Tuesday, May 15, 2018

10 Tips When Moving To San Francisco

Transitioning to a new city can be an extremely challenging yet rewarding once you have mastered it. There is so much to learn about a city and so many opportunities to discover. Here are 10 basic tips about moving to San Francisco for the first time.

As a new local to San Francisco, you cannot always rely on a cab or Uber to take you everywhere. It is essential to understand and feel comfortable with other transportation options. The buses, historic streetcars, and cable cars can be ridden with a Muni  $70 a month all-you-can-ride card, which saves money in the long run. Getting out of downtown via public transport is a little challenging, but it’s great for getting you to close-by places like Palo Alto and San Jose. The latest major mode of transportation is via bicycle, with almost everyone commuting somewhere on a bike.

Networking

There is no place similar to San Francisco when it comes to networking. It is truly one-of a-kind. Networking not only gives you massive opportunities to score a job or meet a future business connection, but it also allows an individual to meet others with similar interests. Events are posted everywhere, most are free, and they usually have free food and beverages too.

Be A Tourist

For the first few weeks in San Francisco everyone should be a tourist. There are too many iconic structures and things to do in the city that should be experienced at least once. Go ahead and take pictures, bike across the golden gate, and spend an evening at the painted ladies. Plus, playing the tourist allows you to experience your new city and helps you get acquainted with everything.

Do Some Research

Use sites like The Culture Trip and learn about the fun things that are happening in the city and places you want to go see. Along with being a tourist, it’s fun to get excited about a new adventure for the day. Find a new park to jog in, a new place to try a Cruffin, or your new favorite Sunday Brunch Spot.

Golden Gate Bridge © Jamie Beverly/Flickr
Golden Gate Bridge | © Jamie Beverly/Flickr

Find Your Routine

One of the scariest things about a city is not knowing what you’re going to do. Finding a routine allows you to find balance and comfort, but it also allows you to accomplish a ton throughout your day. Most of the time you’ll be a busy bee with work during the week and will leave the weekends to exploring. Allowing yourself to settle into a routine will help take the pressure off work and you will be able to enjoy San Francisco that much more.

Keep An Open Mind

San Francisco is a place where people love to be open. It isn’t at all unusual to stumble upon a naked bicycle race or to be walking on the beach and have a naked guy run past you. This also speaks to trying new things in San Francisco. Don’t bash ideas or places to explore until you’ve actually done it. Your favorite part of the city could be somewhere you thought you would hate.

Know Your Surroundings

It is always smart to be careful in a big city. In general, San Francisco is an extremely safe place, but there are some areas to keep your head up in and watch out for: Bayview/Hunters Point, Western Addition, and The Tenderloin. The Tenderloin gets a bad name but is definitely worth the experience, with some very interesting people and a few big companies with headquarters based there.

Take Advice

Asking around is another great way to find places to go. It is completely normal to strike up a conversation and ask someone’s opinion of what to do in the city. Don’t be afraid to branch out and ask about a good brunch spot or a cool yoga place to try. People are always willing to help and this can lead you on some awesome experiences.

Use Apps

When coming to San Francisco, mobile apps will become your best friend. You can use apps to RSVP to events, find out what bus to take, how long the bus is going to take, the weather, directions, what’s going on in the city, etc. There is an app for everything in San Francisco, the heart of startups. Using them only enhances your life and takes a lot of worry of out the picture.

Have Fun

Life is too short not to enjoy. Go out there, kick butt, take names, and have fun doing it.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Your Ultimate Office Move Timeline

As a business professional, you want to make sure your office move is as seamless and productive as possible. With the proper preparation and planning, your office move can be executed with ease.
Here is a handy checklist to keep you on track for your upcoming office move:

6 Months Prior to Your Move

In your introductory planning phase of the move, the most important step to take would be assigning roles for those assisting with the transition. One staff member can even take the initiative of creating a “move planning team” for those interested in participating.
Other factors to consider at this stage:
1.) Plan the design of phone and computer systems – You will need these up and running at your new space as soon as possible.
2.) Start researching moving companies and estimates – A reputable company who will take care of all your company’s valuable items should be a top priority.
3.) Coordinate plans with an interior designer – The layout of your office makes an important impression on customers and potential new hires. Consider collaborating with an interior designer, who can match your existing furniture to your new office layout.

3-4 Months Prior to Your Office Move

At this stage, you will want to:
1.) Finalize computer and phone system plans.
2.) Finalize interior design plans and new office layout.
3.) Schedule elevator service in old and new locations – This step is very important but is often overlooked. You will need uninterrupted elevator access when moving out of your old location and when moving into your new location.
4.) Keep communication with employees open – Your staff will want to feel as prepared as possible for the new changes. Consider creating welcome packets for the new space, hosting weekly or bi-weekly move update meetings and/or hosting a move orientation.

