Moving Checklist: Things that can be Overlooked with a Move

Moving households is a huge job that requires us to do tasks that we normally don’t. It also typically requires that these tasks be done in a short period of time. It’s no wonder why people get stressed out when being forced to take on so much all at once. This can lead to forgetting important things that we normally wouldn’t. Thankfully, many of these things are common so we can help you out with ensuring you remember to do them.

Making a Self-checklist

Time management is an important aspect of ensuring everything is ready for moving day. By doing things as they come and having no plan, it’s easy to get behind and not even understand why. No matter how much time you have left to pack and be ready, make a plan with a timeline of when things need to be done.

Collect Important Documents

Ensure you gather all important contracts, records, and documents. You will want to request medical records for your new physician, arrange any required school transfers, and more. These and things like housing, legal, financial, employment, medical, motor vehicle documents need to be in one place and in your possession, not put on the moving truck.

Compare Moving Companies

Before choosing a mover, research the ones that are available. Make sure they are professional and offer all services you might need. You can also check reviews and ratings online to get an idea of what previous customer’s experiences where like.

Visit the Veterinarian

If you have a pet, it’s a good idea to get a checkup for them before moving. You can find out what any moving restrictions are and how to handle problem situations. You can also request immunization records and other needed paperwork for the new vet. Some pets may even require anti-anxiety medication.

Free Moving Boxes

If you’re trying to manage your costs, getting some of your supplies free can help with things. You can ask neighbors and friends if they have any boxes they no longer need. Some retail stores are also happy to pass off their used moving boxes for no charge.

Essentials Box

An essentials box is…well, essential for moving. Put together a kit with clothes, medication, toiletries, utensils, flashlight, valuables, and other items you need at all times. You can use this box to transport the documents we mentioned earlier. If you are concerned about the box being moved, simply write ‘Do not move’ on the actual box, just in case.

Label Moving Boxes

Sometimes it can seem as if labelling boxes is more trouble than it’s worth, but the truth is usually the opposite. Knowing what is in each box can help immensely with being aware of what needs to be done while unpacking. The movers can take them to the proper room and you can unpack as needed.

Follow Safety Rules

If you are moving on your own or will be packing up heavy items, make sure to be safe. It can be easy to forget safety in order to do things quickly but this can lead to injury. Make sure you have proper equipment, such as furniture sliders and a dolly, so you can properly move things. You should also use proper lifting techniques, especially with large items.

Redirect Mail

This might be something that more people forget than anything else. The good news is that changing your address is not hard at all. You can change your address on the USPS website or stop in at your local post office. You can mark a date for when your mail will switch over, so you don’t miss out on any important documents.

Remembering these things will put you a cut above the rest who will likely forget something listed here. Moving can be stressful and mistakes happen but we’re here to help you avoid as many as you can.

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Moving Tip

  • Get rid of the junk! Get rid of anything you don’t need or want, it will make packing that much easier and save you money.The more stuff you have will increase the time and or weight of the move and will cost you more money!
  • Do not move jewelry, money, coin collections, etc. Keep these items in your possession.
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