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    Top 10 Things People Forget To Do When They Move

      1. Create a Moving Checklist and Timeline – There are a ton of resources and pre-made checklists you can find online to help make the move easier and less stressful. Start 2 months out from your move and plan out what needs to be done 2 months out, 1 month out, 2 weeks out, 1 week out and the days prior.
      2. Collect Important Documents and Records – Get your kid’s school records if moving to another district and request all medical records for your family if you’ll be switching doctors/dentists etc. Also, remember to keep important documents separate from the boxes going with movers. They should stay with you and move with you to the new house.
      3. To Get A Hold of Free Packing Boxes – Before you spend a bunch of money buying brand new moving boxes, check places like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. Ask family/friends that have recently moved. You can also try supermarkets, office supply stores or other large stores that may have extra boxes lying around.
      4. Pack An Essentials Box – This box or boxes contain all the things you’ll need the first few days after moving. The Essentials Box/es can include medications, extra clothing, kitchen utensils, toiletries, hand tools, a flashlight, bedding, important documents, valuables and any other item you have to have with you at all times.
      5. LABEL ALL PACKED BOXES – This will make it so much easier when you are organizing and unpacking. Mark on the box what’s inside, what room it should go in and any handling instructions.
      6. Redirect the Mail – Don’t forget to change your address with USPS. You can do this in person or on their website.
      7. Cancel Memberships – If you’re moving to a new area, cancel your gym membership prior to moving. Don’t wait until you’ve left to do so. Be aware of any cancelation fees. Many places require 30 days notice.
      8. Schedule Utilities to be Turned On – It’s recommended to turn old utilities off 2-3 days after you leave and turning on new ones 2-3 days before arriving to your new home.
      9. Think About Parking – Is there room for a moving truck to pull in the driveway or street? Are their restrictions? Will you be blocking any driveways?
      10. Notify School Far Enough in Advance – Even if your child is staying in the same school district, you’ll need to notify the school of the new address. If you’re changing school districts, make sure to notify the new school and current school as soon as possible so they can start preparing.

     

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