Moving can be a very stressful event, but there are ways to make it less painful. One of those is to have the right moving checklist, so you don’t forget to do something important and so you can make sure that you’re doing everything you can to address any problems that could come up. We want to help, and we’ve compiled a moving checklist below that you can use in order to help make your move a little bit easier.
Before the Move
Before you make your move, notify: the post office, your credit card providers, any charge account providers you have, utility companies, your past employer (so you can get your tax documents), subscription services, and your family and friends of your change in address. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to:
- Change your bank account to one that’s closer to your new home, if you don’t have a branch of your current back there.
- Make sure you let your insurance company know, so your coverage can follow you and you won’t be putting yourself at risk.
- Get an legal or school records and other important documents from your current area before you head out to the new one.
- Transfer your prescriptions, line up a doctor and dentist through referrals, and get your medical history and records to take with you.
- Use up the perishable food you have, so you can clean out your refrigerator and defrost your freezer properly.
- If you have large rugs and/or appliances that are going with you, get them ready for moving.
- Have your utilities disconnected and get any refunds for deposits you’ve made.
- Remove your children from school and get them registered in the new one.
- Get a relocation package from the Chamber of Commerce in your new city, or from your Realtor.
The Day of the Move
- Double check to make sure you didn’t leave anything behind.
- Give your children games and books so they can stay entertained while you’re traveling.
- Make sure your pets are ready to go, especially if they need to be crated.
- Keep your important documents and your jewelry on your person, not in a box or suitcase somewhere.
- Leave your keys with your Realtor, for the next owner or tenant.
When You Get to the New Place
- Get your utilities started.
- Register your car and change your driver’s license.
- Get your children registered for school if that hasn’t already been done.
- Set up any needed appointments with doctors and dentists.
- Enjoy your new neighborhood and explore all it has to offer!
Following a checklist can really help you get through the difficult times that moving can produce. The more prepared you are for the move, the better off you’ll be when it comes to getting everything transferred from one place to another. Whether you’re moving down the block or across the country, being ready for the move is the best way to get through it. Once you get settled into your new place and the move is behind you, you’ll feel a lot happier.