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Washington DC Tops Best Cities for Finding Love in 2016

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Valentine’s Day is upon us. If you’re looking for love in 2016, we’ve got a few suggestions. According to a recent study by online real estate firm Zillow, Washington DC may be your best bet for making a romantic connection this year.

The company studied a slew of cities, ranking the ones that offer single residents the highest odds of finding love. Factors include each city’s percentage of singles, the percentage of singles who relocated to these towns in the past year, median disposable income of single residents and the number of great date spots per capita.

The top 10 cities for lovelorn are:

 1.     Washington DC

Singles: 71% of total residents

New single residents (who moved to town in the past year): 8.4%

Disposable income: $25,915 (median income minus median rent)

Potential date spots: 44 per 10,000 people

 2.     Atlanta, Georgia

Singles: 70% of total residents

New single residents (who moved to town in the past year): 9.5%

Disposable income: $24,079 (median income minus median rent)

Potential date spots: 39 per 10,000 people

 3.     Boston, Massachusetts

Singles: 69% of total residents

New single residents (who moved to town in the past year): 10.1%

Disposable income: $13,835 (median income minus median rent)

Potential date spots: 39 per 10,000 people

 4.     St. Louis, Missouri

 Singles: 68% of total residents

New single residents (who moved to town in the past year): 8%

Disposable income: $15,730 (median income minus median rent)

Potential date spots: 27 per 10,000 people

 5.     Denver, Colorado

 Singles: 59% of total residents

New single residents (who moved to town in the past year): 9.4%

Disposable income: $15,388 (median income minus median rent)

Potential date spots: 39 per 10,000 people

 6.     Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Singles: 67% of total residents

New single residents (who moved to town in the past year): 7.6%

Disposable income: $16,159 (median income minus median rent)

Potential date spots: 30 per 10,000 people

 7.     Minneapolis, Minnesota

Singles: 65% of total residents

New single residents (who moved to town in the past year): 8.8%

Disposable income: $16,503 (median income minus median rent)

Potential date spots: 29 per 10,000 people

 8.     Nashville, Tennessee

Singles: 58% of total residents

New single residents (who moved to town in the past year): 6.2%

Disposable income: $17,962 (median income minus median rent)

Potential date spots: 39 per 10,000 people

 9.     San Francisco, California

Singles: 60% of total residents

New single residents (who moved to town in the past year): 6.5%

Disposable income: $9,207 (median income minus median rent)

Potential date spots: 57 per 10,000 people

 10.  Raleigh, North Carolina

Singles: 56% of total residents

New single residents (who moved to town in the past year): 7.1%

Disposable income: $25,690 (median income minus median rent)

Potential date spots: 27 per 10,000 people

If you’re ready to find love and willing to make a move for it, call 800-530-2626 and talk with a residential moving specialist with McKendree Moving & Storage in Waldorf, Elkridge or La Plata.

 

Tips for Packing Books for a Move

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While much of the Millennial generation has jettisoned the conventional book for electronic tablet readers, many of us remain loyal to the old school way of taking in a great novel. If your next move will require packing and bringing your beloved books with you to a new home, McKendree Moving & Storage offers a few tips.

The first is to remember just how heavy a stack of books can be and that lifting one can prove harmful. Just ask any chiropractor. Virtually every one of them has treated a patient whose back pain can be blamed on lifting a box of books. Plus, the weight of your belongings can be a factor in the fees your moving company charges. Because of their relative density, books tend to cost more per square foot to pack and move than other types of possessions.

To help make things easier on yourself and your movers, cut the weight. Go through your collection and keep only the titles that you love the most. Donate the rest to your local public library or youth organization.

If you’ll pack them yourself, make sure the boxes you choose are extra sturdy and no bigger than medium-sized. Large boxes will prove difficult and potentially unsafe to manage. Pack books of the same general size together to better distribute the weight. And stack them with the spine touching the bottom of the carton rather than facing upward, as weight from boxes stacked atop can cause bindings to break and pages to buckle.

Some books require a little extra TLC. These include older books that have become more fragile over the years, expensively bound volumes, or any book that has sentimental value to you. It’s highly recommended that you wrap these in bubble wrap before packing them and place sheets of cardboard between them to help ensure the spines remain straight throughout the move. This is important because side-to-side friction can damage covers.  You may also want to place silica gel packets inside boxes to help protect books from moisture.

