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On moving day a flood of last-minute details can seem overwhelming. Being prepared for the little things and having a plan for surviving your trip can get you through this crucial event. Below are some tips and information that are designed to take the guesswork out of the prospect of relocation:


Moving can be an exciting adventure. However, it could also be a stressful time if things go wrong. This report explains the seven most common mistakes when people relocate. When you plan ahead, you'll avoid these pitfalls and ensure your move is handled smoothly.
1. Lack of information
Contact the chamber of commerce, tourism department, municipality, or library in your new community. At the same time, compare salaries, cost of living, taxes and housing prices. Take advantage of all information you can find on your new community, including school and crime statistics.

2. Home not ready for showing
Before you sell your home, complete repairs. Often, it's the little things, like chipped paint, worn caulking and sticky doors that potential buyers notice. Have your home cleaned, including carpets. Have a Comparable Market Analysis (CMA) completed by one or two realtors to ensure a competitive price.

3. Not being pre-approved
Sellers are usually eager to negotiate with someone who has immediate buying power.

4. Not planning for temporary housing between destinations
You may need to set up temporary housing arrangements until the closing of your new home. This could take from a few days to a few months. If you need interim housing for a few days, perhaps staying in a hotel is the simplest solution. For housing longer than a month, you may want to consider an apartment with a short-term lease.

5. Not completing a professional home inspection
This applies for both the home you're selling and the one you're buying, although who pays for the inspection (buyer or seller) is negotiable in each separate contract.

6. Not using local, licensed professionals
Every area is different. Understanding the communities that make up your destination city, a realtor can find you a home that matches your needs. You'll save time and energy by having a professional do the work for you.

7. Not reading your employer's relocation policies
Read your employer's relocation policies carefully, for the amount of reimbursement. Keep good records and copies of your receipts, as moving expenses are deductible under certain conditions.

relocation checklist

Prior to Leaving
Give your address to:
* Post office
* Charge accounts, credit cards
* Subscriptions
* Relatives and friends

Notify your company of new location; life, auto, health, fire

Arrange for check cashing in new city; transfer accounts

Utility Companies
* Get any refunds or deposits
* Arrange for final readings: gas, water, telephone, etc.
Church, Civic Organizations
Transfer memberships, get introductory letters

Arrange for copies of school records

Medical, Dental, Prescription Histories
* Ask for referrals, transfer prescriptions, eyeglasses, x-rays, etc.
* Obtain medical records from the health care professionals

Get information on tags, licenses, etc.

At Home:
* Clean out freezer
* Defrost freezer and refrigerator (use charcoal to absorb odor)
* Service appliances for moving
* Make arrangements for cable TV
* Clean clothing and rugs; have them moving-wrapped
* Plan with your mover: insurance coverage, packing and unpacking labor, arrival day, shipping papers, time and method of expected payment

On Moving Day
* Clearly mark boxes you will need immediately
* Carry ample cash or traveler's checks to cover expenses until new account is set up
* Transport jewelry, documents and other valuables yourself or use registered mail
* Plan for pet's travel and arrival at new area
* For emergency reasons, alert a close friend or relative of the route and schedule you will travel
* Re-check closets, drawers, etc. to make sure they are empty
* Leave keys and transmitters for new owners

Once You're At Your New Home
* Get certified check or cashiers check for closing
* Check on utility services
* Have new address recorded on driver's license
* Register children in school
* Arrange for medical services

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