Hiring the perfect moving company

Hiring the perfect moving company is an intelligent step to make. It will not only help you to ship all heavy belongings from one point to another but also make sure they are delivered safely. Also, most people presume that it is very hard to find a reputed and pocket-friendly moving company. However, with many moving companies in the business, you can get a very hard time identifying the best company.

You do not just choose randomly. You should take time to carry out your due diligence so that you do not make the wrong decision. You should apprehend that there are bad and good companies and you need to identify the best to help you in moving your stuff. The following are some of the best tips on how to hire a good moving company.

Factors to consider when selecting a moving company

Service rates

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High rates of payment do not necessarily imply that the services offered are great. Similarly, low rates do not mean that the moving services are poor. Try to do your research on the rates as quoted by different moving companies. This will help you in drafting a reasonable budget. You should also ask if extra charges are needed in the process of shipping your stuff. You can as well inquire about various companies if they charge the fuel used. You can time a particular period within the week, month or year. There are some periods when the rates are higher than others. Therefore, you do your research to hire a company that will not exploit you. However, consider the quality of services first before considering the amount you pay.

Consider insurance options

A valid insurance policy always covers a dedicated and professional mover. Always include the insurance option on your checklist when looking for a moving company. A professional mover can project that accident can occur during the moving process and thus they require to be covered from the loss. Therefore, ensure that the mover you are about to hire has a valid insurance cover towards all likely damages. This will grant you peace of mind and also guarantee the safety of your belongings.

Recommendations and reviews

When you know the moving services, you are looking
For, you can ask anybody you know about the same. This will help you in having a list of moving companies in your mind before the interview. Recommendations from your family members, friends, and even co-workers can help you to get a perfect mover. Consequently, you can browse the internet and read reviews from the previous clients. They always give reviews about their experience with a given moving company. A mover’s website with several negative reviews is an indication that they are careless in handling their client’s belongings.

Experience

An experienced mover will always serve you to your satisfaction. Obviously, an experienced mover is licensed to carry out their businesses. Some of the things that will show the mover’s experience include the number of years they have been dwelling in the business and the number of clients they have worked with. This will help you in determining the perfect moving company.


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Important reasons for home renovation

Home renovation can be expensive, complicated and time-consuming. However, after a period, you will be required to renovate your home to make it look appealing to you and your visitors. The importance of home renovation may differ from one homeowner to the other. This article provides you with the main or key reasons as to why you should consider renovating your home.

The benefits of home renovations

Here are the main reasons as to why you need to renovate your home:

To increase the enjoyment and comfortability of your home

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The enjoyment and comfort of your home are very essential. Everyone would want to go to work or any place knowing that at the end of the day, they would love to be back in their comfortable and enjoyable home. When your home is still new, the high chances are that the home feels comfortable. When days pass, the comfort starts to decrease since you will start to desire top up other things in your home to improve the comfortability and enjoyment in your home. Satisfaction and comfort at home are essential factors to consider.

To increase home value

If you among the homeowners who plan to sell their homes in future, then there is need to renovate the home to improve its value. Some of the renovation you will be required to do in improving the value of your home will include changing the front door to the new door models, updating the design of your bathroom, kitchen and the living room.

To secure a safety issue

Some of the renovation tasks cannot be ignored such as leaks from the roof, electrical problems or a crack in undesired place. These safety jobs must not be ignored so as the family can be safe and avoid the home from being destroyed.

To improve the home’s function

With time, you may need to divide the home into more rooms to accommodate the increasing number of family members. Also, you may be required to increase the number of your bathrooms avoid commotion at the bathroom during the busy mornings. The function of a home keeps on changing; hence, a renovation might be required to meet the changes needed in a home.

To improve the style of the home

An old home might be having an outdated look which makes not appealing to the eye of the buyer. Updating the style of your home is important to keep up with the new home trends in the market today. Most home buyers prefer a to purchase a home with an attractive style. A good home style improves the value of the house.

To improve the home’s efficiency

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There is the importance of home renovation since it improves the style, comfort, enjoyment, and value of the home. If you own a home, you should never ignore the idea of renovation.


Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company – American Moderns and the West

Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company
AMERICAN MODERNS AND THE WEST
MAY 22 TO SEPTEMBER 11, 2016

Exhibition

Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West is a traveling exhibition organized by the Harwood Museum of Art of the University of New Mexico that focuses on the life and times of one of the early 20th century’s most significant, yet under-recognized cultural figures: Mabel Dodge Luhan (1879–1962). Luhan brought modern art to northern New Mexico, putting Taos on the national and international maps of the avant-garde and creating a “Paris West” in the American Southwest. From 1918–1947, Luhan influenced legions of European and American “movers and shakers” to find in northern New Mexico’s physical and cultural landscapes new aesthetic, social, and cultural perspectives on modern life.

