Archive for June 2015

Military Moving


Military MovingMy best friend Malcolm has been in the Army for just about five years and is currently preparing to move to a new base before heading out on his fourth deployment. I am so grateful for his service, and the service provided by all of our country’s military men and women. In fact, there is nothing more important to all of us here at Holman than taking care of our military heroes so today I thought I would share some information on Military Moving .

Landlord Negotiations


Landlord NegotiationsI’ve mentioned before that Matt and I are beginning to save up for a house. While I’m excited about that goal, we still need to rent our current apartment in the meantime and our lease renewal is right around the corner. I’ve been chatting a lot with neighbors about the new management company in charge of maintaining our development and have picked up some interesting tidbits of information through the grapevine. Management isn’t telling anybody, but as people move out, they are fully renovating each apartment to stay competitive with the luxury apartments that just went up down the street. They’re removing the carpet and putting in new hardwood floors, replacing the countertops and appliances, adding in a beautiful backsplash behind the stoves, and replacing the shelving units in the bathrooms. That’s a lot of upgrades! It got me thinking … well it got me thinking that I want all of those upgrades in my apartment and that it isn’t fair that I’ll be paying the same rent for fewer amenities. Enter negotiation skills. How and when is it appropriate to negotiate rent with your landlord once you’ve been living somewhere for over a year?

Important Tips for Moving With Kids


Important Tips for Moving With KidsMoving is a big life change for everybody involved and it can be easy to get wrapped up in your own head and your own to-do list. While it is important to stay organized, prepare, and remain calm for yourself, it’s even more important to keep your little ones in mind during the entire move process. In all honesty, there is no one answer on how to handle moving with kids because every child will react differently to the idea depending on their age, their social life, and their perception of the situation. Some will be excited about a new house, a new room, a new school and new friends. But, more often than not, kids struggle with the idea of leaving everything they know behind to start over somewhere else. So what can you do? Below are four important tips for moving with kids.

Top 5 Things to Remember When Moving Abroad


Top 5 Things to Remember When Moving AbroadGreetings from Tuscany! I am traveling through Italy and Spain over the next couple of weeks and enjoying every last drop of this Tuscan sun before moving on to Barcelona. I’ve only been here for a few days but I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve said “I could definitely live here.” While I have no official plans to move to Europe (a girl can dream, right?), there are tons of people who really do have those plans! Moving to a new country is very different than moving to the next town over so today I want to share five of the most important things to remember when moving abroad.

Five Great Things About Moving

Five Great Things About MovingWe talk all the time about the stresses of moving and tips on how to make a move easier on you and your family. But there are so many wonderful things about moving and starting over that often get swept under the rug in all the craziness. Staying positive is such an important piece of advice for those in the process of moving so in honor of that golden rule, I thought it would be fun to share five really great things about moving.