If you have decided to sell your house and make a move, then you have some prep work ahead of you. For some, it will take very little work, but for others, it will take a little more effort. The best advice we can give on prepping your house for potential buyers is to walk through your house as if YOU are a potential buyer. Pretend it isn’t your house or your belongings. What things would you notice in a good way and what things would put you off as a house buyer?
Moving is never really viewed as a small task or easy undertaking. But, the choice to move by yourself can definitely make an already difficult task more stressful. We understand that not everyone can afford to hire professional movers, but it’s important to keep in mind that movers offer a variety of services and prices. For example, you can pack your own things which will save you cost-wise. But, if you choose to do your move completely on your own without any help from a professional moving company, we feel like there are a few things you should know.
Professional movers are trained in packing your belongings in the most efficient and safest way possible. They are trained to pack in such a way that even your fine china makes it to its new destination without a scratch. Can you say the same? If you pack it, are you going to just use old newspapers and hope for the best? If it gets broken, how will you replace it?
As a follow-up to our blog about things to do to honor your military service member while he or she is gone overseas during the holidays, we wanted to also do a blog about the family members of those serving our country. Unless you have a loved one that has served in the military and gone overseas to a combat zone, then you can’t fully understand what it is like for the family members awaiting their safe return. They miss them every minute of every day. It isn’t something they have to consciously think about because it is a constant ache that they carry with them like a headache that won’t go away.
Whether or not you know how they are feeling, there are still things you can do for them. By stepping up and doing something kind for them, you are also honoring the service member and their service to our country. While they have felt a calling to serve their country, it does not ease the pain of missing their family and worrying about their well-being while they are gone.
So, what can you do? The holidays are an especially emotional time for the loved ones left behind, but they could use any of these suggestions year-round. Some spouses of military members who are left home might feel self-sufficient, not thinking that they need help. However, they might not be used to working and running the household all by themselves. Running kids around, keeping up with the laundry, cooking dinner…it can be a full-time job in and of itself. Yes, there are tons of moms or dads who do it every day while maintaining a full-time job. But, when it isn’t their daily routine, it is difficult. It takes adjustment. It’s hard. Offer to take the kids for the afternoon or bring a meal once in a while.
If the spouse that’s left behind is used to running the household, then in some ways, their daily routine may not change much. They may even be used to juggling a full-time job and being a parent and spouse. But, just not having that extra set of hands, that extra driver, that person to sit next to on the couch at the end of the night when the kids are all asleep can feel lonely and tiring. As one military wife said, “Yes, I can do it. Do I like doing it all by myself? No.” They are a team, and they are temporarily down a team member. Again, you can take them a meal or take the kids for the afternoon.
One thing to remember is that military families are usually very self-sufficient. They know how to make things work when their service member husband or wife is away, so it may look like they don’t need any help. They may not NEED it, but it sure would be a blessing to them! Maybe you could mow the lawn for them once a month or ask if there are any repairs that need to be done around the house. They probably won’t ask which is why you should.
We hope you found that helpful and will choose to reach out to a military family that you know. At Florida Moving Systems we truly respect our service members and their families and would like to thank them for their courage and sacrifices. If you are getting ready for a move, military or otherwise, please give us a call. We are located in Melbourne, FL and move families nationwide. With highly trained movers and state-of-the-art storage facilities, we know we can make your move fantastic! If you are in the Cocoa, Palm Bay, or Viera areas and need qualified movers or a storage facility, please call us today.
What are HOA’s?
What are HOA’s? Whether you rent your home, are purchasing it, or are in the market to rent or purchase for the first time, you will come across the term “HOA.” The abbreviation stands for Home Owners Association. An HOA usually means that you will have to pay a fee for living there. Yes, even if you own the home. HOA’s cover a variety of costs, but they also come with limitations.
If you ever travel, be it for work or pleasure, you will probably find yourself on a plane at some point in your life. Yes, there are people who make it through their whole life without ever flying, but that isn’t the norm. Some of you may find yourselves taking other modes of transportation, such as trains or buses. And, some of you may find yourself aboard a cruise ship! In all of these situations, you are surrounded by strangers and their accompanying germs.