Changing Your Mailing Address: Things to Know

When you are moving to a new home, you will endure many complicated – albeit, stressful – situations. In the scheme of things, changing your mailing address may seem like achange your mailing adress LETTER - PHOTO (ABC) relatively easy thing to do – and in most situations, it is. But there are some required steps to take in order to ensure the process is done correctly. Here are some things to know about changing your address so no important mail gets lost!

Top Things to Know Before Requesting a Change of Address (COA) with the United States Postal Service (USPS)

Do you know your correct address?

Sure, you know the location of your soon-to-be home, but do you know the correct address? It may sound silly, but during the stress and mayhem that surrounds your move, you may not even know your future address. You may think you’re going to live on a ‘road’ when you’ll actually be living on a ‘lane’ or ‘circle’. Before registering your new ad
dress with the USPS, be sure to confirm with your realtor, or landlord, of the correct, complete and error-free postal address of your future home.

Should you choose a temporary or permanent change of address?

When changing your address, you will have two options: to file a temporary change of address or a permanent change of address. Here’s the difference:

A temporary address change means your mail will be forwarded from your old mailing address to the new one for only a specific amount of time – usually 6-12 months. This option is best if you are moving temporarily, such as spending the winter months in a warmer climate, but then moving back to your original address.

A permanent change of address means your mailing address will be permanently changed – not just for a specified period of time. This option should be chosen if you do not plan to move house again in the near future.

Should you request an individual or family change of address?

Another option you will have when changing your address with the USPS will be to change the address of an individual or an entire family. If your entire family is moving as one – and has the same surname – you will need to fill out just one change-of-address form for the entire household. Easy! But things get a bit more complicated if members of your family have different surnames, or some individuals are moving to a new location while the rest are staying behind. For this situation, you will need to fill out a separate change-of-address request for each individual person.

How long does it take for your address to be changed?

The USPS is rather quick, but when you change your address, the request will not be immediate. In general, a change of address will take effect roughly seven days after your request is submitted. However, there are some potential road blocks that could cause it to take longer, such as:

  • Your exact location
  • The time of year
  • The number of requests currently being processed

However, do note that your COA request may be processed much faster than anticipated, especially for a local move.

When should you change your address?

It is up to you as to how far in advance you request a change of address, but a good rule of thumb is to do it two weeks prior to your move. The main advantage of this is that your mail will start being delivered to your new home by the time you have moved in. This way you won’t have to worry about mail being delivered to your old address when you no longer live there. Another advantage of changing your address two weeks prior to your move is that you won’t have to take care of this task after moving day is over. Instead, you can focus on the main job at hand – unpacking!

Now that you know some of the important things to do before changing your address, here’s a look at how to actually do it. Here are some methods to consider:

Method 1: Change address online

Changing your address online is typically the easiest and most convenient method. Here’s how:

  • Access the official USPS change-of-address form via usps.com/move;
  • Fill out the required fields with the accurate information;
  • Provide a valid e-mail address to receive a confirmation email by the USPS;
  • Using a debit card or credit card, you will be charged a verification fee of $1. This is a standard procedure to verify or identify and safeguard your personal information so no address fraud is possible;
  • Ensure you receive a confirmation email so you know your COA request was processed successfully.

Method 2: Change address in person

If you’re more of a person-to-person type of individual, you may primagesefer to change your address at the actual post office. To do this:

  • Drive to the nearest post office;
  • Request PS Form 3575, and fill it out on the spot;
  • Turn in your filled-out form to the post master;
  • Changing your address in person at the post office will not cost you anything, because you will be required to prove your identity in person.

Method 3: Change address by phone

If you want to save yourself a trip to the post office, you can also choose to change your address via phone. Here’s how:

  • Call 1-800-ASK-USPS, and follow the recorded instructions;
  • You will again be charged an identification fee of $1, so have your debit card or credit card ready when making the call.

Method 4: Change address by mail

Prefer snail mail? If so, this is also an option for changing your address. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Download the USPS printable change-of-address form – PS Form 3575;
  • Print out the COA form, following the detailed instructions from the link above to ensure you fill it out correctly;
  • Place your filled-out form in a stamped envelope and mail it to: POSTMASTER; United States Postal Service;
  • Wait to receive a move-validation letter. It will be sent to your old address;
  • You will receive a confirmation letter within 10 days after the actual change-of-address request has been processed and goes into effect. This will be sent to your new address.

