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:

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:



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.


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.


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.


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.


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:

Things Not to Do When Moving to Miami

beltman6If you’re about to call Miami home, you’re probably imagining your future life as one big long vacation. It’s true, you will be able to call all of your friends and relatives (almost anywhere in the U.S.) and brag about the temperature year-round. Just be prepared, those calls might lead to LOTS of visitors – so if you’re feeling anti-social, you might want to keep your good fortune to yourself.

Let’s now get down to the nitty-gritty. If you’re about to make the big move, you should consider these tips of what not to do from people who know Miami like the back of their mojito.

Drive fast, or move over. The people of Miami do not have time to follow speed limits. So drive your car fast or move over into the right-hand lane.

Think you can run in and out of the grocery quickly. Even though the cars move fast, expect everyone else to move slow – restaurants, grocery stores, etc. Miamians are in no rush running day-to-day errands.

Forget ear plugs. If you’re used to a nice quiet office environment, be warned. Miami offices are typically loud and proud. It’s not uncustomary for people to just yell over office cubes, so come with your ear plugs or make private calls outside the office.

Expect to keep friends forever. Miami is extremely transient, so your friend circle will be a revolving door.

Decide to submit yourself to a life of sobriety. Miamians take their drinking very seriously. Mostly all plans will include a few drinks beforehand, so expect it and just go with the flow.

Expect not to learn Spanish. Two-thirds of the population in Miami speaks Spanish, so jump on board and start your Rosetta Stone course now. It will even help you read 50% of the street signs.

If you’ve lived in Miami and have other thoughts on what not to do before you move, leave a comment below. As your preferred Miami mover, we are here to help you prepare for your move ahead.

Things Not to Do When Moving to Chicago

beltman5If you’re moving to the windy city, you’ll probably been warned about the brutally cold winters, unbearable traffic and the high cost of living. What people don’t talk about is how to prepare yourself for the challenges of city living to make the transition a more smooth one.

Forget to Call the City About Parking Passes

Not only will you and your family need a parking pass, your movers will also need one as well. You should understand the parking ordinances for your particular area and plan ahead by checking out the City Clerk website.

Not Plan Where Your Moving Truck Should Park

Because parking in the city is limited, it’s important to stake out the best place for your moving truck to park.

Not Let Others Know What You’re Doing

It’s always important, if you’re moving into a condo or apartment, to let them know your moving day plans. They might be able to reserve a back elevator for you or open up a staircase or loading dock that will make the logistics of moving easier.

Wear Sandals

It’s important to wear closed-toed shoes in moving day, as you never know how clean your home, apartment or condo might be when you first move in.

Forget Your Tools

If you’re moving into an older apartment or home in Chicago, don’t forget your tools. Small nuisances like jammed doors or nails sticking out of the walls, can be quickly remedied with a few tools.

Do you have any other tips you would like to share with our readers? Please leave your comments below. As your favorite Chicago mover, we’re always looking for ways to make moving to Chicago as smooth as possible.

3 Must-Read Books When Moving to Chicago

beltman6Whether you rent, download or buy these books – they are must-reads before moving to the Windy City. These books will offer you insight including the history, culture and life of someone living in Chicago. They will help you get settled into the city with greater appreciation and ease.

The Devil in the White City: By Erik Larson

A classic Chicago-read, this book intertwines two story-lines – one, the building and planning of the 1983 World’s Fair and the second, the story of a con and serial killer. The suspenseful plot line is laced with intriguing Chicago history and details around, what was called, the first American Serial Killer.

The Jungle: Uptown Sinclair

This muckraking story – sheds light on the meatpacking industry in Chicago in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The story follows an immigrant family and offers a true look at the conditions, practices and fails of the meat-packing industry. It got so much attention, the government sent investigators to the city, which eventually led to the passing of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 and the creation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The Newcomer’s Handbook for Moving to and Living in Chicago: Including Evanston, Oak Park, Schaumburg, Wheaton and Naperville

Now that you’ve made yourself familiar with some gritty Chicago history, you might want to invest in a real-life day-to-day guide. This book is in its 6th edition and offers readers valuable insights into knowing the city in and out. It includes geographic maps, profiles on over a dozen neighborhoods/communities, chapters about finding a place to live, moving, money and getting settled. There’s also information about childcare, education, green living, shopping, sports, weather, beaches and getting involved.

If you have other books you think could benefit newcomers to the city, please leave comments below and we would love to feature them in our next article.

3 Great Portable Snacks for Moving Day

beltman8As moving day approaches, it’s always a good idea to start planning your meals. Once you have your kitchen in boxes, you will have fewer options available. If you do not want to spend a ton of money on food during your moving – whether it’s a day or a week – planning snacks and meals will be key.

Here are some recipe ideas for non-refrigerated snacks that can be made early and packed easily.

Trail Mix

A traditional snack idea, but probably the easiest to make, most nutritional and easily stored – trail mix can come in a variety of forms made to fit your family’s preferences. Here are some of our favorite mixes – stretch your mind past the traditional pretzel, nut and M&M combos.

Dark Chocolate Coconut Protein Balls

Delicious and good for you – these protein balls are made with a natural sweetener (honey), chia seeds, almond butter, dark cocoa powder, coconut oil, coconut, protein powder (of course) and vanilla. Simple and easy to make, plus satisfying when you need a little pick-me-up at 3 PM.

Energy Bites

Energy will be an important thing to have on moving day, so consider making and packing these energy bites for the road. They include delicious ingredients like: rolled oats, sunflower seeds, banana chips, dried blueberries, cinnamon, chocolate chips, sunflower seed butter and agave nectar. Easy to throw together and roll into easy to eat snack balls – you might continue to make these even past moving day.

Have other recipes you would recommend for moving day? We would love to hear them; we might even feature them on our next blog post.