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August 9th, 2016 10:31 AM
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Moving to a new home usually brings a lot of stress, headaches and anxiety.  So here are 12 tips to make a "smooth move" whether to a new state or just across town:
1.  Plan your move well in advance. This will help avoid a last-minute frenzy.  Use timelines and checklists.
2.  Protect critical photos and files.  Store copies on a  portable hard drive you carry with you, or upload them to a free cloud server such as Google Drive or Dropbox.  
3.  Photograph your cords. Shoot images of the connections on your TV, sound system, modem and computer so they are easier to reconnect in your new home.
4. Make plans for pets.  Reduce the moving stress for pets by  boarding them at a kennel or with friends.  
5.  Get a Movers Guide from the Post Office.  This will help you notify service providers of your new address.  It also includes $750 in coupons for businesses and services you might need.  Your post office has printed copies.
6.  Color-code your packing boxes.  This will make it easy to match them to the right rooms in the new house.  
7.  Mark essential boxes separately.  Anything you will need immediately after move-in should be marked in red.  And make sure the important boxes get loaded last so they come off the truck first.  
8.  Create a first-night box of essentials.  Include medications, toothbrushes, changes of clothing and anything else needed immediately.
9.  Do not box valuables or important documents.  Put jewelry, passports, birth certificates, etc. in a special Move File and hand-carry  them in your own car.
10.  Pack a first-day cleaning kit.  Include a vacuum and cleaning supplies so you can freshen cabinets, closets and counters before you move possessions in.
11.  Make a furniture map.  Plot where all the large furniture pieces will go to simplify set-up.  Use graph paper or a free layout tool like homediary.com.
12.  After the move save all receipts.  If the move is associated with a new job or a transfer, you may be able to deduct some of the expenses.  

These are very handy tips offered by the Florida Realtor Magazine and I felt they were great ideas to pass on. Everyone is faced with a move sooner or later!

written by Barbara Doeringer

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