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The Best Moving Apps: 2019 Update

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We can all agree that moving to a new home is a daunting task. Fortunately, relocating doesn’t have to be quite as hard as it once was. Technology can help pave the way to a less stressful move. The many apps available on our smartphones and tablets are quickly becoming the most useful forms of tech during a relocation. We’ve compiled 13 of the best moving apps to download, so you can experience a smoother moving process from start to finish.

1. MoveAdvisor (iOS, Android, Amazon – Free)

MoveAdvisor App screenshot

This free app helps you get organized and stay on top of all the things you need to do leading up to a big move. Some helpful features of MoveAdvisor include a weekly moving timeline, which helps you remember tasks and see your progress, and a home inventory to virtually keep track of all your possessions room-by-room. You can also locate moving companies, read reviews, and obtain estimates with the app.

MoveAdvisor is available on the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon.

2. Letgo (iOS, Android – Free)

letgo app buy and sell used items

Letgo is a fast-growing app for buying and selling goods locally. If you’re trying to unload some of the clutter before your move, letgo makes it easy to connect with buyers in your local community. Many users feel it’s more trustworthy and simpler to use than Craigslist, and the app’s popularity continues to grow.

Available on the App Store and Google Play.

3. Zillow (iOS, Android – Free)

zillow mobile app

Zillow’s robust real estate app can help you find a new place to buy or rent, with up-to-date listings and instant notifications. In addition to searching for homes, Zillow also has tools to help you determine your budget and connect with real estate agents or property managers in your area.

Available on the App Store and Google Play.

4. Sortly (iOS, Android – Free, or $3.99/Month for Premium Plan)

sortly app for organization moving

Sortly is known as the ultimate organizer app and lives up to that claim by allowing you to keep your stuff organized during a move. With Sortly, you can create a visual inventory of all the items in your house. You can add photos, product information, and notes for each item. The database creates a searchable home inventory that helps you track all of your belongings and remember where items are: in storage, at home, or anywhere else.

Sortly includes an eight-week moving checklist with a detailed timeline for each task you’ll need to complete as you prepare to move. The free version allows you to inventory up to 100 items on a single device. The premium plan allows you to add unlimited items, sync across multiple devices, and even create custom QR labels for your boxes that can later be scanned in the app. There’s also a business version of the app if you are looking to organize an office relocation.

Download Sortly on the App Store or Google Play.

5. Atlas Customer Portal (Online – Free for Atlas Clients)

atlas customer portal moving app

The Atlas Customer Portal is an online application you can access from anywhere to manage your full-service Atlas move. It lets you skip the customer service phone calls and take care of all your move-related tasks quickly and efficiently. Through the portal, you can track your move date, make payments, locate copies of your moving documents, file claims, and even meet your Professional Van Operator.

Access the Atlas Customer Portal from any desktop or mobile browser.

6. MagicPlan (iOS, Android – Free to Download, Plans Start at $2.99)

magicplan floor plan app

MagicPlan’s popular floor plan app uses your smartphone’s camera to scan a room in your house and create a floor plan. The app can help you plan your furniture arrangement in a new home or even estimate renovation costs, and you can create, draw, and import floor plans and 3D models with the app. It’s free to download and use MagicPlan; users can then choose to purchase floor plans on-demand in the app for $2.99 each or subscribe to one of the monthly pricing plan options.

Available on the App Store and Google Play.

7. TaskRabbit (iOS, Android – Free to Download, Cost of Tasks Varies)

taskrabbit app

The TaskRabbit platform connects users with local “Taskers” who can help you get things done around the house. Whether you need to assemble a piece of furniture, hang a flatscreen TV in your new home, or move boxes from one location to another, TaskRabbit offers background-checked people who are willing to help.

Users can browse and select Taskers based on their qualifications, reviews, and price. Once the job is done, payment is handled through the app and users can review their Taskers. TaskRabbit is one of the best moving apps to help with all those random to-dos that can pop up during the process.

Available for iOS on the App Store and Android on Google Play.

