Moving At Year End: Tips To Ease The Crunch

Moving At Year End: Tips To Ease The Crunch


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The thought of moving as one calendar gets thrown away and another one is put up may not seem to be the best time to make a move, but it can be the right time for the person who must make a move.You may not have planned it that way, but making moving just after Christmas or as the New Year dawns can be positive as it is the slowest time of the year for moving companies — let them compete for your business! Also, when you get to your new home there will be no lawn to contend with as the grass will be dormant and the leaves swept away.We have some tips to share with you in a bid to help you manage your upcoming move. Please keep reading to gain some ideas on how you can make your move go as efficiently and stress-free as possible.

Make a Checklist — Nobody plans to fail, but if you fail to plan then guess what? You’ll be stressed out for weeks leading up to your move. Get a copy of our moving checklist and download our home moving budgeting worksheet to help you prepare.

Explore Your Moving Options — Assuming that you have housing lined up, then planning your move is the first step you will want to take. If you are moving locally, are you planning to do the moving yourself? If so, Ryder, Penske, and other companies will rent a truck to you on a daily basis with gas and mileage extra. You may be able to handle this move by getting some friends and family members to help out. Leave the heaviest items including that Baby Grand piano for the professional movers instead.

If you are moving out of the area, professional movers can take your goods where you want to go. Popular today are those “pods” where you fill up a container with your household goods and a truck will come by and take it to your new home. An excellent way to save money while leaving the over the road moving to others.

Downsize, Clean Out the Clutter, and Get Organized — Hold a yard sale, get rid of everything you know you’ll never use again, and start packing away whatever you will not need until after you move. The more things you do in advance, the less you’ll have to handle during crunch time.

Tell Everyone You Are Moving — Even a local move can make it difficult for people to find you. Contact the post office and fill out a change of address form. Notify the utility companies (electric, gas, phone, internet, cable, etc.) of your pending move. Check with your cell phone carrier to make sure that service is available where you are moving to — you should be able to keep your current cell phone number regardless.

Get Your Finances In Order — How many people have made a move and forgot to make an important loan or credit card payment in the process, perhaps several? Avoid credit card fees, late payments, and a possible hit to your credit rating because you didn’t remember to make payments. Notify your lenders in advance that you are moving to ensure that future bills are sent to your correct address. Better yet: choose electronic billing to have all of your bills go to your email inbox.

Bring Important Records With You — If you have a safe deposit box at the local bank, make sure that you close it and remove the contents before you move. Get copies of your dental and medical records and bring them with you. School records, civic organization and religious memberships, and financial records from your accountant are other things to consider. If you have a pet, don’t forget veterinary information to carry with you. Sounds like a lot to do, right? That is why starting early is a must!

Once you’ve got all of your paperwork together, furniture packed, and current property closed, then you are ready to go. Organize everything ahead of time and you’ll avoid combining moving stress with holiday stress and you will come through it all in much better shape then you might have even thought possible.


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".