First Time Homebuyer Tips for Moving from an Apartment to a House

First Time Homebuyer Tips for Moving from an Apartment to a House

After our last three moves between cities and different apartments, I thought we were pros at this process but wow was I underestimating the difference between moving as renters and moving as homebuyers, especially during a pandemic. That’s why we enlisted the help of actual professionals, like NorthStar Moving Company, and learned so many new tips along the way that I wanted to share in case anyone else might find these helpful!

Moving With Pets? We Have the Experts’ Advice to Do It Properly

Moving With Pets? We Have the Experts’ Advice to Do It Properly

Moving is a hassle for everyone; we’ve all been through a move or relocation sometime in our lives, and we can all agree that it is a very stressful situation for humans, and for pets as well, for them probably even more, since it means a disruption of their normal lives and routines, to the point that it can be a traumatizing experience for them if not handled properly, which is why we requested the expert’s advice to learn to do it properly avoiding trauma and unnecessary stress for our furry friends, let’s check out the fabulous tips they gave us.

The Art of Designing A Family Pool

The Art of Designing A Family Pool

Designing a backyard pool is an intimidating project. Safety is, of course, first and foremost. However, we all desire a pool oasis that is serene and beautiful. Creating a family pool that is both safe and aesthetically pleasing may seem impossible, but it is actually very possible with the right guidance.Designing a family pool has very different considerations than designing a pool that’s a visual showpiece to be used occasionally by adults. When constructing a pool for the entire family, be sure to focus on both the safety and functionality during the design process. The good news is you can create a stunning pool, illuminated waterfalls, and a quiet spa all with strict safety measures in place.

It Can Be Easy Being Green: Four Ways to Make Your Move Green

It Can Be Easy Being Green: Four Ways to Make Your Move Green

Green moving means being conscientious of the environment and using methods that are not harmful to the earth. To paraphrase Kermit the Frog, “Sometimes, it is actually easy being green.”There are simple steps you can take during a move to reduce your waste. Being eco-conscious on moving day will save you some green in your wallet too! Follow these four steps to make Mother Nature proud.

The Art of Mindful Living = Conquering Your Calendar

The Art of Mindful Living = Conquering Your Calendar

How do you manage time? Do you say: “I am too busy,” “I have too much to do,” “I don’t have enough time for…” Here’s something you might not want to hear: You’re already in control of your time. You just haven’t set the time aside to do the things on your wishlist.  If you don’t set the time aside, you’re absolutely correct; you don’t have enough time. But, if you do set the time, magically, you will.Start using your calendar as your key to unlocking what you want. What you spend your time doing is what your life will become. You want to be more mindful? Set yourself up to learn how to practice mindfulness. For me, the key to unlocking mindfulness was my meditation practice.

NorthStar Moving Partners with LC Pool Design + Consultation

NorthStar Moving Partners with LC Pool Design + Consultation

Pool consulting firm provides design advice to create safe & sophisticated pools Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 24, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NorthStar Moving® Company, the leading eco-luxury mover in California, announced today a new partnership with LC Pool Design + Consultation to provide clients with expert guidance on how to create a safe and beautiful pool environment when moving into their new home, whether it’s installing a new pool or renovating a pool.During the pandemic, millions of Americans have chosen to relocate and to install, or renovate, a pool in their new backyard. Pools may provide a social-distanced activity, but it’s not necessarily a safe place for little ones.“As a swim instructor, I’ve spent about 87,000 hours in pools. I have a unique vantage point for assessing pool design, construction and safety,” said LC Pool Design + Consultation Founder Lisa Cook. “I am always … Continued

It’s Finally 2021, Make Your Home Feel New Again

It’s Finally 2021, Make Your Home Feel New Again

Our homes continue to be our everything space – workplace, school, gym, restaurant and more. The good news: we don’t have the outside world to distract us this year. No lunch dates. No office birthday parties. No outside interference. If we create a mindful home, it will support our resolutions … To lead a more organized and inspired life, the space around you must function to meet your new needs. It’s empowering: if your home is organized, your mindset will be too.

