NorthStar Moving Co-Founder Laura McHolm Receives NAWBO-LA Community Leader Award

NorthStar Moving Co-Founder Laura McHolm Receives NAWBO-LA Community Leader Award

NorthStar Moving is pleased to announce that NorthStar Moving Co-Founder Laura McHolm was awarded The National Association of Women Business Owners – Los Angeles (NAWBO-LA) Community Leader Award at their 33rd Annual Leadership & Legacy Awards Luncheon.The NAWBO-LA Community Leader Award recognizes someone who has achieved success in her career, business or personal life and has made a tremendous impact in the community through dedicated service. The honoree serves her community without reservation.

NorthStar Moving Co-Founder Laura McHolm Receives 2019 World Refugee Day Award

NorthStar Moving Co-Founder Laura McHolm Receives 2019 World Refugee Day Award

Miry’s List, a nonprofit organization serving over 300 families who have recently resettled in America as refugees from countries such as Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq, honors NorthStar Moving® Co-Founder Laura McHolm with their 2019 World Refugees Day Award. “Each year on June 20th, World Refugee Day honors those who are and have experienced migration and resettlement. On this World Refugee Day, we are honoring those ‘sheroes’ that have gone above and beyond to support our organization and the families forced to flee, resettling here in the United States,” said Miry’s List Founder & Executive Director Miry Whitehill. “We are awarding Ms. McHolm and her entire team at NorthStar Moving as they have been an integral part in settling these families into their new homes in this country. NorthStar Moving stores donated essential household items for us and then delivers them to the apartments … Continued

Moving a Family: The Complete Guide for Parents

Moving a Family: The Complete Guide for Parents

If you plan ahead and take simple steps the trek through the moving process will become a walk in the park (well, maybe not, but it can be a manageable stroll up hill.) Way before you break out those card board boxes, use these pointers to help your kids, toddlers and babies get through the moving process.Here are four steps to a successful move with a young family. It’s all about: timing, transition, getting the kids involved, and an adjustment period.

4 Ways to Help Make Moving with Kids Easier

4 Ways to Help Make Moving with Kids Easier

Summer is here! For families, it’s the most popular time to move to a new home because school is out. If there is any comfort in togetherness, nearly 40 million of us move in the summer. Don’t feel alone, we’re here to guide you! It’s no secret, no one likes to move and that includes your kids. Moving is one of the most stressful times in life, and it brings lots of change. For your kids, it means making new friends, and maybe, adjusting to a new school. If you have a little mover in tow, moving your home certainly adds to the baby adventures!

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices & NorthStar Moving Feed Kids

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices & NorthStar Moving Feed Kids

“One out of four children in Los Angeles County are at risk of going to bed hungry tonight,” said NorthStar Moving Co-Founder Laura McHolm.” One out of four, let that sink in for a minute. LA – the City of the Angels, of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. One out of four. It’s simply heartbreaking that children are hungry right in our backyards. They always need our assistance, but in the summer the need is even greater because school is out and the school meals kids can always count on are gone. Our hope is to raise as much food as we can with the help of our incredible partners and, of course, our community. 

NorthStar Moving Launches 7th Annual Food Drive for Hungry Kids

NorthStar Moving Launches 7th Annual Food Drive for Hungry Kids

When school is out for the summer, children who receive free or reduced-cost breakfasts and lunches at school must find a way to replace those meals, which for some children are the only meals they receive. Families turn to their local food book for assistance. The food banks are faced with increased demands; but, typically, see a decline in donations during the summer months. To ensure donations are available to kids during summer vacation, NorthStar Moving’s “Let’s Send Hunger Packing!” 2019 food drive kicks off  June 3rd and runs through June 14th.

NorthStar Moving’s 7th Annual Food Drive Kick’s Off

NorthStar Moving’s 7th Annual Food Drive Kick’s Off

NorthStar Moving has teamed up with Groundwork Coffee, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the National Association of Women Business Owners Los Angeles (NAWBO-LA) and others for their seventh annual “Let’s Send Hunger Packing!” food drive to feed hungry children in Los Angeles County.

NorthStar Moving Launches 7th Annual Food Drive to Feed Hungry Kids

NorthStar Moving Launches 7th Annual Food Drive to Feed Hungry Kids

NorthStar Moving has teamed up with Groundwork Coffee, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the National Association of Women Business Owners Los Angeles (NAWBO-LA) and others for their seventh annual “Let’s Send Hunger Packing!” food drive to feed hungry children in Los Angeles County.NorthStar Moving will pick-up and transport all donated items to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. To make a monetary donation to the “Let’s Send Hunger Packing!” 2019 virtual food drive and see addresses of all food donation drop off locations, please visit: northstarmoving.com/fooddrive.

April 2019 Mover of the Month: NorthStar Moving Company

April 2019 Mover of the Month: NorthStar Moving Company

Each month, we highlight one of the moving companies in our network for their extraordinary commitment to fighting hunger in their community. We are excited to announce that NorthStar Moving Company has been named our Mover of the Month for April 2019!NorthStar Moving has been helping us reduce food waste in California for nearly 10 years, and they recently made two of their biggest rescues to date. In late March, NorthStar’s crew in Los Angeles recovered nearly 2,800 lbs. of bagels, chips, bananas, and other non-perishable food/beverages from the LA Marathon. Just two weeks later, the San Francisco branch rescued nearly 15,000 lbs. of bananas, snack, bottled water, and sports drinks from the Rock ‘n’ Roll SF Half-Marathon.According to NorthStar Moving’s co-founder, Laura McHolm, the company has a responsibility to use its resources to help others whenever possible.