To best ensure your beloved books and other belongings will safely make the journey to your new home, leave the packing to a professional mover. Call McKendree Moving & Storage at 800-530-2626.

The 20 Best Cities to Land a New Job in 2016

If a new job is among your New Year’s resolutions for 2016, we’ve got you covered. Results of a recent report by WalletHub, an online personal finance resource launched in 2013 reveal the top 20 cities where you’re most likely to land a great new gig.

To narrow down the list, researchers compared the nation’s most populous cities, ranking them based on 17 various metrics including the number of job opportunities, employment growth and monthly median salary. Safety, recreational opportunities, affordable housing and family-friendliness also were factors.

And the winners, along with the median annual income and percentage employment growth over the past year, are:

  1. Plano, Texas: Median annual income, $83,697; employment growth, 3.51 percent
  2. Overland Park, Kansas: Median annual income, $72,231; employment growth, 0.77 percent
  3. Austin, Texas: Median annual income, $58,368; employment growth, 0.80 percent
  4. Irving, Texas: Median annual income, $52,275; employment growth, 1.03 percent
  5. Salt Lake City, Utah: Median annual income, $48,552; employment growth, -1.21 percent
  6. Des Moines, Iowa: Median annual income, $50,467; employment growth, 4.38 percent
  7. Irvine, California: Median annual income, $62,372; employment growth, 1.81 percent
  8. Madison, Wisconsin: Median annual income, $50,405; employment growth, 3.18 percent
  9. Sioux Falls, South Dakota: Median annual income, $44,965; employment growth, -0.84 percent
  10. Omaha, Nebraska: Median annual income, $55,211; employment growth, -1.48 percent
  11. Boise, Idaho: Median annual income, $51,963; employment growth, 4.57 percent
  12. Denver, Colorado: Median annual income, $48,186; employment growth, 1.68 percent
  13. Amarillo, Texas: Median annual income, $53,960; employment growth, 0.49 percent
  14. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Median annual income, $53,960; employment growth, -0.15 percent
  15. San Francisco, California: Median annual income, $46,793; employment growth, 2.38 percent
  16. Scottsdale, Arizona: Median annual income, $75,317; employment growth, -0.12 percent
  17. Freemont, California: Median annual income, $63,376, employment growth, 0.81 percent
  18. Lincoln, Nebraska: Median annual income, $54,960; employment growth, -0.38 percent
  19. Seattle, Washington: Median annual income, $53,085; employment growth, 0.74 percent
  20. Chandler, Arizona: Median annual income, $74,919; employment growth, 0.39 percent

If a move to or from the Washington, DC metropolitan area for a new job is in your future, call McKendree Moving & Storage at 800-530-2626.

5 TOP NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR YOUR NEW HOME

If you’re starting the New Year in a new residence, congratulations! While all your friends are yacking about the same ol’ resolutions they swore to keep this time last year (lose weight, save money, kick the habit, etc.) you’ll enjoy making a list of a different set of resolutions designed to assure you’ll soon be feeling right at home.

McKendree Moving & Storage offer these five top resolutions for your new abode:

  1. Streamline your stuff. Commit to go clutter-free in your new space. Start by packing only the things that are necessities or that mean most to you. If you can’t imagine enjoying it in your new home, pack it up for your local charity instead.
  2. Go easy on the energy. New homes typically mean new appliances. Choose those with the Energy Star logo to help assure you’ll conserve energy and save money. Also opt for low-flow showerheads, low-e windows and an old-fashioned clothes line. If you plan to landscape your new yard, place shade trees on the east and west sides of your home to block the sun and keep cooling bills at a minimum.
  3. Set an easy weekly cleaning schedule and stick to it.
  4. New communities mean new friends. Make your home entertainment-ready by designing with a few conversation pieces (like a unique sculpture or painting), furniture arranged for conversation and a great outdoor living space.
  5. Consider a pet. After all, statistics show that having a four-legged friend offers multiple health benefits. Plus, who doesn’t love being greeted with a toothy grin and a wagging tail when coming home.

Are you planning a move to or from the Washington, DC metro area? Call McKendree Moving & Storage at 800-530-2626.

