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Moving (domestic)

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Moving (domestic)

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Moving is when one permanently vacates one residence and settles in another. When moving to a different location within one's country, depending on the laws of that country, consent from the government is probably not needed. There is no need to apply for citizenship. But it is necessary to notify various parties of the move so that your new domicile is known to those who need to know this information.

Why people move?[edit]

There are many reasons why people move. It is impossible to list them all. But some of the reasons are listed below:

Within one's city[edit]

  • To a larger dwelling
  • To a dwelling that costs less
  • To a more desirable area
  • To be closer to one's job
  • To be closer to one's family
  • Marriage
  • Divorce
  • Displacement following a disaster

To another city[edit]

  • Employment 
  • Education
  • To be closer to one's family
  • Marriage
  • Divorce
  • Retirement
  • Personal preference for the city

Transporting your belongings[edit]

When you move, all your belongings must be transported. There are various ways in which this can be accomplished. The method used depends on one's circumstances.

  • Moving truck (with crew): One option is to hire a moving truck with a crew. If you do this, the crew is responsible for carrying furniture and packed boxes out of your old domicile, driving to the new one, and unpacking your furniture and the boxes in your new domicile. Some moving companies are willing to perform long distance moves; others only do moves in town. Regardless, this could be the most expensive option, so if you can and do wish to save money, there are other options.
  • Moving truck (without crew): There is also the option of renting your own moving truck from a truck rental company. If you plan to do this, you must determine what size truck you need and if anyone involved in your move is capable of and legally permitted to drive the truck. Since you must pay for each day and sometimes hour that you rent the truck, it is essential that all your belongings be packed before you obtain the truck. And since the truck does not have a crew of its own, it is necessary that you have enough family members and/or friends who have the ability, willingness, and energy to carry out the move. They are all responsible for carrying all furniture and boxes from the old dwelling into the truck, and upon arrival at the new dwelling, carrying everything in. Or you may be able to hire a crew independently at each end to do this job.
  • In your own vehicle: For those who have a small number of belongings, it may be possible to fit them all into one or several passenger cars. A small number of boxes and loose articles may be able to fit into any vehicle, even a tiny hatchback. Small pieces of furniture, even beds, may be able to fit into a minivan, sport utility vehicle, station wagon, or on the bed of a pickup truck. It may take multiple trips if you are moving in this manner.


Prior to your move and the arrival of a moving truck, you must have all your belongings packed. This can be a tedious, time-consuming, and exhausting tasks. In fact, it is one of the most stressful of all. It helps to be more organized. Here are some tips:

  • Pack like items that belong in the same part of your new dwelling into common boxes. This way, when you unpack, you will be able to move items straight from boxes to where they belong.
  • Be sure to label all boxes. For example, if the box contains dishes, write "dishes" on it. If it contains books, write "books" on it. You can write more detailed information if need be to help you know where things are. This way, if you need an item soon after moving, it won't be a needle in a haystack to find it.
  • Wrap fragile items in bubble wrap or other protective material. Write FRAGILE on those boxes so the moving crew knows to handle them with special care.
  • If there are any items that are especially valuable, such as jewelry, do not pack these into boxes. Carry them with you on person.
  • You may be able to get some free boxes from your local supermarket. Find out when they are available. If not, many storage units will sell them at a nominal price.

Moving a vehicle[edit]

One of the challenges faced if moving a long distance is moving a vehicle. There is always the option of driving oneself. But not all are up to long distance driving. Besides, if you have a truck that you are driving, you may not have a second driver for your car. Or you may have to move two or more cars.

Fortunately, there are some solutions to this. You may be able to hire a vehicle transport service. Or you can attach a vehicle to the back of some trucks. Or you could hire someone to drive your vehicle, and pay for a one way plane ticket for that person. Or you could fly back yourself and retrieve the vehicle.

Finding a place to live[edit]

If you have not done so already, you will need to find a place to permanently live in your new hometown. When doing so, you must first decide what type of dwelling you wish to live in. It could be a house, an apartment, a condominium, or one of several other options.

