Between packing your things, transferring utility services, and finding moving help, there's a lot to remember when you relocate. The Web has resources to smooth the moving process, and to help you keep track of everything during this busy time.
There's no doubt about it: moving takes a lot of effort. The Web makes it easier with sites to help you organize and get the work accomplished.
- Moving companies are often associated with scams, which is not always fair, but can be true. This article from Servicemagic.com explains how to avoid moving scams, and reveals a big one to watch out for.
- If you're moving out of state, consult the official Web site of your new state to see if moving tips are provided. To find a particular state Web site, go to USA.gov, the U.S. government's official Web portal. Provincial Web sites for Canada are available at the Government of Canada's official site.
- If you haven't already found a place to live in your new location, check the real estate section in online newspapers in the region and see our findingDulcinea Homes Web Guide.
- Many moving Web sites are often riddled with ads because companies will be trying to convince you to use their services. If you're in the market for a mover or other services, this might not bother you. We've tried to select sites with few or no ads, but we've also flagged a few that have good content despite some pesky ads.
For general moving tips ...
has helpful household moving articles about supporting and encouraging children before, during, and after a move, moving elderly parents, and about holding a garage sale. This site
also has tips for packing individual rooms in your home and packing special items such as electronics and computers.
has a moving section that offers advice for in-state moves, do-it-yourself moves, and out-of-state moves. Homefair also has search tools for obtaining school and city reports. Check the "New Homes" and "Rentals" tabs for search tools that will enable you to find a new place to live, but be advised that there are numerous flashing and pop-up ads.
has do-it-yourself moving guides, tips for helping children adjust to a move, and storage guides. At the bottom of the storage guides page is a moving checklist
, along with advice for moving boats, cars, and pets, and how to choose a mover.
For packing hints ...
is a relocation company that gives advice on how to pack your house, including kitchenware, appliances, lighting, and other breakables. Atlas is also a moving service and sells some products on the site, but whether or not you purchase them, the tips are universally helpful.
delivers moving boxes and other supplies you'll need to complete your move. The packing tips section
will instruct you about how to pack your belongings for safe transport.
To forward your mail ...
How to Forward Your Mail
is an article from eHow that explains how to forward your mail to a new address. This article contains specific tips you should follow when you want to have certain types of mail forwarded.
To find moving services ...
lets you obtain a moving quote, and also has a locator tool
, which you can use to find a mover in the United States. You'll also learn about the different services movers offer, and be able to look through a variety of guides (listed in the left-hand sidebar) that address the many aspects of moving.
compares moving rates for up to six moving companies at a time (click on "compare movers" in the search tool). You can also obtain moving boxes and supplies from the "looking to move" menu, and locate storage facilities at this site. Fill out the form in the utilities section under the heading "settling in" to obtain utility services at your new home.
offers moving quotes, moving supplies, and moving services. This site also has a useful series of guides, located at the bottom of this homepage, that follow a timeline to help you prepare for a move and reduce moving stress. The articles begin with the steps you can take up to two months before your actual moving day, and also discuss ways to get through your moving day and settle in after your move is complete.
presents "How to avoid Moving Company Scams," to teach you some things you need to know to avoid moving scams. The site was started by a man who had a bad experience with one particular moving company. Check the "Black List" tab for a list of companies in several states that may be guilty of unethical business practices; you'll have to accept the site's terms of service before getting access to the list.
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