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“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” –  George Moore

Do you have a new job? Want more space? Want to own your own home? Move closer to relatives? Want a change of scene? How about – do you want to move away from your relatives? Believe it or not, moving away from relatives was the number three reason cited for moving according to a new Internet survey.

Clyde and Shari Steiner, authors of The Complete How-to-Move Handbook, compiled a comprehensive survey targeting people who pay for their own moves. The Steiners are self-styled moving experts having been through 15 relocations themselves. They gathered the information to use in their book, and it is available to read at their site,

“You would expect leaving friends and family would deter people from moving, but 75 percent more in our nationwide survey said they wanted to escape instead of moving closer,” comment the authors.

The survey information was self-selective, and the results were calculated on the collective data gained from a total of 432 moves. The top three reasons for moving were to take a new job (8.18%,) get a better home (7.55%,) or to move away from friends or relatives (7.55%.) Only 5.66% wanted to get closer to family and friends.

The number one reason people gave for leaving their present home was too little space (45.8%). Dangerous neighborhoods or noise prompted another 29.2% to leave, and 29.2% others blamed a long work commute for their desire to move.
The biggest advantage to moving, according to the survey results, is the change of lifestyle, with the second biggest advantage cited – making new friends.
Of the respondents, 45.8% owned their own home.

The Steiners admit that their results are far from scientific, yet the results are still intriguing.

For example, 83.3% of respondents were women. According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR,) over 18% of homebuyers are single women compared to only 9% of men, a huge leap from a generation ago. Could the Intern et and the housing industry be overlooking a potentially large demographic – the Internet-surfing female nomad? Who knows? AR, over 18% of homebuyers are single women compared to only 9% of men, a huge leap from a generation ago. Could the Internet and the housing industry be overlooking a potentially large demographic – the Internet-surfing female nomad? Who knows?

According to the bi-annual home buying and selling survey released by the NAR, 42% of homebuyers came from rental situations, and 36% owned a single-family home and another 6% owned a shared wall residence, closely approximating the Steiner survey.

The NAR lists the number one reason buyers made a housing change is to own a home of one’s own (37%.) The majority of home buying appears to be voluntary. Only 15% of home buyers chose their new home because they were relocated, and no statistic exists which suggests that the move may have been forced by other circumstances such as debt.

According to other results, 16% of home buyers wanted more space because of marriage or a growing family, 8% wanted a larger home for investment, tax deduction or a more upscale neighborhood. Only four percent wanted less space. Five percent of buyers wanted to be closer to jobs/schools/relatives.
But do families buy homes to move away from their relatives? We don’t know – that question is missing from the NAR’s survey.

What’s your reason for moving?

Related Articles:
Americans Are On The Move
Rate of Moving Is Beginning To Slow

Written by Blanche Evans
March 25, 1999




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“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in life has a purpose.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D.

Moving Information

  • Did you know, that more people are moving into Florida than out?!  In fact, the ratio is approximately 3 to 1.
  • Northern Moving Companies usually charge higher prices because they go back north empty.

Most Florida Moving Companies will move you for less, sometimes 45% percent less.

Most Florida Moving Companies will beat any written quote from your local moving company.

  • Below is a list of some Florida Moving Companies who might offer discounts to those moving into the state from the northern states.  Call and ask for their estimate brochure.
  • Also, here is a Reminder List of who should be notified of your move, such as;  the Post Office, utility companies, banks, magazine companies, newspapers, credit card companies, clubs, schools, your physicians & Dentist, and relatives / friends.

Move Yourself

If you decide to move yourself, the first thing you need is to rent a truck.  Have the rental company help you determine the size of truck that you will require.   You’ll have to pay the rental fee, mileage, and additional fees if you rent pads, dollies, blankets, packing materials and boxes.  And of course, if you break anything, you pay.

Hire a Professional

For long distances, you’ll probably want to hire a professional moving company.  Get at least three estimates for your move.   Contact the movers and ask for a copy of their companies literature and the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) brochure, “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move”, and a copy of the company’s “Annual Performance Record”.

Professional Costs

Interstate moves are usually based on the weight of the shipment (an average residential move ranges from 5,000 to 8,000 pounds) and the distance of the move.  Additional charges for packing and unpacking, disconnecting and hooking up appliances are added.

