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Relocating Resources

Relocating is about more than packing boxes and moving furniture. It’s about starting a new life in a new area. You will be dealing with many changes, new neighborhoods, new school systems, and most likely a new job, all of which can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Working with one of our expert agents and advanced planning will help make your move less stressful.

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Whether You’re Moving to or from Chicago, IL our Moving Assistant will help. A Few Things to Remember

Make sure to separate which items you’ll take and which items the movers will take. These items can include valuables like jewelry, important documents, extremely fragile items and pets.

Make sure boxes are labeled properly with phrases like, "Very Heavy", "Fragile", "Last Load".

Most real estate contracts require homes to be left in "broom clean condition" so hiring a professional cleaning service is a good idea. You should also empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator, freezer and stove at least 24 hours prior to moving so they may air out.

Tip: Use Baking Soda to help eliminate odors.

Prepare items you’ll need while your belongings are in transit. Pack a suitcase and confirm travel arrangements a day or two prior to departure. Always have a backup plan in the event of unexpected delays or schedule changes.

Make sure your real estate agent knows the address and phone number of your new home. You should also provide a temporary address and phone number of where you can be reached until you get to your new home.

Cancel newspapers and other regular deliveries

If you are moving to a building with an elevator make sure you’ve reserved the elevator on your intended day and time of arrival at your destination.

Contact or visit your local Post Office to obtain a Change of Address form. You can also obtain this form online at www.usps.com.

This is a good time to take a look at what you own, and decide what must go and what can be left behind. Consider donating unwanted clothing and household items. You’ll eliminate clutter and support an important cause. Goodwill Industries and the Salvation Army are just a couple of examples of places that will accept your donation.

Contact utility providers (e.g. telephone, gas, electric, cable TV and trash collection) at new and old locations with your moving date to make arrangements for service and disconnection.

Check requirements for new driver’s license and auto registration at your new destination.

3 to 4 Weeks Prior to Your Move:

Get familiar with your new community. Request information from the local City hall on schools, for community programs, parks and recreation facilities.

Contact your insurance agent to transfer medical, property, and fire and auto insurance.

Make sure all-important documents, such as wills, stock certificates, and other valuables are in a secure and easily identifiable location. A small fireproof safe is a great place to store these kinds of items

Notify schools in the old and new location and arrange for the transfer of school records and begin registering in new schools.

If possible, move on a weekday when banks, utilities and government offices are open.

Some Useful Tips on Packing

Never use newspaper to wrap your possessions. Newspaper has an open-grain construction and the inks used in printing are not dried. That ink will rub off and stain anything you wrap in newspaper. Always use clean, white paper for packing.

-Keep the following supplies handy for packing: Boxes, marking pen, bubble wrap, and tissue

-Tape and scissors

-Tape measure

-Use strong boxes and containers that can be secured tightly. Purchase special boxes for dishes, wardrobe and other special items.

-Pack audio-video equipment in their original boxes. Label cables and tighten transit screws. If removing screws, tape them to the objects they are removed from.

-Avoid loading more than 50 pounds into one box.

-Label each box and indicate the following: (a) Which room it should go in (b) Whether it is fragile (c) If it should be loaded last so it will be unloaded first.

-Cushion contents with packing material such as bubble wrap or tissue. Save room by using towels and blankets to wrap fragile items.

-Pack books tightly on end in small boxes. If musty smelling, sprinkle talcum powder between the pages and wrap the book before packing. Leave stored for a couple of months to eliminate the smell.

-Have rugs and draperies cleaned before moving and leave them in wrappings for the move.

-Pack medicines in a leakproof container.

-Carry all valuables with you.

-Check with your local U.S. Department of Agriculture for regulations regarding moving plants from one state to another. Many states have restrictions on certain plants to prevent importing bugs or pests that can destroy valuable cash crops.

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