Tips for a Stress Free Moving Experience

There are so many things that have to be done before moving that you can easily forget something. That is why taking time to put your affairs in order is key.

Start early and avoid unpleasant situations!

One month before moving is the perfect time to start making arrangements. You can start small by filling out an address order form for the post office, or you can dive right in and take care of more complex issues, such as making an inventory of your belongings. Either way, preparations made in time are going to save you from a lot of headaches.

Other aspects you can attend to one month before moving include:

· Reserving a rental truck or making arrangements with a moving company; don’t forget about your pets!
· Filling out an IRS change of address form
· Transferring all your memberships
· Opening a checking account in the new location
· Looking into laws and requirements of your new city with regard to business licenses, professional tests, and other laws that can apply to you
· Obtaining medical and dental records, and asking doctors to transfer your prescriptions
· Using up as many food items as possible so you don’t have to pack more

Time goes by really fast, and before you know it you have only two weeks until moving day. Did you put everything in order?

If you didn’t, don’t panic! Here’s what you should do:
· From electric and water, to magazine subscriptions and cable company, inform everyone about your moving, and switch utility services to the new address if in the same town
· Make sure someone can help you on moving day
· If you are moving from an apartment building, reserving the elevator is a must!
· Close bank accounts and make sure that every payment has been processed
· Make copies of important documents and carry them on you for safety
· Collect your possessions from safety-deposit boxes
· Clean rugs and clothing before having them packed
· Defrost freezer and refrigerator and use deodorizer to prevent bad odors
· Always plan for the special needs of infants!

Moving day is here! Now it is time for the last touches:
· Double check every drawer, cabinet, shelf, and closet, as well as the attic and the garage
· Carry by hand all important documents, valuable possessions, and currency or use registered mail
· Keep travelers’ check on you for quick funds

After arriving at your new home there are only a few more things you should remember:
· Renew your driver’s license, auto registration and tags
· Get new insurance policies on your home, auto, jewelry, etc
· Locate the hospitals, police stations and other essential places near your home

Keeping these suggestions in mind will help you enjoy the moving process instead of getting all stressed out. Think ahead and moving can be fun!

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