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DOs & DON'Ts FOR YOUR LOCAL MOVE

Whether you finally bought a house in that neighborhood you've been eyeing, or you're downsizing to a hip apartment, or moving back in with the parents (yes, we've all been there), a local move presents a few unique challenges and advantages. Check out our Dos and Don'ts to make your transition the smoothest possible.
DO
TELL A FEW KEY PEOPLE ABOUT YOUR MOVE
You may not be moving far, but some people still need to know where to find you (and we're not talking about on Facebook).
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Before you move, make sure to let the following know:
  • US Postal Service
  • Utility providers including power, gas, cable, phone and water
  • The government (via the DMV and your driver's license)
  • Insurance companies
  • Lenders for your loans
  • Credit card companies
  • Your employer
  • Your doctor
  • Your dentist
  • Your bank
  • Your subscriptions (including magazines, Netflix, etc.)
  • Your children's school
  • Your family and friends
DON'T
ASSUME YOU'LL HAVE TIME TO
ORGANIZE WHEN YOU MOVE IN
No one likes opening a box to find last year's National Geographic, a toothbrush, your daughter's dance costume and a few cans of soup. In the rush to move out, don't forget that spending a little extra time organizing when you pack, will save you ample time (and stress) once you move in.
DO
PACK EVERYTHING BEFORE MOVING DAY
Ever volunteered to help move a friend on your day off, and you show up to find that not a single box has been packed? Don't be that person. The day of the move should be used for just that: moving. Not packing. Not organizing. Those things should be completed the day before. Trust us, there are plenty of last-minute details that will require your attention. Be ready the night before.
DON'T
BE AFRAID TO THROW IT OUT
Ever volunteered to help move a friend on your day off, and you show up to find that not a single box has been packed? Don't be that person. The day of the move should be used for just that: moving. Not packing. Not organizing. Those things should be completed the day before. Trust us, there are plenty of last-minute details that will require your attention. Be ready the night before.
DO
RENT A MOVING TRUCK
Think you can pack your entire living room in the back of your Fiat? Think again. And, consider renting a moving truck. Trucks for local moves are typically very inexpensive and well worth the little bit of extra cash. It will save you time; time you'll definitely need for unpacking boxes.
DON'T
FORGET TO LABEL
Use a permanent marker to label each box or bag with the room where it should reside. If you're feeling really ambitious, jot down a few key items in each box. This is guaranteed to prevent major headaches upon move-in.
DO
CONSIDER HIRING HELP
Often times, for a local move, hiring a full-blown moving company to pack, drive, and unpack, isn't necessary. You can save a lot of money by renting the truck and packing yourself. That said, if you're hesitant to move that 80" TV or the armoire from your upstairs bedroom (and you should be hesitant), hire a mover for an hourly rate. The mover can move your heavier or more fragile items from your home to your truck, and then into your new home, while you move the little things.
DON'T
PACK EVERYTHING
Moves can be stressful. The last thing you need is an injury. So be smart about how you pack. Don't use your biggest box for your book collection; it may look smartly packed, but you're bound to break something lifting it. Also, be wise about how you lift. You've heard it before, don't bend at the waist. Squat, keeping your back straight, and lift (think of the benefit for those thighs). Consider renting a dolly for the bigger items or for moving multiple boxes at a time. Use Storage to Help
DO
A "FRAGILE" CARLOAD
Some things are plain-old tricky to pack. If you have mirrors, lamps, artwork or other awkward items, consider wrapping them in blankets and taking a separate carload. Think of the time and expense you'll save from driving around town looking for the perfect-sized crate. And don't forget to drive carefully!
DON'T
THROW OUT YOUR BACK
Moves can be stressful. The last thing you need is an injury. So be smart about how you pack. Don't use your biggest box for your book collection; it may look smartly packed, but you're bound to break something lifting it. Also, be wise about how you lift. You've heard it before, don't bend at the waist. Squat, keeping your back straight, and lift (think of the benefit for those thighs). Consider renting a dolly for the bigger items or for moving multiple boxes at a time.

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