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MOVING OR RELOCATING?

                                                                                                                                                                   How to make your relocation smooth.

If you’re in the early stages of relocating to a new community you probably have many questions. It can be hard to know where to begin. That’s why I’ve compiled a short list of tips that can help you remember key steps to a successful relocation.

  • Tip#1: Start Early
    While time constraints are often beyond your control, it’s critical to get the ball rolling as soon as you become aware of the future move. If you now own a home, you should begin the selling process. If renting, you need to check with your landlord about the status of your lease and potential penalties you may incur by moving. And of course you will need to look for a home in your new city. If pressed for time it might be more appropriate to search for a rental before committing to the purchase of a home. A trained real estate professional can be of great help in these areas.
  • Tip#2: Clear Clutter
    Arrange a garage sale, give unwanted items to friends, or give them to charity. Start organizing for your move and buy boxes and other moving supplies.
  • Tip#3: Details, Details, Details
    File change of address forms and make the necessary arrangements for your children at school. Call all your utility companies and schedule the cancellation of service for at least 1-2 days after your planned move date. Remember, many utility companies will charge you an extra billing cycle if not given enough notice.
  • Tip#4: Pick the Right Moving Company
    Decide how much involvement you need from your moving company (packing, unpacking, etc.) and investigate moving companies. Your real estate agent can give suggestions. Get a full estimate and ask the moving company representative any questions you may have. Consider the benefits of moving insurance and check with your insurance provider to see what protection they recommend.
  • Tip#5: Don’t Forget the Kids
    Moving can be very hard on your children, but there are steps you can take to help reduce your children’s fears. Communicate with them as to exactly what’s going on, and get them involved in the moving process and the search for a new home. If they have a favorite toy, pack it last.
  • Tip#6: Moving Your Pet
    Maintain your pet’s daily routine until the day of the move. Take your pet for a routine veterinary appointment and get all necessary records. Moving by car is the least upsetting for the animal, but if flying is the only option be sure to plan early. Space for pets on commercial airliners is often limited. You may wish to consider a pet transportation service, which can greatly help your pet with the transition.
  • Tip#7: What About Your Car(s)?
    Your moving company may be able to accommodate your car, but it can be costly given the fact that most general moving companies charge based on gross weight. There are companies that specialize in car shipping. Other services can have your car driven to its destination. Check with your auto insurance company about coverage during transport.
  • Tip#8: Get Settled
    Make a move-in shopping list, check all smoke and security alarms, set up utilities, and start unpacking!

These are just a few pointers to help you organize your move. My website has more resources available, and I’d be happy to help you with any and all aspects of your move. Please call me and let me know how I can be of help.

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About Mme Jocelyne

Hi, I'm a transplanted northerner–(born and raised in New York to French immigrants–Oui je parle Francais)-living in Florida for 20 years. In the 70's I worked as a realtor in the Bronx – City Island to be exact. Then I started a family and didn't keep up my license. I aspired to a career in architecture, so I went to New York Institute of Technology for three years, moved to Florida and finished my degree at the University of Florida in Gainesville. After 10 years of working in my dream career I sustained an injury to my shoulder. This injury never healed because I was constantly on the computer doing cad design. I finally decided to make a career change – something where I could use my training as an architect. Needless to say, I was worried – where will the money come from? How will I be able to afford my career change? But, I put my faith in God and went for it. It’s the best move I ever made, other than my husband, children and dogs.

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