TAD Relocation’s Latest Press Release

24 Apr

DC’s premiere move-management firm to expand services, broaden client base, transition to new name

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TAD Relocation

Gaithersburg, MD: The 13-year-old professional move-management company “formerly known as,” Transitional Assistance & Design, today made official what those in the Greater Washington, D.C. area made official more than a decade ago. The firm has changed its name from the longer, Transitional Assistance & Design to the shorter “TAD Relocation,” incorporating its acronym and adopting the nickname used by so many for so long, TAD. Susie Danick, founder and owner of the company said, “After more than a decade in business, we wanted to make our name easier to remember. We have taken the cue from our clients and communities; for years they have called us TAD. We just decided to roll with it.” TAD added “Relocation” to the company name to further define the firm’s growth. TAD will broaden its focus, expanding and enhancing its existing family and professional move-management business while continuing to serve the senior community. “Friends and business acquaintances began requesting our assistance with their relocation and settling-in needs, so this is a natural progression. We always listen to our clients’ feedback and have made it a priority to continually evolve the business to meet and exceed their current and future needs,” added Danick.

As part of TAD Relocation’s latest strategic move, the move-management company introduces new, expanded services and a new brand (including logo). “TAD Relocation is the same great company with a new look and name. We’re now offering even more services under one roof, creating enhanced results and greater value to our future clients,” said Danick, who founded the move-management firm that she operates with her husband/business partner, Joel Danick. In order to better service its clients, TAD Relocation is expanding its services to include TAD Transport, a sister company. With TAD Transport, the move-management firm will now provide light hauling, junk pick up and packing supplies. “Through TAD Transport, all boxes and moving supplies will be branded and provided by TAD, better serving the Mid-Atlantic with their downsizing, relocation and design needs,” said Danick. “We continue to ‘plan a better move’ and help people effectively ‘deal with their stuff’.”

The move-management firm designs “to-scale” floor plans for clients, figuring out ahead of time exactly what will fit into a new home, a most helpful tool for those who are moving from a larger residence into a smaller one (rightsizing). TAD Relocation will organize, arrange and oversee the entire move process. “Known as ‘The Wedding Planners’ of the moving business, TAD is a team of experts who specialize in coordinating moves, truly an ‘event’,” said Danick. “We work with our clients from the very beginning to guide them down a successful move-path, planning, sorting and organizing so that they are ‘move ready’ on moving day. This kind of planning and coordination makes their move experience a good one.” TAD Transport’s smooth-move and support-processes, developed over 13 years and approximately 4,000-moves, is designed to remove as much as possible the anxiety and physical stresses associated with moving.

A registered nurse, Susie Danick founded TAD Relocation in 2000 after her own personal experience moving a family member. Since then, TAD Relocation has been dedicated to planning better moves. TAD provides a free consultation and move readiness assessment tailored to each client’s move needs. Partnering with clients and their families, TAD Relocation offers an all-too-rare commitment to never leave a client alone with the burden of his/her move. “Whether our focus is for active adults and seniors or busy families and professionals, we anticipate all the needs of our clients, including the physical and emotional,” said Danick. “We specifically design spaces with a client’s needs in mind. We focus on a combination of function, aesthetics and safety.”

Working on behalf of their clients, TAD covers all angles of a move by, for example, collaborating with local realtors on “market ready” services, including home staging, de-cluttering and home improvements. Additionally, TAD handles the post-sale cleanout of the house brainstorming innovative ways to “relocate” valued items that a smaller home cannot accommodate. Consulting with clients and their families, items are delivered by TAD to their most appropriate locations, whether family members or auction houses, donated or disposed. “Combining the talents and resources of TAD Relocation and TAD Transport we will have an expert team that assists clients through all stages of relocation. We are committed to creating an experience that moves our clients comfortably, efficiently and safely,” said Danick. “TAD plans a better move and looks to create an experience that will move you.”

Earth Day and Moving

22 Apr


Moving and Earth Day – How are they related ?

Thinking of moving in the next year or two? How does that relate to Earth Day? Planning in advance – that’s how!

TAD Relocation has seen the effects of last minute “how are we going to move” situations. Often we are asked to help out 2 months and sometimes 2 weeks before a move. Most of our clients have lived in their homes for 30, 40, or 50+ years. That’s a long time for stuff to accumulate. Then in the span of weeks, a lot of that stuff has to be removed from the home. Because time is short, energy is waning and decision making difficult, a lot of stuff ends up in the land fill.

Plan a better move – by starting as soon as you *think* you may move or sooner. Engage the assistance of a move management professional who can help you develop the plan to figure out what you want to keep in your new home and how to “green removal” the items you won’t need. There are many options to reuse, repurpose, and recycle most items in your home. Check out the Recycled Art Foundation for some clever ideas. Happy Earth Day!

