10 Tips for Packing and Moving Glassware

It’s time to move and you are not looking forward to the movers breaking any of your glassware.  Instead, you decide to pack it and move it with you and let the movers take the less breakable stuff.  Sounds like a good plan, but do you know how to make sure that you don’t break any of your glassware either?  Check out 10 tips for packing and moving glassware.

  1. Use a honeycomb box: So you are wondering, what is a honeycomb box?  It’s one of those boxes with the cardboard dividers that slide together giving you a grid.  You can safely pack your glasses in a box like this.
  2. Use plain paper to wrap glasses: It seems like everyone’s first inclination is to reach for a newspaper to wrap glasses.  I guess using newspaper isn’t a bad idea since it reuses something that would normally go into the recycling bin.  The problem with newspaper is that it’s often dirty and inky.  You will get ink all over your hands and then probably on whatever you are wearing.  Not to mention that newspaper isn’t as thick as the plain paper is and will tear instead of conforming to the shape of the glass.
  3. Bubble wrap: If you are wrapping a big platter your best bet is to use bubble wrap.  Wrap the bubble wrap around the item in both directions and tape the ends securely with packing tape so it doesn’t pop loose in transit.  If you have several platters or plates you might want to separate them with cardboard to keep them from breaking during the move.  If it’s one larger item pack the bubble wrapped item in with Styrofoam peanuts or shredded newspaper.  The only problem with shredded newspaper is that it will turn into a soggy mess if it gets wet whereas the Styrofoam will keep its shape.  Pack platters on edge and not flat in the box.
  4. Use original boxes when able: I know not everyone keeps the original boxes that they got their chip and dip set in or their martini glasses, but if you do have them it’s a good idea to utilize them during the move.  They are usually sized to fit that item exactly so no moving and crashing around during the move.  Remember that you still need to wrap each item in paper and then pack it in it’s own box.
  5. Buy special dish pack boxes: These boxes are especially sturdy boxes that have a double thickness of cardboard on the walls of the box helping to prevent crushing.  If you want to add extra cushion you can use two extra sheets of newspaper to wrap around dishes after they’ve been wrapped in the clean paper.  The more protection the better.
  6. Label, label, label: Not only will labeling help the movers put the boxes in the right room, but it will help you find your coffee cups once you make it to your new place and need a cup of coffee.  Also, label all glassware as “Fragile, This Side Up!”  This will give the movers a heads up if they are moving the box or your friends if they are unloading your car when you get to your new home.
  7. Fill in the gaps: If you are using a dish pack make sure that you put the bigger, heavier items in the bottom of the box and the smaller, lighter items toward the top.  Make sure that you use crumpled up paper (either clean or newspaper) in between each wrapped item.  You don’t want items to shift around inside the box.  Also, put a thick layer of crumpled paper at the top of a box before taping it closed so that boxes can be stacked on top of each other.
  8. Tissue paper: When wrapping small glass and ceramic figurines it’s always a good idea to wrap them individually in tissue paper or paper towel first and then in newspaper.  To make the newspaper roll up better for the small items you might try crumpling it up first and then smoothing it back out before wrapping items corner to corner.
  9. Nest mixing bowls: It’s always a good idea to wrap each bowl by itself with clean paper and then nest them inside each other like they would sit in the cupboard.  Then when placing in the box turn the bowls upside down so they are more stable and don’t roll around.  Make sure there is enough paper between the bowls so they don’t clank against each other.
  10. Plates on edge: When wrapping breakable plates the same method as before with clean paper wrapping corner to corner.  Then take 2 sheets of newspaper and wrap it again.  Then place the plates on their edge and put a piece of cardboard between each plate or use a box that is already divided for plates.  The edge is stronger than if the plate was laying flat.

10 Reasons to Get Renter’s Insurance

Many renter’s live in apartments, townhomes and condominiums and don’t carry renter’s insurance. For some, they feel the risk is small enough that they are willing to take it rather than to pay the premium for renter’s insurance. Others are under the mistaken belief that the building insurance will cover their losses in the event of a fire or theft. This is never true.