8. OfferUp (iOS, Android – Free)

offerup app buy and sell moving

Whether you’re looking to let go of unwanted stuff before you move or need to furnish your new place when you move in, OfferUp provides a simple platform for selling and buying goods locally. Posting items is simple; just snap a photo with your phone, add a description, set your price, and post your listing in the app. Buyers can message sellers within the app, eliminating the need to text or email with strangers.

User profiles make transactions less risky by allowing you to see a person’s ratings, badges, and transaction history. With millions of users and items ranging from electronics to furniture, OfferUp provides a huge marketplace platform that can be super helpful throughout the moving process.

Available on the App Store and Google Play.

9. ThredUP (iOS, Android – Free)

sell clothing thredup app

If you’ve jumped on board with the KonMari craze and cleaned out your closet prior to your big move, thredUP can help you figure out what to do with all that unwanted clothing and possibly make a little extra cash. It works a bit like an online consignment store. They’ll send you a free kit in the mail, you place your gently used clothing and accessories in the provided shipping bag and send it off. After your items are processed, you can choose between consignment payout (you’ll get paid after your items sell) or an instant payout at a lesser amount.

You can also opt to donate your gently used clothes through thredUP. It’s a great way to declutter and practice sustainability by keeping clothing out of landfills. ThredUP’s simple process makes it one of the best moving apps for anyone going through the relocation process.

Available on the App Store and Google Play.

10. Waze (iOS, Android – Free)

waze traffic and navigation app

Waze is a community-based traffic and navigation app. It lets drivers share real-time traffic and road information. The app offers voice-guided directions, traffic advisories, and even displays gas prices near you. If you’re trying to plan out your new commute, Waze lets you see your commute time and can even remind you when it’s time to leave.

Available on the App Store and Google Play.

11. Nextdoor (iOS, Android – Free)

nextdoor app for moving new neighborhood

Moving to a new neighborhood can be tough. Nextdoor works like a private social network to help connect you with your neighbors. The app keeps everyone up to date with what’s going on in their community and lets users share local news. Neighbors can use the platform to help each other with everything from planning a neighborhood event to finding a recommendation for a babysitter. Nextdoor’s unique ability to get you acquainted with your new hood makes it one of the best moving apps around.

Available on the App Store and Google Play.

12. Rover (iOS, Android – Free)

rover app find dog walker

Rover can help pet owners find reliable dog sitting services in their neighborhood, so it’s a great place to start if you’re moving somewhere new and you’re worried about finding a new dog walker for your pup. In the app, users can browse and book hundreds of trusted local dog sitters. Sitters can even send photos and updates through the app, so you feel more connected to your pet. Rover offers dog boarding, house sitting, dog walking, and more.

Available on the App Store and Google Play.

13. Moved (iOS – Free)

moved iphone app

Moved is a service that helps guide users through each step of the moving process. After answering a few key questions, users are connected to an actual human moving assistant. Your moving assistant helps to plan and coordinate the logistics of your move. Moved can provide estimates from several different moving companies, help you find a storage unit, and connect you to local resources in your new neighborhood. The app is currently available only for Apple iPhone users, but Android users can access the Moved website from their phone’s browser or a desktop.

Available for iOS on the App Store.

summer moving tips packing suitcase

Summer Moving Tips for Success During Peak Season

 

woman holding box summer moving tips

While preparing to move, you’ll inevitably tackle the big question, “When’s the best time to move?” Many families choose to move over the summer. It’s a great idea because kids are out of school, the weather and road conditions are good, and there are usually lots of houses on the market. All the benefits of summer moving also make it the busiest season for moving companies. The expert summer moving tips below will help you plan a successful peak season move. 

David Wood, General Manager of Ace Relocation’s Washington, D.C. branch, wants to help you have the best moving experience possible. Read David’s article below to learn about some of the challenges you could face, plus get his pro tips for a successful summer move.

America On The Move

By David Wood, General Manager – Washington, D.C. branch, Ace Relocation Systems Inc.

America is the most mobile country in the world. It’s what we do. We have been a nation on the move since before our country’s inception. Most of us arrived here from across an ocean and we remain willing to seek new opportunity and adventure in new places.