You have the option of choosing either a binding or non-binding estimate. If you know exactly what you are shipping at the time of the estimate, you can avoid surprises with a binding estimate.  Although the fee may be higher that a non-binding estimate, the agreed upon price is final.  There is no guarantee that a non-binding estimate is final, so choose a non-binding estimate if the exact shipment is questionable.  If the cost of the move is greater that the estimate, you will have to pay the original estimate plus 10 percent.  Regardless of the type of estimate you choose, be prepared to pay the driver in cash, money order, traveler’s checks, or bank check before your goods are unloaded. The most important document to have in your possession is the ‘bill of lading’.   This is the legal document between you and the mover.

Upon delivery of your shipment, use the ‘bill of lading’ as the movers off load your household items making notations if there is visible damage.  You have 90 days after delivery to file a loss or damage claim, but it is best to do it immediately.  It takes time to settle into a new home, so unpack the kitchen first, bedrooms and bathrooms.  Try different furniture arrangements.   Go out and explore your new neighborhood.  Meet new neighbors and may be join a social club.

For more information, the American Movers Conference offers these brochures:  “Guide to a Satisfying Move” and “Moving with Pets and Plants”.  Each Brochure will require a separate self addressed stamped envelope sent to:

American Movers Conference
1611 Dukes Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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You can do it, if you believe you can!

This is a follow-up article to the article posted on Wednesday titled: “Out With The Old” .

Today’s article is titled: “Cut Clutter & Make Money”  and it will tell you the secrets to parting with stuff you can live without.  You’ll find a garage sale check list; when the best time to have a garage/yard sale is; how to e-bay items; what can go to goodwill; and the best way to run a garage/yard sale.  If you’re a novice or a pro at yard sales, there is sure to be information that will help you in this article.

Once again, if you still find you need some help de-cluttering, visit it’s free!

As usual, just click on the links to read the article or visit the website!

Happy de-cluttering!


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If you have something you don’t need, give it to someone who needs it.  It will come back to you in one way or another.  –  Napoleon Hill

Have you ever been late for an appointment because you couldn’t find your keys? Found the potato peeler in a drawer you already looked in three times before? Discovered clothes in your attic that went out of style twenty years ago? Are you hanging on to those clothes because you think they will come back in style or you’ll lose that weight?  Don’t despair – you can de-clutter your life and stay organized.  Once you do, you’ll enjoy a new peace of mind and marvel at your own efficiency.

Following is an article titled: Out With The Old to help you cut the clutter and never look back! This article will assist you in solving one of the most common problems for Americans – how to sort through your stuff, decide what can go, and then organize what remains.  You’ll find a list for organizations that will treasure your trash, and the four B’s will help you avoid accumulating too much again.

Cutting clutter involves two main steps – weeding out what you don’t need anymore, and then making sense of what’s left.  You’ll also find questions you can ask yourself to help you decide what goes and then to determine the best place for all that remains.  When you’re done, your biggest problem will be what to do with all your free time!

If you still find you need some help de-cluttering, then I have a website for you that will hold your hand while you take those necessary baby steps to a new clutter free you! The website is and best of all, it’s free!

As  usual, just click on the links to read the article or visit the website!

Happy de-cluttering!


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As part of my commitment to your entire relocation needs, I am pleased to offer complimentary access to the Move Advocate. I introduced this company last week to my readers, and this week I am giving you a summary of their program.

The Move Advocate is a moving assistance program available for clients moving long distance, state-to-state, or internationally.

Moving can be stressful, and the Move Advocate delivers the best service, the best value, & peace of mind when relocating your household goods long distance.

The free program delivers

Personal Attention

  • A moving industry expert dedicated to assisting you during your entire move.
  • Automatic VIP status and benefits from van lines.

 Informed Decisions

  • Multiple quotes from the best van lines in your area.
  • Guaranteed, binding estimates on interstate moves.
  • Access to moving tips, checklists & planning tools.

Time & Money Savings

  • Pre-and-post move assistance.
  • Discounted national rates on interstate moves.
  • Free valuation coverage up to $75,000.

Settle into your new home knowing you received the best service & the best value on your long distance move.

 You’re just one step away from the best move you’ll ever make!

Call the Move Advocate first and say you were referred by Jocelyne Grandjean-Brown of RE/MAX Professionals,  800.617.1918         


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I can now offer a new vendor to my customer’s.  The vendor’s name is  “The Move Advocate” and the following link will take you to their website:  The website contains lots of useful links and information.  I will also post this link on my personal website for anyone in the future who may need their services – basically they are a move management and referral service.  As a Real Estate Professional, I want to be that “go to” person my customers, (past, present and future), turn to when they need help with something.  This is the main reason for my personal website.  There is a lot of helpful information on my personal website such as HOA information and most importantly, referrals to other professionals.

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