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Moving Checklist

According to U.S. Census Bureau data, the average American will move 11 times in their life. Given these statistics, it’s likely that you’ve moved before and will move again, whatever your age or circumstances. One universal element of moving is that it requires careful planning, outside help and organization. While researching different options, stay conscious of your individual needs, and don’t be afraid to consider a service you haven’t tried before.

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    Finding a new house or apartment

    Searching for a new home is an unpredictable and often stressful process. You might find the perfect place immediately, or you could spend months sifting through property listings before you find your new home. Fortunately, a little preparation can help narrow your options and potentially speed up your search, making it more fun than frustrating. Establishing your price range and researching neighborhoods well in advance can help you focus on the excitement rather than the anxiety of finding a new home.

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    Choosing to hire movers or move yourself

    Transporting your entire household from one place to another is never easy – sometimes it’s downright miserable. Whether you're moving yourself or your family, you need a plan to purge clutter you don't need, pack what you do need and make sure it all gets to your new home. Even if your household is small, moving may require you to find some help. Look into a moving service, even if you think you can’t afford it or are only moving a short distance. Many factors influence the overall costs of moving, so it’s smart to double check–hiring movers might be well worth the money.

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    Planning and preparing for moving day

    The months and weeks leading up to moving day are where details can pile up and overwhelm you. Focus on one step at a time to stay on task without feeling stressed or anxious. Getting to moving day as prepared as possible will make the job easier for you and everyone involved. Research ideas and suggested preparation timelines, and err on the side of caution; it’s better to over-prepare than to move when you're disorganized.

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    Settling in to your new home

    Now that the worst is over, it's time to get acquainted with your new neighborhood. Tie up the last few loose ends as quickly as possible so you can focus your energy on making this place home. Try to establish some go-to spots like a favorite restaurant or coffee shop. Check out local parks, museums or free public classes. The more time you spend acquainting yourself with your community, the sooner you'll feel like a part of it.

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