Wounded Warriors

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Jacksonville is proud to host the Wounded Warrior Project, a veterans service organization to “honor and empower Wounded Warriors” from the post-9/11 conflicts. While the headquarters has been in Jacksonville since the organization’s inception, there are plans to possibly move the national headquarters South to Johns County. While the move’s not far, it does mean a loss of about five hundred well paying jobs in the area, half of which will be relocations.

While the news of people moving is always good here at All My Sons Moving & Storage, it’s always a shame to lose both neighbors and an organization that has been a badge of honor for us here in Jacksonville. Fortunately, the national nature of the organization means that Jacksonville veterans will still be cared for, and the hundred million some odd dollars spent annually in aid will still go where it needs to.

While many veterans are suffering under the present system to get timely care for even essential surgeries, organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project are making a real difference. You can do the same by making a contribution to their efforts.

Read More: http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2014-09-02/story/wounded-warrior-project-looking-moving-st-johns-county-could-bring-500

Choosing the Perfect Size Pool for Your Jacksonville Home

If you are a hopeful homeowner, then you may be considering a pool for your new residence. Your Jacksonville movers here at All My Sons can help you get everything moved inside of your home, and we can also offer you some guidance on how to choose a properly sized pool for your yard and your individual needs.

Who Will Be Using the Pool?

If everyone in your family likes to swim, then you’ll want a pool that’s large enough to accommodate your entire family. If you’re thinking that you want to get a large pool, consider the fact that a majority of kids won’t be upset because a pool is small. They’ll be just as excited about a small pool as they are a big pool.

Will You Be Doing Laps?

If you enjoy swimming laps in the pool, we recommend that you get one that’s at least 34’ in length.

Do You Want a Patio?

You also have to keep your patio design in mind while deciding how big your pool will be. If you absolutely love swimming, you might not mind having a smaller patio so that you can have a larger pool. If you only swim every once in a while, a larger patio could be more to your liking.

For more tips on choosing the perfect size swimming pool and getting everything moved into your new Jacksonville home, call the friendly Jacksonville movers here at All My Sons.

Cutting Time from Lawn Maintenance on Your Jacksonville Home

The Jacksonville movers of All My Sons don’t mind spending an entire weekend helping you to move into your new home, but you might not be looking forward to spending all of your future weekends taking care of lawn maintenance. Thankfully there are some steps you can take to ease your lawn care burden.

Automate the Process

With an automatic sprinkler system you won’t have to worry as much about over-watering or under-watering your lawn. We recommend investing in high quality sprinkler and drip irrigation systems for the absolute best efficiency. Now you don’t have to fret as much about wasting water and money.

Keep Your Equipment in Good Shape

If your lawn mower and other pieces of lawn care equipment aren’t properly maintained, then it can take you longer to maintain your lawn. Make sure your blades are sharp, check your cords for signs of fraying, inspect the oil levels of your mower, and use a fuel stabilizer if you don’t mow your grass very often.

Cut Your Grass Less

It’s actually better if you let your grass grow rather than cut it every weekend. The reason for this is that your grass will have a deeper root system when allowed to grow out, which can help keep weeds out of your yard. Your grass will be able to carry out photosynthesis more efficiently if allowed to grow, which means that it can look healthier.

For more lawn care maintenance tips, turn to our Jacksonville movers instead of a lawn care company.

Efficient Ways to Protect Your Jacksonville Home

Besides getting a security system, there are other things that you can do to increase the safety of your home. The professional Jacksonville movers of All My Sons can provide you with excellent moving advice as well as useful security tips for your new home.

Think About Your Location

While you’re looking at homes, it’s important that you check the crime rate of the area. Even if a home costs a little more than you’re comfortable with, it may be worth the cost to live in a safe neighborhood. Look at the houses in the area to see how many of them have window decals and yard signs for security systems.

Stay Smart

Get into the habit of checking all of the locks before you go to bed. Install an automatic garage door opener and give your extra house key to a trusted neighbor rather than hiding it somewhere a burglar might find it.

