Three Ways to Survive the Holiday Hosting Season

 

Christmas is only 19 days away! Sorry if that gave anybody a mini panic attack but it’s a fact! The past year has flown by, hasn’t it? Once Thanksgiving hits, the rest of the season’s holidays rush in right behind it. Spending time with family and friends, celebrating and catching up is always wonderful. If you have moved, recently, this year might be especially meaningful because your friends and family may be coming to visit and see your new home. Of course, you want to show it off in the best light.

Four Ways to Show Off Your New City

 

One of my favorite parts about moving is exploring a new city and getting acquainted with your new surroundings. You don’t need to move far for this benefit either! In fact, my new home is a measly 7.3 miles from my old apartment 4 ways to show off your new cityand yet, I feel like I’m in a completely new place! I spend a lot of time exploring my city – by bike, by foot, and by car – because you notice different things depending on how you’re getting around. Now, I’ve been living in Florida for a few years so my family has come to visit in the past, but this weekend will be the first time they’ve been here since moving into the house so naturally I am excited to show them around and introduce them to the new places and things that I’ve discovered since their last trip. With the holiday season upon us, I’m sure that many of you are getting ready to host visitors as well and if you’re in a new city (or a new zip code within your same city), you’ll want to show off your new digs, right? So how do you best plan for visitors in your new home?

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Happy Thanksgiving! This is the time of year to be with family, friends, and loved ones and to reflect on all we are Happy Thanksgivinggrateful for. It’s also the time of year to lend a helping hand to those less fortunate. Small gestures can make a huge impact such as donating non-perishable food items to your local food bank, volunteering time at a shelter, or getting involved with a local charity or house of worship to distribute meals to your community.

 
At Holman we are grateful for our hard working and dedicated staff, the opportunity to work with amazing organizations such as Move for Hunger, and for our loyal friends and customers. We hope that you all have a very happy, safe, and delicious Thanksgiving!

Three Things Guests Notice When They Visit Your Home

 

My favorite part of moving comes after I’ve already settled into my new home. I absolutely love having my friends guest roomvisit and hosting in general. This will be my first holiday season in my new house and I am thrilled to be hosting an early Thanksgiving dinner this weekend, but we all go a little crazy when we’re expecting house guests, don’t we? I know I do. I spend hours scrubbing the house from head to toe, organizing bookcases, and fluffing couch cushions. If somebody is staying for more than a few days, I’ll deep clean the refrigerator and stock the guest room and bathroom with all the necessities from fresh linens (of course) to new hand soap and toiletries. I love to play hostess and it’s important to me that my friends are as comfortable and at home as possible. But apparently, some of the things we worry about don’t even cross our guests’ minds. What do people really notice when they visit your home?

Holman Moving Systems is Endorsed by MovingScam.com

 

Holman is very excited and honored to announce that we are officially an endorsed mover on MovingScam.com based on our history, reputation, and customer service reviews.

 

For the last 15 years, the volunteers at MovingScam.com have been working to help people avoid rogue movers and ensure a legitimate moving experience with quality professionals. That means that they help people who are moving connect with movers best suited to assist in their specific situation. Every move is different after all! Customers can also rely on MovingScam.com to answer questions and help educate themselves on how to handle their move. Volunteers include former consumers as well as professional working and retired movers.

 

 

In order to be endorsed by the site, companies must pass an extensive screening process that includes reviewing information on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the BBB, various state associations, independent web sites across the web, MovingScam.com message boards, word of mouth, and in most cases on-site surveys.

 

 

Holman Moving Systems is thrilled to be endorsed by a site as dedicated to customer satisfaction and quality service as we are.

 

Happy Halloween! The Best Cities for Tricks or Treats

 

trick or treatIn honor of Halloween, this week’s post will be short, definitely sweet, and to the point. Whether you’re planning a move, mid move, or you just finished moving, here are the best cities for trick or treating little ones.

Three Rooms to Keep Organized At Home

 

 

Over the weekend I spent a lot of time reorganizing and sprucing up my home. It’s been two months since my fiancé wine-rack-for-towelsand I moved into our new house but there is still a ton of work to be done in terms of decorating and finding the right flow for the space. I’ve moved several times over the last ten years and I’ve found that while I love my entire home to be organized, the three rooms that matter most (in my opinion) are the kitchen, the bathroom, and the garage.

