration, braking distance and maneuverability. No matter what route you decide upon, braking, reversing, parking and navigating underneath overpasses and power lines are skills you and any other designated drivers will need to master. The more you practice these maneuvers beforehand, the better.
2. Determine the GCVW
Knowing the gross combined vehicle weight rating (GCVR), in other words, the total weight of the boat, trailer and the vehicle hauling them, is key to ensuring a safe journey.
Your vehicle’s approximate weight can usually be found in the owner’s manual. The best way to determine trailer weight is to take the boat and trailer to a scale at a truck stop. Be sure to weigh your trailer when it’s off the vehicle hitch, it has all the gear you want to keep aboard, and if applicable, when the boat’s fuel tank is full.
Also, be sure to check the info on the trailer’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) sticker to make sure that the axles and tires on your trailer are capable of carrying the load.
3. Prep Your Vehicle
This is the perfect time to give your vehicle a thorough once-over —or, even better, a tune-up. Make sure the tires are in good shape and that your brakes, headlights, wipers and turn signals are in working order.
Double-check that your vehicle can tow your boat over a long distance. Your vehicle’s owner’s manual will have a chart showing the maximum trailer weight your vehicle can tow, but don’t forget to consider the weight of spare tires, tools, outboard engines and other things you want to bring. As a rule, you don’t want to exceed 80% of the vehicle’s maximum towing weight.
4. Batten Down the Hatches
Carefully securing your boat to the trailer is a must, especially for any long-distance haul. Some weekend warriors make do with their own ad hoc combination of shock cords, straps and cushions even if it’s not best; however, securing a boat for a longer journey requires a certain degree of planning and attention to ensure that the boat rides without swaying, jostling or — in the worst-case scenario— falling off.
There are three points where a boat should be tied down: The stern on both sides of the boat and at the point of the bow. Use ratchet straps — not rope — to snugly attach your boat to the trailer. Cut up pieces of old foam or, alternately, use rubber mats to pad between the boat and strap to protect the vessel’s finish.
And one last thing: If your cockpit is uncovered, be sure the drain plug at the bottom of the boat is open and free of any debris.
5. Check the Trailer’s Electrical System
If your boat has been stored for a long time in your yard or at a boat storage area, chances are the electrical system will need some attention before you embark. Start out by determining whether the plug-in connection between your vehicle and the trailer is in good condition. If necessary, repair or replace it. Next, have someone stationed at the back of your trailer to check that the brake lights and turn signals function properly and walk around the entire trailer to see if any reflectors or reflecting tape need replacing.
One thing that’s often overlooked is the small light on your trailer’s license plate: — it needs to work, both for safety reasons and to avoid getting a ticket.
6. Don’t Forget the Brakes and Tires
For a smaller boat, your vehicle’s brakes should be adequate. However, if the total weight of your boat and trailer exceeds 3000 pounds, your trailer will need its own brake system. Any trailer so equipped will also have breakaway brakes that will automatically activate and bring it to a stop if the trailer becomes disconnected from your vehicle.
Remember to check the condition of your trailer tires —especially if the trailer’s been sitting in one place for an extended period of time. In addition to making sure the tires are in good shape and at the recommended pressure, check that your spare tire/wheel is ready, and that all wheels turn freely without any friction.
7. Follow the Rules of the Road
Some states have a lower speed limit for vehicles towing a trailer, often varying by its height or weight. For example, in Alaska, the maximum towing speed is 45 miles per hour, while Arizona sets a 66 mile-per-hour limit.
When trailering a boat across multiple states, it’s wise to familiarize yourself with the different compliance regulations in each state. If you are moving to a new state, you may end up needing to buy a new trailer so you’re compliant with local laws.
Can passengers ride in a boat that’s being towed? In short, no. It’s illegal to ride in anything that is being trailered, boats included.
8. Keep Your Craft Secure
If you’re spending more than one night on the road, make sure your accommodations allow boat and trailer parking, and that it’s secure and preferably not adjacent to traffic.
