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  • Make a very detailed house moving checklist. Good moving preparation with a simple checklist can make your move cheaper, easier, and faster. offers a personalized Moving Checklist that will allow you to customize the "to do" list for your move.
  • Keep a moving file. A moving file will hold all the information needed for your move, with everything from price quotes to various receipts. Keep everything together.
  • Get rid of clutter and have a garage sale. Before moving in to the new house, make sure that you've distilled your stuff down to just what you're going to need in your new home. Everybody collects some junk over the years, but now is the time to start going through the house and decide what should stay or go. Begin to ask yourself: are the kids ever going to use this again' Do we really need this anymore' Would I rather have the money if I can sell this'
  • Start packing early. Packing things you don't use earlier makes the final few days of your home move less stressful, especially if you've laid out a plan with a detailed house Moving Checklist.
  • Make a personal box. Each member of your family should create a personal box with sheets, a pillow, blanket, some extra clothes and anything they can't live without for a week. This will make the first few nights in your new home a bit easier.
  • Keep your valuables with you. You're bound to lose something in the move so make sure to check your homeowner's insurance and bring family heirlooms with you in your car. Don't just pack your valuables in a box marked "Fragile."
  • Use your luggage for the clothes you'll need. Luggage is faster and easier to carry than boxes, and it makes it easier to move your luggage as well.
  • Don't forget to transfer your utilities. As well as turning off your power and gas to prepare for moving out of your old home, you need to turn on your power and gas before you start moving in to your new home. A house Moving Checklist will provide you with a detailed list of what should be turned on and off.

This article contains general legal information and does not contain legal advice. Rocket Lawyer is not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. The law is complex and changes often. For legal advice, please ask a lawyer.

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