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Moving from Small Town to Big City: The Pros and Cons (Part 1 of 2)

For many who grow up in a small town, the idea of a big city with its bright lights and forever bustScreen Shot 2017-01-13 at 8.14.24 PMling streets is very intriguing. If you are someone who has always dreamed of the chance to escape small-town life and venture into life in a big city, it is a good idea to consider all of the pros and cons that such a move poses.

The Pros

A big city provides a whole new world of possibilities, potentials and prospects to discover. Here are some of the top pros of moving to a big city.

Great Opportunities. One of the top pros of moving to a big city is the number of great opportunities it presents. While there is a lot opportunities ahead - PHOTOof competition in a big city, there will be plenty of options and opportunities that you won’t be able to find in a small town. Whether you want to advance your studies, improve your skills, enhance your professional expertise, acquire new abilities, expand your world view, or pursue a specific passion, big cities will provide you with the opportunity. Whatever your passion, skills and interests are, you will be able to explore them in full and reach your full potential.

Unlimited Options. If there’s one thing a big city provides, it is options. In fact, it offers so many options that it may actually be overwhelming at times. But, having unlimited options is one of the great things about living in a big city. You’ll suddenly have access to:

  • Enormous shopping centers
  • Every ethnicity of food available, within walking distance
  • Different social events nightly
  • A huge number of restaurants, bars and night clubs

Cultural Diversity. Small towns are known for their like-minded folk, which can lead to only one outlook on every aspect of life. But when you move to a new city, you will be exposed to a variety cultural diversityof different perspectives, values, ideologies, points of view and more. These great cultural and ethnic diversities will expand your knowledge of the world and help you learn to appreciate differences and reject stereotypes.

The Cons

Life in a big city is set at a quicker pace than that of a small town. Everyone is in a rush, and everything happens twice as fast as it does in a small town. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it may make your head spin at times. It can also be added to the list of cons about moving from a small town to a big city. Here are some other cons to consider.

Higher Cost of Living. If life felt expensive living in a small town, then you are in a world of shock at the cost of living in a big city. Life in the city is much pricier than small-town life – it’s a fact. Not only will essentials, like housing, food and transportation, cost you more (around twice as much) than it does in a shigh cost of livingmall town, there are also many temptations that will quickly suck your wallet dry – pubs, theaters, museums and the like.

Strong Competition. One thing you will not be used to when moving to a big city is the strong level of competition among those that live there. While in a small town, there are only a few people with an expertise in a specific area or field. In a big city, there are hundreds – even thousands – of people with the same level of expertise or degree as you. This being said, you will face enormous competition in a big city, a problem that can make it hard to find a job.

Heavy Traffic. One of the biggest cons of city life is the massive amount of people – and cars – on the road. From vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, and so on, citcity traffic - PHOTOy streets can be a continuous stream of traffic jams. Finding a parking space can also be a nightmare in a big city. Not only will it take you huge amounts of time trying to find a space, you will also be charged to park there. With such a raging mess, you will quickly become a fan of public transportation.

Now that you know about some of the pros and cons of a big-city move, continue to Part 2 of this blog to learn some necessary steps to take before venturing from small town to big city.

Moving Guide: Tips for a Small-Scale Move

If you’ve ever experienced a home move before, you know it’s a stressful, chaotic and all around complicated process. Not only on your nerves, but also your bank account. While this is typically a true presumption, it’s a good idea to treat each and every moving situation uniquely. For example, a move across the ocean is very different than a move across town or moving a single piece of furniture down the street. Each type of relocation comes with a different set of needs and requirements. Even if you are faced with a mini move, it’s important to plan and prepare accordingly for the situation. You may even require expert help from qualified movers. To check out our useful small-scale moving guide, continue reading.

Small-Scale Moving Help

Full house moves are the most common type of relocation. But don’t let this lead you to believe that small moves don’t require professional moving help. Moving is difficult, no matter the size, and moving companies have services to meet all your needs. This includes small-moving help, both locally and long distance. Partial-load moving, or small-scale moving, is the ideal solution if your shipment is not large enough to fill a moving van.

Good to know: A small move is generally estimated to be up to about 1,000 pounds. For a shipment that falls below this weight mark, it is called a mini move. For a mini move, the most beneficial choice is to consider a partial-load moving service.

