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The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide to Moving Your Home

All You Need to Know ABout Packing, Moving and Settling into Your New Home

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If you only look at one guide on this entire site, then this should be it. With everything you need to know about packing and moving your home, including tips for unpacking and settling into the new space. It's all right here.

1. Decide Where to Move to

There are lots of reasons to move. Some of us move for our careers, or to go to college, or because we want a quieter life in a smaller town or maybe because we need the fast pace of a big city. Whatever the reason, you'll need to find your perfect spot and we're here to help.

Our guide to finding your best place to live has advice to offer no matter what your reason for moving.

2. Create a Task List and Schedule

If you're like me, you like lists. And even if you scoff at we list-makers, when planning your move, a handy-dandy list is just the tool you need to make sure you've completed all the tasks that need to be done.

Part of the move plan should include a schedule of when you need to have completed each task. Now some "to dos" are flexible time-wise, while others need to be completed within a particular time frame. Make sure you check what tasks you should be completing and when, such as things to do a month before you move, and you'll manage to find time to kick back and relax.

3. Decide How Best to Move

The first decision you'll need to make if you're planning a move is: what's the best way to move your stuff? With so many options available, there are pros and cons to every option, including how much time you have, how much you're willing to spend and how much actual physical lifting you're willing to do.

Use this list of moving options to determine which one is best for you.

4. Tell Your Family and Help Them Move

With all the overwhelming demands of moving, we often neglect the all important step: getting your family involved from the beginning planning stage.

Helping your family move includes finding good schools in advance, researching the new city you are moving to, as well as talking to your children about the move. Remember that the psychological and emotional aspects of a move can be just as important, especially to younger children, as the physical move itself.

5. Sort and Get Rid of Unwanted Stuff

Okay, so you no longer like that vinyl red couch that your parents gave you when left home for the first time, but don't know what to do with it? Well, one person's junk is another person's treasure and at no other time in history does that statement ring more true than now, in an age of e-Bay and Craigslist and Kijiji.

So, to help you through the maze of how to get rid of stuff you no longer want, we've put together this list of the top four ways to get rid of stuff - a good thing to do before you move.

6. Pack the House

Sitting in the middle of the living room, surrounded by stuff that has accumulated over the past 15 years, you're wondering where to begin preparing for your move. Although packing up your home can be overwhelming, we take you through the steps to pack each room in your house. With these detailed guides, packing your home has never been easier.

7. Unpack the House

Everyone's different; some love packing and hate unpacking and others feel the opposite. I prefer to pack rather than unpack. That means I need a plan before I start to unpack so I’m not lost among all those boxes. Most moving websites or companies usually suggest unpacking one room at a time; however, in all our moves I always unpack the essentials first. This does not mean just the essentials box, but the things we’ll need for the next week or so.

Find out how to unpack your home with this ultimate guide to organizing and unpacking your new home.

8. Settle into Your New Home and Neighborhood

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Even before all the unpacking is done, you need to take some time out to enjoy your new space, including the new city or neighborhood. To help, we've developed this guide to settling into your new home with a checklist of things you need to do, tips for helping kids adjust and fun ways to get to know your new neighborhood. And once you've reached this step, you should take the time out to celebrate that a successful move is finally over.

Congratulations!

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