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You've made the decision to relocate, or maybe you're still just thinking about it. In either case, you've still got a lot to consider. Is the new town and the new neighborhood really what you want? Are the schools what you want for your kids? Should you move yourself or hire a professional? How much time do you have, and when do you need to do what? It turns out moving is like painting, the preparation determines how good a job you do.

P R E P A R I N G

Pro or no? -- Should you rent a truck and move yourself or hire a company to haul your belongings to the next abode? What to weigh when deciding between the two options.

Look before you leap -- Facing an optional move in the near future? Here's how to find out if the area or region you're considering would be a good or bad match for you and your family.

A moving timeline -- If you're buying or selling a home, you've got a lot to do. Here's a handy timeline for setting up your move.

Do your homework before accepting that out-of-town job -- Be smart when you relocate. Thoroughly researching neighborhoods before accepting your new job can mean the difference between being over your head in debt and comfortably paying bills.

Moving in a hurry? Take these steps to jump-start your house-hunting -- How to speed up the house-hunting process when you relocate. Tips for making the most out of long distance house-hunting trips.

Want to move with less hassle? Try a move consultant -- A move consultant can relieve you of a lot of the work and worry when relocating. See what it's like to move and let someone else handle the details.

Study up on schools online -- A look at some Web sites that allow users to compare school districts and, sometimes, individual schools. Good information for families that are relocating.

Negotiate a job-hunting deal for your spouse when agreeing to relocate -- Husbands, wives and "significant others" who follow their mates to another city or state for a new job can expect lots of help in finding their own jobs.

Check out the details when searching for an apartment -- How to quickly find the apartment that's right for you when relocating to a new city or state. Tips for making sure the rent, location, amenities, landlord, property manager, and neighborhood are right for you and your budget.

6 ways to move temporarily-- Sometimes you can go home again. Here are ways to move without really moving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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