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Laura McHolm

Recently featured in Ladies' Home Journal as one of 16 women making the world a happier place, and one of the few women at the helm of a moving company, Laura McHolm had an unlikely start for a moving company co-founder.

Laura taught basic programming on Apple computers then worked in marketing for Atari while the company was still in its infancy, and after law school, she worked as a corporate intellectual property lawyer. In the mid-1990s she moved away from the Fortune 500 to fulfill her more creative, entrepreneurial spirit and partnered with Ram Katalan to launch NorthStar Moving® Company in Los Angeles.

Today, her fastest growing privately held company is the go to mover for The Getty, A-List celebrities, and other movers and shakers. Her company has redefined the moving industry as the first to offer “eco-luxury” moving services, elevating basic moving and storage services to a new unparalleled level of customer service, customized care and environmental consciousness. NorthStar Moving has been honored with more awards for service than any other moving company. Laura has broken the long-held notion of moving and storage as burly men doing one job – lifting heavy things.

As a child, Laura drove her mother crazy when asked to clean her room, she’d start by completely emptying out her closet and drawers. This quirk turned into a passion for organization, developing systems, solving logistical problems and basically stream-lining life. She even has a special method for folding a bath towel. Using her techniques, her staff assists her clients (a client list that would make any top Hollywood agent green with envy) cleanse their closets, pantries, and sort their entire home before a move. Laura has been consistently nominated for multiple awards (ala Susan Lucci) including: CEO of the Year, Business Woman of the Decade, Philanthropist of the Year, but actually snagged the Trailblazer of the Year award. Laura lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband and spunky rescue dog Lee-Loo and practices yoga, travels frequently to Paris, drinks way too much champagne, does community work, refers to herself as a bleeding heart liberal and, of course, takes walks by the ocean. For more information, please visit or call (800) Ask-Pros (800) 275-7767

Entries by Laura McHolm

How To Create a Well-Designed Floor Plan in Your New Home

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 2:51 PM

Congratulations, a new home! It is an exciting time full of countless to-dos. One to-do is frequently overlooked. It's the step that saves you money on moving day and quickly transforms a new house into your new home. Lay out your future before moving day!

It is essential to...

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10 Tips From the Pet Pros: How to Find the Right Vet After a Move

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 7:57 PM

Any pet owner knows that "find a new veterinarian" is on the top of the moving to-do list. In fact, for many, finding a new vet is higher on the list then finding a new doctor. Admit it! Our four-legged loved ones often come first! However, the task of finding...

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Nine Things to Know Before You Hire a Home Inspector

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 11:16 AM

Everyone knows that buying a home is a huge financial and emotional commitment. Most of us purchase a home just a few times in our lifetime. It's full of countless decisions: Is this the right house for my family? Is the neighborhood where we want to live? Can we afford...

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It's Election Year: How to Update Voter Registration After a Move?

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2016 | 4:22 PM

If you moved recently, or if you never registered, or you've simply been living under a rock, then it's time to wake up and move on over to the ballot box. Yep, unless you've been in complete media silence with an aluminum foil cap over your head, you know this...

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El Nino: Is Your Home Prepared?

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 9:08 AM

How are you weathering this weather? The Northeast just had the warmest December on record. It was short sleeves instead of Christmas sweaters. The West Coast had a cool holiday, so it was space heaters instead of bathing suits. And, the Northwest is finally seeing snow; while the Southwest is...

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10 Tips to Keep Your Kids and Pets Safe This Holiday Season

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 10:44 AM

There is no ignoring it now. The twinkling trees, tinsel and attractive trouble are all around. Whether you are singing "Feliz Navidad" or "Dradle, Dradle, Dradle," we can all agree this is one of the greatest times of the year, BUT it's also filled with hidden dangers for your children...

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7 Ways to Help Homeless Pets This Holiday

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 1:34 PM

Are you or your kids busy writing Santa lengthy wish lists? Are you looking for a way to keep the entire family in the giving spirit? And, maybe, just maybe, keep them a little less focused on the receiving spirit? Well, this season make it: All 'bout The Reindeer. No...

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Cheat Sheet: How Many Moving Boxes Will I Need?

