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Has a Mover Held Your Belongings ‘Hostage’? Here’s What You Can Do

By John Egan   May 27, 2014

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You’ve packed up your household belongings, and the moving company has loaded up practically everything you own for the journey from Houston to Denver. But once you arrive in the Mile High City, you learn that you can’t get your stuff unless you cough up an extra $760. Surprise! Your possessions likely are being “held hostage” by a shady mover.

While numbers are hard to come by regarding how many people are victimized in this way, it’s safe to say that many of the thousands of complaints lodged each year against moving companies involve “hostage situations.” → Keep Reading

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How to Organize Your Move in 6 Steps

By David Shapiro   May 12, 2014

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It doesn’t matter whether you’re moving near or far—it’s important to stay organized during your move. And that doesn’t just mean making a schedule and sticking to it. You’ll need to figure out a system for organizing, packing and storing your belongings. Use these six steps to create a plan that will keep your move organized from start to finish. → Keep Reading

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‘Ms. Fix-It’ Jennifer Phelps’ Tools for Staging a Home

By Jay MacDonald   May 2, 2014

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Looking for a picture-perfect home makeover? Jennifer Phelps brings an art history degree and a love of power tools to Ms. Fix-It Home Solutions, her Tucson, AZ-based home-staging and organizing business. Her minimalist approach to the form and function of fine living can help transform even the most disheveled dump into a modern masterpiece.

The SpareFoot Blog asked Phelps to share some of her tools for home staging, organizing, decluttering and storage.

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New York vs. LA vs. Chicago: Which One Is America’s Best Big City? [Infographic]

By John Egan   April 10, 2014

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The Big Apple seems to have everything you’d ever want, from bagels to Broadway to the Bronx Zoo. In the City of Angels, you’ll find beaches and sunshine and stars. The Windy City offers deep dish pizza and Michigan Avenue and Wrigley Field.

Of course, the best qualities of each city go beyond these. But if you were considering a move to either New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago, how would you choose which of America’s three biggest cities to call home? This infographic may help answer that question.

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New buddyTruk App Connects People With Moving Helpers

By Kathryn Hawkins   February 19, 2014

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Unless you own a truck, you’ll probably need to call on others for help when you’re planning a move or purchasing bulky furniture for your home. You have a few options: Hire a moving company, rent a truck or ask a friend who owns a truck to help you move.

But in some cases, none of these options holds much appeal.

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Census Bureau: Americans Sticking to Short-Haul Moves

By John Egan   November 27, 2013

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Americans who are on the move aren’t going very far.

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Doing Your Homework Can Help You Find the Best Movers

By Guest Contributor   November 11, 2013

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[ Manuella Irwin, MyMovingReviews.com ]

Working with an unprofessional or even shady mover can add stress to an already stressful situation. To ensure a smooth move, you should do your homework to find the best moving company. Skipping the extensive research can result in lots of problems.

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Which Metro Areas Spend the Most on Moving and Storage?

By John Egan   October 8, 2013

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In Connecticut’s Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk metro area, you’ll spot lots of mansions. After all, it holds the distinction of having the highest concentration of wealthy households (17.9 percent) among all U.S. metro areas. The local town of Greenwich, less than an hour’s drive from New York City, boasts some of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the U.S.

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10 Awkward Stock Photos of People Moving

By Jenny Zhang   August 7, 2013

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If you’ve ever moved in your life, then you know that all of the stock photography out there featuring young, happy people lifting boxes and flashing exaggerated smiles is just photographic propaganda. No one can look that enthusiastic while lifting a sinking mattress. No one drinks wine in a fort of cardboard boxes while cradling the head of a generically attractive significant other. Oh, and packing peanut snow angels? They’re a lie.

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3 Packing Mistakes You May Not Know You’re Making

By Guest Contributor   July 24, 2013

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[ by Carter Schimpff, Simple Moving Labor ]

It’s three days before your move, and amid all the chaos, you realize that you haven’t started packing up the house. Some moving companies will help you pack, but if you prefer to do it yourself, you need to be aware of some common mistakes almost everyone makes when packing for a move.

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