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Where and Why Americans Moved in 2021

Since 1977, United Van Lines annually tracks migration patterns on a state-by-state basis. This year’s survey results indicated 32.5% of Americans moved for a new job or job transfer 31.8% of Americans who moved did so in order to be closer to family. California had 59.3% outbound and 40.7% inbound. The survey indicated that for inbound moves most (47.59%) were done for a new job or transfer and for outbound most (34.98%) were to be closer to family.

Top Inbound States:
Vermont, South Dakota, South Carolina, West Virginia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Oregon, Idaho and Rhode Island.

Top Outbound States:
New Jersey, Illinois, New York, Connecticut, California, Michigan, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Ohio and Nebraska

Balanced States:
Kentucky, Wyoming

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Smaller Ports: One Solution for West Coast Port Congestion

Smaller West Coast ports are seeing increased volumes as cargo owners and freight forwarders start using them to avoid larger port congestion. Smaller ports that have seen a surge in cargo include:

  • Port of Hueneme
  • Port of San Diego
  • Port of Portland
  • Port of Cleveland
  • Port of Montreal

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(Source: Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide)

ING Supply Chain Predictions for 2022

ING is predicting:

  1.  Supply chain frictions will start to ease, but not until well into 2022.
  2. No rush towards deglobalization in 2022: Firms generally expect a more normalized global economy within a year or so and that means they’re willing to take the current supply-chain issue pain now rather than move to areas where consumption is highest as such relocations carry significantly higher costs.
  3. Input shortages likely to remain a key theme in 2022, but oversupply could return.

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(Source: Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide)

Record-breaking Backlog at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

111 container ships are currently off the coast of Southern California waiting to be unloaded. Prior to the pandemic, 20 would have been record-breaking. A shortage of dockworkers and drivers (slowing processing times) and a recent surge in consumer demand have led to this unprecedented backlog. On November 15th, both ports will begin charging shipping companies $100 a day for every container left on the docks.

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(Source: Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide)

Checklist for Moving with Your Pet

  1. Take your pet to the vet for a checkup and obtain their health record.
  2. Talk to your vet about options for reducing your pets stress during transit.
  3. Locate a new veterinarian and transfer records.
  4. Update your pet’s identification and microchip information.
  5. Make a transportation game-plan and if your trip takes more than a day, research pet-friendly hotels along the way to get some much needed rest together.
  6. Consider boarding your pet upon arrival.
  7. Purchase supplies.
  8. Check your destination’s pet entry regulations.

If you are moving and have pets we can help. We have 50 years of experience helping people relocate with their pets. For more information on moving with pets click here.

(Source: United Van Lines)

How to Build a Moving Budget

Understand the Real Costs of Moving

When budgeting for an impending move, there is more to consider than money when evaluating cost. You’ll want to understand the true financial, physical and mental investments before making your final decision. After all, if you underestimate the cost of your time, health and emotions, your move could cost you a whole lot more than originally expected.

Evaluate Your Financial Costs

1) Packing Supplies
An investment in proper supplies will pay dividends when your belongings arrive at your new home.  Sturdy boxes, packing paper, dollies, wraps and straps will ensure that items are secure when being loaded and delivered. Ask your local agent about the supplies they furnish and sell before buying supplies on your own. They may be able to estimate your needs more accurately.

2) Hired Help
Friends and family are attractive options for those willing to stomach the inherent risks, but if you are looking for a little more peace of mind, professional movers can help the process go as smoothly as possible.

3) Professional Packing
It is all too easy to underestimate the time, materials and effort required to pack and move your home, especially when all of your belongings are all stored neatly away in your closets and cabinets. Consider the following.

Do you have special household possessions?
You may not want to risk packing and loading all of your belongings on your own – especially if they carry a higher value.  You may want to seek the advice of a specialist before moving antiques, electronics and large furniture.  It’s absolutely necessary to consider potential damage and breakage as you calculate the cost of packing and moving yourself.

Make a supply run.
You’ll need to purchase boxes, blankets and bubble wrap when moving yourself.  Proper packing demands professional materials including special boxes, wrapping paper, furniture padding and tape. And don’t underestimate your needs or you’ll be making multiple trips to the store to restock.

Can you drive large moving van?
If you live in a moderately-sized home, you may need up to 1,600 cubic feet of moving space. This endeavor is more than many drivers can handle – especially if you are tasked with navigating narrow suburban streets and alleyways.

Your time is money.
Don’t forget to calculate the cost of your time, especially if you are taking off work to pack, load and deliver your own belongings. If you opt to handle the entire move yourself, consider setting aside 2 or more days for both loading and delivery.

4) Transportation
When planning a move, your choice of transportation is potentially the most cost contingent. When it comes to containers, trailers and trucks, your expense will likely scale with the level of your need. You’ll want to consider the timing, distance, volume and complexity of your move before contracting services or renting equipment.

5) Travel & Living
Regardless of distance, the moving process tends to inflate travel and living expenses. In addition to potential lodging and air fare, incremental purchases like food, fuel and convenience items can add up unexpectedly, especially when you are doing most of the packing and moving yourself.

6) Distance Adds Up
As a rule of thumb, the longer the distance, the more cost-effective professional movers tend to be. This is due to a number of factors.