If you don’t already have one, consider buying a lockable trailer hitch, which prevents someone from making off with your boat during the night. Another item well worth owning is a trailer-tracking GPS, which can be magnetically attached to an out-of-the-way place on your boat’s hull.
In addition to a canvas or plastic cover, you may want to consider shrink-wrapping your boat. Not only will this keep everything out of sight, but it also offers protection from the elements. Professional shrink wrappers use the boat’s size to figure out the final amount, though you can plan on spending $15-$25 per square foot.
9 Ways to Make Friends in a New City
Whether you’re downsizing, looking for a fresh start or relocating for a job, moving to a new city can be exciting and scary at once.
People move for all sorts of reasons, but there is a common thread: moving to a new city is filled with possibilities. From discovering local gems to setting up and settling into your new home, it’s an opportunity to carve out — or, as the case may be, reinvent — your identity.
Admittedly, that takes time. So does feeling “at home.” Since you may find yourself pining for what’s familiar — feeling a bit homesick, even — it helps to establish a group of friends. Unsure of where to start? Here are a few ways to begin building not just connections, but also the support network to you need to feel at ease (not to mention at home).
Find a cultural center or place of worship
One of the best ways to meet new people is by joining groups and communities in which people share the same beliefs and principles. Consider what’s most important to you in life and seek out spots that help forge connections with likeminded locals. Whether that’s a church, cultural club or community center, becoming a part of something larger can help you discover and explore new — or comfortingly familiar — things.
Meet friends of friends
It helps to have someone to show you the ropes so don’t be afraid to ask your hometown friends to introduce you to friends, family and acquaintances they know. In addition to helping you feel less alone, they can point you to places of interest, make other introductions and help familiarize you with your surroundings.
Become a regular
Whether that’s a coffee shop, bar or fitness class, establishing a habit or routine that puts you in front of the same people makes it easier to build natural connections with them over time.
Join local interest groups
Do you like to run? Read books? Cook? Whatever you’re into, there’s a group for that. When you have common interests, conversation flows more easily and it opens doors to talk about other things. Consider joining MeetUp.com, an online forum that lets you enter your city and interests to find “meetups” near you. Who knows — you may even find someone willing to take you under their wing.
Do things that cultivate conversation
Think about interactive activities you enjoy and sign yourself up. Whether it’s an improv class, trivia night, professional networking group or fan club, participating in engaging experiences is a natural way to make introductions and spark conversation.
Head to the dog park
Your furry friends need a place to unwind and so do you. So, why not head to your neighborhood dog park? Often frequented by the same people time and time again, paying regular visits can help ensure you see the same people while making it easier to chat with friends-to-be. Never mind the fact that they follow a similar routine, they’re also likely live nearby. Bonus: your pup may even make a BFF of its own.
Join a sports league
Rather than see activities as one-off experiences, find outlets that allow you to interact with same group of individuals over time. Sports leagues and teams are a great choice since they foster comradery and have you working toward a common goal.
Volunteer for a cause
Helping others not only makes a difference, it also feels good. Plus, it puts you in contact with people who are passionate about the same causes you are. When you have something to rally around, you can advocate with others, while fostering friendships at the same time.
Join school organizations
Those with families may find it helpful to join the PTA — or a booster club — at your child’s new school. In addition to meeting potential friends at a similar stage in life, it’s also a way to ingrain yourself in a community you’re now a part of.
As you explore and settle in to your new neighborhood, we’re here to help. Be sure to check out our blog for tips to help your new city feel familiar — and help you feel at home.
5 Ways to Avoid Procrastinating Your Moving Tasks
Preparing for a residential move can be challenging, especially when completing everything takes weeks or months. It can be easy to put it off until closer to moving day.
Of course, procrastination can be a problem. For example, you can’t postpone your move date because you aren’t ready.
Here are five ways to minimize procrastination for your moving tasks.
1. Set Reasonable Goals
Many people procrastinate because they feel overwhelmed. For example, if your goals are too ambitious, you might notice that you procrastinate because you feel like you can’t reach them.
Set goals that you can achieve. Assume that you will have occasional setbacks. Revisit your moving schedule, and make changes if your original plan isn’t sustainable.