But how small is the risk? If you had to replace all the contents of your apartment, how much would it cost you; your entire wardrobe, all your furniture, your music collection, everything in your kitchen, your computer, camera and other electronic items? $7,000.00? $15,000.00? Probably much more than you think.

What could a renter’s insurance policy provide for you?

  1. Content Replacement. If every single item in your apartment was destroyed by fire, it is unlikely that you would have enough money in your savings to replace it all. With renter’s insurance you have both of the same options that homeowner’s do. You can insure for current value or replacement value. The first one will pay you the current value of your 5 year old television, in other words, what you could sell it for. The replacement value policy would pay for a brand new television of similar quality. Make sure you know which type of renter’s policy you have.
  1. If one of your visitors slips and gets hurt in the lobby of your apartment building, they can sue the owner for damages, but you have no liability for their damages. If they slip and get hurt in the bathroom of your apartment, then, you are the person liable, and you are the one they could sue for damages. If you have renter’s insurance, you’ll have protection against these types of suits.
  1. Living expenses. If your apartment is damaged by water, smoke or fire, you will likely need to find another place to live, at least temporarily. Do you have money to setup house in another location, or to stay in a motel? This is another instance where you would be very thankful to have an insurance policy in place that would cover these expenses for you.
  1. Medical expenses. This item fits in with the liability section. If a person does get injured in your rental space, even in a small way, you may be liable for their medical bills. Rental insurance would pay for the stitches in his head when he tripped and cut in open on your coffee table.
  1. Fire and smoke. If there is a fire in the building, the damage to your personal property can be immense, even if it is quickly extinguished. Smoke and water damage can expand far beyond the area of the fire itself. The building insurance will replace or clean your ruined carpet but everything else will be your responsibility.
  1. Rental units are becoming targets for theft, much more often than they used to be. Even in a ‘secure’ building, this type of loss remains a possibility.
  1. Water damage. If there is a water issue in the apartment above you and it comes through your ceiling and ruins your computer, the landlord has to pay for it right? Wrong! Even it was due to his negligence, the only way you might get him to pay for it would be to take him to court. Court takes time and has no guarantees of a decision in your favor.
  1. Renter’s insurance won’t alleviate your anger at having your possessions destroyed for no good reason, but at least it would help you with replacement costs and cleanup of the mess.
  1. If you live in an area where flood water damage is a possibility, you’ll want to have renter’s insurance that specifically covers that type of damage. Water can destroy just as totally as fire.
  1. Joint tenants. If you’re sharing your apartment with another tenant, you might want to get joint tenant coverage with your rental insurance. You may be buddies to start with, but sharing close quarters for a length of time, sometimes turns friends into enemies. A little preventative protection, can’t hurt.

To live without renter’s insurance is a big gamble. If you lose the gamble, the costs could put you in the poor house; either that or your mother’s house. Avoid both by contacting your insurance agent and getting the coverage you need.

 

10 Reasons Senior Citizens Change Addresses

As our society has become more mobile, we are witnessing our senior citizens become more mobile as well. More and more seniors are uprooting out of their long-time homes and moving around the country, something that is vastly different than the norm where senior citizens would stay in one place for long periods of time, settling into the community and establishing roots. Here are ten reasons that have contributed to this phenomenon:

