If You’re Moving to San Francisco…Be Sure to Check Out the Food Trucks!

BeltmannBlogIt seems like the entire country has been enamored with the recent food truck revolution. And San Fran is certainly no exception. If you’re planning a move to the San Fran area, allow our area movers to do the hard work of moving, so you can enjoy some tasty food truck grub. For starters, check these out.

The Cosmic American Voodoo Van

If there were any awards for most creative food truck name, these guys would sure take the cake. And their motto is pretty nifty, as well: “No forks, no knives, no mercy!” And the creativity doesn’t end with the name. Check out the Marinated Steak Sando with their famous Juju Balls and a Cucumber Soda. Their “sandos” are made to be eaten with your hands and go down tasty.

RoliRoti

Allegedly, these guys are the “country’s first gourmet rotisserie food truck.” With  strong ethic that food- even food on-the-go- should be wholesome. They use meat from free-range farms based on relationships with local farmers that they trust. So if you’re looking to be blown away by the taste of your food and feel really good and ethical about it, check out RoliRoti.

Bacon Bacon

Chocolate covered bacon from a food truck? Yes please! This now-famous food truck made national news when neighbors complained to law enforcement about the constant smell of bacon they were cooking up. For bacon lovers, that means they’re doing something right. For a creative, bacon-y spin on classic grub, check out Bacon Bacon.

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Easy Ways to Create Great Curb Appeal in the Fall

BeltmannBlogSince the spring and summer months are typically the busiest real estate times, the fall and winter can be a more competitive time to sell a home. For those looking to sell a home in this season, any little improvements can help. Here’s a few tips on small changes during the fall that can go a long way in selling your home and getting on to your move.

Whip those leaves into shape for maximum curb appeal. A few leaves on the ground make a yard look nice and homey, but too many can make your home appear disheveled or sloppy. And let’s face it, if you’re getting a home ready to sell you probably don’t have loads of extra time to be raking leaves. Leaf blowers are pretty cheap when you look at how many hours you save yourself. Or check with your local lawn care businesses. Even hiring a few lawn care workers for an hour or two can make a huge dent in those leaves.

Clean the gutters. Even if you know you’ll be moving soon, cleaning the gutters is the right way to go. After all, someone has to do it, so you might as well get it done before you start showing your house a bunch.

Touch up the painting. A little bit of paint can go a really long way. Try touching up the paint on the house numbers, or even repainting the front door. A nice color that matches the color of your house or even the fall colors can make the front door really pop.

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Best Urban Neighborhoods in Atlanta

BBIf you’re considering a move to Atlanta, you may not even know where to begin. It’s a large city, for sure, and there are a lot of good areas to choose from. If you’re looking for an urban neighborhood, here’s a small compilation of places to start looking.

Inman Park

If you’ve got any hip or artsy tendencies, you may want to check out Inman Park. But the record shops and bohemian stores aren’t the only cool thing. The beautiful early-1900’s homes, many of which have been renovated, are enjoyed throughout Inman Park. Many of these homes were built as a part of “Atlanta’s first suburb.” So if you’re looking for that nostalgia, don’t skip over Inman Park.

Grant Park

If you’re more of the family type, look into Grant Park. This neighborhood has plenty of attractions nearby, including the Atlanta Zoo and the Civil War Museum. But it’s also not “suburby.” Grant Park boasts plenty of great restaurants, micro-breweries, and has walking paths to get around a little without always using the car.

Summerhill

Much like Grant Park, Summerhill residents enjoy the feel of Summerhill, which is less than ten blocks from loads of Atlanta hot spots. Turner Field, Centennial Olympic Park, and Cyclorama are all nearby. Get the highlights of downtown combined with the comforts of suburban living.

As you prepare for your move, be sure to give us a call for a free moving quote. It doesn’t cost you anything to pick up the phone, so why not give us a buzz? Call us toll-free at (888)-251-0892.

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This or That: Best Steakhouse in Chicago

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 8.46.44 PMIf you’ve just relocated to the Chicago area, chances are you’re looking for a few good restaurants to try out. In this week’s “This or That,” we present to you Dave Burke’s Primehouse and Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf. When it comes to which is the best steakhouse, we’ll present you with the facts, and let you decide for yourself!

