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September
30

Florida Cities

2020 saw some major shifts in housing markets around the country. With so many people working from home, many chose to leave more expensive and densely populated areas to find new places to call home. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, Jacksonville, Deltona, and Port Saint Lucie ranked as three of the top 15 cities in the country for inbound migration. We've got all the details on why so many people are choosing to move to these popular Florida cities.

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March
4

The excitement of buying a new home can quickly be dulled by the realization that you must now pack up everything you own into boxes and move. Moving is undeniably tedious – there's a reason you have to bribe your friends with free food to secure their help. But you can make the process a lot easier on yourself by following these helpful moving and packing tips.

Moving

Set a Budget

The expenses involved with moving can stack up quickly, so it's best to prepare a realistic budget before getting started. Moving supplies, vehicles, movers (if you go that route), and more are just a few of the costs to consider.

Should You Hire Professional Movers?

The answer ultimately comes down to your unique situation. Can you afford movers? How long will you need them for? Do they have their own truck? Professional movers can be an immense blessing, sparing you the stress and backache of loading and unloading your own items off the moving truck, but the benefit comes at a sometimes hefty cost.

Make Necessary Updates in Advance

Don't wait until the week of your move to start updating your address with your various accounts, as it will only bring unnecessary additional stress. Instead, start tying up all your loose ends weeks in advance.

Measure Everything

The sooner you know which furniture won't fit in your new home, the sooner you can prepare to sell or donate it. Speaking of donating…

Donate Stuff You Don't Use

Clothes, appliances, furniture, televisions, and more that you no longer use can be donated. You'll be helping others while doing yourself a major favor in the process!

Plan Your Meals

You likely have a good amount of food in your current place that won't travel well, especially if you're moving cities or states. In the weeks leading up to your move, plan your meals around what's in your house so you don't have to waste anything. Non-perishables can also be donated.

Packing

Declutter First

Getting rid of clutter helps you get a better idea of the stuff you actually want to take with you to a new home and what can be donated or sold.

Source Boxes Creatively

If you're trying to pinch pennies, there are plenty of ways to get moving boxes that don't involve spending money. Ask friends and family if they have any lying around, see if your job has any spare boxes, or ask local retailers if they have any gently used boxes you can have.

Protect Your Fragile Items

Newspapers and magazines make for great protective covers, but if you're worried about ink stains, you can also use old t-shirts or blankets.

Anything Can Be a Box

Well, almost anything. But seriously, don't discount how effective suitcases, laundry hampers, and (clean) trash cans can be as moving boxes.

Keep Essentials with You

The night before your move, pack a small bag with essentials – toothbrushes, a change of clothes, toys for the kids, medications, essential paperwork, etc.

Heavy on Bottom, Light on Top

Pack your heaviest items in the bottom of boxes and the lightest stuff on top. Additionally, if you're loading the truck yourself, establish balance by putting heavy items in first.

Fill in Empty Spaces

Shove blankets or towels into empty spaces in boxes to prevent your items from shuffling around and possibly getting damaged.

Label Your Boxes

This might seem like Moving 101, but trust us: labeling your boxes is so important for unpacking. You'll waste significantly less time if you can look at a box and easily know where it needs to be.

Treat Your Special Items with Care

If you have oil paintings, don't wrap them with paper unless you want a sticky mess and a ruined painting. Certain types of TVs require special packaging, as well. If you have movers, ask about their accommodations for items that need it. If not, do some research so your precious belongings make the move safely.

Get Creative to Save Time & Space

Fill up pots and pans with spices, dish towels, and other kitchen items. Use plastic wrap to seal your silverware in its organizer tray to avoid loose forks and knives floating around in boxes. Put jewelry in egg cartons to prevent tangling. These are just a few ideas, and we encourage you to come up with your own packing hacks to save time and space!

September
25

Moving is hard on everyone, and that goes double for the little ones in your family. For kids, moving doesn't just feel like switching houses or even cities; it's a complete uproot that washes away the familiarity they find comfort in. Indeed, managing your child's mental well-being during a move can feel like taking the wrong step through an emotional minefield if you approach it the wrong way. Thankfully, you've got us. Here are the dos and don'ts of moving with kids.

Don't Withhold Your Reasons for Moving

Not telling your child why the family must move might feel like you're doing them a favor. You're protecting them from undue excess stress, you'll think. But that isn't the case. Instead…

Do Communicate Openly with Your Children about the Move

Be as open with your kids as you can before and during the move! Hold a family meeting and explain why you're moving. Let them ask questions and answer them as honestly as you can. Change tends to cause a lot of worry from kids and having an open dialog can help them work through that fear and anxiety.

Don't Put Too Many Responsibilities on Your Kid's Shoulder

The extra hands might make packing sound a lot easier, but the truth is your child is more likely to slow the process down – especially if they're younger. Even when it's their own room, you're likely better off packing it up yourself while finding another way to occupy your kid. That being said…

Do Get Your Kids a Little Involved

Expecting your little one to box up their entire room is probably a bit much, but they can certainly help in many other ways. Enlist their services to help run a yard sale. Get their input on new furnishings. Let them pick the color to paint one of the rooms in the new house. Any little bit of input they provide helps them feel a little more in control during a hectic time.

Don't Take Time for Granted

In the spirit of being open with your child, tell them about the move with ample lead-up time (if possible, of course). You might think springing it on them at the last minute will help them – after all, they can't stress if they don't have time to, right? Wrong! You're denying them a chance to process this sudden and massive change.

Do Use Time to Your Advantage

If you have a lot of time before the move date, maximize it! Talk to your kids about the new city you're moving to, show them pictures of (or visit if possible) their new home, tour their new school, and preview the new attractions they'll get to explore. Also use the time to let your kid say goodbye by hosting a going away party with their friends from school and the neighborhood.

Don't Push Your Kids Too Much After the Move

After the move, don't be surprised if your child acts differently than usual. Older kids may take a little longer to meet new friends, while younger kids might regress a bit in terms of development. All of this is normal, and you shouldn't push them too hard to rush into their new life. Instead…

Do Give Them Time to Adjust at Their Own Pace

Your kids are humans. They need time to adjust to their new home, new school, new faces, and more. Encourage them, of course, but don't overdo it. Your children will acclimate to things at their own pace, and you're letting them build their confidence by allowing them to face it on their own terms.       

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