One-way rental price may include additional fees.
The price you pay may include fees to cover the cost of inventory maintenance and truck relocation when you return your moving truck to a location in a different city.

Mileage, fuel and insurance costs add up.
Truck rentals may require that you pay these fees on top of the base price. This can end up being rather significant considering that some moving trucks only get between 6 -15 mpg.

Unexpected delays add to rental costs.
Just when you think everything is going according to plan – something always tends to happen, right? If you fall victim to Murphy’s Law during a move, delays could cost you extra in rental fees.

Longer trips are a greater risk.
Let’s face it, you may be able to pack like a pro, but can you drive like one? The longer you are on the road, the more you’ll face opportunities for damage and accidents. When you rent, these risks are placed squarely on you.

7) Real Estate Expenses
For most of us, the moving experience comes coupled with at least one real estate transaction. Whether buying, selling or leasing, you’ll need to calculate the costs associated with your real estate to properly budget for your move. After all, contracts, estimates, titles and utilities can put a significant dent into your bottom line before you even start to pack.

8) Incidentals
Every major move comes with incidentals. They are virtually unavoidable given the scale of the undertaking. Even the most careful shippers are susceptible to mishaps. No matter how well you plan, or how careful you  are, it is inevitable, supplies will run low, pictures will break, bulbs will burn out and paint will be spilled. It’s best to budget a couple extra dollars for human error.

Evaluate Your Opportunity Costs

9) Missed Work
Even when everything goes according to plan, a move can be a timely endeavor. The effort required to research, coordinate, pack, and move is significant.  Consider contracting a couple extra hands or a full-service solution so that these tasks don’t translate into missed work.  Just remember, vacation days have a monetary value too – so don’t waste them on anything less than a trip to the beach.

10) Personal Time
As moving day approaches and critical tasks intensify, time can seem to escape you. Without professional help, you’ll likely be consumed by paperwork, appointments and last-minute packing; unable to negotiate a single moment for family time or rest. For these reasons, you may want to consider the cost of your free time when weighing a do-it-yourself solution.

11) Recovery Time
You should carefully consider your ability to handle the physical demands of your move long before you start packing and loading. With a couple days of intense lifting, cleaning and traveling ahead of you, personal limits and recovery time should be at the forefront of your thought process.

(source: United Van Lines)

Packing Electronics

Computers and tablets contain valuable work-related, personal and financial data most of us cannot afford to lose. Naturally, you want to safeguard it from loss or damage. With careful planning and proper packing, your computer can be transported safely when you relocate.


Computers and tablets contain valuable work-related, personal and financial data most of us cannot afford to lose. Naturally, you want to safeguard it from loss or damage. With careful planning and proper packing, your computer can be transported safely when you relocate.


If you do not have an exact record of the cost of your computer equipment (including accessories and software), you may want to obtain a current retail cost estimate, taking into consideration its current condition, prior to selecting a protection plan from your mover. United Van Lines can offer full-value protection against possible loss or damage.


A qualified moving company like Crown is best qualified to properly pack your home computer. If you choose to pack it yourself, your computer should be placed in its original carton and packing material when possible.

If you have discarded the original packaging, choose a sturdy box large enough to permit you to surround the computer with packing material. Crumpled, unprinted newspaper and plastic bubble wrap are recommended as a protective cushion and can be purchased from your mover.

All electronics are sensitive to heat and cold. Among other things, warping can occur with extreme temperatures that build up inside a moving van. As a precaution, you may choose to back up your files to an external drive before your move and place it in a separate box.

If you are moving a printer, remove the toner and any ink cartridges. You should carry the cartridges with you, especially if your move occurs during hot weather. For other types of printers, the printer head should be secured – preferably with the original cardboard or plastic parts – to prevent it from shifting. Be sure to refer to the owner’s manual for preparations specific to your printer model.

The remainder of your accessories should be packed in crumpled, unprinted newsprint in the bottom of a sturdy box. For additional instructions on packing specialized electronics, please refer to your owner’s manual.


Carefully check and mark off the inventory when your shipment is delivered.

Allow the computer to reach room temperature before attempting to use it. If it has been particularly cold, watch for condensation as moisture also can cause damage.

For more tips on packing click here.

(source: United Van Lines)

U.S. Announces 6 New Marine Highway Projects

A part of the America’s Marine Highway Program these routes are designed to improve the movement of freight via the nation’s waterways including the coasts, inland waterways and to Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Acting Maritime Administrator Lucinda Lessley stated, “Making better use of our inland waterways can boost America’s maritime industry and create jobs while cutting emissions and traffic congestion.”

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Office Decommissioning

Companies nationwide are on the move.

A 2020 survey by Cisco Systems Inc. found that 53 percent of larger businesses planned to reduce the size of their offices and 75 percent were moving to more flexible work structures. As the future of the physical workspace remains in flux, decommissioning has become a stressor for companies in transition.

Before you settle into your new office, you will need to decommission your old one. For most lease agreements, this means that you must remove your belongings from the premises and perform any necessary repairs to leave your space in pristine condition. Busy company managers often don’t have the time or expertise to handle this all in-house. Instead, entrust this task to Crown.

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