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    Tips for Moving for the First Time

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    Getting ready to move for the first time? Read our list of things to consider for first-time movers.

    Moving away for the first time can be stressful, especially if you’re moving away from home for the first time. You’ll want to make sure that you’re prepared for all aspects of your move and that there aren’t any surprises along the way. To help you out, we’ve come up with a first time moving out checklist to consider before the big day.

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    1. Make a budget

    The first step to moving is figuring out how much money you have to spend, which can be difficult if you don’t know what all the costs are. A good way to do this is by making a list of everything that needs to be done and then breaking down how much each item will cost. This includes things like buying furniture and appliances, as well as renting trucks (if needed), hiring movers, and other expenses.

    Stick with your plan

    Sticking with your budget when moving out is essential. It is important to plan ahead and know exactly how much you need to prepare for a successful move. Once you’ve set up a budget, make sure to stick with it closely so as not to end up facing unexpected expenses or stress from overspending. Following this advice will ensure that you have a smooth and successful move.

    2. Write down the things you’ll need to do with each item you pack

    This is a pretty straightforward tip, but it’s one of the most important things you can do when moving. Write down the steps you need to take with each item you pack. For example:

    • Unpack and fold clothes (if they’re clean)

    • Place folded clothes into dresser drawers or closet shelves

    • Put dirty laundry in washing machine with detergent and fabric softener (if necessary)

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    3. Decide whether or not you’ll hire movers

    Moving is a stressful process, but it’s important to keep in mind that if you find yourself overwhelmed with the thought of packing up and moving your belongings, there are options available. You can always hire movers to help with the heavy lifting — just make sure it’s worth your time and money before you book them.Here are some things to consider when deciding whether or not hiring movers is right for your situation:

    • Budget: Moving can be expensive, and hiring movers can add a significant cost to your overall moving expenses. Consider your budget and whether or not you can afford to hire movers.

    • Distance: If you are moving a long distance, it may be more practical to hire movers to help with the move. Moving long distances can be stressful and time-consuming, and having professionals to help can make the process smoother.

    • Time: Moving takes a lot of time and effort, and hiring movers can save you a lot of time and energy. Consider how much time you have available to devote to the move and whether or not hiring movers would be a good investment.

    • Size of your home: If you have a large home with a lot of items to move, hiring movers may be a good option. Moving large items like furniture and appliances can be difficult and dangerous, and having professionals to help can make the process safer and more efficient.

    • Physical ability: If you have physical limitations or health issues that make it difficult to move heavy items, hiring movers may be a good option. Moving heavy items can be dangerous and can cause injury, and having professionals to help can reduce the risk of injury.

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    Tips for hiring movers

    With so many options available, it can be difficult to know where to start when hiring movers. To help make it easier, we’ve got some tips to help you find the right movers and get the most bang for your buck.

    • Get a quote in writing.

    • Check references and ask the movers for their credentials, such as whether they are licensed and insured.

    • Don’t pay cash or let them pack for you; instead, inspect your belongings before they leave.

    • Make sure the company has insurance in case of damage or loss during transit, as well as liability coverage for injuries suffered by customers (including pets) on its trucks or premises.

    4. Be prepared to pay higher utility bills in your first year of living on your own

    In addition to rent and utilities, you will also be responsible for home or tenant insurance. It’s important to check with multiple companies before choosing an insurance provider so that you can get a fair price on coverage that meets your needs.If you’re worried about higher bills from heating or cooling costs, there are steps you can take now:

    • Check out local utility companies’ websites in advance so that when it comes time for a move (and subsequent utility bill), you’ll know exactly what kinds of services they offer in terms of rates and payment plans

    • Plan ahead by purchasing energy-efficient appliances before moving into an apartment or house with higher utility costs

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    5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

    You may think that it’s best to do everything yourself and save money, but this can lead to a lot of stress and wasted time. Family and friends are great sources of assistance, so don’t hesitate to ask them for their help — just be sure to ask them a few weeks in advance so they have time to prepare. If you don’t have anyone around who can lend a hand on moving day, there are plenty of professional movers who will do all the heavy lifting for you.

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    Originally published April 17, 2023, updated September 7, 2023

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