5 Tips For De-Stressing Your Long Distance Move

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Moving can be fun, and it can be a great adventure, depending on where and why you’re relocating. Here are 5 tips for de-stressing your long distance move!

Find a house before moving

While it might seem easier to simply find a new house or apartment once you’ve actually made the big move, you might find that your search isn’t as easy as you originally believed. You could end up staying at a hotel or with a friend or relative longer than planned. Even if you don’t find a home prior to moving, you can at least narrow down your choices and have some options in mind.

Carefully research the area

Even if you’re offered a dream job out of town, you don’t want to relocate unless you’re totally comfortable with moving to that particular area. You should check out crime rates, specific neighborhoods, cost of living, schools (if you have children) and anything else that might help give you a better picture of that particular city or town.

Hire a top-notch moving company

If you’re like many people, then the last thing that you want to do is move an entire house full of furniture, appliances and numerous other household belonging to an out-of-town address. Just the thought can invoke a great deal of anxiety, which is why hiring a reputable moving company that performs long distance moves is important.

Begin early

Starting early gives you the opportunity to get a head start on packing, getting rid of unwanted items and making all other necessary plans. That way, you will avoid the stress of scrambling at the last minute to implement your moving plans. Beginning early also helps you avoid forgetting important aspects of your move.

Find out if cable & internet can be transferred

Even though you’re moving long distance, your cable and internet provider might also provide service where you’re moving. This could save you money when it comes to deposits, and prevent you from breaking a contract, if you’re currently under one.

Moving long distance doesn’t have to be as stressful as it can be. With a bit of planning in advance and giving yourself enough time to ensure that every aspect of your move is carefully managed, your out-of-town move could be more exciting than overwhelming.


5 Things to Do 2 Weeks Before Moving Out

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You’re excited and overwhelmed. You’re moving in just a few weeks and it seems like your list of things to do is just too long. For those in Miami, it’s easiest and most efficient to let the professionals do the actual packing. But, before you sit back and relax, there are a few things you need to do now to ensure this move goes well.

#1: Let’s Get the Clutter Under Control

Take a good look around your home. How much is “stuff” that really does not have any useful purpose in your home and is taking up space? That’s clutter. Ask yourself if you really want to take these items with you to your next home. You could even bank a few dollars by doing so. Use an app, such as LetGo or OfferUp to help you to sell items quickly. Having less to pack and move means more control in your new home.

#2: Get Into That Garage

Perhaps you are one of the lucky people who has a large garage. It’s nice to be able to park your car in there to avoid weather conditions. But, you haven’t been able to do that in a few years. You have too much stuff. By two weeks out, you need to have gone through and cleaned out the garage making piles for give away, selling, and trash. Because garages are large spaces, they tend to be a catch-all, which ultimately will make cleaning them out challenging. Tackle this now.

#3: Create a Schedule for Organizing and Packing

Now is the perfect time to create a schedule. Use a Google Calendar app if you like or a piece of paper. The goal is to write down which areas of the home you’ll target first. By cleaning out these spaces now, you can get rid of extra clutter while also getting more of a sense of what you own and need to plan for.

#4: Map Out Your New Home

You know where your bed will go and the position of your couch, but what about everything else? Use a basic application or diagram tool on your tablet and create a map of your apartment. Place objects the way you want them to be. The movers will appreciate this later.

#5: Get Paperwork Under Control

Now is the time to pay off your bills at your existing location, contact your utility companies about your new location, make change of address adjustments, and notify everyone else of your new location.

You’ve got a few weeks before your move. Aside from locating your Miami Mover and getting the packing started by the team, these tips will get you on your way to your new home.

4 Tips For Organizing Your Stuff Before You Move

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Moving to a new city can be a confusing and worrisome time for just about everyone. However, by making a few quick organizational choices before you pack up and hit your new home, you can save yourself plenty of headaches.