Advantages

One of the biggest advantages to opting for small-moving services is the cost. The cost of a large move is based on a number of things, including the total weight of your belongings. A small move, however, only requires you to pay for the items you are actually moving. This means no minimum weight requirements or hidden costs. It also includes both local and long-distance moves. How is the cost so low? The answer lies in efficiency. Movers strive for maximum efficiency when performing their job, and the best way to achieve this is by using moving trucks for dual purposes. When shipping a small – or partial – load, your items will share space inside a moving truck with other customers’ items. Sharing a truck means sharing transportation costs. As a result, the final price of a small move is based on the actual weight of your items and the relocation distance – not on pre-set charges.

Want to keep your small-moving costs as low as possible? Here are some tips:

  • Book movers early: When you first know of your impending move, go ahead and book a professional moving service. The earlier you book, the greater the flexibility for your movers to combine your shipment with someone else’s. This equals lower costs because you won’t have to pay for full use of a moving truck.
  • Move essentials only: When moving, it can be all too easy to take everything you own with you. However, the more items you relocate, the more stress you will endure, as well as the increased risk that your small move will turn into one that’s larger and much more costly.
  • Pack yourself: If you have the time and supplies – not to mention, the patience – opt to pack your belongings yourself. Or with friends and family who won’t charge you for their help. Doing so will greatly cut the cost of hiring professional movers, and their supplies, to do it for you. Just note that if you are relocating artwork, fragile items, family heirlooms or other valuables, it is a very good idea to hire professional movers who are trained in such matters.

Find Your Match

Find the best company for your needs. Moving companies can provide you with convenient and economical options when it comes to moving your small load. To find the company that is best for you and your specific needs:

  • Get references from friends and/or family. These will be your most trusted sources for recommendations.
  • Get small-load moving quotes from several companies. This way you can compare prices, quality of services, terms, etc.
  • Research small-scale movers, investigating reviews and performance ratings from past customers.
  • Discuss the details of your move with your chosen moving professionals. Important topics include liability coverage, handling requirements, transportation requirements, potential difficulties, final moving costs, etc.

Ensure all negotiated terms and conditions are clearly stated in your Bill of Lading!

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Best Ways to Explore Your New City

Moving to a new city means embarking on an adventure. The opportunities are endless with new people to meet and places to see. But after your move is said and done, you may end up feeling confused – even depressed – by all of the unfamiliar that surrounds you. Instead of finding everything new and exciting, you instead find it difficult to fit into your new environment. While it may be a hard transition, with a positive outlook, open-mindedness and a dose of courage, adapting to your surroundings will eventually become easier. Here are some ways to explore your new city quickly and easily so you can better adjust to your new home.

Tap into Your GPS

Whether you decide to use the navigation system on your smartphone or in your car, tapping into your GPS is the ultimate way to find all sorts of places to go and things to do in your new city. You can also look for city maps that come with a listing of local businesses, essential services, places of interest and other key, up-to-date information about the community.

Use Guidebooks

Though typically intended for tourists, guidebooks can also be of use during those first travels around your new city. Inside, you’ll find handy information, like places to eat, things to see and how to get around. They also provide a quick introduction of the city and surroundings so you can learn important facts about the place you now call home.

Search the Internet

Searching the internet is a daily activity for most. Now, you can put your master Google skills to good use to find everything you need or want to know about your new city. Here are some ways to most efficiently tackle the internet.

Search engines – No matter which search engine you use (Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.), simply type in whatever it is you are looking for in combination with your zip code. This will generate lots of results, giving you a good idea of available options in your area.

Specialized websites – The internet is made up of zillions of specialized websites that are specifically designed to help you figure out how to get somewhere, how to find something, and so on. Need a list of family restaurants? Want to figure out if your new city has any museums or upcoming festivals? Specialized websites are made for exactly these types of things. Some sites that may be worth using include Good Maps, Yelp and Citysearch. All of these sites offer great suggestions as to the best places in town to eat, see movies, partake in hobbies and even simply hang out. What’s also worthwhile about specialized websites is that they typically provide you with detailed area maps and turn-by-turn directions, along with reviews, ratings and recommendations.

Social media groups – Social media sites (Facebook, Twitter and the like) provide an easy way to meet new people in the area as well as stay current on what’s happening around town. Try following local business pages or local forums/blogs to better understand your new community and even get advice on things to see and do.

