Packing up and moving is always stressful, and packing up and moving out of state only makes it worse. In the hustle and bustle or trying to get organized and into your new home, don’t overlook some important steps that you will need to take before bidding your current residence adieu.
1. Sort What to Bring
A move can be a good excuse to go through your home and purge unnecessary items. Think of it as the ultimate spring cleaning. Items that you can part with can be given away to friends, like plants, or donated, like unwanted clothing. Cutting down on the items you bring will not only expedite the packing and unpacking process, but will also help to lower your final bill. If its not worth paying for, ditch it. Keep a thorough list of what will be moving with you while you sort. This will help you stay organized as well as give you and your moving company a detailed inventory.
2. Change Your Address
An important part of moving is changing your address. Your local post office can provide you with a change-of-address form, or you can do it online at https://www.usps.com/. Even after changing your address, some mail might slip through the cracks. Find a trustworthy neighbor or friend to continue to check your mailbox in the few weeks after you’ve moved to prevent anything from getting lost.
3. Inform Important Parties
Once you’ve changed your address you will still need to notify relevant parties of your move. Not everyone will know that you are moving, so inform your bank and credit card companies where to reach you and have bills and subscriptions sent to your new home. It is also important to speak with health-care providers in order to forward or receive a copy of your medical records. This is a great time to also request referrals if your current doctor knows of medical professionals in your new state.
4. Cancel Utilities
As with any move, it is important to notify any utility companies that you will no longer be needing their services at your current address. You will also need to research if your current utility company can continue to provide you service in your new state. If they cannot, explore your options and decide what company will best suit your needs and can have your service set up by the time you arrive at your new home.
5. Purchase Moving Insurance
There is always the risk of damage to items when moving, but farther moves bring more opportunities for boxes to shift the wrong way or fall over. Depending on the value of your items, you may or may not want to obtain insurance in the event any items are damaged or broken. Referring to your list of items that need to be moved can help you determine if you should obtain moving insurance and how much. Moving companies are required to offer you insurance, but their rates can vary depending on the amount of coverage you desire. Be sure to discuss this cost with your moving company before signing any contracts.