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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

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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10 Things You Need To Know Before You Move With Pets

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 4:55 PM

Moving? Let's be honest, moving is stressful. But, imagine if you can't read, understand all of the chatter around you and all you see is the chaos of boxes, your home in an upheaval and stressed out humans everywhere. Sounds even more stressful, right? That's why it is vital to...

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How to Pack for a Summer Family Road Trip

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 12:22 PM

Road Trip! Remember the days when the whole family piled into the station wagon for a summer road trip with a few bags, a cooler and some Mad Libs? There were singalongs, license plate games and simply family time together. Those are some of my fondest memories. Think that simple...

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Four Steps to a Successful Move With Kids

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 11:44 AM

Summer is almost here and for families it's the most popular time to move to a new home. In fact, May is National Moving Month. Nearly 40 million of us move in the summer and begin planning our moves in May.

It's no secret, no one likes to move...

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5 Ways to Make Your Move Green

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 1:06 PM

Moving season and Earth Day are here, two occasions you probably never put together. However, they compliment each other quite nicely, saving you moving costs and impact on the environment.

When you hear the term "green moving," it might invoke images of packing your things in grass and bamboo baskets,...

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Top 10 Cities Americans Move to and Move From

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 2:58 PM

Have you dreamed of moving to a city on the other side of the country, or simply somewhere warmer or with a cheaper cost of living? While these reasons are not the top three reasons people move, they are common desires and driving factors in where Americans move...

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Keep Your Little Movers Safe With This Baby-Proofing Checklist

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 10:08 AM

Baby's on the move? Run! No wait, better make sure it's safe. Here's a checklist for all you parents, grandparents, godparents, aunts, uncles and friends who have little ones moving about your home. Curiosity can be adorable, but did you know how much trouble a child's sense of exploration can...

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The Most Common Reasons We Move in America

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 1:50 PM

How many times have you moved? What were the reasons? Moving is stressful and a ton of work so why do we do it? It turns out we have very good reasons, often big life changes.

My team at NorthStar Moving compiled the most common reasons people...

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Ten Tips to Find More Space in Your Home in 2014

(4) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 10:55 AM

It's that time of year again when we break out the running shoes, eat healthier for a couple of weeks and pledge to be simply perfect people. But what about our surroundings? How are we supposed to eat healthier if our pantries are overflowing? How are we going to be...

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Four Simple Ways to Use Holiday Clutter to Pack Away Décor Safely

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 11:48 AM

The holiday festivities have come to a close. The pine needles are beginning to cover the floor, and I bet corners of the house are filled with boxes, wrapping paper and miles of ribbon. But before you begin the task of clearing the house of all holiday remnants and packing...

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The Home Stretch: Last-Minute Holiday Entertaining Tips

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 9:27 AM

Planning a holiday party this week, but its not making your spirits bright? Do you fear that jingle as neighbors come knocking? Every year we plan to be the hostess with the mostess, but with all the other holiday to-dos it often falls to the bottom of the list. Well,...

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