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Here are some tips to help you when it is time to move into your new homepict

Moving can be an exciting experience. It can also be a big hassle! There are a few common-sense things that can make your move a little less stressful. Start planning your move well in advance. About two months before you move, make lists of your belongings and arrange to discard or give away things you will not be taking with you. Consider donating unwanted items to charity. Organizations such as The Salvation Army, Amvets or Goodwill Industries can be quite helpful and will make arrangements to pick up larger items. You might be even be able to claim a tax deduction for some item donations.

Garage sales are another way to get rid of items and make some extra money. Those items that are no longer useful to you could be just what someone else needs--and are willing to pay cash for.

Since most companies can take up to eight weeks to change their mailing lists, notify all your magazine and credit card companies of your move in plenty of time. Get a change of address kit from your post office for this purpose or do it by individual letters.

Try to use as much of your stored food as possible because moving lots of food can be more trouble than it is worth. Do only minimal food shopping before your move and try to eat or give away as much of your perishable food as possible. You may not unpack everything right away and nothing can spoil moving into a new place like the smell of forgotten "food gone bad".

Start looking for a moving company well before you plan to move. Get estimates from several companies and compare the services they offer along with prices. When you decide on a mover, be sure to carefully read any paperwork before signing. Carefully check the rules about damaged goods and find out the company policy about making claims.

Pack your out-of-season clothing and books early, making sure to list which items are packed in each box. Next, make calls to your utility company and make arrangements to have your utilities transferred and to confirm your new address. Follow up your call with a letter, to prevent problems later. Make sure your utilities will be connected in your new home by the day you move.

On moving day, pack a bag with items you might need during your move before you unpack. This might include food, aspirin and bathroom tissue. Be sure to have lots of cold water or other drinks on hand for you and the movers.

If possible, leave children and pets with friends. This can make moving day a lot less complicated. Make sure you keep keys to your old address until your move is complete. You many need to go back for some item you missed or to check on something. If your move will take more than one day, try to arrange for someone to be in both places at all times. Do not "advertise" the fact that you are moving. Thieves could take advantage of that information.

Make lots of lists to reduce the chance of forgetting some important task. You cannot go overboard with the list-making since any move involves endless details. With careful planning, moving can definitely be a much smoother process.

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