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July 7, 2013

Thomas asks…

Tips for moving out of state?

I recently graduated from college and decided that I want to move out of state for multiple reasons. I will be moving from WI to NC. If anyone has any tips about the actual moving process, becoming a resident, how to go about looking for a job/apartment or anything else please let me know. I will be moving by myself so I don’t have much stuff.

Administrator answers:

Not having a lot of stuff is a great advantage because there’s less to move, store, open, and lose. Label everything on top and at least two sides so you don’t have to wrestle each box to find out what’s in it. Keep them small, especially if they contain heavy items. Pack breakables carefully, and label them clearly so you can keep them on top. Keep the really important things like computer hard drives, documents, and valuables separate so you don’t lose track of them, and keep them secure when you’re on the road. Get rid of everything you don’t need or want because big moves are an opportunity to simplify your life. If you’re renting a truck, get a good padlock so you can keep it secure on the way down. It’s a two day trip at the minimum, with one night in a hotel. I’ve driven dozens of times to the east coast from Chicago and never made a firm plan as to where I would stop for the night because I wanted the freedom to drive as long as I was comfortable. There are hundreds of hotels along the interstates and I’d go until I was tired or early evening, whichever came first. A smart phone or laptop takes most of the guesswork out of the process, if not the desperation and confusion.

Because this is America, not the Soviet Union, you don’t need a lot to move to another state, just something to prove residency. Go to the Department of Motor Vehicles and get a driver’s handbook, though if you’re relatively intelligent, it shouldn’t be too different than what you’re familiar with. You can download it before you go, if you want. You can get new license plates for your car when you’re there, too. It’ll be fun, so make a day of it.

You can do a lot of your employment preparation now. Go to Monster http://www.monster.com and post your resume and see what opportunities are posted for the city you’re moving to. There are a lot of very helpful articles written by professionals in all aspects of a job search there, too. If you’re not familiar with it already, get on Linkedin, which is a website dedicated to making business connections. You can create a professional profile with information that is more thorough than what the rigid format of a resume, as well as having a place for recommendations and references. It can help you find people you may be connected with within an industry or organization, too. Look into the other online job boards, too, like Career Builder http://www.careerbuilder.com or HotJobs http://hotjobs.com so you can start your search from Wisconsin and be ready for when you get to Carolina.

Do your research into the area you’re moving, and get recommendations as to potential job opportunities and good places to live. North Carolina is a very attractive area because of it’s skilled labor force, relatively mild climate, and wonderful people, though they may sound a little funny to you, at least at first. You can look for a place to live online by checking the local newspaper’s website for ads. You can book your appointments to see places before you even leave, so you can have a list ready for when you get there. You may encounter bugs that you’ve never seen in Wisconsin, but the key is cleanliness. Make sure the air conditioner works, too.

Do as much of the groundwork as you can before you leave, which in the age of the computer, is pretty extensive. I moved to Northern California to go to college with no job, no home, no money, and no clue, so you’ve got a significant advantage. Use your degree and your smarts, and don’t let the accent fool you. They are wonderful people there (as everywhere) and you should be able to find a good home and job. The economy is picking up, though gas doesn’t seem to be getting any cheaper. Speaking of which, if you’re renting a truck, get the smallest one you can fit your belongings into because it will be much easier to drive and to put fuel into. If you’re driving your own vehicle and your stuff will fit in it or a trailer, make sure it’s ready to go. Have it checked by your mechanic and make sure all your fluids are topped off and the tires are properly inflated. A roadside emergency kit isn’t a bad idea, too. Flashlight, jumper cables, and cell phone at the least. If you have the option, take the time to see a little of the country on the way down there. Careful reading of a road atlas can help you plan your route and take you to sites you may want to visit without going out of your way.

Doing as much of the legwork before you leave will save you time and confusion when you get to your new home, so hopefully you won’t spend forever getting oriented. Good luck, it seems like you have a pretty good plan and I hope it all works out for you. Leave the cheesehead at home, though, and think about becoming a racing fan.

Chris asks…

living and traveling in argentina or spain?

I am really sick of living in the usa. I was born and raised in chicago but have spanish background. I would love to live in argentina or spain for 1 or 2 years does anyone know were i could find a information about living out there. and how much it would cost. Also is it easy to find jobs. any job would be fine i just need to make enough money to pay for rent on a cheap apartment.

