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A Guide to Moving

The process of moving from one city to another can be very involved or relatively carefree, depending largely upon the reason for the move. For example, if you are a college student going from one apartment to another in a different city to attend graduate school, the move is relatively easy when compared to the head of a household moving an entire family from one home to a house in a different city to accept a new job offer. Both scenarios have things in common, however. This Moving guide will address issues that you may forget in the transition, but that need to be considered for your move to be as hassle-free as possible.

First, let’s consider things other than packing up and transporting possessions. That will certainly be an integral part of your move, but relocating from one city to another requires more than just boxes for your stuff. How do you find a place to move into? If you are just looking for an apartment, it can be an easy process. Most major metropolitan areas have some sort of apartment locator service who will, at no charge to you, help you find a place to move into. These services are paid for by the apartment landlord when the apartment is leased to a referral. The apartments might be single units, or might be part of an apartment complex. When relocating to a small town, the choices become more difficult. You can look online, but in most cases you will have to refer to a local newspaper. You could also talk with a local realtor. Many realtors also handle rental properties. In many ways, buying a house is easier than finding an apartment. Online sites list real estate more often than rental properties. You can also go to individual realtor sites and look at properties for sale.

Once you have a place to move to, it is time to consider the details of living somewhere else. You will have to change your mail delivery address. That is easy enough to do with a USPS Change of Address kit. You will want to do this at least a week in advance of the move. You will have to make arrangements for utilities to be discontinued at your current residence, and turned on at your new home. If you use a landline phone instead of just a cell, then telecommunications must also be switched. Internet services and satellite TV are other services to deal with, and you should plan the switching over in advance in order to avoid any problems. Now let’s consider the actual boxing and transportation of your belongings. If you have only modest possessions, you might want to do this yourself. Boxes can be obtained free of charge from grocery stores or shopping chains. They usually advise you to come by in the night, when stockers are emptying boxes of merchandise onto the shelves. If you have to have boxes of uniform size, they are sold at many local shipping stores. You can load up your own vehicle or rent a truck or cargo van fairly cheaply.

However, when relocating large possessions, or a large quantity of possessions, you might need to hire some help. Because you are relocating to a different city, you will probably choose to use a larger firm than a small business you find in your local paper. The large shipping lines provide several levels of service. The least expensive service is a shipping container. This looks sort of like a storage unit. They drop it off at your residence, you fill it and seal it, and they return later to pick it up and transport it. The next level of service is for you to box up your own smaller items and the shipping line personnel will load the boxes, and your larger belongings, into a truck and transport it to your new home. The highest level of service is for shipping line personnel to come to your home, box up all your possessions for you, load everything into a truck and deliver it to your new home. Shipping lines will be glad to offer insurance on any of these service levels, but you will be hard pressed to collect it unless they do the packing themselves.

So when it comes time for a move, you might want to have a Moving guide such as this one handy. It can be a valuable tool to use. You might consider creating a checklist, using the guide, of things you need to do to make the move as seamless as possible. The most important thing to remember is that relocating from one city to another is more than just the process of boxing up and transporting your possessions.