6 Home Organizing Tips to Make Your Home Feel New Again

6 Home Organizing Tips to Make Your Home Feel New Again

Take a good look at your list of intentions and compare it to how your home is actually being used in our stay-at-home lives. Perhaps your work has swallowed up the dining room table. Sit-down meals with the family have turned into eating in front of our individual devices. Or, your kids are taking Zoom schooling on their bedroom floor and on the kitchen counter. Set them up for success by carving out a quiet distraction-free study nook. It’s time to create a mindful solution to make your home support your vision for a successful new year.

It’s Finally 2021, Make Your Home Feel New Again

It’s Finally 2021, Make Your Home Feel New Again

Hurrah it’s 2021! I don’t think anyone is sorry to say goodbye to 2020. A new year brings a new start. Normally, we have our list of resolutions; our promises to get to the gym, not to procrastinate on our projects, and spend more quality time with friends and family. Unfortunately, studies show most of us will give up on our resolutions. Shockingly, most of us have abandoned them by the 19th of January.  Yikes! This year, let’s try a different approach. Instead of just making a list of resolutions, set up your home so you can actually keep them; even during the pandemic, no excuses.

6 Expert-Approved Tips That Will Help You Downsize Before Moving

6 Expert-Approved Tips That Will Help You Downsize Before Moving

Moving is a hassle, to put it bluntly. But moving with boxes and boxes full of excess stuff you know you won’t ever use again? Now that’s just unnecessary. Before you start packing, you’ll want to start purging. Here are six expert-backed steps to help you start downsizing ahead of a move.[…] Another pandemic-inspired idea? Throw a reverse housewarming party on Zoom, says Laura McHolm, co-founder of NorthStar Moving. “Set aside your unwanted items and share them with friends and family on Zoom to see if someone else would like them,” she says. “This is a great way to reunite with friends, find your unwanted things a good home, and declutter for your move all at the same time.”

The Home Identity Crisis: The Dining Room Office

The Home Identity Crisis: The Dining Room Office

Remember life pre-pandemic lock down before your dining room morphed into your zoom room, office, workstation and study hall.? Thanks to your new work-at-home lifestyle, files and papers found a permanent home on your dining room table. You probably haven’t had a meal on that table, besides a quick sandwich and many lattes, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.Now the holidays are here, and while we won’t be hosting big gatherings this year, it would be nice to have a holiday meal with a few close family and friends in your safe bubble. It’s time to reclaim and tame the dining room table! A little organizational magic and presto you can alleviate the room identity crisis and turn it into a beautiful two-in-one space. An office by day and a dining room by night!

The Power of Kindness in the Age of COVID

The Power of Kindness in the Age of COVID

Every year, for the past eight years,  NorthStar Moving has hosted a community food drive called Let’s Send Hunger Packing. Our 2020 Let’s Send Hunger Packing Food Drive just came to a close and I am proud to share our team and community truly stepped up. We raised the most donations in our eight years of conducting the food drive! We raised $47,046 for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, providing 188,184 meals to feed hungry children in Los Angeles County. We are so grateful to everyone dedicated to making a difference in the lives of hungry children throughout the LA region. This is something all of us can do to make a difference in a hungry child’s life: donate to your local food bank, it’s as easy as a click of a button.

Laura McHolm: “Joy brings success”

Laura McHolm: “Joy brings success”

As a part of our series about strong women leaders, I had the pleasure of interviewing LauraLaura McHolm. One of the few women at the helm of a moving company, Laura McHolm had a unique entrance into the world of entrepreneurship.Through Laura’s out of the box marketing tactics, she has single-handedly crushed the dim view consumers once held about the moving industry. She coined the phrase “eco-luxury moving services” and is changing the way we move by selling the eco-conscious red carpet treatment. Laura and her team are setting out on their next big move — franchising.

NorthStar Moving Raises Over $47,000 for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

NorthStar Moving Raises Over $47,000 for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

“The LA Regional Food Bank has truly risen to meet the incredible need in our community,” said NorthStar Moving Co-Founder & Chief of Organized Living Laura McHolm. “Their parking lot looks like a busy day at LAX. When you see how enormous the need is and what the Food Bank is doing on a daily basis, the least we can all do is to donate funds so they can keep food on LA families’ tables. I am so impressed with how people are stepping up to meet the challenge; we really are stronger together. Together, we will send hunger packing.”