2. Make a Choice
Sometimes, decision paralysis is the first step to procrastination. However, creating a set of simple choices could be an easy way out.
Pick two moving tasks that you need to accomplish. Give yourself the option to do one first and the other later. If you dread a particular task, consider breaking it up into pieces.
When you select options, ensure each is similar in complication or time. That way, you’re not setting yourself up to fail a particular task.
3. Plan an Incentive
Most people feel accomplished when they finish a task. It’s even better to give yourself a little incentive to keep going.
Build in a few prizes for making good progress. They don’t have to be expensive or time-consuming.
For example, reward a solid week of packing with a day off to do something you enjoy. Aim for incentives that help to refresh you for the work you still need to do.
4. Prepare For Delays
When making a moving checklist, you might not anticipate delays. At the beginning of the process, the excitement of moving may make it seem like nothing could go wrong. But, of course, things can and will go wrong.
It’s better to build in time for delays. For example, you might run out of boxes and need a day or two to get more. Or, packing a particular room could take longer than you expect.
Set reasonable benchmarks for progress, and leave a cushion if you can. You’ll find it easier to catch up that way.
5. Start Fresh
You will have days when your procrastination wins, and you don’t get as much done as you plan. The next day, it’s better to start fresh.
Avoid rehashing everything that you did wrong. Focusing on mistakes can create a negative feedback loop, making it even harder to motivate yourself.
Instead, treat each day as a new opportunity to complete items on your list. Give yourself the space you need to begin with optimism.
Get Moving Help
Moving is a complicated set of tasks, and procrastinating is easy. These tips can help. Contact us for more information about scheduling your upcoming move. We can help take care of things and reduce your anxiety.
Renters: You’re Moving Out, But Are You Moving “Up”?
A full 64% of the respondents to the Mayflower 2022 Finding Home Study agree that finding the perfect home is a life goal. One of the steps you may be taking along the journey toward your forever home may involve being a tenant. And if you’re like many people, even this part of the journey is a series of smaller steps, with moves from place to place.
Renting versus home ownership has its own pros and cons. While you won’t be building equity with the money you put toward rent, you do have considerably more flexibility to come and go and — depending on the type of lease — a predictable amount to spend each month on housing costs. If you’re looking to save for the future, this can be an excellent way to budget and plan ahead.
Let’s take a closer look at rentals when it comes to Finding Home — and how to make sure this journey is still moving you up, not just out.
Set Your Goals
Really think about what you most want in your living space. For instance, is it important to have outdoor space like a yard or balcony? Plenty of light? Is an airy, open loft or a two-bedroom home your ideal or would a cute pad downtown suit you better? Do you want a door attendant, an elevator, an eat-in kitchen or a home office? Knowing your must-haves will point you toward the spaces that may be a good move up.
Make no mistake: You probably won’t get everything on your list; however, if you get your top needs met, you are headed down the right path.
Size and Location
It’s not all that uncommon to find yourself moving down in square footage to move to a better location. For instance, going from a two-bedroom suburban rental to a studio apartment in the heart of a city will almost always mean a step (or three) down in size. Will closer quarters cramp your style?
Again, it’s a tradeoff. Even if it’s less spacious, your new place might put you closer to the things that matter most to you. For some it may be proximity to work or loved ones; others may want to be “where the action is” in terms of culture and nightlife.
Aside from floorspace, your privacy will also be impacted by living in a smaller space — and you may find yourself knowing more about your neighbors’ habits than you may have intended. Unless you’re considering a detached property in a suburban or rural area, this is a factor to look into carefully. Many renters take the extra step of checking out what’s going on in their future neighborhood during the evening and especially on weekends.
Need to get rid of some stuff before you relocate due to downsizing? Check out our tips.
Age and Condition
In any given market, rentals can run the gamut from unrenovated dwellings to brand-new luxury high-rises with all the bells and whistles. Finances permitting, that deluxe apartment in the sky may have everything you want; however, it’s often a mixed bag when it comes to older spaces. A charming fireplace and built-in bookshelves often come at the expense of a dream kitchen or fully modernized bathroom. In other words, as a renter, you should be willing to compromise.
