• Moving to Baltimore: Online Resources

    by Patrick Redmond | Apr 17, 2014

    moving to BaltimoreMoving to Baltimore is a great way to start a new career and enjoy a diverse setting unlike any other city in the world. But before you hit the streets in search of a new favorite restaurant or start looking for that perfect shopping district near your home, it’s a good idea to get the scoop on what’s going on in Baltimore.

    This list should jumpstart your exploration of Baltimore—and allow you to do it without setting foot outside!

    • Baltimore Magazine: If you want an overarching view of the city’s culture, Baltimore Magazine is a good place to start. You’ll find articles on local events, cuisine, music, and more in one easy-to-access format online (there’s also a physical magazine if you’d rather subscribe that way).
    • The Baltimore Chop: For a more personalized overview of the city, the Baltimore Chop is a great “urban lifestyle” blog to check out. Covering mostly music and nightlife options, you’ll also find commentaries on life in the city as a whole.
    • Baltimore Fishbowl: On this comprehensive Baltimore website, you’ll find information on everything from real estate and health to local shopping and gardening. It’s great for those who want to get to know the whole city in one easy location.
    • Live Baltimore: If you’re moving to Baltimore and want to get to know the neighborhoods ahead of time, Live Baltimore should be at the top of your list. Offering pictures and information on almost every distinct community in the city, there’s no faster way to learn what’s hot in local real estate.
    • Adventures in Baltimore: Cuisine might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of this harbor town, but there’s actually a nice foodie atmosphere here waiting to be explored. With an emphasis on seafood as well as a mix of dining types and price ranges, Adventures in Baltimore can guide you as you eat your way through the city.
    • Baltimore Sports Report: Interested in local sports teams? Including coverage of upcoming games and ongoing sports commentary, Baltimore Sports Report keeps area residents apprised of everything from the Orioles and the Ravens to lesser-known teams.
    • Charmed and Dangerous: If you are young, single and moving to Baltimore this is a great site to visit for opportunities to connect with other young locals. This blog is all about dating in Baltimore and provides events, advice for new residents and neighborhood information.
    • Only in Baltimore: The Tumblr account for the Baltimore Sun newspaper provides “quirky and funny” highlights and current events of the city and all things Baltimore. A light-hearted site to get connected with Baltimore culture and current events.

    Of course, you could always skip the online adventure and set out on foot. Many locals suggest starting downtown or along the Inner Harbor and working your way out from there.

     

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  • Moving Tip: Moving Day Essentials

    by Patrick Redmond | Apr 15, 2014
    Moving day essentials

    As you pack up your house, or when you arrive at your new empty house, you may not be thinking about these every day essentials. Don't forget to have trash bags, paper towel, toilet paper and hand soap available for loading and unloading day.
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  • Preparing for a Summer Move

    by Patrick Redmond | Apr 14, 2014
    preparing to moveSummer is fast approaching, which means it will soon be peak moving season. Summer moves tend to work well for a number of reasons, including good weather and easier transitions for kids. Summer also has the advantage of providing a little extra time to prepare your home and all your belongings.

    As you gear up for your move this June, July, or August, we suggest you start organizing your belongings and getting ready now.

    1. Take Your Spring Cleaning Seriously: We all tend to use the spring months as a season of renewal, tossing out old clothes, throwing open the windows, and otherwise clearing the way for the year ahead. When you spring clean this year, do it with your future move in mind. Throw away anything you don’t anticipate needing in your new location, and earmark bigger items for donation. Any way you can streamline your belongings now will help later on.

    2. Pare Down Your Needs: Unless you’ll be holding a party any time soon, you probably don’t need ten wine glasses. You can also get away with fewer pairs of shoes and just a few favorite books for the next few months. Pack up and ship (or store) items you can do without. You might end up having to clean dishes or laundry more often, but you’ll be glad to have those non-essentials already packed up and ready to go in advance.

    3. Plan a Garage Sale: The garage sale season starts in earnest around June, but you can have one in April or May with great results. Hold a garage sale to get rid of those items you hate to throw away, but don’t plan on taking with you once you finally move.

