While we are all busy this time of year, some may be moving. Below is a checklist with some useful information to make the move an easier one. Tip #1: Choose a Reputable Moving Company If you're hiring a moving company, make sure you select a reputable company. The Internet can be a great resource for this, if you're not sure where to start. Angie's List, Yelp and The American Moving and Storage Association (www.amsa.org) are a few good resources to check out. It's important to shop around, interview several movers and get written estimates for the job. Make sure you're working with an insured service that provides compensation for loss and breakage. Tip #2: Plan Your Move Early Ideally, you should start planning your move two months in advance. Don't forget, lots of people move around the first of the month when leases expire, so it's a good idea to reserve your truck and moving crew a minimum of two weeks in advance. Tip #3: Label Your Boxes & Take Inventory Labeling your boxes and keeping an inventory for each room will help you get organized quickly in your new location. You can also use this for insurance purposes to determine your declared value for the moving company. Tip #4: Secure Your Valuables Consider locking valuable jewelry in your safety deposit box on moving day. Or, if you're moving a long distance, carry precious items yourself to prevent them from being lost or stolen. Tip #5: Back Up Your Computers Make sure you have a backup of your computers, and put the disks or external drive in a separate box from the computer. That way, if by some chance your computer is lost or damaged in the move, you will have a backup of all your important files. Tip #6: Take Photos of Computer & TV Wiring If you're not entirely computer or electronics savvy, take a photo of the back side of your computer or television setup, so you know where the wires are plugged in before you take it apart. This could be a huge time-saver when you put everything back together in your new home. Tip #7: Keep a Record of Your Moving Expenses Your moving expenses may be tax deductible, so keep a list of all your expenses, including miscellaneous expenses for packing, truck rental, etc. This will be convenient to have at tax time. Tip #8: Pack Your Survival Gear Get a clear plastic box (it will be easy to find amongst the other boxes) and pack it with the things you will need the first day in your new home. If you have children, pack a box of their favorite toys to keep them busy in a safe area while the rest of the house is being unpacked. Have each family member pack a personal overnight bag with basic essentials such as toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, change of clothes, etc. Hope everyone is having a WONDERFUL holiday season!