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Cracking the Code of Moving With Kids
When you are going anywhere with kids, whether it's the grocery store or across the country, we all know that there's more to the process than when you're traveling alone or with another adult. Kids get bored easily and crave entertainment, which can create a much more stressful environment for the adults around them during a move from one home to another. Here are a few helpful tips to keep the kids happy and lessen the stress of the parents.
If you're staying in the same town or moving to a new town nearby, the process is a bit more simple. When you are packing up your home, make sure to help your kids feel included by giving them some easy tasks to do. Depending on your kids' ages, this can be anything from sorting unwanted items to be donated, or even having the kids pack their own boxes. When moving day arrives, it's best if the kids can be outside the home so that your movers can work quickly and efficiently. Perhaps it's a good idea to schedule a day of fun with a friend or family member while the adults work.
If you are moving state to state, things get a little more complicated with kids. When you pack, you will pack up all their favorite toys well before the date of the move. It's best to leave a few of your childrens' favorite toys and games to pack until just before the move. Also, if you're going to drive across the country, you'll need some interesting things for your kids to play with during the car ride. Keep this in mind while you're packing your boxes.
Moving is stressful anyway, and moving a family with children is a hassle, but not impossible. Take these tips and use them to your advantage, and you will have a happy family during your move.
No More Clutter: Why You Should Get Rid of Your Junk
A lot of people don't know this, but the price you pay for professional moving services is directly correllated to the amount of items you're moving. This is why, for example, you pay only a small amount when you're transferring a studio apartments' worth of furnishings as opposed to a heightened amount for a move from a 3-bedroom home to an even larger house. Not only is the total weight of your items taken into consideration, but also the labor costs of your movers. The more time your movers spend hauling your boxes and furniture, the more your move will cost.
So, it's easy to see how your move can cost extra when you have unneeded items weighing it down (literally). Do yourself a favor and weed out all the stuff in your home or office that no longer serves a purpose for you. Some common examples of these types of unnecessary stuff include: old clothes which no longer fit, toys that your kids no longer play with, furniture you don't use anymore, and broken things. If someone else can make good use of them, consider donating the items to a charity.
With a lighter load of stuff to transport and a smaller bill to pay your movers, there really is no downside to decluttering your home or office when you're going through your relocation checklist.
The decade of the 70s saw the heyday of truck driving, and the dramatic rise in the popularity of "trucker culture". Truck drivers were romanticized as modern-day cowboys and outlaws (and this stereotype persists even today). This was due in part to their use of citizens' band (CB) radio to relay information to each other regarding the locations of police officers and transportation authorities. Plaid shirts, trucker hats, CB radios, and using CB slang were popular not just with drivers but among the general public.
AMSA wanted to help consumers avoid untrustworthy or illegitimate movers. In January 2008, AMSA created the ProMover certification program for its members. As a member, you must have federal interstate operating authority.Members are also required to pass an annual criminal back check,be licensed bythe FMCSA, and agree to abide by ethical standards. This would include honesty in advertising and in business transaction with customers.Each must also sign a contract committing to adhere to applicable Surface Transportation Board and FMCSA regulations. AMSA also takes into consideration and examines ownership. They are very strict, registration with state corporation commissions.This means that the mover must maintain at least a satisfactory rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB).As one can imagine, those that passare authorizedto display the ProMove logo on the websites and in marketing materials.However, those that fail willbe expelledfrom the program (and AMSA) if they cannot correct discrepancies during probation.
Within the world of transportation, bypass routes are often very controversial.This ismostlydue to the fact that theyrequirethe building of a road carrying heavy traffic where no road existed before.This has created conflict among society thus creating a divergence between those in support of bypasses and those whoare opposed. Supporters believe they reduce congestion in built up areas. Those in opposition do not believe in developing (often rural) undeveloped land.In addition, the cities thatare bypassedmay also oppose such a project as reduced traffic may, in turn, reduce and damage business.
The United States Department of Transportation has become a fundamental necessity in the moving industry.It is the pinnacle of the industry, creating and enforcing regulations for the sake of safety for both businesses and consumers alike.However, it is notable to appreciate the history of such a powerful department.The functions currently performed by the DOT were once enforced by the Secretary of Commerce for Transportation.In 1965, Najeeb Halaby, administrator of the Federal Aviation Adminstration (FAA), had an excellent suggestion.He spoke to the current President Lyndon B. Johnson, advising that transportationbe elevatedto a cabinet level position. He continued, suggesting that the FAAbe foldedor merged, if you will, into the DOT.Clearly, the President took to Halaby's fresh ideasregardingtransportation, thus putting the DOT into place.