Get Out There

You may feel the most comfortable and secure inside your home, but staying behind closed doors will only keep you secluded. In order to adjust to your new world, you have to get out there. Exploring your city is the only way to reveal all of the amazing things it has to offer. Here are some good places to visit:

Library – Yes, it’s full of great books, but it also offers some wonderful opportunities to better unite with your city and community. Here you’ll be able to locate local maps and guides, and also browse community bulletin boards and meet people from the area. Community buildings, like local recreation centers and community halls, are a useful resource for learning about city events and information.

Hot spots – Hitting the town’s hot spots is the ultimate way to meet locals in the area. Visit coffee shops, restaurants, small stores, shopping centers and more. These places offer a great opportunity to introduce yourself, mingle with others and potentially make some new friends.

Become a Community Volunteer

One of the best ways to get to know your new city really well, and to meet some friends along the way, is to become a community volunteer. To do this, you will need to become active and involved. Here are some things you can do to become a valuable and trusted community member:

  • Engage in community services and other local organizations;
  • Volunteer at local hospitals, shelters or soup kitchens;
  • Show your compassion and voice by getting involved with hot issues concerning your community. Search for efficient solutions to common problems, offer resourceful ideas on how to improve situations, and get on a volunteer list to be called in case of emergencies or disasters.

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Essential Last-Minute Supplies to Have Handy on Moving Day

Imagine that you wake up in the morning, and it’s officially moving day. You have worked diligently for months organizing every detail and packing every single belonging for your imminent relocation. Everything is complete except or the heavy lifting … right? Well, you may think so, but believe it or not, there is a good chance that as you empty your home of furniture and boxes, you will come across a drawer or cabinet you forgot to pack, or a few lingering items lying around. How will you pack these items? Times like this call for one thing – extra supplies! For those last lingering items that creep up, here is a list of the essential last-minute supplies to have handy on moving day.

Spare boxes: When moving, one supply you can never have too many of is cardboard boxes. Not only are they great for securely packing your belongings, but they are also useful for other things, like providing extra protection to already packed items and to cover floors to prevent damage and excessive dirt. Since boxes are so convenient, practical and affordable, they are truly indispensable, so be sure to get extras to have on hand for moving day.

Packing tape: Cardboard boxes go hand-in-hand with – you guessed it – packing tape. Without this extremely vital packing supply, there would be no way to secure or seal your moving boxes. The day of the big move, it will be very handy to have packing tape for last-minute needs, like sealing boxes, restructuring any boxes that break, and so on. It is also a good idea to get a packing tape dispenser, because it will save you time and effort.

Permanent markers: Not labeling boxes and other belongings during a move is an easy way to lose your things. Printed labels may come in handy for pre-moving packing, but for last-minute labeling needs, nothing is handier than a permanent marker. Be sure to have several on hand during your move to ensure all of your belongings are clearly marked.

Bags: Plastic bags, sealable bags, trash bags, vacuum bags … all types are welcome on moving day and make an excellent last-minute packing supply. Use them to hold random, loose items you forgot to pack, to gather trash, and so on. The more bags the better; just make sure they’re clean.

Medical Supplies

The day of the big move involves a lot of heavy lifting and moving awkwardly-shaped items. As a result, there is a fairly high risk of injury. In case of injuries, sore muscles, etc., here are some life-saving medical supplies to have on hand.

First-aid kit: For quick and adequate measures, a first-aid kit will provide you with the proper medical supplies in the unfortunate event of an injury.

Pain Relievers: Aspirin and other pain relievers for achy, sore muscles will come in handy during your move, as well as after.

Allergy medications: Environmental factors are one thing that can stir up your allergies, but moving involves a lot of contact with dust, dirt, and other irritants – all things that can really cause allergies to act up. Access to allergy medications on moving day will help alleviate allergy symptoms, which will keep sneezing, itchy eyes and runny noses at bay.

Contact lens solution: With all of the dust and dirt that get blown around during a move, it’s a good idea to have easy access to contact solution in case something gets in your eyes. You should also have your glasses handy, just in case. The last thing you want to have happen in the middle of a move is to have your vision compromised.

Daily medications: Moving day is a day of non-stop, go-go-go action. This makes it likely to lose track of time and also be unable to focus on anything except your move. Unfortunately, this can be problematic if you forget to take your prescription medication(s) during the moving madness, so be sure to keep all daily medications accessible.

