MOVING! Just thinking about it can send a rush of mixed emotions… It can be an exciting time but also a scary and nerve racking time! Experts have said that any kind of "change" creates "stress". Moving, (and especially if we are relocating to a new city or province), can be a huge change which naturally brings a great amount of stress along with it. This can be a double edged sword, because stress can lead to a lack of energy and motivation. And that lack of motivation can make you more stressed. 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, as they say “put the pedal to the metal” and get the important things done. We have provided you with a checklist here that contains many suggestions that may seem like "no-brainers". But just printing these simple suggestions out and having these reminders can become a significant security blanket as moving day approaches. One of the most important parts of moving is being proactive, grabbing the bull by the horns and going out and completing certain chores well in advance of their deadlines. Hopefully this checklist will help you to accomplish that.
For the sake of this article we left 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 just want to focus on concentrating on the basics of planning and preparation.
Get Rid Of What You Don't Need
Many of us are "pack rats". (And that’s ok…) But one thing that we can accomplish immediately is going through all of our "stuff" and getting rid of the things we don’t want, need or use. Donate any unwanted clothing and bric-a-bracs because moving this stuff from your old place to your new 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. Go ahead and try it on one room… You will feel a lot better. Getting rid of the unwanted items can be done by having a garage sale long before moving time and again, donating the rest that doesn’t sell to a charity or second hand store.
Get All Important Items 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. Here is a list of some very important things you may want to put away.
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 province, contact the ministry 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 (If you do not have these, we have a number of great ones you can use courtesy of us! J); 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 etc.
With proper planning and preparation the moving process, though never fun (for most people), 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. If you need any help in the process or are thinking about making the move but don’t know what to do next don’t hesitate to contact us.
We hope this information was helpful to all of the readers of blog. There are many more great articles to come! Be sure to share with your friends and family!
The Premier Home Group
Ryan Smith & Lindsay Russell
Keller Williams Edge Realty, Brokerage
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