Moving can be stressful and keeping track of everything is hard! We’re here to help! We’ve put together a list of some things to remember as you start the moving process.
1) Change your address with the U.S. Postal Service a few weeks before the move. The U.S. Postal Service offers an online form to quickly change an address for all of your mail.
2) Transfer utilities. This includes your electricity, water, gas, cable, phone, and internet services. Request a reading for water and electricity meters to make sure you don’t pay for the new owner’s usage.
3) Visit the DMV. You’ll need to change your car registration. If you’re moving to a new state, you can learn about your new state’s requirements HERE.
4) Don’t forget to change your address with billing services! Make sure your bank, credit cards, shopping accounts, lenders, etc. all have your new address.
5) Call your car insurance company. The Department of Motor Vehicles advises people who are in the process of moving to closely manage their car insurance during the transition, especially if you are moving to another state as states have varying levels of required coverage.
6) Update your voter registration! If you move to a new state, you’ll need to register to vote there. Update or change your voter registration HERE.
7) Keep track of important documents and bills ahead of the move. Pay all necessary bills beforehand and find a safe place to keep any unpaid bills, so they don’t get lost. Also make sure to find a safe place to pack other important documents like birth certificates and passports.
8) Stay organized and start early! Take pictures of your electronics while they are still setup and label all cords with masking tape. Put all furniture hardware in ziplock bags and label them. Label moving boxes with different color tape or stickers based on what room they belong to. Make an inventory of valuables so nothing important gets lost along the way.
9) Pack some essentials to a go-to-box for your first few nights. Things like paper towels, trash bags, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, clean sheets, towels, and paper plates and silverware should all help you through the unpacking.
10) Make sure to inform your family and friends, your current employer, your children’s schools, service providers, bank and credit card company, and family physicians about your new address.