Storage Options for a Long-Term Travel Assignment

home-peopleBeing given a long term travel assignment at work can be uprooting to say the least. If you are one of those employees who are being sent away on a long term job assignment in another country, there is plenty of planning that must go into the move.

Once you have figured out where you are living abroad and have gotten travel plans settled, it’s time to start thinking about what you are going to do with the stuff you have in your home here.

While it may seem a bit daunting, you actually have a couple of different options to consider before making your big move.

Yard Sale

Your first option, of course, is to hold a massive yard sale and sell everything. This is going to allow you to move to your new location without having to worry about what to do with your things, and it is going to be able to give you a little bit of spending money on your way out the door.

However, a yard sale does have it’s drawbacks. For one, it really depends on how long your foreign assignment is, if you’re going to be gone for only six months, it might not be the best option. And then, obviously, when you return back home, you aren’t going to have your stuff anymore, so replacements will have to be bought again.

Subletting

This is another option that you can choose. By subletting your house or apartment, it allows you to keep your home, but at the same time not have to worry about buying a home full of furniture upon your return. Plus, by subletting you should be able to cover the monthly cost of the home and maybe take in a little extra each month.

If you do decide to go this route, keep in mind that you should always have a trusted friend or family member on standby for the new tenants to contact in case something does go wrong. The last thing you want is to get a call in the middle of the night your time telling your your basement is flooded, 10,000 miles away!

Also, when going this route, consider renting out a small storage space for your most valuable possessions. You are not going to want to worry about those valuables or family heirlooms breaking while you are gone, a small storage space will keep your items safe and sound for the duration.

Storage

A third option for your family is if you do decide to sell your home or apartment is to put all of your possessions into a storage space. A storage space will be able to hold all of your goods and possessions for the entire time you are away at the fraction of the cost of rent or mortgage.

This is going to be the perfect option for you if you are going to be sent on a work assignment that is going to last a couple of years.

It also means you aren’t going to have the headache of worrying about making sure you can find tenants to rent your home, or needing to have people to be around in case of emergency, or dealing with any unexpected costs that come with home ownership while you are away. All of that can provide a peace of mind while you are away.

So, you have a couple of different options to consider if you have just found out you are going to be moving away on a work assignment. Each of these options have different benefits, but it’s important to consider what is going to work the best for you and your family.

Have you worked or traveled away from home for an extended period? Did you find that putting your valuables in storage was a great solution for you? Let us know what you think in the comments!

DIY: 5 Great Apps for Managing Your Garden

Apps truly are everywhere now, even in the garden. Don’t think that just because you love to spend some time outdoors playing in the dirt that they don’t have an app for that too!

The gardening apps are going to be able to really provide some extra guidance when it comes to the timing of your plantings, what plants are going to work best in your garden, and even how to lay your yard out.

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 Master Gardener Pocket Guide

This highly rated app boasts almost perfect reviews for those who use the Android version of this app. The Master Gardener Pocket Guide is an outstanding learning tool for any gardener, as it provides hundreds of flashcards filled with facts and information on thousands of terms, plants and growing information.

Sun Surveyor Lite

One of the most important things for any budding gardener to learn when planting flowers or other vegetation is how much sunlight it needs. You don’t want to pick a spot in your yard, that might look pretty, but actually spends the day in the shade. The Sun Surveyor app actually allows you to trace the sun to see where it hits during the day ensuring just the right amount of light.

Garden Manager

An issue that many new gardeners end up being faced with is they don’t realize just how much of a schedule a garden needs to be on. It’s really easy to get confused with what gets water, or fertilizer or gets picked when, especially in a garden with multiple varieties. The Garden Manager app sets a series of notes and alarms to give you a gentle reminder of exactly when your garden needs to be tended.

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Veggie Garden Guides

This app is great because it gives you truly start to finish instructions on everything from how to plant your veggies to the best ways to store them after being harvested. If you are new to gardening, or new to planting a particular type of veggie, the Veggie Garden Guide could be exactly what you need going forward.

Landscaper’s Companion

For those who are looking to have their backyard become a beautifully landscaped paradise, an app like the Landscaper’s Companion is a very good investment. This app has an enormous database of plants, trees, and shrubs giving you detailed information on the types of sunlight, soil and water that will work best to make them grow.

What makes your garden grow?  Any tips for getting it right in the garden?