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Home Relocation
Homeowners who need to relocate due to job transfer, divorce, or other personal reasons have a nagging question in the back of their minds, “How do I do this?” The very thought of relocating conjures up all types of thoughts about selling the house, packing the boxes, finding a new home, transferring utilities, and on and on. While it is true relocation can be difficult, there are things you can do to make the process easier.

For starters, make a pile of everything you no longer need and have a garage sale or give to charity. There is no reason to move things you do not want or need to a new home. Secondly, when you pack, you would be surprised at how something as simple as using the right packing boxes can save you a headache. With the right boxes, your precious belongings are protected much better and much more organized.

Although it might be tempting to stop by the grocery store and pick up old banana boxes, you take the risk of your belongings being damaged whereas using actual professional packing boxes gives you confidence. These boxes are reinforced for strength and durability. They do cost a little more but are well worth the investment. To protect breakables or family heirlooms such as glass, pictures, or anything fragile, you can use your own towels, pillows, sheets, or blankets to pack with the items or to wrap the objects, protecting them from breakage. When packing plates, be sure they are packed vertically and not horizontally.

Be sure to pack a couple of boxes that you will take with you in the car. If you are moving to another city or state, you can make a fun trip out of the move, stopping along the way for a few nights at hotels where you can relax, swim, and enjoy room service. The boxes that you will take with you should include anything that you do not want lost or broken. You also want a box that will get you through a few nights at your new home. Contents would include toilet paper, coffee, coffee pot, paper plates, dog leash, alarm clock, phone numbers of the moving company, and so on.

Keep in mind that when using a professional mover, typically, the large vans hold two or three families. Therefore, your belongings might be at the back of the van, arriving at your new home only after they have been through five states. The moving company will give you a schedule of when they will arrive, but things can happen to cause a delay, which is why the box is so important.

For the other boxes, you can create a code so you know what is in each box and which ones are most important. For the boxes that need to be opened immediately, write that on all sides in bold letters – “OPEN FIRST!” Then you might give all kitchen items a number 1, bedroom items a number 2, bathroom items a number 3, gardening supplies a number 4, and so on. This will help you stay organized when it comes time to unpack.

If you have children, start working with them on the new address as soon as you have it. This will give you peace of mind and make the children more comfortable with the move. You will also need to make a list of all the things needing to be done for the move. As each item is completed, you can check it off and move to the next task. Another thing that many people overlook is take a white and yellow pages phonebook from your old home to your new if moving out of the city or state. You will be amazed at how many calls you need to make once settled into your new home but without the phonebooks, you have to track down numbers from friends, family, or make long-distance inquiries. By planning and keeping yourself organized, you will have a much smoother move and feel less stressed by the time you arrive home.

 
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