Choose Which Style Is Best For Your New Home

Art DecoSo your San Francisco movers have got you all unloaded and unpacked in your beautiful new home. Now the real fun begins. It’s time to decorate! But what style should you decorate in? Every homeowner with a new blank slate has to make these decisions. Start with these trendy styles to get your creative juices flowing.

Art Deco

“What is art decco?”, you ask? Think Great Gatsby. Hailing from the “Roaring Twenties,” this design style features lots of layered lighting to create the right mood, geometric shapes, and angular patterns. Art deco designs tend to give rooms a sophisticated yet fun sort of feel.

Modern

This style seems to be making a permanent comeback. Not that it ever really went away. Architects like Frank Lloyd Wright have been cool throughout the decades. And while some “mod” stuff can make you reach pretty far into the billfold, many companies like Target and IKEA are making the modern look possible on a budget.

Shabby Chic

This style is a great way to decorate if you’re looking for a little fun. It’s feminine qualities make it especially great for ladies, but it can work great for families as well. This style tends to feature “worn” look furniture, bright colors, and vintage fabrics and linens.

Still looking to make the big move in the near future? Be sure to give us a call for your free moving quote today at (888)-251-0892.

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Christmas Hacks for the New Homeowner

Christmas Hacks- Beltmann Relocation BlogHave you recently made the big move to Kansas City and about to go crazy settling in during the holidays? Hopefully, you’ve let us do all the heavy lifting for you. But if you’re busy adjusting to the new house and needing a few good holiday hacks, here’s a list for starters.

Go DIY with the decorations. Wanting to decorate your new home but don’t have a lot of extra time or energy? Go natural. Take things like pine cones and use them to accent your home. Extra points if you paint the pine cones in white, red, or green! If you do a quick search on Pinterest you are bound to find more ideas than you have time to complete the craft.

Let your kids help out. Children usually love decorating for the holidays. What a better way to remember your first Christmas in the new home than letting your kids do their own special decorating? You might find that they’re craftier than you think. And even if the decorations don’t look as snazzy as you might like, the personal touch of your kids will bring a special warmth to the home.

Easy alternatives to wrapping paper. If you’re needing to wrap some gifts but don’t have the time to run to the store for more wrapping paper, don’t freak out. There are plenty of other options. Newspaper is the obvious go-to, but there are some other fun options, too. For instance, paper grocery store bags, leftover wallpaper, and tin foil can all make for some fun and creative wrapping options.

Still in the moving process? Be sure to line up quality moving help. Give us a call today at (888)-251-0892 for your free moving quote.

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Christmas in Miami After Your Move

Miami Christmas - Beltmann Relocation GroupWhen people think “Christmas,” the city of Miami may not be their first thought. The Florida hot spot doesn’t exactly make for a white Christmas, after all. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of fun holiday happenings. Once your Miami movers have you all unloaded, be sure to check out these Miami Christmas celebrations.

Have your mind blown at Santa’s Enchanted Forest. You didn’t know that Miami had a theme park completely dedicated to the Big Man in Red? They sure do! Visit Santa’s Enchanted Forest from now through January 4th, and soak in the holiday spirit. With over 100 rides and seemingly endless amounts of vendors and attractions, it’s like an amazing state fair that got really into Santa Claus.

The Christmas Place. For over twenty years now, The Christmas Place has been delivering some serious holiday magic. If you’re into decorating for the season, you can’t miss this stop. They’ve got any sort of Christmas decoration you could ever imagine. Heck, even if you’re not buying anything, it’s a neat place to take your family and just walk around in.

Wild Holidays at Jungle Island. Starting December 20th, families who love Jungle Island have one more reason to visit. Wild Holidays features he “Joy to the World Cafe, a candy cane jungle, holiday themed animal shows, and a daily animal parade.” It definitely gives your family a reason to get out of the house during the cold months.

Still looking to make the big move to Miami? Give us a call for your free moving quote at (888)-251-0892.

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Hot Spots to Hit After You’ve Moved to Atlanta

Beltmann BlogLooking to make a move to Atlanta in the near future? Let your Atlanta movers handle the rough work for you, so that you can get to exploring the city quicker. And when you do, be sure to hit these favorites of Atlanta.