Moving Trends

Each year, about 14 percent of people living in America move—that’s nearly 40 million people! According to the U.S. Census Bureau, here’s how these moves break down:

  • 23,468,000 moved within the same county (local moving)
  • 7,728,000 moved within the same state
  • 7,628,000 moved to a different state (interstate moving)
  • 1,269,000 moved to a different country

Couples with children are the most likely to move long distance. People also tend to move less frequently as they get older, until they reach retirement age around 65 years old.

Most people move in the summer, after selling their homes in the spring season. Families may also choose a summer move because their kids are out of school. The peak season for moving is between late May and September. The ends of each summer month are the three or four busiest weeks of the entire year for moving companies.

Summer Moving Tips

Moving during summer will generally mean paying more for moving services, because peak season rates are typically higher than other times of the year. Even worse for consumers: most professional moving companies are effectively sold out at many times over the summer, which means you may not be able to get a good mover to help you at all. However, this scenario can often be avoided, as can other potential peak season problems.

Follow these seven pro tips for a successful summer move. 

1. Plan Ahead

Get estimates from reputable moving companies at least four weeks prior to moving day. Remember: in the summer, demand for movers always exceeds the capacity of the moving industry.

2. Move Earlier in the Month

Try to schedule your move during the first few weeks of the month. Avoid moving during the last week of each summer month if possible. This can make a huge difference in moving companies’ availability, cost, and quality of service.

3. Research Your Movers

Watch out for deals and estimates that seem too good to be true. Beware of telephone quotes and always get a visual survey of your residence. If a moving company doesn’t want to send a representative to your home, they are likely not a legitimate moving company. Always check their online reputation and certifications before committing.

4. Communicate with Your Moving Company

We all expect customer service reps to be proactive, but don’t assume that your move is covered. If you haven’t established regular contact with your pre-move coordinator, reach out!

5. Prepare and Pack

Don’t underestimate the time and patience required to pack up your belongings. Packing in the summer heat can be a long, sweaty process, especially if you elect to do the packing yourself. Leave plenty of time for packing, because it is very important to be ready to go on moving day.

6. Be Mindful of Kids and Pets

Keep your family safe by making sure kids and pets are out of the way on moving day. It’s unsafe for everyone involved if they are running by while movers carry heavy furniture. Keep the kids occupied and don’t let them play on or near the moving truck!

7. Travel After Moving Day

Avoid making travel arrangements on your move date if possible. High summer demand can cause moving schedules to shift, so your move could begin at a different time or even on a different day than you originally planned.

Ace Relocation Systems has decades of experience moving families around the corner and across the globe. As you begin the moving process, please feel free to contact us. We know how to take the stress out of moving and save you time and money. At Ace Relocation, summertime and the moving are easy.

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3 Reasons Moving During Summer Is the Best

family moving during summer

For many people, summer is a season of sun, fun, and relaxation. Families often spend more time outdoors enjoying the warm weather or traveling to the beach for a much-needed vacation. But according to recent data from Realtor.com and the U.S. Census Bureau, a high percentage of families actually choose moving during summer. As it turns out, the three months between Memorial Day and Labor Day are a popular time to relocate for many reasons.

While moving in the heat of summer may seem like a dreadful alternative to taking a beach vacation, it’s actually a smart choice for many movers. Here are the top three reasons why so many people choose to schedule their move over the summer.

1. Better Weather for Transportation

Sure, moving over the summer means warmer temperatures, which can result in a hot and sweaty packing process. However, that sunny summer weather eliminates many of the dangerous road conditions that can occur during fall and winter. In many areas, the cold weather months can bring high winds, heavy rain, snowstorms, and icy roads, all of which can delay the moving process and cause transit issues.

Plus, Daylight Savings Time (in most states) means longer days during the summer. Anyone who’s going through the moving process will definitely appreciate having a few extra hours of daylight to get things done!

2. School and Work Schedules Make Moving During Summer Easier

Most students enjoy a long summer break from school. This means families with school-age children can plan to move over their break to avoid disrupting their school year. Parents who plan a summer move alleviate the worry of their kids missing school due to the moving process. As a bonus, kids on summer break can use their free time to help their parents pack and get things ready for the move.