Basic Tools

Whether you need to disassemble furniture, measure the dimensions of a doorway, or other random task, having basic tools at your disposal will save you a lot of hassle come moving day. Make sure you have these things:

Swiss army knife: This multifunctional tool not only serves a number of purposes, but it can also easily fit into your pocket.

Scissors: A good pair of scissors will go far on moving day, from cutting tape to sealing boxes, and more. Also consider having a box cutter on hand.

Hand tools: There are several hand tools to keep close by when moving, including a hammer, pliers, screwdriver, nails, screws, duct tape and a measuring tape.

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Prepare Your Belongings for Storage: A How-to Guide

There are items we want to throw away, and there are items we want to hang onto, but we just don’t have the space – like antique furniture, outgrown children’s clothes or artwork. So what should you do with these things? For items you want to keep for future use or sentimental value, it is a god idea to put them in a storage unit. Self-storage units provide a simple and convenient solution. All it takes is choosing an appropriate storage facility and moving your belongings into it. But, before tossing your items inside and locking the door, you want to ensure your belongings will remain in excellent condition while stored. To make this happen, you will need to prepare and pack your items with great care and attention to detail. Check out our useful how-to guide to learn how to prep your belongings for storage.

How to Prep Furniture

  1. If applicable, empty furniture of any items – books, papers, etc. Using a brush attachment for your vacuum, remove any excess dirt, and clean all surfaces with a mild solution of soap and water. Let furniture air dry fully.
  1. Protect your furniture, based on its material. For leather, use a protective spray as well as leather conditioner. For wood finishes, apply a protective coat of wax to seal the wood and reduce the risk of mold development.
  1. Disassemble large furniture pieces (as much as possible). For any protruding elements (table legs, etc.), cover them with a protective layer of bubble wrap.
  1. Pack all detached pieces together so no parts get misplaced. Also, place small hardware parts (bolts, hinges, etc.) in a sealable plastic bag, then tape the bag to the corresponding furniture.
  1. Cover furniture with sheets and blankets. Use specialized fabric furniture covers if your items will be stored long-term, and secure with cinch straps, plastic wrap or rubber bands.

How to Prep Appliances

  1. Empty and thoroughly clean any appliances you intend to put into storage. If you plan to store a fridge/freezer, be sure to defrost it first or expect a wet and moldy disaster!
  1. When cleaning appliances, it’s a good idea to disinfect them properly. A cleaning solution of bleach or baking soda will work as an excellent disinfectant/cleaning agent and will also remove any bad odors.
  1. Completely drain water from any attached hoses or internal mechanisms – especially when storing dishwashers and washing machines. Missing this step can lead to water freezing and damaging your appliances during winter months or mildew during warmer months.
  1. Tie down and secure any attached cables and hoses. Remove any hoses or other attachments, if possible, and store them inside the appliance so they won’t get lost.

Things to consider:

If possible, leave doors on household appliances slightly ajar when stored. This will allow proper ventilation and will prevent condensation and bad odors.

How to Prep Electronic Devices

  1. Ensure all electronics are clean and free of dust.
  1. Pack sensitive electronic devices in their original boxes or ones of similar size and quality. Use crumpled packing paper, foam sheets or anti-static packing peanuts to fill any empty spaces inside boxes to ensure optimal protection during storage.
  1. Seal all boxes tightly in order to keep moisture out and damage away.

How to Prep Clothes

  1. Hang garments on a clothes rail inside wardrobe boxes. This will keep them wrinkle-free and ensure good ventilation to eliminate the risk of mold.
  1. For expensive and delicate clothing items, wrap them in a suitable protective cover to keep them fresh, clean and damage-free.
  1. For clothing that will be stored long-term, use an insect repellant such as naphthalene or mothballs.

Things to consider:

When storing clothes for extended periods of time, avoid folding and piling them into boxes. This will not only lead to wrinkles, but damage due to dust, dampness and mold.

How to Prep Mattresses

  1. Inspect mattresses for any signs of infestation. Also, make sure your mattresses are clean and completely dry. To make sure, consider placing them in a spot with direct sunlight for a few hours.
  1. Place mattresses in a specialized storage bag that supplies a perfect fit. Durable mattress bags are a wise investment when storing mattresses, because they protect against dirt, dust, moisture and pests.
  1. Seal the ends of the plastic protection bags with packing tape.

Things to consider:

Use vacuum bags to save space when storing bedding items, like comforters, duvets, linens, etc.