The Varsity

When you step foot in the old-school drive-in fast food joint The Varsity, don’t be surprised when you get asked “What’ll ya’ have?!?” It’s a local term of endearment. The Varsity began almost 100 years ago back in 1928, and they’ve loved serving up Atlanta’s beloved burgers, fries, dogs, and chili ever since. It’s a great place to take the family for a nostalgic blast from the past.

Eddie’s Attic

This intimate music venue has been the launch pad for dozens of rising music stars, including the Civil Wars and John Mayer. But the venue isn’t just for up-and-comers. Everyone from Sheryl Crow to the Black Crowes to the Indigo Girls have performed there. If you’re needing to impress a music-loving date, be sure to hit up Eddie’s Attic.

The Underground

Looking for a place to go shopping for a day? Or just want to feel a special part of Atlanta’s history? Underground Atlanta- which is actually not so “under” ground- is Atlanta’s “city beneath the streets.” Shopping, dining, and plenty of cool experiences like historic tours will keep you and your friends busy for a day of fun.

 If you haven’t lined up your moving help already, be sure to give us a call for your free moving quote: (888)-251-0892.

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Best Suburbs to Move to in Chicago

BeltmannWhen some think of the word “suburb,” they think of a scene out of Edward Scissorhands or The Stepford Wives. Rows of houses that look exactly the same except for the paint color. But in some areas, the suburbs are actually pretty great, and provide a way to live near the big city without the overwhelming traffic or hassle of the city. If you’re considering making a move to the Chicago area, check into these classy but affordable suburban areas.

Oak Park

For those who have a love for architecture, Oak Park is a beautiful mecca of Frank Lloyd Wright homes. It’s close enough to the city that you can still ride the train downtown quickly. Oak Park is the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway, as well, and his museum is right around the corner from the Frank Lloyd Wright Studio.

Winnetka

If you’re looking for a little higher end area, Winnetka is worth a look. It’s got several nice beaches, kitschy shops and restaurants, and a cute downtown area that both locals and tourists are drawn to.

Evanston

With over 60 places listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Evanston has got all sorts of vibe and history. It sits along Lake Michigan and has six great beaches. It’s downtown is also a point of interest, full of bookstores, shops, and cafes.

As you prepare for your move to the Windy City, don’t forget to get your moving plan in order. Give us a call for a free quote today: (888)-251-0892.

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Four Reasons You Should Move to Los Angeles

BeltmannBlogAre you planning a big move in your life, but not sure where yet? Is Los Angeles on your list of potentials? There are all kinds of great reasons to move to L.A., but here’s a few to get your swayed in that direction.

  1. The weather. There’s no way around it. The weather in L.A. is just awesome, pretty much all year long. It’s rare to see extreme weather in this area, so moods stay pretty mellow around here.
  2. The culture. The arts and music and pop culture is fascinating in Los Angeles. It really is a place where anything goes. So if you’re the kind of person who is a little off-kilter or left-of-center, Los Angeles is a fun place to be.
  3. The opportunity. Sure, Los Angeles is full of wanna-be actors, writers, and performers. But there’s no denying that it’s also ripe with opportunity. Many huge entertainment companies are based out of L.A. Long, hard work can pay off in the end with the right connections and networking.
  4. The fashion. L.A. is known for it’s high fashion and a general sense of looking sharp. So if you love all things fashion – personally or just as a spectator- you’ll love hanging around town here.

Have we convinced you that Los Angeles is a cool place to move yet? Give us a call for a free moving quote today: (888)-251-0892.

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Moving to the Twin Cities

BeltmannMoving to a new city- especially if you’re not coming from a metropolitan area- can feel a little daunting sometimes. But when you move to Minneapolis or St. Paul, it’s sort of like you’re moving to two new cities. The “Twin Cities,” which sit side by side but are distinct from each other, live together in Minnesota’s most populated area. Here’s a few interesting facts about the twin cities.

While Minneapolis is arguably the more popular of the two cities, St. Paul is actually Minnesota’s capital. You probably got that wrong on a state capitals test when you were a kid. Don’t worry, most of us did!

Believe it or not, the Twin Cities have seen their fair share of rivalry over the years. In fact, the rivalry even escalated to violence and political kidnappings around the turn of the twentieth century. However, the rivalry calmed down significantly during the 60’s, and now the towns enjoy a relatively peaceful coexistence. I guess we can thank the hippies?

