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02/03/05

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Make Your Move


Make Your MoveFew things in life are more exciting than moving into a new home. Actually, that's not true: Few things in life are more exciting than being completely moved into a new home. It's great to be there, but when you're moving an entire household, getting there isn't half the fun.

Whether you're moving across town or across the country, here are some things you can do to make the move easier. For more great ideas, talk to your moving company. The movers can provide you with advice and checklists to ensure the process goes smoothly.

Plan your move carefully, starting with selecting a reputable mover. You can look up a company's on-time record and check for complaints with the local Better Business Bureau, and ask friends and neighbors for recommendations. Get written, binding estimates from three companies, if possible.

Be realistic with your mover about how much you have to move and how it needs to be handled. Usually, movers can accommodate almost any need--including protecting fragile items and hauling your car--but they need to know what to expect. Surprises on moving day make for unhappy movers (not the mood you want when they're carrying Mom's china) and extra expenses.

Start the packing process early. Even if the moving company will be packing for you, start organizing and taking inventory several weeks before the move date.

Work out a floor plan of your new home, and figure out where items will be placed when you arrive. This will help the movers organize the loading and unloading.

Pack a few essentials for you and your family as if you were going on a short trip. Haul these items yourself. Having a few days worth of clothes and everyday items on hand will relieve the stress of needing to unpack immediately. Also include a few dishes, basic kitchen utensils, and toiletries.

Follow all these rules if you decide to move yourself. Treat the move just as if you were hiring it out, and plan ahead so you are ready when the big day arrives.

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