Beyond packing, loading, and hauling your goods, there’s quite a good bit of planning and preparation that needs to take place. Below is a list of tasks that you should take care of prior to your actual move.
Cleaning Out Your Closet
Moving is the perfect time to declutter. Well before your move, you’ll want to go through your closets, drawers, storage sheds and garage. You may find things you haven’t seen in years. Now’s not the time to get sentimental, if it’s been out of sight, chances are good that you do not have use for it.
Either have a garage sale, or donate the items to charity. Either way, it’ll save you money. If you donate your goods to charity, make sure that you obtain a receipt. It’ll be a great write off at the end of the year. And don’t forget that you may be eligible to write off some of your moving expenses. For more information, please check out our blog on claiming moving expenses. http://sorensen-allied.blogspot.com/2012/02/claiming-your-moving-expenses.htm
Contacting Utility Companies
If you are moving locally, you will want to change over your water, electric, cable and phone services. And of course if you are moving out of area, you will need to cancel your current services, and secure timely service at your new residence. Make sure that you have your water and electric turned on in your new home before you arrive. Moving in with out water or power is not ideal.
You may need to make changes to more than just your homeowner’s insurance depending on where you are moving to. Check with your auto and medical insurance providers. You will need to notify your auto insurer that you are moving, and of course you will need to find out if your medical insurance will cover you in your new location.
If you need to obtain new policies for your home, auto, or medical insurance, do not forget to cancel your current policies.
The post office makes it easy to complete your change of address. Visit your local post office in order to obtain a change of address form as well as a movers kit. The movers kit is used to notify correspondents and publications of your change of address.
Check with your current financial institute to ensure that there are branches in the area you are relocating to. If not, you may want to consider finding a bank in your new home town. Even though most banking can be done online now, it’s nice to have a branch to visit in order to obtain free services such as cashier checks and notary services.
Follow the above tips so that the only hassel you have in your new home is deciding how to arrange your furniture in your new living room.
And of course, please don’t hesitate to visit our website in order to learn more about the services we can provide to you or your company, as we service local, out of state, corporate, and commercial moves.
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