The Mistake Most People Make When Choosing Between Flat-Rate and Hourly Movers

The Mistake Most People Make When Choosing Between Flat-Rate and Hourly Movers

If you’re prepping for a move, you may wonder if you should go the flat-rate route or pay hourly for movers.  Really, this is a choose-your-own adventure type of situation.Are you moving a long distance? Or do you just need help moving some big items, like a piano or a cumbersome piece of furniture? If you answered yes to either of the above questions, your best bet is probably a flat-rate move, says Pat Byrne, Operations Manager at Moving Ahead Moving & Storage in Long Island, New York. Is your move a local one, and fairly easy? If your nodding “yes, I hope so,” hiring movers on an hourly basis may be a good bet, Byrne says.

NorthStar Moving Honored by Move for Hunger

NorthStar Moving Honored by Move for Hunger

NorthStar Moving was awarded the Move for Hunger 2018 Certificate of Achievement Award and Mover of the Month for April 2019. The awards recognize NorthStar Moving’s extraordinary efforts in fighting hunger. NorthStar Moving was also recognized by Move for Hunger for their assistance with large annual events, such as the LA Marathon and Rock ‘n’ Roll San Francisco Half Marathon, collecting thousands of pounds of leftover food and delivering them to food banks. “Through food drives, food rescues, and by collecting donations from their clients, NorthStar Moving has provided more than 60,000 meals to Californians facing hunger,” said Adam Lowy, Executive Director and Founder of Move For Hunger. “NorthStar Moving has always been one of our most reliable supporters, and these awards are much-deserved recognition of the important work they are doing in the communities they serve.”

5 Tips for Streamlining Your Moving Process

5 Tips for Streamlining Your Moving Process

This was the third time we’ve coordinated a big move, and our second time working with the awesome team at NorthStar Moving Corporation! When it comes to moving, we’ve found it’s best to leave it to the pros, especially since we’ve accumulated so many things over the years that we needed a team of 6 movers and 2 Semi-trailer trucks, yikes! There are some awesome articles and lists out there, but we’ve learned a few new tricks and tips that I haven’t seen mentioned, so I wanted to share them in case you find them helpful!

The Sanity of Space

The Sanity of Space

We all need more space. Storage space that is. You have probably heard of mobile storage and self-storage, but if you aren’t familiar with a storage vault, you are overlooking a third key option for your production equipment, props and other items.Tailored to your production’s needs, storage vaults are packed and overseen by pros. They provide easy access, are secure and fit odd-shaped items. Items too large for many types of storage are the perfect fit for vault and warehouse storage.

The Ol’ Switcharoo!

The Ol’ Switcharoo!

Most of us move every 5-10 years, but many stay put for decades. Moving is the time when we get rid of the most stuff, so if you haven’t moved in a long time, thing are piling up! Remember when you first moved into your home? Life was full of possibilities: the empty space, clean shelves, the fresh pains, and newly organized, just-moved-into closets. Come on, admit it, you want that feeling back. You can have all of this bliss again just by moving roms in your home.

Cheat Sheet: How Many Moving Boxes Will I Need?

Cheat Sheet: How Many Moving Boxes Will I Need?

One of the most common moving questions is: “How many boxes will I need?” Once you know the answer, it helps “move” along the packing process.So, how do you know how many boxes to buy? We have found a handy graph to give you an estimate of how many boxes you’ll need based on the size of your home.

How To Pack a Home Entertainment System

How To Pack a Home Entertainment System

With these tips your entire stereo and home theater system will fit into boxes properly. You can put an end to the scary visions of endless tangled wires and the confusion of not knowing where to plug each cord. Simply color-code your wires and use your cell phone camera to document the process. Here is how to tame your electronics when packing for a move.

NorthStar Moving Rescues 15,000+ lbs of Food/ Drinks for California Food Banks

NorthStar Moving Rescues 15,000+ lbs of Food/ Drinks for California Food Banks

Before relinquishing control of every prized possession, take the time to choose your movers carefully. Depending on the length of the move, your belongings may be in movers’ care for days, if not weeks. It’s important to ask key questions before signing contracts or letting strangers pick up everything you own and drive away with it. To determine the right checklist, we spoke to Laura McHolm, an organizational, moving and storage expert, and co-founder of NorthStar Moving Company. “Experience counts and a track record shows a moving company’s ability to deliver each and every time,” she said.

The 8 Most Important Questions to Ask Before Hiring Any Moving Company

The 8 Most Important Questions to Ask Before Hiring Any Moving Company

Before relinquishing control of every prized possession, take the time to choose your movers carefully. Depending on the length of the move, your belongings may be in movers’ care for days, if not weeks. It’s important to ask key questions before signing contracts or letting strangers pick up everything you own and drive away with it.To determine the right checklist, we spoke to Laura McHolm, an organizational, moving and storage expert, and co-founder of NorthStar Moving Company.