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  • A blog about our dog

    Posted on July 20, 2015 by Todd

    By: Jamie Lohr

    If you are anything like us at PiggyBoxes, you prefer to have your four-legged companion by your side at all times. Well, our dog Frankie is no exception. He not only works with us, vacations with us, and sleeps with us. He has his own title at PiggyBoxes.

    So who is our Chief Executive Pooch? His name is Frankie! A three year old ti-colored King Charles Cavalier who runs our home, loves his Cavalier pals and documents his adventures on Instagram. Thats right, he has his own Instagram account (@thefrankiemonster). Having a dog has changed my life for the better so, no wonder I HATE leaving him at home. Our families think we're crazy but do you leave your children at home? No. So he comes with us, everywhere we go!

    Finding places to take him isn't always easy. I have scoured Southern California for the best places to bring your dog and here is what I have (all of them are Frankie approved!).

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    1. Wilma’s Patio on Balboa Island- This place is so dog friendly they bring your dogs their own bowl of fresh water. Chances are when you go, you’re not the only one with a dog. The front patio makes the perfect setting for a lunch date with you and your pooch! What's even better is you can take them on the ferry when you're done dining or anywhere on the Island because everyone there loves dogs!

    2. Corona Del Mar - We could spend hours walking around here enjoying the views and sunsets. Not to mention meeting lots of furry friends along the way! The best way to describe it is a gorgeous dog park with an ocean view, except it's not a dog park!

    3. Huntington Beach Dog Beach - The best place to let your dog run free to enjoy everything the beach has to offer! Waves, sand and lots of birds!

    4. Any where in Palm Desert. One of our favorite vacation spots is Palm Desert because literally every place allows dogs! The entire city is dog friendly. Outside of every shop on El Paseo are dogs bowls with water and treats. It doesn't get any better than that!

    5. Fashion Island in Newport Beach - This gorgeous shopping mecca is also a paw-some hang out for your dogs! All of the stores allow your pet. There are several eateries that have out door seating to bring your dog. It’s basically a woman’s dream - shopping and dogs!

    In reality, all dogs are happy to go anywhere with their owner. I know that I am happier with him by my side :) IMG_2707


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  • A toast to the coast - Catch a bite with the best views in Orange County

    Posted on July 10, 2015 by Todd

    By: Jamie Lohr

    Having lived in Orange County for the past decade, I know a thing or two about dining with a view. It is definitely one way to enhance a meal! From Laguna Beach to HB, the options for meals with views are almost endless. Whether you're dressed in a suit, or board shorts; casual or elegant, there is a place for you!

    Here are my top 5:

    #5 Dukes - Huntington Beach
    Walking into Duke’s feels like stepping into a tropical party on the beach or a Tommy Bahama catalog! A charming Hawaiian girl offers leis to everyone as they are headed to their tables. This place often has an unique mix, from older folks to young kinds who just walked in from Main St. Make sure you plan your dinner around sunset to really experience it's full potential!

    #4 Las Brisas - Laguna Beach
    First of all, let me say that the Wyland Margarita is amazing! The fact that the view is of the Laguna coastline just tops it off. Las Brisas is situated just off The Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, Ca. It is high above the Pacific Ocean and there are excellent views from the outside patio as well as from windows inside the restaurant.

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    #3 The Beach Comber - Crystal Cove
    Dining here is an experience to say the least. You have to park across the street and get shuttled over. Then you have to make a trek down a steep hill to get to this gem literally on the sand. Even with the miles of shore lining Orange County, there are precious few restaurants that reside on the sand. The waiting area is the Pacific Ocean guarded by cliffs dotted with colorful historic cottages that you can rent. The view is so nice you might just give up your table to enjoy the view a little longer.