  1. They have chosen to downsize – Larger houses become too much to take care of as they get older, making it hard to keep up with all of the tedious house-keeping tasks. Plus, seniors generally don’t need as much space as they once did, making smaller spaces infinitely more attractive. And because some have lost spouses and are now alone, they may choose to eliminate a lot of their furniture and other possessions by giving them to their children, selling them, or giving them away. By downsizing their possessions they also end up needing to downsize their living space.
  2. They want convenience – Some seniors are moving into apartments or townhouses so they don’t have to do yard work or keep up their yard as they go through the various seasons, depending on the type of climate they live in. Moving to an apartment or townhome gives them the added benefit of having an association or grounds manager that will maintain their yards so they can still enjoy them without all the work.
  3. Moving into town becomes a great option – If they have lived in the country, they may want to move into town to be closer to shopping centers and medical facilities. There is also security in being closer to doctors and hospitals as they age and more medical issues arise. Plus, being in a town means they’ll have to do a lot less driving when they need to run their errands, and provides the additional option of public transportation.
  4. Retirement communities attract many seniors – 55+ communities offer more affordable housing options and social interaction with others their age. Many also have a lot of amenities which are right there in their neighborhood such as pools, exercise rooms, planned activities, and maybe even golf courses.
  5. Retirement gives them time to travel – Now that they are no longer employed, they have time to travel. Some seniors have chosen to sell almost everything and live in a RV and travel around the country. Other seniors choose to live in a RV to have the flexibility to volunteer for different organizations in different locations. Many of these organizations give them a place to stay while they do volunteer work for them, and then the seniors move on to another location. There are also opportunities for retirees who live in campers to work as hosts at campgrounds which give them a place to stay plus a little extra income.
  6. Snowbirds chose to move to warmer climates – As seniors start going south for the winter on a regular basis, they make connections in those areas and decide to move there to be closer to friends. They like the warm weather and get tired of living in two locations and having to maintain both
  7. Some choose to live near their children – There are a couple reasons why seniors choose to live near their children, such as they may need the help of their children, so they can stay home if they begin to fail physically or mentally. Or for others, they just may be tired of traveling to see their children and grandchildren and want to become part of their lives on a more regular basis, and so they choose to live near them.
  8. It’s a good time to experience new places – Now that they are free from working and are still healthy, it is a good time for senior citizens to take the plunge and live in that location they have always thought would they’d enjoy. With nothing holding them back, they may decide to take advantage of it while they can and make the move.
  9. Some actually take on a new vocation – Retirement income may not be sufficient to support some seniors in the lifestyle they desire. In this situation, they may relocate for employment opportunities.
  10. Assisted living or nursing homes become a necessity – This is probably the main reason seniors change addresses. They can no longer take care of themselves at home, so they make the hard decision, or it is made for them, to move into an environment where care is readily available.

It is a big decision for senior citizens to make the move to a new home or location, whether the decision is made from choice or out of necessity, despite how common it’s becoming.

10 Reasons the Post Office is Important to the U.S

Though many people argue that snail mail is going the way of the dinosaurs, there are actually several reasons why this isn’t—and shouldn’t—be the case. The impact of the U.S. Postal service is a bit more far-reaching than many people may realize; here are ten of the reasons why this service isn’t quite the relic you may think.

  1. Supplying Medication to Housebound Patients – For Americans with illnesses that leave them housebound but aren’t serious enough to justify the expense of full-time home healthcare, the Postal Service’s next-day mailing service and six day schedule help to prevent complications that can arise due to missed medication. In addition to this, the six day work week also helps mail order medical supply companies keep their costs down, as expensive overnight charges can be avoided with proper timing.
  2. Plays a Major Role in the National Economic Structure – More than 8.5 million people are employed within the mailing and shipping industry, which supports almost $1 trillion dollars in annual economic activity.
  3. There’s Still a Need For Postal Services – Almost every business, from the largest corporation to the smallest Mom and Pop operation, relies on the Postal Service for the delivery of advertising, billing, and goods. Though it may not seem like it as more companies take steps to go paperless, there are still a vast number of services that are only offered via mail.
  4. Even Private Shipping Companies Use The Postal Service – One of the arguments that many people make against the U.S. Postal Service is that there are other companies offering the same services, such as UPS or FedEx. What most people don’t know is that deliveries on the local level are regularly handed off by these businesses to the Postal Service, who actually completes the delivery.
  5. Physical Goods Can’t Be Emailed – Technology hasn’t quite reached the point of sending a tangible item digitally, and until that day comes all of those orders we place to online retailers still have to be processed by brick-and-mortar facilities and delivered by people.
  6. Potential Damage to Publishers – While you can certainly read the latest issue of your favorite magazine on a tablet, the vast majority of Americans prefer to receive their magazines and newspapers in print. Additionally, greeting card companies, who still rely greatly on the Postal Service, could take a substantial hit if postal reform includes a major hike in postage prices or the closing of more offices.
  7. Rural Americans Have No Other Choice – It may be difficult for city dwellers to imagine, but there are still a large number of Americans in rural areas that simply do not have the option of high-speed internet service. For these families, the Postal Service is still a very important part of the way they communicate and receive periodicals.
  8. The Universal Service Obligation – Private carriers can exclude certain areas in their delivery realm, leaving residents without access to their services altogether. The U.S. Postal Service, however, has the “universal service obligation” to deliver everywhere.
  9. A Sense of Community – For smaller towns especially, post offices still serve as a hub of the community in many ways. It’s not unusual to find bulletin boards advertising services inside the post office, along with a feeling of local pride. On a larger scale, even seasoned urbanites tend to view the post office as a link to both community and government.
  10. The Safety of Mail and Mailboxes – Because the Postal Service holds the monopoly on mailbox deliveries, the safety of citizens’ private information and correspondence is protected to a large extent. Having a single, dedicated mail carrier in a given neighborhood means that there are only two groups with access to that mailbox: designated postal workers and the family who lives at the address. In the event of postal privatization, that monopoly would be lost, giving any courier access to information that could potentially be used to nefarious ends.

