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Take the Stress Out of Your Move

Between packing boxes, hiring movers, and unpacking everything in your new house, you have enough on your mind when you’re moving. You don’t want to have to worry about minor annoyances like remembering all the places you need to change your address or more serious concerns like dealing with moving fraud. These tips can help take some of the stress out of your move.

Use this moving checklist from the U.S. Department of Transportation so you won’t miss anything important like checking out your movers with the Better Business Bureau and making an inventory of what’s in your boxes, so you make sure everything gets delivered.

Know your rights before you select a mover and understand any documentation you might be asked to sign. That way you’ll know what to do if there’s a problem like your possessions getting lost or damaged. If you’re moving between states, you may be eligible for liability options from your movers to ensure that your property stays safe.

Find all the forms in one place on that you’ll need to report your change of address to continue getting your mail and any government benefits you receive. You’ll find the post office change of address form, along with additional forms you might need for the Social Security Administration, Veteran’s Administration, the IRS and your state’s voter registration office.

Learn if you can claim your moving expenses on your tax forms. If you moved for a job or because you started a new business, you may be able to deduct some of your moving expenses. Find out if you meet the qualifications from the IRS.