How to Prepare for a Move: The Ultimate Guide

Whether you're downsizing, moving out for the first time, or upgrading to your first home, our 12-part moving guide will help you plan how to move from start to finish.

Moving often accompanies some of life's biggest changes: moving out on your own for the first time, buying your first home, downsizing after your kids move out, or starting over in a new city. While moving to a new home can be exciting, from creating a budget, packing (and then unpacking) your life, and navigating the sea of paperwork and inevitable complications, it can also be stressful.

There are no hard-and-fast rules for how to move, and no matter how many times you relocate, the process will always be a little different, with its own unique challenges to navigate. With our moving tips and advice, you can plan the process from A to Z and make sure your move goes smoothly.

Read the Ultimate Moving Guide and get our moving advice and tips for how to prepare for a move:

  • Budgeting for your move
  • Whether to hire movers or move yourself
  • Buying moving insurance
  • Moving heavy and bulky furniture
  • De-cluttering before your move
  • Moving with kids
  • Keeping your move green
  • Minimizing moving stress
  • Managing unexpected problems
  • Preparing your home for moving day
  • And more!

TSI's Ultimate Moving Guide: How to Prepare for Your Move

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Meet the Contributors

Lynn Pineda

Boca Raton & Coral Springs, FL

Lynn Pineda is a southeast Florida realtor with Keller Williams Realty. She has been helping home buyers and sellers in the Sunshine State find their perfect homes since 2005.

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Kyle Hiscock

Rochester, NY

Kyle Hiscock is Rochester NY real estate agent with RE/MAX Realty Group. He has been helping buyers and sellers in the Greater Rochester area for over 6 years with their real estate needs.

He is the founder and owner of his website, Rochester Real Estate Blog, where he frequently publishes helpful real estate-related content. Connect with Kyle on Twitter @KyleHiscockRE, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.



Nancy Tallman

Park City, UT

Nancy Tallman is a Park City, UT real estate agent with Sotheby's International Realty. She has been helping homeowners buy and sell their homes for over 16 years, and has received numerous honors for her productivity, leadership, and vision. 

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