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Making A Career Move Overseas With Your Family In Tow? Here Are 3 Important Things To Know

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Making A Career Move Overseas With Your Family In Tow? Here Are 3 Important Things To Know

If you’ve recently landed an international job that will take you and your family to the other side of the globe, congratulations! Now it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty of getting everything packed and stored or moved. However, it’s important to understand there’s far more to moving your family internationally than that. In keeping with the theme of your new career move, here are a few other Cs to be aware of as you prepare for your relocation.  Certificates  It’s important to have certified copies of your marriage and birth certificates. Depending on your state, getting these certified copies can take some time. And again, depending on the state, the vital records offices that need to be contacted could be anything from the local health department, county courthouse, or a state-wide vital records department. This can be difficult to narrow down, especially if you were married or any family members were born in a different location from where you currently reside.  If you are moving to a country where there will be a language barrier in speech and in written word, it’s important to have these vital records translated to the appropriate primary language where you will be moving to. These translated copies will need to be certified by a translating service. Therefore, it’s a good idea to hire an international relocation service that provides solutions to everything that is involved in moving overseas, including obtaining certified original and translated copies of these vital records.  Coverage You’ll need insurance coverage for health care and your vehicles, if you choose to take a vehicle with you. Since health care is handled differently in each country around the world, your new employer will likely explain the health care system to you or at least inform you as to whether or not your health insurance premiums are taken out of your paycheck like is done stateside, in most cases. In some countries with universal healthcare systems, a health insurance coverage tax is taken out of everyone’s paychecks. If your new employer doesn’t provide you with the information you need to ensure that you and each of your family members will have health coverage, speak with a representative of an international relocation service for more information.  Since it’s typically easier to drive your family around rather than have your family take public transportation, you’re probably considering shipping your vehicle overseas. Therefore, you’ll need vehicle insurance coverage. However, doing so would also mean that you’ll need an international driver’s license or a temporary driver’s license of some sort, depending on where you are moving to. Before you make the decision to take on the expenses that go along with having a personal vehicle overseas, consider all the costs that are involved, such as gas and parking, in addition to insurance coverage and an international driver’s license. It may be a better idea to have your vehicle stored by an international moving company instead.  Curriculum  With your children in tow, you’ll get a thorough lesson in the curriculum differences between stateside schools and the schools in your new location. However, in many countries foreign students are required to attend international schools. Fortunately, there are 7,017 international schools worldwide, with 42% of them having a UK-based curriculum and 23% of them having an American-based curriculum. ...

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6 Extra Services To Ask Your Moving Company About

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 6 Extra Services To Ask Your Moving Company About

Most moving companies supply several services such as packing, loading, transportation, storage, unloading and unpacking. While you can mix and match any of these services to create your ideal moving package, you should also consider several extra services that your moving company may or may not provide. If your company does not provide the following services, they may be able to connect you with other service providers that offer discounts when you purchase these services as part of your move.  Cleaning Services Cleaning services are important on both sides of your move. Paying for cleaning services after your belongings are loaded on the moving truck allows you to start moving to your destination sooner. A professional cleaning service can also help you get your deposit back if you were renting the home you are moving out of or can make your home more attractive to potential buyers if you are selling it.  Unfortunately, not everyone pays for professional cleaning services when they move out, so you may want to move to have your destination home cleaned before you move in. This will allow you to unpack your belongings in a clean environment.  Debris Pickup  After you pack and load your truck, you may have furniture or appliances that need to be disposed of. Debris pickup can save you a trip to the dump and keep you on schedule. After you unpack, you will likely have dozens of boxes and packing material that needs to be disposed of. Most moving companies will collect these for free and some companies will even pay you for material that is reusable.   Electronics Packing and Assembly With home theater systems and personal computers having several peripherals, setup can take a long time and be frustrating. Paying for special electronics packing will ensure that all of your cords and connectors are properly labeled and packed so they can easily be setup at your new home. Assembly of your electronics ensures that you will be able to stay connected with your friends and family as well as have a working home entertainment center.  Pet Moving  Most moving companies do not offer pet moving services, but they can direct you to companies who will offer pet boarding and moving. Since moving can be a stressful experience for your pets, you may want to let your moving company know you have pets even if you plan to move them yourself. Pets may change how they approach your packing and loading services.  Plant Moving  While many companies will move your plants, most will not take responsibility for the safety of your plants during long distance moves that require multiple day storage. For this reason, you may want to ask about dedicated plant moving services. Additionally, some states will not accept transportation of plants across state lines. If you are moving into one of these states or transporting your plants through one, you may not be able to load them onto the moving truck. Instead, you should consider transporting them via airplane.  Frozen Food Transportation While it is usually best to consume perishable food before you move you may find that you have to transport items from your freezer, such as breast milk. Your moving company should be able to supply you with an overnight shipping option for frozen products....