How to Prep Books

  1. Ensure all books are fully dry. Try spreading them on a table in a sunny room for several days before packing them for storage. Also consider running a dehumidifier in the room.
  1. Wrap leather books in packing paper to eliminate the risk of them sticking to each other.
  1. Place books in small, sturdy boxes. It is recommended to pack books flat – especially larger ones – to prevent damage to their spines.

Things to consider:

Books are incredibly heavy! Avoid using large boxes because they will be too difficult to lift. They may even break under their own weight.

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How to Create a Moving Inventory List (Part 2 of 2)

In our previous blog, we discussed the importance of making a moving inventory list. This blog will provide you with the basics of how to create a moving inventory list.

Before you begin packing, you must stop, look and document. These are the key things that you must do in order to create a moving inventory list. Here are some tips.

Room by room. When making your inventory list, document all items in one room before moving on to the next room. This will provide maximum efficiency and better organization. If you prefer to list items sporadically among rooms, be sure to create separate inventory sheets for each room for good organization.

Document major items first. As you begin your inventory list, be sure to document major items first. These items include furniture pieces, household appliances, large electronic devices, etc. Once you have completed this, you can then proceed with your list by documenting smaller or more insignificant belongings. When writing down all of your belongings, be sure to note any items that will require special handling during the moving process. This will help better prepare your movers for moving day.

When making an inventory list, you do not need to document every single possession you own, like individual books, pieces of clothing, office supplies, and other odds and ends. Instead, your inventory list should include all large, valuable and sentimental items. Also note that your inventory list will become one of your most important possessions during your move, so be sure to keep it in a safe place at all times.

Details. Whether you choose to write everything down on paper or use a spreadsheet program via your computer, you will want to set up an inventory template to make it simple to use and limit confusion. Here are some essential columns to use when creating your template.

Column 1. State the name of your item.

Column 2. Give a description of each item. Make each description as specific as possible, providing information, such as: quantity, material, make, model number and any other distinctive features that may be of use to you or your movers.

Column 3. State the current condition of each individual item – and don’t sugar coat it. Inspect each item and be objective, noting the actual condition of every item. Document any pre-existing damage and include all applicable documentation, like warranties, receipts, certificates, appraisal statements, photos, etc.

Column 4. List the estimated value of each item. This is an important column on your inventory list as it will be used to establish the limit of your movers’ liability for loss or damage of an item.

Column 5. Column 5 should state the designated new location for each item on your list. By listing the specific room or location where each item on your list should go in your new home, your movers will be much more efficient; it will considerably speed up the unpacking process.

Column 6. The final column on your inventory template should be designated for any personal notes you may want to include about each of your items. For example, if you have numbered any boxes or containers, be sure to also note the number of these boxes or containers in this section of your inventory.

Visuals. Along with your written moving inventory list, another way to increase its effectiveness is to include visuals. Adding visuals, like pictures and/or videos of your belongings, will provide proof of their condition and will also better capture distinctive features of each item than written descriptions can. Just remember, visual records of your possessions are meant to accompany your written moving inventory list – not replace it.

Copy, save and backup. Once you have created your moving inventory sheet, be sure it doesn’t get lost or damaged during the chaos of your move. So always save, backup and make copies of your list. Also play it safe by keeping copies of your list in different locations, like in a folder, a filing cabinet, and even in the glove compartment of your car. For those who opt for a digital file, be sure to save your list to a jump drive or store in it in the cloud; you can also email it to yourself.

Another good idea come moving day is to compare your inventory list to the one prepared by your movers. This way you can check to ensure everything is correct.

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Add Some Fun to Your Move with These Special Pre-Move Ideas

Packing. Scheduling and planning. Buying moving supplies. Packing. Booking movers. Did we mention packing? With so much to do before a move, it’s all too easy to throw your arms up in defeat and exclaim, “I quit!” With all of the not-so-fun tasks to do, you’re probably wondering if there are any fun aspects to a move. Well, you’re in luck! We’ve come up with some special pre-move ideas to look forward to, so check ’em out below.

Give your friends a proper goodbye

Parting ways with good friends can often be a very sad experience, so we suggest eliminating the sad by replacing it with the fun and memorable. Take a few moments and think about each friend you will soon be leaving behind. What is a favorite activity you both like to do together? What “last” activity do you most want to experience with them? When considering these questions, you can come up with all sorts of possibilities you both will enjoy. By spending some quality fun time together before moving day arrives, you will part ways with a bang instead of pondering why your paths are leading in different directions.

