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We're freelancers who relocated to a tiny town in Maine during the pandemic. Here's how we earned over $150,000 in 2020 while raising our toddler and enjoying local adventures.

Kearl and her family at Beth's Farm Market in Warren, Maine. Mary Kearl In 2019, Mary Kearl and her family traveled to 12 countries while working remotely. As COVID-19 spread, they decided to move from Los Angeles to Maine to shelter in place. While following social distancing regulations, Kearl and her family found safe ways to adventure locally while she and her husband kept their freelance businesses afloat/ Kearl says the time she's able to dedicate to family by being a freelancer ...
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Compelling Reasons To Move Home if Your Current Location Is Stressing You Out

Did you know that our homes are a surprisingly common source of stress for us? It might not be obvious to you, but there are some people that really dislike their homes. It even gets to a point where... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Parenting, Moving, Money Tips


3 Rules to Follow When Packing For a Long Distance Move

Moving across the country can be a thrilling experience, one that gives you a chance to explore new cities and get a fresh start in your personal life or career.  But a long distance move is also a complicated and exhausting process, one that can take weeks of careful planning. If you want to make your trans-continental trek as pain-free as possible, here are three rules to follow when packing up your house.  1. Don’t Take What You Don’t Need If you’re doing a long distance move...
Tags: Fashion, Moving, Movers, Packing, Packing Hacks, Moving Tips, Home Life, Moving Company, Moving Guide, Moving With Kids, Moving Boxes, Packing Guide


How Much Should You Tip Movers?

Tipping isn’t second nature to many (and also has an ugly history of manipulation). Over time, though, it has become customary in service-based industries. Tipping isn’t mandatory, but it’s an expected and kind thing to do for someone who, say, carries your entire bed up five flights of stairs. But deciding how much…Read more...
Tags: Money, Moving, Lifehacks, Tipping


Exodus: California Nearly Tops List Of Most ‘Moved From’ States In 2020, New Study Shows

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A new study reveals that California nearly tops the list of states where more people were packing up and leaving than people moving in last year. According to moving company United Van Lines’ “Most Moved From States In 2020” list, California had the fifth-most people leaving – with the study finding that some 59% of moves were outbound. Only New Jersey (who topped the list), New York, Illinois and Connecticut had more people leaving, according to the study. “United Van Lines...
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10 factors buyers need to weigh before moving to the suburbs

The pandemic has accelerated the move from cities to suburbs — and it's easy to see why. Living in the suburbs has its perks, but there are downsides, too. Here are a few pros and cons your clients need to know about.
Tags: Transportation, Lifestyle, Communities, Service, Radio, Agent, Exercise, Moving, Salary, Suburbs, City Life, Brokerage, Select, Physical Exercise, Mingle, Jenna Weinerman


Why You Should Consider Moving to Toronto

Toronto is Canada’s largest city by far, with a population of nearly 6.2 million. Nearly half the people here were born outside of the country – in fact, Toronto has the second-highest percentage of foreign-born residents of all cities in the world after only Miami. But there is no one dominant nationality or culture, making […] The post Why You Should Consider Moving to Toronto appeared first on Not So Average Mama.
Tags: Deals, Toronto, Canada, Miami, Moving, Did You Know


Packing Hacks for Moving – Infographic

Moving is not anyone’s favorite activity. It can be quite costly and time consuming. This infographic from Portable Storage Box Company has a few packing hacks to save you time and money:
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5 Reasons To Move Abroad

If you are thinking about moving abroad, just go for it! Yes, moving abroad can put you out of your comfort zone, but at the same time it is extremely rewarding and can bring along many benefits from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Travel, Education, Parenting, Moving, Road Trip


Elon Musk, like everyone else, is moving to Texas. Here are 12 Lone Star State cities America is in love with.

Between 2010 and 2019, 259,857 more people moved to San Antonio than moved away. Eric Gay/ Associated Press Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk shared that he has moved to Texas during the The Wall Street Journal's CEO Council annual summit. Texas' population has been growing rapidly for years, and millions of people have moved there from other parts of the US. The city of Frisco, located in the Northeast region, is a case in point: almost half of the city's population is made up of people who ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, California, Milwaukee, US, America, Trends, Strategy, Tesla, Features, Cities, Dallas, Moving, Houston, Demographics


How to Handle Being Homesick as an Adult

When I left Houston and moved to Los Angeles, the newness was awesome. There was the dry, cool breeze, fun comedy shows, and the food was stellar. After a while though, the novelty wore off. I started to feel resentful, cynical, and mostly, homesick.Read more...
Tags: Happiness, Los Angeles, Moving, Houston, Lifehacks, Homesickness


Why Did I Hoard This Shit?

