Moving Day For Seniors

09/15/2009

Moving? How to Create a Stress-Free Move Day

On the lists of stress-inducing events, moving is usually one of the highest, with move day being the climax. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are two categories of needs that occur during move day. The first encompasses transactional needs, the types of activities that you find on checklists. The second category comprises emotional need. Finding solutions for emotional needs is often more complex. By planning and anticipating both types of needs, you can reduce stress on move day and create a smooth, positive experience.

What’s the secret to planning and implementing stress-free moves? Start with the big picture; everything else is small stuff.

Be a Traffic Cop

Moving day often makes people feel like they are the hub of a wheel, with spokes coming at them from all directions. Move-day planning can help. Develop a floor plan and post it on the front door of your new home so movers can place furniture without constantly having to ask you questions. Take photographs of how items are arranged in china closets and on shelves so other people can help with unpacking. Use Do Not Pack and Open Me First checklists to keep track of things you’ll need the night before and day of moving. Delegating to others doesn’t mean that you are not in charge; it means that you have selected things that others can accomplish, and you can concentrate on tasks that only you can do.

Unpack Strategically

A second key to a stress-free move day is doing “first-things” first. That means focusing efforts on tasks that must be done in order for you to stay overnight in your new home; things like setting up the bedroom, making your bed, unpacking toiletries and setting up lamps so you have light. Don’t tackle the china closets, kitchen and office until after the bedroom is set up.

Tip #1: Unpack the bedroom first so you won’t be in the movers’ way when they unload additional furniture.

Tip #2: Ask the mover to load your bedroom furniture and clothing last, so it comes off the truck first.

Tip #3: Focus on one room at a time and get it completely settled before moving on. This way you’ll have space that is organized and carton-free, even if other rooms still need to be unpacked.

Prioritize Yourself

The most important need, however, is taking care of yourself. This means stopping work at a reasonable hour—say six in the evening—before you exhaust yourself or hurt your back. Plan on a casual meal out, come back to your unpacked and organized bedroom, and go to bed. The cartons that remain will be there for you the next day, or the day after that.

Give yourself permission to not accomplish everything at once. Patience and understanding go a long way in reducing stress. Recognize that your spouse’s bad mood is not about you; it’s about how he is feeling. Stress can affect memory too, so don’t panic if you can’t remember your new phone number or your daughter’s address; you’ll be fine next week. Lastly, give yourself time to feel at home. You have probably spent months preparing for and anticipating your move; move day can seem disappointing or anticlimactic. The best part about move day is, it ends, and then you are ready to start life in your new home.

Helpful Hints

Create a Do Not Pack area the day before the move for everything you are likely to need the next day. Include items from three categories:

  1. Clothing, towels and toiletries
  2. Personal items such as keys, wallet, checkbook, cell phone (and charger) and all prescription medication
  3. Miscellaneous items which are easily lost, such as the TV remote and the key to the china closet

Make an Open Me First box for items such as towels and bedding, telephones, clock radio, toilet paper, trash bags, snack food, paper plates and a coffee or tea pot (plus filters!).

Surfing Suggestions

If you’d like more suggestions on how to ease the moving process, visit the National Association of Senior Move Mangers (NASMM).

http://www.gilbertguide.com/articles/moving-made-easy-how-to-create-a-stress-free-move-day/

Actual conversations of people asking about what it’s like to live in Frederick Maryland from popular web forum about cities in every state: city-data.com:

Originally Posted by Mush202 View Post
Need some advice on Frederick, MD. My wife and I are looking at moving to Frederick but I am hearing some mixed feedback on the area. We are looking for a single family home in the $400K-$500K price range.

Is Frederick safe? Crime?

