April 19, 2007


With the end of the semester nearing, we are now approaching the 'moving season' – graduation, new jobs, disgruntled roommates – all necessitate a change in scenery. Moving ranks as one of the most stressful events in a person’s life; planning ahead can help reduce some of this stress. Regardless of the reason for your move, there are many valuable resources to assist you every step of the way [all free].

Moving Checklist

Relocation Guide

The most comprehensive relocation resource is HOMEFAIR. Free resources include:

  • City Reports (Demographics, Cost of Living, and other quality of life info)
  • Community Calculator (What cities share factors similar to your community …)
  • Crime Statistics (How does your potential city compare with where you live now?)
  • Find a Storage Facility (Storage unit quotes)
  • Mortgage Qualification (How much of a house can you afford in your new city?)
  • Moving Calculator (Estimate what the costs of the move will be)
  • Rent vs. Buy Calculator (Given our situation, what makes more $ sense?)
  • Salary Calculator (How would a salary of $X compare in cities A and B?)
  • School Reports (Information on schools as well as personnel contacts)