Whatever it is you’re doing, a checklist will always come in handy. Moving into a new Boston Beacon Hill condo, for example, can become a whole lot easier and less stressful if you come up with a checklist that will enumerate all the tasks you have to do and things you have to remember before, during, and after the move.

Every checklist that you draw up when you’re about to move into a new home should include the following items:


With all the costs that come with relocation to a Beacon Hill condo, it’s easy to lose track of your spending if you don’t have a set budget. Never forego coming up with a budget for the move and writing it down on your checklist, since it’s the only way you’d know how much to spend for packing materials, the moving company, and other costs that are sure to come along.


Your checklist should also contain a target move date because everything about the move will have to revolve around it. Also, the best time to relocate would be during the off-peak season which is usually between October and April.


The names and contact details of schools in your neighborhood should make it to your checklist. That way, you can make some inquiries that will help you decide which one would be best for your kids.


Are you sure that massive couch of yours will fit into your new Boston condo? If you aren’t, then you can always go to your soon-to-be home, take some measurements, and write them down on your checklist. With those measurements in hand, you should be able to see whether your things will fit in your new home or not.


One of the most important items you must have on your checklist is a list of all the packing materials that are right for things that you are bringing to your new Boston condo. Bubble wrap for fragile things, mattress bags for mattresses, and sturdy boxes for your books and other heavy stuff would sound just about right.


All your essentials must be in a separate bag which you will carry by hand throughout the entire move to avoid having to take apart a huge box because you put your toothbrushes, medications, change of clothes, and baby stuff deep inside it.


You have to register your car if your new home is located in another state. You will have to get a new driver’s license too. Check out the DMV website of your new city and do some research on the rules and the deadlines it has set for vehicle registration matters.


To make sure your letters, credit card bills, and subscriptions still reach you, you have to notify those concerned of your new address.


Hiring the first moving company you come across with online or otherwise is not a good idea. You have to vet those companies first to make sure you’ll get the best service at the best price. Your checklist must have the names and contact information of at least three moving companies, all of which should be licensed and insured. Give them a call and ask for quotes that you can use for comparison so you can reach the best possible decision.

Moving is probably one of the most stressful things a person has to deal with in his or her lifetime. With a checklist like the one above, however, relocating should be a bit more of a 

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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