Finding a New Place

You've decided to move—or it has been decided for you. Now what?

Here's my handy dandy list of obvious questions you may not have thought of yet:

  • What will you need in housing?

  • What do you want?

  • How much can you afford?

  • How can you get more information right now?

Let’s get more specific.

A notebook helps you think. It guides your thoughts along organized paths. You can start your own Smart Moving Notebook with a blank notebook. Begin organizing and writing your answers to a variety of questions and concerns that pop into your head as you think about moving. The first thing to write in your Smart Moving Notebook is a list of your needs. Here are some examples to get you started:

  • A place within a 30-minute commute of Reedsville

  • A master bedroom and a bedroom for each of the two children

  • More separation between living and sleeping areas

  • A utility or back room where Bart can clean up from playing with the gorilla

  • Wheelchair access to a bathroom for Aunt Tillie’s stay during the winter

  • A place in which we can put a small greenhouse for growing salad vegetables

  • An uncomfortable sleeping room for out-of-town guests

  • A neighborhood in which I feel safe

  • A neighborhood in which the kids can walk to school

  • A community where I can use my skills as a hospice volunteer

  • Enough room to hold our traditional family holiday get-togethers

Remember that a need is a personal requirement. Something you regard as an absolute necessity in your new location may be only a want for someone else. That's fine.

For most of us, the Needs List will be much shorter than the Wants List. Both will also be unique. Make sure that you gather the needs and wants of everyone who will be moving with you. Yes, even consider the needs and wants of your iguanas.

To get you writing in your Smart Moving Notebook, here are some popular wants:

  • A low-maintenance yard so that we can spend weekends at the beaches

  • Room to entertain friends and family

  • A place to store my classic car during the winter months

  • Proximity to Ariakne University

  • A hobby room for your Peruvian blow-dart collection

  • A cellar or pantry to store granny's preserves for the next generation

  • A local Internet provider

  • A world-class library

  • A world-class tavern

Moving Tips

Keep a record of all your moving expenses. If your move meets certain criteria, you can deduct the expenses from your federal income taxes. To learn more, call the Internal Revenue Service (800-829-3676) or visit their Web site at www.irs.gov and request Publication 521 titled "Moving Expenses."

 



 
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