Miami is one of the world’s most exciting multicultural cities, offering sun, sand and style. Famous for its miles of white sand beaches and lively nightlife, the city offers cultural attractions, museums, concerts and sporting events. Enjoy world famous boutiques to enhance your shopping experience. Miami is made up of many distinct localities, including South Beach and Key Biscayne, historical Coral Gables, fabled Coconut Grove and the high-rise condos of Brickell Avenue and Downtown Miami.
Statistics say that the number one reason why people move is for a job or to start a new career. Often, the decision to move doesn't really feel like a choice as companies order the transfer or prospects are more favorable in another city or state. The move may be better for you, but what about your family? Telling family members that it's time to move can be a difficult discussion to have, so including them early on in the decision is a good idea.
Hiring a good moving company is a lot harder than first imagined as there are so many to choose from. Where do you even start? Start by doing some research, most of which can be conducted right from your computer. Select at least 5 companies and interview them over the phone.
Before you even have the company do a walk-through of your home, ask these questions while you have them on the phone. This is your chance to interview the company to see if they are going to meet your needs.
There are few events in life more demanding than preparing for a move. The happy anticipation of living in your new home can be squelched when you begin to consider the effort of packing your grandmother’s china or your rare record collection. But take heart: the initial anxiety can be significantly relieved when you follow a few simple steps.
First, plan ahead - way ahead. Careful planning can make the difference between a chaotic moving day and an organized, easy transition when the moving van arrives. Check and re-confirm the scheduled closing date. Make a list of all records that need to be transferred and utility companies that must be notified. Take a long hard look at your possessions and then weed out everything you haven’t used in over a year. Next, have that obligatory garage sale which offers the double bonus of relieving you of more objects to pack and giving you cash to cover last-minute minor expenses. Remember that you’re paying someone to carry away everything you choose not to take with you. Finally, make it fun. A moving party gives everyone an excuse to spend time with you while helping you prepare.
Even after all our moves, from city to city, across the country and even internationally, I still get a little overwhelmed when I think about the next move. To help get a handle on all the things you need to think about, organize and make happen, this handy guide is a great place to start. Once you've read through these steps, you'll see that it isn't really that bad after all. Just remember to keep breathing, stay focused and try to take time to be excited about the upcoming change.
It's just two months before you say goodbye to your house, your neighborhood, family and friends. By now you may be feeling a little overwhelmed, not to worry. Just keep this handy list next to your side and with a bright red marker, tick off the items as you complete them. Soon you'll find yourself actually looking forward to moving day!
With a month to go before the big day, you may be feeling like you'll never get it all done, but you can! All you need to do is take a breath, stop looking at the big picture and start concentrating on the small steps. So, big breath in. Big breath out. Repeat 10 times. Now, grab that red marker and let's get down to the things that should get done in the next two weeks.
Two weeks to go... You’re almost there! This is the most stressful period, when it feels like there will never be enough time to finish everything. Maybe it's time to call in some help. Rally some friends or family or neighbors, offer them a glass of wine and hand them a box. Most people are glad to help out, plus it gives them all a little extra time to spend with you before you leave.
Set your alarm early because it's moving day! This is the day you've been waiting and planning for for the past eight weeks and now it's finally here.
Make sure you get plenty of sleep, take the children to a babysitter or neighbors, drink lots of coffee and get ready for the final tasks in your soon-to-be old home.