Long-distance Moves Made Simple

Four Things To Do Before Your Big Move

by Stanley Lynch

When preparing for a move, staying organized is the key to ensuring that the move goes as smoothly as possible. Make sure to add these items to your moving to-do list:

1. Gather Copies of Important Documents

Before moving, take the time to request copies of important documents. Some items that you want to obtain before your movie include school transcripts, medical records, proof of insurance,  and vehicle registration forms.

Don't forget your pets! Have your vet print a copy of your pet's medical records so that you can prove that your pet is up-to-date on any required vaccinations.

2. Purge Your Home of Items You Don't Use

As you prepare for your move, it may be tempting to have your movers pack up the house as is. However, you can save money and cut down on clutter by purging your home of items that you don't use anymore. Go through the obvious areas, like your closet, junk drawer, and movie collection, but don't forget the less obvious sections of your home, like your collection of holiday decorations.

If there are seasonal items that you rarely use, now is the time to donate or sell them. Consider the layout of your new home. While your current living room may have room for two end tables and a coffee table, your new living room may not have as much space. Get rid of any items that your new house cannot accommodate. Moving companies can not only pack your boxes into the moving truck for you but also help you unpack!

3. Get a Check Up

With so much going on, it is easy to let your health fall by the wayside. Before you move, you should get a check up to make sure you do not have any new health issues and that any current health problems are under control. Once you are in a new city, it may take some time to find a new doctor. If you are changing jobs, you might even have a waiting period before your new insurance is active. Make sure that you have an adequate supply of any prescription medications.

4. Update Your Insurance Policies

It is important to inform your insurance providers of your move. Your home address likely plays a role in the calculation of your premium for your auto insurance policy. Call your agent with the new address to make sure that your coverage does not lapse and that your policy is up-to-date.

Make sure to change the billing address for other insurance policies, such as life insurance and long-term care insurance.