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Four Top Tips for Choosing the Right Roommate

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Moving to a new home or apartment often means finding a new roommate – and that’s not always an easy task, particularly when your new digs are in a whole new city. McKendree Moving & Storage offers these four fail-proof tips to help assure that your roommate search will be a safe, smooth one.

  1. Get references: Topping all other roommate rules is to do your homework. Ask for and follow up with references including past roommates and past landlords. Former roommates can give you a feel for your prospective roomie’s personality and reliability. Former landlords will be able to confirm histories of on-time payments and property conditions.
  2. Get a credit check: While talking with a former landlord is a great start, performing a credit check can lend more assurance when it comes to a prospective roommate’s financial background and his or her ability to make rent and utility payments on time. This is particularly important if you plan share costs for phone, cable, internet services or utilities like water and power.
  3. Look over the lease: Before bringing a new roommate into your home or moving into their home, make sure to take a thorough look at the lease. You’ll need to make sure that adding a roommate is allowed and understand any financial or property damage risks you’ll be expected to accept.
  4. Get some face time: Agreeing to room with someone sight unseen is never a good idea. Plan to meet several times at a safe, neutral location like a nearby restaurant, coffee shop, library or park so that the two of you can get to know each other. If you plan to move into a home that already houses multiple roommates, be sure to meet them as well. A little face time will quickly reveal whether your personalities click.

If your next move takes you to or from the Washington, DC metro area, call 800-530-2626 to schedule a consultation with McKendree Moving & Storage. We can’t help you find the right roommate, but we can assure that your relocation will be a smooth one.

First Things First – 10 Moves to Make in your New Home

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There’s not much more exciting – or more stressful – than moving day. To help you settle in quickly, McKendree Moving & Storage offers these tips for your first day in a new home:

  1. Inspect and clean your new home: Before the moving truck rolls up and boxes start flying every which way, do a thorough inspection of your new home and yard, looking for any signs of damage, pests, plumbing leaks, dripping faucets, continuously running toilets, broken windows, broken or faulty door, window and gate locks, etc. You’ll want to have any existing or potential issues addressed before settling in.
  2. Inspect all delivered boxes: Hopefully, you made, or received from your moving company, a comprehensive list of which household items were in which boxes before the move. Take a look inside each box as it’s delivered to your new digs and check it off your list to assure nothing got left behind or lost in transport.
  3. Get utilities up and running: Trust us, you’ll want a hot shower or soak in the tub after a long day of moving. If you haven’t already, dial up the local power and water company immediately to the basic utilities turned on asap, followed shortly by phone, internet and other services. While you’re at it, locate the circuit breaker box and main water valve so you’re ready when utilities service starts.
  4. Unpack the essentials: When it comes to arranging furniture and unpacking boxes, start with the two most important rooms – the bedroom and bathroom. Depending upon the distance and complexity of your move, you may be tuckered out before everything can be unpacked. If that’s the case, you’ll appreciate the comfort of your bedroom and the necessities of the bathroom for a night before getting back to the moving grind the next day. Of course, you’ll want the other important rooms such as the kitchen and laundry room in operation quickly, so get all major appliances in place and plugged in before following with all the smaller appliances and accessories. Just make sure you give your refrigerator at least three hours in its final spot before plugging it in, assuring time for the oil to flow into the compressor.
  5. Greet your new neighbors: Introduce yourself to your new neighbors. Not only is it the polite thing to do, but it can prove a huge help as you begin to navigate your new surroundings.

If you’re planning a move to or from the Washington, DC metropolitan area, call McKendree Moving & Storage at 800-530-2626 today.

Ten Top Cities for Women Entrepreneurs

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It’s a great time to be a woman with a little business savvy. Consider these statistics from the 2012 US Census Bureau’s Survey of Small Business Owners:

  • As of 2012, there were 9.9 million women-owned businesses in America, up from 7.8 million in 2007 – a 28 percent jump. That figure represents a growth rate four times that of men-owned businesses.
  • Women-owned businesses today represent 36 percent of all US businesses.
  • Revenues for women-owned business hit $1.6 trillion in 2012, up from $1.2 trillion in 2007.
  • Women-owned businesses increased their employee count 20 percent between 2007 and 2012, while men-owned businesses increased their number of employees by just 12 percent.

But some areas seem to offer more opportunity for success than others, according to a study of the Census Bureau’s survey by Small Business Trends, an online publication for entrepreneurs. Here are the top 10 cities for female entrepreneurs:

  1. New York City – 413,899 women entrepreneurs
  2. Los Angeles – 192,358 women entrepreneurs
  3. Chicago – 123,632 women entrepreneurs
  4. Houston – 102,813 women entrepreneurs
  5. Dallas – 52,798 women entrepreneurs
  6. San Diego – 47,942 women entrepreneurs
  7. San Antonio – 44,295 women entrepreneurs
  8. Phoenix – 44,294 women entrepreneurs
  9. Philadelphia – 40,906 women entrepreneurs
  10. San Francisco – 40,135 women entrepreneurs

If you’re a business-minded woman planning a move to or from the Washington, DC metropolitan area, call McKendree Moving & Storage at 800-530-2626 to begin planning your business or residential relocation today.