The congressional solution to the Postal Service problem is to simply slash jobs, close rural post offices and put an end to the six-day delivery schedule. While this will certainly save money in the short term, the damage to the long-term economic fabric could be substantial. The ripple-effect of these cuts will be felt by both private and business mail customers.

10 Fun Things You Can Do with Junk Mail

The annual cost for disposing of junk mail in America runs well into the hundreds of millions of dollars, and for anyone with a mailbox this figure shouldn’t be all that surprising. The staggering amount of throwaway marketing mailings that we collect everyday may provide job security for postal workers, but it clogs the nation’s landfills and clutters our homes. The next time you check your mail, instead of chucking those papers sight-unseen into the garbage, why not give one of these fun ideas a try?

  1. Paper Mâché – While it’s certainly a surefire hit with the smaller set, adults can get in on the artsy fun with craft projects made from advertising circulars too, making it a fun project for the whole family. In addition to providing the paper necessary for your masterpiece, those sales papers can be spread across your work surface to protect it from drops of paste, making clean-up afterward quick and easy!
  2. Play Store With Sample Credit Cards – A cursory examination of sample credit cards sent out as a marketing tactic will almost always determine that the name is generic and the number invalid. After making sure that none of your personal information is imprinted on a plastic card, have a heyday playing “Store” with the smaller members of the family.
  3. Make Origami – The Japanese art of creating graceful objects from folding paper, known commonly as origami, can be a fun and relaxing way to spend idle time. A quick visit to your favorite search engine will turn up dozens of tutorials for creating everything from cranes to elaborate flowers.
  4. Teach Kids to Play Paper Football – One of the most beloved time-wasting institutions of childhood is Paper Football. Get yourself reacquainted with the proper folding techniques, and then teach youngsters to do the same. A brief run-down of the rules will have everyone giggling in no time.
  5. Customize Magnet Ads – Stripping the magnetic backing off of larger cardstock ads is the work of a moment; smaller printed magnets can be glued or painted over. Letting your imagination run wild will leave you with a diminished junk pile and a stylish refrigerator.
  6. Make Paper Pulp Beads – A quick tutorial for creating fashionable, customized beads for jewelry-making from paper pulp is easy to find online; a quick web search will no doubt turn up a full page of results. The next time inspiration strikes, hit that pile of junk mail for your paper supply!
  7. Start a Garden – Relatively inexpensive, paper pot makers are easy to find from online retailers and in gardening stores. Starting your plants from seed in recycled paper is a great way to boost your eco-friendly impact while reducing clutter.
  8. Make Your Own Recycled Paper – For advanced artists, the supplies and methods used to make recycled paper can get quite intricate. More casual crafters, however, may prefer to use an inexpensive paper recycling kit, which yields beautiful results for scrapbooking or card-making.
  9. Play a Prank – Perhaps not suitable for the younger members of the family, getting a laugh at the wasteful mailers’ expense can be a great way to blow off steam. Simply stuff the pre-paid envelopes with all of the rest of your junk mail after being sure that there’s no personal information enclosed. Though this paper is likely to end up in a landfill, the occasional envelope will get your point across while keeping a mail carrier employed.
  10. Create a Mosaic – While traditionally made of colored glass or tile, there’s no rule saying that mosaics can’t be made of brightly-colored bits of paper as well. Simply cut out your desired shape, and paste it to a heavier piece of cardstock. The results are sure to be stunning!

