If you are thinking about making a move some proper planning will go a long way. Moving can cost more than you might think and can be stressful. Keep costs and headaches to a minimum by preparing a plan and get organized early.

Here is a checklist of moving tips to help make your relocation go as smoothly as possible:

1. Save and set a budget.
Moving expenses can set you back thousands of dollars. There can be unexpected costs like shipping charges, personal travel costs, temporary housing expenses and start-up fees at your new residence. As soon as you know you’re going to move try to plan for all of these things and set a budget and start saving.

2. Mover or do it yourself?                                                                                      
Decide whether or not you will be hiring a moving company or managing the move on your own. If you are hiring a mover you will need to call for estimates and reservations. If you go it alone you should try to secure some help and proper transportation.

3. Look for Work.                                                                                                                                
If you are moving for a new job it may not be as easy for other family members to find work. Start reviewing the job boards and calling on personal contacts before you go.

4. Research the schools.                                                                                                            
Check school schedules and enrollment requirements. Pick up school records or have them sent to the new schools.

5. Protect Your Belongings.                                                                                          
In order to ensure your possessions will be covered while in transit or storage during your move you will want to obtain appraisals for high-value items. Make an inventory and take photos of your valuables to have a record if you need to file a claim. Make sure to also contact your homeowners insurance or renters insurance company to ensure your possessions will be covered.

6. Do a car check.                                                                                                                        
Take care of auto maintenance and repairs before you make a long trip. Don’t forget to notify your auto insurance company of the move.

7. Turn it on and off.                                                                                                              
Make sure to notify your utilities of your move and plan disconnect dates. Also make sure to order new utility services for your new address.

8. Change Your Address.                                                                      
Fill out an online change-of-address form through the U.S. Postal Service to ensure important mail will be forwarded to your new home. Also, be sure to send your new address to friends and family, your physician, schools, magazine publishers and providers of financial services.

 


So, are you relaxed and laid back? Or do you prefer to be on the go and outside? These are two very important questions to ask yourself when considering adopting a pet such as a dog or a cat.

Do you have time before and after work to walk the dog? Will you be heading to the park daily, going for a jog, or meeting the kids at school? Can you make time before bed to take a walk with your four legged friend? A dog will fit this lifestyle and enjoy being with you or any member of your household. If you work long days or have job that keeps you traveling, you may want to consider hiring a dog walker so that your dog is not cooped up for too long. A bored dog can be a very mischievous dog and get into things you wouldn’t even think about.

Are you more of an introvert, homebody, and loner? A cat may be the pet for you. Cats need you when they need you – that’s it! For the most part cats are loners, independent survivors. All a cat needs is food, water, liter box, and a window in the sun for bird watching and napping. A cat does not need to be walked or exercised as drastically as a dog. Although it is suggested that you get a few toys and a scratch pad to entertain your kitty cat.

Whichever decision you make, you will be welcomed home by either pet every time you enter your home. They will make your long day at work or school so worth it.

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