ARIZONA DOMINATES LIST OF BEST PLACES TO RETIRE IN THE US

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Are you approaching retirement and considering spending your newfound freedom in different surroundings? Bankrate, a leading financial publication, recently published is list of the 10 best places US cities for retirees. Researchers combed through data on 196 American cities and towns, grading each on a myriad of factors including walkability, cost of living, crime rate, health care quality, tax rates and weather, along with a specialized wellness score for seniors from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

The results showed that seniors love Arizona. The state made three showings in the top 10 with Mesa leading the pack, followed by Prescott and Tuscon.

Mesa took the number one spot among the 10, offering bright skies, mild winters, a relatively low cost of living, a myriad of cultural attractions and a high degree of overall well-being, according to Healthways.

Arlington, Virginia ranked second with more than 100 mile of trails, bike lanes and urban walking routes, a low crime rate, ample public transportation and one of the nation’s better health care systems.

Third on the overall list was the quaint Prescott, Arizona. Its motto, “Welcome to everybody’s hometown” proves appropriate, as the town offers minimal traffic, mild winters, 450 miles of recreational trails and a distinct “know-your-neighbor” vibe, researchers say.

The full top 10 list is as follows:

  1. Mesa, Arizona
  2. Arlington, Virginia
  3. Prescott, Arizona
  4. Tuscon, Arizona
  5. Des Moines, Iowa
  6. Denver, Colorado
  7. Austin, Texas
  8. Cape Coral, Florida
  9. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  10. Franklin, Tennessee

If you’re looking to make a move to or from the greater Washington, DC metro area, call McKendree Moving & Storage at 800-530-2626 and ask about our residential moving, packing and storage services tailored to seniors.

MANAGING A MID-SCHOOL YEAR MOVE

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Holidays often pull double duty as both a time for celebration and a time to make a move. That’s because both parents and kids typically have a few days off work or school, minimizing the number unpaid days and time away from studies. But if the move means a change in schools for kids or teens, there is much more to consider than packing and labeling boxes.

Here are a few musts for managing a mid-school year move:

  1. First, make sure your children know about the move in advance. Don’t spring it on them. They’ll need time to adjust to the idea and to spend time with friends before leaving and to share contact information so that they can stay in touch. While social media may soften the blow for teenagers, younger children typically aren’t so cyber-connected. But their friendships are no less important.
  2. Notify the office staff at your child’s school at least a week prior to your move. This allows them time to gather all documents you’ll need to bring to your child’s new school, including a listing of completed credits for high school students, class and grade transcripts, and immunization records.
  3. If your child receives specialized educational services due to a special need, it’s critical that you get a copy of his or her most recent Individualized Education Program (IEP). This will help ensure that your child will get similar services at the new school and will help teachers devise a new plan that meets local requirements, particularly if your move is to another state.
  4. Contact your child’s new school or school district to get information on local schools, programs and services. This is particularly important for high school students whose graduations depend upon completing a minimum number of credits. Note that some credits won’t transfer from one state to another or one school to another, depending upon local graduation requirements and offered courses.

To ensure a smooth move to or from the Washington, DC metro area, call 800-530-2626 and schedule a consultation with McKendree Moving & Storage.

CONSIDERING A MOVE? OCTOBER IS THE BEST MONTH TO BUY A HOME

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If you’ve been considering a relocation, right now is a great time to make that move. Real estate experts say October is the month when sellers are most motivated and the chance of landing a beautiful new home within your budget is at its 12-month highest.

Upon reviewing more than 32 million real estate sales since 2000, analysts with RealtyTrac analysts concluded that October is the best month to close on a home purchase for three primary reasons:

  1. Sellers are ready to negotiate: In part, this is because the competition among buyers is at a seasonal low. Families with school-age children are less likely to be in home buying mode because they don’t want a move to disrupt their kids’ studies. Plus, all four major professional sports are in play, meaning that die-hard sports fans are in front of the TV watching their favorite teams rather than pounding the pavement seeking for sale signs. And, with the hectic holiday season upon us, many would-be home shoppers opt to wait until after the New Year.
  2. Year-end tax perks: The tax code typically incentivizes home ownership and benefits are at their best in the early period of your mortgage. That’s when the bulk of your payment is going to interest, which can be deducted when you file taxes.
  3. Tell-tale temperatures: When the weather’s cold, it’s far easier to notice problems with a home’s insulation, heating and drainage systems. For instance, you’re more likely to feel a tell-tale draft during a walk-through with a realtor. And, if a quick look upward reveals a piled-high stack of leaves in the home’s gutter system, it may be a sign of lax maintenance on the part of the current homeowner.

