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Think You’re Ready for Your Move? Read This First

When it’s time to move, you may feel overwhelmed by all that you have to do to get your belongings packed. While packing is a huge part of moving, there’s much more that goes into a successful residential move than simply putting things into boxes. 

Take a look at this checklist to ensure that you don’t forget some of the smaller yet significant details. A checklist will go a long way in helping you get settled in your new home.

  • Call your credit card and bank companies to let them know that you’re moving. Update your address, and let them know when you plan to leave town. This will prevent your account from getting flagged and frozen for fraud when you make purchases in a brand new area.
  • Give your doctor a call for refills on your prescriptions. If you have refills available, it won’t be a problem to transfer them to a new pharmacy, but if you’re out of or close to out of refills, it can be a hassle to find a new doctor in your new area. Having a full set of refills on your prescriptions can give you the time you need to find a doctor you like that serves your new area.
  • Return all library books and other materials you have checked out and notify them about your move. Check with any other clubs like fitness centers to cancel your membership. Some might offer a money-back or credit for unused portions. Or, perhaps they can transfer your membership to an affiliated club in your new hometown.
  • Set aside some cash for incidentals. While you know the general cost of your move, you may not be considering potential hotel stays, meals out while your kitchen gets set up, etc. Erring on the side of caution can save you budgetary headaches as you go through your move.
  • Break out the map and see what there is to see on the way to your new home. If you have children, sightseeing and stopping at landmarks is an excellent way to break up the long drive. Looking forward to seeing new places and things is also a great way to get kiddos excited about moving somewhere new.
  • Check out social media pages like NextDoor and Facebook that are specific to your new home. It’s a great way to meet friends, set up playdates, and find out what your new area has to offer.
  • Pack an essentials bag. Packing a bag like you’re going on vacation can be a lifesaver when settling in your new home. The last thing you want to do is dig through boxes to find your toothbrush. An essentials bag will give you everything you need while you unpack the rest of your household.

Moving can be a long, hard process, but following these steps can make it a little bit easier. Keep a list of all that you need to do before you move. Trying to keep a running tally in your head can get overwhelming, fast.

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