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.

Summer Moving Season and the Move for Hunger Initiative


Holman Moving Moves for HungerMemorial Day is next week, which means the official start of the busy summer moving season is next week as well. We will be sharing helpful moving tips and tricks all season long but I wanted to kick it off with 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.

Where Are College Graduates Moving?


Where are College Graduates MovingLast week we talked about how college graduations were right around the corner and how many new graduates would be considering relocation offers for the start of their career. Well, over the weekend, a lot of those graduations commenced and now recent grads are preparing to move out of their college bubble and into the real world. There have been a ton of articles in the local papers lately about how young professionals are flocking to the South Tampa and Saint Petersburg area in Florida and it got me wondering, where else are Millennials moving? Specifically, where are these new college graduates moving now that they’ve completed their education?

Relocating for a Job after College Graduation? What You Should Know.


Relocating for a Job after College? What You Should KnowIt’s May, which means college graduation is right around the corner. Young twenty something’s everywhere are preparing to move home, move out, or move to a new city based on a job. It’s exciting to receive an official job offer, especially if you’re lucky enough to get one before graduation day. But moving for a job is a big deal, so it’s important to understand all of the details before making a commitment to an employer. If you are a soon to be college grad, or you know a soon to be college grad, this post is for you.

Three Everyday Household Actions That Are Actually Dangerous


Three Everyday Household Actions That Are Actually DangerousThe other night I moved a load of laundry from the washing machine into the dryer, started the dryer, and got into bed to go to sleep. Just as I was about to doze off, I heard a loud bang and then what sounded like some sparks. My dryer! I don’t know the technical term for what happened (because it still hasn’t been fixed). All I know is that my laundry room was filled with smoke and that whatever blew, didn’t stop the dryer from running. Luckily, I was able to turn everything off and avoid a much worse situation. But, it got me thinking. I start the dryer before heading out of the house all the time. I’ll start it before heading out to walk to dog, going for a run, or running to the grocery store. What if I hadn’t been home when it turned on me? There could have been a fire! I know I’m not the only person who does this so, today, I wanted to talk about some of the things we do, often without thinking, that are actually dangerous. Because, even though we love moving, we certainly don’t want you moving for the wrong reasons.

Five Things to Know About Moving to New York City


Five Things to Know About Moving to New York CityA few weeks ago I wrote a post entitled Five Reasons to Move to New Jersey. In all honesty, a lot of the same reasons apply to moving to New York City and in some cases, they apply on a larger scale – like diversity and the availability of practically anything at any time. Now, I’m a New York girl. I’m not from Manhattan, but my love for the state as whole runs deep and true so to write a post on all of the reasons to move to New York City would almost be unfair, because my opinion is incredibly biased. However, I can be honest with you and share some important facts that a lot of people overlook in their excitement surrounding their big move. So today, I’m going to fill you in on five things to know about moving to New York City.

Important Things to Tell Your Movers About Your Home


Important Things to Tell Your Movers About Your HomeCongratulations on your new home and your move! Now it’s time to pack everything up, move, and get settled in your new abode. While I know the entire process is time consuming and can leave you feeling a little scatter brained, there are some important things to tell your movers about your home. Specific details about your homes, both old and new, can make a huge impact on your move.

For example, a couple of my friends just moved into a beautiful apartment in the East Village in New York City. Unfortunately, they failed to mention to their movers it’s a very narrow, six story walk up on a street with no available street parking. The movers arrived as scheduled but, since the proper arrangements hadn’t been made, ended up having to leave and come back at a later time. Talk about a headache – for both parties! Don’t make this mistake. You’re stressed out enough, right?