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.

3 Tips to Stay Sane While Settling In



Stay sane while settling inAnd in the blink of an eye, summer is ending. Summer’s end means a lot of things, but in the household moving industry, it means a sigh of relief. The busiest time of year has yet again come to a close and while moving companies may be catching their breath, those of you who just moved may be feeling the opposite as it can be overwhelming to settle in to a new home after a move. Homes in transition have a tendency to drive people a little bit crazy but it’s really important to take care of yourself and your family so that your new house can truly start to feel like home. So, how can you keep calm and settle on after a move?

Have You Seen Our Moving Checklist and Planner?


How prepared are you for your upcoming move? I ask these questions because people grossly underestimate the amount of preparation that’s needed in order to have a stress free move. I know that preparation and stress free checklistdon’t necessarily go hand in hand for some folks, but when you are moving an entire house planning ahead will save you a ton of angst on moving day.

Moving Day Tasks for Your Children

When it comes to moving with kids, it’s important to include your child in the decision making process, planning, and home finding trip. Hopefully, breaking the news and preparing for your move went smoothly. But today, I’d like to Moving Day Tasks for Your Kidsoffer some tips on specific responsibilities to give your child during packing and on moving day.

Participation in these key events helps to make kids feel responsible and vital to the experience as a whole. Before I get started though, I realize that there are some children who may not have quite jumped on the moving bandwagon no matter what efforts you put forth. To keep children who are upset and possibly negative about the move safe and out of harm’s way, it may be best to leave them with a family member for the day. Otherwise, check out the following “jobs” to give your child and choose the ones the best suit their age and personality.


  • Ask your child what he or she would like to do. Does he or she want to participate and help? If they are excited and want to help out, teach them how to properly pack certain items and let them work beside you.
  • Turn the process into a game. If your children are young, tell them to choose which toys will “stay awake,” until the move and which will “take a nap,” as a way to pack up their room(s). This makes packing up their belongings easier and less scary for them.
  • Let your child inform your friends and family of your change of address. Even if you have already done this, let him or her write letters to the people in their lives letting them know how to stay in touch. This task will not only keep them busy for a while, but will also feel meaningful.
  • Have your child design a personal “seal” for his or her boxes. Each time a box of their belongings is packed, let them draw the seal on it. This makes the process more fun for your child and gets them involved in the move.

Moving Day

  • Let your child be a great host. If you’ve hired a moving company, have your child offer water or snacks to the moving crew. Not only is this a form of participation, but the crew is sure to appreciate it too!
  • Children make great babysitters for pets. Pets can often feel jumpy and scared during the hustle and bustle of moving day. Ask your child to keep them calm. This may seem like an easy task, but it’s actually really important. If you don’t have somebody else caring for your pets on moving day, it’s best to keep them occupied and out of the way to keep them safe. Your child will most likely be more than happy to spend a few hours cuddling and playing with their furry friend.
  • Have your kids pack a “survival kit” for the day. Snacks for the car-ride (or plane/train/etc.), magazines, books, video games, whatever will get them through the trip to the new home. Most likely, these things have been left out as your last minute packing items anyway.

Remember, moving can be tough on everybody involved, but it doesn’t have to be. Including your children in the process is a great way to get them on board with your decisions.

What other jobs can you give kids, of any age, to do during a move?

3 Benefits to Hiring a Professional Mover


benefits of working with a moverThe more stories I hear about friends and family moving themselves, the more benefits I think about regarding working with a professional. Don’t get me wrong, there are pros and cons to both sides. But when it comes to stress level, convenience, and safety, there’s no question about it; a professional is the way to go.

Summer and the Move for Hunger Initiative



Summertime at Holman means the busy season. We will be sharing helpful moving tips and tricks all season long but Holman Moving Moves for HungerI wanted to take a moment to share a reminder about one of our favorite initiatives, Move for Hunger. The summer moving season is the perfect time to take advantage of this amazing initiative and help those in need in your local communities.