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 9:38 AM

Movers hired? Check. Moving day scheduled? Check. Packed? Um... If your answer to this question is no, it's probably because you're overwhelmed by looking around at all the stuff in your home. One of the most common moving questions is: "How many boxes will I need?"

Make the packing...

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8 Things Not To Pack When Moving

(12) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 2:57 PM

You have gone through the packing drills: Boxes? Check. Tape? Check. Precise type of boxes? Check. Ready, set, go! Start packing! Wait a second! Hold it! Before you pack every tea cup and toy car in your home, take a break and step back. There are some items you should...

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Just Moved In? Four Things You Should Know to Protect Your New Home From Hurricane Season

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 10:09 AM

Are you enjoying your summer? Yep, it's time for BBQs, trips to the beach, pool time and vacations with the family. Unfortunately, every summer is also hurricane season. And this year, due to an El Niño event, it is predicted to be an above average hurricane season. So, if you...

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Moving a Parent? How to Hire a Senior Move Manager

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 12:38 PM

Many of us are now, or soon will be, helping our parents downsize and move. I have experienced it and I am sure many of you are about to go down that journey too. In fact, as the Baby Boom generation retires, the U.S. population age 65 and over will...

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Moving this Summer? Donate Your Food

(1) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 1:20 PM

'Tis the season of moving. Although summer is not traditionally "the season of giving," if you are one of the 40 million Americans moving this summer it is the perfect opportunity to be a summertime Santa. While you are packing up all of your belongings, you can also be opening...

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Moving Day Countdown: A Weekly Checklist

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 3:12 PM

It's May and you are probably thinking of Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day and Memorial Day celebrations. But did you know May is also National Moving Month? It "may" not be a reason to celebrate, but certainly moving will be on the mind of millions this month.


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The Most Moved To and Moved From Cities in 2014

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 10:21 AM

As spring arrives, the moving truck arrives! Many of you are currently in the process of looking to buy or rent a new home. Perhaps, you want to cut down on your commute, or you are changing jobs? Many of us time our move for when the kids will be...

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Pet on the Move? 7 Questions to Ask a Pet Sitter and Dog Walker

(6) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 4:02 PM

Just moved into your new home? Starting a new job? Ready to take on the exciting new chapter? Well, before you step out the door, think about your four-legged housemate. They may not be feeling so settled and could feel deserted if you leave them in the new, unfamiliar surroundings....

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How to Make Your Old Home Feel New in 2015: Swap Rooms!

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 4:12 PM

Tired of the old paint colors, the piles of catalogs, over-stuffed closets and toys that your kids haven't touched since 2013? Is your 15-year-old just not loving the Winnie the Pooh theme room? Well, then it's time to room swap!

Most of us move homes every 5-10 years, but...

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Keep Your Kids Safe and Merry During the Holidays With this Simple Checklist

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 3:10 PM

Are you deep into tinsel and mistletoe? A bit pre-occupied with your holiday to-do lists? Is all the sparkle distracting you and your little ones? Be sure to keep an eye out for trouble, your little ones can reap havoc with holiday décor. Whether you are singing "Feliz Navidad" or...

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5 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 11:41 AM

December? Yep, December is here and you know what that means! A busy and joyous month filled with holiday festivities, shopping, decorating, baking and Santa's to-do lists that you better check twice. While December is filled with cheer, it's also filled with dangers for your pets. In fact, it is...

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13 Spook-Free Safety Tips to Keep Your Kids and Pets Safe This Halloween

(4) Comments | Posted October 26, 2014 | 9:20 PM

Halloween is full of tricks, treats, ghoulish games, frightening frocks, cute costumes, glowing Jack O' Lanterns, pumpkin-packed parties, and of course spookiness! Unfortunately, all of the frightening fun has dangers lurking behind them. Whether you are a parent of two-legged loved ones or four-legged furry loved ones, it is critical...

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Making the Most of a Dorm Room 101

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 3:24 PM

Sadly summer is wrapping up, and it's back to books. But many are about to embark on the very thrilling and memorable transition from home to college. (College-bound freshmen try to hold on to your smiles and at least try to make your parents think you're going to miss them.)...

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