4 Tips To Help You Settle Into A New City

It doesn’t matter whether you’re only moving to a nearby neighborhood, or making the move halfway across the world – settling into your new home can be difficult. With time, patience, and a little help from the advice below, you’ll be loving life in your new area in no time at all.

1. Embrace the Internet

The internet is an incredible resource if you are moving to a new area. Google Maps can help you find everything you need and is more detailed and updated than pretty much any city atlas. Yelp is a great resource for finding local restaurants, grocery stores, hardware stores, doctors or dentists, swimming pools, gymnasiums and just about anything else. You can read real reviews from real people, and make informed decisions that will help you find the hidden gems and the places to avoid in your new neighborhood.


2. Be Brave

Okay, so moving to a new area in itself means that you’re already fairly courageous, but by showing just a little more bravery you will have a much easier and more enjoyable time moving into your new area. Don’t be afraid to explore. Visit new restaurants, new bars, new stores, and whatever else you can find that’s new. Most importantly, be brave and talk to strangers. Meet your neighbors, and invite them to lunch or to have a coffee with you. This will help you to not only make new friends, but also to find great restaurants, cafes, bars, and more in your area.


Even if you have a car, one of the best ways to travel through a new area is to walk. When you drive you are focussing on street signs, traffic lights, and trying to make sure you’re heading in the right direction to your destination. When you walk, however, you can’t help but notice what is around you. Walking through a neighborhood won’t only help you get oriented geographically, but it will also help you develop a feel for the vibe and atmosphere that different parts of town have. You can also stop and explore whenever you feel like it, which is much more difficult to do when you are driving.


4. Go Easy on Yourself

There’s no denying that moving to a new area can be hard. Leaving behind friends, family, and social safety nets to move into a new and different environment can be challenging and sometimes difficult. An important part of any such move is to realize that there will be hard times (especially early on) and to go easy on yourself, and those you moved with, when stressful situations arise.  Coping with the inevitable stress of moving to a new location involves taking each step one at a time, and trying not to worry about the totality of the tasks that lay ahead. Remember that challenges are a part of life, and you will overcome them (no matter how difficult they may first appear), if you take them one by one.


Kurt Jacobson is a surfing enthusiast with a background in real estate. Having moved 10 times in the past 7 years, he thrives on helping others learn from his experiences. When he’s not out shredding waves he writes about rental apartments for RentFinder.co. 


Moving Home: Packing Tips to Help Your Move Run Smoothly

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They say moving home is one of the most stressful events of your life. With so much to think about, organise and do, it can all be a little overwhelming. Luckily there are several steps that you can take in order to make your move run smoothly. This article provides several handy packing tips, which will help you to quickly and safely pack your belongings in no time at all.

Start Early

Make sure that you start preparing for your move with plenty of time in advance. There is nothing worse than having to rush the packing process and do everything at the last minute. Instead, try and start by writing a checklist of all the things that you will need to do and arrange in order to make your move run smoothly.

Purchase the Right Packing Supplies

Before you start packing you should purchase all of the packing supplies that you will need for the move. Always buy more than you think you will need, just in case. Packing supplies can include things like boxes of varying sizes, tape, scissors, bubble wrap and newspaper, fragile stickers and marker pens. You can purchase packing supplies from online retailers.

Room by Room

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Start to pack up the items room by room. This will make it much easier when it comes to unloading the boxes and unpacking them into the room where they belong.


Labelling is an important part of the packing process. Each and every box should be labelled according to the room that it is to go into. You can also add some extra details onto the top of the boxes, such as a rough list of the different items that it contains. Use pre made fragile stickers on any boxes that contain fragile items so that the removal team know to handle those boxes with extra care.

Overnight Bag

A top tip is to pack an overnight bag ready for your move, and take it with you rather than loading it onto the removal van. This bag can contain things like a spare change of clothes, sleepwear and personal toiletries such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, toilet roll and shower gel. You can even pack your kettle and some tea or coffee so that you can enjoy a nice drink when you get to your new home.

Packing Help

If you need a little help during your move then you can always hire a removal team that can pack your belongings. They have the tools and expertise to carefully and efficiently pack all of your belongings which will save you the time and hassle of doing it yourself. As well as help with packing, a great removal team will help to plan the rest of your move for you, and they can assist with lifting and loading your items as well as transporting them to your new home.

Follow the above tips and you should be well on your way to have a smooth and successful move. Good luck.

Shruti Vaghe, is a freelance blogger who often writes for Key Storage, leaders in portable storage in Brampton. In her free time, she likes to indulge in traveling and adventure sports. You can follow her on Twitter @ShrutiVaghe.

Moving a Relative to a Nursing Home

Moving a Relative to a Nursing HomeFor many it is a difficult time when you have to make the decision to move a relative into a Nursing Home. It may also be a difficult time for the relative
who is being moved for, though it is clear they need to be cared for more closely and you are making the right decision in moving them, they may feel very
anxious at the thought of being confronted with so much change at this late stage in their life – especially when they are already vulnerable. Obviously,
you will be treating this move with nothing but sensitivity and close personal attention but here are some little tips that you might find helpful in
thinking about the specifics of their new space and some general points.

