Most Beautiful & Simple Ways to Dress up Your Door for the Fall

Sometimes it feels like the seasons come and go so quickly, it’s hard to keep up with them. We know you’re busy – and you’re super busy if you’re tackling a move this fall, so here are some simple and beautiful days to dress up your door for the fall season.

Old Dog, New Tricks

One of the easies and most effective way to switch out your door for any season, is to buy a plain brown twig wreath and purchase seasonal décor to change up the look. It’s a more minimalistic look, but takes little to no effort or even creativity.

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Change out The Bow

Do you have a summer wreath that you’re crushing on? Buy it and then just change out the bow for the fall. You can just use burlap or an earth-toned colored ribbon and add it to a summer bouquet for a seasonal change.

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Image credit: http://diy.allwomenstalk.com/awesome-wreaths-to-adorn-your-front-door/24

Keep it Monotone

Use dried or silk green hydrangeas and add them to the bottom of your wreath. Hang the wreath with burlap ribbon. Use white pumpkins as accents.

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Go Unconventional

If you want to do something less conventional, here’s an option that doesn’t involve a wreath. You’ll need a few pinecones, a metal ring, paint, hot glue and ribbon. It’s a fairly easy craft job that will transform your door into an adorable fall display.

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At Beltmann, we love helping you move onto your next adventure in life. If you’re looking for a new place to call home and you’re ready to call a trusted mover, we hope we will be the first people you’ll call.

Easy & Brilliantly Spooky Halloween Décor Hacks

If you’re throwing a party or just want your place to be trick-or-treat ready, here are some of our favorite Halloween décor hacks from Pinterest.

Glow-in-the Dark Eyes

Oh, we love this one. It’s so easy that your kids can help. Take a paper towel roll and cut out eyes, place a glow stick into the middle and tuck them away into your front bushes. Those trick-or-treaters may be running the other way when they catch sight of the suspicious eyes.

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Source credit: http://cutediyprojects.com/halloween/45-breathtaking-and-effortless-diy-halloween-decorations/

Free Printables

If you have a printer, some black ink and picture frames – this one is easy. Take some of your pictures and temporarily replace them with some of these free downloads. It’s a cheap and easy way to update your home for the season.

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Download here: http://www.Littlegoldpixel.com

DIY Ghosts

This craft requires a bit of prep, but the finished product is so adorable and totally worth the effort. You can make small and large ones for your mantel or to use out or inside.

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Get the full tutorial here: http://diyready.com/24-diy-halloween-party-hacks/

Hilarious Paint Pumpkins

If you just want to give everyone a good laugh, steal some of these sayings. Grab a pumpkin, some paint and paint pens to DIY your own.

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Easy Moving Box Guide: What to Pack in Each Box Size

beltmann-09-2If you’ve opted out of packing services, you might be a little lost as far as boxes go. At first glance, it looks easy – oh, I’ll go pick up a few boxes. Then once you get to the store, you may realize you can quickly get in over your head. How many do I need of each? Should I get more large than small? What things should I pack in each?

First of all, our team is always here to help. So, if you’re a customer – please don’t feel like you’re navigating this alone. Our move coordinators would be happy to help get you an estimate of boxes, based on your items, purchase, bundle and send them your way.

If you’re more of a do-it-yourselfer – this guide might be helpful as you stand in the aisle of Home Depot in a daze.

Small Box: 1.5 – 3.1 Cubic Feet

The great thing about these boxes is that they won’t get too heavy. They’re good for books and everything in your junk drawer. Here’s a good run down of options for these types of boxes.

  • Fragile items that need to be wrapped
  • Toys
  • Tools
  • Kitchenware
  • Small electronics
  • DVDs
  • Video games
  • Cords

Medium Box: 4.0 – 5.0 Cubic Feet

If you have things that are oddly shaped or somewhat heavy – you should be able to use these boxes. Just be careful not to over pack if you are packing things that are heavy.

  • Pots and pans
  • Electronics
  • Appliances
  • Computers
  • Clothing
  • Small household items

Large Box: 6.0 Cubic Feet

Try to pack larger lighter items in this box, as it runs the risk of becoming too heavy. This size is great for a major of things in your home, so you make want to get extra – return them if you don’t need them.

