Top 3 Ways Our Partnership with Go North Habitat Will Make Your Move Better

Beltmann5Beltmann Relocation has partnered up with Habitat for Humanity ReStores Donation program. The ReStores program helps to keep their resale outlets stocked with merchandise so that Habitat for Humanity can stay focused on what they do best – building homes. The Go North Habitat for Humanity ReStore donation program has specifically partnered up with the moving industry so that people who are moving have the opportunity to donate unwanted, gently used items to a local Habitat ReStore. The donated items are then used either in a new Habitat home or sold — with the proceeds going to fund more homes in your local community.

So, here’s how it works:

  1. You notify your moving consultant and let them know that you would like to participate in the program during your in home estimate
  2. The consultant will give you a donation inventory form
  3. You fill it out before your move date
  4. You place donation stickers on the items that you would like to donate
  5. You give the donation form to your mover on the move day or you can e-mail it to your coordinator
  6. You keep a copy for taxes
  7. Beltmann will deliver your donation to your local Habitat ReStore

Here are the top 3 ways this makes your move better:

  1. You move will be less expensive: By getting rid of unwanted items pre-move, you will pay less, because you will be moving less.
  2. You can get a tax deduction: By donating items you will be eligible for a tax dedication.
  3. It can save you a trip and the hassle: With our easy system you just put stickers on the items you want donated, no loading/unloading or hassle.

Not to mention you will be helping your community along the way. For more information, please visit: http://www.beltmann.com/habitat.htm

How You Can Get the Most Out of Your Beltmann Move

Beltmann6If you’re on your way to a new city or state and you’re using us to handle your move, we want you to be aware of all of the resources that you have available to you at your finger tips. Here are our top five ways you can make the most out of your move.

  1. Watch videos That Help You Along

Whether you’re looking for information on what supplies you’ll need for your upcoming move or how to set-up a moving budget, our DIY videos have you covered: https://www.youtube.com/user/beltmannrelo/videos

  1. Save These Online Tools

We have some online tools that you can use as you plan for your move. Things such as our packing calculator and shipment-tracking tool are things to definitely bookmark and save for when you need them.

  1. Get Pint-spired

Yes, we just made that word up – but, you’ll get what we mean when you check out our Pinterest boards and become inspired by our tips, tools and helpful city links: https://www.pinterest.com/beltmanngroup/

  1. Get Social With Us

If you need help or have a question – we are always available online, via our phone number 866-251-8588 or you can message us on Facebook or Twitter.

  1. Follow Our Blog

Check out our blog for new and fresh ideas that will help make your move easy and stress free.

Easy, Healthy First Night In Your New Home Recipes

Beltmann7The easy thing to do would be to call-in delivery or carry-out – but if you’re determined to have a healthy meal in your new home when you first move-in, here are some delicious, easy and nutritious options that won’t leave you with a big mess and a headache.

Seasoned Chicken Potatoes and Green beans

If you can find your crock pot, this recipe will take you less than 20-minutes to throw together.

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Image credit: The Magical Slow Cooker

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 5- 2lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • ½ lb. fresh green beans, trimmed (about 2.5 cups)
  • 25 lb. diced red potatoes (about 4 cups)
  • ⅓ cup FRESH lemon juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ¼ tsp. onion powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

View the full recipe here: http://www.themagicalslowcooker.com/2015/04/11/seasoned-chicken-potatoes-and-green-beans/

Grilled Caprese Sandwich

All you need for this one is five ingredients, a pan and a working stove-top. A delicious take on the traditional grilled cheese, this quick and easy dinner will be a favorite for many nights to come.

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Photo credit: www.iheartnaptime.net

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 slices sourdough bread
  • 1-2 TB butter
  • 1-2 TB pesto with basil
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 2 slices mozzarella cheese (about 1/4 inch thick)

View the full recipe here:

http://www.iheartnaptime.net/grilled-caprese-sandwich/

 

3 Ingredient Recipes

And, if these two recipes don’t do the trick, you can visit this website for a handy list of over 20 3-ingredient recipes: http://totallythebomb.com/3-ingredient-meal-recipes

And, when you’re ready to start checking out moving companies or if you need help with the moving process please be sure to give us a call or request a free online moving quote.