    #2 The Coliseum Pool and Grill at Pelican Hill Resort - Newport Coast
    The Coliseum provides an amazing view of not only the ocean but a world class golf course and pool. A little fact about this pool- one of the most strikingly unique pools found anywhere, Coliseum Pool was designed with more than one million glass mosaic tiles, laid by hand to form the pool’s perfect circle, 136 feet in diameter. It is gorgeous! When it’s time to leave, your only thought will be planning your return.
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    #1 The Cliff - Laguna Beach
    The views at The Cliff could not be any better. Featuring panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, The Cliff provides a 150-foot high perch to watch the ever-changing landscape of Laguna Beach. I could literally sit at a table for hours. Make sure you make reservations and ask for a seat next to the glass for the best view in the house!


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  • Fourth fun: Fireworks, fairs and Fests in O.C.!

    Posted on June 30, 2015 by Todd

    By: Jamie Lohr

    July 4th marks the 239th anniversary of the U.S., and the Americans among us mark Independence Day with parades and elaborate fireworks displays, picnics, barbecues, and, where possible, hammocks.

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    From fireworks, to festivals, here a few of the best firework shows and parades in Orange County:

    Anaheim Hills:
    Canyon Hills Community Council's Annual Fourth of July Celebration 
July 4
    LOCATION:
Canyon High School & Peralta Park in Anaheim Hills, California

    Balboa Island OUR PERSONAL FAVORITE!!!!

    Balboa Peninsula-Newport Bay July 4 Fireworks & Parade Cruises 
July 4
    Cruise in the July 4 boat parade at 1 pm or 4 pm. Or choose the fireworks extravaganza departing at 7 pm which tours the bay and provides one of a kind fireworks experience.
    INFORMATION: 
Davey's Locker

    Brea:

    Annual Brea Country Fair 
July 4, 2015 
7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Day-long festivities begin with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at 7 -11 a.m., followed by the Brea Ministerial Association morning service. The fair officially opens at 10 a.m. and free entertainment continues until 4 p.m.

    LOCATION:
City Hall Park
401 S. Brea Blvd.
Brea, CA 92821

    Dana Point:

    July 4th All American BBQ Buffet at Laguna Cliffs
    LOCATION:
Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa
Vue Lawn and OverVue Deck
25135 Park Lantern

    Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza
    Visitors from all over Southern California flock to Dana Point each year for this summer tradition. Local residents are encouraged to bike or walk to their favorite viewing spot to avoid the annual parking difficulties. FREE shuttle buses will make round trips from Dana Hills High School to Dana Point Harbor from 10:00 am to 11:30 pm (last shuttle leaves the harbor at 11:00 pm)
    LOCATION:
    Dana Point Harbor
    INFORMATION:
For additional information, call (949) 248-3530

     
    Fullerton:

    Annual Community Fireworks Show and Festival 
July 4
    Food, entertainment and fireworks!
    There will be live music (by Soundbytes) and additional entertainment. NOMINAL FEES MAY APPLY for SOME activities (Approximately $2 to $4). Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. and last for approximately 20 minutes.
    All food is reasonably priced, and is being offered by local charity organizations. No alcohol is served or allowed in the area. All coolers will be checked. No glass containers, no smoking, no umbrellas, and no pets.
    LOCATION:
Fullerton High School Stadium 
S/E Corner, Berkeley and Lemon
    INFORMATION:
714-738-3167

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    Huntington Beach:

    4th of July Parade & Pier Festival
    Three days of fun with live entertainment, exhibitors, food vendors and family activities.

    Irvine:
    Celebrate the 4th of July at Pretend City!

    Celebrate our nation's birthday the child's way! Before the fireworks light up the sky, visit Pretend City Children's Museum a day early on July 3rd for Independence Day festivities that celebrate life, liberty, and the pursuit of fun!
    Special events and activities of the day will include: Independence Day Parade; Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty Culture Kiosk; Sparkling Fireworks Smart Art; Up, Up, and Away Science.
    LOCATION:
    Pretend City Children's Museum 
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618
    Concert On The Green and Firework Festival

    Featuring a Pyro Musical Sky Concert & Fireworks Extravaganza! Food Court, Live Music by the Derek Bordeaux Group, Games, Prizes, Bounce Houses for the kids and a Color Guard Presentation of the Colors presented by the Irvine Police Department.
    LOCATION:
    Irvine High School Stadium

    From all of us at PiggyBoxes have fun and most importantly be safe!