  • Blankets
  • Sheets
  • Towels
  • Garage items
  • Larger appliances
  • Lamps
  • Items that come in parts that are collapsible

Dish Pack

People typically need to buy quite a few of these because they will hold a lot of your kitchen items.

  • China
  • Bowls/Plates
  • Glasses
  • Porcelain items
  • Keepsakes

Mirror Carton

These mirror cartons can help protect more than mirrors.

  • Paintings
  • Pictures
  • Mirrors
  • Frames

There are also wardrobe boxes and flat screen boxes – each of which will be handy if you need to move a large amount of clothes or a fragile TV. If you’d like us to help you estimate the number boxes you need, please contact the Beltmann Group team and we would be happy to assist you.

AMAZING QUOTES TO HOLD CLOSE TO YOUR HEART WHEN MOVING

Moving can be a mental mind game – there are transitions, upon transitions that can affect all aspect of your life. That’s why it’s so important to stay positive and keep a good perspective. One of the best ways to do this is to adopt a few quotes as mantras. You can hang them in your office, home, car, put them in your wallet, tattoo them on your wrist (if that’s your kind of thing) or just memorize them.

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If this resonates with you, think about the fact that you might be too focused on the rearview mirror, consider that fact that the pains of change might be moving you onto something better than what you have. When your mind starts to wonder to what you’ll be losing, refocus your thoughts on your new life and what you’ll be gaining. If you need to, create a list that can serve as a visual reminder for why you’re going through the transition and the hope that’s on the other side.

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If you’re a worrier, you might be creating crazy scenarios in your head that include something like – what if we hate the city? Or kids don’t adjust to their new schools? We don’t make any friends or I hate my new job? It’s OK to have some of these thoughts, but ground yourself by focusing on what could go right and create a dialogue around that story. Be even overly-optimistic if you feel the worry and anxieties creep into your thoughts.

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Oh, don’t we all hate this one – but it’s so true. Those things that sneak into your mind as fears are really the things we need to be brave enough to tackle or they might hold us captive.

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Moving can often times present our families with more opportunities. Look for these as you get settled into your new home, they will be everywhere.

And, as always, we are happy to work with you to ensure your upcoming state-to-state move is as easy and relaxing as possible, if you ever have any questions about the process or moving timeline, please give us a call at (866) 251-8588.

Step-by-Step Guide to Decluttering Your Life

Decluttering Your Life

It makes total sense to declutter your life before you move – and even more important before you start getting estimates from moving companies. The more stuff you have, the more expensive your move will be – so it’s a good idea (if you have the time) to schedule a time to go through the below items.

READING MATERIALS

Go to your shelves and baskets – disregard old magazines and books that you aren’t planning on reading again. You can even think about gifting some of your favorites to friends that you think might enjoy the read.

PAPER

Things like receipts, bills, paperwork, that you do not need to keep for tax purposes, can be shredded. Many of us have pounds of paper filed away, that doesn’t need to be transported. It’s smart to keep tax documents for at least 5-10 years, but if they’re older than that you might consider shredding them up.

CLOTHES

This might be an obvious one, but be sure to be throughout and realistic. If you haven’t worn it in two years, if it no longer fits, is worn out or is out of style – put it in a donation pile. Be sure to check storage area for seasonal stashes as well.

MEDICINE CABINET

Sift through your medicine and throw away bottles that have expired. You will be surprised how much you’ll be able to throw away.

MAKEUP & TOILETRIES

Go through your bathroom cabinets, closets and storage areas for makeup, lotions, soap, gifts or shampoo items that you haven’t used. If it’s still good, keep it in a small tote, otherwise donate things that are used or throw it away things that have been used.

JEWELRY

Jewelry can be a tricky thing to declutter, because some might have sentimental value or might be worth something – so you aren’t sure if you can get rid of it. A good rule, if you don’t wear it and/or can’t will it to someone in your family, decide if it has value. If it’s pure gold, has stones – you might be able to visit a local jewelry store to see if they’ll buy the gold or stones. You can always try selling online or at pawnshops.

