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Preparing To Move The Right Way

May 30, 2008
Moving from your home, or residential relocation as we are going to call it in this article, can be stressful and exhausting. There are a number of tasks that need to be addressed before the moving company arrives. If you develop a system and work on these chores one at a time in a sensible manner you will achieve them with a minimum of effort.

The first thing you must do of course is find a place to move to and determine if it is the right size and layout for your needs. There are generally two main reasons for moving: more space or less space. Starting a family or taking in a sick relative would be a legitimate reason for seeking more space. Divorce or tragedy would lead to a quest for something smaller. Whatever your reasons are, find the right place for you and give yourself some lead time so you don't have to scramble. If you're purchasing a home you should have a few months between the offer and the closing. If you're renting, give two months notice if possible.

Once you find a location the next step is to determine what goes with you and what gets thrown out. Residential relocation is a golden opportunity to get rid of all the junk that you accumulated while you lived at your present location. Don't take it with you when you move. Piles of trash should be placed in a trash receptacle, not brought to a new home.

The next step is packing. This is a crucial step that, when done properly, will make your residential relocation stress free and less expensive. After you take out the trash, pack all of your belongings into sturdy but not heavy boxes of uniform size. These can be lifted easily and moved without danger of injury to the movers or risk of breakage. If they are uniform size they can be stacked neatly and cut down on the size of the truck you will need.

Mark each box with the name of the room it will be going into, not the one it is coming out of. A walk-through of your new home with a clipboard and a pen before you pack will help you make these decisions. Fifteen minutes of planning can save you hours of extra work. Just because you keep an item in the bedroom at your old house doesn't mean it will go there in the new location. Residential relocation is a systematic process, not just a throw-it-all-in-a-box and move affair. Searching for a place correctly, packing properly and planning according can make the difference between a comfortable move and a stressful disaster.
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