Moving is a journey that many of us dread. Packing up your life and your families home can be very intimidating, especially if you are moving to a new city. Here are some tips for making the transition a little smoother.

Plan for a house-hunting trip or two in the new city. Be sure to be in communication with local agent ahead of time regarding the criteria of the home you need and the list you would like to see. Bring a tape measure and a list of the dimensions of any major appliances or furniture that must fit into the new home. When you find the house for you, take measurements of areas that you will need. In the event something will not fit, you may want to consider leaving something behind, selling it, or repurposing it rather than completely move on from the otherwise perfect home for you.

Begin planning your move as soon as possible. If you plan to sell your house before purchasing the next, get it on the market and get a good idea of the expected time frame from your agent. If you are currently renting, talk with your landlord about how soon they need your notice. Keep a record of all expenses related to the move in case your employer is reimbursing your or any are considered tax deductible.

Transfer of personal records;

-arrange for closing or transfer of charge accounts

-check personal insurance policies to see whether moving is covered. Transfer any insurance of personal property to ensure coverage at your new home.

-obtain information such as your children’s school records, credentials, medical records, prescriptions, etc so that you’ll be ready and able to enroll in the net school.

-ask your doctor and dentist to recommend someone in the next city that you can take your family to.

-cancel any local memberships or subscriptions as needed

-request copies of pets medical records for the next vet

Begin planning out the transportation of your belongings and family as needed. If you will be doing the packing yourself, begin organizing the containers needed and contact your movers if specifics are needed. Be sure to label everything and keep a notebook of the packed items for reference. This will make things much smoother if an items accidentally packed that you’ll need for closing. Check with your lender about any additional documents they will need before packing your papers to avoid digging back through your boxes in a hurry.

Set goals and deadlines such as a room per week. Consider donating unwanted items to charitable organizations and keep receipts for tax deductions. In some cases, the costs of moving an item may be greater than replacing it.

-Utility companies: electric, gas, water, phone, fuel, trash

-Professional services: Doctor, Dennis, Accountant, Lawyer, Realtor, Stock Broker, Schools

-Insurance agents: Life, Health, Fire, Auto, Boat, Accidental, Home, Renters

-Motor vehicle department

-Established Business Accounts

-Finance Companies

-Banks: arrange for transfer of funds and check cashing in new city

-Government and Public Offices

-Social Security Administration

-Any subscriptions

-Store Cards

-Relatives and friends

-Plan for special care needs of infants

-Plan for transportation of pets and make sure you can be found if they become lost.

-Have appliances serviced for moving

-Have rugs cleaned and wrapped for moving

-Coordinate your movers regarding time frame, expectations, and payment.

These are some of the items we recommend doing in getting ready for your move. Stay tuned for part 2 for tips on what to do closer to moving day!