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Moving 101: Cut Relocation Stress by Planning

Published: October 26, 2009

The average person moves 11 times in their lives, and each time it's a
chore, whether moving down the block or cross country. But it
doesn't have to be all be hassles and headaches. A little planning can
save your sanity on moving day and avoid any unpleasant surprises
when you unpack.
The heavy lifting, if not literally so, starts months before the move. Figuring out how to
move, who needs to know about your move, and, of course, packing shouldn't happen the
week before the big day.
''Give yourself plenty of time,'' says Bob Wesson, a vice president at U-Haul International.
Allow two to three weeks to pack, Wesson says, and up to two months for reserving
equipment or moving companies and tying up other loose ends like newspaper delivery
and change of address notifications.
-- How to move:
First, figure out if you're hiring a mover or doing it yourself.

The average cost of a 1,225-mile interstate move is $4,200 for a heavily furnished two-
bedroom home, according to the American Moving and Storage Association. Rescued Firm

For a do-it-yourselfer, an in-town move from a one- or two-bedroom house to a similar

home can cost as little as $400 -- even less if you borrow a friend's truck. An out-of-town

move around 700 miles can run about $600 or more.

If you're hiring a mover, ask family, friends and colleagues for recommendations or check
the American Moving and Storage Association's directory at for a list of Care
moving companies in your area. Get a few estimates before deciding on a company. When
you choose one, get a copy of the mover's insurance and check the extent of the policy.
Most times, movers won't insure items that you pack yourself. Verify that your
homeowner's insurance covers ''goods in transit."