For a seamless move we suggest adding these points to the top of your moving preparation list:
- Destination Communication: On delivery day you may want a working phone before your goods are delivered and unpacked. Be sure to have a phone with you which can be installed immediately upon your arrival – and of course, you will need to establish a new number and service with your new local phone company.
- For The Record: Obtaining copies of your medical records, including your dentist, veterinarian and vaccine/immunization information can often be overlooked. In some cases, a notarized letter is required to receive the official documentation; you may need to contact the American Medical Records Association to determine your new state’s procedure. Your child’s permanent school record cannot follow him or her through life if it’s left behind. In addition, school records are usually required when registering your child at their new school. Often, copies will not be sufficient, and records with a raised seal will be necessary.
- Old Phone Numbers: Pack phone books from your old town. You may think you’ll remember the numbers you frequently call now, but more likely, you’ll spend a small fortune on directory assistance charges to contact old friends or tie up loose ends.
- Taken To The Cleaners: Remember to complete transactions with local businesses (for example, picking up your dry cleaning).
- Where You’re Moving To: In the flurry of preparing for the move, you may often forget your forwarding address — important information when forwarding periodicals and credit card bills, as well as keeping in touch with old friends. Always keep your new address handy in your wallet or purse.
- Spic And Span: Although your focus will be on your new home or apartment, you can’t forget about preparing the old residence for your exit. Remember to leave out cleaning supplies for the final “once-over” before closing the door for good, or make arrangements in advance for a service to clean it for you.
- The Opener: Many people often forget to take the electric garage door opener out of their car before leaving. Remember to leave the opener for the new tenants or owners.
- Remember Rover: In most cases, moving companies cannot transport animals or plants. Remember to make arrangements for their transfer, as well. The U.S. Post office has provided information to help you arrange moving your pets. Visit USPS.com for more information.
- Bank On It: Many people forget to retrieve important documents from their safe deposit box. It is also wise to establish a checking account in your new town about a month prior to your move so that you have immediate access to your account.
- Keys To Success: The collection of spare house keys can often be forgotten. Whether it means getting them from neighbors who kept them, or retrieving them from under the rock next to the front door, don’t forget to gather all sets before you depart.
If you decide to pack yourself, plan on at least six weeks to pack and get ready for your move. Below are some packing suggestions:
- Before you start packing, determine the items you want to throw away, give away or sell.
- Moving is a good time to get rid of items you no longer need. You will save money and have less to pack and unpack. Give yourself enough time to make these decisions.
- Don’t just start packing — plan how you will pack. Pack items you seldom use first. Pack items of similar size and weight together. Don’t make any carton too heavy to easily lift.
- Always use proper packing cartons and wrapping materials. Use professional packing tape, which is a wide, strong, clear or brown tape. Masking tape is not strong enough to support the weight of a fully packed carton. Tape all cartons closed on the top and bottom — don’t just fold the end flaps closed. Use crumpled, unprinted newspaper to pack items in boxes.
- Label the contents on the outside of all boxes, along with the rooms to which they should be delivered in your new home. When packing fragile items, clearly mark “fragile” on the outside of the box, with arrows on the sides to indicate the correct upright position.
- Indicate boxes holding essential items, such as cooking utensils, bedding, linens and toiletries that need to be opened first by writing “open first” on the box and making sure these are the last boxes to be loaded onto the moving van.
Moving to a new city brings with it a lot of uncertainty. We have provided these valuable tools to make your research easier.
Search for a home in your new city using Realtor.com. The Official Internet Site of the National Association of Realtors®.
To research schools in your new area, visit The School Report.
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