Jun 25 2009
For many people, as soon as they know they are going to move, they begin making a list of all the things they need to do. Contact new schools for the kids, open new bank accounts, change the address with the postal service, pack, etc. The list could go on and on. But often, even the most organized and prepared families might forget to do something important before the move or leave something behind. According to moving research, the list below calls out the most forgotten items when moving. Be sure to add these things to your “to do” list as you prepare to move.
Old Keys: If you’ve lived in your home quite a while, chances are there are plenty of spare keys around. Take time to collect all of them from friends, family members, your neighbor and that secret hiding place in the backyard. Leave them for the new residents to use until they have a chance to change the locks.
Records: Take some time to obtain copies of your family’s medical records. Don’t leave any one out – your family physician, pediatrician, dentist and so on. If you’ve already selected doctors in you new neighborhood, ask the office assistants to transfer or send the records to the new medical offices. This way they can’t get mixed up in all the other paper work during the move. You might also consider having your prescriptions transferred in advance to a pharmacy near your new home. Be sure to remember your pets and veterinary records too.
Also, be sure to get copies of your child’s school records. You will need them when you register your child at his or her new school. You might even ask the school to forward the records to the new one.
New Address: Keep your new address and phone number handy. You’ll be giving it out to everyone from the doctor’s office and school to the post office and credit card companies not to mention friends and family members. Don’t forget to notify other companies that send mail regularly, such as your favorite magazine, and take time to change your address with the postal service.
Find Your Buried Treasure: Collect any valuables you may have hidden around your home. Carry valuable items, such as a coin collection or jewelry, with you when you travel or put them in a safe deposit box until later instead of packing them in the moving van.
Retrieve, Return and Pass On: Spend some time gathering up all the things that are yours that may not be at your house like the hedge trimmer your neighbor barrowed, the shirts you left at the cleaners, the watch that is being repaired and anything else that is being stored or repaired elsewhere. Also, return anything that is not yours. Return movie rentals. Drop off library books. Return tools you’ve barrowed from friends. Finally, if you have any responsibilities in the neighborhood, like helping at soccer practice or serving on a committee for your child’s school or the neighborhood recycling team, pass them on to others.
Phone Numbers: Pack the phone books at your current residence. Chances are you’ll need to tie up loose ends for something or another and won’t have the phone numbers you need. Save yourself some time and hassle by taking the phone books with you.
Plants and Pets: Most moving companies cannot or will not transport plants or animals. Make arrangements in advance for their safe transfer to your new home. If you will be traveling quite a distance, take time to locate hotels along your route that welcome pets.
Clean Up: Keep cleaning supplies out so you can clean your house after everything is out. Use the half empty bottles of cleaner and other partially used supplies so you can simply throw them away before you leave. Or if you prefer, make arrangements with a cleaning service to handle the dirty work for you.
Family Funds: If possible, open a checking account in your new town a few weeks before you move. This way you will have cash on hand and immediate access to your funds especially if unexpected expenses arise. Be aware that some businesses will not accept “out of town” checks. Also, be sure to have sufficient cash with you and your credit cards. You never know what you might have to purchase during your move.
Garage Opener: Before you back out of the driveway for the last time, remove your garage door opener. You won’t need it anymore, and it will come in handy for the new residents.
With a little planning and extra effort, these commonly forgotten items won’t cause you a bit of trouble when moving day arrives.