Thursday, September 26, 2013

Moving to New Jersey: What You Need To Know

Moving into a new home can be stressful sometimes. But when it's in New Jersey, you are in for excitement! There are already nearly 9 million people who call NJ home. To make you feel great about choosing the state of liberty and prosperity on your next move, read along.

We're perfectly happy living in New Jersey and here are some facts you should know:

Cities and Metro Areas

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There are numerous cities and towns to choose from when moving to New Jersey. There’s Trenton, the state capital; Newark, the largest city in the state and a shipping and transportation port; West Orange, a Newark suburb; Elizabeth, adjacent to Newark and a busy transportation and commercial center; and Jersey City, with its thriving financial district. Other cities to consider are Paterson, where tourism is becoming increasingly more important, the rapidly expanding town of Edison, and the wealthy seaside resort towns of Atlantic City, Ocean City and Cape May.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

7 Helpful Tips When Moving During Autumn

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We love New Jersey in the autumn! It's actually one of our favorite seasons. The temperature drops to a comfortable dew point, the leaves turn into beautiful bright colors, and you'll definitely feel the hot summer days are over.

Moving to New Jersey at this time of the year can be a little less hectic than the busy summer months. Here are some things you should be prepared for: 
  • Clean your gutters - Not all leaves from your giant Maple tree go straight to the ground. You'll notice your gutters filled with some which might clog them. Make sure to clean them so when the day comes there's a potential buyer, your roof will be in good condition. When you arrive to your new home, check the gutters there too if drains are plugged preventing rot in the wood areas.
  • Yard Maintenance - Before moving out, keep your backyard clean by raking the leaves and pulling out the weeds. This goes to moving into your new house too. If it needs yard work done, do it as soon as you can.
  • Don't overdo fall and Halloween decorations - If you've decorated your old house for fall or Halloween, remove them before you leave. When trying to sell your home, you may want the buyer to picture the house as their own, without unnecessary decors. For an instance, you may want to keep it nice and simple.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Moving Day Guide and Checklist

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Planning a move can be a difficult and stressful process, but the actual day of your move can be downright overwhelming. Knowing what you need to get done -- and in what order -- will help to put your mind at ease when the big moving day arrives.

To keep moving chaos at bay, here is a moving day checklist to guide you through the process. Many of the items can be done ahead, so do yourself a favor and get organized in advance. Come moving day, you will be ready to handle the whole ordeal, without worry or distraction.

1. Clearly Mark and Set Aside Items You Don't Want Loaded
This will remind you to tell the driver what not to load as you conduct your preload walk-through. Make sure your important paperwork pertaining to the move doesn't get packed and shipped with your household goods.

2. Prepare with Children
Have the kids pack a box of their "special" items, things they'll want to have nearby as soon as you arrive at your new home. You might also consider allowing your child to help fill the box of special items to make them feel like they are part of the move. Point this box out to the driver so that it's one of the first to be unloaded.

3. Dump Trash and Flammable Items
Eliminate as much trash as you can before moving day. Last-minute garbage will inevitably build up the day prior to and the day of loading. Try making a deal with a neighbor to use their trash container for your last-minute debris.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Your Guide to Finding the Best Apartment Rentals & Homes for Sale

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Moving to a new home can be overwhelming - from searching for your ideal place and packing your stuff, to hiring reliable movers and relocating. HuffingtonPost outlined the best resources out there to make your move nice and smooth.

Finding A Rental Apartment: This one's a snap. Just type in the maximum rent you want to pay, and you're on your way to finding your next home.

ForRent: This site does it all and has special sections for those who are living off campus or relocating.

Rent Jungle: You can choose features you can't live without, like a fireplace or hardwood floors, from thousands of listings in the area of your choice.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Packing for College: 3 Essential Tips You Should Know

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Summer is almost over and you're moving back to college. As you pack for your move, planning ahead of time will make the whole process much easier.

Whether you are an incoming freshman or upperclassmen, packing for college can be stressful. But don't let it add to your anxiety. These tips will help you get back on campus filled with excitement while keeping in mind all the essentials you have to bring:

Create a packing list
To get started with your list, think of your typical day and write down everything you use from your laptop and headphones to your favorite pillow. Sort it by category: school supplies, kitchen supplies, toiletries, medicine, desk accessories, electronics, bathroom, clothing, and so on.

If you are a compulsive packer, you can use College Packing List, a webapp that generates a checklist for you so you won’t forget anything important.