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  • 30 Tips for an Easier Move

    Posted on June 26, 2015 by Todd

    By Jamie Lohr

    1. Order your PiggyBoxes about 2 weeks prior to your move. That way we can schedule a delivery that is most convenient for you so you can begin packing! Screen Shot 2015-06-07 at 7.11.07 PM

    2. Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials. After a long weekend of packing, your going to want to feel right at home as soon as possible. You’ll want to make sure that your essentials and clothes for the next day are easily accessible. Try putting those items in a large tote and put it in the bathroom so it’s easy to get to.

    3.  Pack the items you will need FIRST in a clear plastic bin. You should include items like trash bags, toilet paper, chargers, etc. This way, those items will set themselves apart so your not searching through dozens of boxes for toilet paper. That could be bad!

    4. Wrap your breakables (dishes, glasses, etc.) in clothing to save on bubble wrap. Or use recycled packing paper. Its cheap and re-usable!

    5. Use clean socks for extra padding for stemware or glasses!

    6. Come up with a labeling system to you or your movers know what boxes are going into what room. A color coding system works great! When labeling, make sure to label all sides of the boxes so you can see where they go when the boxes are stacked.

    7. When you arrive at your new home, unpack by room. This way, you will not only make your move feel more manageable but more accomplished when one room is finished!

    8.  If you can, show up to your new home before the move and pre-clean the bathroom and kitchen. If not, consider hiring someone to clean it for you.

    9. Put up a new shower curtain liner and stock some new bath towels and toilet paper, as well. You’ll want to take a hot shower after a long day of moving.

    10. Cover the openings of your toiletries with saran wrap, then put the tops back on. This will keep your toiletries from breaking and leaking all over your stuff during the move.

    11. Pack plates vertically, like records. They’ll be less likely to break. When ordering Piggyboxes, make sure to ask for dish dividers for our boxes.

    12. Press’n Seal is also great for keeping jewelry displays intact.

    13. Buy a roll of stretch wrap. It works like Press’n Seal but on a bigger scale. You can group items together, and it’ll protect your furniture from getting scuffed and scratched.

    14. Keep sandwich bags handy for holding any small parts of things you have to take apart, like curtain rods or mounted flat-screen TVs. Tape the sandwich bags to the back of the item they correspond to. Before removing any cords or screws be sure to take pictures of them so you know exactly how they go back!

    15. Cut down on boxes by making all of your baskets, laundry bins, hampers, and suitcases work for you. Pack them with stuff! Use the wheeled suitcases for heavy things like books.

    16. The fastest way to pack a closet: Get wardrobe boxes!6-RdHNOoaJP8qdKqf079HfZScSG4ktTIETMI9-Xb0TI

    17. Vacuum seal your out-of-season clothing. Not only will they take up less space and be a breeze to pack, but they can go directly into storage in the new home.

    18. Along with food and alcohol, give your friends who help you move first dibs on anything you originally planned to sell or donate. Your friends will love you even more! Let’s be honest, you weren't planning on paying them anyway!

    19. Make sure everything is completely packed before your friends show up to help you move. Don’t be that horrible person who makes everyone wait around/help you pack.

    20. If you have a lot of fragile valuables, hiring movers as opposed to asking friends can end up paying for itself. Many movers come with insurance, which means if something breaks, they have to compensate you.

    Also remember to book them weeks in advance — you’re not the only person trying to get out of your space on the last day of the month.

    21. If you do hire movers, be sure to read the fine print and find out if they have any weird rules. Also check all of their reviews on Yelp and Angie’s List.

    22. If you’re renting, take photos of your cleaned-out old home and your new home before moving in. This could save you money and major headaches if you ever want to get your deposit back!

