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With Americans moving, on average, every five to seven years, it’s likely you’ll be experiencing a moving day of your own in the future. Although moving can be challenging, there are resources that can make it easier. If you’re remaining in the area, your agent can continue to be a valuable resource on communities, schools, utilities, transportation, recreational opportunities and more.

If you’re moving out of the area, your agent can help you with a referral to another reputable agent in your new community. Most agents have relationships with companies in their area whom they can call on for information on title, escrow, mortgages, temporary housing and moving services. They can also help guide you in your Internet research as you learn more about new communities and the relocation process.

You’ve decided to move. Now what?
Once you’ve reached your decision, it’s time to gather information, start making decisions and get organized. Begin by creating a “Move” file to keep track of estimates, receipts and other information. If you’re moving for a job, some expenses may be deductible, so you’ll want the paperwork when tax time comes.

Reasons People Move
Career 7%
Lifestyle change 12%
Family 13%
Better neighborhood;
Bigger, better house 18% 

Other 23%
Financial 27%

If you’re moving out of the area, start researching your new community and ask your agent for help in finding a referral agent in your new area. You’ll also want to determine whether you want to rent first or buy immediately. Your new agent should be able to help you with your decision. Once you know where you’re going, you’re ready to get estimates from moving companies.

Closing one door, opening another
After you’ve chosen a moving date and either hired a moving company or reserved a rental truck, it’s time to wrap things up in your old community and start establishing new relationships in your new town.

You’ll want to ask your current doctors, dentist, etc., if they have any referrals on care providers in your new location. Be sure to check their recommendations on your insurance company’s online provider search list. Once you arrive, you may also want to ask new coworkers, friends or the school nurse for their recommendations.

Contact your children’s school and/or day care and arrange for their records to be sent to their new school district or day care. Call your insurance agent about coverage en route to your new home and also arrange for insurance in your new home. Remember to contact utility companies to disconnect, transfer or end service in your current home and turn on service in your new home.

You’ll want to file a change of address form with the U.S. Postal Service, either online or at your local office. (If you don’t know your new address, have them hold your mail at the P.O. in your new city.) Cancel or transfer magazine and newspaper subscriptions as well.

If you belong to a health club or other association, contact them about ending or transferring your membership. Some clubs require advance written notice before cancellation. Finally, contact your bank or credit union to transfer or close accounts; if you have a safe-deposit box, don’t forget to clear it out before you leave. 

Starting the countdown
With moving day in sight, it’s time to get organized. Here are a few items to check off your list before you start packing:

Tie up loose ends. Be sure to send out an email or change of address cards with your new contact information to family, friends and associates. Return library books and any other borrowed items you may still have.

Triage your possessions. Determine what you’re taking with you; what you’re giving away to friends, family or a favorite charity; and what is going to the dump or recycling center. If you have time, consider holding a garage sale.

Clean up. Drain all gas and oil from your mower, other machinery, gas grills, kerosene stoves and lamps, etc., before loading them onto a moving truck. Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator at least 24 hours before your move, and prepare other appliances for moving as well.

Have your car serviced. This is especially important if you’re driving to your new home. 

Packing strategies
If you’re doing your own packing, start collecting boxes and/or buy them from your movers. It may take a few days to do your packing, so be sure to pack nonessential items first and label them carefully—you’ll be glad later. After you’ve finished packing your boxes, start packing suitcases you’ll be taking on your journey, and make sure you include an essentials bag with medications, cash, toiletries and important documents, such as birth certificates. Pack and ship your valuables separately.

There’s a lot to remember when you’re moving an entire household, but there are a variety of online tools to help you stay organized and on schedule.

For more information on relocating to a new community, contact your agent.



Tips For a smooth moving day

• After weeks of preparation, moving day has arrived. You’ve got a lot on your mind, but this checklist can help keep you on task and on track. 

• If you have young children, designate a friend, relative or paid sitter to watch them.

• If you’re using professional movers, be sure to be there when the moving truck arrives, show them where to park it and sign for delivery.

• Before the moving truck is loaded, look inside and make sure it’s clean and dry.

• Have the movers load your boxes in order, making sure “last load” items, like your bed linens, are loaded in the rear of the truck. If some of your items are going to a storage unit, make sure they’re grouped together.

• Check every room, closet and cabinet one last time before deciding everything is loaded.

• Review the “Bill of Lading” (BOL) document carefully; the BOL acknowledges that the movers have received your goods and are conveying them to the destination you’ve specified. Make sure the destination address is correct, and write in the number of feet your shipment takes up; that’s the number that determines your rate. If you have any questions or concerns, contact your moving coordinator.

• Leave a note with your name and address on it in the house, so that future residents can forward any stray mail the post office missed.

• Make sure a friend or family member has your itinerary and contact information in case of an emergency or unforeseen event.

Get to know your community before you buy

Looking for a neighborhood is a lot like looking for a house. You have a list of features you need and amenities you’d love to have. Once you’ve determined which neighborhoods are within your price range, here are a few things to consider when you’re looking for a community that’s a perfect fit for your family.

Schools. Great schools are a top priority for families. Check state and school district websites for school rankings, performance on standardized tests, average class size, curriculum, graduation rates, funding stability and special programs, including on-site before- and after-school day care. Typically this information is available for both public and private schools.

Safety. Review crime statistics for your prospective community on state and local government websites. It’s also a good idea to find out if your neighborhood is easily accessible for emergency services and reasonably close to a well-regarded medical facility.

Retail. City or chamber of commerce websites are excellent sources of information on stores, restaurants, cafés, theaters and a variety of services.

Recreation. Park and recreation departments, local colleges, the YMCA and other organizations offer programs for kids and adults, sports leagues, classes, concerts, events and recreational opportunities. Check their websites.

Faith communities. Chamber of commerce websites often list area churches, temples and synagogues with links to their individual websites.

The Internet is a quick, convenient way to start exploring a new neighborhood. But for true on-the-ground insights and information, contact your agent.

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