A Moving Checklist: Your Pre-Move Must Do’s
A moving checklist is essential to ensure that you have everything taken care of. There are so many little details that need to happen and when you’re prepared, it can change the entire experience.
The very thought of it can send chills down your spine and can cause you to break out into a cold sweat. Experts say that any kind of “change” creates “stress”. Moving, (and especially if we are relocating to a new city or state in North Carolina), represents a huge change and naturally brings a great amount of stress along with it. This can be a double whammy, because stress can lead to a lack of energy and motivation. Many of us tend to procrastinate during stressful periods of our lives. And many of us tend to procrastinate during stressful periods of our lives, so don’t feel bad about it, you’re not alone!
This is one time, though, when we must rise above that. When preparing for a move you need to put the pedal to the metal and get a lot of things done. This checklist contains many suggestions that may seem like “no-brainers”. However, the very act of printing out these simple suggestions and reminders can become a significant security blanket as the dreaded time approaches. Moving and relocating calls for being proactive, grabbing the bull by the horns and completing certain chores well in advance of their deadlines. Hopefully this little list will help you to accomplish that. In this blog, we are leaving out the “big things” such as finding the best moving company, researching your new neighborhood’s transportation, parking, employment, etc. Those are for other articles on another day. Today we are concentrating on the basics of planning and preparation.
Get All Important Papers and Documents Together and Secure Them
Since moving is hectic, to say the least, you should be aware of the exact location of all of your important items. Things that you absolutely must not lose or misplace should certainly be hand carried, not put in a box for the movers. Some of these items include:
- Address Books
- Birth Certificates
- Bank Statements
- Credit Cards and Statements
- Home Movies
- Irreplaceable Memorabilia
- Insurance Policies
- Marriage Records
- Medical and Dental Records
- Military Records
- Photos and Photo Albums (If you even have these)
- School Records
- Stock Certificates
- Tax Returns
- Vehicle Documents
Prepare Well in Advance for Living at Your New Location
There are many things that you can do at your new location well in advance of your move that will help smooth out the bumps and grinds of your relocation process when the happens. You can:
- Open up new bank accounts.
- Open up a new Safe Deposit Box.
- Contact the new area utility companies and arrange for your new services. These can include Cable TV, gas, electric, oil, telephone, water and Internet access.
- Arrange for new medical providers.
- If you are moving to a new state, contact the DMV and get forms necessary to re-register your vehicles. Here’s a list of DMV websites for all states.
- Contact your insurance companies and find out if your car insurance, homeowner’s insurance, etc. can be transferred. If not, find an Insurance Broker in your new area and discuss your needs and requirements for new policies.
- Go to the post office and get a moving kit. Prepare change of address forms for all of your correspondents; credit card companies, other credit accounts, banks, insurance companies, current utility companies for final statements, magazines and other subscriptions, family, friends, and any other persons or businesses that you correspond with on a regular basis.
As the Time Approaches, Get a Nice New Legal Pad
As moving day approaches and when the moving process actually begins, you don’t want to be hunting for phone numbers in wallets, purses, or address books. Have a nice new legal pad ready with all important phone numbers written clearly and legibly for both your old and new contacts: Banks, Doctors, Emergency contacts, Family members, Friends, Landlords or Real Estate Brokers, Movers, Pharmacies, Schools, Storage Facilities, Utilities. With proper planning and preparation:
- the moving process, though never fun, can at least be sane.
- the utilities at your present address can be disconnected the day after you move and the utilities at your new address can be connected the day prior to your arrival.
- you will not be frantically searching for a new doctor or pharmacy, if that unfortunate need arises.
- you will always have all of your important documents at the tip of your fingers.
- your mail will start arriving the day after you move in to your new abode and your life will endure a minimum of chaos and clutter.
Get Rid of What You Don’t Need
Many of us are “pack rats”. One thing that you can accomplish immediately is going through all of our “stuff” and getting rid of what you don’t need anymore. Moving unwanted clothing and bric-a-bracs from one place of residence to another is a great waste of time and effort. It is surprising how much more in control you’ll feel once you start narrowing down your “inventory” to what you actually need to keep. Getting rid of the unwanted items can be done by having a garage sale long before moving time and then calling a local junk removal company like Junk Trunk. With trucks in North Carolina and South Carolina, Junk Trunk can help you make your move as simple as possible.
Good luck with your move and good luck in your new home or apartment.