Throw a memorable farewell bash

Saying goodbye to your memory-filled home, closest friends and family doesn’t usually sit at the top of the “fun” list – especially if you tend to focus on the negative side of things. But before your movers arrive, can you think of anything more fun than throwing a memorable farewell bash? The best part about organizing a farewell party shortly before your move date is that it doesn’t have to be anything fancy. In fact, no one will expect anything super special from you considering the transitional period you are in. This makes it the perfect time to invite your crew over for a casual get-together (think pizza and drinks), so you have a chance to spend some carefree time with the people you care about most.

Have a photo session

Whether you opt for your digital camera or smartphone, before moving day arrives, take some time to wander around your place snapping photos – and be creative! Along with bringing you amusement and some time to relax, it can also play two important roles in your future.

  1. Photos are practical and can serve as proof of the condition your belongings just before your move. If for any reason you need to present evidence of any damage that occurred to your belongings during your move, pictures will help you file a damage claim with your professional movers.
  2. Photos allow you to remember a certain time in your life that you can never get back. Photos can be used for photo albums, picture frames, and other creative ways to keep your fondest memories close.

Take a memento from your old home

Okay, so it’s never a good idea to take something that you really shouldn’t from your old home, like a microwave or the front door, but finding a small memento to take with you can be a lot of fun. It can also provide you with a great keepsake. What should it be?

A glass jar of soil or a few cool rocks from your private garden or driveway?

Pressed leaves from your favorite tree in the backyard?

A door handle from a room that meant the most to you? (Only if you owned the home, of course!)

Whatever memento you choose, it will keep good memories alive and help lower the chance of post-relocation depression.

Give away/donate some items

As moving day approaches, you will often question why you have so much stuff! As you pack your belongings, it is the perfect time to purge items you no longer need or want. It will also make moving day shorter and smoother. Whether you choose to give some of your belongings to friends or a donation center, both will have rewarding benefits. You will save time and money with less items to pack, and you will also brighten someone’s day by helping those in need.

Design your new home

While you won’t actually be able to design your new home until after your move, you can still fantasize about it in the meantime. Not only is it fun to visualize how you will decorate and furnish your new home, but it can also help make the process of unpacking much easier.

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The Complete Guide to Moving to a New State

No matter where you are moving, it’s never easy – especially when moving to a new state. The process is long, tedious and stressful – as well as exhausting. With so many things to do before moving to a new state, you are probably at a loss for where to even begin. Luckily, at ABC Movers, we are here to help you tackle your relocation and come out of it with a smile on your face. To keep yourself organized during all stages of your cross-country move, read on to gain access to our guide to moving to a new state.

What to Do Before You Move

  • If possible, visit your future city/state in advance to get an idea of what to expect.
  • Research the cost of living, housing costs and career opportunities in your new state – specifically your new city.
  • Explore renting and purchasing options, and secure a place to live.
  • Unless your job is the reason for your relocation, try to secure a job before your move.
  • Set a moving budget.
  • Research moving companies: read online reviews; ask friends, family, coworkers and neighbors for recommendations.
  • Contact moving companies and ask for an in-house cost estimation.
  • Hire a top-rated state-to-state moving company.
  • Look for ways to cut moving costs.
  • Discuss any additional moving services and costs with your chosen moving company.
  • Carefully review and compare any relocation offers, including additional services offered.
  • Request all moving-related paperwork in advance to avoid unpleasant moving day surprises.
  • Create a detailed home inventory of all items you will take with you and those you will leave behind.
  • Pack, pack, pack! – Be sure to prepare a few “open first” boxes to help you survive the first few post-move days (clothes, toiletries, phone charger, etc.).
  • If traveling with pets and plants, decide how you intend to transport them to your new location.
  • Gather any required documents/certificates from your family physician and vet. Also obtain your child(ren)’s school records.
  • Cancel all current subscriptions to utility providers and services before moving day. Arrange for the disconnection of main utilities, like water, electricity, gas, etc., and transfer them to your new home.
  • Change your address with the post office and have mail forwarded to your new address.
  • Decide how you will get your car to your new home – drive it or use a reputable auto transporter.
  • Discuss the upcoming move with your children and how it will impact their foreseeable future.
  • Finalize plans for moving day by calling and confirming appointments with movers, etc.

