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Upper Keys Relocation Tips and Advice:

Tips for Moving
Moving isn't a favorite past time or the best part about purchasing a new home. It ranks right up there with dental visits and having to visit the local department of motor vehicles. But there are some things you can do to make it a bit easier and less stressful. And that will make the experience go much more smooth and a bit faster.

Thinking Ahead
When you have an approximate time frame, it's time to start making your moving plans. Don't put it off, because the day will inevitably come and you won't be prepared. That will only serve to make the situation stressful and rushed.

Time is of the essence, so it’s important to figure out what you’re going to do—and when you’re going to do it. Start checking items off your list as soon as possible. Ideally, you’ll start researching local and long-distance moving companies approximately two months before your move. You’ll start packing not long after that. --Greenwich Time

In addition, start lightening the load as soon as possible. Give used items to charity and hold a garage sale or two. Anything that you can do to lessen the amount of stuff you're tracking from one point to another will be a big help. Moving Secrets of the Pros

Like anything else, there are some tips and tricks that make moving a bit easier. Start by packing valuables first, so you can keep them with you if you're using a moving company. Here are some more suggestions: Clean as you go. That goes for the new place as well as the old. If you're renting, you'll want your security deposit back. And, it's better to clean first while you're moving in so you won't have to do it after.

Take notes about your new home's size. Measure bedrooms and common areas so you have a good idea of what will go where. This will cut down on wasted time.

Move your utilities in advance. It's best to have the utilities turned on before the day of the move. Delays always happen at the worst times.

Plan to decorate. Some homeowners will take decor items with them, like Roman shades and wood blinds. Appliances sometimes go with the previous owners as well.

Make an inventory list. If you're using a moving service, take down the make, model, and a serial number of electronics and other big-ticket items.

And try to put a bit of overlap between closing and moving day, just in case something goes awry with the final sale documentation.