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Posted by Deborah Byrne on 10/9/2017

Home moving demands a lot out of you. Its great reward is the opportunity to relocate to a developing, safer, more centrally located or more kid friendly neighborhood. Home moving also puts a larger house, a home that fits the needs of your growing family, within reach.

Activities to complete before you move

These are just a few reasons why more than 14 percent of Americans move each year. The downside to moving are the cleaning, packing, pricing, furniture lifting and interior design activities that need to be completed. You could save yourself time, money and frustration if you create a home moving checklist.

The checklist could keep you from missing deadlines or forgetting to start and finish important deliverables. Here are important items to add to your home moving checklist.

  • Complete home inspections. Finalize house closing costs and documentation. Sign your mortgage.
  • De-clutter your current home. Giveaway, sell or toss out furniture, appliances, clothes and electronics that you no longer use.You could earn money to cover some of your home moving expenses if you sell these items at online product auction buying and selling sites.
  • Reserve a moving truck. If you're using your own truck to move, clear out the bed of the truck. Make sure that the truck is in condition to transport your household goods to your new home. As a tip, moving companies generally charge by the mile. For this reason, local moves are generally less expensive than out-of-state moves.
  • Stock up on moving boxes. See if the company that you rent a moving truck from will give you free moving boxes. Another way to save on the cost of moving boxes is to ask grocers and department store managers if they have boxes that you can have. Your employer might also have boxes that you can use to store your household goods in.
  • Build a home moving team. Hiring professional movers cost, but can save you lots of time. If you're moving out-of-town,consider working with professional movers where you currently live and another professional moving team in the city or state that you're moving to. As with all home moving activities, price professional movers before you sign a contract.

More home moving checklist must dos

  • Get a babysitter for small children.
  • Take your pets to a pet sitter or drop them off with a relative or friend.
  • Complete home moving forms at the post office to have your mail forwarded to your new address.
  • Contact vendors and let them know your new address.
  • Schedule to have utilities shut off at your current address and turned on at your new address.
  • Buy new furniture and appliances (if you're getting new furniture and appliances).
  • Give your new address and telephone number to family and friends.
  • Update records with health insurance, life insurance and auto insurance companies.
  • Wrap glass and fragile household goods like glasses, jewelry and televisions in protective coverings.
  • Get a moving dolly.
  • Pack.
  • Clean your new home. Give yourself one to two days to clean your new home.
  • Move.
  • Return to your former home and clean.

Move to anew home and you'll meet new neighbors, some which may become lifelong friends.Home moving also opens the door to a pet friendly community and public transportation that supports seniors and school aged children. It's about more than moving into a more open, larger or smaller house. It's about more than taking on lower mortgage payments. Home moving gifts you with community change.