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Top 10 Reasons Americans Move

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Research shows that American homeowners sell their homes and move to new locales an average of five to seven years. Here are the top 10 reasons behind those decisions.

  1. Upsizing & upgrading: As young couples start or add to their families, they can quickly outgrow their tiny starter homes and opt for bigger homes with more bedrooms. And, as careers and incomes grow, so too does the desire for a bigger, grander, more upscale home – kids or no kids.
  2. Fixing a purchase error: It’s tough to know all there is to know about a home or neighborhood when you first move to a new place. Noise from that railroad track, crazy neighbors or that back yard that turns out to be way too small can prompt the next move sooner than expected.
  3. Job transfers: Sometimes, you just have to go where the money is. That new job offer in another city or state, or simply a desire to spend fewer hours in drive-time traffic can prompt a relocation.
  4. Love: Marrying or moving in with a significant other is a top reason for selling and moving. Of course, so is breaking up or divorcing.
  5. Changes in the neighborhood: Neighborhoods can undergo many changes for better or worse. Economics change, good neighbors move out and less friendly ones move in, once-thriving business districts dwindle. Any of these can send a family packing.
  6. Empty nests: Once the fledglings have flown the coop, many coupes decide to downsize to a smaller, easier-to-clean home or even uproot altogether and travel the globe.
  7. Family issues: Parents and grandparents very often move to be closer to kids and grandchildren. On the other hand, some family experiences are less than harmonious. Often, space between family members can help mend relationships.
  8. Retirement: Senior homeowners increasingly are opting for new homes in active-adult communities that feature golf courses, club houses, workout facilities and full social gathering calendars.
  9. Health issues: Illnesses can prompt moves to communities with specialized hospitals. Plus, as homeowners age, knee and back problems that make it difficult to climb stairs can prompt moves from multi-level houses to one-story homes or to condos or assisted living communities.
  10. Dodging maintenance: Sometimes, it’s easier to move than to replace that aging roof, outdated siding or faulty furnace.

If you’re planning a move to or from the Washington, DC area, no matter the reason, professional packing and moving services will help ensure a smooth experience. Call McKendree Moving & Storage at 800-530-2626.

Moving Boxes 101

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Among the most common mistakes of DIY packers and movers is choosing the wrong boxes for the wrong items. Topping the list is big boxes, which inevitably get filled to the rim with all sorts of items that shouldn’t be packed together and end up weighing far more than is easily handled.

Truth be told, effective packing for a move really is a bit of an art and a science. That’s why we here at McKendree Moving & Storage offer professional packing, moving and even unpacking services to help make your move a breeze. But if you’d like to get a head start, we offer these tips for choosing the right boxes for the right items.

  • 1.5 cubic foot moving box, 16 x 12½ x 12½ inches: Safely carries up to 60 pounds and is great for books, dishes, kitchen utensils, small appliances, fragile items, lamps or shades.
  • 3.0 cubic foot moving box, 18 x 18 x 16 inches: Carries up to 65 pounds and great for clothing, electronics, pots and pans.
  • 4.5 cubic foot moving box, 18 x 18 x 24 inches: Holds up to 65 pounds and works beautifully for linens and for larger lamps and kitchen appliances.
  • 6.0 cubic foot moving box, 22 x 22 x 21.5 inches: Holds up to 70 pounds and works best for pillows, toys, large blankets and couch or chair cushions.
  • 6.1 cubic foot moving box, 24 x 18 x 24 inches: Its rectangular shape makes it great blankets, comforters and cushions and other items that don’t quite fit into the 6.0 cubic box.
  • Hanging wardrobe box: These come in multiple sizes and each features a metal bar for hanging closet items and others that you can’t pack flat. Think wedding gowns, chandeliers and delicate wind chimes.
  • Lay-down wardrobe box: These boxes resemble dresser drawers and work well for packing clothing that you prefer to only fold once.
  • Picture / mirror box: These are designed specifically for mirrors, framed pictures and artwork. They can be telescoped, which means that you can assemble two of them together and fasten them with strong filament tape for a longer fit.
  • Dish packs: These are perfect for packing glasses, coffee cups and drink or wine bottles.
  • Mattress boxes: These are designed specifically for mattresses from crib-size to king-size. They’re particularly effective for mattresses that will be stored for a while and for protecting them against puncture damage.

For more packing tips, contact McKendree Moving & Storage in Waldorf, Elkridge or La Plata at 800-530-2626.