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By JIM CARLSON, a buddy of mine for the last thirty years.
This article was written for twentysomething year olds. Additional helpful info for all ages is below...
Relocating for the first time without the help of relatives and friends can be expensive, time consuming and overwhelming. So whether you're moving down the block or across the country, the No. 1 thing to do is to plan ahead. If you break everything out over a two-month period, into steps and benchmarks that you can hit, it's going to be easier. Here is a rough timeline from Jim Carlson for twentysomethings to consider:
Eight weeks: Choose the type of move. Decide whether to hire professional movers to pack and transport your belongings, do a combination where you pack yourself and hire a service to move things, or do it all yourself. Calculate all the different costs. Professional movers might charge more if you live on an upper floor of a walk-up building. An interstate do-it-yourself move likely requires paying for gas, hotel stays and food. If you go the professional route, get at least three in-home estimates. The in-home part is key, if you give your inventory over the phone, and they show up on moving day and they say this is different than what you said over the phone. They can charge you more and there isn't much you can do about it. Make sure a moving company is licensed and insured, and that the estimate you receive is binding, or "not-to-exceed." Also, watch out for companies that charge by the cubic foot because they could pack the truck loosely to take up more space. For interstate moves, you should be billed by the weight of your items; local moves should be billed by the hour and number of movers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, www.protectyourmove.gov, offers tips on protecting yourself from moving fraud.
Five to six weeks: Inventory belongings and change address. You should start deciding which belongings you want to move, give away and throw out. Also, start notifying others about your change of address, including banks, credit-card companies and insurers. The U.S. Postal Service allows you to set up a forwarding service online at usps.com.
Three to four weeks: Start packing. You can buy boxes at local storage facilities, home-improvement stores and even online. But be sure to inspect all boxes carefully. Even if you save a few bucks on boxes, if they fall apart "you lose more than any savings."
One to two weeks: Make final calls. Everything but a few daily necessities should be packed, and you should be living out of a suitcase. Make calls to your landlord to reconfirm your move-in date and to utilities to confirm that you'll have electricity and water when you move in. "You have that last week to handle anything unexpected," Mr Carlson says.
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Some Tips To Help You Plan Your Move...
Fill out a Change of Address Form from your Post Office or click here for the Official Change Of Address Form From The Post Office, it's Online, Secure, and Costs $1.00
Fill out IRS change of Address Form
Make arrangements with moving company/relocation coordinator or reserve moving truck
Make travel arrangements, if necessary, with airlines, buses, car rental agencies and hotels
Transfer memberships in churches, clubs and civic organizations
Obtain medical and dental records, prescription histories and transfer prescriptions.
Set up bank account in new city
Check into the laws and requirements of your new city regarding home-based business, professional tests, business licenses and any special laws that might pertain to you.
Take inventory of your belongings before they're packed, in the event you need to file an insurance claim later. If possible, take pictures or video tape your belongings. Record serial numbers of electronic equipment.
Make arrangements for transporting pets
Start using-up food items, so that there is less to pack and possibly spoil
Switch utility services to new address. Inform electric, disposal, water, newspaper, magazine subscription, telephone and cable companies of your move.
Arrange for help on moving day
Confirm travel reservations
Reserve elevator if moving from condo
Have appliances serviced for moving
Clean rugs and clothing and have them wrapped for moving
Plan ahead for special needs of infants
Close bank accounts and have your funds wired to your new bank. Before closing be sure there are no outstanding checks or automatic payments that haven't been processed.
Collect valuables from safe-deposit box. Make copies of any important documents before mailing or hand carry them to your new address.
Check with your insurance agent to ensure you'll be covered through your homeowner's or renter's policy during the move.
Defrost freezer and refrigerator. Place deodorizer inside to control odors.
Give a close friend or relative your travel route and schedule so you may be reached if needed.
Double check closets, drawers, shelves, attic and garage to be sure they are empty
Carry important documents, currency and jewelry yourself, or use registered mail.
Apply for a new driver's license, an eye test will be administered, Salt Lake Drivers License Locations.
Fairpark Office (Salt Lake City, Utah)
1095 Motor Ave.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
Office: (801) 535-2600
Fax: (801) 363-2977
Hours: Monday - Thursday
7:00am to 6:00pm
West Valley Office (West Valley, Utah)
2780 West 4700 South
West Valley, Utah 84118
Office: (801) 969-3748
Fax: (801) 967-7754
Hours: Monday - Thursday
7:00am to 6:00pm
South Valley Office (Draper, Utah)
14555 S. Minuteman Dr.
Draper, Utah 84020
Office: (801) 816-2600
Fax: (801) 816-2630
Hours: Monday - Thursday
7:00am to 6:00pm
Shop around for new insurance polices, especially auto coverage.
Revise your will and other legal papers to avoid longer probate and higher legal fees
Locate the hospitals, police stations, veterinarian and fire stations near your home.
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When should you consider long-term studio suite accommodations?