NorthStar Moving’s Annual Food Drive Provides Over 188,000 Meals to Feed Hungry Kids

NorthStar Moving’s Annual Food Drive Provides Over 188,000 Meals to Feed Hungry Kids

“Let’s Send Hunger Packing!” Food Drive surpasses goal, raising over $47,000 to help feed the rapidly growing number of hungry children in LA County due to COVID-19 pandemic Los Angeles CA, Sept. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NorthStar Moving® Company, the leading eco-luxury mover in California, announced that their eighth annual “Let’s Send Hunger Packing” food drive raised $47,046 for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, providing 188,184 meals to feed hungry children in Los Angeles County. “I want to thank Groundwork Coffee and Compass Real Estate for being outstanding partners in this year’s food drive as well as our entire community,” said NorthStar Moving Co-Founder Laura McHolm. “In a year when the need is at its greatest, our team and community truly stepped up, raising the most donations in our eight years of conducting the Let’s Send Hunger Packing Food Drive. We are so grateful to everyone … Continued

9 Actually Useful Things You Need in Your Junk Drawer, According to Pros

9 Actually Useful Things You Need in Your Junk Drawer, According to Pros

You know the drawer: It’s to the left of your sink, or the right of your stove, and it is full. You might have resigned yourself to the idea that’s it’s a magnet for old receipts, expired gift cards, gum, or leftover takeout ketchup packets—but it doesn’t have to be! In fact, your junk drawer can actually be useful, but for it to get there, you need to make sure it’s stocked with things you’ll actually use.

NorthStar Moving’s Food Drive Assists Local Hungry Children

NorthStar Moving’s Food Drive Assists Local Hungry Children

The pandemic and its economic ripple effects are being felt throughout LA County. The support from NorthStar Moving will help the LA Food Bank reach our neighbors in need,” said Los Angeles Regional Food Bank President & CEO Michael Flood. “We are grateful for NorthStar Moving’s loyalty as they’ve donated over 22,000 pounds of food from 2014 through 2019. During the pandemic, their continued support allows the Food Bank to provide uninterrupted, nutritious food amidst the unprecedented demand within LA County.

How These Local Businesses Are Helping Feed Hungry Children in Los Angeles County During COVID-19

How These Local Businesses Are Helping Feed Hungry Children in Los Angeles County During COVID-19

We’ve adapted to the new normal: the daily zoom meetings; the wallet-phone-keys-mask-hand sanitizer check-list before we walk out the door; learned new terms like PPE, SIP and IFR; and have read all about antibodies and vaccine development. We’ve counted our blessings when our families and loved ones remain uninfected. We’ve learned new diversions: In the midst of this crisis, the LA Food Bank is doing its best to help families and children facing hunger, but the needs they are trying to fill have never been as broad or as urgent. They are working with local school districts and with hundreds of their partner agencies in neighborhoods across the county to safely get badly needed healthy food to children and their families, but COVID-19 means more need and more unforeseen expenses. The pandemic and its economic ripple effects are being felt throughout … Continued

NAWBO-LA Member Tip

NAWBO-LA Member Tip

My father, who also was an entrepreneur, told me if you build your business focused on being of serviceto people, the sky is the limit. Don’t think about sales, think about solving people’s problems. My partnerand I follow his words of wisdom and have built our company, NorthStar Moving, on the principles ofkindness. We make it our mission to go beyond lifting boxes, to lifting up those in need.Over the years, we discovered that “being nice” is contagious. It starts with practicing kindness with your employees; or, as we prefer to call those helpful handed folks “team members.” And, the result is our team members are happy.We are honored to be awarded one of the Best Places to Work Award for ten consecutive years. Our happy team members then practice kindness with our clients. We want to get our clients … Continued

NorthStar Moving’s Food Drive Assists Local Hungry Children

NorthStar Moving’s Food Drive Assists Local Hungry Children

The eighth annual Let’s Send Hunger Packing Food Drive will be completely online to meet the critical safety and financial needs of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Donations are urgently needed and can be made here.“THIS summer, kids and their families need our support more than ever,” said NorthStar Moving Co-Founder Laura McHolm. “We’ve held our Let’s Send Hunger Packing Food Drive for eight years now and, normally, we find we must raise awareness about the shocking truth that we have hunger in our own community. This year, I think we are all now acutely aware of the hunger crisis and how it is exacerbated by the pandemic. The LA Food Bank is making extraordinary efforts with its Summer Hunger Program to fill the need during this pandemic summer.