It’s super easy to become distracted and preoccupied with an upcoming move, which means other things you would normally consider can often slip your mind. As professional movers, we see people forget about important things all the time, and the consequences of what happens when they do. So to help you prepare for your big day, on this blog we’ll discuss five things people often forget to do, including why you should do them, in order to help you remember to do them in the days leading up to your big move.
Pack an Essentials Box
Do you plan on having everything packed away on the morning your movers arrive? If you’re like most people, you will actually need things over the night before your move and on that morning, so you’ll need to prepare an essentials box. The essentials box should be the last one you pack and the first one you unpack, and contain everything you need on the morning of your big move, as well as during your first night in your new home. Whatever you’re going to need on the night before and morning of your big move, be sure to prepare an essentials box so you won’t leave any of it behind and can easily find it when you need something later.
Gather All Documents & Records
Moving often involves a lot of paperwork, and the further away you move, the more paperwork you’ll likely have to complete. If your children are changing schools, they’ll need to have their educational transcripts and records submitted to their new one. You’ll also need to keep your medical records and transfer them to a new physician if necessary. You’ll also want to keep track of your tax documents, mortgage paperwork, and more. This is extremely valuable and important, so you shouldn’t trust your movers with this paperwork. Be sure to keep it with you at all times.
People are often pre-occupied with saving and packing as much as they can, including some items that can easily and more cost-effectively replace when they get to their new destination. Think carefully about everything you wish to pack. Do you really need that old pair of shoes or the old, ratty welcome mat? Moving is a tremendous expense, but you might be surprised just how much money you could save by curtailing your over-packing habits. Moving is a great opportunity to get rid of things you no longer need, so consider having a moving sale or donating a lot of your old possessions to charity. The tax break you could get from the charity donations could actually save you a good chunk of money.
Label Your Boxes
When you’re packing in a hurry or are focused on the task at hand, it’s easy to slap tape on a box and stick it in the pile for the movers. But you’ve left off something important in doing so: labeling it. Where will this box go in your new house? You’ll have to open the box to find out, which means you’ll probably wind up having to lift it multiple times and carry it to its new destination. Failing to label boxes that have fragile, breakable items (like china or glassware) can result in substantial property damage when it is mishandled. It will save you an abundance of time, money, and lost property to just take a few extra seconds to appropriately and visibly label each box.
Re-Direct Your Mail
We often take the mail for granted… until we stop receiving it. When you arrive at your new place and you fail to start receiving the mail as usual, this could be a sign you forgot to set up mail forwarding with the post office. Be sure to remember to take care of this at least a week or so in advance of your big move, as a mail forwarding request can take some time to be put into effect and for your mail to start reaching your new place. Fortunately, you can set up a mail forwarding request online, so it’s easy to take care of if you forget. If you do forget and you set this up late, you might wish to leave a few dollars with a trusted neighbor, who can forward your mail to your new place.
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