A Checklist For Moving

A Checklist for​ Moving
MOVING! The very thought of​ it​ can send chills down our spine and​ can cause us 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), 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 .​
this​ is​ one time, though, when we must rise above that .​
When preparing for​ a​ move we 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​ actually completing certain​ chores well in​ advance of​ their deadlines .​
Hopefully this​ little paper will help you​ to​ accomplish that .​
in​ this​ particular article 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 rid of​ what you​ don't need.
Many of​ us are pack rats .​
One thing that we can accomplish immediately is​ going through all of​ our stuff and​ getting rid of​ what we 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 we feel once we start narrowing down our inventory to​ what we actually need to​ keep .​
Getting rid of​ the unwanted items can be done by having a​ garage sale long before moving time and​ then donating the leftovers to​ the Salvation​ Army or​ other charitable groups.
Get all important papers and​ documents together and​ secure them.
Since moving is​ hectic, to​ say the least, we need to​ be aware of​ the exact location​ of​ all of​ our important items .​
Things that we absolutely must not lose or​ misplace should certainly be hand​ carried, not put in​ a​ box for​ the movers:
Address Books, Birth Certificates, Bank Statements, Checks, Credit Cards and​ Statements, Home Movies, Irreplaceable Memorabilia, Insurance Policies, Marriage Records, Medical and​ Dental Records, Military Records, Passports, Photos and​ Photo Albums, Resumes, School Records, Stock Certificates, Tax Returns, Telephone Numbers, Valuables, Vehicle Documents, Wills.
Prepare well in​ advance for​ living at​ your​ new location.
There are many things that we can do at​ our new location​ well in​ advance of​ our move that will help smooth out the bumps and​ grinds of​ our relocation​ process when the actual event occurs: 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 .​
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 .​
With proper planning and​ preparation​ 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 .​
With proper planning and​ preparation​ you​ will not be frantically searching for​ a​ new doctor or​ pharmacy, if​ that unfortunate need arises .​
With proper planning and​ preparation​ you​ will have all of​ your​ important documents at​ the tip of​ your​ fingers at​ all times .​
With proper planning and​ preparation​ 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.
Good luck with your​ move and​ good luck in​ your​ new home or​ apartment.

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