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Top Tips for Moving into a New Home

by JKSteele on June 30, 2013
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Get Ready for Moving Day

womanboxesCongratulations! After months of searching, viewing, offering & waiting… you have closed on your new home. Now it is time to get ready. Moving into a new home ranks as one of the top stress-inducing activities of our lives. We’ve developed a handy checklist to reduce the stress of moving.

  1. Research, Research, Research – Find a reputable moving company by asking for referrals and reading local online reviews. Be candid when getting quotes that you are shopping around – you may receive some special promotions not otherwise offered.
  2. Packing boxes. You can save substantially by packing your own boxes rather than requiring your moving company to do it for you. Some tips for packing your items:
    1. Use suitcases, bags & trunks that you already have – they are already making the trip – put the space to good use.
    2. Find boxes cheaply or even free by asking your local grocery store or retail outlet. Many people will give away their own moving materials so be sure to scour sites like craigslist.
    3. Purchase plenty of good quality packing tape!
    4. Use plastic zip bags or special “vacuum” seal bags to reduce the size and bulk of linens, comforters and blankets.
    5. Do not unpack drawers except to use socks or other soft clothing to cushion glassware & breakables.
    6. Be sure to have a few black markers on hand and label each box clearly. Note the contents and if possible the room the box should go in.
    7. Address Change for Mail and Other Services
      1. Contact your internet, phone and cable to set a date for the service change.
      2. Make a list of all of your personal accounts that you will need to notify of your new address (bank accounts, credit cards, auto loans, magazine subscriptions, etc.)
      3. Visit the local Post Office and provide them with change of address and forwarding information. You can also fill out change of address online at www.usps.com

4. Stock the Basics – Stock up on items like trash bags, plastic ware, paper towels because you will run through these items quickly. Make sure there is toilet paper in the bathrooms, bottled water in the fridge (both homes!) and plenty of cleaning supplies.

While it can be stressful making sure your entire home arrives safely at its new destination, thoughtful planning can make the process manageable, timely and affordable. For more helpful tips – read our moving timeline.

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