Administrator answers:

If you want to find a job, Spain is not an option nowadays, economy sucks, and it’s almost in a bankrupt, don’t go to Spain, I live in Barcelona and it’s very hard, also a lot of Spanish people are going to find a better life in Germany, Argentina is the best option in Latin America, I’ve been in Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, Peru, Brazil and Mexico and of course Argentina and I can say, is the best option, the country is pretty good, people are really friendly, food is awesome, you can easily find a work.

Helen asks…

What areas in or near Hartford CT has low crime, good for sngles, and has a low population of Black’s?

I’m going to be moving there and what areas have reasonably priced apartments that are nice.

Administrator answers:

Well for starters, i’ll help, but i’m not going to really recognize where there is a low population of blacks. I respect anyone’s oppinion, but 1 thing about connecticut (especially Hartford County) is that its one of the least racist states in america. Its very integrated, not only with blacks and whites, but europeans, asians, and puerto ricans as well.

That being said: if you want nice appartments or homes, that are in nice areas, then they are gonna be real expensive. There are plenty of areas that are “ok” and have relatively low crime that you can get a decent place for cheap. These cities would include Newington, New Britain, West Hartford, Weathersfield, Cromwell, Farmington (probably your best choice), Windsor, and Middletown. A couple of these places are 15 minutes out of the city, others are right outside. I lived for a while in New Britain, for example, and it was about 10 minutes out of downtown hartford and a relatively nice 2 bedroom appartment goes for about $900 to $1000 a month. Generally speaking in Hartford county, decent (not great) 1 bedroom appartment prices range from $750 to $950 in a good (again, not great) area.

Based on your question my 1 suggestion would be to stay out of the actual city of hartford…

John asks…

What will happen to American families who lose their homes?

“55% increase in foreclosures…

That means one in every 464 U.S. households received a foreclosure filing in July, the firm said. Bank repossessions (REOs) rose 184 percent year-over-year. Default notices were up 53 percent, and auction notices rose 11 percent.”

Administrator answers:

Good question.
Some of course, like Ed McMann will have rich friends to turn to.
Others will have to return to their parents, or other relatives to live until they find another, smaller home, or apartment.

I myself, after a divorce, moved into a mobile home. It’s very comfortable, and “cheap” rent too, low utilities, very functional for those on a low budget, which allows more savings too.

People have been losing homes for centuries, some in war, many millions of refugees around the world.
But, unfortunately, in the USA, we are seeing this misery come home, to the “Land of the free, home of the brave.”

Fortunately, if we ever elect a national government, Congress and Executive that cares about the “little people” as much as the fat cats, then perhaps some of that corporate welfare can trickle down to those who are in danger of being homeless.

The homeless problem used to be considered something for the “other person”, now it can be any person, especially the many who are losing their job to foreign competition, or jobs drying up, because of higher oil prices.

We need new leadership to change the old ways that have failed, we need inspiring leaders again, like FDR, JFK, and even Bill Clinton, who at least “felt our pain.”
Not another G. W. Bush, who said “there is nothing wrong with America”. That’s what’s wrong, leaders who put their heads in the sand, instead of seeing the dangers.

But, in Bush’s case, he’s bogged us down in saving “Iraq” and their sand or oil, rather than saving the green grass of American homes.

Just my rant, sorry.

Charles asks…

Is it possible to move to a new country for several months? What do I need?

So I’m a US citizen who’s unemployed right now and just at home bored. I haven’t found anything more than minimum wage work. I’m thinking of going somewhere I can live cheaply and teach English for a couple of months and then come back to see if the economy is better. I’m 22 by the way and I have nothing really tying me down to stay in California.

I was watching this show called “House Hunters International” and this couple was in Bolivia and they got an apartment for $250 with great views. I’m still not sure where I would go but I speak Spanish so I would like to go to Latin America or the Caribbean like the Dominican Republic. My parents rent out a room at my house for twice that amount so I’m thinking I could make it over there as long as I keep other expenses down as well.

What is needed to do this? I’m still in the process of getting my passport.

Administrator answers:

I’m living Costa Rica now. The prices here are cheaper than Canada or USA. I’m renting a house with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathroom for 140$/month. I have Costarican friends who live with 250$/month, but they live with basic need. That’s depending of your need. All touristic place and cities are more expensive. If you can live like locals people do that will be possible with 500$ and less.

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