These are merely a small sampling of the things that you can do with your unwanted mail. Once you start, you’re sure to find dozen of your own clever uses!

10 Reasons Your Realtor Will Lie to You

In any occupation where large sums of money are involved, there will be people who use deception and trickery to be successful. Realty is no exception. Some, not all,  realtors are going to lie to buyers and sellers alike in order to make those big commissions. Those who do resort to dishonesty certainly have their motives. Here are 10 reasons why your realtor might lie to you:

  1. One reason a realtor lies is to exaggerate their success as a realtor. They will post misleading info on their websites, for instance, to convince clients that they have more listings and close on more properties than they actually do.
  1. The actual condition of a home on the market is one of the most common motives for unethical realtors to be less than honest. They will focus on the assets of a property. and glance over problem areas, for the sake of a sale.
  1. Realtors will sometimes claim that there is another offer pending on a home in order to create a sense of urgency in prospective buyers. When they show the home to someone, realtors want to make them believe that there is a high demand for that property.
  1. Lying about the stability and attractiveness of a real estate area is another common ploy among dishonest realtors. They will offer glowing praise of the community, school district, crime rates, and available shopping.
  1. Some realtors will cite inflated property values of surrounding homes. They want to mislead the client into believing that a listed home is a better investment than it really is. It’s always best to look up public records of property assessments.
  1. You may be lied to about the previous owners as well. You want to know if they were not particularly sanitary or conscientious about maintenance; whether they had any pest control issues, etc.
  1. Some homes with unsavory pasts might discourage clients from buying them. If, for instance, a house had been the scene of a grisly crime, a family would understandably be apprehensive about calling it home.
  1. A trick some realtors like to use is to first show a client some unattractive and overpriced homes in an area before unveiling the “pearl” they really want to unload on you. By creating a stark contrast between those first homes and the one they want to sell you, the realtor makes that one look like a dream home.
  1. “It’s the right time to buy”. While this may be true at a given time, this pitch is always made regardless of the actual market. When a client hears it, their first reaction should be to ask why, and to expect a valid demonstrable explanation.
  1. Realtors will also claim to a prospective buyer that their commission is paid by the seller. While this is technically true, the price of the home will almost certainly include that commission cost, thus passing the burden onto the buyer.

10 Signs of buyer’s Remorse After Buying a Home

The purchase of a new home is a difficult decision. It is hard to know for sure whether you’re going to like the home or the new neighborhood until after you’ve moved in. There are times when someone buys a home and regrets the decision shortly afterwards. Here are 10 signs to watch for, when you suspect a case of buyer’s remorse.

  1. Unpacked boxes – Is their garage still filled with unpacked boxes several weeks later? Does it seem like they are in no hurry to settle into the new home? These could be indications of buyer’s remorse.
  1. No décor on the walls – Are they taking their time about hanging pictures on the walls and putting out the family photos? This could be another sign of uncertainty about the new home.
  1. Scanning the real estate section – Are they still scanning the real estate section daily after their purchase? If they’re still looking, that would give some indication that there is some dissatisfaction which their choice.
  1. Seeking affirmation – Do they seem to be looking for others to reassure them that they’ve made the right decision? This could indicate the uncertainty they are feeling. Another sign of buyer’s remorse.
  1. Use of PO Box – If they choose to have their mailing address changed to a P.O. Box instead of having the mail delivered to the new address, this could be a sign that they are uncertain about whether they will be staying at the new address.
  1. No house warming – Have your friends always made a big dealing about moving into a new house by throwing a big house warming party? If that doesn’t seem to be happening this time around, that could be another sign that they are experiencing some buyer’s remorse.
  1. Visits to real estate open houses – Are they continuing to visit real estate open houses after they signed the deal on the new home? That would be another indicator of uncertainty about their decision.
  1. New For Sale sign – Has the old For Sale sign been replaced with a new one? This is a definite ‘sign’ (forgive the pun) that there is some big dissatisfaction going on within the home.
  1. No invites to visit – Do your friends seem slow to start showing off their new home? Most people are excited to show off their new digs. This could be a sign that they aren’t happy with their purchase.
  1. Furniture in storage – Did they move some of their furniture into storage instead of into the house? This could mean that they don’t expect to be staying in the new home very long and may be looking for another place before giving their furniture a permanent home.