A summertime move often makes sense for working individuals, too. Many employers are more flexible with time-off requests over the summer. Some companies even have shorter business hours during the summer months. These workplace policies can be a huge help to employees who are planning a move.

3. Real Estate Inventory Peaks

Summer is a huge season for most real estate agents because both inventory and sales peak significantly. The inventory of houses available in July is around 25 percent higher than in December. This dynamic is especially true in cities with warmer climates, like Orlando or San Diego.

With more inventory available, people who move over the summer will have more options to choose from if they’re looking to buy a home. Since summer is a popular time to move, those planning to sell their home may also be able to find buyers more easily in the summer than at other times of the year. The busier real estate market is a great benefit to moving in the summertime if you are looking to buy or sell a home.

The excellent weather, open schedules, and busy real estate season make summer the perfect time to move. If you’re planning a summer move, it’s best to secure your desired moving dates early—it’s a busy time of year for moving companies! Schedule your free in-home estimate today to get started.

Can You Claim Moving Expenses While Filing Taxes?

moving expenses tax deductions

 

IRS Moving Deductions for 2019

Unfortunately, unless you are in the Armed Forces, you cannot deduct moving expenses starting in 2018.

Starting December 31, 2017, and going through December 31, 2025 you will not be able to deduct moving expenses. The only exception to the new law is for taxpayers who are members of the military on active duty who move pursuant to a military order.

You should seek advice from a tax professional when trying to determine how these changes will affect you.  Visit https://www.irs.gov/ for current information.

 

 

 

What is Movr™ ?

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Atlas Van Lines is proud to announce the latest and most convenient app for any move.  movr™ allows you to bring the best services to you. This easy to use tool, allows you to customize what you need and want to track for your move.  From a budget utility to learning about your new community, movr™  can guide you through the relocation process.

When you move, you’re not just moving, you’re relocating.  Our job is to make this easy for you. Visit https://mymovr.com to register today!

movr™ allows you to  select any or all of these categories so you can better organize and budget your move such as:

  • Find a Place: Find available properties for purchase or rent in your new neighborhood.  You can find prices, maps, property descriptions and help to find a home that suits you.
  • Book Travel: movr™ makes it easy for us to help you find hotel, rental cars and flight information. Let this full-service travel partner save you time and money.
  • Move Your Car:  Is it cheaper to move your vehicle  with a reputable car moving service or is it cheaper to sell it? Here you can compare your options.
  • Utilities: Make sure you don’t arrive to your new home in the dark. Spend a few minutes with our partner and they can help you with your utility hookups! They will do the scheduling and calling for you.
  • Neighborhood: Learn about your new neighborhood before you even get there.  Find out about things like demographics and commute times. You can also learn about tax rates, schools and businesses as well as restaurants and clubs!
  • Change Your Address: Stay right where you are! No need to go to the post office when you can submit an online form to record your new address. You can select when mail forwarding begins and ends.
  • Find Storage:  Need a place for your items? Here you can compare warehouse storage options offered by moving companies or other self-storage options.
  • Internet/ Phone/ TV Services: Few things are more inconvenient than finding yourself in a new place with no television, phone or internet services.  You can use movr™ to ensure that this does not happen.  Through a movr™ partner,  your connections will be set up and ready for your move into your new home.
  • Buying Insurance:  Whether it’s for your home, vehicle or apartment, get connected with the most reputable providers who deliver top notch service at affordable rates.
  • Add Your Own Category: You can add your favorites while tracking their expenses and details.

 

One of the most useful features is its utility as a budgeting tool.  This feature will not only help you with all of the above aspects but it will also help you manage and organize the costs effectively.  It’s no secret that moving is a complicated process with more fees and budget constraints than anyone cares to remember.  Luckily, movr™ can simplify this process and calculate the total cost of all of the above services, as well as any others you’d like to add.

movr™ is complimentary for any of Atlas’s clients.  Upon your registration with Atlas Van Lines, you will receive a code that will allow you access to movr™.  This tool has been designed to ensure that our job and your move are executed with maximum efficiency and convenience.

It’s the world’s best services for the person in motion. At your command.  Visit https://mymovr.com to register today!