1-2 Months Prior to Your Office Move

Two months prior to the big day, you will want to:
1.) Schedule all utilities.
2.) Change your office address – Make sure you update your company stationary, business cards and other collateral items to match your new address.
3.) Select your moving company – Especially during the summer busy season, you’ll want to book your movers with as much notice as possible.

1-3 Weeks Prior to Your Office Move

Getting closer! By now, you will want to:
1.) Finalize plans with your current and new building managers.
2.) Confirm IT installation plans in your new space.
3.) Receive a packing training by your movers, if you will be packing yourselves.
4.) Order new keys and reserve parking spaces.

The Day Before Your Office Move

Tomorrow is the day! Here are some final steps to prepare:
1.) Finish organizing, packing and labeling.
2.) Update your company’s online presence (website and social media) with your new contact information.

Moving Day

All your hard work and preparation has come together, congratulations! Here are your final steps to a successful move:
1.) Unpack your items according to your existing office layout plans.
2.) Return any equipment and boxes used during the move.
3.) Carefully review and sign the Bill of Lading given by your moving company.
4.) Finalize installation of phones and computers.
We wish you the best of luck during your office move! Learn more about our commercial moving services here and view our additional office moving tips here.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Reminiscing over 2017 success numbers as brand continues to pave way in 2018

Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we’re stronger than we’ve ever been. Numbers speak for themselves when it comes to the success our system saw last year!
Ending 2017 with nearly 100 months of consecutive growth as a system, 388 total locations across the United States, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, and a lasting impact in each of the communities we work within, the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand is working harder than ever to ensure our customers are satisfied with their moves and that we stay at the forefront of the moving industry.
Randy-Shacka“TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is in a very strong position,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK President Randy Shacka. “We have achieved eight years of continuous growth, but remain humble and hungry to continue to build a world-class brand that people think of when any moving need arises.”
This commitment to staying humble and hungry is what drives the brand to keep moving in the right direction, and big part of this starts with the people in the system. We’ve put a strong emphasis on hiring professional and team-oriented people, as this helps keep our customer service experience the highest it can be.
“Our people make the brand what it is,” Shacka said. “We have several thousand people working each day to deliver on our mission statement. Strong customer service, new service offerings, and passionate people really set us up for continued growth in the future.”
Our “By the Numbers 2017” video above was featured recently at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Annual Meeting conference held in Orlando, Florida. It gave members from our system a chance to see just how successful we were last year, and how there is still so much room for taking the next step as we move forward.
Enjoy!
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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Moving a Wine Cellar

Moving wine is far more complex than merely packing it in a box and sending it off with all the rest of your belongings. It can be sensitive and fragile, especially if it’s an older vintage, so you need to plan ahead to make sure it makes it safely to your destination. There are several items to remember in this process.

Appropriate Packing

Wine bottles should be stored sideways or upside down in order to keep the corks from drying out. An appropriate amount of cushioning should be packed into the box, and it should be labeled as fragile. A “This Side Up” label will also be necessary to make sure the bottles remain in the correct position during transit.

Bottle Shock

If a bottle of wine is agitated or jostled, opening it too soon can result in lost flavor. Once it reaches your destination, it’s best to allow it to “rest” for a while—about a week for each day it was in transit. So, if, for instance, you move out of state and it took you two days to get into your new home, you’ll want to let it sit in your cellar for two weeks before opening.

Temperatures and Weather

Wines—and especially older wines—are highly sensitive to changes in temperature. A major shift from hot to cold or vice versa could affect the flavor, chemistry, and even stoppage on the bottle, so you want to make sure it stays at a moderate temperature during transit. Plan moves during spring or fall if possible, and try to keep it around 55°F.

Appraisal and Insurance

Larger collections should be appraised and insured in the event of any damage from transit. This can help prevent losses from moving, which is key if you have a particularly valuable wine collection.

Qualified Movers

A highly respected and qualified mover will be necessary to make sure your wine cellar is kept safe and secure in transit. IMS Relocation has long provided the best in moving services in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Contact us at (800) 559-2112 for a no obligation estimate on your move.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Silicon Valley Real Estate Market Update

The Silicon Valley Real Estate market is picking up, after a typical summer slump, and less than stellar early fall #homebuyers are back again out in full force. The Boyenga Team expect's an extremely strong Q1. For those #homesellers on the fence, early next year will be an ideal exit point.  With pent-up demand chasing low inventory there is only one way for prices to go, and that is up!
As for the homebuyers expect multiple offers on most of the new inventory coming to market.  One positive for homebuyers is that we do not expect the same amount of market exuberance that we saw in Spring of 2015, we still do expect many homes in the more affordable price points to reach new highs. If you would like a more in-depth overview of the market in your city or neighborhood, feel free to email Eric & Janelle Boyenga at Homes@Boyenga.com or visit www.SiliconValleyHousingMarket.com