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Moving With Dogs: How To Minimize Their (And Your) Stress

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Moving With Dogs: How To Minimize Their (And Your) Stress

If there’s one thing that can be said about moving, it’s that it is stressful. Even if you’re excited and happy about the move, and even if you’re only moving to a nearby street (as opposed to across the country), changing your residence is a common stressor. In addition to making people feel frazzled, moving also takes a toll on pets. If you have a canine friend who will be making the move along with you, read on for some tips on how to keep Fido calm and collected during the relocation process. Plan for the Worst While chances are great that your dog will make it to your new home mostly unscathed, before you do anything else, be sure that all safeguards are in place to get your pooch back to you quickly if he or she should get loose. Why? First, you will likely have a lot of people coming and going as you move. From movers coming in and out with boxes, to family members running back for needed items, it’s conceivable that even a very well-trained dog could slip out the door. Secondly, when your dog’s humans (that means you!) are distracted, he or she will feel the stress of the situation. This can cause your pup to want to run and hide — and when confronted with an unfamiliar home or neighborhood, disorientation and running away could occur. Make sure that your dog is microchipped and that he or she is always wearing a collar with current tags. Put your cellphone number on the tag if it isn’t there already (writing it with a permanent marker will work if you don’t have a chance to get it engraved). Also, double check that all vaccinations are updated; the last thing you want to deal with is a dog coming down with a preventable illness due to getting out and cavorting with other dogs or, worse, getting into a scuffle with a wild animal. Crate-Train in Advance If you are still several weeks or months away from your move, get your dog crate-trained if you have not already done so. Crate training might seem mean, but it’s actually a very kind thing to do. Dogs tend to see their crates as their own private den, or a safe place to retreat to when feeling overwhelmed. When people are coming and going, as well as when you are still putting away necessities in your new home, your furry pal can lounge in the crate rather than being underfoot or getting into trouble. The Humane Society has a list of tips for helping a dog see a crate as a relaxing place to hang out rather than a punishment. Some good hints include feeding your dog in the crate, taking it slowly and never using the crate as a form of punishment. You can read more about crate-training here. Think Ahead About Travel If you are moving to another home in the same town, this is not an issue, but if you are crossing state lines or moving to a different area of the country altogether, it’s important not to forget about your dog when making travel plans. Whether you are going by car or by plane, it’s vital that you have a copy of your pet’s health...

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Shopping For A Storage Unit? 2 Facility Features You Should Look For

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Shopping For A Storage Unit? 2 Facility Features You Should Look For

When you start shopping for a storage unit, each facility might seem pretty similar. After visiting a few different aisles packed full of identical garage doors differentiated by a few digits, you might decide to snag a unit and stop your search. Unfortunately, choosing a unit at the wrong storage facility could cause trouble later. Here are two facility features you should look for and why: 1: A Smart Security System How would you feel if you opened your storage unit one day and noticed that all of your valuable items were missing? Although rare, storage theft does happen, and it can be extremely frustrating for unit owners. In fact, in 2011, 7% of storage facilities reported that they had some type of break-in—translating to about two thefts per facility. What would you do if you were one of the lucky two? To protect your unit from intruders, some storage facilities have installed smart security systems that automate the front gate with your actual storage unit. After you enter your gate code, the system sends a signal to your door to approve the space to be opened. If someone opens a door that doesn’t match the gate code, the front gate will automatically close and lock itself so that managers can call police and investigate the incident before contents are stolen. Here are a few reasons these systems are so valuable: Second Line of Defense: Storage managers can watch for strange activity, but you never know when a thief is lurking in the facility. Fortunately, these smart systems act as a second line of defense. Because the systems are automated and work 24/7, they can look out for your unit when other people can’t. No Need to Purchase A Lock: Another benefit to automated smart systems is that they eliminate the need to purchase a second lock. Because each door is fitted with a sturdy, embedded electronic lock, all you need to do is enter your code on the keypad to access your unit. This means that you won’t need to keep track of a key or combination to visit your unit. As you call around for storage unit pricing, ask facility managers when their security system was installed. The facilities with cutting edge security systems might be a little more expensive, but the small investment might help you to keep your unit safe. 2: After-Hours Kiosks By the time you get home from work, you might be more focused on spending time with your kids than you are about paying your storage unit bill or reorganizing your space. Unfortunately, if your chosen storage facility maintains strict business hours, it might be hard to talk with a facility manager when you have time. Fortunately, to make things easier for tenants, some facilities offer after-hours kiosks. Here are a few reasons you might find yourself in need of a little automated after-hours service:   Make Payments: Believe it or not, many small mom-and-pop-shop storage facilities don’t have any way to take payments online or over the phone. To make a payment, you might find yourself mailing a check or trying to stop by the office during your lunch break. Fortunately, self-service kiosks connected to the web might give you an easy way to pay your rent online, or in person...

