- The Washington Times - Friday, August 4, 2000

It's moving time in America, and that means sellers and renters who became buyers in late spring and early summer now are packing up and hitting the road for their new homes. The Internet has become a wonderland of information for relocation services, including moving, utilities hookups, day care, pet care, comparison calculators and more.
Some of the tasks we used to do by hand now can be completed at any time of day with a computer. Need to change your address? Click onto the Postal Service site, http://new.usps.com. Need to hook up utilities in your new home? Check out MakeTheMove.com, a free transfer service for utility connections with nationwide coverage.
Here are just a few of the sites on the Web that can make your move flow a little more easily. Click away, and happy moving.

Overall moving services


1Call4All.com (www.1call4all.com) provides a database of services available by ZIP code, including telephone, energy, cable, Internet, media, professionals and more. Research, compare and order on line.
ChangeAddress.com (www.changeaddress.com) lets you change your address with credit-card companies, banks, insurance companies, magazines and more. This site vows never to sell your contact information.
The Postal Service has plenty of moving information at http://new.usps.com.
VirtualRelocation.com (www.virtualrelocation.com) provides listings for real estate, job searches, parenting, schools, new construction, professional services, taxes and government, utilities, mortgages, moving, storage and more.

Utilities


Consumers Utilities Service Corp. (www.cusc.com) lets you buy utility services at the lowest available price.
Energyguide.com (www.energyguide.com) provides free, unbiased advice about today's energy choices from more than 400 electricity and gas vendors. Tools include calculators to evaluate your home's energy usage.
FuelBuyer.com (www.fuelbuyer.com) is a heating-oil marketplace helping homeowners and property managers find full-service offers from local oil dealers. The site also features a consumer resource guide with information about heating with oil, energy-efficiency tips and advice on how to maintain your heating system.
MakeTheMove.com (www.makethemove.com) lists transfer services for utility connections nationwide.
Utility Connection (www.utilityconnection.com) has links to more than 3,800 electric, gas, water and waste-water utilities.
Wattage Monitor (www.wattagemonitor.com) lets you find out how much electric rates are in your new hometown.
Moving and storage
Carlyle Van Lines Inc. (www.carlylevanlines.com) specializes in household shipments and military moves. Free estimates are available on line.
CFMovesU.com (www.cfmovesu.com) offers a unique alternative to truck rental with many of the benefits of full-service moving for moves of 500 miles or more. The company drops a trailer at your doorstep. You pack it; they drive it.
Gentle Giant Moving & Storage (www.ggiant.com) offers a month of free storage with a move. An Atlas Van Lines agent, the company moves locally, intrastate and long distance.
StorageUSA (www.sus.com) has more than 500 locations with resident managers and truck rental available.
MoveSavings.com (www.movesavings.com) provides individuals with corporate-class interstate moving and storage services at the same cost savings usually reserved for America's largest companies.
U-Store-It (www.u-store-it.com) is a nationwide company with electronic-gate access, monthly rates and electronic surveillance at lighted facilities. Its locations offer free truck rental with storage rental.
Vanlines.com (www.vanlines.com) is a network of top-rated movers, van-line agents and relocation companies.
Small Moves (www.smallmovesusa.com) concentrates on smaller shipments from coast to coast and around the world.
M. Anthony Carr has written about real estate issues for 11 years. Direct questions and comments to 8411 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax, Va. 22031; or send e-mail to macarr@nvar.com.

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