Whether you are gearing up to retire, are a new empty nester, or are simply considering your options with an upcoming move, you may want to consider downsizing.
REASONS TO DOWNSIZE
The truth of the matter is that larger homes cost more money. Are you currently mortgage broke? Do you have money set aside for other things? Perhaps you know you should be saving for retirement or your kids’ education or setting aside money in an emergency fund, but there never seems to be enough left over at the end of the month. Plus, maybe you’re still struggling to get a grip on old debt.
What if you reduced your mortgage by $500 a month and put that cash towards other financial goals? Dave Ramsey, the money guru of Financial Peace University, suggests that you could make real headway on getting rid of debt, fund an emergency fund, boost your retirement fund, and you could even pay off your new mortgage early!
Larger homes not only cost more in financial resources, but they also take more of our time resources. Time to maintain, to clean, and to organize our stuff. With a larger home, most of us tend to acquire more stuff. This stuff, of course, also takes time to maintain…and money, too!
If you’re asking yourself right now, “Yes, but what do I do with all of the stuff that I already have?” More and more people are saying and believing that “less is more!” If you believe it, then sell your stuff. Convert it to money!
It seems like more and more people are stressed out about many things. Stressed out by working harder to pay bills; stressed out by spending too much time taking care of their lawns, their homes, and the stuff living in their homes.
Many people are downsizing to alleviate the stress that comes from the time and financial demands that stem from too much home and stuff.
EVALUATE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES
If “stressed out” describes you, start asking yourself why. What things can you control that may alleviate your stress? Your job? Your schedule? Your possessions? Your house responsibilities?
What would you like to be different in your family?
Do you want more time and money vs. more home and stuff?
What are your priorities?
Although some people are looking at ways to downsize their home and their lifestyle, there are several reasons that others are looking to increase their living space. What about you? Are you wondering whether it's time to increase or decrease your living space?
If you're already planning a move, assess your needs now by considering the following:
If your family is growing or if you plan on a growing family, then upsizing into a larger home may help make life more comfortable.
Open flow space
Interestingly enough, even for retired couples or empty nesters, some people are simply looking for more open space. More space is ideal for dinner parties and other gatherings.
Out of Town Family / Friends
In some cases, homeowners have many family members or close friends who live far away. If you’re often serving as host to these guests, you and they may appreciate having an extra room or two when they visit.
Special Housing Situation / Need
If you’re looking for a specific housing need, then you may need to upsize as a result. Perhaps you need an office on the main floor – or maybe even an office with a separate entrance. Perhaps you’re looking for separate quarters for an aging parent or a live-in nanny. Due to health circumstances, many are looking for single-level living to eliminate stair usage.
Moving anyway? Assess your needs now
If you’re planning a move anyway, now would be a good time for you to take a serious look at what your wants and needs are for your new home.
However, don’t forget to consider how much you can really afford.
But it’s getting to be that time of year when families are traveling for graduations, family reunions, and summer vacations! Don’t risk a break down when you’re hundreds of miles from home. Think ahead and prepare your car for that long trip before you leave home by taking several steps to protect your vehicle, thereby protecting you, your loved ones, and your vacation memories.
Within a week of your departure day, make sure you've completed the following pre-trip maintenance on your vehicle.
On-hand Tools and Supplies
Some of these should already (and always) be in your vehicle; some of these items you'll want to add just prior to or on the day of your trip.
Loading the Vehicle
Last Minute Check
There are certain items that need to be checked just prior to departure.
Enjoy Your Trip
Adapted from an article from autocareplus.com.
You'll Need to Learn the One-Finger Wave
If you're moving from another neighboring Midwest state, you may already know how this works, but if you're moving from either coast or from the south, you should probably learn this:
What is it?
When you're driving down a two-lane highway, more often than not, the driver - especially if it's a male driver - of the oncoming vehicle will wave at you, even if you don't know him. But the wave is not with his whole hand; the wave will be with his index finger; hence the name, "the one-finger wave." This wave may or may not also include a slight nod of the head.
How do I do it?
As the driver, place one hand on your steering wheel at the 12 o'clock position, and simply raise up your index finger (pointing upward) in a laid back sort of way. When you're comfortable with that part, feel free to add the slight head nod at the same time. Be patient with yourself; this may take time, but nothing more clearly defines the friendly, easy-going attitude of Nebraskans.
Nebraska: It's the Good Life
Business owners' #1 struggle
Kearney Moving - like most employers - strives to find, hire, and keep hard-working employees; as a matter of fact, one of our company's core values is to have a strong work ethic - to deliver an energetic "I'm on it!" attitude.. The unfortunate truth, however, is that most employers would say their #1 struggle in business is finding hard-working employees, because it seems like there are fewer and fewer out there to be found. At Kearney Moving, we are always looking for men and women who were taught the value of hard work at a young age. Click. Kearney Moving Jobs for a list of openings.
If you're a parent or grandparent...
What can you do to develop a strong work ethic in your child or grandchild? Do you know what to do? If so, are you implementing a strategy?
Let's look at some practical ways you can develop this in the young people with whom you come in contact. (Grandparents, please adapt to your own unique situation with your grandchildren. You have the opportunity to significantly impact the present and future life of your grandchild.)
Recognize the purpose of having and raising kids
Unfortunately, many parents have misconceptions about the reasons for having children and this affects how they care for and train (or not train) their children. As parents, we are to raise children by teaching and training them to be responsible adults in society. Everything you do should eventually lead to the time when they leave the nest. Hopefully, you have prepared them well for this and all of you are looking forward to that moment rather than you having to gently push them (or kick them) out of the nest.
