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Slick Move Guide: Secrets You Need to Know If You Are Moving Spiral-bound – February 28, 2008
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After much research, South Hills Movers has determined the Slick Move Guide to be the best and most helpful moving guide. We offer it to our clients because it offers excellent advice and tips on how to make your move efficient in every aspect from the time that you decide to move until you are in your new home.' - South Hills Movers --South Hills Movers
Jodi Velazquez Is Interviewed As An Ultimate Expert on the subject of relocation and featured in Woman s World Magazine April 24, 2014 Edition. --Woman s World Magazine April 24, 2014 Edition
More About the Author
After writing and self-publishing the Slick Move Guide in 2007, she began marketing the book to various organizations and corporations. A major home builder purchased hundreds of copies but the real estate market was declining. She began searching for other industries with a need for the product. The Slick Move Guide was originally written to help families that are personally financing their own relocation. Trying to think of what families move often, she began marketing the book to sports teams for the players and their spouses/partners/families.
One of the teams placed a large order and she realized there was a need. Player development directors liked the idea of a consumer written guide for players who were entering or departing from their team. She established a relationship with several player development directors of major sports teams. They began offering suggestions, mishaps and dilemmas that players encountered, to add to her book. After two years of compiling this information, she released a customized version, Slick Move Guide Professional Athlete edition in 2012.
Although the book was developed with sports professionals it's also of value to anyone who may be making a career transition for the first time or multiple times. One of the differences between the Athlete edition and the original Slick Move Guide is that vital inside information that pertains to an athlete's unique situation such as moving quickly and possibly temporarily for your career has been added.
Both guides are easy to read, and offer eco-friendly packing advice and explain how to choose a quality mover. These spiral-bound, lightweight workbooks contain valuable, stress reducing timelines. Jodi has made moving your possessions inexpensive and stress-free!
Top Customer Reviews
The author provides some valuable information about preparing to move and actually moving, especially for those who haven't moved before/in a while. She uses a very personal tone throughout the book, which makes it easy to read.
I especially liked the first part of the book about checking out the area you are moving to when you are considering moving. There were some points in there that I hadn't thought about last time we moved.
My fiance and I moved 6 months ago from Ohio to Mississippi and we will be moving again in 6 more months (probably just as far or farther). We moved ourselves by renting a truck and driving ourselves and will probably do that again in 6 months. While there wasn't a whole lot *new* that I learned from this book, it affirmed what we were doing and opened my eyes to other options I had not considered.
The box number sheet (with a copy included in the back of the book) is definitely something I will be implementing in our next move.
There were a couple of typos I noticed in the book, but nothing major and since this is more of a "how-to" than a novel, they're not that big of a deal. The spiral binding is also great so that it can be read/seen while doing other things, like packing! Great book, highly recommended if you haven't moved before. The author covers all bases if you are moving to/from a rental to moving/to from a house.
Now, however, my current situation is very different: I'm moving as a widow --no hubby’s help or expertise (book give initial list of points to consider and resources to find the info I need)…from a FARM –I have a barn’s contents to sort and pack (tips given are helpful). I may need to store many or most of my items on either end of the move. The suggestions are a welcome. Also, I really appreciate having lists available to me to think about and adjust, rather than having to spend extra time grinding one out from scratch.
Nonetheless, I gave the guide 4 stars instead of 5 because I disagreed with some of the author’s advice:
1. I don't like how the author packs dishes. To save money, use plastic grocery bags. Use newspaper for bundling and as compression “wads” in between bundles/items already wrapped. I use plastic grocery bags or packing paper to wrap a plate, then bundle 3-4 plates/bowls together with 1-2 sheets of newspaper. I pack cups and mugs with ½ sheet packing paper, rotating so the bulk of the paper wraps the handle.
2. NEVER pack items into glasses unless they really "belong" with that item specifically: you’ll risk losing the item in the paper mess when you unpack – and the item will likely not belong in the kitchen, so you’re already cluttered. Pack these into a shoebox using a bag or ½ or ¼ sheet of packing paper for each item. Put filled shoebox into the regular-sized packing box.Read more ›
This is a well-written guide with significant numbers of practical hints, tricks and tips. (She could have used an editor/proofreader but that's not fatal to the book.) There are pages one can photocopy to assist with the move, too (like Box Content List) - very helpful! The book would be valuable even to those using professional packers/movers - you'll end up having to pack at least SOME things yourself!
The fact that it's spiral bound is also a benefit - you can flatten a page to photocopy, which is a good deal. Some of us will, however, have less than 7 or 8 weeks to plan out our moves, and she does base her time lines on that two-month spread. But you can figure it out anyhow - just that copying and using those pages may be a bit less helpful straight-up. For those who pay attention to such things, she includes eco-friendly tips, too.
This book might be a little basic for some, but it's great even as a reminder of what you already knew, plus some newer tips/tricks that may help the reader.
In our case, we didn't move far, but our move required us to rent for several months and put most of our belongings in storage. This book covered everything, right down to the best way to pack our storage unit!
We finally moved into our new home on muddy/snowy February day, and managed not to trash the clean flooring by using the "two carriers stay inside" method. Again, it seems so simple, but so often it's the little things that get overlooked, and all those little time and money savers really add up!!! Highly recommend!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was disappointed with this book. It was mostly about packing. I needed something to help me organize the move besides how to pack. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
This seemed to have a lot of moving info and suggestions, but with moving, the more you know, the less you knowPublished 1 month ago by SAV
Bought this for a friend who is moving. I think it would help keep me organized and am hoping it will do the same for her. Very detailedPublished 5 months ago by Carrie Ann
If it has been a while since you moved this inexpensive primer provides many excellent check lists and reminders. Read morePublished 18 months ago by fdoamerica
This book has many things in it that we never considered when starting to plan our move. I also like that I can write in it and use it like a notebook. Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by Lou Ann
I didn't find this book as helpful as some other reviewers. A lot of the hints are just plain old common sense!Published on May 25, 2013 by JoAnne H.
Thoughtfully done, reminds you of all those details that you might not think of or too easily forget. Highly recommended!Published on January 9, 2013 by Christina
Both my husband and I have been reading this book and have
found it to have many helpful ideas. Read more
The "Slick Move Guide," written by Jodi Velazquez, can save you thousands of dollars on your next move, keep you organized and reduce your stress tremendously. Read morePublished on August 24, 2010 by D