Plan a Move

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Moving

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.

Plan a Move

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.

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  • 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.

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To Move Apartments

Moving in or out of an apartment might seem like only a scaled-down version of moving out of a house, but there are a few other particulars you should consider. The Web can help you make a successful apartment move.

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  • You might require some of the same services to move out of an apartment as you would a house, such as moving companies and packing equipment. Review the first section of this guide, "Plan a Move" for more information.
  • If you're searching for an apartment to move into, your local newspaper (or a newspaper in the area you're moving to) will likely have apartment listings in its classified section. Many newspapers make this content available online. US Newspaper List is a good place to start if you don't know the Web address for a particular paper.

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Unique Moving Circumstances

Sometimes individual circumstances add unique particulars to the moving process. Whether you're taking into consideration the special needs of moving a senior, preparing to move to college, or moving for military service, the Web provides information on special factors you should consider to make your move easier.

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  • If you're moving with kids, you'll need to make special considerations when packing. Consider packing your child's favorite toy in an easily accessible box to smooth the first few hours in a new house.
  • When moving a pet, make sure your pet is confined while boxes are coming in or out through open doors. When you're settled, allow your pet to go outside, but only on a leash for the first day or so.
  • The reason for your move may actually yield some good Web resources. If you're moving for college, your school's Web site might offer some useful advice you should consider about moving into a dorm. For those looking to retire in a new location, a site from an organization like the American Association of Retired Persons might be helpful.
  • For more tips about moving to college and adjusting to college life, see our findingDulcinea College Living Web Guide. If you are considering a move for your retirement, see our findingDulcinea Retirement Planning Web Guide for financial tips. For more resources about the military and military life, see our findingDulcinea Military Web Guide. If you are moving because of a divorce, our findingDulcinea Divorce Web Guide can help you with the legal and emotional aspects of going through a divorce.

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Long Distance Moving

Moving overseas is definitely more complicated than moving across the street or across state lines. Whether you've got to deal with new currency, laws, culture, or language, or if you're just moving to a U.S. state or territory that's far away, your move requires extra consideration.

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  • Many countries have regulations and quarantine rules that apply to foreign plants or animals. Make sure you check international regulations well in advance to give yourself plenty of time to deal with vet checks or any quarantine requirements.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture may be able to help you get veterinary and other necessary health documentation for your pet completed correctly when taking your pet to a foreign country.
  • If you just want to go on an extended trip abroad without moving permanently, see our findingDulcinea Long-Term Travel Abroad Guide for lots of helpful resources and suggestions.
  • For those looking to learn more about the country to which they'll be moving, findingDulcinea also has a large section of individual country travel guides. Many of these are tailored to tourists, but they're full of information about how to get there and how to get around, plus safety, health, currency, and language information, and even Web sites that will give you a peek into the country's history and culture.

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Set Up Utility Services

When you're moving to a new place, you'll have an easier time if utilities and other services are set up before you arrive. The Web can help you make your arrival in a new home as painless as possible.

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  • Some service providers have Web sites that allow you to change your address and manage your account information online.
  • If you aren't sure what utility options are available in your new location, do a general search with your favorite search engine by typing your new city name and the type of service you require. Some major national providers also have maps on their Web sites showing where their services are available.

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