This exhibition will be the first to explore the impact Mabel Dodge Luhan had on the art, writings and activism of the 20th century American Modernism. D.H. Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams, John Marin, John Collier, Marsden Hartley, Paul Strand and Andrew Dasburg—among scores of other luminaries—were summoned to Taos by Mabel and subsequently found, in the remote high desert, intellectual and spiritual inspiration for their work. The work of these artists will be presented in relation to Pueblo and Hispano artists to examine the cultural exchange that formed a unique “Southwest Modernism”.

Venues

The Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico
May 22 to September 11, 2016

The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, New Mexico
October 29, 2016 to January 22, 2017

Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, New York
March 10 to May 28, 2017

Mabel Dodge Luhan

Growing up in Gilded Age Buffalo, New York, Mabel Ganson Evans Dodge Sterne Luhan (February 26, 1879–August 13, 1962) became “a real creator of creators” as Marsden Hartley wrote to Alfred Stieglitz in 1914.

Mabel was a political, social, and cultural visionary, salon hostess, and collector of genius in almost every field of modern endeavor—painting, photography, drama, psychology, radical politics, and social reform. Luhan spent her adult life building utopian communities. First, as an expatriate in Florence (1905–12), where she attempted to recreate the Renaissance; next as a “New Woman” in Greenwich Village (1912–15), where she served as an honorary Vice President of the 1913 Armory Show and hosted one of the most famous salons in American history; and lastly, in Taos, her “New World” (1918–47), where she brought together a community of artists, writers, and social reformers whom she believed would convince their fellow-Americans of northern New Mexico’s potential for personal, aesthetic, and national revitalization.

Shortly after moving to Taos in 1918, Mabel met and married Antonio Lujan, a Taos Pueblo Indian. Together, they built an enclave that consisted of an 18-room Big House (and 5 guesthouses), the current day Mabel Dodge Luhan House. The visitors Luhan invited to Taos helped to shape an American Modernism as important—but far less acknowledged—than the one created in Paris by American expatriates after World War I. In Taos, West Coast luminaries crossed paths with East Coast Movers and Shakers (Luhan’s title for her New York years in her autobiography, Intimate Memories). The resulting synergy pluralized, indigenized, and expanded American modern art and culture.

More on Mabel

Curators

MaLin Wilson-Powell is the co-curator and artistic visionary for this exhibition. Beginning in 1999, Wilson-Powell served as the first Curator of Art after 1945 at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas. She returned to Santa Fe, in 2004 as an independent art critic, lecturer, curator, editor, and educator. Previously, Wilson-Powell served as Curator of Exhibitions at the New Mexico Museum of Art, an assistant to Beaumont Newhall, and Director of the Jonson Gallery, at the University of New Mexico Art Museum. She holds an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Art History from the University of Arizona.

Dr. Lois Rudnick is the co-curator and historian for this exhibition. Dr. Rudnick is Professor Emerita of American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she taught for 36 years. Rudnick is the author and preeminent scholar on Mabel Dodge Luhan, with eight books published on Luhan and her circle. She is an award winning teacher and recognized scholar of American modern culture. Rudnick holds a Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University and a M.A. in Humanistic Studies from Tufts University.

Publication

The accompanying publication, Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns & the West was designed by David Skolkin and published by the Museum of New Mexico Press.

This publication is a beautiful full-color, hardbound book that further illustrates the story of Mabel Dodge Luhan, her impact on American Modernism, and the complex issues of Anglo patronage of Native American and Hispano art and culture. The publication includes an introduction by Dr. Wanda Corn and essays by Dr. Lois Rudnick, MaLin Wilson-Powell, and Carmella Padilla.

Trim: 9 x 11.5 inches
Pages: 220 pages
Illustrations: 120 color and 50 black-and-white illustrations
Hardcover $45.00
Available for sale in April

For inquiries about early orders, please contact the Harwood Museum Store Manager, Glory Ann Penington.

Slideshow images: 1. Nicolai Fechin. Mabel Dodge Luhan. 1927. Oil on canvas. Courtesy American Museum of Western Art—The Anschutz Collection, Denver, Colorado. Photograph by William J. O’Connor; 2. Victor Higgins. Winter Funeral. c. 1931. Oil on canvas. Harwood Museum of Art; 3. Marsden Hartley. An Abstract Arrangement of Indian Symbols. c. 1914–15. Oil on canvas. Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University; 4. Awa Tsireh (Alfonso Roybal). Untitled (Corn Dance), 1922–1926, Watercolor and pencil on paper, Courtesy School for Advanced Research. Photograph by Addison Doty; 5. Andrew Dasburg. Chantet Lane. Taos. 1926. Oil on canvas. Denver Art Museum Collection, Gift of Albert Wassenich by exchange; 6. Mabel Dodge Sterne (with dog). c. 1918. Taos, NM. Photo courtesy Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University; 7. Georgia O’Keeffe. Grey Cross with Blue, 1929. Oil on canvas. Albuquerque Museum of Art, Albuquerque, NM; 8. Maurice Sterne.