FOOD

As you get closer to move day, you’ll want to par down your food supply. Start creating a plan for either incorporating the food into your menus or donating to a local organization. Some moving companies are a part of “Move for Hunger” and will help pick up donated non-perishable food items and distribute them to local food banks. Beltmann is affiliated with this organization, so we make it easy for our customers to donate – ask your moving rep for details.

OLD CARDS, GIFTS, MEMORABILIA

This might be a tough thing for you to do, but consider being very cautious about what you keep in the “memories” sector of your life. Some people become unrealistically attached to keep things to remember people, moments or stages of life. And, that’s completely fine – just be realistic with how much you really need to keep and if you really think it’s something someone else would want to inherit once you’re gone.

ELECTRONICS

This is a big one – now that electronics are created to become obsolete in just a few years, if we aren’t careful we could all have mountains of chords, gadgets, warranties, accessories and cases hogging up a drawer or storage space. It’s hard to throw these things away because of their value. Before you take them to a recycling facility, do a quick Amazon or eBay search to see if any have sold recently, if you feel like it – you might be able to get some money for your extra items.  Check out websites like Gazelle.com to see if your items qualify for their program – it’s an easy way to get some quick cash for your old electronics.

DRAWERS

We all have that drawer – you know the one, the catchall that has a random assortment of everything you didn’t know what to do with. Well, it’s time tackle the beast and throw away all of those old sticks of gum and pens that only work when you shake them. This would is probably the easiest, if you get a drawer organizer and stay very strict with what goes in each section.

GARAGE

Oh, this one sounds intimidating doesn’t it? Well, start with one area – maybe the toolbox or cabinet and then move your way to the walls and storage boxes. If you plan to have a garage sale, there’s good news, you can keep the items you plan to donate in the garage in a separate pile.

If you go through these items, you will be one your way to a minimalistic lifestyle, if you notice you aren’t throwing away much – you may have to enlist a trusted friend to help you get over the initial shock and offer some tough-love. As always, we look forwarding to making your upcoming move a smooth and easy one, if you have any questions for your favorite global moving company, please give us a call at (866) 251-8588.

3 Things Most People Forget When They Move

beltmann-7-6As you hustle and bustle around the house preparing for your move, there are a few things that many people tend to forget on moving day. Being involved with moving day-in-day-out we wanted to prepare you for a few things you may not have thought of – that way you’re prepared for the day ahead.

Storage

When your mover comes to give you an in-home estimate, be sure to show them your storage areas. Remember: attics, sheds, walk-in closets, basements, hall closets and large storage bins – everything adds up! If you do not account for these things, you could be in a bind on moving day when you have way more items than estimated.

The Awkward Items

Especially if you’re moving across town and are planning on hauling some things in your car, remember that the bulky and awkward items have to be packed too. Don’t leave all of those until last, be sure to have a plan for where they will be stowed or – better yet – realize that it will be worth the time and headache to go ahead and buy the packing services. You won’t believe how many people wish they had on moving day!

Leave Important Things Out

It’s a really good idea to keep important papers like birth certificates, social security cards, checks, bank information, wills and important contracts with you (vs. packed into the moving truck). Also, high valued items or things that are collector’s items, you may want to keep with you as well. Things like jewelry and sentimental items, you may want put in your car. It’s a good practice to buy a few extra totes that will serve as a way to transport these important items.

If you have any questions about your upcoming move, someone on our team would be happy to assist you in thinking through move day details.

How to Figure Out if Your Move is Tax Deductible

beltmann-7-7Moving can get expensive, so it’s nice to know that it could be tax deductible. Although we are not accountants – we can offer you two tests to determine if your moving expenses may be eligible. You must qualify for both tests in order to qualify for a tax deduction.

Test 1: “The Distance Test”

If your new job is at least 50 miles further from your old home than your old job location was to your old home – you qualify. So, for instance, if you used to drive 30 miles to work from your old home – then distance from your new job must be at least 80 miles from your old home to qualify in this category.

Test 2: “The Time Test”

If you’re an employee, you must work for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months after you move to your new home. If you’re self-employed, you must comply with the above – plus, work full-time for a total of at least 78 weeks during the first 24 months, after you arrive in your new work location.