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Bidding On A Storage Unit? 2 Tips To Navigate The Auction Process Like A Pro

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

After binge-watching reality television shows that center around purchasing abandoned storage units, you might be ready to cash your latest paycheck and head to the closest facility. However, there is a lot more to bidding on abandoned storage units than most people think, and a few simple mistakes could end up costing you a lot of money. Here are two tips to help you navigate the auction process like a professional, so that you can make your cash count: 1: Bid Smart On television, the people who purchase storage units always walk away with valuable baseball cards, antique jewelry, or safes stacked with extra cash. Unfortunately, finding a gold mine inside of a storage unit might not be the reality you are faced with after you purchase a space. In fact, Dave Hester, one of the stars of storage bidding show, recently stated that he caught producers of the show planting goods inside of storage units to make the show more interesting. However, just because every storage unit won’t be filled with valuable merchandise doesn’t mean that bidding is a waste of time. If you analyze the contents of the unit before you throw your hat in the ring, you might be able to walk away with items you will really enjoy. Here are a few ways to bid a little smarter: Inspect the Unit Carefully: If you are attending a live storage unit auction, you will have the opportunity to visually inspect the unit, but you won’t be allowed to go inside. To make it easier to see contents in the back of the unit, bring a flashlight. However, since many storage facilities these days hold their storage unit auctions online, you might need to carefully inspect pictures and read through content inventory lists before you bid. Do A Little Math: Although you might be tempted to get excited about that great-looking storage unit, do the time to calculate your break-even point. For example, if you think that you spot a bed frame and a new washer that you could sell for around $800, don’t forget to subtract your own expenses, including your labor and what you will pay for the unit. Don’t Bid Early: If you really want to win a unit, you might be tempted to start belting out offers as soon as the bidding starts. Unfortunately, bidding early might prompt other buyers to bid on your space, especially if you act overly excited about the unit. Instead, wait until other buyers have argued about the price for a bit, and then throw out your best and final offer before bidding concludes. Bidding intelligently might take a little more self-control, but it could really pay off in the end. If you can track down an excellent unit and get it for a decent price, you might be able to enjoy a healthy profit. 2: Be Prepared to Clear the Unit Quickly After you win a storage unit, the facility will require you to clean it out within a reasonable amount of time. For example, your storage facility might ask that you clean out the space within a day or so. However, since some storage units are chock full of heavy furniture, stuffed boxes, and big bags of clothing, cleaning your space quickly might take a little...

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3 Tasks To Perform Before Starting Up Your Outboard Motor After The Storage Season

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As the sun starts to peek out from behind the clouds, you may be eager to go grab your boat out of storage and hit the water. Unfortunately, heading out onto the water without taking the time to perform some maintenance can spell trouble. As a beginner boating enthusiast, it pays to put your all into the preparation process to ready your boat for months of summer time fun. After all, the precautions you take before putting your boat into the water can save you from having to swallow your pride and call for help. The first thing to focus on after pulling your boat out of storage at a place like is the four-stroke outboard motor. Read on for three maintenance tasks to perform before starting up your engine. Change the Oil Unlike the two stroke variants that require an oil and fuel mixture, your four-stroke setup uses straight oil that runs through a filter, much like the ones commonly found on automobiles. Just like cars, you need to change the oil used for your boat motor on a regular schedule. For gas-powered boats, the interval generally sits around every 100 hours, but diesel motors can go for 200 before needing an oil change. Furthermore, you must change the oil at the beginning of each season to ready your boat for the water.  To perform this task, you will need to grab the appropriate filter, drain plug and oil formula for your outboard engine. You will need to decide between mineral and semi-synthetic oil for your boat. Natural oil works well for leisure boating and fishing, while semi-synthetic supports heavy load activities, like pulling people on inner tubes or wakeboards. Replace the Thermostat The thermostat is a vital piece of equipment that precisely controls the operating temperature of your engine. Unfortunately, the thermostat easily sticks shut after sitting for a prolonged period of time. If the thermostat stays closed, the engine could overheat since cold water cannot enter the coolant passages through that line. When the engine overheats, the cylinder walls could crack as the metal piston material expands in its narrow channel. Luckily, the thermostat is an incredibly cheap part that is fairly easy to replace. You can simply swap out the old thermostat for a new one to ensure your engine will cool properly. While you are replacing the thermostat, clear dirt, debris and sludge out of the inlet and outlet ports near the propeller. Prepare the Fuel The fuel stabilizers you poured into the engine at the beginning of the storage season keep moisture out of your gas or diesel tank. As a result, the stabilizers protect your fuel tank and lines from corroding while the motor sits. If you go to start the engine with just the stabilized mixture as a fuel source, however, you might notice it does not run as well as you remember. Luckily, you can dilute the stabilizers with more fuel and add an octane booster to improve your idle and restore power. After running the octane booster through the engine, you can simply refill with regular fuel each time the tank runs low. Starting Up For The First Time After performing the above maintenance tasks, you are ready to test out your outboard motor. You do not need to...

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