• Moving Tip: Photograph your Electronics Setup

    by Patrick Redmond | Apr 22, 2014
    Moving Tips for Electronics Setup

    Not looking forward to re-setting up all those computers, televisions and other electronics after your move? Take photos of the current wiring and connections to help with setup in your new home.
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  • Annual Agent Sales Award Winners Announced

    by Patrick Redmond | Apr 18, 2014

    North American Van Lines truck

    Last month the North American Van Lines’ agents from across the country came together for the annual PRO (Professional Relocation Organization) Conference. As part of the event, our corporate offices give special recognition to different agents and employees who excelled in the past year. Below are some of the 2013 PRO Conference Winners.

    2013 Big Booker Award – Jason Vargas of Beltmann Group, Inc.

    Corporate Salesperson of the Year – Kim Meagher of Ward North American

    Corporate Rookie of the Year – Michael Shell of Lile northAmerican

    Consumer Rookie of the Year – Gordon Steward of Beltmann Group, Inc.

    Government Salesperson of the Year – David Delane of Ward North American

    Consumer Salesperson of the Year – Ian Robbins of Beltmann Group, Inc.

    International Consumer Salesperson of the Year – Heino Preissler of Air Van Lines, Inc.

    Individual Sales % Growth – Ryan Seabright of Beltmann Group, Inc.

    Most Express Shipments – Marc Peterson of Montana Transfer Company

    Top Valuation Salesperson – Carlton Hunley of Lambert Transfer & Storage, Inc.

    Top Affinity Salesperson – Tim Mento of Air Van Lines, Inc.

    Thank you and congratulations to all. We look forward to seeing all of you again next year!

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  • 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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