David Burke’s Primehouse

You have to check out what Chicago Magazine named the “Number One Steakhouse in Chicago.” This isn’t just any ordinary steakhouse. Marked by creativity and quality, chef David Burke strives to create dining experiences unlike any other. This steakhouse “dry-ages its meats in a Himalayan salt-tiled aging room on premise.” If you have no idea what that means, have your mind blown and go try one of their steaks!

Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf

Locals know that this bar has one of the most intoxicating vibes in the city, and we’re not talking about the drinks! The 1920’s ambience is perfect for a memorable date or a classy group of friends. And that’s the just the beginning. The steaks “cut like butter” and the drinks are made perfectly and with fresh ingredients. This place is a foodie’s dream. And don’t skip out on dessert. Yelp users swear by the whiskey ice cream with gold brick sauce!

Whether you’re a long-time Chicago resident or a newbie to the Windy City, you may have moving needs in the near future. When you, give us a call for a free moving quote at (888)-251-0892.

How to Explore Your New City

BeltmannSo you’ve just moved to a new city and want to see what’s out there. The newness might seem overwhelming, and you’re not sure where to start. Now that your San Francisco movers have all those boxes unpacked, it’s time to start exploring the city! Start with these tips when checking out your new city.

Use social media to ask for advice. Hopefully, you’ve got at least a few friends in your new city that are ready to give you tons of suggestions. But even if you don’t, some of your Facebook and Twitter friends have probably visited the city you’re living in. Post something asking people for all the best spots in your new city are, and you’re sure to get a few decent suggestions.

Drive around aimlessly! This might sound absurd, but it’s an excellent way to get to know the layout of your city. Take a few glances at the map, note the main roads, and take off. Give yourself some time to explore and see which roads lead to where, and familiarize yourself with your surroundings. Just be sure to be cautious, and beware of sketchier neighborhoods if you live in metropolitan areas.

Google it. At the end of the day, Google is never short on opinions. Just type in “best parks in…” and type in your city, and the internet is sure to bring us plenty of options. In fact, you may even find several “best of” lists that do the searching for you.

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Best New Restaurant : River Roast vs. The Promontory

 BWhen it comes to the restaurant landscape in Chicago, every new restaurant owner wants to be the new “it” thing. And there’s plenty to choose from in the Windy City. Although there’s a seemingly endless amount of new restaurants always opening up in Chicago, we’ve whittled it down to our two new favorites. If you’re looking to get a little adventurous with your dining this week, check out one of these two newly opened eateries.

River Roast

Every seat in the restaurant allows for a beautiful view of the river and city, especially the outdoor patio area. But the views are only the beginning. The roasts – from fish to chicken to roast beef – are prepared perfectly and carved tableside. You can also enjoy brews of all kinds- fine wines, cocktails, and beers including several local options.

And for the quality of dining, the prices are surprisingly affordable. Even if you go big and get a drink, you can easily get out for less than $30.

The Promontory

The Promontory is another of our new favorites, featuring exquisite modern hearth cooking. What’s modern hearth cooking, you ask? According to their website, it’s contemporary American food highlighting historic dishes cooked in a wood-fired oven.” Sound delicious? It is, but it gets better. The Promontory is also a legit music venue, where you can enjoy an all-ages night of great listening. Between hip DJ’s and classy jazz acts, you can catch all sorts of genres at the Promontory.

Taking Care of Your House in the Fall

BBAfter last year’s harsh winter, the spring and summer probably felt a little too short for most of us. But like it or not, fall is upon us. Time for hooded sweatshirts, bonfires with friends, and the turning of the leaves. Your Milwaukee movers will take care of all the moving logistics for you. But when it comes to fall house maintenance, you’re on your own! Here’s a few tips to keep your house in order while the autumn leaves are falling.

Beware of falling tree limbs and foliage on the roof. Everyone knows that stuffed gutters are a sure-fire way to cause problems during the heavy winter weather. But removing fallen branches or tree limbs is also vital. A large branch could cause problems with the integrity of your roof, causing a leak. Get those branches and leaves off the roof as often as you can during fall.

Work the thermostat to save some extra money. Fall is a great time to save a little on your utilities budget! Those 65 and 70 degree days are the perfect time to shut off the heating and air and open a few windows. Obviously, you have to pay attention to the temperature though. You don’t want to wake up to 45 degree weather with the windows open!