If you’re anything at all like me—and God, I hope you’re not—you never throw anything that uses electricity out, and have developed an elaborate series of dubious justifications to explain why it is actually perfectly rational. Maybe, after all, you’ll need that USB-A to RCA converter cable in the future, or you’ll…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Technology, Moving, Hoarding, Garbage, Useless, Pathology


Stuck with moving boxes? 10 ways to reduce, reuse and recycle

If you're a new agent, at some point, your clients will likely ask you about the best way to dispose of their moving boxes. Here are a few ways you can help them avoid sending cardboard to a landfill.
Tags: Storage, Organization, Service, Radio, Agent, Recycling, Reuse, Landfill, Moving, Cardboard, Bill Gassett, Brokerage, Select, Moving Boxes, Cardboard Box


13 things buyers need to consider before relocating

With people across the country moving in record numbers, it might motivate others to do the same. Selling a home and packing up to a dream destination might seem rather easy right now, but here are 13 things buyers should consider.
Tags: Radio, Agent, Moving, Select, Relocating, Cara Ameer, Coronavirus, Buyer Advice


The Post Office says 300,000 New Yorkers have fled the city — for places like the Hamptons and even Honolulu

More than 300,000 people moved out of New York City during the coronavirus pandemic, according to mail-forwarding records from the US Postal Service. Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Imates More than 300,000 New Yorkers moved away from the city over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, according to US Postal Service data obtained by the New York Post. Many of the Big Apple's richest, which account for close to half of the city's tax revenue, are among those who have fled. Many former city dwellers...
Tags: Post, New York Post, Real Estate, New York, News, New York City, US, Trends, Post Office, Economy, US Postal Service, Southampton, Hawaii, New Jersey, Manhattan, Bill De Blasio


How to Get $10K and a Bike for Moving to Arkansas

Do you currently live in an expensive city and have been working entirely remotely for months? Have you cringed as you paid your rent, knowing that there’s technically no work-related reason to be in that location? If you’ve experienced these thoughts lately (or even before the pandemic), there’s an offer you may want…Read more...
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A Dad’s Moving Guide: 6 Tips for A Smooth Relocation with Kids

Founding and buying your dream house, one that is perfect for you, your partner, and children, is just one step when it comes to starting a new chapter in your family’s life. As a dad, you’ve probably been amazed by the house’s huge yard, welcoming neighbors that love to grill, lovely parks to take walks in, and also great schools for your children. But the state of awe quickly fades when you realize you have to move as soon as possible. Moving alone is a tricky business, but when you have to ...
Tags: Family, Jazz, Moving, Don, Relocation, Family Moving


8 Best Packing Tips For Moving Across State

Are you going to be moving across the state in the near future? If you’re getting ready for a move and have a lot of packing left to do, you’ll want to follow this advice. With these best packing tips, you’ll be able to keep your stress levels in check and get everything taken care of in time to spare.  Get Rid Of Everything You Don’t Need The less you have to pack; the easier things will be. A few months ahead of your move, you should start going through your things and thinking a...
Tags: Fashion, Moving, Packing, Packing Hacks, Don, Moving Tips, Home Life, Moving Company, Moving Guide, Moving Boxes, Packing Guide, Moving Across State


5 Tips To Help You Make Moving Easier

Moving to a new property can be very challenging, especially as you get older and tend to acquire more furniture – and human beings! But like every move, the basics are very much the same, you’re packing up, moving, and then unpacking into your new property. With that being said, here are five tips to make moving easier for you and your family, whatever sized household that may be! Plan Ahead Planning ahead is always going to put you at an advantage to make moving easier because ev...
Tags: Fashion, Moving, Moving Tips, Home Life, Moving Company, Moving Guide, Moving Boxes


Frisco, Texas, is one of America's fastest-growing cities. Here's why so many people are moving there — and how the influx is turning the area more blue

Vanessa Corral and her two daughters in their marching band uniforms in Frisco, Texas. Vanessa Corral For years, it has seemed like everyone is moving to Texas: The state's population increased by 3.8 million from 2010 to 2019. One hot spot for inbound migration has been Frisco, Texas, a city 30 miles north of Dallas. Almost half of the area's homeowners have lived there for less than 10 years. Business Insider talked to locals and new residents to understand the city's appeal. It's down-h...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Nbc, California, Politico, US, America, San Francisco, Trends, Strategy, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, US Postal Service, Dallas Cowboys, Dallas, Isa


The 12 Texas cities everyone in the country is moving to

Between 2010 and 2019, 259,857 more people moved to San Antonio than moved away. Eric Gay/ Associated Press Texas is one of the battleground states in this year's election, and the Lone Star State has already surpassed its voter turnout from the 2016 election. Texas' population has been growing rapidly for years, and millions of people have moved there from other parts of the US. The city of Frisco, located in the Northeast region, is a case in point: almost half of the city's population i...
Tags: Texas, Australia, Montana, Washington, Milwaukee, US, America, Trends, Strategy, Joe Biden, Features, Cities, Hawaii, Dallas, Moving, Houston


