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Is Hiring a Moving Company Really Worth It? A Comparison!

Is Hiring a Moving Company Really Worth It?

 

To Hire Or Not To Hire?

For those looking to make a move to a new home, you’re faced with the decision of whether you’re going to hire a moving company or do it yourself. There are many advantages and disadvantages to both decisions. Ultimately, your choice will be based on what’s best for your budget, needs, and how stressed you wish to be during the move. To help you understand whether a moving company is worth your time and money, this article will compare the two kinds of experience that you can have when moving.

 

Battle One: Packing

Before you can move out to the next location, you have to pack. If you plan on moving without help, then all of that packing and storing is going to be up to you. You’ll have to go through your entire place on your own, or with some friends, and pack each box full of your belongings. While you will save some money by not hiring a moving company like Allied Van Lines to help you, you’re also putting yourself at risk for those items to be damaged.

This is because you’re likely going to spend as cheap of an amount as you can for boxes. If you have specialty items that require delicate packaging and you don’t put them in those special packaging materials, then you’re at risk for damaging those precious items. This is a travesty that can be avoided with a moving company. They come to you with all of the packing needs that you could possibly want.

Boxes, crates, even other packing materials to ensure that your items are safe during the transit are provided. You may believe that you’re saving money by not hiring a moving company, but by the time you’ve looked at your receipts after buying all of the packaging materials you need for your belongings, you’ll find that your costs will likely add up close to what a moving company will charge you.

 

Battle Two: Transportation

The next aspect of moving is the actual transit. For those who are doing it on your own, you may have to rent a van or moving truck to fit all of your items. Or you may have called upon a few friends and your parents to utilize the storage space in their cars. Either way, you have some costs here to consider here, too. Individuals who are moving over a long distance could wind up spending a lot of money in gas. This is especially true if you’re unable to fit everything in your car in one go and have to drive back to your former residence to pick up the rest of your stuff.

With a moving company, they typically have a fleet of moving trucks and vans of various sizes. This ensures that you can fit everything into one trip. If another truck is needed, they can easily call someone else down to provide that truck. Not only does this save you time, but the cost is all included in your single moving charge.

Experience is also something to consider. If you’ve never driven a moving truck before, then you may find yourself in an accident. Moving companies make a living out of driving moving trucks through the city and rural areas. As such, they know what they’re doing and how to avoid certain problems.

 

Battle Three: Speed

Unless you take the painstaking time to pack and move your belongings over a series of weekends, it’s going to likely take you the better part of a day to just pack your items into a vehicle and head towards the new location. Even with less to pack, you still have all of that time that spent preparing to move to consider. Friends and family just don’t move as fast when it comes to loading up and unloading.

Again, this is where the moving company has the advantage. Their teams are effective and experienced. Not only that, but they’re running a business. They want to help you get to where you need to get safely and efficiently because they have to keep helping other folks move, too. With a moving company, you can expedite the moving process and actually have time to relax.

Top Tech & Gadget Gift Ideas (2018 Holiday Gift Guide)

Top Tech & Gadget Gift Ideas for 2018

 

 

Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablets are a must for anyone interested in design or photo editing. Each tablet can be registered with software that suits the user’s needs.  The wireless pen has an impressive 4096 pressure levels, delivering precision and control.  There is a variety of sizes of tablets, starting at just $79.

 

Jaybird RUN True Wireless Earbuds – these wireless earbuds would make a great gift for the runner and music lovers out there.  They are water resistant and the case holds another 8 hours of charge for recharging on-the-go.  After giving them a try myself, I can say that they are comfortable and have great sound quality.  

 

 

Nomad Rugged Universal Cables – I cannot stop raving about these cables! They are truly my favorite.  With a 3-in-one connect, durability, and fast (4.5A) charging capability, these cables have it all. They come in two sizes – 0.3m and 1.5m.  

