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Moving can be intimidating. Manage the process by establishing your budget, creating your timelines and selecting the right professionals to help you along the way.

Top ten tips to getting started with your move.

Learn how to create your entire moving budget, schedule your timelines, scope out locations, and how to work effectively with REALTORS®, moving companies and installers. View the Tips

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Create a Timeline. Map a timeline so crucial details aren't lost in the shuffle. Set a series of deadlines, starting at least two months before the move, to cover all foreseeable projects. Next tip

Create a Timeline

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Know Your New Neighborhood. Many factors contribute to a great neighborhood: cost of living, job market, schools, parks, climate, culture, etc. Do your research. Next tip

Know Your New Neighborhood

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Have a Family Discussion. A new start can be reinvigorating for some and terrifying for others. Take some time to address the emotional stresses a move may have on each family member, and try to foster positive feelings. Next tip

Have a Family Discussion

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Compare Houses in the Area. Take a tour of your current neighborhood and compare other properties with your own, or check local listings online. This can give you a rough estimate when you're ready to sell your house. For a more accurate assessment, contact a REALTOR®. Next tip

Compare Houses in the Area

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DIY or Bring the Pros? Weigh the costs and conveniences of hiring professional movers. List a quick inventory and the miles your move will cover. Professional movers could turn out better for your wallet and your back. Next tip

DIY or Bring the Pros?

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Budget Your Move. A move carries a lot of hidden expenses. Try to account for every detail before you begin. Create a moving budget. Be sure to include cleaning and decluttering, transportation and packing expenses. Next tip

Budget Your Move

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Start a Mover's File. Keep all documentation of your move stored in a single file: mover's workbook, measurements, bills, estimates, receipts, etc. Spare yourself the frustration (during the move and tax season). Keep your move – and its paperwork – organized. Next tip

Start a Mover's File

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Get Your Papers in Order. Make a smoother transition to your new home by sending important information ahead of time. Transfer medical, dental and school records. Be sure you take copies of important financial and legal documents with you. Next tip

Get Your Papers in Order

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Contact Insurance Providers. Most moves will affect your insurance coverage. Check with your provider to see if you're covered under your current policy. A move could also shift your current rates, or necessitate new coverage. Next tip

Contact Insurance Providers

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Announce Your Move. Give your family and friends early notice, so you won't miss important events. Alert colleagues as well, so your professional network stays intact when the rest of your stuff is disassembled. Next tip

Announce Your Move
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