My ex and I moved up to Frederick after college to raise kids and it is a great area. There’s lots to do, parks, hiking, minor league baseball, arts, history, shopping, great dining and nightlife too. I’ve been here over twenty years now and never had a problem with crime. Now that I’m single I am out and about downtown all the time. It’s a really great downtown and reminds me of Annapolis, Fells Point or Old Town Alexandria. Just like those places, you want to be safe and know where not to go, but again, I’ve never had a problem. The area around Baker Park is especially nice. Carroll Creek is an up and coming area, but with all the condos it’s probably more geared for singles. Generally the police are great. I had one incident with a dyke police woman that, well, we had a personality clash. But that is the exception and most of the officers have been friendly, respectful and often you even see the Chief of Police out walking the streets. The town is growing but still has a bit of the Mayberry feel to it. Don’t plan to drink and drive though, as police officers are all over the place after midnight on weekends. Steer away from South Street, Hillcrest and Heather Ridge areas, but otherwise you should feel safe where ever you go.
Read more: http://www.city-data.com/forum/maryland/210290-possibly-moving-frederick-md.html#ixzz0RDMWgVLD

Frederick Maryland Attractions:

From Life in Frederick Maryland

Tours & Cruises

  • Candlelight Ghost Tours of Frederick
    124 North Market Street • Frederick, MD 21701
    The Tour Begins at Brewer’s Alley Restaurant
    301-845-7001 or 301-668-8922
    Frederick’s most popular walking tour, which is based upon factual events and actual eyewitness encounters, brings history alive as tour guides dressed in period attire lead visitors on a 90 minute excursion through the city’s dark streets and alleyways, highlighting numerous epicenters of paranormal activity in the historic downtown area.


  • Google moving companies in frederick maryland

    09/15/2009

    Moving to Frederick Maryland?

    Moving from Frederick Maryland?

    Why is it when you search on Google for “moving companies in Frederick Maryland” in the main body of search results there are only 2 *real* moving companies listed, 2 are from this blog, the rest are places that get paid if you fill out a moving quote from thier site?

    Google search results for moving companies are not moving companies

    Google search results for moving companies are not moving companies

    SEO is why, search engine optimization.

    The moving directories use it, the real moving companies aren’t yet wise to it. (or their stuborn?)

    Let’s take a look at this: there are 10 listings in the “Google Local Business Listings” and 10 listings in the main body of Google search results.

    Who is ranking #1? 123movers.net

    The first 5 listings are places that want you to fill out a moving quote, they’ll get paid around $4 for each quote you fill out. They don’t care if you hired the best moving company, it’s of no concern to them if you hired a bad one.

    It IS their concern that they make money.

    This blog is for rent to a real Frederick Maryland moving company. Do you see any one else grabbing 2 of the 10 spots?

    Frederick Maryland Moving Companies

    Frederick Maryland Moving Companies facing extra tough economic times need extra tough advertising measures if they are to survive. In this business climate
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    This blog and it’s sister blog and you get them both for $100 month.

    Frederick County Maryland Moving

    This blog is one of 4 created for a Frederick Maryland Moving Company ….. Frederick Maryland Moving Companies Internet advertising efforts handicapped
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    Google “Move to Frederick Maryland” ? Frederick Maryland Moving

    Google ”Move to Frederick Maryland” into Google and the majority of the listings Google returns are NOT moving companies. What shows up at nearly all of the
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    Frederick Maryland Moving Directories

    09/15/2009

    How do the moving quote directories manage to dominate the top search engine listings  (often with multiple listings) while “real” Frederick Moving Companies can barely manage to get a single entry in search listings?

    There are two primary causes for this and the first one is pride.

    Pride goeth before the fall.

    Most small business owners think of advertising in terms of pitching thier product to the public, the advertising medium is considered a tool to use at thier disposal. The business owners idea model of their universe consists of they think of advertising as something they have to pay for out of their pocket so they are going to say what they want said about their company.

    It’s their dime isn’t it?

    Frederick Maryland Moving companies are no different than any other small business owner. They have their own ideas of what a business website  should look like… it represents them so they think they should control what it looks like, ya think?

