How to Find Family-Friendly Neighborhood?

Nov 19

When families with children move, one of the main things they look for is a good school. While a good school district is sign that a community is family-friendly, it isn’t always the case. You want to make sure that the community and neighborhood within the community welcomes children, that there will be plenty of playmates for your kids, and that activities abound. Here are some tips for finding a great family-friend neighborhood when moving.

Check Out the Parks
Having a lot of parks in the area is a good sign, especially when those parks have playgrounds. Note that you should really check out the parks yourself instead of just locating them on a map. You don’t want to discover that the seemingly-nice playground is actually the favored spot of local drug dealers.

How Many Pediatricians Are There?
If there is a high amount of pediatricians in the area, then that is a sign that there are a lot of children. It also means you will have a much wider range of health care providers to choose from.

Look At the Number of Babysitters Available
Even if your kids are old enough that they don’t need a babysitter, you should still go online to sites like sittercity.com and 4sitters.com and see how many babysitters are located in the community. A lot of babysitters is a sign that it is very family friendly.

Is There a Parents’ Group?
As a parent, you need to connect with other parents. One of the best ways to do this is through parents groups, or even activities like Mommy and Baby yoga. You and your child benefit from these groups and it will help you make new friends in your new neighborhood.

What Extramural Activities Are Offered?
Life for your children doesn’t have to revolve just around their school. Extramural activities are a great way for your children to meet kids who don’t go to their school, and to participate in activities which the school might not offer – like singing lessons, karate classes, or acting. Your child will learn a skill while getting valuable life experience.

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How to Check the Moving Company’s Insurance

Oct 12

It is CRUCIAL that you check the moving company insurance. Don’t just take their word for it when they say they are insured! Otherwise, this could cause some serious problems for you. For example, if a mover gets injured while moving your belongings and the company doesn’t have insurance, then you can be held liable for all medical expenses for the mover.

You can check the insurance at the same place you checked the DOT license info. At the bottom of the report on the SaferSys page, you will see a hyperlink to a page called “FMCSA Licensing and Insurance Site.” Click on this link.

Here you will find information about the moving company’s insurance policies. As before, you will need to make sure that the name/address/phone number of the company match up. Then look for this information:

Authority Type: There will be an area titled Authority Status. This should read “common” or “active.” If it says “No” “Revocation Pending” or “Application Pending”, then find a new mover!

BIPD: You will see a table which lists the BIPD insurance. The minimum requirement is $750,000 coverage. Look for the area titled “Insurance on File.” If it says “No” or “$0”, then find another moving company!

 

 

Check the Better Business Bureau

If everything is okay with the USDOT number and insurance, then you will want to check out the moving company at the Better Business Bureau. *Tip: When talking to the moving company, ask them of any other names they operate under. You will want to look them up at the BBB for all the names they use.

Sometimes even good moving companies get complaints with the BBB. However, the moving company should be actively maintaining their reputation and resolving all complaints to maintain an A+ rating with the BBB. So, use your best judgment when reading the complaints and deciding whether you can trust the company.

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