Thursday, July 30, 2015

Moving to Philadelphia Guide:


A beautiful city that awaits you.
Philadelphia is the fifth most populous city in the USA and is located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, on the East Coast. The population of the city in 2010 was 1,526,006. It is a beautiful place where you could enjoy history, that attracts plenty of tourist, also history and art museums, huge parkland and so much more. Lots of private and public institutions and plenty of companies – including private and public ones, offer jobs. What is The City of Neighborhoods like? What does it offer to its citizens and what do you need to know before and for your move there? These and more questions will be discussed below.

The Birthplace Of America – What You Need To Know

Why move to Philadelphia?

Philadelphia is a place where you could enjoy all four seasons. The summers are usually hot and muggy. The winter is cold, and spring and fall are mild. Note which period of the year is most convenient for you to relocate to Philadelphia and prepare accordingly. The City that Loves you Back may look unwelcoming in winter when most people prefer to stay at home away from the cold temperatures.

For a happy relocation to Philadelphia, start preparing early - at least a few weeks in advance. And read the tips and advice that we give you for free in The Moving Blog!
The center of economy in Pennsylvania is the so called Cradle of Liberty – Philadelphia. One of the largest metropolitan economies in the USA is the Philadelphia area. The city is one of the largest health education and research centers in the area and if you are looking for a job there, you have plenty of economic areas where you could search for one: financial services, tourism, healthcare, biotechnology, oil refining, food processing, manufacturing, IT, internet providers, insurance, energy sector, chemical makers, pharmaceutical companies, automotive parts retails, and so much more. The sectors that are developing and offering more and more jobs include professional and business services, education and health services, and leisure and hospitality. Most people are employed by the federal and city governments, University of Pennsylvania followed by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – these are the biggest employers in the area. 40,000 new jobs are expected to be added to the city by 2035. If you are a student or you want to study in the city, you can look for moving help here.

Relocating To Philadelphia

If you are looking for Philadelphia moving companies, the best thing to do first is get a quote. It is free and it will give you the information that you need for your move like how much the move will cost you, when is the moving company available, what services do they offer, what budget you will need to prepare for your move. All of these are questions that are basic for a successful move. In order to have a smooth relocation to Philadelphia you need to be prepared with information which will help you take the right decisions.

Another tip that could be quote helpful is to spend some time in preparation before the move. Read some articles regarding the different aspects of the move like packing, moving your pets, how to find out the hidden moving costs of movers, how to avoid the moving stress, etc. We have plenty articles in which you could enjoy and use for free.

Panorama of The Quaker City
Think of people you know who have moved to Philadelphia or have had a trip there for some reason and talk to them. Collect different opinions and remember that everything anybody says will be subjective. While all opinions will be truthful up to some point, the reality will most likely be somewhere in between. So don’t take for granted anything that anybody will say and check the facts – read statistics or just go there and see for yourself what the place is like. Also, keep up to date with the news and weather forecast here.

You can find a long list with ideas on what to do in this visitor and travel site. Another interesting idea would be to make a trip to the city to find out more yourself. Talk to the locals in the supermarkets for example about the neighborhood and ask about their opinion. And when you are there yourself, you will get a feel for the place, too, and will be able to take a better decision for yourself. If you have a family, try to make a trip together and enjoy Philadelphia for a few days before you take a final decision to move there.

Hopefully this short moving to Philadelphia guide will give you a good start in your moving preparation. If you have more useful and interesting info about Philadelphia, make a comment and share it with us and our readers. Thank you and good luck with your move!

Panorama of Philadelphia

Saturday, July 11, 2015


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When household goods are professionally packed, the packing is usually done the day before the actual move. Plan to be at home during the packing process to answer questions. You can take advantage of this time by reading, writing letters or catching up on paper work.
While Chipman Relocations can move valuables such as money, credit cards, stamp collections or other items of extraordinary value if specifically notified prior to the move, we strongly recommend that you take such items with you. (See the Take-With-Me inventory sheet) Or, check with your local bank or post office for alternate methods of transporting your valuables. In addition, check to see if your homeowner’s insurance will cover these items after you leave your old address. You may need special insurance coverage. Remember that any items of extraordinary value must be noted on the High-Value Inventory form so that they are not limited to minimal liability. Be sure the form is ready for the packers on packing day.

Preparing the Family for Moving Day

  • Pack suitcases for the trip to the new home. Put in some extra clothing for emergencies. 
  • Consider packing a picnic lunch to eat while traveling. Take along some snacks such as fruit and cookies for the children. Include towelettes for a quick cleanup. 
  • Arrange for a baby sitter for moving day, or have older children look after the younger ones.

Instant Aid Box

Pack an "Instant Aid" box containing things which may be needed immediately upon arrival at your new home. Package each group of items in a large paper bag and clearly label. Here are some suggestions:
Easy-open cans of puddingColoring books and crayons
Dry soup mixA favorite toy
Sandwich spreadsReading materials
Instant drinksPuzzles
SpongePaper plates, cups, napkins
Paper towelsPlastic cutlery
Dish towelsPlastic pitcher
DishclothSmall saucepan
Scouring padsServing spoons
Powdered detergentAluminum foil
Towels and face clothsLight bulbs
Toilet tissueHammer
Facial tissueScrewdriver
Hand lotionAssorted nails and screws
Non-aerosol deodorantShelf paper
Ask to have the "Instant Aid" box loaded last on the moving van and unloaded first. Or, take it in the car if there is room - you may be able to use the content before the van arrives at you new home. When the box is opened, save any paper bags for holding refuse.

Last-Minute Packing 

  • Check contents of drawers. Remove all spillables or breakables. Soft goods such as blankets, pillows, blouses, shirts and lingerie may be left in drawers. Do not overload drawers by adding sheets and tablecloths because this can damage the furniture during transit. 
  • Pin clothing to hangers if it will be moved in wardrobe cartons so that vibration or bumps will not cause items to slip off. If your shipment is going to storage for an extended period of time, consider replacing metal hangers with paper-covered or plastic hangers to avoid possible rust damage to your clothing. 
  • Empty the refrigerator and freezer so that they can dry at least 24 hours before the movers arrive. Be careful not to overlook the defrost water pan. Failure to have the appliances completely dry can lead to mildew, mold and unpleasant odor. A more detailed explanation can be found in the "Moving Appliances & Other Home Furnishings" booklet. Ask for a free copy. 
  • Be sure the water is emptied from your steam iron. 
  • Launder all soiled clothing prior to the day the appliance service technician is expected. 
  • Take the telephone directory with you. It can be useful in contacting former doctors, dentists, etc. It will also be a great help when you make out your holiday card list.