Ask for help:

The Nursing Home will be able to provide guidance on exactly what they provide and the things that they advise you to bring with you for the move. Make
sure that you are fully aware of their policies and exactly how many home comforts they will allow into your relative’s new room. For example it might be really lovely to dress your relative’s bed in some linen from home and maybe
bring some of their own pillows but you don’t want to be overstepping the mark in terms of the infection control measures in place at the home. You would
be best to check and then either have the linen and bedding cleaned to the appropriate standards or ask the home how they would recommend you make sure
everything is appropriate. You don’t to add unnecessary pressure to moving day by arriving unprepared.

Don’t think of it as a house move:

In terms of actual furniture, the chances that you have to bring anything from your relative’s current home are unlikely as it is more than likely they
will be moving into a place that is already furnished. If possible try to visit first and make sure that all the necessaries are there and make a note of
any additions you will need. When a relative is moved into a nursing home, it is unlikely they will be returning to their previous home so it is the
perfect opportunity for a house clearance. In fact, the house clearance may well not be an option if you are selling the previous home. Divvy up the things
your relative will not want with them and then perhaps try to sell the other possessions to help pay for the nursing home.

Surround but don’t smother:

In this new room make sure you surround your relative with pictures and mementos that make it clear just how loved this relative is. Photos of family and
friends, including those who aren’t here anymore are lovely but make sure you’re tasteful about it. You don’t to surround your relative with so many
pictures and reminders of things they can no longer be a part of that their new room becomes unpleasant to them. As many pictures or special ornaments as
they had in their bedroom in the old house are probably a good indication of what they are used to and how they feel about decoration.

The most important thing is treating the whole move with sensitivity and positivity. This move is the best thing for all involved parties and it should
therefore be treated without regret and with the necessary excitement and optimism.


Documenting the Move


Documenting The Move

One of the biggest problems you might find yourself having when you get to the new house is not quite knowing where everything is or how it got there.  Another problem is that of potential removals breakages or mishandling resulting in the damage of your property.  And if you can’t prove that you were not at fault in allowing this to happen then you could end up paying for replacements and the actual perpetrators walking away completely free of any associated guilt.


The way to combat these potential moving problems would be to make sure you fully document each part of your move so that you have evidence should you need it against damages and, for yourself, you know what order things went into the lorry and what was in each box and hopefully this will keep moving losses to an absolute minimum.


Photo: The digital camera is, here an invaluable tool, quite apart from the fact that you can get a digital camera on pretty much everything so that you’re less likely to need to invest or lose something, digital cameras mean that the pictures are the

re straight away to browse at your leisure and in great quality.


The advice would probably be to photograph each of your valuables before it’s packed so that all parties have evidence of any existing imperfections, then photograph it packed so that all parties have evidence of all the correct precautions and procedures being followed and finally photograph it unpacked at the other end so that you can compare the before and after photos and see if there are any problems.  You might also want to photograph the lorry or van being packed at its different stages so that you can be sure of where everything is.  This would probably be less of a problem if you are using a removals company as they may provide an inventory or, as they will be packing and emptying the lorry themselves, you don’t need to worry about the same things going out as came in.



Lists: The notion of pen and paper might seem massively outdated but it’s one of those traditions that hopefully is not going anywhere soon.  Lists are one of the reasons that pen and paper isn’t going anywhere because it allows you to deposit different lists in different boxes.  By making a list of what is going into each box then you provide yourself with an incredibly detailed inventory.  The outside of the box would obviously be labelled with the room but once it’s inside that room and you might need to get something in a hurry or just know where to start with your packing then a list of the contents of that box will be extremely helpful.


One thing to remember here is keeping your pad and pen, camera and camera charger in your handbag or the bag of

essentials that you’ll be taking with you.  You don’t know what you might end up needing to write.  You don’t want to be in a position either where you are at the new house, you get out the camera to compare your before and after pictures and discover that actually the camera has died and the charger is in, no one knows which box.

6 Simple Tips for a Stress-free Home Move

Okay, so you’ve finally made up your mind to move into a new residential property and you’ve also finalized on the date when the big move will be happening. So looks like, now would be a good time to pull up your socks and get cracking! The whole process of packing and moving can be a sheer nightmare, but not if you organize, plan, and sort things out well in advance. Following are a few important tips to consider that will make the whole moving process a breeze.

First and foremost, De-clutter!

Even before you start packing, make it a point to go through every possible room of your house, including the kitchen, bathroom, and storeroom, and get rid of all the clutter and junk that you come across. Go through all your knickknacks and discard whatever you’re not going to need. Go into your kitchen and chuck all unnecessary utensils, containers, and accessories into a cardboard box. Also have a look into your storeroom as well as the garage, and sort things out. See what you need and what you don’t need. You can also hold a garage sale to discard unwanted items, or even consider donating to charities. Consider de-cluttering as the initial head-start of your packing since it will save you a lot of time, energy, chaos for later

Give yourself enough time

Once you know what date you’re going to be moving on, make sure you give yourself enough time to sort out a number of things such as notices, bills, appointments, telephone, internet, and cable services, other utilities, and so on. First of all, give yourself at least three to six months to organize things, pack up, and move. If you currently live in a rented accommodation, make sure that you give appropriate notice to your landlord. Get in touch with your gas, electricity, and telephone providers to have your services disconnected and if possible, ask them to be shifted to your new address. Keep a tab on who sends you mail at least for six months so that you know whom to notify when you shift.

