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There are many reasons that you could need to relocate throughout your life. Whether it be because of a job or because of family, relocating leaves you with a big move ahead of you and there is a lot to think about before even starting this process. Moving away from home can be a very positive experience, even if it is a crazy process. This process can be a stressful time, but these tips should help you in surviving the experience:


#1 Have plenty of money available. There will be a few payments that you will have to make up front, such as the payment on the housing and a down payment to turn on the utilities. However, there often will be additional expenses that you'll need to cover that were not originally thought of. A good example of a payment you may not have originally planned on making would be the expenses of stopping at a hotel over night over the course of your trip.

Plan for your known expenses, then add as much as you can to the pool in case of an emergency. The more money you have to work with, the less you will stress if an emergency were to occur.


#2. Make sure that everybody is on the same page. Moving to a new place can give the average person plenty of room to let their imagination run wild. It’s important that you and your family get on the same page with respect to the details of your move and stay focused on it. Do this by having a family meeting and writing down what everyone realistically hopes to get out of the move. Once you have this all laid out you can draw up a plan so that everyone will know the details and there will be less room for a misunderstanding to occur. 


#3. Give yourself twice as much time as you think it’ll take for pre-moving tasks. If you’re not planning on hiring a mover and doing your own packing to help the cost of the move, it’s important that you give yourself plenty of time. Decluttering can be difficult when you’re trying to figure out just what you will be able to fit on the moving truck. Depending on how quickly you need to move, there are different companies that will come pick up your used items that you don't need. Plan your time and stick to the plan.


#4. Visit your family doctor one more time. Having a final visit with your doctor gives you an opportunity to discuss anything that has been problematic for you, as well as getting your medicine refilled so you’ll not run out before you find a new PCP. This is a great time to ask about getting copies of your records, too! Make sure to do the same for your children and pets.


#5. Stop by the shop. While you’re getting your own check up, don’t forget about the vehicle or vehicles that you’re taking with you. Drop in at your local mechanic, the one you use for everything and trust to do the job right, and have them inspect and repair anything that looks like it needs to be addressed. Ask if you need new tires, spark plugs or a tune-up. There’s nothing as stressful as getting into a car that’s fully packed and full of kids or pets only to discover that your car has a bunch of symbols on the dash lit up that were never lit up before.


#6. Keep your eye on the prize. Preparing for a move when you have to do it all in one go can be amazingly stressful on body and soul, which is why it is super important that you remember why you are doing it all. You’re moving for a better opportunity, good schools, a chance to use your degree for once — whatever your reason, it’s yours and it’ll help if you keep positive thoughts on your mind.