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Originally published May 14, 2010 at 10:02 PM | Page modified May 16, 2010 at 8:54 PM

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Eddie Bauer used to hunt here; tips for moving

Years before Eddie Bauer became a well-known retail chain, it was the name of a Seattle man who ran a sporting-goods shop in downtown Seattle by the same name. He liked to fish and hunt and built a hunting lodge on an 11.5-acre site in what is now the Avondale neighborhood in Redmond.

The lodge is long gone and in its place is a custom-built 6,000-square-foot, four-bedroom house. The property includes towering trees, green pastures and Bear Creek. There also is a 12-stall barn and indoor tennis court and it's been listed for sale at $4.5 million.

'Tis the season for tips on moving

We are now "officially" in the moving season, the time of year from May through September, when half of all moves typically happen. To mark National Moving Month in May, Rent.com offers these tips.

Don't stress, plan ahead: Develop a checklist with a timeline to help stay on track throughout the moving process.

Hire or recruit help: Depending on your budget, renting a moving truck or hiring labor can be affordable alternatives. If you cannot afford any for-pay options, consider recruiting your friends and spring for pizza when the move is over.

Keep an eye on valuables: Make sure that items that are hard to replace such as medications, insurance policies, car titles and the moving-services contract are packed in a box that you move yourself or ship ahead of time with a service that requires a delivery signature.

Move only what you really need. Consider donating unneeded items to your local charity or help fund your moving expenses by selling them.

Pack your favorite items last. Creature comforts can be powerful stress relievers. Your current bedside reading, morning coffee mug or favorite DVDs can help you feel sane in the midst of chaos.

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