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Anyone who has moved before knows it’s a hurricane of stress. You have a hundred tasks ranging from packing up dishes to disassembling bookcases, all of which has to be done in a limited time frame. It’s enough to rattle anyone. That’s where this moving checklist comes in. We’ve compiled all the information you need about moving to Rochester, MN so you can get settled into your new home with more efficiency—and less stress.
While finding a new home is obviously the first step in moving, what happens after a home offer is accepted is just as important. You’ll have a lot that you need to figure out before the move takes place, and the more of it you figure out beforehand, the better off you’ll be. Here are some essential tasks you’ll want to do before the move:
Create a schedule. Figure out what needs to be done at what time, then put all the information together into a timeline that doesn’t require you to do everything at the last minute.
Create a moving budget. Figure out your budget categories first, such as:
Get your children’s school transcripts. You’ll need them for your child’s new school, and it’s easier to request them in person at the school than to do it long distance.
Collect moving supplies. In addition to getting cardboard boxes, you’ll also want items on hand like rope, packing tape, bubble wrap or packing peanuts, sharpie pens, scissors, moving blankets and cargo straps.
Notify people of your address change. Your friends and family should be the first people you notify, but you should also contact your loan providers, credit cards, financial institutions, Amazon, monthly subscription boxes, insurance, magazines and of course your job.
Discover if your moving expenses are tax deductible. If you can't deduct all of your moving expenses, figure out what expenses you can deduct and keep a record of them for your taxes.
Before you move into your new home, you’ll want to make sure your utilities are connected. Otherwise, your first couple of nights might be a bit uncomfortable. You’ll also want to make sure the post office knows your address has changed and that you’ve gotten your garbage collection service set up.
The three garbage and recycling collection companies in the area are:
If you’d rather not pay the fee for weekly garbage collection, you can always drive to the Olmsted County Recycling Center Plus. It accepts recyclables and nonrecyclables and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
While getting your utilities connected is important, you’ll also need to change your address. You’ll also need to update your driver’s license.
Contact one of the Rochester U.S. Post Offices at their three locations:
You can update your driver’s license at Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services in one of three locations:
If you’ve moved from out of state, you’ll need to visit the DMV office located on North Broadway in the River Center Plaza. You’ll need your current driver’s license, and about $35 for the fee.
*Please note, some locations may require an appointment be scheduled or online applications completed first. Check their websites before arriving.
While many people are fine with renting a moving van and enlisting the aid of family and friends, there’s no denying that professional movers can eliminate a lot of the stress involved with moving into a new house.
Having said that, moving companies are not cheap, and you can end up spending a lot of time and money you didn’t have to if you don’t know what you’re doing. Use the following tips to figure out how to cut down on moving expenses and get the most of the moving company you work with.
In theory, unpacking should be easy. Just put the furniture in the right rooms, unload everything out of the boxes and find a new home for it. What could be easier?
It usually doesn’t work like that, though. Instead, you’re usually running around trying to figure out if all the stuff you moved from your old place will fit into your new place, even as you’re realizing some of the furniture in your old place might not work in your new home. While there’s no way to reduce the workload, there are some steps you can take to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible.
Once you’ve unpacked, you’ll probably discover that you’ll need to refurnish your new home. Here’s a handy furnishing a new home checklist that will help you figure out how to make your house a home without breaking the bank:
Visualize your living space. Walk through each room and figure out how you’d like your home to look. You can also use several apps and websites to visualize your room layout, such as:
Measure each room, including doorways. Make sure you keep these measurements with you when you’re shopping so you don’t buy a piece of furniture that doesn’t fit.
Prioritize by needs, then wants. Furniture is always expensive, so concentrate on the necessities first, such as a sofa for the living room, a kitchen table and chairs for the dining room, and beds for the bedroom.
Do some window shopping. Get a sense of the prices of all the furniture you’d like, and don’t worry about the cost—figure out what would make you happy.
Search for bargains. Now that you have an idea what each item of furniture will cost, keep an eye out for sales, including used furniture at Goodwill, on eBay and on Craigslist.
Switching banks or credit unions when you move someplace new isn’t the requirement it used to be. Thanks to the Internet, you can do almost all your banking remotely.
However, when you move you usually encounter new financial institutions, and before you write off switching financial institutions completely, you should at least be sure that yours is meeting your financial needs.
Once you’ve selected a new financial institution, you can begin transferring assets from your old account to your new one. The process isn’t difficult, but it can take up to 60 days, so you’ll want to get started before you move if you can.
We’ve created a comprehensive guide to switching financial institutions that will take you step-by-step through the process.
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