THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU MOVE

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Helpful Things to Do Before Moving

Once you’ve sorted through the family’s items and you’ve decided there are a lot of things you aren’t going to be taking with you, consider having a yard sale. This will not only allow you to get rid of unwanted items and find a good home for them, but it will allow you to say goodbye to your friendly neighbors and get a few extra bucks while you’re at it. For all of the items you don’t manage to sell, there are dozens of great charities that are always in need of working appliances or gently used clothing.

With these things in mind before you move, your moving adventure will be a snap!

There’s a lot to remember before you move, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Before you move, write these steps down and your pre-move game will be strong.

Where Do I Start?

The first thing to do before you move is to make sure you change the addresses on all of your bills, especially the larger and more important ones, like your car insurance, car payment and student loans. If you’re moving within the United States, the Post Office offers an online change of address form for a small fee. However, the fee can be avoided all together by going into a physical post office location. If you’re moving from state to state, make sure to cancel the utilities in your local area. Also, if you’re a renter, make sure you give the property management company your forwarding address so they can mail you your initial move-in deposit back.

What Should I Do Next? 

The second thing to do before you move is to make sure your bank situation is handled—if you bank with a local bank, you may need to close your account and open a new one in your new hometown. If you bank with a national or international bank, make sure you have convenient access to the ATMs and bank branches in case you need to withdraw cash or have questions.

On top of changing the address of your bills, utilities and bank information, if you have children, contact your children’s schools and get their school records transferred. This goes for their medical records, as well. After that, the next step is to create a safe box or binder to keep all important paperwork—whether it’s important because it’s the lease to your new home or it’s of sentimental value because it’s your children’s schoolwork.

Moving Responsibilities

Another thing to make sure gets taken care of before the big move is transferring, refilling or canceling any prescriptions you and your family may have. This requires that you call your doctor’s office and get them to transfer everything for you. Get an estimated time when that task will be completed, that way you can follow up with your new local pharmacy and make sure the prescriptions have been received.



If you’re driving cross country, one of the critical things to do before you move is to get your car in tip-top shape.




Go to your trusted mechanic and ask if your car or cars need any work done—this is especially important if you’re moving to a new climate that you’re not used to driving in.

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Once you’ve sorted through the family’s items and you’ve decided there are a lot of things you aren’t going to be taking with you, consider having a yard sale. This will not only allow you to get rid of unwanted items and find a good home for them, but it will allow you to say goodbye to your friendly neighbors and get a few extra bucks while you’re at it. For all of the items you don’t manage to sell, there are dozens of great charities that are always in need of working appliances or gently used clothing.

With these things in mind before you move, your moving adventure will be a snap!

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