While Minnesota is well known for being a frigid in the winter, it’s also full of lakes and recreation. While the winters aren’t always kind to Minneapolis and St. Paul, the summers sure are nice. And residents take advantage of that with plenty of lake properties and outdoor time. Heck, even in the winter residents enjoy outdoor activities like ice fishing and snowmobiling.

It’s actually not always as cold as you might think, even in the winters. Ok, so maybe 4 degrees in the winter is pretty cold. But it’s not nearly as bad as parts of Canada, where temperatures can regularly be below zero for long stretches of time. Right?

If you’re planning a move to the Twin Cities area, be sure to give us a call for your free moving quote: (888)-251-0892.

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Thanksgiving in New York City

Beltmann BlogHave you recently made a move to New York City and trying to figure out some Thanksgiving Day plans? Certainly there are no shortage of things to do. In fact, NYC is so busy you might be overwhelmed with options. Here’s a few ideas for starters.

Invite friends over for a “Friendsgiving.” Maybe you don’t have the money to buy a plane ticket home for the holidays. Heck maybe you just don’t want to! Either way, Thanksgiving can still be a meaningful celebration. Pitch in with a few friends and plan a Turkey Day meal. Have each person bring a dish to share or a bottle of wine, and you’re sure to make some holiday memories.

Volunteer at a local non-profit. Charity work has all kinds of great benefits. Obviously, it helps someone in need. But it also gives us a more fulfilled sense of ourselves, and tends to fight depression as well. Don’t know where to start? Check out Feeding NYC, a charity that gives out thousands of meals on Thanksgiving Day.

Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade live. If you’ve never been down to see Macy’s Parade, it’s sure to be an unforgettable experience. Join the crowd of thousands to witness the nation’s most celebrated annual parade. Who knows, you might even wind up on TV?

If you’re looking to make a move to the Big Apple this holiday season, don’t let it add to the stress. Give us a call and let us quote the work for free: (888)-251-0892.

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Snowy Day Ideas After Your Move in St. Paul

BELTWhether we like it or not, the winter weather is upon us. And you could kick and scream that it’s not the 21st of December yet. But why not just embrace the cold weather and find some fun things to do inside? If you’ve recently made a move to the St. Paul area, check out these fantastic indoor activities.

Minnesota History Center

If the word “history” gives you nightmares of your boring high school teacher, fear not. The Minnesota History Center has fun and engaging exhibits like “Toys from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s” and “Then Now Wow,” an interactive tour through some of Minnesota’s history. Whether you’re looking for an interesting date night or just taking the family, admission is relatively cheap- $11 for adults and $6 for kids.

Minnesota Children’s Museum

Every parent runs into the same predicament during the winter: what do you do when it’s too cold to send your kids outside, but they need to play and release some energy? Take them to the Minnesota Children’s Museum! This museum is built to allow for exploration and physical expression all while learning about some pretty cool stuff.

Cathedral of St. Paul

Looking for an awe-inspiring place to take a date? Or maybe you want to help culture your children? Even if you’re not a religious person, the Cathedral of St. Paul is an impressive place. And if you want a guided tour, just show up at 1pm and meet in the pews in the front of the church. Or call them ahead of time for a private tour by appointment.

If you’re looking to make a move to the St. Paul area soon, don’t forget to give us a call for your free moving quote at (888)-251-0892.

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Proud to Be Veteran-Owned

UnknownAs we reflect in the wake of Veteran’s Day last week, we’re reminded of the rich heritage at Beltmann Relocation Group. Not only are we a veteran-owned business, but we also have the pleasure of working to relocate many veteran and active-military families.

We’re also excited that North American Van Lines was recently named the official mover for the Gary Sinise Foundation. The non-profit organization, founded by actor Gary Sinise, seeks to “serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.”

Like “Lieutenant Dan” who he portrayed in Forrest Gump, Sinise has a passion for empowering severely wounded veterans. With the Foundation’s “R.I.S.E.” program, the organization supports wounded heros by making home modifications, adapting vehicles, and providing much-needed wheelchairs. They also build custom “Smart Homes” adapted to individual veterans’ needs.

And did you know Lt. Dan has a band? That’s right. You can catch “Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band,” a twelve-piece cover band who entertains our troops at home and abroad, and spreads awareness and honor for our vets.

Help us to honor our military heroes and veterans, and check out the Gary Sinise Foundation. And beyond that, next time you meet someone who has served our country with courage and faithfulness, shake their hand and tell them thank you.