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Consolidating or Merging Households

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Combining households can be a frustrating task at any stage of life. However, there are a few simple steps that can make the transition easy:
 
Take inventory of all the items and furniture you have and decide what is best to keep for your new home. For example, if you're just getting married, take a look at the bridal registry and compare with what each person already has to decide what will be kept for the home you have together and what you still need.
 
Match rooms with existing furniture for the style you want to achieve.
 
Have a garage sale or donate items that you don't want to keep.
 
If there are items you can't bear to part with, but don't have room for, consider renting storage area. Click here for more information on storage.
 
When moving a home from one city to an existing home in another city, it may be more cost effective to sell the furniture rather than moving it.
 
If you're using a professional mover and consolidating two current homes for a totally new home, ask your mover if they can do an extra pickup of items from your other home. This is usually applicable if the homes are in the same state. On another note, if you have some things you'd like to give to a friend or family member, drop-offs might be available if their destination is on route for the mover. Discuss the best options with your agent.
 
Consolidating homes may mean bringing in more items that need insurance, like jewelry or antiques. Check with an insurance professional on how much more insurance you should get to cover these items.
 
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