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Yeah, you have finally reached the last milestone of your home buying process and have received the key to your house. It's moving day. Here are some moving expenses that you should factor in your budget: 

1. Peak surcharges. Many moving companies raise rates during busy summer times and weekends. Have a flexible schedule and relocate in an off-peak period to save money. 

2. Packing materials and equipment. Boxes, bubble wrap and packing tape can add up quickly. Estimate accurately of what you need or seek free materials from friends or online. If you are not hiring a professionals, try tenting these items to save money - furniture covers, hand trucks and bungee cords. 

3. Excess cargo. Movers usually factor the number and weight of items into the bill. To save money, donate or sell what you can before your move. 

4. Cleaning. If you have a security deposit at your current place, housecleaning services typically charge between $200 to $300 for a one-time cleaning. You will save money by doing some or all of the work yourself. 

5. Utilities.  Watch for deposits, taxes, and connection and installation fees hen setting up utilities. Ask these companies about charges in advance. 

6. Food. Think snacks for the road, restocking the refrigerator and pantry and feeding friends who've helped. Go to Costco could save you money. 

7. Lost or damaged items. Some belongings might not survive the journey. It may be worth purchasing protection to repair or replace property. If you have homeowners or renters insurance, you likely have some coverage but check your policy to confirm. 

8. Tips. Movers appreciate tips after a long day of heavy lifting. A good rule of thumb is 5 percent of the total bill. 

9. Storage. If you can't immediately move your possessions into your new home, you might have to rent a self-storage unit.Costs vary by size and location. The less time and space you need, the less expensive it will be. 

Moving is a huge undertaking. Mentally walk through the process from start to finish and outline the potential items and services you will need at least a month in advance. Then research prices and get multiple estimates for the best deals and services. 

Posted by Sam Kader on September 2nd, 2018 7:33 PM
  •  Have a "first open" box with the things you´ll need most-toilet paper, soap, trash bags, scissors, hammer, screwdriver, pencils and paper, cups and plates, water, snacks, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
  • A U.S. Postal Service change of address form.
  • Notify your credit card companies, magazine subscriptions, cancel the newspaper and bank of the change of address.
  • Develop a list of friends, relatives and business colleagues who need to be notified of the move.
  • Arrange to have utilities disconnected at your old home and connected at your new one.
  • Check insurance coverage for moved items. Movers only cover what they pack.
  • Clean out appliances and prepare them for moving.
  • Find a moving company. Note the weight of the goods since long-distance moves are usually billed according to weight. Watch for movers that use excessive padding to add weight.
  • Find local movers with Dolly. It's like Uber but for moving.
  • Include a box or large clear zip-lock style plastic bag with a photo of the correct setup for television, phone and Internet equipment and all of the manuals, connectors, washers, screws, etc.

Plus, if you´re moving out of town:

  • Get copies of medical and dental records and prescriptions for your family and pets.
  • Get copies of children's school records for transfer
  • Consider special car needs for pets when travelling
  • Let a friend or relative know your route.
  • Carry traveler's check or an ATM card for ready cash until can open a bank account.
  • Empty safety deposit box.
  • Put plants in boxes with holes for air circulation if moving to cold weather.

6 Items to Have on Hand for the New Owners   

  • Owner's manuals for items left in the house.
  • Warranties for any items left in the house.
  • A list of local service providers such as the best dry cleaner, yard service, etc.
  • Garage door opener
  • Extra sets of house keys.
  • Code to burglar alarm and phone number of monitoring service if not discontinued.

Once you have moved in and settled in - have your driver's license updated with your new home address. Moving brochure you can print.


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Posted by Sam Kader on November 3rd, 2013 10:04 AM



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