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Please use these free resources to help you with your move. The Art of Happy Moving does not endorse any of the companies listed below. I just wanted to put everything in one place to help make your move an easier one. I hope it helps!   – Ali WenzkeThe Art of Happy Moving

Free Moving Checklists

 

Moving Checklist

Use this free moving checklist to help ease the stress of the transition.  It’s everything you need to know to help you prepare for your move in a week-by-week format.

Change of Address Notification List

Take the guesswork out of who you need to contact by using this Change of Address Notification List. It’s a long one.

Moving Resolutions Chart

Use this Moving Resolutions Chart to help you set your goals and to achieve them. 36% of successful habit changes are associated with a move to a new place. Take advantage of your clean slate and become the person you’ve always wanted to be.  For additional guidance, check out the sample chart below.

Sample Moving Resolutions Chart

Use this Sample Moving Resolutions Chart as a guide to help you set small and manageable goals. These are my own dreams and desires and how I plan on making them happen.

 

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DIY Move

 

Find a Truck Rental

Here are links to some truck rental companies. I’ve added these links to help make your research easier. The Art of Happy Moving does not endorse any of these truck rental companies.

Budget Truck Rental        Penske Truck Rental         Ryder Truck Rental       U-Haul Truck Rental

Moving Calculator for Boxes and Packing Equipment

This will link you to the Home Depot moving website where you can calculate how many boxes you will need for your move.  It also gives you an estimate for mattress covers, bubble wrap, moving blankets and more.

Rent Portable Storage Containers

Below are some links to companies specializing in portable storage containers. I’ve added these links to help make your research easier. The Art of Happy Moving does not endorse any of these portable storage container companies.

1-800 Pack Rat      ABF U-Pack        Door to Door Storage         PODS        SMARTBOX      U-Haul U-Box       United Mayflower     Zippyshell

Hire a Helper

This will link you to HireAHelper, which will help you make a HybridTM Move. You rent the truck. You drive the truck. You hire helpers to load and unload the truck.

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Full-Service Move

Find a Mover Who Will Donate Your Food to a Local Food Pantry

This will link you to Move for Hunger, an organization that has donated almost 8 million pounds of food leftover from people’s moves. All moving companies listed are vetted and BBB accredited. Plus, you’ll do something good for others.

Find a ProMover

This will link you to the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) site where you can find a mover.  All members in the ProMover program have passed a background check and agree to uphold AMSA’s code of ethics.

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Protect Your Move

Check with the Better Business Bureau for complaints against the moving company.

Visit Yelp to read reviews about the moving company, truck rental company, or storage facilities.

Search the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association to see if the moving company has a U.S. DOT number (required for interstate moves). This site will tell you the location of the company’s headquarters, contact information, registration status as well as complaint and safety information. The Art of Happy Moving

For Your Wallet

Change Your Address

Why, you ask, is changing your address in the wallet section? Well, because you’ll get coupons from the U.S. Postal Service and they’re for things you’ll actually use after you move.  According to the USPS, you’ll get access to over $750 in valuable coupons.  To change your address, visit the USPS website.

Cost of Living Calculator

This will link you to CNN Money’s Cost of Living Calculator. Type in your current city and the city where you want to move. It’ll let you know what your new salary will need to be to afford the same standard of living.

Rent Affordability Calculator

This will link you to Zillow’s Rent Affordability Calculator.  Type in your monthly income, your monthly debts, and your new city. In general, your monthly rent should not be more than 2-2.5% of your total annual income. So, if your income is $40,000 per year, your monthly rent should not be more than $1,000 per month.

Mortgage Calculator

This will link you to NerdWallet’s Home Affordability Calculator.  Type in the city where you want to buy, your annual income before taxes, your down payment, your monthly debt obligations, and your credit score range. This will give you an idea of how much house you can afford to buy.

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For Your Happiness

Chat with Locals

This will link you to City-Data.com Forums. It lists every U.S. state and many international forums as well. Learn more about your new city from locals and from people considering a move to the area.

Find a Place to Live

Renting? Check out: Apartment Guide, Apartments.com, Coldwell Banker, Craigslist, ForRent.com, or Zillow.com

Buying? Check out: Realtor.com, Redfin, Trulia, Zillow

Can’t decide whether to rent or buy? Read this.

Compare Schools

Find out more about the schools in your new city. This will link you to GreatSchools.org and SchoolDigger.com, which provide information about test scores, student to teacher ratio, rankings, ethnic make-up, school boundaries and more.

Chatting with people who live there can also be helpful when looking at schools. Visit the forums at City-Data.com to get your specific questions answered.

Learn What Fun Things There are To Do In Your City

This will link you to TripAdvisor. Type in your new city to see what the top 10 things there are to do in the area. Do those activities appeal to you?

Get Your Walk Score

This will link you to Walk Score. Walk Score is a number between 1 and 100 that measures the walkability of any address. Walkable neighborhoods make for happy people.

Volunteer

Here are some links to organizations that can help you find volunteer opportunities in your area.

Idealist                   Points of Light                  Volunteer Match

 

Good luck and happy moving!