    23. Fill the nail holes in your previous home with a bar of soap.

    24. Change your address at least two weeks prior to moving.

    This might seem like a no-brainer for important things like utilities and cable, but don’t forget the small stuff. You’ve also got Amazon, PayPal, credit cards, your bank, magazine subscriptions, and your mail to worry about.

    25. If you own items that you want to get rid of but are too valuable to just give away, start selling on eBay, Etsy, or Craigslist at least six weeks before moving.

    26. Arrange for a charity organization to come pick up the items you don’t want at least a week or two before moving.

    27. Make your last grocery trip two weeks prior to moving.

    The more food you end up using before moving, the less you’ll have to throw out. Moving food is such a pain!!

    28. For same-city moves, hire a sitter for the children and pets.

    The last thing you need is to be worrying about losing track of your kids or pets on this stressful day.

    29. Remember to defrost your refrigerator at least a day before moving and wipe up any liquid.

    Else you’re going to have a stinky, wet mess when you get to your new home.

    30. Call PiggyBoxes when your done with your boxes. We will come pick all of them up!


    This post was posted in CA, Cardboard moving boxes, City of Irvine, Green Things, Moving Boxes, Moving Checklist, Orange County, Uncategorized and was tagged with orange county, moving tips, Newport Beach, moving, cardboard boxes, packing supplies, rent moving boxes, boxes, cardboard, pink, packing

  • Changing the way you clean your house!

    Posted on June 22, 2015 by Todd

    By: Jamie Lohr

    There was a time when people didn't think twice about what types of cleaners they sprayed around their homes. Full of toxins and chemicals, as long as it cleaned people didn't care. Times are changing and people are second guessing the harsh, hazardous chemicals they are spraying on their kitchen counter tops, floors, and putting in their dishwashers and washing machines. 

    Due to alarming research and case studies, many people are seeking alternative, all-natural cleaning methods that are not only better for the environment but clean just as well if not better! With ingredients you can pronounce, like vinegar, baking soda and coconut oil. Many of these products are not only better for your health and safe to use around kids and pets, but they’re also environmentally friendly.

    If you are a DIY-er try making your own cleaning solution! Here are five basic ingredients that serve as the building blocks for many safe home cleaning needs:

    1 Baking Soda - Cleans and deodorizes. Softens water to increase sudsing and cleaning power of soap. Good scouring powder.

    2 Borax - Cleans and deodorizes. Excellent disinfectant. Softens water. Available in laundry section of grocery store.

    3 Soap - Biodegrades safely and completely and is non-toxic. Available in grocery stores and health food stores. Sold as liquid, flakes, powder or in bars. Bars can be grated to dissolve more easily in hot water. Insist on soap without synthetic scents, colors or other additives.

    4 Washing Soda - Cuts grease and removes stains. Disinfects. Softens water. Available in laundry section of grocery store or in pure form from chemical supply houses as "sodium carbonate."

    5 White Vinegar or Lemon Juice - Cuts grease and freshens.

    Don’t have time to DIY? Try one of our favorite house hold cleaners from J. R. Watkins in Lavender. It’s all-natural and smells amazing! Find it at your local Sprouts.

    It’s time to rethink what your spraying around your house, your children and your pets!


    This post was posted in Cardboard moving boxes, City of Irvine, Eco Friendly Moving Supplies, Green Things, Moving Boxes, Orange County, Plastic moving boxes and was tagged with Green, Irvine, orange county, ecofriendly living, Newport Beach, moving, boxes, cleaning, grocery store

  • So what makes PiggyBoxes so much better than cardboard?

    Posted on June 17, 2015 by Todd

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    Before the move:  To find cardboard are you really going to go dumpster diving? Ew! Chances are you will have to drive to your local home improvement store and stock up on boxes and packing tape. Not to mention you have to build them!

    With PiggyBoxes, we deliver our crates directly to your door, NO ASSEMBLY REQUIRED! Just go on our website or give us a call, pick a package that works for you and your boxes are on their way!

