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10 States That Pay Teachers the Most

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Teachers arguably are among the most important people in our lives, whether you realized it or not while growing up and mucking your way through the academic and social rigors of elementary, middle and high school. Yet, they’re also among the lowest paid of all college graduates. In fact, according to a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute, teachers earn just 77 percent of what other college graduates are making on a national average.

Thankfully, teaching also remains a popular career choice, probably because it’s largely a labor of love. But love won’t pay the bills, so if you’re considering a career in education, you’ll want to seek out locales that offer the best pay.

According to the EPI study, these are the 10 states where you’ll make the most as a teacher:

  1. New York – Average teacher salary $77,957
  2. Massachusetts – Average teacher salary $76,981
  3. Washington, DC – Average teacher salary $75,810
  4. California – Average teacher salary $72,842
  5. Connecticut – Average teacher salary $72,013
  6. New Jersey – Average teacher salary $69,330
  7. Alaska – Average teacher salary $67,443
  8. Maryland – Average teacher salary $66,482
  9. Rhode Island – Average teacher salary $66,197
  10. Pennsylvania – Average teacher salary $64,991

If you’re a teacher, first let us say “thank you!” And if pursuing your education career means a move to or from the Washington, DC area, McKendree Moving & Storage can help. Call 800-530-2626 to schedule a consultation.

20 Items to Toss Before You Move

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If you’re planning a move to a new home, one of the top ways to ease the process is to declutter before you begin packing. After all, new digs mean a new start, and there’s no reason to hang on to anything that won’t have an active role in your new life.

To help you get started, McKendree Moving & Storage recommends these 20 items to toss or donate today:

  1. Items still in boxes from your last move
  2. Magazines or books you’ve never read or wont’ read again
  3. Clothes that you haven’t worn in a year
  4. Never-worn clothes that still have price tags
  5. Clothes your kids have outgrown
  6. Toys your kids haven’t played with in ages
  7. Gifts you received but never used
  8.  Projects you started but never finished
  9. Expired food items
  10. Expired medications
  11. Tax-related paperwork and receipts more than seven years old
  12. Anything broken, torn or otherwise busted
  13. Anything you’ve got too much or too many of
  14. Anything that won’t fit the style of your new home’s décor
  15. Old product boxes
  16. Takeout menus, especially if you’re moving to a new town
  17. Cheesy specialty coffee mugs
  18. Outdated technology (You know you still have a floppy disk or cassette tape hanging around)
  19. Knick-knacky souvenirs and touristy t-shirts
  20. Rusty tools

Let us help make your move to or from the Washington, DC metro area a smooth one. Call 800-530-2626 to schedule a consultation at our Waldorf, Elkridge or La Plata location today.

20 Safest Cities in America

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When considering a move, a top factor, particularly for single women and families with children, is safety. To help you make an informed decision, Neighborhood Scout, a division of SaaS, a Worcester, MA-based location-based data and mapping firm, issues an annual report of America’s 100 safest cities.

Each year, researchers pour over a plethora of violent- and property-crime data statistics on violations including burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape and murder reported to the FBI in cities nationwide with 25,000 or more people. Once all the data is analyzed, the top 100 cities are ranked according to safety.

This year’s top 20 winners are:

  1. Ridgefield, CT
  2. Winona, MN
  3. Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
  4. Franklin, MA
  5. Bergenfield, NJ
  6. Lake in the Hills, IL
  7. Shrewsbury, MA
  8. Bartlett, IL
  9. Zionsville, IN
  10. Aliso Viejo, CA
  11. Weston, FL
  12. Needham, MA
  13. Parkland, FL
  14. Florence, AZ
  15. Pleasant Grove, UT
  16. Lexington, MA
  17. Ballwin, MO
  18. Buffalo Grove, IL
  19. Ridgewood, NY
  20. North Ridgeville, OH

If you’re a parent, you’ll be happy to know that these cities also tend to have the best school systems and the highest college graduation rates. To see the fill list of America’s 100 safest cities, visit Neighborhood Scout’s website.

If you’re considering a move to or from the Washington, DC metropolitan area, it’s never too early to start planning. Call McKendree Moving & Storage at 800-530-2626 to schedule a consultation at our Waldorf, Elkridge or LaPlata locations.

5 Reasons Not to Ask Your Friends to Help You Move

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We’ve all received or (admit it) made that dreaded phone call – The one that promises pizza and drinks in exchange for a few hours of help moving a buddy’s entire lot of earthly possessions from one locale to another. Best case scenario, this typically involves a pickup truck, lots of rope and bungee cords and a few bruises. Worst case, you save a few bucks but bust a years-long friendship for good.

Here at McKendree Moving & Storage, we’ve heard all the horror stories and humbly provide these these five top reasons NOT to ask your buddies to help you move:

They’re not reliable: Seriously. You love your buds to the moon and back. But if they’re not getting paid with a stack of bills, they’re likely to call in with any of a range of creative excuses – a busted alarm clock, a surprise headache or a demanding girlfriend who needs you to fix her leaky faucet instead.

  1. They don’t have what it takes – literally: A safe, timely and properly handled move takes a certain variety of equipment and supplies including dollies, furniture straps, panel carts, etc. Chances are your friends don’t have them and the costs to buy or rent them can add up quickly.
  2. They don’t have insurance: If they damage your stuff, you’re left with the cost.
  3. They can hurt themselves: Speaking of insurance (or the lack thereof), you may be on the hook legally and financially if a friend suffers an injury while helping you move.
  4. They’ll expect payback: Oh, yes. A friend may forget every other poignant moment of your years-long relationship but will remember helping you move for eternity. And when he or she decides to move, too – you’ll be the first to get that reciprocal phone call.

Clearly, having your buddies help you move may save you a few bucks in the short run, but could end up costing you big should a mishap occur. Save some time, stress and your friendship by calling in the pros instead. Call McKendree Moving & Storage at 800-530-2626.

 

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.