• Help us Support your Community with Go North Habitat ReStore Donation Program

    by Patrick Redmond | Aug 19, 2014

    Habitat for Humanity PartnershipWe are excited to share a new partnership between northAmerican Van Lines and Habitat for Humanity International! Together our organizations have developed a first-of-its-kind national partnership in the moving industry with Habitat ReStore resale outlets called the Go North Habitat ReStore Donation Program.

    The new program will allow northAmerican customers with local Habitat ReStore locations in their area to donate household items to their local ReStore through a northAmerican moving team. Donated materials are tax deductible and will be sold by Habitat ReStores to raise funds to support their local house-building efforts.

    northAmerican customers can participate via donations through a participating northAmerican agent in the U.S. and Canada. The partnership provides an easy connection between local Habitat ReStores and moving customers who are looking to donate lightly used home goods such as appliances, furniture or even building materials in preparation for their move.

    For more information on the partnership and other ways northAmerican is supporting Habitat for Humanity International, please visit www.NorthAmerican.com/Habitat-for-Humanity.  If you are preparing for a move and are interested in participating in the Go North Habitat ReStore Donation Program, contact your local northAmerican moving agent for more information.

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  • Five Outdoor Living Spaces Great for Summer

    by Patrick Redmond | Aug 15, 2014

    Outdoor living spacesWhenever you’re selling or buying a home, it’s a good idea to check the outdoor living space as well as the indoor living space. With the right patio furniture, a cool breeze, and a drink in hand, you can almost double your home’s livability factor.

    These five incredible homes make the most of their landscaping to provide a wonderful escape. Which one would you prefer to call your own?

    1. Sunken Fire Pit: With or without the oceanfront view, this outdoor patio encourages entertaining and conversation. Fire pits add a visual appeal and help warm up those chilly summer nights, and creative homeowners can also do some cooking on site.

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    Outdoor Kitchen: Most of us have a barbeque set up out back for all those summer culinary treats, but these homeowners take things one step further by setting up an outdoor kitchen. Outdoor kitchens run from the elaborate to the simple, but we like this one for being both accessible and cost-effective.

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    Outdoor Stone Shower/Bath: You’d need quite a bit of privacy to make this one work, but there’s something about a rugged, outdoor bath that appeals to the nature lover in all of us. To make the most of this outdoor feature, it’s probably a good idea to live somewhere with year-round summer temperatures.

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    Landscaping a Small Yard: You don’t have to have a huge yard in order to make a great outdoor retreat. You may not be able to head outdoors to toss a football around back here, but this space is great for entertaining and enjoying your own private retreat. 

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    Apartment Balcony: For some people, even a small yard is a bit of a stretch. If you live in an apartment or condo, you might have only a few square feet to call your own. With the right furniture and some creative lighting, you can still enjoy an incredible balcony.

    While an unlimited home renovation budget can help in making an unforgettable outdoor retreat, not all the options require a mansion or millions of dollars. For many families, it’s all about making the most out of the space you have!

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  • NorthAmerican TV: Moving Terminology

    by Patrick Redmond | Aug 13, 2014
    Moving can be confusing and overwhelming. Educate yourself and better understand moving companies and the moving process with this NorthAmerican TV video: Moving Terminology. From this video you will learn moving lingo needed before you meet with potential moving companies.

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  • Friday Favorites: Movies about Moving

    by Patrick Redmond | Aug 08, 2014

    Movies about or with movingAny kind of major life event makes for a good, dramatic story—and moving to a new home falls under the “major life event” category. Although buying a house might not seem interesting enough to base an entire movie around, these five films about moving show that when it comes to relocating to a new home, there’s no shortage of things that can happen.

    1. Toy Story: In this classic kids’ tale about a group of toys that come to life whenever their owners aren’t around, moving creates the main story conflict. Feeding into childhood fears about being left behind, the toys band together to ensure that everyone makes it to the new house in one piece.

    2. Footloose: Whether you watch the 1984 version or the most recent 2011 remake, the main story of Footloose remains the same: a high school student is forced to move to a small town and encounters opposition in the form of antiquated mindsets and rules against dancing.

    3. Jumanji: Another kids’ movie, this one doesn’t play into fears about the act of moving so much as it does the fear of a new place. The old mansion the two children and their aunt move to is a lovely place…until they uncover a board game left behind that opens another dimension.

    4. The Money Pit: Featuring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long, The Money Pit tells the tale of what happens when the home you buy isn’t everything you bargained for. As the name suggests, their dream home quickly becomes a nightmare when they end up putting more and more money into renovations.

    5. Amityville Horror: This movie definitely isn’t for the kids. One of the most famous horror movies of all time, Amityville Horror shows what happens when a family movies into a house famous for having once been the site of a brutal murder.

    Comedy, family, drama, or horror—moving movies cover all the genres. If you’re worried about your move, it’s probably best to stick to one with a happy ending, especially if you’re trying to soothe childhood fears while you watch! Whatever your favorite genre, take a break for all that packing and worrying about your own move, to enjoy a movie about someone else’s move.

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  • Moving to San Diego

    by Patrick Redmond | Aug 06, 2014

    Moving to San Diego, CaliforniaAs the second-largest city in California and one of the southernmost locales to enjoy such booming prosperity, San Diego is a city unlike any other. In addition to the almost tropical setting, which features sunny skies and great beaches virtually every day out of the year, the urban lifestyle supports a powerful economy. Although technology, healthcare, and the military are the largest driving forces behind the city’s successes, you’ll find that San Diego supports an incredibly strong arts community, as well.

    Living and Working in San Diego

    The cost of living in San Diego is higher than average. Because this city combines atmosphere, ambiance, and economy all in one tidy package, it’s one of the most popular places for young professionals and families to move. And because Southern California has always been (and will most likely always be) one of the largest and fastest-growing areas in the country, there are always new residents moving in.

    Of course, these features don’t mean it’s impossible to live here. Many people who relocate to San Diego do so because they’ve been offered a job in technology, healthcare, or education—and these fields tend to offer higher pay to compensate. You’ll also find much of the Los Angeles lifestyle and income level here, but without the traffic, pollution, or overcrowding.

    San Diego is a highly educated city (with over a quarter of the population boasting a Bachelor’s degree or higher), and hosts the largest U.S. naval fleet in the world. These features, when combined with jobs at places like the University of California, Sharp Healthcare, Qualcomm, and Kaiser Permanente make for great opportunities.

    Fun and Entertainment in San Diego

    The beaches are by far the biggest draw to the area, especially if you enjoy surfing, outdoor activities, or year-round warm temperatures. However, you don’t have to be a beach bum to enjoy the lifestyle in San Diego. Because the population tends to be younger and with more cash to spend than many other cities of a similar size, you’ll find a large number of clubs, cafes, microbreweries, concert halls, arts centers, and theaters.

    Popular museums like the San Diego Museum of Art, the San Diego Natural History Museum, and the San Diego Air & Space Museum are located in the downtown area, with more tourist-friendly spots like the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld to round things out. Petco Park hosts the San Diego Padres MLB team, and features like the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve encourages people outdoors.

    Welcome to San Diego!

    San Diego is the kind of place where people put down lasting roots. Vibrant and alive at all hours of the day and night—but still enough of a beach community to encourage a low-key lifestyle with plenty of time for fun—this is a city worth moving to.

    Come for the opportunities; stay for the ambiance. Whatever your reasons, San Diego is large enough to hold you and your entire family—and to keep you entertained for as long as you choose to remain.

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