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How Moving Affects Your Kids

Changing schools, adjusting to a new home, saying goodbye to friends—it’s a lot to ask from our children, to say the least. A huge body of evidence suggests moving puts a lot of strain on kids’ mental health and development, since the adjustment represents a turbulent time in young lives— just in case you needed to pile on a little …

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Why Moving To a New City Is So Difficult—and What to Do About It

About to make a cross-country relocation? Brace yourself: it’s not always as simple as packing up your stuff and driving away. Moving to a new city means saying goodbye—at least temporarily—to friendships and familiar places, and that can take a mental toll if you’re not careful. While you can’t always predict how relocating will affect you, you can give yourself …

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Why Hiring Professional Movers Beats Moving Yourself

It doesn’t take an accounting genius to understand that moving is a significant expense. When you start adding together the down payment, the security deposit, it can definitely feel like a lot. That’s usually when you start to think about moving yourself—the DIY way is always cheaper, right. However, most people find that at the end of the day, it’s …

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What to Consider When Moving To Another State

Looking to move up in your career? You might just have to move house, too! About 20 percent of relocations are career-related, according to US census data, with many of these carrying new employees across state lines. But an interstate move isn’t like relocating across town—long-distance moves come with special considerations, financial and otherwise, that can impact how you plan …

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Which Moving Expenses Can I Deduct on My Taxes?

We don’t mean to be the bearers of bad news here, but it’s that time again: tax season. The one part of the year when everyone except CPAs gets a look of dread in their eyes, anticipating all the expenses they’ll have to calculate—and all the money they’ll have to pay out of their pockets. The good news, though, is …

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Make Your Move Easier on Your Furry Friends

Our pets are always there with a wag or a purr when we need some serious stress relief—so we owe it to them to return the favor when we can. And unfortunately, moving is a stressful time, not just for you, but for your favorite four-legged friend, too. Pets thrive on routine, so the disruption from relocation can exacerbate behavioral …

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How to Purge Your Belongings Before a Big Move

The attic looks like a bomb went off. The garage has so many trunks and boxes you’ve given up hope of ever getting the car back in there. The basement is a sea of old Christmas decorations and baby clothes—even though the “baby” is about to graduate high school! The bad news is, your home could use some serious decluttering. …

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How to Make Moving with a Spouse Less Stressful

As one of life’s top stressors, moving can definitely bring out your worst. Maybe you’re grieving the life you’re leaving behind, the friends, the job, and the coffeeshop down the street where the baristas all knew your order. And then there’s the anxiety: the hustle and bustle of getting everything ready in time, crossing all your T’s and dotting your …

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How Does Moving Insurance Work?

We at Blue Whale Moving & Storage field a lot of questions from our customers: from the homeowners who want to know how long to plan ahead to the one who asked if we move coffins, our clients run the gamut, to say the least. But probably the topic that draws the most confusion is moving insurance. Do we have …

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Are All Moving Companies Bonded and Insured?

A lot of homeowners are understandably nervous about moving. Having all their stuff piled into a van and driven away by strangers? Just a teensy bit nerve wracking, to say the least. And hey, we get it—it’s practically your whole life on the line! Most of these customers want to know what kind of protections we have in place to …