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Don't Let Your Move Stress You Out - Five Simple Steps to Make it Easier

- According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the weeks between early May and Labor Day weekend mark the busiest time of year to move. It's estimated that more than 21 million Americans will move this summer. Some moves will go smoother than others, and while there's no way to guarantee a problem-free experience, there are things you can do ahead of time to make the process easier.

"Anticipating tasks that may cause frustration and headaches on moving day is crucial. People want to enjoy settling into their new home, whether it's finding a dog sitter for moving day or connecting their cable services, planning ahead will guarantee less stress for the entire family," says Leslie Levine, a moving expert and author of "Will This Place Ever Feel Like Home?"

Levine, who has helped millions of people move, urges movers to avoid five common mistakes before packing things up and hitting the road.

1) Don't put off calling utility providers (electric, cable, gas, etc.) to schedule the disconnect date of your services. This can be done weeks before the move when you have more time. And now, connecting services at your new home couldn't be easier.

To set up your cable, high-speed Internet and phone, all you have to do is log on to www.cablemover.com and click on "find your cable company." Movers enter their new ZIP code and are directed to their new provider's Web site (where they will receive special moving offers). Or if you would like to create your own Customers can schedule their cable services, such as digital cable, high-speed Internet and phone service, or bundle all three in a package for potential cost savings. Movers can also access the free service by calling the toll-free Cable Movers Hotline (877-9TV-MOVE)

   Tips if Moving a Business: If you own a business and are moving, be sure you have customer service call centers in place. 

2) Don't forget to inform your insurance companies about the move. Coverage can vary from state to state and most insurance companies' provide up-to-date information on their Web sites.

3) Don't forget to pack a travel bag that can be easily accessed when you arrive at your new home. In preparation for a move, people tend to pack away essentials that are difficult to find following a hectic move-in day. Pack your bag as if you are going away for a weekend, include medications, a toothbrush, toothpaste, a change of clothes and other daily essentials.

4) Don't expect to get every picture and painting on the walls during the first week. Instead of cleaning or unpacking the first night in the new home, take a break, relax and watch a favorite program with cable On Demand. If the boxes just can't be left alone, check out a favorite DIY show for home improvement tips while working to make the new place feel like home.

5) Don't try to do everything alone. For big home improvement projects, hire a professional. Pick a few projects to do with the family and then hire someone to do the time-consuming projects like painting and hanging wallpaper.

"Any steps that can be taken to simplify a move are worth considering," adds Levine. "I recommend all movers do some advance planning to take the stress out of their move."

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