    4. Go Digital: It’s becoming more common to skip owning DVDs, CDs, books, and photo albums in favor of digital content. Now is a good time to scan or transfer files into easily portable digital content—allowing you to box up or discard the originals.

    5. Comparison Shop for Movers: We’d like to think you’ve already chosen us as your moving company, but we know how important it is for you to get the best quote for your family. Use the advance months to compare moving companies, being sure to take into account things like cost, available insurance, timelines, and customer service.

    6. Stalk Your Mailbox: Now is a good time to start paying attention to who sends you regular mail. Magazines, charities, junk mail, bills…all the companies doing the sending will need to be notified of your upcoming move. Keep a running list of all the mail you get (and contact information for each company) so you can notify them once you’re out the door.

    7. Plan an Epic Menu: It’s rarely a good idea to move food from one home to another. Not only is the potential for spilling and breakage high, but it’s rarely cost-effective. It’s ideal to start using up your canned goods and frozen foods in the months leading up to the big day. Take an inventory of your pantry and plan out a menu that will use up every last item. Remaining items can be donated through your move to Move for Hunger.
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  • Moving to Baltimore: Job Market & Economy

    by Patrick Redmond | Apr 10, 2014

    Baltimore job market and economy
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    For decades, Baltimore was considered a primarily blue collar town, full of port workers, steel manufacturers, shipbuilders, and service employees dedicated to establishing the town. However, as the market has moved away from manufacturing, the focus has become more diverse and more professional, and now includes everything from electronics and telecommunications to finance.

    One of the most distinguished fields in Baltimore is medicine and human health research. Johns Hopkins Hospital and University are located here, offering not only top-notch medical care, but also paving the way for medical research (and researchers looking to make a name for themselves).

    Although tourism doesn’t contribute too much to the local economy, it has seen a surge in recent years. Downtown attractions, revitalization along the Inner Harbor, and luxury accommodations have helped paved the way for future growth and interest.

    Who Lives and Works in Baltimore? 

    Although the city tends to get a bad reputation in the media and in television, it’s actually a diverse and well-educated city. An estimated 68 percent of residents over the age of twenty-five hold a high school diploma or higher, with advanced degrees coming in around 19 percent.

    Residents enjoy a fairly high quality of life that is well-balanced with a city that understands their needs. Baltimore consistently ranks alongside national averages when it comes to things like unemployment, job growth, and market demand. Although the average income tends to be lower than the nation as a whole, a lower cost of living offsets too many of the problems associated with this type of economy. In fact, Baltimore is often considered to be one of the most affordable major cities on the East Coast.

    Jobs and Companies in Greater Baltimore

    If you take into account the Greater Baltimore metropolitan region, the economy takes on an even better prospect—according to Forbes, the area is ranked fourth in the nation for the number of high-paying jobs expected to rise over the next few years. Listed just below Washington, DC, Seattle, and Boston, Baltimore should gain around 70,000 jobs by 2017.

    For those looking at existing jobs, the best places to start are the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. This includes the various hospitals as well as the university, both of which work together to provide cutting-edge healthcare. This healthcare-focused job force also extends to include the University of Maryland Medical System and LifeBridge Health.

    Other large employers in telecommunications and utilities companies like Verizon and Constellation Energy Group; financial services companies like Legg Mason, T. Rowe Price Group, and Bank of America; and sporting goods provider Under Armour.

    Life in Baltimore

    Unless you work in the medical field, chances are you don’t come to Baltimore for the jobs. You come for the diversity, the affordable homes, the opportunities to develop your skills and explore your options. But if you’re like so many residents who fall in love with this rough-edged city with heart, you’ll find that the reasons to stay include a stable economy that’s only expected to keep growing.


    If you are planning a move to the Baltimore, Maryland area, join us this month as we explore the ins and outs of the region. You can also visit www.NorthAmerican.com to receive a free quote for moving services to or from Baltimore.

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  • Moving Tip: Packing Supply Essentials

    by Patrick Redmond | Apr 08, 2014
    If you are starting on the moving journey, one of the easy first steps is to collect your packing supplies. Don't go overboard, and start with the essentials: packing paper, tape, boxes, markers and scissors.  If you are unsure how much supplies you need, try out our free packing calculator to estimate.

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