Of course, some of these signs could be present simply due to the busyness of moving and procrastination in getting settled. A new For Sale sign would probably be the most definite clue.

10 Dirty Tricks Home Sellers Play on Buyers

Home-buying is the biggest investment most families will make in their lives. With so much at stake financially and for the sake of a happy home life, it’s important that a buyer understand the nature of home sales. Knowing some of the tricks of the trade that sellers will use to move their property will put you in a better position to make a sound decision. Here are 10 tricks that home sellers play on buyers:

  1. A fresh coat of paint does wonders for covering up scratched, mildewed or damaged walls. Be wary of fresh paint; look closely at surfaces that have recently been painted for potential problems.
  1. Sparsely furnished homes create an illusion of having more space. A home that might not be big enough for your things can look significantly larger than it is if it’s half empty. It’s better to work with numbers than with visual impressions here, so take measurements.
  1. Turning on all the lights can also give a false impression of spaciousness. It can also cover up the fact that some rooms don’t get adequate natural light during the day, and therefore require lighting all the time. Turn off the lights to see how the rooms look without them.
  1. Conversely, some rooms are dimly lit, and are made to look cozy when in fact the intent is to mask unsightly features like bad walls or flooring. Now it’s time to turn up some lights, open blinds, and make sure you get a good look at these rooms.
  1. Cookies left out on a kitchen counter are meant to make you feel at home. To paraphrase an old saying, the fastest way to home buyers’ heart is through their bellies. Have a cookie, but have a good look around, too.
  1. Pet odors, cigarette smoke and cooking smells that would usually permeate a home are typically masked with air fresheners. If there is an overpowering fragrance in the home, then chances are it’s covering up another overpowering odor that’s not so appealing.
  1. Potted plants throughout the exterior enhances curb appeal, but it could also be covering up something else. If the plants are all potted, it may be because the soil on the property is poor and will not allow the buyer to grow her own plants or vegetables.
  1. Floor coverings sometimes are used to do just that – cover up. New vinyl on a bathroom floor could be hiding leaky plumbing or water stains. This leads to fungus and wood rot issues in your sub-flooring if not dealt with quickly.
  1. Staging is a popular trick with sellers. They will sometimes hire professionals to stage the home in preparation for selling. This is a kind of home decorating technique that doesn’t add any value to the home, but provides a superficial boost to its appearance, like flower arrangements, pillows, throw blankets, etc.
  1. Timing is everything. Some sellers choose optimal times of day, or days of the week, that give a misleading impression of the home or the neighborhood. Sore points like traffic issues, noisy neighbors and annoying sun glare can be avoided with careful scheduling, to the detriment of the buyer.

5 Options for Dealing with Your Kids’ Stuff After They Move Out

Empty Nesters, opportunity awaits! Your kids have all moved out and your chance to reclaim some space has arrived. You may have been secretly planning your redecorating strategy for some time. It’s OK, no need to feel guilty. You’ve waited long enough for this day, and at considerable cost – both financially and personally. So let’s consider some ways to reward yourself, and even help others.