Stay Strong In 2013: 10 Superfoods You Should Be Eating!

5 Feb

We are a month into 2013…how is everyone doing with those new year’s resolutions? Well, if it is your goal to get/stay healthy this year then it is your lucky day. Our diet is one of the easiest things we can control when it comes to improving our overall health and wellness. Certain foods contain benefits to the human body that go far beyond what is common knowledge. Today, we are focusing on a special group of foods…superfoods! Superfoods are considered to be those that have high nutritional density with little to know negative effects (high saturated fats, contaminants, etc…). Below is a list of our five favorite superfoods, their health benefits, and how you can incorporate them into your daily diet.


1) Greek Yogurt: From weak to to GREEK! Our first superfood is our protein packed friend Greek Yogurt. This yogurt comes packed with almost twice the protein as “American-style” yogurt and has almost half of the amount of salt and carbohydrates. The extra protein in Greek Yogurt will help keep your muscles strong and keep you full for longer, which can help with weight control. Try to opt for the fat free or low fat versions to avoid the saturated fats found in higher fat versions. Greek yogurt also comes loaded with digestive friendly probiotics to keep that GI in check. Greek yogurt can simply be eaten plain as part of a nutritious breakfast. Try to avoid the versions where “fruit” is already added, as these types often contain excessive added sugars. Try adding fresh berries for an additional antioxidant power and that little touch of sweetness you crave in the morning. You want to get more creative with your yogurt? Try mixing non-fat greek yogurt with dill, lemon juice, minced garlic (powder will work as well), and salt and pepper to create a flavorful Mediterranean dip that you can pair with lean meats for delicious full course meals.

2) Quinoa Say what? Pronounced, /ˈkiːnwɑː/, this super grain has been around longer than our modern world, but has resurfaced in the past few years into superfood stardom. Quinoa is a hybrid grain/seed that has a laundry list of amazing health benefits. Quinoa is packed with protein to help keep you full longer and provide you with 9 essential amino acids. This supergrain is also extremely rich in fiber, which helps keep your body regular as well as helps lower bad cholesterol levels. Try replacing rice in stir-fry dishes with this superfood. If you want to be even more adventurous try THIS simple and tasty salad dish.

3) Olive Oil: What do you think when you think of oil? Fat, “bad for you”, greasy? Well, it is time to change that perception! Olive is ranks extremely when it comes to foods beneficial to your health…while also remaining extremely tasty. Olive oil contains monounsaturated fats, which have been shown to lower levels of bad cholesterol and help control blood sugar levels. Saute your vegetables in this super-oil when making side dishes for your evening meals. Tip for eating out: Dip the free bread given to you at many restaurants in a little bit of olive oil…this will lower the glycemic index (how fast the carbohydrates are broken down by the body) of the bread and will have less of an effect on spiking your blood sugar.

4) Asparagus: A personal TAD favorited vegetable, this green powerhouse is extremely versatile, making its great health benefits easily consumed at any time of day. Asparagus is loaded with our friend lycopene, which has been shown to greatly reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Along with lycopene, asparagus is chocked full of vitamin A, which can help keep your eyes strong and support your overall immune system. Try grilling asparagus is some tin foil with olive oil, salt, and pepper for a quick and easy side dish. Enjoy this amazing vegetable in the morning by sauteing some chopped asparagus and add it to your morning scramble or omelet.

5) Coffee: Yes, I said coffee! Throw away all of those old misconceptions and drink up. Drinking a cup of coffee a day has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer, alzheimer’s disease, and help prevent heart and respiratory diseases. Try adding some skim or low fat milk to your coffee in the morning for an additional boost of calcium.

Fall: Enjoy The Season Avoid The Action

7 Sep

Fall is one of my favorite times of year. The weather shifts from being scorching hot to being nice and temperate, the trees and bushes evolve into a variety of stunning colors, and the nights are crisp and cool – the perfect excuse for an outdoor fire. Oh, and best of all…it’s football season (Go Redskins!). Although the fall is a spectacular time of year, falling is anything but enjoyable. All too often senior citizens are plagued by injuries due to falls. Seniors can fall for a variety of reasons, but some are truly quite avoidable. We have attempted to uncover the reasons for these traumatic falls and how we can all stay safe “fall” season!

Around The house and neighborhood: Did you know that falls are the leading cause of accidental deaths in those 75 years and older? The majority of these falls take place within the home or within close proximity. Below are some ways in which you can improve your safety within your home:

1) Bathroom: The bathroom…it likes to play dirty. Your bathroom is full of obstacles that are entirely conducive to making you fall. We shall start with your tub/shower. Most bathroom floors are a solid white, which blend in with the foundation of your tub making it hard to see. Have a contractor color contrast these multiple surfaces to help you visually see the transitions better. The shower/tub dangers don’t stop there. Make sure to install strong grab handles and no-slip shower mats within your shower and tub. Also, if you can swing it, have a stand up shower installed to replace your tub to remove the dangerous height-factor that lies in traversing the ledge of a common bath tub.

