12 Essential Songs for Your Moving Day Playlist

Between packing the boxes, loading the truck and making the drive, moving is a long and arduous process. Keep the vibes positive and the productive energy flowing with the perfect moving day playlist. Studies suggest that music has a positive effect on stress levels, which can go a long way toward a successful move. If you’re not sure where to start, here are 12 essential moving day tracks for your playlist. Willie Nelson - “On the Road Again” Country music legend Willie Nelson released this ode to travel and new experiences in 1980, quickly becoming a No. 1 hit and Grammy Award winner. The up-tempo beat and sing-along style chorus make it perfect for packing boxes with some friends. Curtis Mayfield - “Move On Up” This soul classic may not be about moving, per se, but the infectious, upbeat rhythms and encouraging lyrics should lift your spirits and keep them high. Journey - “Don’t Stop Believin’” This classic rock anthem is the ideal pick-me-up for just about any situation, but it’s perhaps most effective during a stressful move. Let’s face it, you [...]

2018-10-08T19:34:08+00:00October 15th, 2018|

Moving Tips: How to Plan a Move in a Week or Less

Someday, you may find yourself needing to move in a week or less. Since most people take a month or longer to plan a move, the task may seem impossible, but you can handle it with the right tools. The key to moving on a tight deadline is keeping yourself to a schedule and working smarter, not harder. Here are the steps we recommend to power through the move quickly. Tackle the Logistics First Moving Companies Even if you only have a week to move, you need to put a moving plan in place. First, you’ll need to decide how you’re transporting all your stuff. Moving companies typically require some advance notice, so ideally, you’d call ahead by: 12 weeks for a long-distance summer move 4 to 8 weeks for an international or cross-country move 2 to 8 weeks for an intra-city move If you’re moving during the off-season, you have a much better chance of booking a mover last minute. Same goes if you only have a few boxes, since movers can add your belongings to a mostly full moving truck. [...]

2018-10-08T18:37:59+00:00October 8th, 2018|

Quick Seattle Moving Guide

No major life decision should be made blindly. If you’re planning a move to Seattle soon, there are a few things you should know before you go. Learn how to live like a local from the minute you arrive with this quick Seattle moving guide. Hope this Seattle moving guide was helpful to you. Please reach out with any questions. If you want your move to go as smooth as possible here are some moving superstitions to consider here.

2018-09-17T21:53:33+00:00October 1st, 2018|

Seattle’s Best Secret Parks

Everyone is familiar with popular Seattle greenspaces like Alki Beach Park, Discovery Park and Volunteer Park. It’s a little-known fact, however, that there are pint-sized, yet breathtaking secret parks dotted throughout the city. These are some of Seattle’s best secret parks. Rainbow Point This gem is tucked away next to the I-5 on-ramp in North Seattle. On a clear day, you’ll see spectacular views of the downtown skyline, Green Lake and the Olympic Mountains. Everyone can enjoy this park thanks to its simple pathway and plethora of benches where you can sit and enjoy the view. Northlake Park At just over 1,300 square feet, Northlake Park is about half the size of the average single-family home. What it lacks in surface area, it makes up for in peaceful alone time. Hidden just outside the I-5 overpass, it can be difficult to spot. Once you find it, though, it’s well worth a visit for the opportunity to watch the boats in Lake Union. Bellevue Place This quaint grassy slope is located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Bellevue Place overlooks the I-5 Expressway rather [...]

2018-09-17T21:08:37+00:00September 24th, 2018|

Why Retiring in Seattle Is Good for Your Health

Whether you enjoy staying active by hiking or exploring, Seattle has it all. If you’re trying to find the perfect place to retire, the Pacific Northwest might be the place for you. Seattle and its surrounding suburbs are excellent retiree destinations for several reasons. Nature Can Improve Your Health Seattle is widely known as the Emerald City. The nickname often conjures up images of “The Wizard of Oz” or gives the impression that the city is rich in precious gemstones. The real source of the name is much less mystical, however. Seattle’s viridescent moniker is derived from its year-round greenery, echoing Washington State’s title of the “Evergreen State.” Research shows that natural environments can heal the body. This means Seattle retirees can benefit from the greenery surrounding the tech and java metropolis. According to the University of Minnesota, viewing scenes of nature or experiencing it firsthand can: Reduce anger, fear, blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the production of stress hormones Increase pleasant feelings Improve your ability to pay attention Contribute to physical well-being Nature Can Encourage Interaction In addition to [...]

