How to Keep Your Movers on Track With These Dollar Store Finds

beltman_06-8Here’s a genius way to keep your movers on-track when unloading boxes at your new home. You may not have thought about doing this, but it’s inexpensive and will be very helpful to anyone on your moving crew especially if they beat you to your new home or you’re not able to be at the house.

Sticker

  1. Get a copy of the floor plan for your new house
  2. Give each room a color
  3. Buy these color coding labels at the Dollar Store (see above)
  4. Place a colored sticker on each box, indicating where it should be placed in your new home and in the corresponding room on your floor plan.

Give your movers a copy of the floor plan to take with them so that they know where each box should be put, if they should get there before you they will have no issues finding where each box should be placed.

Also, while you’re at the Dollar Store, be sure to grab:

totes

Markers for labeling boxes and totes to keep a few things that you’ll need for night one in your new house.

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Dollar Store Finds to Entertain Your Toddler During a Move

Beltmann-06-7Toddlers are constantly on the go – which makes it extremely difficult when you’re trying to move. Whether you’re telling your movers where to put the boxes or you’re on the road, on your way to your new house, it’s important to have a few (inexpensive) entertainment tricks up your sleeve. Here are a few things I found at the dollar store that have seemed to keep my little one entertained. They can be easy transported and kept in their own box, so you know where they are during the move process.

Riddlie-Riddlie-Ree

Riddle

I love a good old school game of riddlie-riddlie-ree and so does my toddler. Although object finding might require a few “hints” – make a game of it in the car. Give your child these reward stickers for finding 10 things that are yellow. Offer a reward for getting 50 stickers. You can also create a reward system for the move, talk them through your expectations for their behavior and things you would like them to help with throughout the day, when they do these things give them a reward sticker.

 

Inflatable Ball

Ball

It’s a great idea to have an inflatable ball handy for yard or rest-stop play. The best part is that it travels well and can be blown up when you’re ready to play. Run your toddler’s energy off by taking turns bouncing or kicking the ball in between two trees.

 

 

 

Sorting Cups

Cups

I found 4-5 different colored cups with lids at the dollar store a few years back and my kids love them. I purchased pom-poms that could be color sorted into each cup, so not only did they have fun taking the lid off of the cups, but it was also an educational color game.

 

 

 

State Game

Game

If you’re traveling across a few states for your move, it might be fun to give your toddler the state to hold while you’re going through it. Tell them about the state and how it’s different from the others. Make pit stops and try native food or off-highway attractions. Grab mementos and put them into a small cup so you can remember that state and talk about it when you reach your destination.

5 Ways LinkedIn Can Help Your Spouse Find a Job

Beltmann5If you’re uprooting your family for a job, you might be struggling to find a perfect fit for your spouse or partner. As a nationwide moving company, we see this happen on a daily basis and have worked with the experts at IOVMedia to suggest the top ways people are using LinkedIn to help their spouse find a job and here’s the round-up (please forward it along to them).

  1. Profile Makeover is a MUST:
    You can scroll down to the rest of our tips, but if you don’t get #1 right, it will all be in vain. So, first things first – be sure you follows a basic list of things that need to be updated in order for your profile to be found. Why not let your profile work for you, instead of the other way around? Sprucing up your profile also ensures prospective companies get the best version of your experience when they (inevitably) research you online.
  2. ABC: Always Be Connecting
    Your network is only as good as its numbers. It’s important to reach out to past colleagues, alumni, friends and family – connect with them online. It’s important to connect with people that you actually “know” – it’s not going to be helpful if you can’t ask these connections for referrals or endorsements. You can add connections by going to “Network” – “People You May Know” or by going to “Network” – “Add Connections” and then connecting to your e-mail platform.
  3. Keyword Your Profile (Naturally)
    What jobs are you looking for? Are there certain terms recruiters might be using to look for candidates? Be sure to include them in your headline, experience, and summary portion of your profile under “specialties” or within your “skills” section.
  4. Be a Thought Leader
    Post, share and/or write about things that are hot trends in your industry. Stay sharp by following other influencers. Join conversations around topics that are important to your network.
  5. Look for Connections
    When you find a job and want to apply, log into LinkedIn and search for the HR manager or a contact that you might know in that company. By having a large network, you’ll be able to have a better chance at having a 2nd degree connection, which would allow you to ask your connection for an introduction, which may lead to a job.

Surprising Things Your Moving Company Can’t Move

Beltmann-06-6You may not know this, but the law prohibits movers from hauling a number of normal household items. Many of our customers are surprised when we hand them the list. It catches them off guard and leaves them scrambling to figure how where to take or donate items that we can’t move.

If you are moving state-to-state or across the city, you always have the option of taking these things with you in your car – but it’s nice to know now how much space to leave.

Here is a list of things that you probably know a moving company can’t move:

  • Ammunition
  • Guns
  • Lighter fluid
  • Oil or gas
  • Paint cans
  • Aerosols

Obviously, the above items are flammable or dangerous and could cause harm to the driver or put your items at risk. Here’s a list of things you might not know are illegal for movers to haul:

  • Charcoal
  • Cleaners containing bleach or ammonia
  • Nail polish remover
  • Pesticides and poisons
  • Refrigerated or frozen foods
  • Plants
  • Pets

In addition to this list, you should also be extremely careful when packing jewelry, collectibles, sensitive papers/documents, keys, and heirlooms. Although, Beltmann can take extra care when handling these items – some we would recommend you may want to take with you. Hopefully knowing this list ahead of time will help prepare you for a smooth move ahead.

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.

chicken

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.

caprese

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!