Worst Moves in History

One of the best ways to make yourself feel better after a rough day is to remember that it could always be worse.  One of the best ways to remind yourself of how much worse it could be is to think of someone with worse luck than you.  When it comes to moving, this part is relatively easy.  History is full of unfortunate travelers and the moves they made.  Some found themselves in their predicaments because of their own folly and others were just unlucky.  In case you’re having a rough move, we’ve come up with a list of history’s worst moves to help ease you through it.  And, in case reading all these horror stories at once depresses you, we’d like to remind you that every cloud has a silver lining.  We’ve included one with each story.  Please enjoy.

Movers on the water: Titanic Moving Slowly

1. The passengers of the Titanic
When you think of bad luck or irony, think of these poor folks.  The RMS Titanic was a modern marvel of its day.  It was the pinnacle of human engineering and a testament to the ingenuity of mankind.  To be on this vessel was to travel in style.  As if all this wasn’t enough, it was “unsinkable.”

If it hadn’t been for a series of careless errors and some cut corners (at first metaphorical and later literal), these unlucky passengers would be on the list of the most fortunate people moving in history.  They would have arrived in their new homes in America safe and sound and lived to brag about having arrived there on a modern marvel.  Sadly, even the slightest mistake can ruin a move.  In this case, this slight mistake resulted in the deaths of over 1,500 passengers.  The only silver lining of this disaster is that James Cameron was able to make an Oscar-winning movie out of it.

Movers called The Crusaders

2. Crusaders
Most people moving learn from their mistakes and those of their predecessors.  Sadly, the crusaders took their time with it.  The first crusade was a long march of misery, fraught with disease, food shortages, accumulating debt, freezing cold rain, poor medical treatment, attacks by vicious adversaries and, on top of all that, cannibalism.  To make matters worse, when they finally did establish their new homes in the holy land, they couldn’t hold on to them for long.

As if this story wasn’t already depressing enough, the first crusade was the most successful one.  This was the only crusade in which the crusaders actually accomplished their goal of retaking the “Holy Land.”  The others only partially succeeded or failed outright, as each generation learned little from the previous crusaders.  The only good news that came from these holy disasters was that the experience eventually taught the Europeans how to get better at moving.

Movers: Jamestown Settlers Relocating

3. Jamestown Settlers
Not that settling America isn’t admirable, but it would have been better for everyone involved if the settlers had been better prepared.  The settlers had come hoping to find piles of gold and fertile soil that would make growing food easy.  What they instead found was a barren swamp without an ounce of gold and full of hostile natives.

Their misfortune was partially due to bad luck, but these settlers have themselves to blame for the most part.  They came over to a new land with tall tales and ridiculous fantasies in their heads.  However, there is one silver lining, woefully unprepared as they were, they did eventually establish a colony that grew into a country.

Movers crossing Sierra Nevada. The Donners Moving West

4. The Donner Party
In 1846, a wagon train full of pioneers set out to cross the Sierra Nevadas in hopes of making a new home in the west.  George Donner and his companions obviously weren’t excellent travelers and a combination of bad luck and silly mistakes led to ruin.  The trip turned out to be a disaster that was bad enough to inspire several modern horror movies.

After a series of “mishaps,” including, broken wheels, group disintegration, murder and stupid accidents, the party was finally snowbound in the Sierra Nevada mountains.  They quickly burned through their supplies and eventually had to resort to cannibalism to survive.   Of the 87 people who attempted to cross the mountains, only 48 survived.  We wish we could offer a better silver lining for this one, but the best we can find is a few mediocre horror movies, and a very nice ski resort near where they met their fate.

 

 

Ponce de Leon Moving to Florida

5. Juan Ponce de Leon
Leon was a Spanish conquistador who was famous for exploring what is now Florida and the Caribbean islands.  He never did find the “fountain of youth” he was looking for (a quick look at the inhabitants of present-day Florida will prove that), but he did find some lovely beachfront property.  In 1521, he did what any aspiring entrepreneur would do; he took a group of settlers to build some homes on his prime real estate.