* Working on an extended project away from home
* Going away on a budget vacation and still prefer to have a kitchen and access to laundry
* Remodeling or buying a home
* Relocating to a new job
* Visiting relatives
What can you look forward to at Extended Stay Temporary Lodging Facilities?
* All suites come with a fully-equipped kitchen, appliances and linens
* Unlimited local phone use, a computer data port and personalized voice mail
* Housekeeping and guest laundry facilities
* Select properties offer exercise centers and pools
* Wi-Fi high speed Internet access available in every room - chain wide
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Helpful Relocation Advice
No matter where you go, moving is never easy, even if you're going voluntarily. After all, you're uprooting your life and giving up the familiar for the unfamiliar. To keep stress from escalating, eat healthy and exercise regularly. Of course, this is important even if you're not moving, but it's especially critical during this transition time.
Find a nice, safe, happy neighborhood
"Studies show that you're more likely to be happy if you live in a nice, safe neighborhood with happy neighbors," Now, that sounds pretty corney, but it makes sense. Although you can talk with the neighbors to find out if the neighborhood or apartment complex has a happy vibe, you can also look for gardens or well-tended pieces of land, dog parks, a swimming pool, clubhouse or any place you can socialize. Some people say, it's also helpful to be within walking distance of a local pub/bar. Having vibrant social networks, that's what it's all about. Join a gym if you can and exercise frequently. See if there are bike or walking trails nearby or even sidewalks that run through the neighborhood, thus allowing the possibility of frequent get-togethers.
Seek like-minded people
If you have children, you may have an easier time meeting people. Yet if you're single or self-employed, you need to be more creative about finding friends. Ask co-workers and seek clubs or groups that nurture your interests.
Frugal Moving Tips
One of the most important things you can do is protecting your belongings, the other is saving money!
Use What You Have
Don't Buy Boxes
Come on, why pay for boxes? Theres no need to buy the boxes offered by the rental truck company when you can ask around and find boxes for free. Frugal moving entails a lot of asking for help, so don't be shy, everyone knows what it is like to move. Ask your friends, families and neighbors if they have any boxes lying around. I know my household often has boxes that we'd be delighted to get rid of. If that fails try the grocery store. Just go ask a grocer if they have any boxes extra boxes. This is hit or miss but you can often get your whole supply of moving boxes in one fell swoop.
A great place to get free boxes is to go to Walmart/K-Mart or Target and ask for the manager. They may help and set aside some boxes from stocking shelves overnight for me to use. That saved me somewhere around $150.
Supplies, Buying Them Cheap
* Not everything must go in a box. Soft items like pillows, blankets, clothes, etc. can be transported in large garbage bags, or can be used to protect your fragile items.
* Save money on padding. Plastic bubble wrap is expensive! Newspaper is an inexpensive alternative to protect your belongings and recycle at the same time. Save your newspapers for a couple weeks, or if you don't get the newspaper, ask your friends, family and neighbors to save some newspapers for you. Pillows, blankets, and linens are other great household items you can use for padding, and spend less money on packing materials. Note: newsprint easily transfers to items so wash your dishes before using them and don't use newspaper to pad anything that might get stained from the ink.
*Measure twice and move once: Frugal moving is efficient moving. The most physically taxing and potentially expensive part of a move is moving big items through doorways and up and down stairs. You can prevent expensive scratches on walls and furniture, or even more expensive pulled muscles and hernias, by measuring the path of your big items of furniture. Make sure everything fits before you get it halfway up the stairs.
*Tax Saving for Moving Expenses: If your move is job related you may qualify for some tax breaks. Keep records for your moving expenses (truck, moving company, packing supplies, gas, etc.) and ask your accountant if you qualify. This could mean hundreds in tax savings.
* Get reimbursed. If you are moving for a new job, check with your company for a reimbursement. You may also be able to get a federal tax deduction based on how far you moved or other conditions.
*Enlist Your Friends & Pay Them With Pizza and Beer
* Pizza and Beer? The classic compensation for free labor. Pizza and beer, well advertised, will bring many friends to come and help. They will save you the cost of hiring a moving company, you get to hang out with your friends and family, and everyone in your circle gets to feel like they are contributing. (Hint: Save the beer for after the big and heavy items have been moved in.) Remember frugal moving is about asking for help. Don't feel bad. I have been asked many times to help with a move and, though I may grumble a bit when first asked, I always have a great time and am glad I was able to help.
* Travel Lighter By Reducing Your Load. Do you have a lot of stuff just collecting dust? Sure you do, and there is no sense in spending money to move it! Be sure to separate the things you don't use or need and get rid of them before you move. Consider selling more valuable items on Craigslist, eBay, or by having a yard sale. Whatever doesn't sell, donate - you'll get a nice tax deduction. Anything else? Throw it away! You won't miss it, I promise!
* Hire someone to move large/expensive items. The worst thing you can do is try to move something that is too big or expensive to move on your own. Items like pianos, buffets, curio cabinets, and other large pieces of furniture are better left to professionals. Besides, if they break it, they have to reimburse you. If you break it, you have no recourse! Make sure you research the moving company you hire, get several quotes, and buy proper moving insurance.
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