Start young with age-appropriate chores
If you already have children, you know that they have a strong desire to imitate and to please you. They want to be like mommy and daddy; they want to do what mommy and daddy do. Harness that. Yes, doing the chores yourself when they’re young is definitely faster and more efficient and more effective, but the inconvenience now will definitely pay off in numerous ways later. Here are some examples:
As they become older, they can be trusted with more significant chores. Consider chores as work done to maintain a household, and the children are part of the family household and, therefore, have a responsibility. When they are maintaining their own future household, they will not be paid; so consider not paying them to complete typical household chores. Remember that your goal is to prepare them for life on their own; it's not for them to need you forever.
Provide additional work for pay
Look for additional tasks that the children can do that would allow them to earn some money. This has multiple benefits:
Model a strong work ethic
If you don’t work hard, then your children probably won’t either. Work together; have fun together while you work. Demonstrate the importance of why you work and why you work hard. Talk about the character qualities of those who have a humble, service-oriented attitude.
Talk about what they want to be when they grow up
And, yes, it’s okay that this will change many times, and many of their suggestions may sound ridiculous. It’s okay. It’s a great opportunity to talk about the specifics of what that job would entail and the pros and cons of it, teaching them to recognize that not all parts of all jobs will always be enjoyable.
This is closely related to the previous two suggestions. Celebrate those who work. When you’re driving around and see a garbage truck, be thankful for sanitation workers! Imagine where we’d be without them. Discuss how different jobs require different education levels and abilities. Help your children see the correlation and how that then relates to them. This can also be helpful in discussing the correlation between their work ethic in their school studies as well.
At Kearney Moving, we rely on college employees to help us during the seasonal peaks of our business. And more importantly, we believe in encouraging and training college students with transferable life skills that will help them and follow them long after they graduate and in whatever profession they choose.
Do you know someone who could benefit from this information - even if it's just a reminder to them? Feel free to share, comment, and like this post.
Every year we help over 1000 people relocate to their new home. Many of our customers also hire us to pack up their belongings into cardboard boxes. An average home can use anywhere from 100-400 boxes for a single move. Cardboard boxes are obviously an important part of our business and we use several semi loads every year. But cardboard is an important part of your everyday life as well. Shipping boxes, pizza boxes, tissue boxes, soda cups, milk cartons, egg cartons, shoe boxes, furniture, and more can all be made from cardboard. Have you ever wondered how cardboard was made? For those of you who enjoy the technical side of things watch this short video on how they make cardboard. Keep in mind that Kearney Moving sells a wide variety of packing supplies. Click here for prices.
On a recent family vacation we visited a museum about the American migration of the 1800's. I was amazed by the methods the settlers used to transport their belongings from the eastern part of the United States out to the west. Much has changed since then but it got me thinking about the history of the moving industry.
Today when you think of a moving company, you think of a couple guys packing all of your possessions into a truck and driving off. It hasn’t always been that easy. Moving is something ingrained in the souls of human beings. It started years ago in the feet of nomadic tribes crossing the continents. We have always needed muscled men and tools to get all of our possessions from one place to another. Only until relatively recently did companies come around that performed this arduous task for customers.
For thousands of years before the wheel was invented, nomadic people built strange wooden sled-like structures that were dragged behind horses or by hand. The French called these ancient trailers travois. Then as humans entered the agricultural period they began to move less often. They started settling in areas and building permanent communities. During the same time, technology started improving. The wheel was invented and it greatly increased efficiency while performing any task. Wheels in conjunction with axles, became one of the six simple machines. The wheel allows for heavy objects to be moved easily and it is used in many complex machines.
This led to people inventing the wooden cart, the wagon, and the rail car. These other more improved methods of transportation gave people the ability to move their belongings over large distances. The great migration didn’t come until America was formed and the universal idea of Manifest Destiny grew in the minds of humanity.
The Advent of the Moving Company
People didn’t start paying others to help move them until the mid 19th century. A great migration West in America started to occur and the meaning of moving with which we are familiar came to fruition. People started moving by packing all their belongings into the conestoga wagon. They would then travel in groups of 5 or 6 families over the plains to their future homes. When railroads stretched from sea to sea, Americans began traveling by train. The wealthy families would pay men to load their possessions into wagons and then deliver them to warehouses strategically placed next to railroads. The moving company would then load them into a rail car and unload them at another warehouse when the car reached the desired location. From that last warehouse the possessions would be loaded onto a wagon and then delivered to the family’s new house. These early moving companies were the genesis of the moving industry. These companies performed this task as a source of side revenue, and it wasn’t until the mid-twentieth century that companies provided moving services exclusively.
After the end of WWII, thousands of soldiers returned home. With the end of WWII and a focus on domestic life in America, the generation of the baby boomers began and with it came a huge growth in America’s population. As suburbs overtook the American country-side, professional moving companies saw a huge spike in profits. They were needed to transport all the new families to their respective future homes. The war also brought the advent of the interstate system; it provided quick and easy access throughout the continental U.S. These major transportation infrastucture improvements made the task of moving things easier. At this time in history, many popular moving companies grew and staked their claim in the moving industry market.
Present Day - Moving industry
The moving industry has continued to grow. It is estimated that 40 million Americans move annually. The moving industry itself grosses 16 billion dollars a year. However, it is continually fragmented into small to medium moving companies. People are more comfortable hiring moving companies to perform their small local moves. This preference for local help inadvertently creates a new market called micro-moving. There’s a clear delineation between moving companies that specialize in long distance moves and those that specialize in small local moves. When hiring a mover today, always make sure they are licensed and insured.
This article was adapted from https://getbellhops.com/blog/2014/01/14/history-moving-industry/