Prepare a to-do list and start ticking it off

Before you do anything else, prepare a to-do list filled up things and tasks that need to be done. Jot down anything and everything you can possibly think of. This will help you organize and sort out many things well ahead of time. Right from getting boxes and other packing material, to getting in touch with movers and packers, arranging transport, jotting down furniture that you need to move, arranging goodbyes, notifying your service providers, arranging things for your kids and pets if any, sorting out boxes, checking out rooms, clearing out junk and clutter, notifying your work place, and what not, all these pointers could go into your to-do list.

Get moving boxes and other packing material

Start collecting packing material well in advance. Whatever you feel might come in handy, be it newspapers, boxes, packaging tape, bags, bubble wrap, permanent markets, thermocol sheets, labels, and so on, start stocking up right away. Honestly, nothing can get worse than running around for packing material at the last minute.


Use modern day mobile apps to help you with the move

Use your smart phone to assist you with the move! Believe it not, there are some incredible mobile apps out there which can make your home move a breeze. Right from helping you create a checklist, to helping you find the perfect moving company, to giving you tips on moving, estimated quotes for moving services, and much more, there are plenty of apps that can simplify your move. You can even lay your hands on apps that allow you to inventory every carton or box that you pack and also allow you to create thorough labels and unique barcodes for every box!

Get in touch with professional moving services

Get in touch with a reliable and helpful moving company, with whom you can communicate effectively, and from whom you can seek advice and information whenever you need. Confirm the moving date with them and make sure there are no misunderstandings. You could also assign them to do the packing for you since they certainly have a lot more expertise and know about the right packing material to get the job done efficiently.



The author of this article, Shruti Vaghe is a freelance blogger, who often writes for AMJ Campbell, professional apartment movers in Toronto. Shruti is very artistic and takes acting lessons at the local school on weekends. You can also follow her on Twitter @ShrutiVaghe.

Before You Pack Up And Move Home You Should Consider These 5 Things

Can you think of anything more stressful than taking everything you own and moving into a new home? The only thing I can think of is moving home twice. You can’t close your eyes and wish for it to be over because nothing will happen, but eventually you will be relaxing with your feet up in your new home. In the mean time it’s probably a good idea to get ready for the move and we can look at a few little tasks you should do in plenty of time.

It’s time to let go

I know you love wearing your favorite cardigan, but you’ve had it for years now and it’s nearly falling apart. The same with all those tees that have finally lost their color after hundreds of washes. When you’re moving home you don’t need to take everything with you so just say goodbye. That applies to more than clothes which means all your furniture, kitchenware, and children’s toys are competing for the privilege of going with you to your new home.

The last minute rush

They call it the last minute rush because you’ll be moving so fast you don’t know what is happening. The reason you have to rush at the last minute is because you didn’t start packing things months ago. Once you start rushing around you can be sure mistakes will be made, so if you don’t want to forget anything important you shouldn’t leave everything until the very last minute. Just remember to label the boxes in case you need to get to something quickly.

Start saving materials

You can go out and spend money on boxes, but try to be sensible because they’re certainly not cheap. A better idea is to start saving boxes and newspapers months in advance and you won’t need to spend as much money. Don’t forget to let your family, friends, and neighbors know about the move because they can save materials for you too. You will probably still need a few big boxes, but a penny saved is the same as a penny earned.

Go easy on the food

Have you ever heard anyone telling you they can’t take their money to heaven? Anyone who has moved house will tell you it’s impossible to take perishable food with you and you better believe them. That means you need to think hard before you start buying food close to your move. If you don’t manage to finish it you’ll need to throw it out, but you can avoid having to waste valuable food in the first place by not buying it unless you’ll get to eat it.

Don’t open anything

If you need to open a new account or apply for a loan you should wait until you’re settled into your new home. Failure to do so could result in a few problems and it will just make your life a little harder. You will already have enough phone calls to make when you inform people of your new address. If you’re stuck in the middle of a loan application when you move into a new house the bank will not be very happy with you.

The future is bright

I’m sure you’re looking forward to moving into a fantastic new home because it’s one of the best feelings in the world, but it’s just unfortunate you can’t click your fingers and move all your possessions automatically. Take note of what we’ve spoken about today and it will save you from running around with your head in between your legs a few months from now. Don’t worry because the future is bright and the move will eventually be over.



Shruti Vaghe, the author of this article, is a freelance blogger,who often writes for, Eric Bilston Removals, leaders in furniture removals. She takes keen interest in hockey and loves watching the games with her friends. You can also follow her on twitter @ShrutiVaghe.