4 Steps to Stress Free Moving

Beltmann8Here’s the truth, moving can be stressful. But, a lot of times we do things that cause more chaos than calm. So, take some tried and true advice from some of our experts to ensure you’re not biting off more than you can chew for your upcoming move.

Leave Whitespace in Your Calendar

Two to three weeks before and after a move is not the time to take on anything extra – it’s actually a good time to move many obligations out of the picture. If you have kids, it might mean scaling down extracurricular activities, opting out of volunteering or canceling book club. Leave extra downtime in your schedule – even block it off, so it doesn’t get filled up. Know this transition will probably take more of your time and energy than you would like to admit and plan ahead for it.

Don’t Ask Your Friends to Help You Move

Yes, we are professional movers – but we are also friends, family members, spouses, moms and dads. And we all know the real truth – our friends really don’t want to help us move. They just don’t – it’s not fun for you and it’s not fun for them. There isn’t enough pizza or beer that will make it worth it for them. Not to mention the risk of injury when they’re lifting your heavy things – just call a pro.

Plan, Plan and Plan Some More

There are some really great resources out there to help you get organized before a move. A few great tips from our team are available on our Pinterest page. You really can’t over-plan. Ask your moving company for tips, checklists, timelines and resources to help you get prepared for the move ahead.

Schedule Fun

A few days after your move, you will be going full-speed to get settled. Don’t lose sight of your health and well being by intentionally scheduling some fun things in between the work. Visit a new park that’s close by, try a new yoga studio, go work out, go to a new coffee shop and read a book in the morning. Even though it’s tempting to just get settled in at rapid speed, it can make the whole process stressful. Look at your plan and schedule in extra time for some laughs, fun or rejuvenation.

If you’re ready to take that next step and call a mover, we’d love to be considered in your decision. You can call or visit our website for a free quote.

How To Choose Your New Internet Provider After You Move

 

beltman5altYou’ve packed the boxes, organized your movers, and finally made it to your new city. You’re excited because it is time to start making your new place a home. One of the most important steps in today’s world is getting your Internet connection up and running. But how do you know where you’ll get the best service for the best price in a new area?

If you find yourself overwhelmed with all the promotions thrown your way when it comes to Internet Service Providers (ISP), we’re here to help you. The best way to start things off in your new city is by saving money and time on this decision. Here is what to look for when you are searching for an ISP.

Between download speeds and delivery methods, it’s easy to get confused when shopping for an Internet provider. Make sure you get exactly what you need by following these helpful tips.

What’s your need for speed?

Internet providers offer anything from less than 1 Mbps (megabits per second) to 100 Mbps. With faster speeds come higher price tags. Make sure you don’t pay for more than you need. Look at the number of devices used in your household and the activities performed, then get a plan that fits your activity level.

Pick the right type of service


There are many ways that Internet can be delivered to your home — DSL, fiber-optic, cable and satellite. The pros and cons of each come down to the speeds they offer and whether or not your connection is shared with other customers or dedicated to you alone. Whether you live in the city or a more rural area can also limit the types of Internet available.

Sign a contract or consider other options

Many ISPs offer special deals to customers who sign a contract. The contract lets you lock in your price for an extended period of time, protecting you from price increases for the duration of the contract. If you plan to move or expect changing Internet needs, you might want to find a provider that offers more flexibility than a contract offers.

Check their rep

It pays to do a little research on your ISP’s reputation. Read customer reviews and find out what other customers have to say about each provider’s customer service and other important factors to you during the residential moving process. You want a provider that has a strong reputation for fast service and friendly help when you need it.

Moving comes with enough things to sort out. You shouldn’t be stumped when it comes to looking for a reliable ISP you can afford. Use these tips so you know what to search for. Since offers change from time to time and vary by location, remember to check out different providers for the latest deals in your area.

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The Beginner’s Guide To Moving

Christmas  moving houseIt can be said that moving is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. It’s also an exciting time but still can be a daunting task with one eye on the future and one set on getting there. Residential moving doesn’t have to be intimidating though. As long as you prepare in advance and take it step by step, you’ll find yourself moving into your new place with minimal concern.

Step 1: Create a Budget

Determine how much you need to spend on your move. Consider packing supply costs, professional moving companies or truck rental costs, food or other sundries. Start a file or folder to keep all of your notes and important documents together and readily accessible.

