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Moving Tips

By Dale Hintz

Moving from one home to another can be a daunting task, whether you're moving from one state to another or simply next door. The following are several tips to make the process as hassle-free as possible:

  • If you need to hire a moving company, call in advance because they can become busy as well. It's easier on them and you to deal with the details when you're not in a rush to move everything.
  • Make sure to leave enough overlap days between when you can move into your new home and when you have to move out of your old one. That way you have sufficient time to move everything from one place to the other, which often takes longer than expected.
  • Get rid of items that are broken, you never use, or you don't want. Have a yard sale and/or give things away to charity.
  • Take measurements of your new home to make sure your furniture will fit through the door and in the spots you want to keep the items.
  • If the previous homeowners are taking their curtains and blinds with them, take measurements and bring or buy new sets so you don't have to worry about privacy.
  • Arrange in advance for home and utility hookups such as internet connection and cable or satellite.
  • Let the post office know your change of address.
  • You can often get discarded cardboard boxes from grocery stores, electronics stores, and office supply stores for free.
  • Pack items you'll need during the first day or two in easily accessible boxes that you'll be able to find right away.
  • If you hire a mover, pack small, valuable items such as jewelry separately and bring them in your own car, so you can keep a close eye on them.
  • Mark large, valuable items on the mover's inventory form in case of damage.
  • Record the makes, models, and serial numbers of your electronics and other items. Keep this information, along with all of your other important documents such as birth certificates, passports, insurance information, wills, etc. in a set location.
  • Before unpacking, wipe down drawers, cupboards, and surfaces. Additionally, sweep the floor and closets and vacuum carpets. The next thing to do is make the beds and put towels and toiletries in the bathrooms so you can unpack the rest at your own pace.
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