Susan Manners' Team
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1598 Baltimore Pike
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
610-388-3246
susan@mannersteam.com
  
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Relocation Tips

Here are 19 tips for relocating :

1. Ask for Assistance

If you are moving due to a job change, ensure you have an understanding of your employers' relocation package covering costs of the move and resettlement into a new place. You will want to be certain that any costs you ensue are in alignment with the relocation package to avoid any surprises. They just might so you don’t want to leave any funds or help on the table.

2. Hoard Packing Materials

Every time you visit the grocery store ask customer service for any heavy-duty boxes they still have after restocking their shelves. The liquor store is also a good place to get boxes that are segregated which makes packing glasses and knick-knacks much easier. Collect other materials like newspaper and bubble wrap from family and friends to prevent having to spend money on those types of packing materials. Old blankets are a great way to protect the furniture that’s going with you.

3. Start a Packing Timeline

If you are not in a rush, start a few weeks early by writing down a plan of attack. The less stress you have trying to get and stay organized, the less money you’ll spend purely out of convenience. The timeline below can be used as a guideline:

8 Weeks Out

  • Get organized: Set aside a folder or file where you can put all your move-related paperwork. Dedicate a notebook as your moving notebook for all your notes.
  • Start sorting: Decide what to keep, discard or donate. If you’re moving to a smaller place, be aggressive in your decision making.
  • Research moving companies: Go online to check for moving companies with positive reviews. Ask friends and family if they have any references for moving companies. Take a week or two to research ? you’re not in rush mode quite yet.

 

7 Weeks Out

  • Get supplies: Buy packing materials ? boxes, tape, markers and bubble wrap.
  • Plan a garage sale: As you go through your possessions, you’ll find things you don’t want to move. It’s a perfect time to lighten your load. In the process, you’ll make a few bucks at the garage sale to spend on moving expenses.

6 Weeks Out

  • Notify schools: If you have kids, tell the staff at their schools of the impending move. Get copies of their school records and check into the enrollment process at the schools near your new residence.
  • Medical records: Check with your doctor to get copies of your family’s medical records.

5 Weeks Out

  • Book a moving company: Thanks to your research, you are ready to pick your movers. Pick a company you feel confident with and confirm the date, time, and details of your move.

4 Weeks Out

  • Start packing non-essentials: Begin boxing up the things you won’t need right away. Make sure to label the boxes.
  • Notify utilities: Start the process of closing out utility service at your current place and getting utilities set up at your new residence.
  • Notify your landlord: If you’re moving from a rental, let your landlord know. Find out when you can have your security deposit returned.

3 Weeks Out

  • Strategize your food situation: Use up food items that you don’t want to move. Plan ahead to have nothing left in your freezer by your move date. Same goes for your pantry ? make a plan to consume anything that’s already open.
  • Pets and plants: Make arrangements to get your animals and plants to your new home.
  • Change your address: Complete a change of address form on the USPS website.  Notify banks and credit cards of your new address.
  • Transfer insurance: If your current home is covered, check with your agent to transfer the policy to your new home.
  • Take care of your car: Have your car serviced, especially if you’re embarking on a long-distance move. Check with your car insurance company about transferring your policy.

2 Weeks Out

  • Pack with a vengeance: Now’s the time to start boxing up most everything left in your home. Again, make sure to label everything to ensure a smooth transition at your new place.
  • Coordinate your valuables: If you have jewelry, heirlooms or other valuable items, sequester them from the main move. You don’t want valuable items mixed up with your other packed items. Keep them in a safe place so you can transport them yourself.
  • Make a clean move: If your new place needs a thorough cleaning, make arrangements to have it scrubbed before you arrive.
  • At your disposal: Properly dispose of any items that can’t be moved such as cleaning materials, propane, or paint.

1 Week Out

  • Confirm and confirm again: Check in with your mover to confirm the time and date of the move.
  • Pack an essential kit: Prepare a suitcase with items you will need right away at your new place. Take it with you. Don’t load it on the truck.

1 Day Before

  • Keep important documents handy: Make sure to have any documents related to the move at the ready.
  • Defrost and clear: Clean out your empty fridge and freezer. Check your cupboards and pantry for any open food items.

Moving Day

  • Work with your movers: Help your movers by identifying fragile or large items right away. Be there when the movers load your items onto the truck. You’ll be responsible for verifying that they loaded everything, so it’s vital that you’re there to coordinate and answer questions. Sign the bill of lading when you’re satisfied that everything is accounted for.
  • One final sweep: Before the movers pull away, do a final check of your home to make sure nothing was left behind.