Take Only What You Need

If you have a ton of excess stuff in storage or in a garage, maybe it is time to part ways with it. After all, you haven’t used that sewing machine in years and it is starting to collect dust. Maybe you have an entertainment center that is way too big for the new place. Either way, if you have a bunch of stuff that you want to leave behind, you can either donate it to the local thrift store or plan for a yard sale. Donations are tax deductible and a yard sale can nab you a few extra dollars in your pocket.

Photograph Your Stuff

Make sure you photograph all of your things before they are packed up and shipped to your new place. That way, when you get to the new house, you can reorganize with a visual reference. It also helps other people to know where you want your things if they are helping you unpack.

Finish Off Your Fridge

Like most people, you probably have an excess of things piled up in your refrigerator and freezer. Instead of trying to transport that stuff, try to get it all eaten before you move. If it is a lot of stuff, you can throw a party and cook as much of it as you can. Your friends will appreciate the food, and you will be more than happy to not have to take all of those groceries with you. Also, try to taper off your grocery purchases as you near your move so you don’t have to waste a lot of stuff.

Don’t Be Afraid of Storage

If you are downsizing, but still have stuff you want to hold onto that doesn’t fit into your new home, ask Beltmann for help with your storage needs. Taking it with you and storing it works out to be a lot cheaper than storing it in your old town and having to come back to get it later.

Hiring the right people can make the world of difference. And if you are moving to Atlanta, Beltmann Relocation Group is the choice for you!


Store it or Keep it: Determining When to Get Rid of Items

Pile Of Brown Cardboard Boxes With House Or Office Goods.

For some people, accumulating personal and household items can sometimes become overwhelming. Closets, attics, basements and garages can quickly become filled with items that have been long forgotten or even no longer wanted. If you are going to be moving soon and your storage areas have become overfilled with an over abundance of items, then you may plan on getting rid of some thing. However, you might be having difficulty deciding whether to keep certain items or place them in storage. Here is a guide that can help you make this decision:

Determine if the items are outdated

If you find that some of the items that you have stored have become outdated, then this may be your cue to get rid of them. You don’t want to add unnecessary clutter to your new home, and if you donate or sell the items, then someone else may be able to find some use out of the items that you’re no longer interested in. However, if you feel you could use the items despite being outdated, then placing them in storage instead of getting rid of them might be a better decision.

Do the items have sentimental value?

Everyone has at least a few items that are of sentimental value. You should carefully consider that if you do find items that you have stashed away that have sentimental value. Chances are that if you have the items hidden away in a closet or garage that you could part with at least some of them without feeling sad. On the other hand, if you come across belongings that you absolutely can’t live without, then by all means, place them in storage.

Are the items in good working order?

If some of the items that you find stored away are broken or don’t work properly, then you might seriously want to consider trashing them. You might be surprised at how happy someone else can be with items that you can no longer use. If they’re in good working order, then you might want to place them in storage, but only if you believe you can use them in the future.

Moving can be a hectic time, especially when you realize just how many personal items you’ve collected over the years. Your move can be less of a big deal if you take the time to carefully scrutinize everything that you have. That way, you can ensure that you only keep or get rid of items that you’re absolutely sure of your decision about.

Our experienced team of New York City movers will take the hassle out of your big move. Our comprehensive range of moving and storage services for both residential and commercial customers can be customized to suit your needs. Call us today to speak to a friendly moving specialist, or request your free, no-obligation quote from our website!

Facing the Music: How to Mentally Prepare Yourself for Parting with Your Stuff

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You look in your junk drawer and see an endless amount of clutter: tape measurers, kid’s toys, old pens, etc. It’s exhausting to see stuff like this, and that’s just one of many nooks and crannies in your home that have to be dealt with. If you feel like you don’t have the mental energy to decide what to save and what to toss, then congratulations: you’re normal! It’s rough to see this stuff. Every knickknack comes with a story, objects remind you of the amazing adventures you’ve had. Clothes you haven’t worn for a while might become your go-to favorite in a few months. You might be able to fit into those pants again! Who knows what the future can hold? These thoughts hold you back. Acknowledge them now, and then start to shift gears because you’re moving and you can’t take it all with you!