    So what do Frederick Moving Companies do? They go get a web designer to make a brochure website or a “business card” website.  The end product displays much like a business card.  Some savvy Moving Companies will look into hireing a search engine consultant in hopes of improving the website’s ranking in Google. In search engine parlance we’re known as SEO guys: Search Engine Optimization.

    An SEO firm is going to have to edit and alter the existing site to make it perform better in Google, but that is NOT going to have


    Moving Scams and Moving forums

    03/29/2009

    Now you can check to see if the mover you’re interesting in hiring has any complaints… easily online!

    Avoiding moving scams

    Moving company scams can cost you a lot of money and spoil the excitement of getting a new home, so know what you can do to protect yourself.

    Moving can be one of the most stressful times in your life. There are usually a great deal of memories and a considerable amount of money at stake, so the last thing you want to deal with is getting scammed. Here are some tips to follow so you can avoid getting ripped off when you move from one home to the next.

    Check references

    If you heard of a moving company from your real estate agent, chances are his or her other clients have used the same service and have been pleased. You may also want to ask for references directly from the company so you can see how satisfied other customers have been with the movers. If you are unsure about a certain moving company, it may be a good idea to check into your local chamber of commerce, as well as a community organization that specializes in relocation to see if there have been any complaints or reports of moving company scams. Another good resource is your local police department. An officer should be able tell you about any recent scams or what to look out for when contracting a mover to transport your belongings.

    Be cautious

    If you have found a moving company that you are interested in contracting for your move, here are a few things to consider: Do they give a local address? Did they give you an estimate for moving over the phone? Does the company require a large deposit? Are there company vehicles or generic rented trucks? All of these things can be red flags! Reputable moving companies should be able to give a local address and phone number, and your estimate should be given once a representative of the company has seen the size and the amount of furniture you have. You should also try to avoid paying movers until the move has been completed and the company should have their own vehicles with company logos, rather than trucks rented from another company. Another good idea is to look into licensure and insurance information, as well as consumer advocacy groups before you contract a company for your move.

    Know your rights

    If you feel you have been scammed, ripped off or treated unfairly by a moving company it is your right to react appropriately. A good place to start is with your local police department and chamber of commerce. It is also a good idea to report any scams or unsatisfactory activity to the Department of Transportation by calling 1-888-DOT-SAFT. Doing so can help recover your money or your belongings, as well as help protect other consumers from moving scams. Published on January 30, 2007

    Additional Resources: http://www.movingscam.com/findmover.shtml

     

    This is still a Frederick Maryland Moving Company Website is search for a Maryland Moving Company to sponsor it.

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    Is your Maryland mover reputable? Rogue Movers Explained

    03/28/2009

    Moving Industry to Unveil Program to End ‘Rogue Mover’ Problem

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    ORLANDO, Fla., April 1, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being
    issued by American Moving and Storage Association:
    AMSA's ProMover(SM) Certification Will Protect Consumers, Put 'Rogues' Out of
    Business
    
    WHAT:  A news event to unveil ProMover(SM), an innovative program created by
    the American Moving and Storage Association to help protect consumers by
    ensuring that the movers they hire are legitimate, honest professionals. 
    
    The ProMover(SM) program seeks to put an end to the small but devastating
    problem of "rogue movers" -- criminals who pose as legitimate movers to rip
    off consumers -- with a comprehensive program of pre-screening, annual reviews
    and a strict revocation process for companies that fail to adhere to the
    ProMover(SM) pledge of professionalism. The ProMover(SM) designation will
    represent a new standard for professionalism and excellence and a "must have"
    credential to be identified as a trusted, professional mover.

    Rogue Movers: How Reputable is Your Moving Company?

    Wednesday February 28, 2007

    All moving companies are not created equal. We made this discovery when moving from a rural community, where the choice of cross-country movers was extremely limited, to the opposite side of the continent. In the end, we did manage to get our damaged goods back, but it took the police, an enthusiastic television crew and our determined efforts to do it – a situation no one should experience.

