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VOLUME 10—ISSUE 1 47 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — UPSTATE SC | VOLUME 11 — ISSUE 1 Everyone gets overwhelmed at the thought of moving whether across the street, across town, or across the country. The best way to get a handle on things is to research, organize and then make it happen. Do Your Research - No matter where you're moving, researching your new neighborhood and region is impor- tant. A great place to start is with a site like City Data that lists thousands of cities and towns from across the U.S. with stats on crime, education, income-earnings, housing prices and seasonal temperatures. Another website, 50 States, outlines facts that will prove helpful if you're look- ing for overall information. If at all possible, no kind of research compares to an in-person visit. Reading about a place will provide you with an overview but it's nothing like actually walking down its streets and getting a sense of living and working there. How to Move - Deciding how to move may sound simple, but a lot depends on your budget, time, and the number of friends you have who are willing to give up their Saturdays to lend a hand. Should you hire a moving company? If you're moving across town, a self-move may make more sense. Moving across the country, may require more expertise and assistance. Decide frst what your priority is—money or time or a bit of both. How much stuff do you have? For a general idea of what it will cost to move your household, you can use the guide most truck rental agencies use, and count the number of bedrooms. A 26' truck will move 4+ bed- rooms; a 24' truck will move 3-4 bedrooms; 17' truck 2-3 bedrooms;14' truck will move 1-2 bedrooms; and a10' truck will move an apartment. How far are you moving? Truck rental companies can provide you with rates on the cost to rent a truck to move from Point A to Point B and factor in the type of move (one-way or return). That covers the fee to rent a truck, but what about gas costs and mileage? Distance calculators can provide estimates on how far you'll be traveling and fuel calculators will give you an idea of how much you'll be paying to fll up the gas tank. Both costs need to be added to the truck rental fee, if mile- age is not already included. So, now you should have a pretty good cost-comparison between hiring a company and moving it yourself. Hiring a Moving Company - Hiring a 'good' mov- ing company is a lot harder than you might think. Once again you start by doing some research, most of which can be done right from your computer. Next select at least 5 companies and interview them over the phone. Get familiar with moving terminology, such as binding and non- binding estimates. Most companies have websites that list their services, service history, destinations they are willing to move to, and roughly how much it will cost. Another place to start your research is on MovingScam. com. This is a website dedicated to revealing moving scams before they happen to you. Find out if any of the companies on your list have generated any BBB reports. Move It Yourself? If you're moving locally, moving yourself may make more sense and save you money. Self- moves tend to be fnancially smarter if you're moving a short distance, but there are some points to remember when you start your research. You'll need a truck. Moving equipment such as dollies, pads, and blankets also add to the self-move total as well as insurance; and don't rule out extra help. Make sure you have some family and friends you can count on to lend a hand. Moving Timetable - In order to keep yourself on sched- ule, you'll need to keep a list of things to do eight, four, and fnally two weeks before you move. At eight weeks - Start to call movers, truck rental com- panies, etc. while keeping all notes and reminders of these things. Decide if you're going to move yourself or hire profes- sionals. If you're moving with kids, arrange to transfer their school records. Finally, start compiling any packing supplies you'll be needing. With a month to go - Contact your utility and service companies for disconnect and reconnect dates. If you're moving yourself, now is the time to reserve your truck or trailer. Cancel local subscriptions (magazines, newspapers, bottled water). Be sure to have good directions for the entire trip and keep packing. Just two weeks left - Get your car fully serviced and prepare its registration and insurance. If you're moving out of state, notify your current Department of Motor Vehicles or equivalent of your address change and inquire about regis- tration in your new state. Call your insurance company to cancel or transfer your current home coverage. You'll need to transfer all prescriptions to a pharmacy in your new city. Continue general packing. Try to label each box with what's inside, where it goes and any special instructions. Be as detailed as you can. This will make it easier when you're unpacking to know what needs to be unpacked frst. A few simple steps can make a major move as painless as possible. Remember to keep a sense of humor! [] MOVING TIPS & TRICKS Handle Your Move With Care BY STUART JAMES

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