Step 2: Reserve Equipment and/or Movers

Schedule your equipment or mover reservations as far in advance as possible before your expected moving date. You don’t want to wait too long and risk having fewer options at your disposal when it’s time to move. If you’re asking friends or family to help instead of using movers, reach out now to make sure they will be available, and to decrease the likelihood of no-shows on moving day.

Step 3: Donate or Throw Away Items

Donate or throw out items that will not be going to your new home. Before putting the first thing in a box, you should start the moving process by getting rid of what you don’t need. Go through each area of your home to see what you no longer use. The less stuff you have to move, the easier it is to organize, pack and move.

Step 4: Start Packing

If you start packing weeks before the move, you’ll save yourself from unnecessary stress and make the process more organized and efficient. Start with items you have stored in closets, the attic or basement, or otherwise use less often than other items. Do one room at a time until you’ve packed everything in the house. Leave essential bedroom, bathroom and kitchen items unpacked until you’re close to moving day so that you avoid packing something that you might need before the move.

Step 5: Transfer Services and Change Address

Transfer all services to your new address ahead of time to ensure that you won’t have an interruption of services at your new home. Call your utilities, phone, cable/internet providers and post office to switch service delivery to your new address.

Step 6: Move

On the day of the move, remember to get enough sleep the night before and be sure to eat a good breakfast. You’ll need the energy. If you have hired movers or friends helping, make sure everything is ready for them.

Alright! Now you’ve got a beginner’s guide for making your move go smoothly. We hope this helps make your transition easier. Enjoy your new home!

7 Moving Tips That Will Make Your Life Easier (#6 is our favorite)

Christmas  moving houseYou’re ready to make a move, but your stuff is staring you in the face, silently laughing at you. Packing up your belongings can be an overwhelming task, but there are many ways to make packing easier. It all starts with small steps that will help you accomplish your big goal. These seven residential moving tips will get you ready to pack and make your life easier.

Moving Tip #1: Don’t procrastinate. Don’t be mad at us for stating the obvious here. This seems simple enough, but getting started can be difficult. A few weeks prior to your move, start packing several boxes a day. Begin with items that are least necessary to your daily life. If you pace yourself, you will be more organized and the overall job won’t be so overwhelming. Make moving easier by not waiting to get started.

Moving Tip #2: Pack one space at a time. Focus on one area of a room at a time and don’t mix items from different rooms in one box if you can help it. To prevent small items from being lost or mistakenly thrown out with the packing paper, wrap them in brightly-colored tissue paper.

Moving Tip #3: Clearly label everything. On the top and side of each box, write a general description of the contents and the room name. Use different colored markers for each room, which will provide clarity for you and your movers.

Moving Tip #4: Keep things clean. Avoid the temptation to use regular newspaper or magazines because the ink may bleed onto your possessions. Use white packing paper to wrap all items instead.

Moving Tip #5: Use boxes designed for moving. Boxes acquired from grocery or convenient stores are not always clean and might not hold the weight of the items that you will be putting in them. In addition, varying box sizes can make loading more difficult.

Moving Tip #6: Realize what you can’t pack. Some common household items can’t be shipped because they are hazardous. Don’t end up on the wrong side of the law. Some items, you just can’t put on the moving truck. You’ll thank us later for stating this.

Moving Tip #7: Don’t box up everything. You should personally transport valuables, legal documents (wills, passports. etc.), and family heirlooms. Make packing easier by deciding what doesn’t need to be packed. Take it with you and it will be less likely to break and arrive in tact.

How To Get Rid of Stress When You Move

Christmas  moving housePlease take advantage of our residential moving tips and advice. Print this page and carry it with you before and several days after the move. Moving tips that may seem obvious can be easily over looked and lead to stress. Taking our moving advice has been proven to lead to happy women, tension-free men, calm children, and peaceful pets.

Take Notes

Make a note of your shipment registration number and keep it with you in case you need to call your mover with questions about your shipment.

Exchange Contact Info

Before the van foreman leaves for your destination residence, exchange contact information. It is also a good idea to provide him with an alternate contact in case you can’t be reached. And some people thought that idea was only reserved for health care.

Protect Your Memories

If it’s priceless, put it in the car with you. If you do decide to pack framed photos or art, place sheets or blankets between them for added padding and protection.