Unfortunately, the move was very poorly planned.  The biggest problem was that he didn’t get along well with his new neighbors, the Calusa people, and they eventually evicted him with a poisoned arrow to his thigh.  This is a good example of why one shouldn’t neglect to invite any neighbors to the backyard barbecue.  You never know what they might dip their arrows in.

On the bright side, Leon did discover a beautiful part of our great nation.  He discovered the land that brought us Universal Studios, Disney World and the Miami Dolphins.  On behalf of the American film industry, as well as America’s retired population, we would like to say “thank you.”

Juan Gonzales Zarco and Tristan Vaz Teixeira Moving to Porto Santo

6. John Gonzales Zarco and Tristan Vaz Teixeira
This one might make you laugh a little.  In the early 15th century, Prince Henry the Navigator of Portugal dispatched two young sea captains, John Gonzales Zarco and Tristan Vaz Teixeira to the island of Porto Santo off the northern coast of Africa.  These two dashing explorers and the colonists on-board had brought everything they needed to build a new colony.  They had livestock, building supplies, can-do attitudes and even a cute little bunny who gave birth to several more on board.

What could have gone wrong on this expedition?  The answer will surprise you.  When the settlers set up their homes, the aforementioned rabbit’s children escaped and began setting up their own colony on the island.  Both colonies succeeded at first, but the rabbits did a bit too well.  They bred so quickly that they ate nearly every piece of vegetation on the island, including what the settlers had sown.  The little creatures reproduced so quickly that the colonists couldn’t get rid of them fast enough.

The island was soon overrun by the rabbit population and the two captains and their followers moved over to the neighboring island of Madeira and began a bunny-free colony there.  The silver lining in this case is that the people moving did better the second time.  Another positive result was that, while the human colony did not succeed, the rabbit colonists certainly did.

Hindenberg Moving Across the Sky In Flames

7. LZ-129 Hindenburg Passengers
It was in 1937 that one of the most famous disasters on earth occurred, thousands of feet above it.  The advanced and luxurious Hindenburg airship was a marvel of German engineering and the passengers and crew aboard were undoubtedly enjoying their aerial trip around the world in the moments before it happened.  Many of them were returning to their homes from business trips, some were simply along for the ride, and some were moving to the US in order to escape the rising Nazi party.   Little did any to them know, the craft would eventually meet the same fate as an equally luxurious and revolutionary vessel, the RMS Titanic.  While passing over Lakehurst, New Jersey, the airship exploded, killing 25 of the 92 people on board.

Like the Titanic before it, the Hindenburg was a top-of-the-line mode of transportation.  It could be considered the premiere luxury cruise of its day.  Its interior consisted of a cushy lounge, a very elegant dining room and comfortable cabins for the passengers.  The only downside was the immense amount of hydrogen between its chambers.  All it took was a single spark to ignite the hydrogen and cause the catastrophic explosion that you’ve probably seen black and white pictures of.

It would be unfair to blame these passengers for the fate that befell them.  Like the victims of the aforementioned Titanic, they were simply unfortunate people who thought that they had won the lottery but were quite literally brought down by the smallest of details.  The silver linings to this story are the fact that 67 of the people onboard miraculously survived and, of course, the awe-inspiring desktop backgrounds that the photograph of the disaster makes.

 

 

Fordlandia Moving Into Brazil

8.  Fordlandia
In 1929, Henry Ford, the richest man in the world, did something only the world’s richest man could do; he bought a piece of the Amazon rain-forest twice the size of Delaware and started construction on a town called Fordlandia.  Can you guess why? (Hint: He wasn’t trying to save the rain-forest.)  He was after rubber.  Before the invention of synthetic rubber, the only source of the rubber that he needed for his automobiles’ tires was the rubber trees of the Amazon.  At the time, a cartel of Dutch and English entrepreneurs controlled the world’s supply of rubber and Ford had to choose between paying their exorbitant fees or finding his own way to get at those precious rubber trees.

His attempt to produce his own rubber went foul in multiple ways.  First of all, American engineers and technicians weren’t particularly good at growing rubber plants.  They attempted to grow too many in too small a space and the crops failed miserably because of a blight that blew through them.  It wasn’t until Ford came to his senses and hired a botanist that they were able to identify the problem and, by then, it was too late.

