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We’re moving along with getting the house ready for us. Since we gave our 60 days notice to the leasing office at the apartment, we’re not in a rush this time for the move.

We’ve been moving some of the smaller boxes over the last week into the new place that was still packed up.

Should You Hire Movers or Do It Yourself?

Next weekend we’re having a painting party to get the whole place done in one shot.

After that, we’ll hire a moving company to take care of the rest of our furniture which will be the couches, appliance, etc.

You’ll have to decide if movers are right for you because it varies greatly depending on your circumstances.

Since we had moved ourselves (and with the generous help of friends) in December to the apartment, we’re willingly to pay this time for movers to get the big furniture and items into the new place.

It pays to run the numbers and see what is a better use of your time and money.

Switching Utilities Including Cable

We currently have the electricity and gas on in both the current apartment and the new town house.

Once we move into the town house, we’ll turn off our services at the apartment.

I also used this as a chance to find a better deal with some of  our services. Our cable company had an offer for the 3 in 1 bundle package of cable, the internet, and phone for $135.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t a better deal than what we have now.

Currently we have basic cable, high speed internet, and phone for home for $54/month.

  • TWC Basic Cable$12.25/month
  • Road Runner High Speed Online$34.95/month
  • Skype US/Canada$5.95/month

By creating our own bundle package and managed to save quite a bit of money. The trick is to find out which services you use the most and then only get what you need for the rest.

Skype has given us unlimited calls for US and Canada and serves as our land line. Voice mail is also included with the price. We also have used Skype to keep in contact with friends in Guam.

Once we’ve adjusted to the new house, I’ll write a post up on utility costs between the places to give you an idea of the home owner bills.

Redirecting Mail

Since your utilities will be switched to the new address, you just have to make sure the other bills are being sent to the new place.

The easiest option I found is going online and using the US Postal Service’s Change of Address Form.

You can still get the paper form at your local post office, but I really liked the convenience of the online form.

Your Take on Moving

How did you handle the move to your new house? What tips can you share on keeping it reasonable?

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  1. When we moved into our current house my wife was pregnant so it made sense to hire movers to help with the heavy lifting. It cost us more than renting a uHaul and doing it ourselves but I will NEVER move my own stuff again. The amount of stress that it lifts off your back to have someone else do your moving is unbelievable. We did cut costs by boxing up all our own stuff so all they had to do was put it on the truck and move it to the new digs.

  2. We called family and friends and moved everything in one day for nothing. We are blessed with good friends and we were only moving a couple hundred yards to our newly built home. We were a little slow getting post office papers done.

  3. @Kyle and Ken: We had just recently moved because of the closing being delayed for undisclosed time and it was stressful. We had friends and family help us out with everything and we were grateful.

    We’re using the security deposit refund we got to cover our moving costs. We’re paying for movers to relieve some stress and give us some more time to settle in.