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5 Top Things to Consider During the Move


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Moving really doesn’t have to be stressful and complicated if you can find good professional help. For instance, if there are things that you absolutely detest doing, no problem, post the job on http://www.anyvan.com/ and sit back. The website will send you or your account bids from different transportation companies. Thereafter, you can decide what you want to pay, and which bid you want to go with for the job. You will be in control of the costs, not the moving companies.

In a normal move there’s always the settling in part that usually consists of simple details to enormous tasks. But don't despair, some of the most important things in life won't change, and they are your family, safety and comfort. Below are the 5 Top Things to Consider During the Move that you can do to simplify the work and make the arrival more pleasant. So before you load up the truck and get on the road / plane, take a look at the list below and prepare for a stress-free move.
  •  Fundamental Box Close-by: A fundamental box is a box that should stay with you at all times while traveling to the new place. What good is it if you have a fundamental box and it is packed up in the moving truck, or on the plane in the wing? Even when running around the city, I have a fundamental box stocked with emergency items in the trunk. I store things like granola bars, water bottles, light jackets, hats, medication, wet wipes, kids play. I can't count the number of times that the light jacket, and the hat have saved my daughter from the harsh sun and chilly cold mornings. 
  • Change Old Locks to New Locks: Change the locks of the new place before you get there, if possible. When you buy a brand new house, it doesn’t matter so much. However, if your house is not brand new, do not assume that you are getting all the copies of the house keys. You don’t know if the past owners have friends or relatives that have copies. We would like to think that once the previous owners moved, it also meant they've ended their ties with the house, but one never knows. For safety and a peace of mind it is just good practice and one that cost very little up front versus the unmeasurable invasion of your privacy and home.

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  • Start Utilities Ahead of Arrival: Depending on what time you arrive to the new place, but if it is going to be later which will be dark, you will need electricity. It you have children, make sure the refrigerator is plugged in so that you can use it for drinks and milk. Another important utility item is water, you will need the water running to wash kids’ hands or kids for that matter, you’ll need water to make ice or hot water. Electricity working and water running are the two items I find instantaneously necessary on arrival. 
  • Neighborhood Online Communities: This is a great resource for new neighbors. There are many ways that I have found this service useful. For one it is a great way for you to meet new people in your neighborhood. Get and account and signed-up, write a little description of yourself. If you are worried about privacy stay to the general things like, activities hiking, tennis, reading, it’s pretty safe. You can also go by a nickname if you don’t want your real full name displayed. The classifies in the community is a lot safer than Craigslist, if you’ve moved a couch to the new house, then realized you miscalculated and it will be too big. Advertise it for sale, it is better to sell to your neighbor than some random people on Craigslist, that would then know where you live. But the best use for a move from this community was the placement for FREE moving boxes. Get rid of them yourself and meet new neighbors at the same time. It’s ingenious! 
  • Forward / Transfer Mail to New Address: This item is almost a prerequisite of moving. Even now with the little mail that we get daily in the mail box, versus before having the internet, there are still plenty of items that can not be delivered through the computer or online. For people who ordered items for monthly delivery, make sure you've put in for mail to be forwarded. I am still amazed at how many people would forget to do this step until the very last minute, or have not received their packages as they expected because they omitted this item from their moving list. 
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27 comments :

  1. I hate moving. Just thinking of packing my stuff gives me nightmare. Then the unpacking? Those tips will surely come handy when I need to move. wink*

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    1. Moving always causes my nails to break. I don't know what it is, probably bang them around too much.
      I hope you don't have to move, but they say the average person move every 7-10 years. uh-oh.

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    2. I don't mind moving if I had help. The last time we moved, we had these awesome guys that came and got all the big stuff...they got us moved in one day. Whew!

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  2. We are in the middle of a move right now and I think this information is great! One tip I've always loved is to set the beds up before moving anything else into the house. At the end of a long day of moving it's so great to fall into something comfortable.

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    1. The bed thing is a great idea, I have to learn about comfort. Sometimes I am more into getting things done.

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  3. Fantastic tips!

    When my kids were younger we ran around a lot, so I always had an emergency basket in the car too. I need to do this again, just in case!

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    1. I think the box is one of the most important things for moms.

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  4. We are hoping to be moving in the next few months and these are great tips. Especially the one about the fundamental box. Even now as I pack ahead I have to remember to not pack the things that are essential to our lives.

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    1. Thank you. You are the only one that say you are hoping to move. Please see if you can get some bids for the moving jobs. =))

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  5. These are great tips, and make a big difference during a move. Especially important is the fundamental box - make sure to have one for each member of the family. I never thought about changing the locks. That makes a lot of sense! I always have the utilities on prior to moving day. Moving is a huge event, my biggest tip would be to hire a moving company if at all possible. If its not in the budget, be as organized as possible in labeling boxes with room names and contents and get a good group of family and friends to help with the move.

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    1. It sounds like you've done a lot of the tips already, so we are in agreement that these items do work very well in a move. :d

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  6. I won't be moving any time soon, but these are all excellent tips!

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    1. Thanks, hopefully you can keep them in mind incase one of your family members do need them.

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  7. these are great tips for moving, i am hoping though that we do not have to move at all, as moving can be so stressful

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    1. Stressful and a lot of work. Although one positive thing is that it will help clean-out some junk or remind you of things you have that you don't even know of.

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  8. Having moved more times than I would like to count before getting married in 2005, this is an excellent list of suggestions! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It is a good thing that our jobs has grounded us so much. I can't imagine a life on the move, you must be a pro. (h)

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  9. Thanks for the comment on my little scarf. Your blog is interesting. The best advice I got from a Realtor was to pack a suitcase for each member of the family and keep that suitcase in the vehicle you travel in so when you are at your new location and want to sleep (being dead tired from the moving day) you are able to know where your main essentials are; in your suit case! It works when we moved two years ago. When we moved 7 years ago, didn't know this method and it was a NIGHTMARE! lol

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    1. Glad you were able to figure it out. The suitcase idea is a great one...it is like a fundamental box, but for each person. For me, I would go nuts trying to pack for all five people. So I only do what is necessary, if not, it would be a nightmare. ;((

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  10. Great tips! I absolutely hate moving! I told my hubby that when we bought our house he better really love it. We are NOT moving again!

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    1. haha, so it is he who likes to change? I think moving is absolutely laborious, but at least the price to get help is getting more reasonable.

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  11. I like your tip on changing the locks. I've never thought of that but it is an excellent idea. We moved in a place that was rented to a bunch of college students, I had always felt uncomfortable about that.

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    1. Changing the locks is an added peace of mind and security. It is a lot less now a days with auto locks that you can purchase yourself.

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  12. Thanks for sharing the tips!
    I like the idea of always have that box, even if you aren't moving. You never know when you will get stuck somewhere.

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    1. True, I have one in my car no matter where I am. Having children has really taught me to always be prepared.

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  13. These are all excellent tips, and ones that could be overlooked!!

    Thank you for linking up to Super Sunday Sync today!!!

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    1. I am very happy to write articles that people can actually use and find interesting.

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