2) The Kitchen: Little changes can go a long way here when it comes to making your kitchen as safe as possible. Make sure to put all food items and utensils in drawers and on shelves that are within a normal reach. Only use small step stools for leverage or explore other “reaching” aids that can be found through a variety of Keeping a clean kitchen is good for more than just your home aesthetics. Ensure that all spills are properly cleaned as to avoid slipping on any grease, water, or other common kitchen liquids.

3) Outdoors: Enjoying the cool and soothing fall weather is one of the highlights of the season, but traversing the outdoors poses many possible threats to senior safety. Make sure to try and always walk with a partner if possible. This person may be the key to getting you help and saving your life in case of an unfortunate fall. Try to learn your limits and how not to push past them. Although running or hiking may sound like fun, it is not worth rising your ongoing health to do so. There are many other senior friendly outdoor activities, which you can find here. Your outdoor gear is also an essential piece when it comes to ensuring senior safety. There is no substitue for appropriate shoes, walkers, canes, and emergency call devices.

4) The Stairs: The biggest obstacle in the home? Maybe. First, make sure light switches are installed at both the top and the bottom of the stairs to ensure adequate lighting when going up and down stairways. Ensure that all carpet is securely adhered to the stairs as to not move under your foot as you step. Have a contractor come inspect all railings and floorboards to see that everything is secure and in place. If you do not already, have said contractor install hand rails on both sides to provide maximum support.

Stay safe this autumn…and avoid the FALL🙂

It’s Kind of Hot Outside…

16 Jul

The other morning I woke up in my bed to a cool and comfortable temperature. My ceiling fan was on full speed, which chilled my bedroom to a perfect (for me) 70 degrees. I went about my morning routine…I brushed my teeth and then took a nice cool shower. I got dressed in a nice summer outfit complete with pastel shorts and a freshly pressed Polo shirt. I was clean, smelling good, and looking even better…then I stepped outside!

I immediately broke out into a “sweat”, which would be better described as a cascading waterfall of perspiration…but I digress. It made me realize…it’s hot out! A damp shirt and extra deodorant were the least of my worries that day as I needed to make sure I was taking care of my body with these extreme weather conditions. Here are some of my tips for you to help keep you cool and keep you safe from the sun and heat this summer.

1) Hydrate: I know you all have probably heard this over and over again, but drink up. About 60 percent of the human body is made up of water…THAT IS THE MAJORITY PEOPLE! Always make sure you have some type of liquid on hand and try to stay away from the sugar drinks. Invest in some high quality teas to make your own ice tea. The floral and spice notes of these teas will excite your taste buds in ways you never thought possible…and you may just lose that spare tire around your waist from cutting out all of the extra sugar. Water is also essential for the proper absorption of certain vitamins (water soluble), so do your body a favor and re-discover H20.

2) Sunglasses: Your eyes…beautiful they may be, but sensitive those little buggers are. Just like your skin, your eyes need protection from the sun’s potentially harmful UV rays. Excess exposure to UV rays may lead to medical complications such as cataracts, sunburn of the eyes, and other growths. Not to mention…wearing sunglasses reduces the amount that one squints during the day, which in turn reduces the amount of facial wrinkles around the eyes.

3) Sunblock: Just wear it…you know the drill.

4) Monitor Your Outdoor Activity: Do you know the different levels of air quality? For seniors, dangerous air quality levels occur a lot sooner and more often than those levels that have a negative impact on younger age groups. Please refer to this great breakdown of the Air Quality Index (AQI) via you fantastic government. CLICK HERE to learn more about the AQI!

5) Be COOL with your fashion: I don’t have to tell you to not wear a sweater in this heat…do I? It is still worth taking a look at your current summer wardrobe and re-evaluating your choices. Modern technology has allowed for apparel manufacturers to create moisture-wicking fabrics to absorb sweat and keep you cool. Companies like Under Armour, which is primarily an athletic wear company, now produce a full lineup of casual-everyday clothing choices with the same materials/technologies that go into their high performance athletic gear. Their stuff looks good too🙂

These are just a few of our own personal tips for you to try out this summer. Make sure to always consult your physician before engaging in anything that is designed to alter your physical self. Please feel free to share some of you own summer tips, recipes, and tricks to help us all be a little COOLER this year!

