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6 Weeks Before You Move

What items should you really move?

When it’s moving time, you have to be brutal about what to keep and what to toss. Don’t just move everything. Chances are there are items that you haven’t used in years. Don’t bring them. Consider donating things that you don’t want to move and are in good shape. Those that are not, toss them. When you take into consideration what it costs to move, some items may not be worth moving. Another idea before moving is to have a yard sale before you move. Even better, partner with other neighbors and do a neighborhood sale which can really pack in the buyers.

Moving Supplies (moving boxes, paper, packing materials)

Do you plan on packing your own things? If so, you’ll need all the moving supplies that Apex Moving and Storage sells like moving boxes, moving paper and packing materials. We sell these moving supplies in our offices and will soon offer them on our site. And if you’re worried about price–don’t be. Our moving supply prices are as competitive as they get. We believe the moving boxes you purchase should be sturdy and designed for moving household goods and to prevent damage to your belongings.

X Marks the Moving Spot

Before things are moved, plan out where you want your furniture so everything has its place. You can use butcher paper squares that represent furniture to get an idea of each item’s footprint and write on them, so when the movers arrive, they know what goes where.

Where are we moving to?

To become familiar with your new community before you move, try spending some time there, if possible, a few times prior to your move. Go at different times. Get some information on schools, community programs, parks and recreation from the local Chamber of Commerce while you’re in the area.

Will you be needing any travel arrangements?

Now is the best time to make your travel arrangements (hotel, flights, car rental, etc.). Try to keep your travel plans flexible to accommodate any last-minute changes or delays.

Save your receipts

Keep all receipts for moving-related expenses in a designated moving folder. Many moving expenses are tax deductible. Obtain an IRS Change of Address form (Form 8822), by calling (800) 829-1040 or go to www.irs.gov. You can download and print Form 8822 and most other IRS tax forms; e.g. (Form 3903) to help deduct moving expenses.

Records and valuables

Insurance, medical and dental records should be placed in a safe, accessible place. Also include prescription and vaccination records. Plan on taking all vital documents such as: wills, stock certificates and other one-of-a kind items (jewelry, coin collection, photos, etc.) separately.

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