    During the move: If you think about it, cardboard is really just a heavy form of paper. While cardboard can be great to light weight items, there is one huge downside. Durability. Once you throw a few books or pair of shoes in a cardboard box, chances are it’s going to break. There goes all that time you put into building and packing that box. Plus, the cost of the box and packing tape.

    With PiggyBoxes, our totes are made of extremely durable plastic that can hold up to 100lbs! Just stack the PiggyBoxes 4 crates high on one of our awesome dollies and off you go!

    After the move: Once your done un-wrangling yourself from the packing tape and emptying out your cardboard boxes, you'll need find a new home for them, the trash. Lugging these boxes to the local dump is time consuming especially after you've just moved.
    With PiggyBoxes, we conveniently pick them up from your new house! Just pick a date and time that works for your schedule and just like that, the boxes are gone!

    Because PiggyBoxes are so durable and convenient, we promise to save you time and money on your next move!


    This post was posted in Eco Friendly Moving Supplies, Moving Boxes, Orange County, Plastic moving boxes and was tagged with Irvine, Eco-Friendly Moving Boxes, orange county, Newport Beach, moving, boxes, cardboard, reusable boxes

  • 10 Tips For Moving With Your Dog

    Posted on June 14, 2015 by Todd

    By Jamie Lohr

    Moving is almost always stressful. Not just for us humans but for our mans best friend. Between the chaotic mess of moving boxes and the logistical nightmare of physically moving your belongings, your pets are sometimes lost in the shuffle.

    So next time you move your precious Fido, make sure you check out these tips so Fido can settle quicker into his new digs!

    1. Dogs notice change! Especially when it’s around the house. Have you ever noticed how your dog reacts when your suitcase comes out of the closet? In order to keep your pup from becoming agitated by all of the packing, try to complete the process over time.

    2. Dogs are routine. Try to keep to your dog’s daily routines as much as you can. Canines are creatures of habit and thrive on consistency. If you change or eliminate his rituals it’s likely that Fido will act out with undesirable behaviors like peeing in the house. Ugh!

    3. Check their dog tags! Make sure your pet has up to date ID tags with your current phone numbers and the new address. If you are unsure of a number where you can be reached, make a tag with the number of a friend or family member that could be responsible for your dog in case of an emergency.

    4. On the day of the big move, you want to make sure that your dog is safe and secure. Place him in a room with some toys, water and a comfortable sleeping area. Keep the door closed and place a sign on the door letting movers and family members know not to open the door. This will prevent your pup from running out of the house while boxes are loaded.

    5. If you are moving a long distance, pack snacks and water for your pet for the car trip. Make sure to locate pet friendly lodging if an overnight stay is required. Make sure you make occasions stops to let your dog handle their business.

    6. When you arrive at your new home, you may be tempted to let your dog out to explore. Until items are unloaded and people stop going in and out, you’re going to want to keep your dog confined in a room with a door.

    7. Try and maintain some consistency when setting up your dog’s space and bowls. If his crate was in the living room within earshot of the television before the move, position it there again. Try to keep objects he is familiar with inside his crate. Having his normal items around him will help him relax and settle in.

    8. Before you let Fido roam in the backyard walk the perimeter while checking for holes or weak spots. The last thing you need when moving is a missing dog.

    9. Get back into a routine as quickly as possible. Lengthy walks around the new neighborhood will let your dog acclimate to his surroundings and will probably help you meet your new neighbors!

    10. Remember that moving is a big change for everyone involved. Your dog doesn’t understand why he isn’t in his usual surroundings anymore. Many dogs have been known to try and run back to their old homes if they have the opportunity and have become lost or injured in the process.


    This post was posted in Moving Checklist, Orange County and was tagged with green moving, moving tips, irvine moving boxes, moving orange county

  • Summer's Over! Who's Ready for Cooler Weather?

    Posted on October 9, 2014 by Todd

    We are!!! Hope everyone had a great summer! If you know of anyone moving this fall/winter have them check out our reusable moving boxes. They make moving so much easier! We deliver for free anywhere in Orange County!

