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Before you set out on your journey of relocation, we bid you good luck. Relocation doesn’t have to be a road fraught with danger. Here are seven easy-to-follow but crucial tips for making sure that the path you take is not the path less traveled by but the road best taken.

1. When do you move?

The first thing you have to do is decide on a timetable for moving. We mean timetable loosely because you want to give yourself plenty of extra time to get things done. It’s an unusual fact that it’s cheaper to move in the winter than it is in the summer. The summer is peak moving season for relocation companies and so demand for their resources is high and therefore more costly. But is moving in the cold months better than the warm months? There’s no right answer, it all depends on your personal situation.If you have kids, the time of year you move is an extremely important consideration however because moving during the school year is hard on young children.

2. Pre-Move Organization

This cannot be emphasized enough and is the biggest factor in determining whether your relocation will be smooth and easy or stressful and difficult. Time let’s you prepare and plan and then to remember the things you forgot to prepare and plan. Make a checklist of what needs to be done. Make multiple checklists if you have to. Whatever method you want to use, just be sure that you do use a method for organizing. In the end this will save you time, money, and sanity.

3. Picking a Good Moving Company

The best place to get information is also the closest. Ask your friends and your family first about their experience with different movers. Next, utilize the Internet. Make sure your moving company is insured, licensed and legitimate.

4. The Packing Process

This is a not-so-fun part for many people but it really doesn’t have to be. Get the family involved! Decide what to keep and what to throw away or give to charity. You’ll feel good about giving and your load will literally be lighter. Moving is a chance to start a new life, so get rid of old baggage, both literally and figuratively.

Packing is usually unpleasant because people simply have wrong materials and poor quality materials. Invest in good supplies; they will pay for themselves. There are boxes for almost every single type of item a person can possibly have in their home or apartment. USE those boxes. They were custom-made, after all, to make the packing of those items and easy and secure. Dishes, Plasma Screens, Sports Equipment, Lamps, you name it. If you really, really detest packing, then hire a professional mover to pack for you.

5. Address Change & Utility Transfer

If you forget about the Utilities they can haunt you for years to come. A simple official Change-of-Address with the United States Post Office will make sure all your mail gets to you. Remember Gas, Electric, Phone, DSL, Water, and Cable.

6. Papers & Documents

There are always important documents and papers you should have with you. Be sure to keep these extra safe:

  • Birth Certificates
  • Driver’s License, or other Identification
  • Visas
  • Written Mover’s Estimates
  • Bank Records
  • Important Phone Numbers
  • Local Maps
  • Insurance information and Cards

7. Considerations for Relocating with Children

If your kids are already in school you definitely want to relocate in the summer so you don’t have to pull them out in the middle of a school year. To enroll your child in a new school you’ll need the papers listed below. There are also things you’ll want to bring for your kids for the trip, especially if it’s long, are already in elementary school, of course, you’ll want to try and leave in the summer. Relocating to a new school district during the school year can be traumatic for kids so it’s best to avoid it. In order to enroll your child into a new public school you will need the following:

  • Child’s Birth Certificate
  • Child’s History of Immunization
  • School Entry Medical Exam (Ask your physician, he can do it before the move.) be done by a physician before the move)
  • Visit your state.s .gov education pages for School Districts information
  • Food and Medication kids will need on Trip