Moving can be a challenge. The simple stress of packing up all of your things to relocate to a new home is sometimes overwhelming, and it gets worse if that move is more than just local. If you are planning to move a long distance away, you will need to make sure you're organized. Here is a list of tasks you should be sure to schedule when moving long distance.
House, Property & Finances
You'll have a lot of paperwork to complete before your move. As your mail comes in, be sure to note each piece that requires a change of address. Make a note as you take care of each item.
- Take your cars to a mechanic to make sure they are ready for the long haul to your new home.
- Take the electric, cable, and other utilities out of your name.
- Change your address on your credit cards.
- Cancel your trash pick-up service.
- Forward your mail.
Each member of the family, including your pets, has local services that will need to be moved to your new location.
- Fill any prescriptions for you and your family. Ask your doctor for extra prescriptions if possible.
- Get school transcripts for the kids.
- Get copies of the kids' medical records.
- Get copies of your pets' medical records, including proof of vaccinations.
- Cancel gym memberships.
- Place important documents like birth certificates and passports in a folder to carry with you.
It's important to stay organized during your move, especially if you are spending several days on the road. Be sure you have everything you need for the first few days in your new home before you get settled.
- Book your hotels for the road. Be sure they have parking for any trailers you are bringing and are pet friendly if needed.
- Get mover's insurance to protect your stuff during the move.
- Check the weather to know what kind of challenges you may be facing.
- Keep a list of expenses. You can use them as a tax deduction.
- Be sure you have enough food for pets during the move.
The work isn't over when you finally make it to your new location. Keep up with details, and your transition into you new life is sure to be a smooth one.
- Set up utilities.
- Register pets.
- Register your car and get new license plates.
- Register to vote.
- Sign up for trash pick-up services.
- Find new doctors and dentists.
- Find a new pharmacy.
- Change the address and phone number on pets' ID tags.
- Get a new driver's license.
There are many large and small tasks to take care of when you move, especially if you are going from state to state or an even longer distance. Writing everything down and checking off items as you go will help tremendously in keeping everything under control.