Relocating with a Plan

Moving is a big job, but by taking it one step at a time, it can become manageable, even smooth. First thing, don’t procrastinate. If you wait until the last minute small things missed or done poorly can derail the whole relocation. Plan everything well in advance, be flexible, and your adventure in moving will be a positive one.

Create a flexible relocation calendar on each event required for the move. No item should be too small to include in the calendar. Allow some wiggle room and be realistic as to the amount of time required for each item. Obviously, the amount of stuff being moved or sold, the distance, the size of the family, if you’re selling and buying, all factor into your plan.

Start by becoming informed. Create a series of files (Expenses, New Area, Real Estate, Movers, Realtors, Taxes, Utilities, etc.) for each important area of the move. Relocating can create changes on your next tax return. Visit the IRS website for information on moving related expenses.

There will be a wealth of information to be found regarding your new community. The local Chamber of Commerce or the city and county government will have relocation packets. When they arrive, read them over to find other subjects to explore. The local newspaper will have a website. If possible consider ordering the newspaper. It can provide you with a wealth of local information.

From the relocation packets, you can start researching for example, local school districts. They will also have websites with additional information.

Relocation is an exciting time and a great opportunity. If you’ve lived in the same home for any length of time you’ve accumulated a lot of stuff. Now is the ideal time to take another look at each item and make one of three decisions: Move, Sell/Donate or throw in the dumpster.

Remember, the cost of moving is by volume and weight and distance. You can control the volume and weight. Do you really need to move the swing set the kids have outgrown? Or the 20 year old refrigerator in you garage you use to keep beverages cold? Or the scratched and dented bedroom dresser that you bought at a garage sale? Or the heavy tube TV that’s been replaced with a sleek light weight HD model?

So moving may be the perfect time to reset your priorities, unclutter your house and to a degree simplify your life.

Also, start using up the chemicals, eat the frozen food and food in glass jars. You might consider throwing away many of the almost empty spice containers. Live plants can only be moved in your car so you might consider giving them away.

Everything of value: like photos, home videos, insurance and financial records, computer CD’s of backup material, legal documents and other important papers can be carried with you. If too bulky, you might consider using insured or certified mail or insured package express.

Finally, make up a “move in” kit. Everything you’ll need right away to get started in your new home. Include all the tools necessary to put the furniture and beds back together. All the relocation files you developed when you started the moving adventure will be included. Add a flashlight and batteries. Add a list of things to buy at the local Wal-Mart before you go to your new home. Things like paper plates, coffee cups, paper towels, plastic forks, spoons and knives, dish soap, trash bags, wash cloths, toilet paper, coffee, tea and other beverages. You can add to the list as you think of things you might need to get started before everything is unpacked.

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Simple Guide for Those are Moving or Being Relocated

If you and your family are planning a move that involves relocating and purchasing real estate try to relax and enjoy the adventure. Planned moves can be especially exciting to plan and the prospects of starting over in a new home can be intriguing. There are special areas of terrain or features like a water view, a view of the city or a mountain range that is preferred over another view or feature. For example some people won’t even consider moving anywhere without a water view. Still other prospective homeowners want to live close to the interstate.

Get your family involved by working with them to design your desired lifestyle. If you enjoy playing tennis where you currently live you will want to live close to the nicest park facility with tennis courts. If your children or spouse are active in sports or other activities, investigate communities where there is access to new facilities that support your family’s hobbies and interest. Visit the new community with your family if possible and let them have a say in where the new home will be. Moving and relocating can be fun and exciting especially if you are buying real estate.

The Internet is the place to investigate communities, real estate prices and the geographic differences. Every location has it’s charm and the local chamber of commerce organizations all have newcomer packages. Go online and request moving and relocation packages from various chamber of commerce organizations that are located in places you are considering moving to. Conduct as much research as possible especially of geographic relocations land you in the middle of a culture shock. Study the culture in various parts of the US and you will discover real cultural differences sometimes in the next state over from yours.

Important laws, rules and regulations can be vastly different in other parts of the country. Louisiana for example is the only state under Napoleonic Law this could be important or an interesting fact at least. Think about hiring a moving and relocation specialist who will handle the entire task no matter how unpleasant for you. If your company is relocating you may have the fees for a relocation specialist covered by your company’s relocation compensation policy. Check with your company’s human resources department for moving and relocation benefits.

Moving, relocating and buying real estate does not have to present a hardship for any family member. Retaining the services of a real estate professional one who is experienced in moving and relocating families can help to make your move go off without a hitch. First make a list of priorities for yourself and have each family member follow suit. Include the following information:

o What kind of neighborhood do I want to live in and what do I want my daily, weekly, monthly and holiday activities to look like. For example if you have a family member who wants to start the day off with a swim and the weather where you are planning to move to doesn’t have a pool, you may have a problem. This activity will help identify the necessary elements each family member needs when moving and relocating to a new place.

o Have each person get rid of their own clutter by dividing clutter into three piles; keep, throw away and give away. If you haven’t used it or looked for it in a year, you probably won’t miss it.

o Old toys and children’s keepsakes can be as hard to get rid of as your hubby’s favorite tattered lazy boy. Practice tough love and commit to not dragging junk to your new home.

o Remember that relocation cost are greater with distance, spend as much time as necessary identifying expenses your company should cover or that may be used as an income tax deduction.

o Find a reputable moving company by getting referrals from your company’s human resources department. Check the references of the mover and contact the Better Business Bureau in the city you are moving from and the city you are moving to.

It’s never been said that moving and relocating is fun but buying real estate can be. Visit the web sites that offer real estate listings that include prices, photos of the property and community. Don’t buy a house you haven’t seen. Plan a trip to the new city with the family if possible.

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