If you are thinking about making a move some proper planning will go a long way. Moving can cost more than you might think and can be stressful. Keep costs and headaches to a minimum by preparing a plan and get organized early.

Here is a checklist of moving tips to help make your relocation go as smoothly as possible:

1. Save and set a budget.
Moving expenses can set you back thousands of dollars. There can be unexpected costs like shipping charges, personal travel costs, temporary housing expenses and start-up fees at your new residence. As soon as you know you’re going to move try to plan for all of these things and set a budget and start saving.

2. Mover or do it yourself?                                                                                      
Decide whether or not you will be hiring a moving company or managing the move on your own. If you are hiring a mover you will need to call for estimates and reservations. If you go it alone you should try to secure some help and proper transportation.

3. Look for Work.                                                                                                                                
If you are moving for a new job it may not be as easy for other family members to find work. Start reviewing the job boards and calling on personal contacts before you go.

4. Research the schools.                                                                                                            
Check school schedules and enrollment requirements. Pick up school records or have them sent to the new schools.

5. Protect Your Belongings.                                                                                          
In order to ensure your possessions will be covered while in transit or storage during your move you will want to obtain appraisals for high-value items. Make an inventory and take photos of your valuables to have a record if you need to file a claim. Make sure to also contact your homeowners insurance or renters insurance company to ensure your possessions will be covered.

6. Do a car check.                                                                                                                        
Take care of auto maintenance and repairs before you make a long trip. Don’t forget to notify your auto insurance company of the move.

7. Turn it on and off.                                                                                                              
Make sure to notify your utilities of your move and plan disconnect dates. Also make sure to order new utility services for your new address.

8. Change Your Address.                                                                      
Fill out an online change-of-address form through the U.S. Postal Service to ensure important mail will be forwarded to your new home. Also, be sure to send your new address to friends and family, your physician, schools, magazine publishers and providers of financial services.

 

You can do just about anything with an app. Like the saying goes; “there’s an app for that”. If you are a homeowner there are several apps you will want to download to your mobile device.

Here are just a few to get you started:

Houzz -Design your perfect room with Houzz. Homeowners can create an idea book for their next remodeling project by searching rooms and photos.  The items in the photos have tags with pricing and availability, members can also tag items they have seen in stores and provide additional info. Houzz integrates with Facebook, Flicker, and Twitter to share ideas with friends.

ColorSmart by BEHR – See what your room will look like with new paint without even picking up a paintbrush. ColorSmart allows you to take a picture of the room, choose your paint, and then preview what the room would look like in different colors.

Photo Measures – No need to figure out if the furniture will fit, with this app, you simply upload a photo of a room, and then write in all its measurements so you never have to remember the exact layout. Now you will always be able to make sure that everything will fit perfectly.

Mint.com-Budget your money and control all of your finances on your iPhone.
Mint.com will gathers all bank, credit card, and loan statements in one place, letting users see where every penny goes. The app also makes money saving recommendations based on spending habits

HomeSavvy – Never forget to do a home maintenance project again. This app gives you a customized home maintenance schedule and alerts you when it’s time to get the project done. It also includes a directory of local businesses with customer ratings for each task that needs completed.

What are some of your favorite apps to help you around the house?

 

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