Fertilize the lawn. Many homeowners know to fertilize the lawn in the spring time, but spreading one layer before the ground freezes is also helpful. Using this tactic, the grass obviously won’t grow immediately, but it gives the roots extra time to grow during the winter.

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Wicker Park vs. Lincoln Park

bb2Ask most native Chicagoan, and they’ll tell you that the Wicker Park versus Lincoln park debate goes back a long time. Both are hip neighborhoods that are favorites of both locals and tourists, and many folks in Chicago would admit that there are similarities. If you’re considering or you’ve just relocated to the Windy City, here’s a few of the pros and cons for both popular areas.

LINCOLN PARK

Some Pros. There’s a vibrant culture in Lincoln Park, and plenty of places to keep you entertained. Tourists or residents can enjoy the view of Lake Michigan. The Lincoln Park Zoo is a great spot for dates or families and open 365 days a year. The Lincoln Park Conservatory, including the famous “Abraham Lincoln: The Man” statue, is also a popular spot.

Some Cons. According to Forbes, Lincoln Park is one of the more expensive neighborhoods to live in throughout the nation. So while it may be a great spot for tourists or young professionals, people or families on a budget might want to steer clear.

WICKER PARK

The Pros. Some will value that Wicker Park is close to the heart of the city, just a couple stops on the train away from downtown. The artsy and hip will appreciate that Forbes named Wicker Park the fourth hippest neighborhood in America. The collection of old Victorian mansions gives Wicker Park a vintage feel, and residents enjoy the saturation of local bars, venues, art galleries, and boutiques.

The Cons. If you aren’t young, hip, or artistic, you might not feel at home in this hipster mecca. Many artist, musicians, and celebrities call Wicker Park home, but if you’re not into that scene, you may find it less entertaining and more annoying.

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Common Mistakes of First-time Homebuyers

BBBSo you’re about to buy your first home, and wanting to make sure it’s a good investment. Hopefully you’ve got friends and family pouring their house-buying wisdom into you. But if not, here are a few common mistakes that homebuyers make the first time around the block. Avoid these, and you’ll be on the right track to calling your Orange County movers to set up your move.

1. Not getting pre-qualified. Being able to walk into a house knowing that you’re pre-qualified from a bank make a huge difference when it comes to getting the house of your dreams. It will definitely speed up the due diligence process. Failing to get pre-qualified will almost definitely slow you down when it comes to closing on your home. So get pre-qualified, and do it as early as possible. That way, if there are any changes you need to make, like taking care of an outstanding debt, you can improve your credit score and get qualified for a larger amount.

2. Not taking the inspection seriously. Inspections are a serious deal when it comes to buying a home. After all, you could move in and find major issues that costs thousands of dollars down the road. Save yourself some potential grief, and order up a home inspection. Then be sure to walk through with the inspector, ask any questions you have, and ask the buyer to take care of any major issues. If you’ve already got an accepted offer, it can’t hurt to ask for the buyer to take care of inspection issues as well.

3. Not negotiating well. Any good realtor will tell you that great negotiating is an art. On one hand, you don’t want to lead with your emotions and fall in love with any one house too quickly. On the other hand, you don’t want to be totally inflexible either. Be able to both give and take is important when it comes to negotiating prices and terms. And always be ready to walk away if the buyer isn’t willing to meet you part of the way.

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Tips for Helping Kids Adjust to a New School

Beltmann BlogMaking a big move brings all sorts of changes. One of the biggest for your children is adjusting to a new school. While they may have felt like they had the lay of the land at their old school, going to a new school is likely to bring some anxiety even to the most confident of children. Once your New Jersey movers have you all settled into your new home, help your kids look at the bright side of starting a new school.

There’s all sorts of new possibilities for friends and opportunities. Even if your child’s new school is smaller than the last one they attended, the newness can be fun. There will inevitably be new friends, new clubs, and new things to see and do. And for some kids, going to a new school can be a healthy fresh start.

Check out the school’s history. See if there are any places around town, like the library or local diner, where you can learn more about the school’s history and sports teams. Talking to locals can be a fun, exciting way to get a blast from the past and learn a thing or two about their new stomping grounds.

Give them some extra support by offering rides to extra-curricular events. Your kids will be pumped to have you encouraging them to go to homecoming or out with their friends. Offering to take them places to spend time developing new friendships will encourage them to succeed in their new social environment.

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