Even worse than the crop failure, was the company’s lack of respect for local workers.  Ford did his best to create his own piece of America in the Brazilian rainforest.  Sadly, it turned out that his piece didn’t fit.  Brazilian workers were forced to adopted culture  and speak English.  Even worse, Ford established a prohibition of alcohol and expected the Brazilian workers to work American style nine-to-five shifts under the hot sun, instead of before sunrise and after sunset.  Their discontent culminated in a riot, in which Ford’s managers were chased across the river or into the jungle by machete-wielding workers.

The epitome of American tenacity and/or stubbornness, Ford continued the project until synthetic rubber was invented in 1945.  It took 16 years, but the move was finally over for all those involved.  One silver lining of this nightmarish move was that the town was abandoned, and those 25,000 acres went back to the rainforest.  You could say that Mother Nature won this one.

Picking The Right Golf Course After a Move

Picking the right golf course after a move.

Picking the Right Golf Course

If you’re an experienced golfer, you probably have a favorite golf course where you like to pass your free time practicing your chipping or working on your long drive.  You’re probably very comfortable with this course and it may even feel like a second home to you.  However, golfers know better than anyone that the ball has to keep rolling.  In other words, our lives are constantly changing and an upcoming move may force you to depart from your beloved course.  Should this happen, you’ll want to find another golf course near your new home that meets your expectations.  This is relatively easy to do, provided you keep a few things in mind.  Below, eight of these things are organized into the acronym “CALLAWAY,” which happens to also be the name of our favorite brand of clubs.

(C)ost

Inevitably, as an adult, one of the first things you’ll have to look at when choosing a course is the cost.  Before you make a decision, you’ll have to use the scales in your head to weigh the required fees of a course against the fun you think you’ll have.  However, remember not to judge quality by price.  Not every high quality golf course is expensive and not every expensive golf course is high quality.  Be sure to use those scales on several options before you make a final decision.

(A)sk other players

Before you choose any golf course, your first step should be to check its reviews from multiple sources.  A source can be anything from a face-to-face chat with a person to a website.  Most online sources will use a simple five star system that will make it easy to find the best course.  Two good sites to visit for reviews are golfcourseranking.com and golfadvisor.com.  The latter will also provide information on the layout and level of difficulty of each course.

(L)evel of Difficulty

When selecting a golf course, an important factor to consider is the difficulty of the course.  Let’s be honest, we all have a gap between our perception of our golf game and the reality.  This is perfectly fine until it comes to decisions like picking a new golf course.  Use the slope and the USGA rating system to quickly determine if a course matches your level of difficulty.  (eg. A relatively new golfer may want to choose a course with a course rating of around 69 and a slope rating of about 115 as opposed to a course with a course rating of 76 and a slope rating of 155).

(L)ocation

You wouldn’t be reading this article in the first place if this factor wasn’t important.  You will have to choose a course that is conveniently close and allows you to hit balls and be back in time for dinner.  A very good course might be worth a little travel time, but it is always preferable to be able to get to your course and back in a timely fashion.

(A)migos

Before choosing a golf course, get to know the people there.  If you’re an avid golfer, you’ll be spending a lot of time around them.  The wise golfer knows who he’ll be playing with. Get to know the people who will be your playing partners and see if they’ll be your friends too.  In short, make sure that they’re the kind of people you’ll want to hit balls with and not at.

(W)ho works there?

Different golf courses are going to have different employees and different levels of service.  Prior to choosing a course, you’ll want to investigate who will be serving you and how well they’ll be doing it.  Eg. (You may want to think twice about a course where loose change, cellphones etc. have been known to disappear from the bags caddies have been carrying).

(A)menities

Most golf courses and clubs will offer food and refreshments to their guests.  It may be a good idea to investigate these at any course or club you may choose.  Being able to enjoy a good meal or a refreshing beverage can be very convenient, provided they offer a good selection.  Ensure that they are at least reasonably edible as well as affordable.