Thursday, February 22, 2018

What To Watch Out For When Moving Your Refrigerator

When most people think about moving, they think about packing loose goods and moving furniture. They don’t typically give a lot of thought to moving their appliances because, well, people don’t typically give a lot of thought to appliances anyway. That’s changing, especially when it comes to moving your refrigerator.
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Kevin Parker, 100th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, uses a hand cart to remove a personal refrigerator from his office Oct. 24, 2014, on RAF Mildenhall, England. Parker saw an opportunity to save energy by removing his refrigerator from his office and using the communal one in the kitchen area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Gina Randall/Released)
Today’s appliances are more expensive and more intricate than ever. From stainless steel to nickel, from six burner stoves to refrigerators that tell you when you’re out of milk, appliances do more than ever before and more and more people want to take them to their new homes.

Here’s what to watch out for when moving your refrigerator

Moving appliances can be a bit tricky. If you have a gas range and a gas dryer, you’ll want to have a plumber disconnect them before you do anything.

Empty it

This piece of advice sounds obvious, but you’d be amazed at how many people don’t empty their refrigerators before the move. Even the tiniest plastic bottle of mustard rattling around on the inside can cause serious damage. You also want to remove any magnets from the outside.

Secure it

Remove all the shelves and drawers and wrap them in packing blankets. Be sure to label everything.

Unplug it

That’s self explanatory.

Unplug the water line and drain it

If your refrigerator has an ice maker or a water dispenser, there is a thin copper pipe at the back. Unscrew it and drain the contents into a bucket. You may need to remove the door to get to the ice maker, but that will also need to be drained.

Defrost the freezer

If you have the type of freezer that collects frost, defrost it before the move.

Secure the doors

Wrap blankets around the entire refrigerator and then tape around the blanket. Taping around the blanket will save you the nightmare of having to remove tape from the refrigerator itself.
If your refrigerator is big or your doorway are narrow, you may need to remove the doors.

Grab a friend and a dolly

Refrigerator moving is a job for at least two. Secure it to the dolly and roll it to the truck. Make sure you have a ramp because lifting it will be very difficult.

Let the refrigerator sit for a few days after the move

Refrigerators take a few days for all of the fluids to settle down and for the temperature to adjust. It could take up 

Monday, February 12, 2018

How To Update Voter Registration Address After Moving

You don’t want to miss an important letter, bill, or notification when you move to your new home do you? You also don’t want to find yourself stuck at the booth on voting day, realizing at the last minute that you never updated your voter registration to your new state of residence. Follow these simple steps and update voter registration information as soon as you move.

Determine if you’re eligible to vote in your state

You most likely meet voter registration criteria if:

  • You are a U.S. Citizen either by birth or through naturalization
  • You are at least 18 years old, though some states allow 17-year-olds to vote in a primary if they will be 18 by the time voting day comes around. Check the restrictions for your particular state
  • You meet your state’s residency requirements. For example, most states require proof of residencies such as an electric bill, a signed lease, or other such documentation. Restrictions for students may be different, so check your state
  • You are not in prison, and you are not on parole following conviction of a felony crime

So you passed the test? Here’s how to update your registration

In Person

This is the most obvious, but depending on where you now reside and where the state requires you to appear in order to update your registration, it may be a giant hassle. Some states require you to go to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), so you can update your voter registration information at the same time that you get a new license and register your car. You can often also update your information at any state or local election office or any state-designated location where voter registration may occur. Do keep in mind that near election dates, there may be a registration deadline to be able to participate in the next election. Check with your state!

By Mail

In most states, you can download and submit the National Mail Voter Registration Form according to the regulations for your locale. Some states don’t accept this form, however: North Dakota, Wyoming, New Hampshire and U.S. territories (Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) each have a different set of requirements. Visit the state’s website to find out what options they provide.

Online

By allowing you to update voter registration online, many states have made it easy to change your voter registration address from the comfort of home. But before you can update voter registration online, you have to have a valid drivers’ license in your new state — so be sure to give yourself adequate time for both prior to any election.

Does your new home state allow voter registration online?

Here is a list. If you don’t see your state listed, you’ll need to use one of the above methods:
Again, be sure you are familiar with your state’s voter registration deadlines. Most states have a comprehensive explanation of what you’ll need to do on the website, so add “check voter registration requirements” to your moving checklist! After taking care of the actual movers, this small step will help ease your long distance move.