Ask the Police for Help

You can call the police even when you don’t have a break in. Ask the local police if they can swing by and inspect your new home for points of vulnerability and for additional security suggestions.

Get the Illusion of a Dog

Just because you don’t have a dog is no reason for potential burglars to know that. Get a “Beware of Dog” sign for your home and make a habit of asking service people to wait while you put the dog up before you invite them in. Doing this might feel a little silly, but it can help keep you safe.

The Jacksonville movers at All My Sons are here to keep your belongings safe while you move and your home safe when you’re all moved in.

Finding the Right Jacksonville House for One

Single and looking to buy a home? Here at All My Sons our Jacksonville movers are happy to help you find the perfect single-person home and can get you moved into it as well. So what should you consider during your search?

Think About Your Financial Future

Don’t just think about your current financial situation while you’re searching for a home, think about your future finances as well. Will you still be able to pay your mortgage if you were to suddenly lose your job or develop health complications that rendered you unable to work? As a single person, you may not have someone else to fall back on for help during the hard times.

Consider Your Yard Work

Everyone wants a house, but not everyone wants to handle their own yard work. While you’re looking at homes, take a look at the yard and ask yourself if you would be willing to mow your grass, trim tree limbs, and clean your gutters. If not, you may want to hire someone to do all of that for you.

Think About Resale Value

One of the best things about being single is being able to pick up and move when the mood strikes. Make sure you consider the resale value and longevity of your home before you close the deal. You don’t want to be stuck with a home that you can’t quickly sell if you get a job offer in another state.

No matter how many are in your family or how large your new home is, the Jacksonville movers of All My Sons are here to take care of the heavy lifting.

Stressed About Your Upcoming Move? Follow These Suggestions

Some people face a move with excitement as they look forward to new experiences and adventures. For others, an upcoming move is faced with trepidation and maybe a touch of panic. At All My Sons, we have some suggestions to help you de-stress before your Jacksonville Movers arrive at your home.

1. Get Organized

Create a plan that will help you to accomplish one step at a time. Ideally, you’ll have at least eight weeks to prepare. Designate specific tasks to a certain time frame. Generate lists of important information. Break the move into manageable chunks and keeping important references handy.

2. Get Rid of Items

Look at each move as an opportunity to de-junk your home. Toss those things that don’t particularly have any value for you. This step will make it easier to pack and easier to unpack once you’ve arrived at your new home.

3. Focus On Each Moment

Rather than getting overwhelmed thinking of everything that you have to accomplish, try to focus on the task that you are working on right now or just those items that you can check off for the day.

4. Involve Friends and Family

Saying good-bye to your good friends and family members can be one of the most stressful things about moving. Let these people help you to pack, clean, and move. This might give you one last opportunity to spend time with them before you move.

5. Take Care of Yourself

Eat right. Get plenty of rest. When problems arise, you’ll be better equipped to face them.

One final bit of advice is to let Jacksonville Movers do most of the work. From gathering supplies to packing up the truck, we can handle much of the move for you.

Four Tips for Simplifying a Rushed Move

It typically takes about eight weeks to organize, pack, and complete a move. There are occasions, however, when people have very little time. Here are some tips from your favorite Jacksonville Movers to simplify your last-minute move:

1. Get Rid of Items

Take a quick expedition through your home and toss out or donate anything that you haven’t used recently. As you pack, keep a tote handy to weed out more of those unnecessary items.

2. Get Help

Whether you enlist the help of family friends or call in professional movers, the more hands you have available to pack your belongings, the faster your move can progress. Don’t forget that there will be cleanup after everything has been moved out, so helpers can come in handy at this point as well.

3. Make Lists

When it comes to a speedy move, the better you can be at creating lists of phone numbers, addresses, items to pack, things to be finished before the move … the better your helpers will be able to pitch in without requiring your direct supervision.