Asking the Tough Questions

Yes, you’ll make some mistakes. You are bound to toss out something you’ll need later. It happens to all of us. Later when you’re looking for that warranty/tool/pair of shoes/kitchen gadget, you’ll curse yourself and this article. But you’re far more likely to keep something that will just clutter up your home. Stuff that you’ll never use or won’t use enough to make it worth keeping. I know this is hard, but if you haven’t used it for a few months, then chances are you don’t actually need it. (I’m not talking about seasonal stuff: obviously don’t get rid of all of your summer clothes if you’re moving during the winter.) Ask yourself if you really and truly need something, and don’t feel bad about pitching it.

Simplify Your Life

Try to look at this as a simplification of your life. Relationships, jobs, responsibilities all take their toll on us. Life is complicated enough as it is without needing to add tons of material things to it. We’ve all bought things on impulse that turned out to be a bad move, and that’s perfectly fine. You don’t have to hold onto something just to justify the cost that was made. If you have the energy (and you’ll need a lot of it) then do the yard sale thing. If you don’t, then give to charity. Someone may get a lot of use out of your stuff.

Reach out for Help

Trusty Chicago movers can’t make your decisions for you but they can be sanity savers when you’re feeling squeezed for time and energy at every turn. Beltmann has the experience and staff you need to get you where you want to be with less stress!

Stop Wasting Time! Tips to Get You Moving Faster

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Unless you love moving (and yes, there are people who love the organizational and logistical aspects of it all), then you’re probably worried about what to do with the vast amount of stuff you’ve accumulated and how you’re going to get it from one place to the other. As with a lot of things, you probably don’t have a ton of money to throw at the problem either. There are things that you can do though to make your transition go a little more smoothly.

Decide What You Want Before You Go

It might seem easier to just see what you’re going to want when you get to the new place. After all, how can you know what will go in a space if you don’t have a chance to get a real sense of the ins and outs of your new home? Plus, this way you can delay the tougher decisions until you’re done with the physical part of the move. It’s tempting, but you should really make those tough calls earlier rather than later. The less stuff you have to deal with, the less likely you’ll feel overwhelmed.

Get a Schedule Going

Sometimes it really helps to write things down on a checklist or a daily organizer. Do your best to get all of the tasks on there, and don’t underestimate how long they’ll take. Can you really go through the kitchen in just a day? Do you actually remember how many pots, pans and Tupperware containers you’ve amassed over the years? When was the last time you really looked at the attic or basement. Things have a way of piling up, and a schedule can keep you from going off the rails (and ultimately save you time.)

Redefine Your Focus

Any problems and stresses you’ll have with moving come from not having sufficient motivation. Moving isn’t becoming a millionaire from playing the stock market overnight: you can do this! You need to focus on what moves you — literally. Motivational quotes, books, energetic music, just gritting your teeth: we all have something that helps.

Calling On the Experts

Having the seasoned pros take over the packing and take a big share of the load may prove to the be best move for you. This gives you a good chunk of your life back, and lets you focus on the many other things you’ll need to do with your move. The amount of hours the Chicago movers at Beltmann has helped people save is immeasurable. Let us do it for you too!

The Upside to Changing Locations

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Our expectations very rarely ever turn into reality, but we should be pleased to know that it goes both ways. The power of positive thinking is great, but sometimes it can set you up for disappointment. Moving is tough (no matter how perfectly everything goes), but that’s nothing compared to how you’ll react once you get settled into your new home. Routine can be more powerful than we imagine, and you may not even realize it at first. Plus it’s hard to tell people that you’re irritable because your coffee machine can’t be set up on the counter anymore because of the layout of your kitchen. So if you’re starting to feel a little down, then remember the upsides to changing locations.