Here’s a list of five options for dealing with your kids’ stuff after they’ve moved out:

  1. Donate – Goodwill Industries or the Salvation Army are a couple of good options that can make good use of those items you don’t want to hang onto or store away. Why not put those clothes to good use and spare some other parents the expense of keeping their offspring in $100 jeans?
  1. Have a Yard Sale – You can help finance that vacation you’ve been holding off, by selling those items at a yard sale. Just don’t expect to actually get 100 bucks for those jeans. Make sure and put the furniture in the sale too. Now that you have them out of the house, you could use the money from the sale to redecorate their room.
  1. Consignment Stores – This option is sort of a cross between the previous two. A consignment store will put your merchandise on display and sell it for you (you can negotiate pricing beforehand). They’re an appealing alternative to retail stores for the family on a tight budget, and will save you the hassle of setting up and manning a yard sale at your house.
  1. Put it in Storage – Provided you’ve got either the space of your own, or the money to pay for storage, this option allows for the kids to reclaim those items that they may not have had room for when they moved out. There are definitely going to be things that you don’t want to give away or sell. It’s ok to hold on to it for awhile. They want to pass those baseball cards and matchbook cars down to their boys someday.
  1. Build a Shrine – Be honest. You miss them already. And you just know that eventually they’ll be moving back in. You’re a parent and it’s natural to have a hard time letting go. So face it, you’ll keep their rooms and closets just the way they left them. And you are very right about the moving back in part. At least once, they’ll be back for a few months or weeks. You might as well have it ready for them.

Whichever option you choose, just make sure that you and your spouse savor this time to be just a couple again. You never know when your kids’ old rooms are going to be filled with grand-kids and their toys. See? So many more memories for you to make after all.

5 Advantages and 5 Disadvantages of Satellite Internet

You spend a lot of money on your Internet service and want to ensure that you are getting the best deal for your dollar. Should you go with Satellite Internet or not? The debate continues, so here is a list of  5 advantages to Satellite Internet and 5 disadvantages to Satellite Internet that may help you decide whether Satellite Internet is right for you.

ADVANTAGES

Since Satellite Internet is beamed directly from the satellite to your home, the signal does not have to pass through miles of phone or cable lines giving many advantages to this type of service.

  1. Connection: For avid Internet users or people who rely on the internet for their personal businesses, having the internet constantly available is a must. With Satellite Internet, once you boot up your computer, you are connected to the Internet. There is no dial up or log on needed; you are just automatically connected.
  1. Availability: Satellite Internet has a higher availability rate than DSL or cable. If you are in the United States, you are able to get Satellite Internet. Even in remote or mountainous regions where running DSL lines and cables are impossible, Satellite Internet is able to provide service.
  1. Multiple Users: The number of computers per household has increased dramatically over the years. It is more likely that each person in a home has his or her own computer, rather than each home having one computer for everyone to share. Satellite Internet can easily accommodate all the computers a family has, all at the same time. There is no need to wait for one computer to “log off” in order for another one to “log on.”
  1. Ease of Use: Satellite Internet is a ‘no problem’ Internet service. Once a technician sets up your account and installs a receiver on the exterior of your home, you are ready to go. No additional equipment is needed.
  1. Service Outages: Downed wires and ice on the phone lines are just two circumstances that can bring other types of Internet service to a standstill, but not Satellite Internet. With satellite signal, you will not lose your Internet connection.

DISADVANTAGES

As great as that sounds there are some disadvantages to having satellite internet.

  1. Fair Access Policy: The FAP limits the bandwidth of a subscriber’s daily Internet use. This means that during peak hours of use, your service is slower than it would be using cable or DSL.
  1. Latency: Latency means that, again during peak usage times, people using voice chat applications or voice-over IP service may experience noticeable lag times between responses. Streaming videos and watching a movie may be significantly slowed during these times making for a less than enjoyable viewing experience.
  1. Weather disturbances: Because the satellite data signals travel long distances, any disturbance can cause disruption in the connection. Rain, clouds, snow and high winds have all contributed to the lost data signals which leads to loss of connectivity and interruptions in service.
  1. Placement of receiver: Subscribers must take extra care when having their satellite receivers installed. Placement should not be blocked by trees and should have a clear view location to be able to receive the clearest signals.
  1. Cost: Satellite Internet is comparatively more expensive than either cable or DSL Internet. There are high start-up costs as well as monthly fees.

Whether you are ready to try Satellite Internet or are just exploring the idea, it makes sense to be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of Satellite Internet service.