In part one of our moving guide blog series, we presented a checklist for six to eight weeks prior to your move, which focused on identifying your moving needs, and selecting moving and self-storage providers.
Now that your moving and storage plan is in place, it’s time to get some of your personal affairs in order to help ensure that getting settled in your new home and community is seamless.
Considerations for Stress-Free Moving
About four to five weeks before moving, consider completing the following tasks:
- Contact the U.S. Post Office and fill out a change of address form. Notify friends, family and other important contacts about your move.
- If moving to a new community, look into schools, parks, recreation, and community programs prior to your arrival so you are familiar with the area. Contact the local Chamber of Commerce and/or Visitor's Bureau for additional information.
- Contact utility companies — electricity, gas, phone and others — for disconnection after your scheduled move out. Be sure to also call companies servicing your new residence to have utilities connected upon your arrival.
- If you have pets, make arrangements for their transportation to your new home. Contact the county where you’ll be living to find out if there are specific license or vaccination requirements for pet ownership. Also, don’t forget to obtain your pet’s veterinarian records.
- Update your mailing address for all magazines and other regularly delivered publications that you receive. If you receive the local paper at your current home, terminate the subscription to avoid ongoing charges.
By having some of your personal logistics pre-planned, you can reduce stress and focus on making your new house a home.
Check back next week for part three of our moving guide blog series, when we will discuss the packing process.
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