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10 THINGS THAT’LL MAKE YOUR MOVE EASIER

moving2Excerpted from an article by Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com

“Moving:  one of the most stressful activities there is.  If you’re getting ready to move or are in the process of buying or selling a house, you may have been thinking about the unpacking and the packing and the change of address and turning on utilities.  But there may be a few things you haven’t thought of.  These tips may help…

1. Pack a bag of essentials – and take it with you. Bring anything you think you will need for the first few nights in your home, plus a few extras in case there’s a hold-up with the moving truck.  You will want to make sure you have all the things that will help you get through the next few days.  Things like:

**A couple of outfits for everyone for a few days (don’t forget pajamas)

**Towels and toiletries – soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, etc.

**Blankets and pillows

**Medications for every member of the family – and pets.

**A first aid kit

**Jewelry and other precious items

**Chargers

**Toilet paper & paper towels

**Paper plates and plastic cups and table ware

**Dog food and bowels, leashes and beds

**Checkbooks and credit cards.

**Important papers including taxes, passports social security cards, etc.

**A cooler filled with sandwich fixings and bottled water, snacks, etc. for the day or two before you are able to get to the market.

2.  Find pet daycare options.  Animals don’t always adjust to moves so easily.  If you need to place them somewhere to minimize the trauma during the actual move and initial unpacking, you’ll want to do all the research and make the arrangements in advance.

3. Hook up cable and internet ASAP.  Many utilities require only a phone call to switch them to a new address, but cable/satellite and Internet are a different story.  There are a lot of options, but not all of them are necessarily going to be available in you home.  Do the research ahead of time, figuring out what’s best for your home, and making any necessary installation appointments as close to your move-in day – or even before, if you can.  Don’t forget to change your address with Netflix and any other similar services to avoid any interruptions.

**A couple of outfits for everyone for a few days (don’t forget pajamas)

**Towels and toiletries – soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, etc.

**Blankets and pillows

**Medications for every member of the family – and pets.

**A first aid kit

**Jewelry and other precious items

**Chargers

**Toilet paper & paper towels

**Paper plates and plastic cups and table ware

**Dog food and bowels, leashes and beds

**Checkbooks and credit cards.

**Important papers including taxes, passports social security cards, etc.

**A cooler filled with sandwich fixings and bottled water, snacks, etc. for the day or two before you are able to get to the market.

4.  Think about the kids.  A simple deck of cards or a new coloring book an d crayons can be lifesavers if you have small kids who are getting bored with all that box carrying.

5.  Do your due diligence when it comes to movers.  Going with any old mover without checking them out first could end up being a disaster.  If you’re not loading up a truck and driving your things to your new house yourself, you’ll want to take a few precautions.  Get quotes from at least three moving companies, and make sure they do in-home assessments so your quote is as accurate as possible – says HGTV.  You can also research them online on sites like Consumer Affairs – and MovingScam.com.  Finally, don’t forget that moving expenses are tax deductible.  Obtain an IRS Change of Address form 8822 by calling (800)829-1040 or visiting the IRS website.  You will be able to download and print Form 8822 and most other IRS forms – e.g., Form 3903 to help deduct moving expenses.

6.    Sign up on Nextdoor.  Nextdoor is a great way to network in your new neighborhood for things like babysitters and handymen and garage sales and the aforementioned pet daycare. (Connestee Falls provides weekly Flyers with all kinds of information on community services and activities.  Also, all new homeowners receive a Directory which not only lists all POA members (your neighbors), but utilities, area community services, etc.  Transylvania Hospital in Brevard is a satellite full-hospital facility with Emergency Room and is affiliated with Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC.  Other quick in-and-out medical services are provided in Brevard by Sisters Of Mercy Clinic and CVS Pharmacy.)

7.  Change the locks.  You never know who out there could have a copy of your house key.

8.  Call a cleaning service.  You new home may or may not have been cleaned up to your standards  Plus, there’s just something great about moving into a freshly-cleaned place.

9.  Find a doctor and dentist.  If someone gets sick or needs medical attention in your new neighborhood, you want to make sure you know where to take them without having to Google the nearest random doctor. (In Connestee Falls, any neighbor will be glad to help.  In any emergency you can always contact Security at the Main Gate for information and assistance.)

SOURCE:  Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com

 

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