Planning Your Move

Common Moving Mistakes that Can Put You at Risk for Identify Theft

A good friend of mine recently moved into Manhattan and unfortunately, misplaced some important documents in the shuffle. She is currently dealing with a very frustrating identity theft issue and so I thought today would be the perfect day to re-share this post from Paige.

 

Anyone who knows me knows that I have an uncanny fear of identity theft. I tend to hoard mail and old financial information for years, because I don’t want it to get into the wrong hands. The last time I moved, I had dressers filled with all sorts of papers to throw out. In my frenetic state, I wanted to throw it all into one big bag and out the door. But this would have been a huge mistake that could have caused me to lose my most valuable asset –my identity.

 

When people are in the midst of moving, they are usually so overwhelmed that they forget to protect themselves from identity theft – even though they know, and normally practice, proper ways to protect themselves. Here are IdentityTheftsome common mistakes people make when they are moving:

Throwing away documents with sensitive data. Always be sure to shred any and all documents displaying information about yourself, your family, your financials and anything else that is directly related to your personal identity.

Forgetting to change address with the post office. It’s easy to put off your change of address, but there are consequences for delaying this chore. Should any important information be sent via mail to your old address, anyone can take it and use it to their advantage. Even if you were close to your old neighbors, or sold your house to the nicest people, you don’t ever really know people. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Forgetting to notify banks, insurance companies, utilities providers, etc. of the move and new address. Remember the last time you went to the DMV? You probably had to show a proof of address, which is most often a bill from a bank or utility. Bills, bank statements and insurance documents contain a ton of information that anyone can use to steal your identity. Be sure to notify any financial or utility companies that you are moving in advance of your move so that you can either settle up, or have the address changed so that the bill comes to you. If you won’t be settled into your new home for a while, you can set up a P.O. Box or have your mail forwarded to a trustworthy family member or friend.

Keeping important documents, including titles, registration and insurance, in the car when it’s being moved. Again, you don’t want this important information in the wrong hands. Always keep important documents, from wills and birth certificates to car titles and registrations, on your person when you are moving.

Not vetting the moving company to make sure it is legitimate. Since your mover’s will be in you rhome and handling your items, you want to be sure you are working with a reputable company. A good moving company will only hire employees that have been background checked and drug tested. Here is an article on how to find a reputable moving company.

Leaving sensitive documents and materials, or computers open, in the presence of movers, contractors, utility representatives, cable representatives, etc. Your old home and your new home will be open to a variety of different people. Be sure to keep important documents under lock and key, and your computer locked, in the midst of all of the activity. In fact, be sure to password protect any mobile devices, including your smartphones and tablets, for additional piece of mind.

The FTC estimates that more than nine million people were victims of identity theft in the past year. It’s a staggering number that continues to grow. While most people know to be diligent online, it’s easy to forget that your identity can be compromised the old fashioned way – by theft of paper documents. It’s important to be diligent. If you have reason to believe that your information is in the wrong hands, or that you have been a victim of identity theft, here is helpful information from the FTC on the steps you will need to take to protect yourself.

Do you have any other tips for protecting your identity? Please share below.

Three Services That Are Worth the Expense During a Move

 

 

I’m a bargain queen and you can typically find me offering friends and family advice on how and where to get the best deal for everything. However, I am also a big fan of comfort and convenience and there are just some things worth3 services worth the expense during a move spending for. And honestly, in my opinion, moving is one of them. No matter how organized and prepared you are for an upcoming move, it is a ton of work. The cleaning, the packing, the physical move, the unpacking, it all takes a ton of time and a ton of effort. After my last move (for a while since my fiancé and I are finally homeowners!), I came up with this list of three things that I believe are always worth paying for when it comes to moving.

Have You Seen Our Moving Checklist and Planner?

 

How prepared are you for your upcoming move? I ask these questions because people grossly underestimate the amount of preparation that’s needed in order to have a stress free move. I know that preparation and stress free checklistdon’t necessarily go hand in hand for some folks, but when you are moving an entire house planning ahead will save you a ton of angst on moving day.

3 Benefits to Hiring a Professional Mover

 

benefits of working with a moverThe more stories I hear about friends and family moving themselves, the more benefits I think about regarding working with a professional. Don’t get me wrong, there are pros and cons to both sides. But when it comes to stress level, convenience, and safety, there’s no question about it; a professional is the way to go.

How to Buy in a Seller’s World

 

 

It’s almost that time, the busy summer moving season. In just a few short weeks, people around the country will be

How to Buy in a Seller's World

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packing up their homes and preparing to move for various reasons. Even with proper planning and research, the home finding/buying step is always a little stressful. Unfortunately, this year may be even tougher because in many parts of the country, there is a lack of homes for sale. We know that real estate data varies state to state, city to city, and even neighborhood to neighborhood, but according to the latest data from CoreLogic (a leading provider of consumer, financial, and property information), home prices in March were up nearly 7 percent from last year and up 2 percent from this February.

Three Common Moving Nightmares and How to Avoid Them

 

 

Moving is stressful. There’s no doubt about it. But that doesn’t mean it has to be horrible. We’ve heard all the avoid moving nightmaresnightmare moving stories there are to hear. I’m talking really scary stuff. I mean, before I had any experience, I even lived through some! Luckily, with some simple tips and precautions, moving nightmares are completely avoidable.

Your Moving Estimate vs. Your Actual Move Cost

 

 

Though some fluctuation is possible, a qualified mover should come pretty close in terms of the initial estimate and About Moving Estimatesthe final moving cost. However, a lot of people moving, especially for the first time may come across a frustrating and confusing question.

 

 

“Why was my estimate so much different than the actual cost of my move?!”

Top 5 Things to Bring When Moving Abroad

 

 

Greetings from South Africa! I am visiting my best friend for the next couple of weeks and I can’t even tell you how 5 things to have moving abroadamazing it is here. My friend has been living here since January and has said numerous times that she wishes she could stay forever. I can’t say that I blame her but her comments got me thinking, when moving abroad, what are the most important things to have before you get there?

Spring Cleaning Before Your Move

 

 

The first day of spring is this upcoming Sunday! Whether you are moving or not, I highly recommend spending some time going through your home to de-clutter and reorganize but it is especially important to do this if you are planning Spring Cleaning Before Your Movefor an upcoming move. Why waste time and money moving things you don’t want or need anymore, right? Regardless of the size of your home, spring cleaning can come across as a daunting and thankless task but I promise, it doesn’t have to be such a drag. Today I want to share my top five favorite spring cleaning tips.

Questions to Ask Your Mover

 

 

Searching for a moving company can be overwhelming. There are so many options out there and some of them can be really appealing, especially when the services listed are plenty and the cost is low. However, it’s important and very Questions to ask your moverhelpful to ask specific questions to ensure you end up working with the right mover for your needs. The following questions can also help you be sure you don’t end up in the middle of a scam.