That said, couldn’t you just put in the work yourself to make the space perfect? Beyond a new coat of paint or a similar quick fix, probably not. In most rental agreements, major DIY renovations are not encouraged or even allowed. Besides, you’d be spending money fixing up a space you don’t actually own — and could wind up losing your security deposit.
Another word of caution: While most landlords inspect for damages, clean, repaint and upgrade their units between tenants, some offer apartments “as is.” Taking a unit in “as-is” condition essentially means someone hands you the keys. Then it’s up to you to take care of any problems. You may be okay with this arrangement but think seriously about whether it’s actually a deal-breaker. At the very least, you or the landlord should change the door locks.
Services and Amenities
One of the advantages of renting is that there are fewer out-of-pocket and unexpected expenses. Most well-managed rentals either have a responsible owner or a superintendent acting as a general handyperson to take care of minor fixes. Services like an exterminator are also usually provided. In most situations, it’s also up to the property owner to clear sidewalks, mow lawns, fix plumbing, solve electrical issues and provide general upkeep.
Of course, this can vary widely depending on the type of rental you have and where it’s located. In New York City, for example, major appliances like refrigerators and stoves come with the apartment. But just across the Hudson River in Jersey City, you have to find your own fridge or buy it from the previous tenant. It’s important to know what services and amenities come with the space before entering into any lease agreement.
Affordability and Cost of Living
The Mayflower 2022 Finding Home Study also revealed that 54% of all movers say that current inflation levels have made them more willing to consider moving. If saving money right now is a priority, one of the advantages renters have over homeowners is the “one price covers all” nature of lease agreements. For instance, property taxes are usually factored into the monthly rental fee. In a lot of places, heat and hot water are also included. However, if you’re thinking about relocating to a big city, be prepared to pay more for things like electricity and cable.
As we said above, a smart move up provides renters with the ability to budget and save up for the next big step. Moving to a pricey rental that will make you “cash poor” is probably detrimental to achieving the bigger picture.
Another affordability factor many overlook is the actual cost of living in their new area. Even if you’re relocating for a new job with better pay, it may actually be a move “down” in terms of the value you get for your money. There are a host of online resources for calculating cost of living by city and region — be sure you check them out.
Last But Not Least, the Lease
Most leases require you to pay a security deposit — usually the equivalent of a month’s rent — before you’re handed the keys. This is used to cover any damage you might cause during your tenancy. A reputable landlord sets this money aside and pays it back with interest when the lease is up.
Watch out for restrictions around pets, as well as the rules around having a roommate, as that person needs to be listed on the agreement. Animals like fish and indoor cats are usually negotiable; dogs and exotic animals are sometimes prohibited and could cause you to forfeit your deposit — or worse. As far as whose name goes on the lease, it is important to consider the co-signer’s reliability since you’ll be expected to pay the rent, regardless of if they do.
Fixed-term leases are great for people who know they will stay in the same place for a while. Such leases also offer security because the rent price won’t fluctuate from month to month. On the downside, breaking a fixed-term lease isn’t always easy. If you need to move before your lease ends, it could wind up being quite costly since you may have to pay for the duration of what you signed for.
Month-to-month leases allow you or your landlord to cancel at any time without penalty, as long as there’s proper notice, which should also be indicated in writing. This might work well if you’re only looking for temporary housing or plan to move again within a short window of time. The downside is that your landlord may raise the rent, cancel the lease or change other terms at any time while you’re there.
Sublet leases mean your name is not on the original lease, but you’ll be the one paying rent and maintaining the unit. This should be done transparently, with the property owner, landlord or management company fully aware of what’s going on. Our advice: Avoid the temptation to get involved in an illegal or under-the-radar sublet. Chances are you’ll be found out and possibly even evicted.
We hope your journey to finding home is smooth and successful. And remember, no matter where you happen to be in the moving process, you can count on Mayflower to be with you Every Step of the Way®.