What’s The Beef? Red Meat…Eat The Good Stuff

23 Apr

We are all trying to find ways to improve our health from our diets to our physical activity. Would I be crazy to tell you that you no longer have to swear off red meat in order to stay healthy? I am going to give you the skinny on how to enjoy your meat and how to let your body enjoy it too.

1) Grass Fed vs Grain Fed:

If you have spent anytime in the world of nutrition in the past few years then you have most likely heard of grass fed beef. What does this really mean? Most cattle in the US are raised in feed plots, which provide cattle with a steady diet of cheap-corn based feed that quickly raises the weight of the cattle. In this case…more weight = more fat marbling, which equals more flavor and a higher grade of meat. It also means that this type of meat is not the highest on the “good for you” nutrition scale.

Grass fed cattle are a little different story. These cows graze in open pastures all day on a steady diet of grass, which results in a couple of things. These cows are overall a healthier type of cattle with more health benefits. Each cut of meat will tend to be less fatty as the cows are moving around the pastures all day. This type of meat will generally be darker in color and will provide a more nutty and earthy flavor in comparison to grain fed cattle. Grass fed meat has also been show to have higher levels of heart healthy fats like Omega-3’s, but I wouldn’t rely on it as your main source.

“If you eat a typical amount of beef per year,” Robinson points out in Pasture Perfect, a book about the benefits of pasture-raised animals, “which in the United States is about 67 pounds, switching to grass-fed beef will save you 16,642 calories a year.”

2) Organic Beef vs Non-Organic Beef:

It is important to note here that Organic Beef does not mean that the delicious piece of succulent steak you are currently enjoying is grass fed beef. Organic meats are known for having a much better nutrition profile than it’s non-organic counterparts. These include:

–No Added Hormones or Antibiotics: Hormones that are added to cattle feed to make them bigger and “more desirable” have been associated with early onset puberty in young ones and some types of cancers. The addition of antibiotics has been associated with some types of bacteria resistance…even the good bacteria that helps with overall digestive health.

–Organic Beef is Traditionally Less Fatty: Since most organic cattle is raised on healthier diet, where the goal isn’t to try and fatten up the cattle as quick as possible, these cows tend to be leaner and therefore many cuts are healthy compared to their non-organic relatives. THIS IS NOT ALWAYS THE CASE, so make sure to turn to grass fed and free range cattle for the leanest cuts of meat. Most organic cattle has a different taste than traditional meats that you would find in your typical supermarket, which I personally think is much more clean and pure.

–Less…bad stuff: The overall health benefits of organic meats can be very beneficial to the human diet. Just like a human that eats a clean diet, a cow that consumes a healthy array of foods will contain less toxins and therefore will be or more benefit to our daily diets.

3) What Cuts Make The Cut?

So, you are ready to eat some meat? First, let’s use some of that hard earned money to buy some quality food. Seek out a local butcher or venture to your nearest natural grocer to ensure you are getting a quality product and served by somebody that knows their stuff! Our leanest cuts of meat are going to be our eye of round, top round, sirloin (top), bottom round, sirloin side steaks. Ask your butcher what the freshest selections of the day are as well…fresher is better! Put their knife skills to the test and have them trim all excess fat off of your day’s selections. Try marinating your meats to make them more tender and to give them that extra bit of decadence.

Happy Grilling!

Check out these links below to find some fantastic beef recipes for you to try this summer:



RSS: Relocation Stress Syndrome

9 Apr

RSS…the acronym with many meanings. Rich Site Syndication…this is just a fancy way of subscribing to your favorite website or blog to automatically receive email updates, which we have by the way! That is not our focus today…instead we will be looking at the complexities of what is known as Relocation Stress Syndrome:

Relocation Stress Syndrome (RSS) is technically defined as “the physiologic and psychosocial disturbances that result from transfer from one environment to another”. RSS has been described as having a similar intensity to that of divorce or death in the family.

How can you tell?

The most common symptoms of RSS include depression, anger, dependency, confusion, and anxiety. Changes in eating and sleeping habits can also be physical signs of RSS.

How can you help?

This is where your senior move manager can be most effective. RSS is best treated by taking preventative measures. Let the pro’s (TAD..hint hint) do what they do best:

1) Involve the senior in the decision making process (where appropriate) from the beginning.

2) Let the senior take an interactive role (where appropriate) in setting up the new living area.

3) Make the new space look/resemble their previous living arrangement…let TAD showcase their superb design skills.

4) Provide support through the transition to help the senior become acclimated, especially within the first few weeks/months.

5) ALWAYS create an open venue for communication. Ensure that the senior is able to ask questions and voice concerns at all times.

Moving and transitioning can be difficult for anyone at any age, which is only often more difficult as we get older. Let move managers like Transitional Assistance and Design remove the stress from your move and turn it into an enjoyable experience for everyone!


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