 

4. Keep a “Hold All” Box

Keep one larger box or a plastic tub to the side where you will keep all of your must-have items such as packing tape, pens, markers, scissors, paper, important documents, medicines, toiletries, and anything you’ll need until the minute you leave home. This will prevent having to buy new stuff every time you pack away or lose things you need. Keep this box with you at all times so you can get access to these important items when you reach your destination.

5. Keep an “Open First” Box

This is like the Hold All packing box, but not unlike the above box where your priority items are this box will hold what should be considered your 2nd on the list priority items. Give some thought to what items you’ll need (or want) to have right when you get to your new home. Maybe you’ll want to include things like the coffee maker, coffee cups, toilet paper, towels, and toys to keep the kids busy.

6. Label All Boxes

It can be really easy to skip this step or to just do it sloppily. Some people would actually rather go out and buy new items instead of searching through yet another box for something they need. Nip unnecessary spending in the bud by marking each box with a permanent marker noting what room it belongs in with a brief list of what’s inside. Try to avoid my technique that usually comes out at the end of the packing experience where I throw stuff into the boxes and just label them all MISCELLANEOUS…;)

7. Clean as You Go

When you pack up an area, give it a good cleaning immediately after the space has been cleared. This will keep things efficient and prevent you from having to hire cleaners to do your entire residence when you are sick of the moving process. Cleaning will also be beneficial if you rent and are counting on a security deposit refund.

8. Ditch the Junk

Keep a JUNK and GARAGE SALE box close by. While you’re boxing up your keepers, you’ll easily be able to toss your junk and garage sale items into their proper boxes. Moving is a great chance to clear out the stuff that finds a way to accumulate over the years. Plus, you’ll spend more money if you have to move boxes of stuff you don’t even want anymore. Sell anything that is still in good shape by having a moving sale when you near the end of your packing process.

When you make your donation to the thrift store be sure to get a donation receipt because that will come in handy when tax time rolls around.

9. Be a Sell Out

It may benefit you financially to move across the country as light as possible. Consider the cost difference between hiring a large moving truck to haul your large items versus the cost of buying new stuff when you get to your destination. What you discover may surprise you (or it may not)!

10. Check Out Storage Options

For any family heirlooms or pieces you may want back at some point, consider renting a low-cost storage unit to house your items until you can have them set to your new place of residence and cheaper option is to consider asking trusted friends or family to house your treasures in their homes until you can arrange for transportation. If you do decide to go with the storage unit be sure that you don’t forget about it and continue to rack up $50 + a month in fees. (Check out this post for more on the subject: Do You Have Too Much Crap? Money Wasted on Self-Storage)

11. Get Several Quotes on Moving Companies 

If you decide to have a moving company move your stuff be sure you get multiple estimates and quotes before making a decision. You want affordability, of course, but you also want reliability.

12. Pack It Yourself

Moving companies will provide you with a moving team, a truck and a driver all you have to do it pack up the truck yourself and they’ll drive it across the country.

13. Be Truck Smart

If you plan to rent your own moving truck and haul your stuff across country on your own, make sure to only reserve the truck size you need. It can be bad to underestimate the space you’ll need in the truck but it will cost you a lot of extra money (in gas and truck rental fees) if you book a truck that is too large.

14. Pack Strategically

It can be tempting to just fling your boxes inside the truck. Give yourself enough time to ensure you pack strategically using every ounce of space in the most logical way. This way you will be able to make sure everything fits and that it will be protected along the journey.

15. Seek Out Hotel Deals

When you have to travel a long distance and plan to do it on the road, you’ll need to consider stopping to rest. You can find valuable coupons in the books available for free at state welcome centers. Look for coupons for hotel deals and restaurants along the way and online before you leave.

16. Reach Out to Friends

If you have friends and family along the travel route, ask them if you can borrow their couch for a night rather than spending your money on hotel lodging. Plan out your travel time so you can leave some extra time to hang out with friends and family you haven’t seen in a while.

17. Camp Along the Way

If the weather is nice and you don’t have any friends or family along your route, consider camping out instead of staying at a hotel. Pick a campground that has showers and you’ll be set for another day of traveling.

18. Pack a Cooler

Depending on the room available in your vehicle you can save a good amount of cash if you pack your own snacks and drinks for the morning and afternoon. Then, only stop for dinner.

19. Don’t Buy Until Settled In

When you make it to your new home, give yourself time to unwind and unpack. Don’t rush out to the store to buy what you think you need. Give yourself time to sort through your stuff and get set up, keeping a list of ideas along the way. If you rush off to the store the 1st week you’re in town it will likely lead to overspending, especially on things that you don’t really need. The only store you need to hit in the first few weeks is the grocery store.

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