Even the most organized mover can, at some time, forget something in the process of moving. Remembering those “out of sight, out of mind” items are the key to an efficient move.
Prior to the official packing day, start a list of things that you need to do. Write them down as you think of them. On moving day, check your list to be sure you haven’t forgotten anything.
The following are commonly forgotten items that you may want to make note of prior to moving from your current home:
- Personal records. Medical records, passports, birth certificates, school records and the like are often kept out of the way for safe keeping. For this reason, they are not easy to replace.
- Complete business transactions with local business. For example, pick up dry cleaning, return rented movies and cancel utilities, telephone and cable.
- Change your address. Don’t forget to notify the post office (and get a mover’s kit), department of motor vehicles, http://www.dmv.org/tx-texas/change-address.php, credit card companies, banks, doctors, magazines you subscribe to, friends, relatives and employers of your new address.
- Keys. Collect all extra keys you’ve made, including the ones you have given to family and friends. Look for spare, “hidden” keys outside your home.
- Closets. Remember to check all closets, storage and attics. Rarely used closets and storage areas are easy to forget about and can be left un-emptied. Check high shelves that you can’t see from the floor with a step-stool.
- The medicine cabinet. Empty all medicine cabinets, being sure to keep out any medicine you regularly use or may need on the day of your move.
- Hard-to-reach areas. Go through your home looking for out-of-the-way and hard-to-reach spots–above the refrigerator (it often stays) or above kitchen cabinets.
- Items borrowed and lent. Return anything borrowed from neighbors and retrieve anything lent to them.
- Safe-deposit boxes. If you are closing your bank account in the area, be sure to empty your safe-deposit box.
- Moving day needs. Don’t pack everything in boxes. Pack an overnight bag with a change of clothes and personal hygiene items.
Also set aside things you may need immediately after the move, such as tools, cleaning supplies, garbage bags and toilet paper.
Rifling through boxes to find such items can cause unnecessary stress and add to expense if the needed items have to be repurchased.
Finally, a cooler packed with refreshments and snacks can make the moving day more pleasant.
One last time, thoroughly check your home after you have loaded the truck.
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