About Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard is a Midwest-based freelance writer and blogger who loves lending her voice to a variety of publications and organizations. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she enjoys reading, babying her rescued terrier mutt and obsessively organizing her entire home.

How to Stay Sane When Your Moving Day is Hot, Hot, Hot

Moving

Moving is always a pain. But, having to move when it’s 95 degrees and humid outside? Well, that’s pretty much an entire new form of torture.

It’s hard to decide what’s worse—moving in intense heat or moving in a blizzard. Both bring a certain form of misery. But, oppressively hot temperatures when you’re charged with running in and out of a moving van or up and down stairs might just take the cake.

Needing to move on a ridiculously hot day will never be fun. However, there are a few things you can do to take at least a little bit of the pain out of the process. Check out these tips, and get prepped for your hot, hot, hot moving day.  Continue reading

4 Questions to Determine If You Should Hire Movers or Not

Movers

There are tons of choices that come along with moving. But, among the most common is this one: Should you fork over the cash to hire movers, or should you try your best to go it alone?

On one hand, the idea of being able to sit back and watch other people heave and haul all of your heavy stuff is appealing. But at the same time, since moving comes with a hefty price tag to begin with, saving some precious money sounds just as nice.

So, how can you choose between paying for movers and flying solo? Ask yourself these four questions, and you’ll have your mind made up in no time! Continue reading

5 Steps to Protect Your Storage Unit

Storage Unit Security

Your storage unit is the spot that houses all of that extra stuff—stuff you don’t necessarily need to keep in your home, but definitely want to keep safe and protected. And, while it’s never recommended that you store your valuable, most prized possessions in storage, nobody can blame you for wanting to ensure that your unit is as safe and protected as possible.

However, it’s not something that you can easily keep an eye on 24/7. That “out of sight, out of mind” philosophy is usually reassuring. But, when it comes to your storage unit? Well, it can actually be pretty nerve-wracking.

Don’t get worked up quite yet! There are plenty of measures and precautions you can employ to make sure your unit is protected and your items are safe—even if you can’t keep a constant watchful eye on the space. Here’s what you need to know! Continue reading

5 Quick Tips For Moving With Kids

Moving With Kids

There’s no denying the fact that moving can be stressful. But, when you throw a couple antsy, energetic, and impatient children into the mix? Well, suddenly the moving process becomes a whole lot tougher to manage. Not only does it mean extra stuff to move, but it also means needing to keep an eye on what they’re up to—all while trucks are being unloaded, dishes are being unpacked, and furniture’s being shifted around.

Are you getting a headache already? I can’t blame you. Moving with children in tow can definitely be a little trying. But, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible! It just takes a little thought, consideration, and a hefty dose of prior planning.

Make sure to remember these five quick tips, and you’re sure to take some of the pain, hassle, and stress out of an already frazzling situation. Continue reading

3 Tips to Help You Get Your Security Deposit Back

Security Deposit

There are plenty of pains involved with moving. But, by far, one of the biggest causes for a headache can be cutting a big check for your security deposit. Not only do you need to dig into your pockets to pull together one month’s rent, but you likely also need to be prepared to set down a large sum so that your landlord has the necessary money to cover any damages that might occur while you’re living there.

While needing to pile up your money when you first move in can be a pain, it can also be cause for a great surprise when you pack up again to move out. If you kept your place in tip-top shape, you’re suddenly pleasantly surprised with that large amount back in your wallet after your landlord has given your rental the green light—it’s like digging in an old coat pocket and finding a couple hundred unexpected dollars.

Needless to say, you want to do your very best to ensure that you actually get that security deposit back. Here are a few tips to help you do just that. Continue reading

How to Find Your Perfect Neighborhood

Neighborhood

You did it. You found the absolute perfect house. You’re already picturing your shoes by the door, barbecues in the backyard, and the perfect furniture arrangement in the living room. There’s only one problem: the neighborhood is absolutely awful. The home is stunning. The neighborhood? Well, it’s stunning too—stunningly terrible.

“Location, location, location” is pretty much the golden rule of real estate. After all, it really is one of the few things you can’t change about a home. So, you need to pay close attention to not only the actual residence when you’re house hunting, but also the neighborhood.

Feels overwhelming, right? Don’t stress yet! Here’s what you need to know in order to find that perfect house in the perfect neighborhood. Continue reading

5 Tips to Feel Acclimated in a New City

New City

You’re living in a brand new city. It’s thrilling, but it’s also a little bit scary. You don’t know where anything is—you even get lost on your way home from work. You need to find new resources—from a hair stylist to a new favorite takeout place. And, you feel like everybody is staring at you like you have a giant “I’m not from here!” sign hanging around your neck.

Adjusting to a new city can be tough. But, there are a few actionable steps you can take to make the transition easier and settle in a little bit faster. Use these tips, and you’ll feel a little more adjusted in no time! Continue reading

What to Do at Your New Residence Before Moving In

Before Moving

Oh, moving. It involves so much more than simply boxing up all of your items, loading them into a truck, and getting the new keys to your place, doesn’t it? That’s right—you not only need to take care of making sure that you leave your old place in tip-top shape, but there are also a few things you need to check off your list to ensure that your new residence is all set to be transformed from a bunch of empty rooms to home sweet home.

Yes, there’s a lot of preparation involved before you ever even carry a single box over that threshold of your new place. What sorts of things should you do before you actually move in? Treat this as your checklist, and your brand new digs are sure to be set and ready for you to move right in!

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5 Tips to Pack Fragile Items

Packing Fragile Items

Anyone who has ever packed up an entire house will tell you that packing takes a lot of hard work and organization—and that’s just to box up your standard belongings. When it comes to transporting your fragile items? Well, that takes even more care and consideration.

Needless to say, you want all of your delicate belongings to make it to your new place in one piece. But, that can be easier said than done. So, here are five tips to help you successfully pack your fragile items.

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6 Questions to Ask a Potential Moving Company

moving company

Your boxes are nearly packed, you’ve got all of the documents signed for your new place, and you’re looking forward to getting settled into your new digs. One final step? Booking your moving company.

When you hire people to handle all of your goods and possessions, you obviously want to select the best option. But, with so many choices out there, how can you know you’re making a great (or terrible) selection? Here are six questions to ask to weed out those awful moving companies and find one that’s sure to make moving day a little more painless.

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