The Exceptions:

There are some exceptions to not meeting “The Time Test” – for instance if death, disability or involuntary separation occurs, you should talk to your accountant to see if you may be exempt from meeting the time rules. Also, if you’re a member of the armed forces and your move was made because of a permanent change of station location, you do not have to satisfy the distance or time test.

Again, if you have specific questions – please call your CPA and they will help you navigate through your tax deduction.

13 Moving Terms That Could Save You From Being Scammed

beltmann-7-8Although, at Beltmann Relocation we try to walk you through the process and make things as simple as possible – during the time when you’re deciding on a moving company, you might be surprised to learn that some of the terms that moving companies use may feel like a foreign language.

It’s important to know what these terms mean in order to make the best decision you can about whether you want to hire a mover. Knowing these terms will also ensure you do not get scammed, as you will see there are multiple options for your moving estimate and quote.

Accessorial (Additional Service) – Services that would fall under this umbrella would be things like packing, unpacking or if you require a shuttle service. These will be charges added on top of your transportation fee.

Advanced Charges – If you see these charges on your bill, you will know they were services not performed by the mover. It was required because of (most likely) your request – these services required a 3rd party.

Bill of Landing – This is just a fancy word for a receipt of your goods, which also includes a contract for transporting your items to your destination. It’s important that you read over this contract carefully to make sure you understand your responsibility versus the movers. If you do not understand everything, do not sign it. Also, it’s important to keep a copy for your records.

Binding and Non- Binding Estimate – When you get an estimate from a mover, there will be two options. The first is a binding estimate – which will guarantee that the cost of your move will be based on the quantities and services included in the estimate. A Non-binding estimate is a quote that is just that – an estimate, on moving day you will be charged for what is actually moved – including the weight of your items and the tariff provisions in effect on that day. Beware of “low ball” non-binding estimates — they appear low in the estimate, but the prices are jacked-up on moving day.

Guaranteed Pickup and Delivery Service – Some moving companies will offer a service by which they guarantee pick-up and delivery dates and they provide reimbursements for delays.

High Value Articles – These items are defined as something you would like to move that is valued at more than $100 per pound. You should disclose these items to the mover or consider purchasing extra insurance protection for them.

Inventory – Inventory is a list of things you are moving, which includes the number of items and the condition of each.

Transportation Charge – These are charges for vehicle transportation.

Order for Service – This is a document that allows the mover to transport your household goods.

Pickup and Delivery Charges – These are charges that are separate from the transportation line item; these include a fee for transporting your items from the warehouse to your residence.

Shuttle Service – Sometimes (especially in big cities), your move may require the use of a smaller vehicle, so you will see a charge here for shuttle service.

Storage-in-Transit (SIT) – If your move requires temporary warehouse storage, you will see the charge under this line item.

Valuation – Valuation is how much “value” is placed on your shipment. This number will determine the ultimate valuation charge, which can go up or down – depending on how much liability you would like to place on the mover. The standard valuation is normally included in your total moving costs, which is .60/pound – but if you have items that are of higher value – you might want to consider purchasing more valuation in order ensure a higher compensation rate if something should happen to your items during transit.

What You Need to Know About Gypsy Moths Before You Move

beltmann-7-5Gypsy moths may not be on the top of your list of things to think about before you move, but it’s becoming something that must make the checklist. If you haven’t heard much about this issue – here’s some background.

The gypsy moth is a pest that deforests tens of thousands of acres of land in the U.S. each year. It’s becoming a large issue in the following states – specifically:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Gypsy moths are typically spread when someone moves from an affected area to an unaffected area. Gypsy moth eggs will attach to outdoor items such as grills, lawn furniture and outdoor toys. The Federal Law has now mandated that anyone moving must inspect any outdoor items that they plan to move to ensure they are not transporting Gypsy moth eggs during their move.

Here’s a checklist that includes how you should look for Gypsy moth eggs. It can be tricky to find the eggs because the egg masses look almost like a splotch of mud – it has a brown tone and looks almost like a splatter.

If you find gypsy moth eggs, it’s your responsibility to destroy them before your move date. This form will need to be filled out and signed before your move as well to acknowledge that you inspected your items and that they’re free of gypsy moth eggs.

If you have any questions, our team would be happy to help answer them. Thank you for doing your part in stopping the spread of these pests.

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.

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  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:

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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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