New Passions

Whether you’re moving across the street or across the country, you will have opportunities to make powerful changes in your life. Maybe your new place will have more space, which means you can finally have a complete room devoted to your favorite hobby. Or maybe a smaller place will help you de-clutter your life and help you focus on what you have in front of you. A coffee shop near you can provide an excellent reason to get some exercise in the morning with a delicious treat waiting for you at the end. If you’re moving from a warm climate to a colder climate, you can start ice skating, sledding or skiing. If you move to a mountainous area, then you could start a wildlife scrapbook or take up nature photography. There are plenty of opportunities that surround you, so you should at least try a few of them out. Some of them may not stick, but your efforts will lead you to something that does.

New Perspective

If you’ve never gotten stuck in a rut in your whole life, then you must be a robot. We all do it from time, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. We need to have certain areas of our life stay stagnant so we can focus on other parts. But moving can help shake that up, and you might find yourself taking steps to a whole new way of looking at life. A new place can provide a new outlook that lets you put daily worries and stresses into the Unimportant Category where they belong. Again, this isn’t about being relentlessly positive, it’s about seeing the big picture. Your move, like your life, is what you make of it. And you can make it something amazing.

Making It Easier

It’s much harder to let the little things go if you have more stress on your hands then you know what to do with. Letting the experienced Chicago movers at Beltmann unburden you can really help you get started on the right foot in your new place.

7 Things to do the Day You Decide to Move

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Once you’ve made the decision to move, you may be tempted to put off the next steps. Whether you’re moving in a year or in a month though, it can really help to start getting the balls in motion as soon as possible. And don’t worry! They’re not all drudgery tasks! Even if you just do one of these things, consider yourself successful.

1. Congratulate Yourself

Starting with something positive can really set your attitude for the time ahead. Treat yourself to something nice, and remind yourself of all of the amazing opportunities that can come with change.

2. Map Out a Soft Plan

It doesn’t even have to be written down! If you just have a very general idea of how you want the move to go (e.g., I’ll have a garage sale by the end of next month, etc.), then the decisions you make later on will reflect that. Doing things erratically during a move will just make you and everyone around you crazy.

3. Start Looking at Your Stuff

Even getting an idea of how much stuff you have can make your head a little clearer when it comes time to actually deal with it all. It does not mean the second you decide to move you need to start tossing things out, but starting your momentum now can help keep it going later on.

4. Remember Your Accounts

We often forget how many accounts we have: anywhere that has our mailing address on file is affected by this decision. And sensitive information generally can’t be forwarded with a simple change-of-address form. Making a list early gives you time to fill in the gaps when you inevitably forget something. 

5. Tell People Early

The more time your friends and family have to get used to the idea of your moving, the better. Even moves across town can catch people off guard since they have a specific routine with you by this point. This way, they’ll feel more comfortable by the time you actually do move. 

6. Buy Yourself a Notebook

You don’t actually have to put anything in it yet, but designate is as your Moving Notebook. You can do this on the computer of course, but having something tangible in your hands can help you feel more in control. 

7. Look Into Moving Companies

Finding Chicago movers who can help you pack and transport your stuff can immediately make you feel more relaxed about the big job that’s in front of you. Beltmann’s staff have devoted themselves to making your life easier however they can. 


Fall Food in Atlanta: 4 Culinary Treats to Try

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The vibrant city of Atlanta boasts a tempting array of restaurants from which to choose. From casual fare to gourmet cuisine, this city has it all. On many restaurant menus throughout Atlanta, you’ll find amazing dishes created with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Squash and pumpkin are abundant during the fall, which is why you’ll find a tempting array of dishes featuring these ingredients. Take a look at our picks for the best seasonal treats in the city:

Scallops with Butternut Squash at Double Zero Napoletana

Address: 5825 Roswell Rd

If you’re seeking an amazing gourmet experience, head to Double Zero Napoletana in the suburb of Sandy Springs for this savory dish. Perfectly caramelized scallops are paired with freshly harvested butternut squash, pancetta, pearl onions and a host of other premium ingredients for an unforgettable taste of fall sure to delight your senses.