 

 

myCharge Wireless Power Bank – this item is all about convenience!  Simply pull this little device out and set your Qi compatible phone on top…voila, instant quick charging anywhere!  This power bank is about the same size 2 phones stacked on top of each other, and the 10k version packs enough power to charge most phones about 5 times before having to recharge the power bank itself. 

 

 

Turtle Beach Recon 200 – every gamer needs a reliable headset and Turtle Beach makes just that.  There are several to choose from with different features, game console compatibility, and price range.  The Turtle Beach Recon 200 is a great medium range set that works with multiple gaming platforms. 

 

 

Lynktec Reeljuice  – This all-in-one power bank has a built-in cable and requires no additional pieces.  There are two versions – the 3x and the 5x – each charging the typical phone just that.. 3 or 5 times.  The Reeljuice can plug directly into the wall to recharge and has as a built in 4 ft micro USB cable with lightning adapter.  

 

 

Gear Best Universal Cell Phone Lanyard – I often find myself without pockets and this cell phone lanyard is a life (or phone) saver!  It keeps your phone accessible and safe from drops, but hands-free when you need to be.  Comes in a variety of colors and a pocket style that even has a pocket to hold your card or money!  Gear Beast also has other hands-free accessories such as running arm bands and bottle holders.  

 

Echo Dot  – this voice controlled speaker allows you to play music on command, will tell you the weather, call or message anyone (hands-free of course!), and even connect to other smart devices.  If your recipient already has one, they can pair them to have stereo sound throughout the house.  Check out the Kids Edition for those with little ears around – it even comes with access to over 1000 kid-friendly Audible books, ad-free music, and fun activities.   

 

KiiPix Smartphone Picture Printer – print pictures on-the-go straight from your phone with the KiiPix printer.  Simply place phone, place film, and print!  This is such a fun device for all ages.  

 

 

Tile Anything Finder – I know a lot of people who could use this!  The Tile device helps you find lost items.  Connect it to your keys and the phone app can tell you where to find them or play a loud tune on the Tile.  You can even press the button on the tile device to find your phone.  

 

 

Healbe GoBe2 – doing what most smart bands don’t, the Healbe GoBe2 has several impressive features.  Not only can it detect your calorie intake (without bothersome counting on your part) but it can also detect your hydration levels, quality of sleep, and stress level.  It is a fantastic all-in-one wellness tracker.  

 

 

Olloclip Active Lens Kit – add more creativity to your iPhone camera shots with this fun clip on lens set.  Comes with Fish-eye, Super-Wide, and Macro.  

 

WD 1TB My Passport Portable External Hard Drive – everyone needs an external hard drive to back up their important photos and documents.  You can fit massive amounts of photos and videos in the palm of your hand with the My Passport External Hard Drive. It will back up automatically, can be password protected, and is more than enough space for the typical user.  This is a great gift idea for anyone from students to professionals.  

 

Lifeproof FRE Case – if you know someone getting a new phone for Christmas, this is the perfect gift!  Lifeproof cases are known for their quality.  They are waterproof, shock proof, and come with a built in screen protector.  New phones deserve the kind of protection Lifeproof offers.  Please note: be sure to get a case for the correct phone model as they are not interchangeable.    

 

 

Kontrol Freek Thumbsticks & Grips – a gift your gamer will appreciate!  Kontrol Freek makes a variety of controller thumbsticks and grips for PS4, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch.  These increase precision, accuracy, and control.  

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Coming Soon!

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Coming Soon!

 

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I love putting together holiday gift guides and product reviews for my readers! 

A few products have rolled my way to test out and introduce you to (such as Honolulu Cookie Company, Lakeshore Learning, and Turtle Beach), and I will also be scouring the stores and internet for other ideas to share with you.  My gift guides often include products from small businesses as well as larger brands you may have heard of, to give you the best of both worlds. 

We are looking for products for the whole family – that includes mom, dad, the kids, the pets, and grandma and grandpa even!  If you are a small business owner, a PR representative for a large brand, or even have a recommendation of a product to include, send me an email at familycentsability@gmail.com and I would be glad to hear from you.  There is no fee to be included in the holiday gift guide! 

