Laura McHolm: Mastering the Art of Relocation from Preparation to Settling Down | Room by Room #46

In this episode, host Gabriella Joustra is joined by Laura McHolm, who is the co-founder of NorthStar Moving Company, known for providing exceptional service to A-list celebrities and prestigious clients

The episode is all about mastering the art of relocation. The guest, Laura McHolm, who is a co-founder of a successful moving company, shares her expertise and provides tips and best practices for every stage of the moving process. She covers everything from the preparation phase to settling down in a new location.

Meet Laura McHolm

Laura McHolm co-founded NorthStar Moving Company, a highly successful and respected moving company. She has significantly impacted the industry by offering top-notch service, particularly to A-list celebrities and prestigious clients like The Getty. Her achievements have been recognized in publications such as Elle Décor, Vanity Fair, and Fortune Magazine.

She has spoken at events like the UCLA Anderson School of Management and contributed to media outlets like Thrive Global and Entrepreneur Magazine. The LA Times named her the Inspirational Women Entrepreneur & Founder of the Year 2022, and the National Association of Women Business Owners awarded her the Top 10 Woman Business Owner of the Year Award 2022. She takes great pride in her annual Let’s Send Hunger Packing food drive, which was recognized as “Fundraiser of the Year” by the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

About the episode

Laura is here to share her best practices for making your move a breeze. Moving is not just about the day of the move. It’s about uprooting your entire life and settling in a new place. That means finding new doctors, schools for the kids, and all those little details that can easily slip through the cracks.

She stresses the importance of starting early and being organized. She recommends giving yourself at least two months to plan and prepare for the move. This will help you avoid any last-minute stress and ensure that everything goes smoothly. To keep yourself on track, she suggests creating a timeline or checklist to keep tabs on all the tasks and deadlines. That way, you won’t forget a single important step.

One tip Laura shares is to take measurements of both your current and new homes. This will help you plan the layout and determine where your furniture will go. It’s all about avoiding any unnecessary rearranging later on. And while you’re at it, why not use the moving process as an opportunity to declutter? Get rid of those items you no longer need or use. It’ll make packing and unpacking a breeze, and you’ll be able to start fresh in your new home.

When it comes to packing, Laura suggests packing similar items together and using the right packing materials. It’s also a good idea to label your boxes clearly and consider taking inventory photos or creating lists to make unpacking easy. And don’t forget to keep important items separate and accessible during the move. You don’t want to be stressed out wondering where your important documents or favorite comfort items are.

Speaking of the essentials, Laura recommends packing a separate bag or box with all the things you’ll need for your first night in your new home. Think bedding, toiletries, and snacks to keep you fueled and comfortable. You’ll thank yourself later when you can settle in without rummaging through boxes.

If you have the budget for it, Laura advises considering professional movers. They can make the process much more efficient and streamlined. Just make sure to get quotes from reputable moving companies and consider factors like their experience, licensing, and community involvement. And don’t forget to do your research and read reviews before making your final decision.

Throughout the entire moving process, Laura stresses the importance of staying organized and mindful. Use checklists, keep things in order, and practice mindfulness to reduce stress and ensure a smoother transition. Moving can be a stressful time, but with the right mindset and approach, you can make it a positive experience.

In conclusion

This episode equips listeners with valuable insights and comprehensive guidance for every aspect of relocation. Whether you’re moving across the street or across the country, the tips and strategies shared by Laura will help you navigate the process with confidence and ease.

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