Congratulations! You’ve made the exciting decision to move to Grenada, Mississippi, a great place to live, work and play. As you prepare for relocation, the stress of planning and the daunting task of making the move might become overwhelming. This section is designed to make your move a relatively effortless and enjoyable undertaking.
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Whether you’re moving across the state or across the country, you’ll want to ensure all of your possessions make it to your new home in good shape. Consider these tips:
- Moving gives you a perfect opportunity to clean out your closets and garage and lighten your load. Consider holding a yard sale or donate unwanted items to charity. You may also discover that it makes more financial sense to sell or donate older, bulky items (such as appliances) and buy new ones upon your arrival in Grenada.
- Make sure you have all of the right packing materials on hand before you get started:
- A collection of sturdy boxes in different sizes and bubble wrap for delicate items.
- Moving blankets (to pad and protect items large items that can’t be boxed)
- Good old-fashioned newspaper
- Many moving and storage companies provide special boxes for packing china, glassware, lamps and clothing. Label each box clearly and note its contents. Before you get too carried away with your packing, consider what things you’ll need easy access to both during your move and soon after your arrival.
- Clothing and toiletries
- Important records and documents (such as your moving contract, important contact numbers, paperwork pertaining to your new home in Grenada). It’s also a good idea to keep sensitive and important documents in your possession: tax records, credit card and bank statements, medical and school records, etc. Also, personal electronic devices such as cell phones and chargers, PDAs and Blackberries should be kept with you at all times.
Remember that children, older travelers and pets will need extra attention and frequent stops along the way:
- If you’re traveling with pets, bring along your leash, doggie bags and plenty of fresh water. Stop in places where animals can safely stretch their legs and run off some energy.
- If you’re traveling with kids, invest in some travel-size car games, nutritious snacks and favorite toys. If you bring personal electronics, such as games, remember to bring plenty of batteries!
- While it’s important for every traveler to stretch, walk around and get some fresh air every few hours, it’s vital that the elderly and those prone to blood clots (such as pregnant women) have the opportunity to move around and get their blood circulating.
Portions of your move may be tax deductible, especially if the move is related to a new job offer. While you should check with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or your own accountant to determine what can be deducted, keep careful track of expenses and save receipts for the following:
- The costs associated with renting a moving vehicle or hiring a moving company
- The cost of meals and lodging during the course of your move
- Gas and oil fees
- Temporary housing and/or storage
- Costs associated with selling an old home and buying a new one
You may want to store some or all of your belongings when you first arrive in Grenada. Consider these tips:
- If you’re only storing some of your possessions, make sure you differentiate between boxes that stay with you and boxes/items to be stored. Label storage boxes and, where possible, keep storage items together on the moving truck to ensure everything gets to the right place in an expedient manner.
- Most storage facilities require that you provide your own lock, so invest in a sturdy device and make note of where you put the key.
For a list of Grenada Area Chamber of Commerce storage providers click the button below.
Many new residents need temporary housing upon arrival in Grenada. Maybe you haven’t decided what part of the valley you’d like to live in, or perhaps you’re waiting for a new home to be built. In any case, if you need housing for a relatively short period of time, a stay in one of our local hotels or motels might fit the bill. Some properties offer special weekly rates for guests who are in need of short-term housing. Ask about fees, availability for the dates you anticipate needing and short-term storage options.
For a list of Grenada Area Chamber of Commerce extended-stay providers.
Just as you want your possessions to arrive safely in Grenada, you’ll want to make sure your mail follows you as well.
Mail forwarding is a very important step in the moving process. To begin, go to your local post office for a “change of address” kit a few weeks prior to your move or an online Change of Address form is available on the United States Postal Service Web site . In addition to forwarding mail, the kit will help you notify all interested parties of your new address, from credit card companies and magazines to family, friends and colleagues.
Once you’ve forwarded your mail, keep close track of things such as credit billing statements and other personal information that could put you at risk for identity theft. Pay attention to what arrives at your new address. If you’re missing a credit card statement, make contact with the issuing company right away. It’s also a good idea to monitor your credit report during your relocation to ensure no one has confiscated your personal data at any point during your move.
P. O. Boxes
If you’re not quite sure what your immediate housing situation will be upon arrival in Grenada, consider renting a post office box. You can do this at a post office branch. This approach ensures your mail will follow you Grenada and not get lost in the shuffle as you make permanent housing arrangements.