No matter the time of year, buying or selling a home can be stressful. When the dotted line is signed and it’s time to pack up and move, leave the stress to us. Call McKendree Moving & Storage at 800-530-2626 for residential moving services to and from the Washington, DC metro area.

AMERICAS-FRIENDLIEST-CITIES

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If you’re looking to make a move and open to various US locales, we’ve got some news that may help you make your decision. Each year, Travel + Leisuremagazine surveys its readers about their favorite cities around the globe. In this edition of the luxury publication’s World’s Best Awards survey, the focus was on the friendliness of each city’s residents.

Thirty cities worldwide made the cut  – and 10 of them are right here in the USA. As ranked by Travel + Leisure readers, they are:

  1. Charleston, South Carolina
  2.  Savannah, Georgia
  3. Austin, Texas
  4. Nashville, Tennessee
  5. Asheville, North Carolina
  6. New Orleans, Louisiana
  7. Fort Worth, Texas
  8. Portland, Maine
  9. Minneapolis. St. Paul, Minnesota
  10. Santa Fe, New Mexico
  11. Key West, Florida

If you’re currently in the Maryland or Washington DC area and planning a move to one of these amicable locales, McKendree Moving & Storage has you covered. Call 800-530-2626 to schedule a consultation.

10 BEST SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN AMERICA

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For many parents of young children, moves to new cities can be prompted by a desire to provide the best possible for their kids. Low crime rates, proximity to grandparents and other extended family members, and high quality schools top the list of must-haves when deciding on new hometowns.

To help you make the best decision for you growing brood, McKendree Moving & Storage offers this list of the top 10 public school districts nationwide, as determined by StartClass, an online research resource that helps students, parents and educators mine their education options:

  1. Lake Oswego School District 7J in Oregon
  2. Mendham Township School District in New Jersey
  3. Hillsborough City Elementary School District in California
  4. Creighton Community Public Schools in Nebraska
  5. Lovejoy Independent School District in Texas
  6. Ottawa Hills Local School District in Ohio
  7. Jamestown Schools in Rhode Island
  8. Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
  9. School District of Clayton in Missouri
  10. Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 in Illinois

If the state you’re considering isn’t listed above, see the full report here. And, if your plans include a move to or from the Washington, DC metro area, get started with a call to McKendree Moving & Storage at  800-530-2626.

JOB HUNTING? THESE 15 CITIES ARE HIRING

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Are you in the market for a new job? Just over a year ago, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that with the economy’s slow but certain recovery, the number of private sector jobs nationwide had returned to their pre-crash levels. But different regions are recovering at varying paces, according to a new report by Glassdoor, a top job search and recruiting site based in Mill Valley, CA.

The report shows that, like the gold mining prospects in the frontier days, your best bet for finding fortune is to head west. Of the top ten spots in the report detailing the cities where jobs are most plentiful, seven are in the Western states and Texas is home to five of the top 15.

Based on unemployment rate drops, job growth and wage increases since 2009, the report suggests you may want to pack up and head to one of these cities:

  1. Midland, Texas
  2. Odessa, Texas
  3. San Jose – Sunnyvale – Santa Clara, California
  4. Greeley, Colorado
  5. Provo-Orem, Utah
  6. Laredo, Texas
  7. Houston – The Woodlands – Sugar Land, Texas
  8. Ames, Iowa
  9. Charlotte – Concord – Gastonia, North Carolina-South Carolina
  10. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  11. Naples – Immokalee – Marco Island, Florida
  12. Austin – Round Rock, Texas
  13. Columbia, Missouri
  14. Raleigh, North Carolina
  15. Burlington, North Carolina

Pushing much of the recovery in these states are the oil, gas and tech industries. But note that most major cities nationwide are experiening positive growth in jobs and economies. If you’re planning to relocate to or from the Washington DC area and one of these cities, let McKendree Moving & Storage help make your move a smooth one. Call 800-530-2626 for an estimate today.