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.
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.
- 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.
For preparing to move ...
offers advice about moving from your apartment. Read suggestions for when to move, selecting your new place, the best ways to give notice, and recovering your security deposit.
Rental Decorating Digest
has advice for planning a successful move to an apartment, things to discuss with your landlord, and planning a move using the Internet. This site also has ideas for decorating an apartment. Be aware that in order to access articles and various features, you'll have to scroll past many ads, which get a bit confusing at times.
For the moving process ...
How to Clean an Apartment Before Moving Out
is a wikiHow article that lists the steps you should go through when you're cleaning out an apartment and preparing to move. The advice seems obvious, but offers a helpful review of things to take care of to avoid being charged extra money.
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.
- 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.
For tips about children and moving ...
features a moving guide that offers advice for helping children cope with a move, addressing various issues, such as choosing a room and leaving old friends behind. The site is based in the United Kingdom, so you may come across unusual colloquialisms.
has a series of articles about helping teenagers cope with a variety of situations, including moving, and issues that may present themselves after the move, such as school, dating, and stress. Scroll down for an especially interesting section on how kids of different ages handle a move.
For tips about moving the elderly ...
provides a quick, step-by-step process for how to cope with older parents moving in with you. Additional tips and warnings are included at the end of this brief, but effective article.
focuses on senior citizens and moving tips that can make a move later in life a little easier. This site has a "salesman" tone to it, as many tips are actually in a book available for purchase. However, the articles section of the site has many useful resources for planning and preparing for a later life move.
discusses the factors a person must consider when trying to determine whether or not to bring an elderly parent along during a move. Although this page appears sparse, the content is well organized and insightful.
The National Association of Senior Move Managers
focuses on helping senior citizens cope with the physical and emotional aspects of moving to a new home. Check the "Find A Senior Move Manager" link to see if there is a move manager in your area that can help with a move.
For tips about moving to college ...
The Off-to-College Checklist
is a four-page checklist of items a college student might consider taking along when moving away from home. Note that this page is a PDF file.
For tips about moving in the military ...
teaches members of the military how to get through their first move with the military, or if they are seasoned veterans, how to get to know their new installation right away. The Moving 101
section of the site lists who to contact after you receive orders to move.
NEX Military Moving Center
is a service for members of the military and their families to use when they must move. Use of this service is free, but you must register and have your status as a member of the military verified before you can proceed. This site offers a demo to help you understand more about the NEX Military Moving Center.
For other unique moving circumstances ...
has a section of "Divorce Laws" that gives explanation on a state-by-state basis, often including a section discussing division of property.
Moving: Settling into Your New Home
is part of The Humane Society of the United States Web site. This page links to a variety of information about helping your cat or dog adjust to a move, choosing a new veterinarian, and choosing a pet sitter.
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.
- 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.
For general tips about moving abroad ...
The U.S. Department of State
has an international travel section, including information about living abroad. General advice for Americans living overseas as well as information about registering with embassies, voting abroad, and federal benefits for expatriates is provided.
explains many of the things you will need to know if you are preparing for a move overseas. This site offers advice about choosing health insurance policies, learning a new language, and links to sources that will help you obtain an immigration visa.
Portal for Work Abroad, Study Abroad, Cultural Travel and Living Overseas
is a resource for people living, working, and studying abroad. The "Living Abroad" section has information about living abroad in particular countries around the world, renting a home abroad, and links to several expatriate resources. This site also recommends several books that could be useful for living overseas.
For international moving services ...
locates and compares international moving services. The site also explains how relocation companies work. Relocation companies can arrange nearly every aspect of a move, from finding a job for your spouse, to helping locate good schools for children.
For help with car shipping ...
Schumacher Cargo Shipping
is an international and domestic cargo shipping company. Use this site to find air and freight cargo shipping information, automobile shipping, and household goods shipping information. To book a shipment, or find rates and tariff information, go to the "Shipping & Moving Services" link.
has an "Auto Transport" section, which discusses tips for transporting your car, along with links for securing transport insurance for your vehicle. One helpful feature of this site is a state-by-state search to help you locate car transport services in your state.
If you are taking a pet with you ...
The Independent Pet and Animal Transportation Association
helps locate pet shipping services when you are moving to a new location. If you have questions about safety and other transport issues when shipping your pet, check the FAQ section for answers. Use the "Find a Pet Shipper" link to access a downloadable list of worldwide pet shippers or a search tool to find pet shippers.
has explanations and instructions for procedures you must follow when taking a pet with you on an airplane. Shipping options are outlined, and regulations to consider for individual countries are included. This site also explains rules for transporting perishable and dangerous goods.
has pet travel information "for happy healthy, jet-set pets" that contains travel advice and restrictions you should know about before traveling on an airplane with your pet. Information about international pet travel
is also covered in detail (scroll down).
For help moving to Alaska or Hawaii ...
Relocation to Hawaii
offers advice and tips for moving to Hawaii. Overviews of the Hawaiian islands are provided, along with a discussion of island customs, tips for moving your household, and special circumstances for moving pets to Hawaii.
has an "About Alaska" tab, which explains things you should know about moving to the state, finding a job, business, and the climate. The moving section of this tab addresses the special challenges of moving to Alaska due to its distance from the 48 contiguous U.S. states.
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.
- 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.
To transfer or obtain utility services ...
allows you to search for available utility services in an area, including cable, Internet, phone, and natural gas, and compare rates.
Connect Your Utilities Online at WhiteFence
searches for utility services and allows you to connect services at your home online. If a service provider is not part of the WhiteFence program, contact information is provided for you to request service from that provider yourself.
retrieves service information about digital cable, high-speed Internet, telephone, and other cable products and helps you get them established at your new home.
To find an Internet service provider ...
compares major Internet service providers and online services in the United States. This site also links to The List
, which shows ISPs by area code.
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