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  • Green Reusable Moving Boxes- Orange County

    Posted on August 6, 2014 by Todd

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    PiggyBoxes: The Green Reusable Moving Boxes Authority in Orange County, CA

    PiggyBoxes is the premier choice for green reusable moving boxes in Orange County, CA. As part of its aim to help people move easier, the company offers innovative moving box packages at the best possible prices to meet everyone’s needs and budget.
    Moving can be a costly affair especially when not planned well. Studies have shown that many people suffer trauma for some time after changing homes. It is usually associated with all the stress involved, the new environment they’re in and the amount of money they spend. That is why it’s important to plan well and one way to do this is through getting reusable moving boxes. Usually, people will use cartons that need to be disposed after they’re done with. Cardboard boxes are not only difficult to use, but also wasteful. The more eco-friendly way is to go green and practice green moving. This is what PiggyBoxes practices.
    PiggyBoxes green reusable moving boxes are made of durable plastic so items remain safe and protected during the move. These boxes can also be used over and over again for many years to come. The company offers other various moving supplies for different types of moves, so everyone is free to choose the size that suits their needs. These boxes are made of durable plastic guaranteeing that they’ll last for a long time. Since these are made of plastic, they don’t packing tape or any type of adhesive. This will lessen the amount of waste produced by traditional packing supplies such as cartons and cardboard boxes.
    PiggyBoxes delivers the boxes and picks it up for free. The company also gives back 1 percent of their profit to the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Orange County, a group dedicated to finding a cure to breast cancer.
    Established in late 2011 by husband and wife Todd and Jamie, PiggyBoxes aims to make moves easier and more eco-friendly for everyone. As someone who moved often before, they discovered that there was a better way to move. PiggyBoxes started about the same time when they were making their fifth move. The company’s green reusable moving boxes solve the most common concern of everyone when it comes to moving – the boxes. These boxes offer an eco-friendly and easier way to move, helping them not just have a stress free experience, but also protect the environment at the same time.

    For more information, please feel free to visit www.piggyboxes.com or call 877-927-4449.


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  • Timeline when moving: Where do I start?

    Posted on July 22, 2014 by Todd

    Everyone welcome a new contributor and local real estate agent, Claire Seneca. Claire has over 10 years experience in Real Estate and she can help you with any questions you may have. She is going to be writing a few articles for us over the next few months.

    Timeline when moving: Where do I start?
    (2 MONTHS OUT)

    1) Sort and purge – Go through every room in your house and decide what you would like to keep and what you can get rid of. Think about whether any items will require special packing or extra insurance coverages.

    -Where to Donate your Old Goods: To find a Goodwill location near you, call 800-664-6577 or go to goodwill.org.
    For the Salvation Army, call 800-958-7825 to ask about home pickups in your area. Go to salvationarmy.org for a list of drop-off locations (click on "About Us," then "FAQs," then "Donations," then look under "Goods").
    Vietnam Veterans of America picks up donations of clothing and other household items in 28 states. Go to clothingdonations.com for information

    2) Research - Start investigating moving company options. Do not rely on a quote over the phone; request an on-site estimate. Get an estimate in writing from each company, and make sure it has a USDOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) number on it.

    Get recommendations. Ask friends, coworkers, and local real estate agents. Look in the phone book for moving companies that have offices near your home. You’re going to want to get an in-person estimate of how much your move will cost. Don’t rely on any estimate that comes from someone who hasn’t looked in every one of your closets. Don’t assume that big-name companies are best. Do not get estimates through websites that offer to “find you a mover.” Find the mover yourself and avoid the numerous scams associated with some of these sites. And don’t use household-goods brokerage services that find a moving company for you―they are not regulated by the laws that movers must follow.

    Do an initial screening. When you have a list of recommended movers, go online to do a quick background check (you can do a more thorough check later). Call or go to the website of the Better Business Bureau (bbb.org). You also can call or e-mail the American Moving and Storage Association (moving.org, 703-683-7410, info@moving.org) to see if a moving company is a member, which means it has agreed to abide by the organization’s published tariffs and to participate in its arbitration program. AMSA membership is voluntary. As long as a moving company checks out in all other ways, the fact that it is not a member shouldn’t rule it out.