The Cost of Moving to a New State

Moving costs money, which, for most, is a big concern. This is perfectly understandable. There are several important points to be aware of when it comes to the average cost of moving to a new state. While the price of a local move is calculated on an hourly basis, the cost of moving cross country is estimated based on relocation parameters.

  • Move Distance – When relocating to a new state, there is a direct ratio between distance and price. This will stand as a set price because, as you know, you can’t shorten the distance of your move.
  • Items Transported – The factor that will have the greatest impact on the price of your move is the number and weight of your household items. To cut costs, it’s a good idea to seriously consider which belongings to bring with you and which to leave behind. The less you bring, the lower the price.
  • Additional Services – Extras rarely come without a price, so watch how many additional services you decide to tack on to your moving bill. Examples of add-on services include packing and unpacking, post-move disposal of packing supplies, disassembly and re-assembly of big furniture, etc.

Important Post-Move Tasks

Now that you’ve learned the main principles of how to move to a new state and potential cost factors you can focus your attention on preparing for some important post-move tasks. Here are the top five things to accomplish after you move to a new state:

Find a healthcare provider. Amongst the slew of things you’ll need to accomplish post move, you’ll also need to find yourself – and your family members – new healthcare providers. You’ll also need to find a veterinarian for any pets you may have. Begin your hunt with the help of recommendations from your former doctor or friends. Searching online is another idea, that will provide you with knowledgeable reviews from patients.

Register your car. Along with getting an updated driver’s license when moving to a new state, you will also need to register your car (neither of these things can be done online). Sometime during your busy post-move schedule, you will need to take a trip to the DMV to get these two things resolved. All states impose different deadlines for when these things are required to be taken care of, so be sure to find out how long your new state allows.

Unpack. A quick glance over the endless piles of boxes stacked high around your new home will show you how much you still have left to do to finish up your move. But, there is some good news – unpacking is usually a much faster process than packing. You can also do it on your own terms without a deadline looming over you.

Get to know your new home. Once you finally find yourself inside your new home, the new logistics and mountains of boxes may be overwhelming. To familiarize yourself with your new surroundings, it is wise to explore your new home. Locate your fuse box and main water valve in case of emergencies. Also look for signs of pre-existing damage or pest infestation, check for any potential problems, and make sure your home is secured against unauthorized access and forces of nature.

Moving to a new state can be stressful, but with this helpful guide, you are on your way to a successful move.

Important Things To Do Right After You Move

Things To Do After You Move - PHOTOAfter months of planning, packing and hard work, you have finally completed the big move to your new home. Congratulations on a job well done! You are probably ready to break open a bottle of champagne, kick your feet up and finally relax. But, before you get too comfortable, check out this list of important things to do right after you move.

Take Photos. Before you rush to unpack all those moving boxes, whip out your camera and take lots of photos. Why would you want photos of bare, unadorned rooms? If you’re renting, photos are an essential way to get your security deposit back. Photos can also be useful if you just purchased a home. If any damage has occurred during the time the previous owner moved out and you moved in, photos are your proof – and, if necessary, can even get you money for repairs.

Check For Breakage. Did you hire movers to pack and move for you? If so, you only have a limited amount of time to report any suspected damage or missing items. Check everything from dishes to heavy appliances like refrigerators, washers and dryers.

Find Out Trash Schedule. Lots of unpacked boxes means lots of trash. But, where do you put your trash and what days it is picked up? To find out, ask your landlord, homeowners association or neighbors. You can also call your city’s sanitation department.

Change the Locks. Home sweet home. It’s all yours … now. But, have you ever considered who else may have had keys when the previous residents lived there? Avoid any safety risks by having all of the locks changed as soon as you move in (or before if possible). As a new property owner, this is one of the most important things you can do.

Register Your Car. If you moved to a new state, don’t forget to register your car. You will typically have 60 days to do so, however each state has slightly different requirements. Penalties for not having your car registered within the allotted time can range from fines to your vehicle being impounded.

Along with registering your car, you will also need to obtain a new driver’s license. This typically needs to be done within 30 days of your move.

Update Voting Address. If you want to continue having your voice heard, don’t forget to update your voting address. Most states allow a small grace period which allows you to use your old address at your new polling place. However, for elections beyond the grace period, be sure to update your new address at least two weeks prior to the election so you can cast your vote on important issues.

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