How a Move Works
There’s more to moving long-distance than just loading up a truck or van. So how does a move work? We reached out to the Director of Operations, Customer Care, from UniGroup, our parent company. She provided a wealth of insights and a comprehensive overview of who and what’s involved, as well as what you can expect at every stage of the journey.
Here are five things you should know about how a typical long-distance move happens – along with some tips and techniques for making the experience as seamless and surprise-free as possible.
Q: Is a Long-Distance Move Similar to Long-Haul Trucking?
A: Not exactly. Long-haul truckers usually move a full shipment along a regular route in the quickest way possible. What customers don’t always realize is that most interstate movers fall under the category of “irregular route carriers.” Not everybody lives in a major metropolitan area or near an interstate highway. So, for Mayflower, we go wherever people are moving to and from. Doing this cost-effectively often means that – unless it’s an extremely large shipment – there will be more than one set of customer belongings in the van. For us – and really any major long-distance mover – it’s a matter of utilizing the equipment efficiently and being able to service as many customers as we can.
Q: So, It’s More Complex Than “Point A to Point B”?
A: Definitely. A 53-foot moving van usually has enough room to handle multiple moves for multiple customers. So, in this one van, if we’ve got customers going from California to Florida and also another customer moving to Arizona the van driver may load shipments in California and deliver them to homes in Arizona, Texas, and Georgia before they get to Florida. Or they may load one shipment in California, another one in Arizona, another in New Mexico, and then take it all to Florida. There’s a lot of planning involved. That’s why, at Mayflower, we count on our Transportation Specialists to bundle loads together and then offer them out for our movers.
Customers can be a bit surprised by the route their belongings take on their journey to a new home. Sometimes they will ask us “Why is the van showing here?” when they see it on a tracking device. Much like when you’re tracking a package sent by Amazon or UPS, it all comes down to logistics and efficiency. That said, our Move Coordinators do a fabulous job of keeping customers informed!
Q: What factors can impact a delivery window?
A: Customers sometimes ask us why they can drive from, say, New Jersey to Florida in a day, but the mover needs additional time. As a reputable mover, we have high standards that include regular hours of service. Our drivers also abide by Department of Transportation rules and regulations which means drivers can’t just hop into their vehicles and drive straight through. Nor would we want them to!
There’s also the fact that not all of our customers’ belongings are moved exclusively in vans. Depending on the location and type of service, we also move shipments using containers and trailers which have their own windows and timeframes.
Weather conditions and the occasional mechanical hiccup also happen from time to time. And when you consider that many vans are carrying more than one customer’s belongings, loading and unloading is another reason delivery windows are kept somewhat flexible.
Q: Any advice you’d like to give to someone about to move?
A: I can’t overemphasize the importance of planning ahead, especially if you’ll be moving during the Peak Season months of May through August. From the type of move you want to the date you want to be settled in your new space, put time on your side by starting the process and getting moving quotes sooner versus later.
Make sure the mover you hire is reputable, reliable, trustworthy and has a clearly defined moving process. Lately, our industry has seen an influx of scam movers who over promise and underdeliver – and even hold their customers’ belongings hostage. See our “Movers or Fakers?” checklist for tips on how to identify and avoid them.
Whatever moving company you choose, I also recommend checking out the useful content we have available on everything from setting up a to-do list to packing your belongings, settling into your new neighborhood as well as our guides to regional cuisines, cities, and national parks.
Finding the Silver Lining When You Move Out of Necessity
Relocation depression: It’s a real thing and you’re not alone if you’re experiencing it. People move for a wide range of reasons, whether it’s financially motivated, due to a marriage, when welcoming a baby, because of a divorce or when the loss of a partner occurs. Left unchecked, that sadness can lead to depression.
Whether you’re downsizing to a nearby neighborhood or embarking on a long-distance move, it’s normal to feel like the road ahead is bittersweet. While a new home is a new beginning in many ways, it’s also a goodbye to a place where you made memories, hit milestones and returned to each day, through thick and thin.
What We’ve Learned
Over the past year, it’s evident Americans have had to weather some storms, from inflation to a housing market that potentially priced them out of a dream home. That reality — and the ways people rose above it — shone through in the Mayflower 2022 Finding Home Study.