If you are planning to buy, you may need a real estate agent to help you with the purchasing process, though if you have enough knowledge, you may be able to find yourself a dwelling without the help of a real estate agent of your own. This may save you the commission cost.

Moving somewhere before finding a place to live[edit]

Sometimes, one is forced to move to a city or to vacate the place where they are already living very suddenly before finding a new place to live. This could occur if someone is forced to move to another city, perhaps if they were offered a job there, need to be near a sick or dying relative, or are on the run from an abusive ex, or if the buyer of their house that was already for sale demands to move in immediately, or if they were forced to vacate their premises to due economic problems.

In this case, one must find an immediate place to live temporarily while looking for a permanent setting.

One option is to live with family or friends. If one has a relative or friend who is willing to accommodate them on such a temporary basis, that is a bonus. But it is not always the case.

In the absence of family or friends, one may need to find a place of lodging to stay. This could be an ordinary hotel (of any class). But there are some hotels, known as extended stay or apartment hotels that are designed for this purpose. These places generally offer lower rates for long term stays, and are equipped for amenities typically found in the home, including kitchens. Another option is to stay in an unbranded motel, which may cost less than one that is part of a chain. But at the same time, it is important to feel comfortable at such a location.

Some apartments offer month-to-month leases, and allow for quick move-in, thereby enabling temporary dwelling while in the process of searching for a house or a more permanent apartment.

Notifying others of your change of address[edit]

Whether your move is next door or 1000 miles away, you will be required to let quite a lot of people and companies of your new address. Be sure to get all of this done as soon as possible. Failure to notify any of the below could have devastating consequences, including loss of job, loss of benefits, the inability to pay bills, denied access to your money or credit, denial of the right to vote, or in the worst case, criminal charges.

  • Your utilities provider(s) - Give them plenty of advance notice so they can set up the service at your new address. Some landlords may require proof that you have utility service before they allow you to move in.
  • Your landline phone company - Give them plenty of advance notice so they can set up the service at your new address
  • Your mobile phone service provider - No physical changes are needed in order to keep your mobile phone working at your new address. However, you do want your bills and other important information to be sent to your new address. Additionally, if you move to a new jurisdiction, you may wish for a local number for that area, especially if you want those living there to be able to call you locally.
  • Your internet service provider - You certainly wish to have internet access in your new home as soon as possible. DSL lines can take time to set up, thereby requiring advance notice.
  • Your cable TV provider - If you are receiving cable TV or a similar service, it is essential that you let the provider know about this so your new service can be put in place.
  • Your health insurance provider - Most likely, your health insurance provider will continue to be able to cover you if you move, though if you move far from your doctors, you may need to find new doctors, and you have to know which doctors they cover.
  • Your auto insurance provider - It is essential that your auto insurance provider know your exact address, as auto insurance rates vary by location, even by block or house. By informing your auto insurance provider of your new address, your rates may be lower. But even if they are higher, it is essential that you be honest and inform them anyway. Your failure to inform them in a timely manner may result in your policy being void when needed.
  • The Department of Motor Vehicles - In many places, there are laws dictating how soon you must notify the DMV of a change of address following a move. Additionally, in many countries are smaller jurisdictions, each with their own motor vehicle department, so moving my require you to register with another department. This may or more not entail taking a driving test. Regardless, one who may qualify to drive in one jurisdiction may not in other, so one should be aware of these requirements. Often, if one does not qualify to drive in a jurisdiction, they do not, even with a valid license from another.
  • The Board of Elections - Your address has an impact on the precinct where you vote. In many places, voting in the wrong precinct is a felony punishable by fines and/or imprisonment. If you are unable to inform the board in time for the election, you must notify an elections judge before you cast your ballot.
  • The government registration department - in countries with a national registration system and compulsory ID cards, it is often required to update your address with the registration department. This may involve applying for a new ID card that reflects your new address. Failure to do so might be a criminal offence.

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