Pumpkin Wings at Fado Irish Pub

Address: 933 Peachtree St NE

For a modern seasonal twist on the traditional chicken wing, head to Fado. Their pumpkin-spiced wings are both sweet and spicy and pair perfectly with a pint of Guinness. Once you get a taste of these unique treats, you’ll wish they offered them all year round.

Pumpkin Cupcakes at Sweet Tooth’s Dessert Bar

Address: 335 Nelson St SW

When you’re craving a sweet indulgence, head to Sweet Tooth’s Dessert Bar for Pumpkin Cupcakes. Moist pumpkin cake is topped with fluffy frosting for a seasonal dessert you don’t want to miss. Or, opt for one of their seasonal cheesecakes — a perfect accompaniment to fall holiday meals in addition to a great gift idea.

Pumpkin Ravioli at Pasta Da Pulcinella

Address: 1123 Peachtree Walk NE

Head to this Italian restaurant during the fall season for incredible pumpkin ravioli, stuffed with pumpkin and ricotta and topped with a buttery sauce. Pasta Da Pulcinella also has a wide array of other menu items including salads, appetizers, desserts and more.

Moving to Atlanta

Are you ready to call the amazing city of Atlanta your new home? Contact the Beltmann Relocation Group. Our experienced Atlanta movers can create a customized relocation plan to suit your needs. We offer an array of moving and storage solutions to meet the needs of both residential and business customers. Request your no-obligation free quote from our website, or give us a call to speak with a friendly relocation specialist today!

Where to Go in NYC This Fall for Pumpkin-Flavored Treats

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One of the best things about fall is the abundance of culinary goodies featuring pumpkin — especially if you live in New York City. From lattes to ravioli, you’ll find some of the best seasonal treats right here in the Big Apple. Check out our picks for NYC’s finest pumpkin indulgences:

Art Bar

Address: 52 8th Avenue

Head to Art Bar on 8th Ave to celebrate the season with a Pumpkin Pie Martini. Made with pumpkin spice liqueur, coffee liqueur, butterscotch liqueur, and half-and-half, this creative cocktail is like dessert in a glass.

Eileen’s Special Cheesecake

Address: 17 Cleveland Place

Eileen’s is a beloved NYC bakery that makes it on to “Best-of” lists quite frequently — and for good reason. Eileen’s Pumpkin Cheesecake is a fall offering the locals love, thanks to the buttery graham cracker crust and decadent blend of cream cheese and pumpkin.

Two Little Red Hens

Address: 1652 Second Avenue

Another bakery in the Big Apple adored by the locals is Two Little Red Hens. This bakery has an array of seasonal menu items, including Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes. We can’t decide what we love most about this dessert — the moist pumpkin-spice cake or the fluffy pumpkin-apricot cream cheese frosting.

Scarlatto Restaurant

Address: 250 W. 47th Street

The Ravioli di Zucca at Scarlatto is one of the establishment’s most popular menu items, and it’s easy to see why. Tender ravioli is stuffed with a savory blend of pumpkin and ricotta, paired with green asparagus and an incredible brown butter sauce spiked with sage.

Grounded Organic Coffee & Tea House

Address: 28 Jane Street

No list of pumpkin treats would be complete without a mention of what is perhaps the season’s most popular item — the Pumpkin Spice Latte. If you’re seeking something other than Starbucks, visit Grounded Organic Coffee & Tea House on Jane Street for its welcoming ambiance and one of the best Pumpkin Spice Lattes you’ll ever taste!

Moving to New York City

If you’re ready to call the Big Apple your new home, contact the Beltmann Relocation Group. Our experienced team of New York City movers will take the hassle out of your big move, leaving you free to enjoy the city and settle into your new home. Our comprehensive range of moving and storage services for both residential and commercial customers can be customized to suit your needs. Call us today to speak to a friendly moving specialist, or request your free, no-obligation quote from our website!