10 Advantages of Living in the City in 2020

Are you considering moving to a big city? What are the driving factors behind your move? There are many reasons why people make the choice to live in the city. Some of the factors to consider include growth prospects of the area, crime, decent schools, weather, cost of living, demographics, and proximity to work among others.  The countryside may offer a slow-paced, scenic, and quiet life but the city has many advantages working for it to make life more enjoyable. If you enjoy the hustl...
Tags: Travel, Fashion, City, Moving, New England, Mediterranean, Times Square, Fenway Park, Big City, Moving Company, Moving Guide, Moving Boxes, Boston MA Advantages of Living, Shopping Times Square


Moving is a nightmare! 6 tips to ease your clients’ headaches

Nobody likes moving, and everyone will likely agree that the process is often tedious, frustrating and generally unpleasant. However, there are ways to make it less painful for your clients. Here's how.
Tags: Security, Opinion, Insurance, Service, Radio, Agent, Moving, Movers, Packing, Delivery Times, Brokerage, Select, Jay Thompson, Professional Movers, Lifting, U-Haul


The 20 best democratic countries for Americans to move to after the pandemic, where the weather is decent and living is affordable

Ireland is one of the best countries for Americans to move to. Madrugada Verde/Shutterstock If you're looking to leave the United States — for whatever reason — this list could help you find a welcoming country that isn't too expensive to live in and has good weather. Business Insider ranked the best countries for Americans to move to — once travel from the US to other countries is permitted and the coronavirus is under control. To identify the best places, we looked at five metrics we thi...
Tags: Travel, Google, UK, News, Sweden, Australia, Germany, US, Trends, Strategy, Rankings, Eu, Spain, European Union, Cyprus, Features


4 things to consider before moving to a new city, state, or country during the pandemic

Before you consider a big move, think about how it could affect your long-term plans. Shutterstock For some, the shift to remote work during the pandemic has opened a window of opportunity to consider moving. Relocating to a new city, state, or country is still a big deal even if you're working from home, so take time to reflect realistically on the pros and cons of a move.  Think about your next steps and long-term goals beyond the pandemic — from evaluating your job prospects in a new ar...
Tags: Real Estate, New York, Mexico, New York City, San Francisco, Trends, Strategy, Homes, San Diego, Moving, Southern California, Nordic, Lewis, Robinson, Fink, Playa del Carmen Mexico


We found the 30 best American cities to live in after the pandemic

Fargo, North Dakota, is the fifth-best place to move to after the coronavirus pandemic. Shutterstock Some people might be considering moving to a new part of the US after the coronavirus pandemic. We used nine metrics for 380 US metro areas to calculate an overall score that we used to find the best cities to move to after the pandemic. Some of the 30 best cities to move to are in Illinois, Iowa, and Wyoming. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The pandemic has brought on n...
Tags: News, US, Trends, Strategy, Features, Cities, Wyoming, Idaho, Omaha, Lincoln, Moving, New Mexico, Ranking, Fargo, Pew Research Center, Columbia


Climate change may prompt a new mass American migration, a move that could leave behind vulnerable groups and widen the wealth gap across the country

A firefighter battles the Creek Fire as it threatens homes in the Cascadel Woods neighborhood of Madera County, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. Noah Berger/AP As fires, heat, and storms ravage the nation, Americans and policymakers are forced to confront the realities of climate change in their own backyards.  Experts predict the surge in natural disasters will prompt a global migration to wealthier cities, a move that will likely widen the wealth gap and lead to rapid urbanization.  His...
Tags: Florida, New York, Texas, Minnesota, Maryland, Climate Change, Colorado, California, Washington, Boston, Milwaukee, US, Alabama, America, San Francisco, Trends


Renting a U-Haul to move out of California can be 4 times more expensive than moving in due to high demand

A U-Haul moving truck parked in a suburban neighborhood in San Ramon, California. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images Moving-truck rates from California are wildly expensive thanks to high demand, according to Mark Perry, a professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan-Flint, and Jalopnik. Business Insider reviewed U-Haul and Budget Truck Rental rates to and from California and found a huge increase in price to leave the state over the same time frame. U-Haul and Budget m...
Tags: Transportation, Budget, California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Austin, Autos, Nevada, Moving, Trucks, Jalopnik, Business Insider, San Francisco California, Austin Texas, Perry


Plan, sort, pack! How to help homesellers prepare for a move

It’s understandable if clients get anxious when preparing their homes for sale — especially if they haven’t moved in decades. As an agent, you should guide them through the process, and remind them that all it takes is a little bit of planning ahead.
Tags: Organization, Selling, Planning, Service, Radio, Furniture, Agent, Moving, Move, Brokerage, Select, Sorting, Homesellers, Gerard Splendore


Leaving the City May Be More Expensive Than You Think

Since March, there have been endless reports of pandemic-inspired moves. As CNBC reports, we may be on the brink of “a great reshuffling” as people move away from cities to homes with more privacy and space to work from home. While moving to the suburbs may be appealing—particularly amid the pandemic—it could be more…Read more...
Tags: Real Estate, Moving, Lifehacks, Cnbc, Pandemic Life