The Essential Guide to Moving Your Home in Just 10 Steps

They say that moving is one of the most stressful things you can do and most people feel so overwhelmed they don't know even where to start. Use this guide to make your move go a little smoother and a little easier - you'll find once you've done some organizing and planning that you'll actually have time to enjoy the upcoming changes.

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    When looking for the best place to live, whether you're retiring, going to school or looking for a fresh start, it's a good idea to consider everything that makes up your home and community and that goes into creating that ideal place - just for you and your family.

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    As we all know, moving is one of the most stressful tasks you can ever undertake; however, as much as it's difficult for adults, it's even harder for the younger members of the family. Telling them that they need to say goodbye to their friends and school and all things familiar is hard. Find out how to break the news and make the move a positive decision for the whole family.

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    This is a question that plagues all people on the move. And like most decisions, the answer is different for everyone depending on numerous factors such as time, money, difficulty and complexity of the move. If you're moving across town, a self-move may make more sense than if you're moving across the country. Still, to ensure you're making the best decision, it's a good idea to weigh all options.

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    After you've decided how you're going to move your things - hiring a company or by moving it yourself - the next step is to set up a moving budget. It's an important step to keep you on track financially and to know how much your move will end up costing you. It's amazing how small items such as a new shower curtain, sheets or restocking your shelves all add up.

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    If you've decided to hire a moving company, make sure you ask these questions while you have them on the phone. This is your chance to interview the company to see if they are going to meet your needs.

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    If you've decided to move your stuff yourself, whether it's across town or across the state or across the country, you'll need to rent a moving van, truck, or trailer, depending on how much you have. Check out these tips on renting the right vehicle for your move.

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    If you're doing your own packing, make sure you give yourself plenty of time; at least six weeks before your move date and plan carefully. Careful planning and packing will save you time, money and a lot of hair pulling.

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    Guide to Packing Your Entire House Room by Room

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    Use these easy to follow guides to packing each room in your house. You'll find tips on how to organize and prepare for moving and step-by-step instructions that will have you packed and ready to move in no time!

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    If you're like most people, you can't resist a garage sale. There's something about going through someone else's stuff or maybe it's the hunt, the hunt for a bargain. No matter what the reason, garage sales are a great way get rid of some stuff - to lighten your move - and make some money, money that can be used to haul the rest of your belongings to your new place.

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    Even though you think your move is over once the movers have left and the last box has been brought in from the truck. But don't relax just yet, there's still some stuff to do besides unpack.