    More and more people are going online to find a moving company, with mixed results. It seems that the Search Engine Marketing Skills of a few savvy webmasters are out-performing legitimate moving companies in the search engine results pages.

    Type “move to Frederick Maryland” into Google and the majority of the listings Google returns are NOT moving companies.

    What shows up at nearly all of the top organic listings are so called “Moving Company Directories”.  The highly skilled in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) webmasters are staking out the keywords people search for

    Nationally, the moving industry creates $16.5 billion each year in earnings, provides nearly 123,000 jobs and spends $7 billion on equipment, parts and supplies.

    This is still a Frederick Maryland Moving Company Website is search for a Maryland Moving Company to sponsor it.

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    Downtown Frederick, Maryland

    03/22/2009

    Downtown Frederick, Maryland, originally uploaded by craftybeaver.

    The City of Frederick goes back 250 years.  A pre-revolutionary town,

    the old-fashioned hills and spires of this little town look like Old Germany, Schiferstadt Germany is actually a “Sister City” to Frederick Maryland (what ever sister city means)

    Lots of Italianate architecture, Frederick has lots of antique shops.

    There are many, many reasons to relocate to Frederick Maryland.

    And there are jobs to be had, Montgomery County is so close and provides a measure of high tech pull on the employee base of Frederick Maryland.

    Everyone wants to work in Montgomery County Maryland, who can afford to live there (and Frederick County is only a half hour away)

    This is still a Frederick Maryland Moving Company Website is search for a Maryland Moving Company to sponsor it.

    This site/blog would be a boost to and powerful asset to accompany your existing Frederick Moving Company website.

    But don’t take MY word for it, just look at the before and after stats for a Maryland Moving Company that we tested out this WEB2.0 Blog Marketing to support existing conventional website system on:

    Website stats by http://siteanalytics.compete.com/wehelpumove.com/#

    What are we looking at here?

    We were hired by We Help-U-Move to provide one thing and one thing only:

    Multiple listings in Google, Yahoo, MSN Live, AOL search.

    We Help-U-Move already had a website and webmaster/web designer

    Frederick Web Promotions was hired as a search engine marketing consultant, not a replace for the existing webmaster.

    What you see in the graph above is when we posted to the blogs and social media sites, obviously you see a spike, when we stopped, web traffic stopped.

    That graph is from an independent website that does analysis of traffic trends and the trend it shows is…

    When you advertise with Frederick Web Promotions you get traffic.

    period

    Do you want traffic to YOUR Moving company website?

    Do you want the phone to ring in your moving company office?

    Contact David Bruce at 301 363-8206

    Maryland Internet Advertising

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    $15,000 worth of MD home buying help

    02/09/2009

    Frederick Maryland Mortgage Help Relocate to Frederick

    It could be a good time to buy new digs. The Senate yesterday passed a new home buyer tax credit allotting buyers up to $15,000 in tax credits. The New York Times reports:

    The Senate on Wednesday voted to expand the economic stimulus package with a tax credit for homebuyers of up to $15,000, a provision championed by Republicans as addressing a root cause of the recession.

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    The tax break for homebuyers, which the Senate approved by voice vote without opposition, was the second amendment in two days intended to encourage consumers to make major purchases. The tax credit would give buyers 10 percent of the price of a primary residence bought within one year, up to $15,000, and is intended to stabilize plummeting home prices, which caused a wave of foreclosures and led to the near collapse of the financial system as Wall Street firms wrote down billions in mortgage-backed assets.

    With Wednesday’s additions, the cost of the Senate package has climbed well above $900 billion — the limit that Mr. Obama has set for the final legislation. Intense negotiations seemed likely over how to reduce the price tag.

    Times are good for people with money to spare.

    http://www.businesspundit.com/senate-passes-15000-home-buyer-tax-credit/

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