Christa Baxter has worked as an editor for more than seven years. She leads the Move.org content team in producing whip-smart moving tips and recs. After relocating four times in the last calendar year, she’s got strong opinions about moving best practices. (Just don’t ever pull a Marie Kondo and suggest she whittle down her personal library.)
How to Pack for College Posted: 23 May 2016 | By: Christa Baxter
Packing for college, with most dorm rooms small and lacking storage, becomes just another daunting task to heap onto the pile of concerns. By following the packing advice we’ve outlined you can minimize the amount of stuff you’ll need to take, minimize the amount of space you’ll need to move it, and understand how to maximize the space in your dorm.
5 Little-Known Factors That Influence the Quality of Schools in Your Neighborhood Posted: 26 Apr 2016 | By: Christa Baxter
There are many resources to help you grade and select schools, but they may not tell the whole story. There are several lesser-known factors that can influence the quality of schools. Read on to learn about simple methods you can use to find the best schools in your new neighborhood.
How to Downsize and Make Money before Your next Move with a Yard Sale Posted: 22 Apr 2016 | By: Christa Baxter
One thing you’ll probably realize when you move is how much stuff you actually have, most of which won’t be able to make the cut for the moving truck—which is great! You now have an opportunity for an epic yard sale on your hands. Yard sales bring people together and get your stuff in the hands of people who’ll make the most of it. Since you probably don’t hold a yard sale every day, it’s likely you’re a little rusty but don’t worry—we’ve got tips and tricks to make sure yours is a triumph.
The “Easy Button” Method for Moving Furniture Posted: 22 Apr 2016 | By: Christa Baxter
Now that you’ve settled on a move-in date and are getting everything organized for the big day, make sure you’re not overlooking some important steps when moving furniture from your old place to the new. Whether you’re working with professional movers or taking care of moving yourself, you’ll need a plan to coordinate the move. Take steps to protect your belongings as you head to your new destination.
5 Ways to Move on a Budget Posted: 21 Apr 2016 | By: Christa Baxter
When you’re moving on a budget and moving day is a few short months or weeks away, there isn’t much time to save extra money. After taking care of closing costs and furniture purchases for the new home, you’re likely working with a tight budget. The cost of a move doesn’t have to put more strain on your finances if you take advantage of free resources and use the right approach. With a little planning, there are several ways to pare down moving costs and look forward to a smooth transition to the new place. Here are five ways you can move frugally.
10 Ways to Simplify Your Apartment Move Posted: 20 Apr 2016 | By: Christa Baxter
Are you getting ready to make an apartment move? Preparing for a move can be exciting as you think about how you’ll set up your new place and the things you’ll discover in your new neighborhood. However, as moving day approaches and your “to-do” list gets longer, you may be feeling a bit stressed. The secret to a successful apartment move is to have a plan for what to do and when. We’ve got you covered with 10 ways to simplify your apartment move.
5 Reasons You Should Consider Moving Into a Mobile Home Posted: 19 Apr 2016 | By: Christa Baxter
Mobile homes aren’t what they used to be. It’s estimated that about 20 million Americans are currently shacking up in mobile homes. Of that population, 57 percent is fully employed and another 23 percent is simply retired and living the good life. So what gives? Well, when you break it down and take a look at what a move into a mobile home has to offer these days, it’s not hard to see why so many Americans are opting for more mobile living.
6 Tips for Moving Your Appliances Without Damaging Your New Home Posted: 18 Apr 2016 | By: Christa Baxter
The most difficult items to move from home to home are your appliances, which is often why many real estate transactions include them as part of the cost of sale. That said, when you want to take your appliances with you, a little planning will go a long way in helping you move while also mitigating stress often associated with the moving your appliances.
Why Americans are Moving to Southern and Western States Posted: 14 Apr 2016 | By: Christa Baxter
The three biggest cities in America—New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago—are cultural and economic epicenters in their respective regions. But none are especially popular with Americans seeking a better life.
Despite the regions’ sizable populations and influence, migration to Northeast and Midwest America remains in deficit, as it has been for the last 40 years, according to U.S. moving patterns.
So where are people moving?
First Apartment 101: How to Deal with Landlords Posted: 04 Mar 2016 | By: Christa Baxter
When you are a first-time renter, dealing with landlords can be very intimidating. They hold the keys to your dream apartment and you have to convince them to hand those keys to you and not to one of the 10 other people waiting in line behind you.
Here are some tricks we have learned at My First Apartment to get your landlord relationship off to a great start.