Continuing with our moving checklist series, here are 7 things for you to consider doing one month before your move.
1. First up is choose a mover and confirm arrangements. We would love to help you here. You can get a free online quote right now.
2. The next step is to begin packing. When I start packing for a move I start with all the things I don’t use very often. I go from closet to closet, cabinet to cabinet and I take care of all those things that I’m pretty sure we won’t need for a while, like the turkey cooker and my off season clothes and books. Let your moving company know if you have items of special value so that you can get everything insured properly.
3. Clearly label each box, mark the room they will go in at their new home on each side of the box and the top so you can see it easily. Also, you might want to make a general list of what’s inside, right on the top of the box.
4. As you go through your house separate anything of value and pack it separately, this could include furs, jewelry, important files, anything you want to move yourself.
5. Go to the post office or go online and fill out a change of address for each person in your home with a different last name and any businesses you run from your home. Have the mail stop a day or two before you leave so your mail will be at your new address when you arrive. Let a neighbor know when you plan to move and ask them to check your mailbox after you have gone, just in case something slips by. You might event want to give the neighbor a large envelope and a few stamps so they can easily send anything that comes after you leave.
6. “Notify important parties. Alert the following of your move: banks, brokerage firms, your employer’s human resources department, magazine and newspapers you subscribe to, and credit card, insurance, and utility companies.” Let’s face it, you are going to be busy from now until after your move, letting everybody know how to find you will keep down unnecessary head aches later.
7. “Forward medical records. Arrange for medical records to be sent to any new health-care providers or obtain copies of them yourself. Ask for referrals.” If you are moving away from your medical professionals, taking the time to get this part in order will not only insure your care will be free of gaps, but will give you a sense of peace knowing your health is taken care of.
If you will take the time one month before you move to do the things on this moving checklist you will have a much smoother and less stressed move.
Thanks to RealSimple.com for the ideas and inspiration.