2018-09-17T20:53:39+00:00September 17th, 2018|

The Most and Least Affordable Cities For Public Transit

As local governments tighten their purse strings and limit spending on transportation services, transit systems are forced to pass more of the operating costs along to their riders. This is a breakdown of the most and least affordable cities for public transit. Learn more about Continental Van Lines here.

2018-08-13T20:02:34+00:00August 27th, 2018|

Free Bus Passes for Seattle Youth

After years of lobbying from students at Rainier Beach High School, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has signed the “ORCA Opportunity” plan, which will provide free bus passes to students. Under the legislation, ORCA passes will be available for free to Seattle Public Schools high school students and Seattle Promise scholars at Seattle colleges. Funding the Plan Existing Seattle Transportation Benefit District (STBD) funds from a voter-approved sales tax and car tab fee will pay for the year-round ORCA passes, which are valid for most public transportation in the area. The new plan will also allow STBD funds to pay for more routes, meaning more service hours on current and future RapidRide lines. Transit Accessibility After lobbying from the students at Rainier Beach High School, the city launched a pilot program – the Youth ORCA Program – which offered free bus passes to low-income students if their households fell within the income threshold. This past summer, Seattle decreased youth bus fare to 50 cents for King County Metro buses and $1 for Sound Transit. According to the program’s official website, it is currently [...]

2018-08-13T19:39:30+00:00August 20th, 2018|

Where You Can Find the Best Burgers in Seattle

From the classic beef patty with a shake and crispy fries to more exotic burgers made with tantalizing ingredients like smoky lamb, pork, bison and shrimp, these are some of the best places in the Emerald City to chow down on every interpretation of this American classic. Heyday If you’ve got a hankering for a burger but crave more than a run-of-the-mill beef patty, Heyday’s handcrafted burgers are made for you. This Seattle hotspot offers burger options like smoky lamb and bison in addition to the uniquely mouthwatering Saigon burger, which is made of a blend of beef, pork and shrimp and topped off with Napa cabbage, fresh mint and cilantro, pickled daikon, carrots and a spicy Sriracha aioli. Red Mill This eatery, which was named one of Seattle’s top four hamburger spots in 2018 by locals, has been a staple in the community for generations. Although the original location closed in 1967, current owners John and Babe Shepherd have worked diligently since 1994 to revive the legend. Food critics from the Seattle Times highly recommend ordering a side of Babe’s Onion [...]

2018-09-25T20:44:11+00:00August 13th, 2018|

Most Common Superstitions When Moving to a new Home

Moving is a major life event and you want everything to go as planned, but often, that doesn’t happen. That’s why many people rely on traditions to ensure the move goes smoothly. Here are 10 superstitions from around the world that are supposed to bring good luck to a new home. […]

2018-09-25T20:32:51+00:00July 27th, 2018|

Helping a Hoarder Move Into a New Home

Moving can be a challenge for anyone. For a hoarder, it can be even more difficult to manage. Their home is likely packed to the gills with clutter – old newspapers, piles of books, boxes full of clothing and other detritus – making the process of moving to a new home overwhelming. While most people consider a move the perfect time to ditch unused items, someone who hoards has a strong attachment to their belongings and won’t want to toss or donate them. Here are some ways to help ease a hoarder’s transition to a new home. Understand the Situation Hoarding disorder is defined as having difficulty parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder feels distressed at the thought of discarding their items – often leading them to fill every available space in their home with clutter. Hoarding is linked to other mental health issues, including anxiety, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). While it’s not clear what causes hoarding disorder, risk factors include: Family history – People who are related to someone with [...]

2018-08-16T18:17:54+00:00July 20th, 2018|