No matter how meticulously buyers do their homework, certain tasks in the moving to-do list frequently get forgotten. Too often buyers find themselves so thrilled about the purchase of their new home that they forget the little (but important) things. To keep stressful situations from unfolding, here are five crucial tasks that everyone should remember to do when moving:
1. Banks. Check your new town to see if your bank has a branch nearby. If not, you may need to switch banks. This is especially true if your bank is regional. Also, don’t forget to grab anything you have in your safety deposit box.
2. Medical needs. If you can, have your current doctor call in prescriptions to a pharmacy near your new house. This will give you time to pick out the right doctor in your new area, not just one that’s available. Additionally, keep your old doctor’s number so you can contact them when you need paperwork forwarded to the new doctor. If you’re keeping your health insurance plan, look for doctors in your town that will accept it. If you need to switch providers or update your plan, try to do so before the move.
Don’t forget to grab anything you have in your safety deposit box!
3. Things to transfer. Often, you can transfer your membership to many organizations like gyms and clubs to your new area. However, be aware that canceling before your membership has been completed can result in early termination fees. If needed, factor these fees into your moving costs. In addition, for safe-keeping, ask your children’s school system to make copies of their school records to take with you.
4. Raid the kitchen. About a month before moving, start using up any frozen goods to avoid waste. Use up, donate, or give away any unopened food in your pantry, as these can be cumbersome to transport.
5. Check the car. Tune-up the car to avoid breakdowns on the way to your new property. If you have a trusted mechanic, ask if they can refer you to another near your new address. If it’ll be a long journey, make sure you have someone with you to help in case of an emergency.
Moving is never simple, but hopefully these tips will make things go a bit smoother.
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