Common Moving Mistakes that Can Put You at Risk for Identify Theft

A good friend of mine recently moved into Manhattan and unfortunately, misplaced some important documents in the shuffle. She is currently dealing with a very frustrating identity theft issue and so I thought today would be the perfect day to re-share this post from Paige.

 

Anyone who knows me knows that I have an uncanny fear of identity theft. I tend to hoard mail and old financial information for years, because I don’t want it to get into the wrong hands. The last time I moved, I had dressers filled with all sorts of papers to throw out. In my frenetic state, I wanted to throw it all into one big bag and out the door. But this would have been a huge mistake that could have caused me to lose my most valuable asset –my identity.

 

When people are in the midst of moving, they are usually so overwhelmed that they forget to protect themselves from identity theft – even though they know, and normally practice, proper ways to protect themselves. Here are IdentityTheftsome common mistakes people make when they are moving:

Throwing away documents with sensitive data. Always be sure to shred any and all documents displaying information about yourself, your family, your financials and anything else that is directly related to your personal identity.

Forgetting to change address with the post office. It’s easy to put off your change of address, but there are consequences for delaying this chore. Should any important information be sent via mail to your old address, anyone can take it and use it to their advantage. Even if you were close to your old neighbors, or sold your house to the nicest people, you don’t ever really know people. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Forgetting to notify banks, insurance companies, utilities providers, etc. of the move and new address. Remember the last time you went to the DMV? You probably had to show a proof of address, which is most often a bill from a bank or utility. Bills, bank statements and insurance documents contain a ton of information that anyone can use to steal your identity. Be sure to notify any financial or utility companies that you are moving in advance of your move so that you can either settle up, or have the address changed so that the bill comes to you. If you won’t be settled into your new home for a while, you can set up a P.O. Box or have your mail forwarded to a trustworthy family member or friend.

Keeping important documents, including titles, registration and insurance, in the car when it’s being moved. Again, you don’t want this important information in the wrong hands. Always keep important documents, from wills and birth certificates to car titles and registrations, on your person when you are moving.

Not vetting the moving company to make sure it is legitimate. Since your mover’s will be in you rhome and handling your items, you want to be sure you are working with a reputable company. A good moving company will only hire employees that have been background checked and drug tested. Here is an article on how to find a reputable moving company.

Leaving sensitive documents and materials, or computers open, in the presence of movers, contractors, utility representatives, cable representatives, etc. Your old home and your new home will be open to a variety of different people. Be sure to keep important documents under lock and key, and your computer locked, in the midst of all of the activity. In fact, be sure to password protect any mobile devices, including your smartphones and tablets, for additional piece of mind.

The FTC estimates that more than nine million people were victims of identity theft in the past year. It’s a staggering number that continues to grow. While most people know to be diligent online, it’s easy to forget that your identity can be compromised the old fashioned way – by theft of paper documents. It’s important to be diligent. If you have reason to believe that your information is in the wrong hands, or that you have been a victim of identity theft, here is helpful information from the FTC on the steps you will need to take to protect yourself.

Do you have any other tips for protecting your identity? Please share below.

Three Services That Are Worth the Expense During a Move

 

 

I’m a bargain queen and you can typically find me offering friends and family advice on how and where to get the best deal for everything. However, I am also a big fan of comfort and convenience and there are just some things worth3 services worth the expense during a move spending for. And honestly, in my opinion, moving is one of them. No matter how organized and prepared you are for an upcoming move, it is a ton of work. The cleaning, the packing, the physical move, the unpacking, it all takes a ton of time and a ton of effort. After my last move (for a while since my fiancé and I are finally homeowners!), I came up with this list of three things that I believe are always worth paying for when it comes to moving.

How to Pack for Storage

 

 

There are several reasons for somebody to require either short or long term storage of their household goods. Regardless of whether you’re moving, renovating, in need of some extra space, or anything else, the goal of storage is the same – to keep your things safe, sound, and in great condition. In order to ensure that your belongings are just how you left them pre-storage, it’s important to pack them safely and efficiently before storing them at all.