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 Wenzke
FREE MOVING CHECKLISTS
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Can’t decide whether to rent or buy? Read this.
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.
Here are some links to organizations that can help you find volunteer opportunities in your area.
Good luck and happy moving!