10 Things To Do Before You Move to Dallas

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If you’ve just purchased a home in Dallas, or are looking to move to the area soon, follow this 10-step guide to ensure the transition is smooth.

  1. Gather boxes. You should never pay for cardboard boxes. To save money, visit your local grocery store to pick up some empty boxes. You’ll be able to find all shapes and sizes to make packing a breeze. Plus reusing old grocery store boxes keeps them from the landfill. It’s a win for you and a win for the environment.
  2. Be creative with packing materials. You don’t need to purchase bubble wrap or packing peanuts to ensure your precious items get to your new home safely. There are plenty of things around your home that can add extra cushioning without raising your moving expenses. Try packing breakables with towels, bed linens, clothing, pillows or old newspapers.
  3. Get rid of stuff. Moving isthe perfect time to rid your home of clutter. While you’re packing up, sort the things that you’ll want to keep from those you wouldn’t mind getting rid of. Have a garage sale to make some cash off of your old stuff, or donate it to charity.
  4. Find an electricity provider. Before you move, you’ll want to make sure the lights are on in your new home.Dallas,like much if Texas, has a deregulated energy market. Shop among dozens of electricity providers to find the lowest rate, best plan or even renewable energy options.
  5. Set up and cancel service. Along with electricity you will probably want to have Internet service—and maybe a landline—set up in your home. And if you don’t want to miss your favorite show, schedule an appointment to have the satellite or cable guy set up your television service. Make sure you cancel any service you don’t need or transfer service, when possible, to your new address come moving day.
  6. Change your address. Stop by your local post office, or go online, to change your address and forward your mail. Don’t forget to change the address on your driver’s license and any online accounts you may have.
  7. Reserve a moving truck. Decide whether you want to hire professional movers or do all the heavy lifting yourself. Once you’ve weighed the pros and cons, reserve a moving truck or moving company to transport your stuff on the big day.
  8. Keep the essentials handy. On moving day, it’s important to have the necessities on hand. Keep toilet paper, cleaning supplies, drinks, snacks and a first aid kit in a separate box or bag that’s easy to get to.
  9. Settle in. Start to unpack your belongings, arrange your furniture and start to make your new house a home. Don’t forget, people are friendly in Texas, so try and take a few minutes to meet your new neighbors.
  10. Get the lay of the land. The Metroplex is a sprawling urban area with endless highways. Once you’ve moved, spend some time exploring the city and find the best routes to get around. Dallas is also home to a number of toll roads, which makes driving through town quick and painless, but you’ll have to pay to use them. Consider purchasing a toll tag if you plan to use the toll roads often.

Note: By: www.SaveOnEnergy.com. They help consumers find the right energy plan at a great price.

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