Remember the Bare Necessities

It’s not just a song from Jungle Book. Toilet paper, toiletries, snacks, coffee with pot, soap, flashlight, screwdriver, pliers, can opener, paper plates, cups, utensils, a couple of pans, paper towels, and cleaning supplies are some of the essentials you may need as soon as you make it to your new home. Pack a box with these types of items and ask your van foreman to load it last so that it will be unloaded first. Bonus tip: Write “Jungle Book” box on the outside. It will give you one more reason to smile and sing at your new place.

Give the Kids an Exercise

Have children write their names and new address on the cartons from their rooms so they can become familiar with their new street and town. It can be hard to get kids involved in the moving process but this may be a small positive memory for them in a sometimes uncertain and nervous time.

Help Your Pet Relax

Keep your pet calm and away from all the activity on moving day by arranging for a friend to watch him/her at their house. If this is not possible, seek alternate animal care for the day. Your carpet and your sanity will thank us later.

Be Nice to Your Plants

When moving plants to your new residence via your car, try not to let foliage rest against the windows, as the leaves will scorch.

Take a Break from the Computer

Upon arrival at your new home, let your computer “acclimate” itself to room temperature before plugging it in.

Enjoy the Help

Leave the rest to the professionals, sit back and relax. Look forward to the new opportunities, friends and experiences that are part of any move.

U.S. News: Best Jobs in 2016

beltman8Whether you’re looking for a new job or a career change, it’s always a good idea to do your research. There are quite a few reports that are released each year that cover best salaries, jobs highest in demand and trends. But, the U.S. News release of the “Best Jobs” list tries to combine a number of factors to come up with the ultimate list of jobs. They rank jobs based on a number of factors including:

  • Salary
  • Stress
  • Skills and talent matches
  • Opportunity for advancement
  • Work life/balance
  • Satisfaction

This year’s list includes quite a few healthcare related occupations and only one computer science career.

  1. Orthodontist
  2. Dentist
  3. Computer Systems Analyst
  4. Nurse Anesthetist
  5. Physician Assistant
  6. Nurse Practitioner
  7. Psychiatrist
  8. Pediatrician
  9. Anesthesiologist
  10. Obstetrician and Gynecologist

View the full list here: http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings/the-100-best-jobs

On the flip-side, FORBES “Toughest jobs to fill for 2016” includes at the top of its lists jobs like, Data Scientist, Electrical Engineer and General Operations Manager as jobs in high-demand. There are a few healthcare jobs listed, but they do not require an advanced degree.

  1. Data Scientist
  2. Electrical Engineer
  3. General and Operations Manager
  4. Home Health Aide
  5. Information Security Analyst
  6. Marketing Manager
  7. Medical Service Manager

Check out the full FORBES article: http://www.shrm.org/hrdisciplines/staffingmanagement/articles/pages/10-toughest-jobs-to-fill-2016.aspx

 

 

Stunning Pinterest Boards for Home Inspiration

beltman7altIf you’re about to move, you’re probably spending a lot of time daydreaming and planning on Pinterest. Whether you’re moving into a fixer-upper or a turnkey home, you’ll probably be putting your own style and spin on your new place. We gathered some of the best boards for inspiration as you start organizing and planning your move.

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The best part about Pinterest is that it’s organized in a way that can help you discover pins that fit your style and tastes. Under the “Home Décor” section of the website, there are sub-categories that will allow you to get more specific on the types of home décor you’re interested in viewing.

I like Modern décor, so I picked that category. You’re able to then “follow” this board so that new pins will show up on your newsfeed.

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Once you get into Modern décor there are additional sub-sections to further narrow down your search, such as “home exterior design” and “modern houses” boards.

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I then picked, “Home Interior Design” and the selections get even more granular. Things like: “Rooms layout plan” and “Modern kitchen design” were listed. You can follow each sub-category by clicking on the icons and then the “follow” button.

If you’re looking for something specific like “paint colors”, you can search by typing that keyword into the search bar. Searching this way will show the most recent pins at the top. If you want to find more inspiration, you can click on “board” – to see the most popular boards under this category.

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And, don’t forget if you’re getting ready to move, be sure to follow our Pinterest boards for lots of moving tips and hacks: https://www.pinterest.com/beltmanngroup/