Of the 1,100 surveyed U.S. respondents — 550 of which moved to a new state in the last two years and 550 of which plan to move soon — there’s a lot of meaningful insight into present-day motivations for moves.
For one thing, cost of living (46%) and affordable housing (40%) were among the most influential reasons for moving, followed by proximity to family (32%) and financial reasons (28%), suggesting a not-always-celebratory undercurrent, especially when you factor in the fact that 19% of respondents moved to a less expensive area and 16% downsized their living space.
Adding to those realities:
- Planning, organizing and packing your belongings can be stressful
- Even when you opt for a full-service move, moving is hard work
- Feeling lonely when leaving family and friends behind is tough
- Your routine is disrupted
- Anxiety or fear about being in a place you’re unaccustomed to is normal
- Moving is expensive and can zap your resources
So, how do you find the silver lining to a move that simply had to be? It starts with giving yourself grace.
Moving is a big task, so it’s helpful to follow checklists, like the one from Mayflower, to help instill a sense of progress. From starting packing to transferring utilities, a moving checklist gives you a sense of accomplishment, while breaking tasks up into digestible bits and helping you to stay on track.
Call it What it is
Identifying your feelings throughout the journey is the first step to coping with them. By acknowledging you’re in mourning or are homesick due to a move, you’re better positioned to work through your emotions and begin to embrace life in a new abode.
Experiencing ups and downs when moving is part of the process. The key is finding your center of gravity. It may help to:
- Stay active
- Practice self-compassion
- Enjoy old hobbies
- Develop new hobbies
Just because you moved doesn’t mean you can’t stay in touch with family and friends you left behind. A text exchange, social chat, Zoom session or phone call, can go a long way toward helping you feel less isolated.
Most of all, don’t cut yourself off from human connections — support is something you especially need at a time like this.
Much like an unmoored ship floating out to sea, it’s human nature to feel untethered and set adrift in foreign surroundings. You had a routine at your old place, after all, and it’s time to establish a new one that anchors you to your new place and space.
Ultimately, the sooner you develop structure and routine in your new community, the better. Some examples of this include:
- Finding your grocery store
- Choosing a coffee shop
- Finding a dog-walking route
Make Your Mark
While packing and unpacking aren’t something people usually look forward to, redecorating is pretty fun. When setting up your new home, you begin weaving together your “old life” and “new life.” Pick out some new items that speak to your new home’s architecture or your new location, mixing those items in with treasured belongings.
The process can be as therapeutic as it is symbolic.
Put Yourself out There
One of the hardest things about moving can be making new friends in an unfamiliar place — especially if you’re an introvert. However, it’s important to begin meeting like-minded people, a potential support network and way to help you feel at home.
Consider your hobbies — whether it’s woodworking, painting or working out — and sign up for small-group classes or clubs that let you interact with local residents and begin to form bonds. A church, community center or cultural center are other ways to meet people on common ground. Joining a yoga studio or gym is a smart idea, too. Not your cup of tea? Try participating in:
- Game nights
- Team sports
- Activism-related activities
- Interest groups
- Volunteer opportunities
Make Time for You
The weeks before and after a move are a flurry of activity, with little time for yourself. Once you’re settled in, be sure to carve out time to do things you love and fulfill you.
A little pampering goes a long way, so don’t feel bad about booking that spa appointment, heading to aerobics class or catching a movie.
Talk to a Doctor
Situational sadness on account of a move is common but it’s important to recognize if those feelings have become pervasive and are getting in the way of a fresh start. If your sadness is present for a long time or begins disrupting your way of life, it’s time to talk to a professional who can help you work through the transition and associated grief. A doctor can also recommend support groups or activities and strategies to assist with settling in.
As hard as it can be, a move also has the potential to be a fun adventure — even in challenging times. Putting a positive spin on a difficult move is not only a way to work through it, but also an opportunity to grow and learn new things about yourself.
Still struggling? Try watching TED Talk “Relocation: The Woes, The Grows and Glows,” featuring psychologist Lisl Foss. And don’t forget to give yourself kudos for a job well done.