A Simple Guide To Re-Decorating Your Bedroom

 

Simple guide to re-decorating your bedroom

 

Thinking about revamping your bedroom?  The first thing you need to decide is what to do with your existing furniture.  Will you donate it, or mix and match it to fit your new color scheme?  Then you need to consider other things.  What color will you choose to paint the walls?  Do you need a rug?  Will there be enough room for a nightstand or dresser?  There are so many questions, but decorating your bedroom can be fun and exciting, especially with the right guide.

Consulting with interior designers might be a good start, but there are dozens of online sources to consider first.  There is no need for spreadsheets with floor plans or project management software to track your progress.  A simple to-do list will do the trick.  Here are a few tips to get you started! 

 

Create A Basic Plan

This plan does not have to be a fully thought out process.  Just create a short list of ideas to get you started.  For example, think about the type of furniture that you love and the different materials that excite you.  To get some ideas, visit Pinterest.  They have loads of ideas and pictures to get those creative juices flowing! 

 

A few checkpoints to follow for finishing touches include:

Wall Paint

A fresh coat of paint can create an environment that is warm and subtle.  By choosing the right colors, you can create a peaceful place to rest your head at night.  However, study what each color represents and how it affects the body.

 

Pillows

Pillows are a necessity.  The more the better! However, you want to make sure that the bed is comfortable and you can actually sleep in it.  Any where from one to six pillows can be enough, just try not to over-do it!  

 

A Place To Sit Down

It doesn’t have to be a large chair that fills up too much space, but a small ottoman chair or bench will add a nice touch.  Think about having a place to put on your shoes or sit down while talking to a friend on the phone.  

 

Color, Color, Color

If you decide to have a whitewashed setting, think about including a pop of color. Something bold and playful.  This can be one of the most fun things about redecorating your bedroom.  Continue reading below for more color tips, or check out Pinterest for ideas on how to add in pops of color.  

 

Purchase A High-Quality Mattress

On average, you can spend eight hours a day in this one spot.  Choose a mattress store that has a large selection of good mattresses to give you the support you need.  If you are hesitant about spending much on a mattress, keep in mind that a good mattress can last up to 15 years and make a difference in not only your physical health but your mental health as well.

 

A Nightstand That Compliments Your Style

Do you enjoy having a place to put your favorite magazine or book, or need somewhere to put your wireless charging stand to quickly access your phone? A nightstand can be the finishing touch you need.  It solves so many problems yet can be a great compliment to the rest of your room.  

 

Color Color Color

 

Choosing Colors for a Relaxed Atmosphere

How colors can change the mood

Colors have the potential to change your mood and behavior instantly.  For example, the color red has a bold and intense feel to it, while blue can give you a calm and relaxed feel.  

While decorating your bedroom, think about the principles of color psychology and include it into your designs.  

 

How Colors Effect The Way We Sleep

Sleep specialists recommend using colors that are toned down.  Shades that give off a softer feel will enhance your quality of sleep.  Still don’t know what colors to choose?  Below is a list of colors that can get you started:

 

Purple

The color purple can inspire creativity.  However, it comes with a downside.  The color can induce nightmares and generally reduce you to 5 hours of restful sleep.

 

Dark Gray Blue

This color is soothing and retains a calm collective vibe.  It can be a boring color, however.  Adding that pop of color we discussed earlier will do the trick.

 

Soft Green

Soft green can enhance the feeling of contentment and serenity.  The color is similar to a light pistachio hue and offers an elegant, yet grounded design.

 

 

To conclude….

Your bedroom doesn’t have to be just a place to lay your head and get dressed.  By creating an atmosphere that is quiet and relaxing, it can give you a place to unwind at the end of the day.  Think of it as a peaceful safe haven that you have created to get you through some of the bad days.  Choose your designs carefully and your colors with certainty.  It may take a little longer, but you will definitely be happier with the end result.  

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