An estimated 53 million people will change their residences this year.

Certain needs must be met during any move, says PHH Homequity, a relocation company. Market appraisal of the home being sold and the new home being bought, professional assistance in finding a new home, mortage financing for the purchase and home warranty protection are all basic necessities, it says.It's also important to compare the cost of living and quality of life in the new location, to learn all about community services and to tour the area with a broker before buying.