The end of June is the prime time for Americans to move home. According to Business Week, the final weekend in June generates $4.3 million in house sales, and the National Association of Realtors has released figures that show that in 2013 58% of all home sales took place between the months of April and August.
Essentials to have an easier move
If you are joining the millions of Americans who will be moving home this summer, the first thing you should do is make a list. You may have decided to organize your removal yourself and hire your own van; in that case collecting boxes should be at the head of your list. Don’t forget to notify the US Mail about your move and your new address. If you have a pet, your dog health insurance provider should also be informed of your new destination. Home and contents insurance companies should be also updated. Remember to retain your right to vote and contact USA.gov for details.
Some useful moving ideas
When you’ve packed up your possessions and thrown away items of unwanted furniture and other domestic items, start labeling every box. The Daily Herald suggests that if you color code your labels, there’ll be less confusion at the other end. The newspaper also advises that, if you’re not a natural geek, you take photographs of your electronics connections in order to reassemble them in your new home. Also, it’s important that you take meter readings of your utilities, so that you don’t continue to be billed for use after you’ve relocated.
Search the attics and cupboards
It’s all too easy to forget to look in attics, cupboards and cellars when you’re moving. Usually goods are kept in storage because they’re not in daily use. Be tough with yourself and decide whether stored items really need to come with you to your new home. Moving house is a great excuse to de-clutter, and you don’t want to start your new life with any excess baggage. If you have a backyard and your new destination also has a garden, make sure that you pack up your gardening tools; they can be expensive to replace.
Communication is essential
If you have school age kids, you should put their names down for education before you actually move. Find out if there are any induction programs at the new school so your child will find it easier to integrate. Utility companies should also be informed in advance of your move so that the gas and power will be switched on.
If you’re changing providers, remember that credit checks will be carried out, so allow a month’s notice for all the relevant checks. You don’t want to arrive at your destination dirty, tired and hungry and find that you are unable to even boil a kettle. The same applies to internet service providers and telephone companies, if you still want to retain a landline. Give everyone advance notice of your move, so when you finally relocate, everything will be up and running and you’ll be able to appreciate the joys of your new home.
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