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New Neighborhood: Tips for Your Next Move

Moving can be complicated and stressful, especially when you are going into an area you aren’t familiar with, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips to help you transition smoothly and find your footing in a new place.

Plan Ahead

Planning is an important part of any successful move. Not only do you have to schedule movers and a truck, or herd a troupe of helpers through your home, you need to be sure that your belongings are packed and labelled properly. Here are two areas of moving that require specific planning.

Timing

Whether or not you plan to enlist the help of professional movers, schedule your move carefully. Avoid these high-traffic and demand times:

  • The Beginning and End of the Month: Many people wait to get a paycheck before they move out, increasing the demand for trucks and movers at the beginning and end of the month. Save up gradually so that you are set to move during the mid-month lull.
  • Early Summer: More relocations happen in May, June, and July than at any other time of year. If you are able, plan to get started early in the year, or hold off until the fall.
  • Weekends: Because work prevents many people from moving until the weekend, rental prices increase Friday thru Sunday. You’ll also encounter more people on the roads and fewer available movers on Saturday and Sunday. Move during the middle of the week to avoid traffic and higher prices.

Packing

Before you start boxing anything up, make a list of belongings that will require special care, such as your fragile Hollywood plate collection, or oversized entertainment center. For heavy or irregularly shaped furniture, you may need to make special arrangements with your moving company. Some companies charge an extra fee for moving pianos, and hefty wood furniture.

Pack breakable items in slightly oversized boxes and fill the extra space with packing materials, such as bubble wrap or Styrofoam packing peanuts. This method also works for transporting sculptures, figurines, and statues.

Protect Yourself

No matter where you’re moving, it’s important to take the necessary precautions. Set yourself up for success by insuring your possessions and bulking up the security in your new home before you arrive.

Insurance

Moving insurance can protect you in the case of accidental breakage, delay, or other damage. You may want to insure specific objects, such as a vintage piece of furniture or a one-of-a-kind painting, or to insure your belongings based on their collective value.

If you are moving lots of heavy items, declared value insurance may be your best option. Declared value is determined according to weight. Usually you are covered for a few dollars per pound. If your possessions aren’t particularly weighty, it will be better to get moving insurance based on their assessed value. You must have individual items appraised before the move to qualify for this kind of lump sum insurance.

Home Security

When moving into a home in a new neighborhood, consider installing an alarm system. In Vancouver, Chicago, Los Angeles, and other big cities especially, an alarm system helps to ensure that your home is safe from intruders and vandals. According to Astro Guard Alarms Vancouver Ltd., you should consider installing the following:

  • An Automated System: Many home security companies offer the option of an automated thermostat, locks, and lights. Having an automated thermostat can help you save money on your heating bill by allowing you to switch it off when no one is home, while remote lights and locks dissuade intruders.
  • Security Cameras: Install a few cameras near high-risk areas of your home, such as the garage and backdoor. Camera feeds can be accessed from your smartphone or tablet, reducing false alarms caused by animals, and allowing you to monitor your property from anywhere.
  • Remote System Controls: Remote regulation allows you to arm and disarm your system via smartphone, tablet, or computer. Remote system controls also give you updates on your home security while you’re away.

 

Whether you’re moving from one townhouse to another, or across the country and into your dream home, following these tips can help you get moved out and settled in as painlessly as possible.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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