(Y)esterday’s Course vs. Today’s Course

Lastly, it would be smart to choose a course that is more or less similar to the one you’re used to.   It takes time and effort to adjust to a different kind of course and the transition may cause some frustrating bogeys.  If you’re used to a course with few water hazards, I wouldn’t recommend Pebble Beach.  If you are used to playing in the woods, Pine Valley Golf Club is the place for you.  In addition, compare the slopes, lengths and pars of your old and new courses(All three are available at golfadvisor.com).  You may also want to consider the elevation, green speed and fairway widths on a new course  Remember, even if you find a compatible course, there’s no shame in taking a few mulligans on your first time around.

Moving Your Gear

We wish we could tell you that choosing a new golf course is the only stressful part of a golfer’s move, but, sadly, it isn’t.  You may also have to ensure that your golf clubs and gear are taken care of during the move.  If not transported carefully, clubs and other equipment could be bent, broken, lost or stolen while being transported.  You will find that playing golf without clubs is both difficult and embarrassing(Believe us.  We’ve tried.)  Fortunately, there is another handy acronym to help you remember how to handle moving your clubs:

(G)ood moving companies can always help

If you’re really concerned about a move or about your property being damaged, a relocation service might be an excellent idea.  However, know that you generally get what you pay for in the relocation industry and don’t be fooled by a firm that claims to offer excellent service for a song.  Be sure to check reviews from several sources on a moving company before making a final decision.

(O)n the roof?

Many golfers can tie golf bags to the roof of their car for simple transportation.  This might be convenient for you if you can attach them securely.  On the other hand, if you fasten them carelessly, you may arrive at your destination only to find that your bag is empty and perhaps even receive an angry call from the biker who was hit in the face when your driver came loose.  Make sure that your golf bag is securely fastened before you even start the engine.  If you will be keeping your clubs in your bag during transportation, it is absolutely necessary to wrap the bag in a protective outer sack to protect them from elemental damage and ensure that they do not slip out of the bag.

(L)oad your gear with care

If you’re not traveling by car or simply not choosing to strap your clubs to the roof of your automobile, it is still advisable to exercise caution when packing your clubs.  Make sure that they are protected by padding and not placed next to anything that they could damage or that could cause damage to them.  Also position them so that they will not slide or shift during the trip

(F)edex

For those who are looking for an extremely simple way to move their equipment, don’t mind abstaining from golf for a few days before and/or after their move, and don’t mind paying an extra shipping fee or two, it is always possible to simply ship belongings to your new home separately via a shipping company.  If you aren’t interested in a moving company but can’t or or don’t want to transport your something yourself, companies like Fedex or UPS are perfectly capable of getting your belongings to your destination. This would be a bit more expensive than transporting your items yourself, but it is definitely an option.

We hope that these tips will help fellow golfers to have a smooth moving experience and quickly return to enjoying the sport we all love.

Hit ‘em long and not too often!

Choosing the Best Time to Schedule a Move

 

Choosing the best time to schedule a move takes a lot of planning. Aside from the time that it takes to actually pack a home, travel time during a move can add several hours to the job.  Even though little can be done about the length of time it takes to move, travel can be scheduled around certain times of the day for the speediest trip possible.

 

Major highways can often become gridlocked with rush hour traffic, usually on weekdays between the hours of 8am and 10am and the hours of 4pm and 6pm, when most people travel to or from work.  If travel can’t be avoided at these hours, the use of surface roads can shave a considerable amount of travel time from the day’s itinerary.  People who live near schools should avoid trying to drive between 2pm and 3pm; when parents start heading to school to pick up their children for the day.  Narrow residential streets, parents driving around looking for their kids, and large moving trucks don’t add up to the best combination on the road.   

 

The idea of planning a move from start to finish is stressful enough without having to worry about driving a large truck on busy streets.  Those who lack experience driving a moving truck might become nervous or flustered behind the wheel of such a big truck.  A professional moving company can alleviate this worry by providing licensed and trained movers who operate large moving trucks on a regular basis.  This experience can come in handy if the truck must be maneuvered around sharp turns and down winding roads.  Where a regular person might overcompensate and exaggerate their driving movements by doing things like slamming on breaks or turning the wheel too hard, a trained mover is more likely to keep the truck steady and its cargo intact.  It would also be safer to have a trained driver behind the wheel when weather conditions make roads wet or slick.