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Preparing To Move To a New Home

Moving from one place to another can be a complicated situation. The thought of moving every item in your house can be overwhelming. However, if you take the time to plan each detail, you can get everything ready efficiently before moving day. Here are some tips to accomplish this.

Coordinate the Movers

Research moving professionals to find one that meets your requirements and your budget. Provide them with how far they will need to travel when you ask for a quote. Schedule which day you will need them to arrive to pick up your things and transport them. Write out a plan for when each step of your move must happen and stay with it. This will have you ready on moving day. Place this calendar in a place where everyone in your family to keep them on the same page with the move.

Set Up a Budget

Look at your finances to determine how much money you can spend on your move. Take into account whether you are moving in town or across the country and add hotels and meals if you need to. Strive to stay within the number that you set. You also should factor in the costs of tape and packing materials if you need them.

Go Through Your House

As you prepare to pack your things, sort through them and decide what you want to keep and what you want to dispose of. Rent a dumpster to throw out what you will have trouble salvaging. Separate the rest into piles to sell or to donate to a local charity. Organize a garage sale to make a little extra money with the final items to get rid of.

Tell Others About Your Move

Make time to go to the post office and fill out a change of address form for all the occupants in your house. You can also do this online. Contact the utility companies to let them know when to stop them in your name and start them with the new occupant. Change your address on your driver’s license as soon as you are in your new house. Also notify other bills and accounts, such as your bank and credit cards, of the move so that you receive statements at the right place. Finally, tell your family and friends where you are going and give them the details for the next time that they come to visit you.