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    Packing Your "First Night Box"

    by Kyle McKay

    We pulled up to my brother’s new house around 9 p.m. It was dark and we had been on the road for over 12 hours, the end of a three-day, cross-country journey from Norfolk, Va. to Los Angeles. We got out of the truck, stretched our legs and looked forward to a good night’s rest before unpacking everything tomorrow. I grabbed my suitcase and went inside to check out the place.

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    Then it hit me. “Where are we going to sleep?” I asked.

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    Infographics: Top 10 Cities People are Moving to and From

    by Andrew Doerfler

    Peak moving season is fast approaching. That means people will soon be flocking in and out of the country's biggest cities. Wondering which places see the biggest ebb and flow? Our friends at NorthStar Moving have put together these two infographics that show the top cities in the country that people are moving to and from. The graphics are based on data from the American Moving & Storage Association, which tracks inbound  and outbound shipments across the USA.

    The rankings reflect the total number shipments, not movers as a percentage of the city's population. They overlap quite a bit. Strangely enough, the same place tops both lists. Why do you think that is? Let us know in the comments.

    Top 10 Cities Americans are Moving To

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    Are You Sabotaging Your Home Sale?

    by Phil Henderson

    If your house is not selling, stop blaming the markets and take a closer look inside. Are you sabotaging your sale? Does the arrangement of the furniture in your home prevent buyers from really viewing it? Is your front yard turning them away before they even stop? Sellers can do many things to keep people from finding their homes appealing, and you need to avoid these if you want to sell yours quickly. Here are some important tips to remember when you are trying to sell a house.

    Don't Make It Personal
    Your home is your castle—but only until you are ready to start selling. If your home is too personal, it won't sell. The pictures your kids colored for you at school and the portraits you had taken of them are important only to you, and they can detract from the seller's experience.

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    Relocating Overseas: What Should You Do with Your Stuff?

    by Tom Stanford

    Relocating overseas can be an extremely busy. Not only do you need to organize visas, finances, accommodation and work, you also need to organize what’s going to happen to your own stuff. Do you ship it all? Put it in storage? Sell it or leave it with a friend? There are many choices, each with its own consequences and costs. It’s important to know which is right for you!

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    Storage
    Putting your belongings in storage is probably the most common way to deal with your stuff while living overseas. It’s safe, pest, damp-free, and out of the way, so not a burden to anyone else. That said, storage can be pricey. You may want to look at the various options.

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    How to Choose an Internet Service Provider

    by Kate Voss

    Moving out of one area and into another often requires the painful process of changing Internet service providers. Even if you choose to stay with the same company after you move, it may not offer the same packages and rates in your new home as it did in your previous one. Most Internet providers offer different services in different regions, and few regions have the same services. Living in a rural area also brings its own unique problems.

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    Switching service providers requires some research and evaluation of what your needs will be in your new home compared to what is offered.

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    Online Resources to Help You Scope out Your New Neighborhood

    by Naomi Broderick

    The parent mandate: to ensure your child’s physical and mental safety. This means that we must guarantee a safe environment on and offline. But a sudden move can make finding a secure home environment difficult.

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    Thankfully, you can use online tactics to check that your new area will be the safe haven you expect it to be. You can now confirm the safety of a future home before you even show up for the initial house viewing.

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    3 Essential Knots To Know When Moving

    by Kyle McKay

    It’s moving day! Everything is in the boxes, the truck is out front, and your bowling club buddies finally showed up to help you move. All you have to do now is throw everything in and off you go, right? Not quite.

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    Even if you have awesome Tetris skills when it comes to packing your moving truck , you still need to tie down your stuff. It doesn’t matter if you're moving down the street, or from Boston to San Francisco, securing your stuff is necessary. There is nothing worse than getting to your new house and finding your big screen TV is broken because things were shifting around in your truck. With these easy knots, you’ll soon be on your way with peace of mind that your stuff is secured.

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    How to Turn Your House into a “Smart Home”

    by Michelle Smith

    Raising your home’s IQ doesn’t have to be as difficult—or as expensive—as you might think. With more smart devices on the home market every year, smart technology has become affordable and mainstream.

    Here are a few smart home appliances that can make you more efficient.

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    Proposed Bill Would Offer Relocating Jobseekers up to $10,000

    by Andrew Doerfler

    Have you ever declined a job offer because you couldn’t afford to move? Have you skipped over a posting because the company was located too far away? If a new plan from Congress goes through, you might not have to worry about those predicaments. The proposed bill, called the American Worker Mobility Act, aims to curb unemployment by offering vouchers to jobseekers who are looking to move, according to the Huffington Post.

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    If passed, the bipartisan bill would empower the Department of Labor to distribute up to $10,000 to long-term unemployed Americans who have received job offers outside of their current location. Also eligible would be those who plan to move to a new area at least 60 miles away with an unemployment rate at least two percent lower.

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    New Research Shows People Move for Political Ideology

    by Carolyn McKibbin

     

    It’s a midterm election year. And you know what that means—a lot of talk about red states and blue states, states that have either mostly conservative or mostly liberal political leanings. An old theory says geography shapes your ideology. That is, political clustering in either red or blue areas is due to “feedback effects”—if you live somewhere long enough, the political beliefs of those around you will rub off on you.

    But according to psychologist Brian Nosek at the University of Virginia, as reported by science desk correspondent Shankar Vedantam on NPR, there is new research that connects our increasingly mobile society to the red state/blue state phenomenon. Nosek tracked the ZIP codes and political orientation of more than one million Americans. “What we found is that people’s current ZIP code was more aligned with their ideology than their past one. So, liberals who had lived in more conservative districts were more likely to now live in more liberal ZIP codes, and vice versa for conservatives.”

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