4. Gather Supplies

If you have a good collection of boxes, tape, and other moving supplies on hand, you’ll be able to pack much more quickly than if you have to keep running out to find what you need. For those moves that occur within just a couple of weeks, your best option might be to take advantage of the supplies that we have on hand.

At All My Sons, we’d like to help make sure your move goes as smoothly as possible. Follow these tips from your friendly Jacksonville Movers for simplifying your move.

Do You Qualify for the Moving Expense Tax Deduction?

If your move is prompted by work concerns, you might be eligible for a tax deduction. After arranging for Jacksonville Movers to pack up your belongings, take a look at these requirements:

1. The Move Must Be Work Related

If you have been hired by a new company in another state or you have been promoted to a new office, the move that is influenced by your job can put you in place to qualify for the moving expenses tax deduction.

2. The Distance Requirement

In order to qualify for the tax deduction, you need to compare the distance between your old home and job with that between your old home and new job. To fulfill this requirement, the distance must be at least 50 miles further than the original distance. For example, if you lived 30 miles away from work in your first home, then the new job must be at least 80 miles away from the old home.

3. The Time Requirement

There are two parts to this requirement. The first one is that the moving expenses are generated during the first year of starting the new job. The second part of this requirement is that you work full-time for at least 39 weeks of that year. This is different for those who are self-employed; an entrepreneur has 24 months and must work full-time at least 78 weeks in that amount of time.

If you think that you might qualify for this tax break, talk to a tax professional. For your other moving questions, visit with your Jacksonville Movers to get answers.

Common Items That Movers Won’t Take

As a moving company, our expert Jacksonville Movers have handled many types of belongings. There are, however, some items that we simply won’t move for you.

Hazardous Materials

This refers to anything that could explode or cause harm. Some items, like weapons or car batteries, might come immediately to mind, but others might not come to mind:

• Hair spray
• Fingernail polish
• Fireworks
• Pool chemicals
• Cleaning solutions
• Bleach
• Charcoal briquettes

These items have the potential for causing damage to your belongings while in the truck and could also lead to harm for those people who are around the truck.

Perishable Items

You wouldn’t your favorite plants along with you on a cross-country vacation. Just imagine the results if you were to load them into a dark truck. Moving companies generally don’t move plants or the following items:

• Frozen foods
• Open packages of food
• Pets

You might transport these items with you and your family. Pets often require special arrangements for their comfort and safety.

Items of Value

Jacksonville Movers strive to treat your belongings as they would their own. However, there is always the potential for some losses or damages. Anything that has particular sentimental value and those things with financial value should not be given to movers. These items might include:

• Heirloom jewelry
• Photo albums
• Financial documents
• Genuine fur
• Antiques

Use your best judgment when it comes to packing up these items. Our movers can give you some suggestions about how to best move your valuables.

This list isn’t comprehensive. When you are ready to move, consult with knowledgeable Jacksonville Movers about what to put on the truck and what to take along with you.

How to Prepare for Getting a Jacksonville Mortgage

Buying a new home is very exciting. Getting a loan to purchase a house is necessary for many home buyers. There are some things you can do in advance of the mortgage application process in order to help it proceed more efficiently and smoothly.

Get Your Credit in Order

Any mortgage company takes the credit of mortgage applicants seriously because it wants to be sure you can afford to pay back the loan. Your credit score is an essential part of the application process. It is advisable to know your credit score, and have the opportunity to improve it if necessary, before you find the house of your dreams and are trying to quickly secure a loan. Many credit agencies provide one free credit report a year. There can sometimes be mistakes on a credit report that erroneously bring the score down. You don’t want be surprised by a low score and unable to qualify for mortgage due to errors that can be fixed.

Document Your Finances

There is a lot of documentation involved in applying for mortgage. Having all the necessary paperwork together can make the process easier. Some of the things you need to have include tax returns, pay stubs, investments account information and bank statements. Ideally you get pre-approved so you know in advance you have all the documentation you need.

After you find the perfect house and secure a mortgage, Jacksonville movers can take care of the rest.