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Matrimony and Moving: How to Live Happily Ever After

By Anne Wynter   May 22, 2015

Melinda Parrish and husband Jim Snare went through two marriage-related moves.

Committing to another person and planning a wedding are hard enough on their own. Add in the challenge of moving and combining households and you may start to question your love for your significant other. To make it through the moving process and get on the road to happily ever after, keep these five strategies in mind.

In conjunction with National Moving Day, which in 2015 falls on May 26, SpareFoot is sharing stories about people who’ve moved amid life-changing events. This story focuses on relocating after getting married. → Keep Reading

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Breaking Up and Packing Up: Making a Move After a Divorce

By Deb Hipp   May 21, 2015

Helen Shultz

When Helen Shultz and Tony Kamalduski married, neither expected to split their belongings and move hundreds of miles away when they divorced 18 years later.

But two years ago, when the marriage dissolved, Helen and their teenage daughter, Emely, relocated 1,300 miles from Auburn, WA, to Lakewood, CO. Tony moved to nearby Denver, CO, to be close to Emely. Though the marriage was over, Shultz and Kamalduski were determined to make the move from Washington to Colorado a smooth one.

“We wanted there to not be a lot of conflict, so basically there wasn’t,” Shultz said. → Keep Reading

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Moving When You’re Mourning: Relocation After a Loved One’s Death 

By Anne Wynter   May 20, 2015

Carole Brody Fleet

When someone you share a home with dies, your grieving process can become even more complicated if you’re dealing with a potential move.

Motivational speaker Carole Brody Fleet, author of “Happily Even After: A Guide to Getting Through (and Beyond) the Grief of Widowhood,” faced this decision after the death of her husband, Mike Fleet, in 2000. Mike had suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease. → Keep Reading

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Emptying the Nest: Making a Move After the Kids Fly Away

By Allie Johnson   May 19, 2015

Steve and Laura Hazan

Mother of one Laura Hazan had just sent her son off to college when her husband got a job offer and the couple decided to make a major move.

The upside: They’d be going to Baltimore, MD, near family and an hour away from their son Paul’s university. The downside: They’d be leaving their home in an idyllic neighborhood in the St. Louis, MO, area.

“We lived in a fabulous suburb that’s like Main Street USA where kids could ride their bikes to the ice cream shop and the library,” Hazan said. “It was bittersweet to leave.”

In conjunction with National Moving Day, which in 2015 falls on May 26, SpareFoot is sharing various stories about people who’ve moved amid life-changing events. This story focuses on moving away from an empty nest.

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Oh, Baby! How to Make a Move With a Family

By Cynthia J. Drake   May 18, 2015

Jessica Galindo McCrary

Your nerves are rattled enough when you’re moving. Imagine what it’s like with children in the mix.

I should know. In the summer of 2014, I moved to Austin, TX, with a 3-year-old—and a baby on the way. Suddenly, sizing up my new community had more to do with school quality and playground availability than a neighborhood’s “cool factor” and proximity to bars, as it used to in my pre-kiddo days.

And moving while pregnant? Definitely not a walk, or even a crawl, in the park.

Family-related issues are cited as the second most common reason for moving, according to a 2014 Census Bureau report. I talked to some people who fall into this category—and survived to tell the tale and share their tips.

In conjunction with National Moving Day, which in 2015 falls on May 26, SpareFoot is sharing various stories about people who’ve moved amid life-changing events. This story focuses on people who’ve relocated with their families. → Keep Reading

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Job Relocation Advice From People Who’ve Been There, Done That

By Cynthia J. Drake   May 14, 2015

moving truckEvery year, thousands of people relocate to new homes across the U.S. and abroad, and moving for a job ranks as one of the top reasons. One survey found that employees who moved for a new job in 2013 rose by 35 percent compared with 2012.

Although a new job usually is cause for celebration, moving doesn’t come without its challenges. We talked to people who’ve successfully relocated (including two people who moved outside the U.S.) to get their tips on how to make the transition.

In conjunction with National Moving Day, which in 2015 falls on May 26, SpareFoot is sharing various stories about people who’ve moved amid life-changing events. This story focuses on people who’ve relocated for work. → Keep Reading

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How to Rock a Big Move: Insights From a Recent College Grad

By Lauren Everitt   May 13, 2015

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Ellen Kranz is living the post-college dream. On a whim, she and two high school buddies packed up their prized possessions and caravanned about 1,200 miles south from Minneapolis, MN, to Austin, TX.

“We’d lived in Minnesota all our lives, and we all went to the college there. We wanted to try something new,” said Kranz, 23.

In this blog post, you’ll learn some lessons from Kranz’s experience.

In conjunction with National Moving Day, which in 2015 falls on May 26, SpareFoot is sharing various stories about people who’ve moved amid life-changing events. This story focuses on a move by a college graduate. → Keep Reading

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Choosing the Right Dog for Your Home

By Paula Pant   October 24, 2014

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Trying to find your next furry friend?

You’re already thinking about the obvious questions: Do you want a pampered pooch that fits in your handbag or a mountain dog that’ll camp with you in the wilderness?

But beyond just thinking about which type of dog fits your personality, you’ll also need to weigh your living space. Whether you live in a high-rise condo or a sprawling single-family home, ask yourself the following five questions. → Keep Reading

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6 Tips for Finding a Roommate in a New City

By Paula Pant   September 3, 2014

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When Kim Eheart moved from Denver to Austin, TX, she found herself hit with a conundrum.

She needed to live with a roommate (or two). She didn’t have enough money to rent an apartment on her own. But she was new to town and didn’t know anyone. And living with a random stranger after only a brief meeting might be risky.

“I could check Craigslist,” she said, “but I don’t know what kind of person I’ll find.”

So she brainstormed a few tips that could help her find a roommate in a new city—and might help you, as well, if you’re in the same position. → Keep Reading

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Bronko Box: Rebuilding the Packing Experience

By Kathryn Hawkins   August 20, 2014

Bronko Box

When you’re preparing for a move, a truck or van is just part of the equation. You’ll need people to lift your furniture and other items, and plenty of boxes to store all of your smaller possessions.

But packing for a move with traditional cardboard boxes can be a pain. In most cases, you’ll spend lots of money buying packaging materials, followed by hours of work taping up the boxes. Or if you manage to get some hand-me-down boxes from a friend, there’s a good chance they won’t survive another move.

Buda, TX-based startup Bronko Box has a solution to the packing problem. Founded by husband-and-wife team Bo and Brooke Cox in the spring of 2012, Bronko Box offers rentals of heavy-duty stackable plastic crates to help people with their household or business moves. → Keep Reading

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