Preparing for a Move

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Consider having a big yard sale or garage sale. Or you could take clothing and household items to a consignment shop. Preparing for a move also is a good time to update your records.

Be sure to call a moving company as soon as you know the date on which you'll be ready to go. A company representative should either come to your home or give you an estimate over the phone of how much it will cost to move your belongings. Look for a reputable firm that's had some experience. Do as much packing yourself as you can to cut the movers' time and save money. Don't forget to mark the boxes as to where they go in the new house.

After your mortgage has been approved, make a list of everyone you'll need to notify. These will include the following:

  • Cable company
  • Telephone company
  • Newspaper carrier
  • Trash hauler
  • Utility companies
  • Postal service

Advise all of them of when you'll be moving and make arrangements to have services transferred to your new home, if applicable. Keep a list of what you've done and who you've spoken with.

When the Big Day Arrives

Go Figure

June, July, and August are the busiest months for most moving companies, due to families wanting to move while the kids are on summer vacation. If your move falls in one of those months, be sure to call early.

Hopefully, all your advance preparations will pay off, and you'll be calm, cool, and collected on your moving day.

Try not to think of all the work you'll have after your belongings are moved but to focus on what's happening at your current house.

The movers will have questions concerning what goes to the new house and what stays, so at least one person needs to be available. Another person can go on ahead to the new house to direct the movers there.

Moving is stressful, there's no question about it. Try to stay as calm as possible, and know that your life will soon begin to get back to normal.

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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Personal Finance in Your 40s and 50s © 2002 by Sarah Young Fisher and Susan Shelly. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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