    Be sure to check the consumer-advocacy sites movingscam.com. Each of these has a blacklist of companies with a history of consumer complaints, as well as tips and general information about the moving industry. You can also do a search using the company name at Rip-off Report (ripoffreport.com).

    You should end up with at least three or four companies to call for an in-home estimate. If you’re moving to another state, ask if the company will give you a written binding estimate or, even better, a binding not-to-exceed estimate. Both types of estimates put a guaranteed cap on what you will pay for your move. While nonbinding estimates are legal (as long as they’re given free), as the U.S. Department of Transportation moving guide warns, “You should expect the final cost to be more than the estimate.” And while interstate movers are allowed to charge you for binding estimates, most will offer them free. Estimates for interstate moves will be based on the weight of the items you’re moving and the distance of the move. For moves within the same state, rules about estimates vary: Some states (such as California) require that movers give a written and signed binding estimate; others (like Illinois) forbid them to. Either way, estimates for these movers are based on the amount of time the move will take.

    3) Create a moving binder -Use this binder to keep track of everything—all your estimates, your receipts, and an inventory of all the items you’re moving.

    4) Organize school records –Go to your children’s school and arrange for their records to be transferred to their new school district.

    Stayed tuned for my next blog “ One Month Before”

    A little bit about Claire:

    Claire Seneca is a licensed real estate agent with over 10 years of experience spanning across multiple states now representing buyers and sellers in Orange County. In 2002, she began her career in Austin Texas, and was named “Rookie of the Year,” closing over $4 million in sales, ranking #7 amongst 100 top producing agents at the Lake Travis Keller Williams office. Practicing real estate in Texas, Indiana and Tennessee afforded Claire new opportunities to quickly adapt to changing market conditions and keenly assess the current local market. Her diverse client base includes first time home buyers, professional athletes as well as top level executives. Claire applies a level of knowledge, negotiation skills and sophistication necessary to “get the job done”, offering each client her undivided personal attention, up-to-date market information and a relentless work ethic…all key ingredients ensuring excellent service. Whomever the client, “It’s All About You” is her motto.

    Before Real Estate:

    Growing up in Louisiana, Claire graduated from the University of Louisiana where she was crowned “Miss UL” in 1979. Her heritage as a “cajun girl” is evident in her loyalty as a fan for the UL Ragin Cajuns, New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers. If there were only one food in Claire’s diet it would be the local favorite delicacy, boiled crawfish.

    After leaving Lafayette, LA in 1986, Claire and her husband moved to Nashville, TN and were an integral part of the music scene where they signed a recording contract with Brentwood Music, a division of conglomerate Zomba Music. Their debut album resulted in 3 (#1) charted singles and 1 top 5 single along with a “Duo of the Year Award” from the CCMA.

    Above all, Claire’s goal each day is to deliver results for her clients and give back to her community. She is hopeful to one day establish a local orphanage. She supports the “Wounded Warriors Project” and is active in her local church. Claire and husband Jed, have two children, daughter Cali who is currently serving in the U. S. Coast Guard and son Seth, an assistant wrestling coach at Corona del Mar High School and aspiring trader. In her spare time, Claire loves to cook good ‘ole southern food and spend time with her husband sailing on the “Bon Temps”, their 32’ Ericson.

    Whether you are looking to buy/sell a Multi -Million dollar home in Orange County or buy your first home or condo, Claire is sincerely dedicated and uniquely qualified to help you find your dream home or investment property, with a ”lil bit of southern flare” of course.

    Claire Seneca
    949.423.8074
    BRE# 01922437
    www.CallClaireNow.com

    Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    140 Newport Center Drive, Suite 100
    Newport Beach, CA 92660


    This post was posted in Moving Boxes, Moving Checklist and was tagged with moving checklist, orange county, orange county realtor, reusable moving boxes

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