Home Buying 7-Step Plan, Step 7

Home Buying 7-Step Plan, Step 7


This is the final article in our home buying series.

Moving Day

Hooray, you’ve finished the deal and are ready to move in! The house is yours and all you have to do is take your stuff from your current residence and move it to your new home.

Today’s home buyers have several options available to them when planning to move including:

Use Your Resources — Obviously the cheapest way to move. If you don’t have much stuff, then moving what you have with the vehicles you own will save you a lot of money. Your cost will only be gas and the time it takes to move everything.

Rent A Truck — UHaul, Ryder, and Penske are some of the companies who come to mind when do-it-yourself moving is an option for you. You’ll pay a daily rate, gas charges (ouch), and whatever tolls may be on the roads from your current home to your new home. If you don’t need a truck, consider a small trailer instead.

Opt For A Pod — You’ve seen them all over the place: pods or containers which are delivered to your location for you to fill up. These 5×7 units are then picked up and trucked to your new location where you are given a certain amount of time to unpack everything and the pod retrieved. If you have a moderate size home, then a pod is a good option to using a moving company.

Hire A Moving Company — For some people, do-it-yourself is just not an option. If you have a lot of stuff, many valuables, and you are traveling far, then the services of a qualified interstate mover is the best choice. Do your homework: you want a mover who has a solid reputation, is licensed to move for long haul, and who backs up everything with insurance and a guarantee. Expensive, but not always problem-free.

Save Money And Aggravation

For the second, third, and fourth options, doing your homework will save you money and much grief later on. Search the internet to find out what others are saying about a particular move or service and make sure that you understand the terms of the moving agreement before signing anything.

Above all, enjoy your new residence — you’ll be taking on some special projects in the near future to turn your house into a home.


Check Your Credit Report

Estimating The Home Value

Home Buying Tool Set

Home Financing Plan


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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".