|As many know, the weeks and days leading up to your move can get very stressful. Amid this whirlwind of disorganisation and "to-do" lists, you can only hold yourself responsible for the things you can control. Anything out of your control is not worth stressing over. Sometimes, we worry so much about tasks we have little to do with that we forget about important tasks at the top of our lists.
The best way to avoid overwhelming yourself with stress is to maintain a decent level of organisation. If you use a checklist to keep track of what's done and what's left to do, the relocation process becomes a lot easier. Here are some important tasks to complete prior to your move:
1. Transfer/close your bank accounts
Be sure to get in touch with your bank(s) to notify them of your address change. Banks with many locations across the nation do not require closing your accounts, but if your bank doesn't have a branch in your new city, you'll have to transfer funds to one that does. After all, you'll certainly need access to your money once you relocate to your new place.
2. Transfer your medical records
Finding a new doctor may not be your top priority, but you definitely want to get a copy of your medical records before you move. This includes any prescriptions you have. According to the MidCentral District Health Board, "patients have the right to request and receive their personal medical records." It's a good idea to do this a few weeks before your scheduled removal date. All it requires is a little bit of paperwork and proof of your identity, and then you can have whatever personal medical information you want.
3. Get rid of unwanted items
If you don't plan on taking specific items with you to your new home, it's probably best to safely dispose of them before moving day. If you have large furniture you don't want to move, you can either donate it or give it away to friends or family members who can use it. Obviously, the more items you have to move, the more your removal company will charge you. To lighten your load and reduce the cost of your move, try to donate or sell anything you don't wish to bring along.
4. Empty the refrigerator and unplug all appliances
Though it seems insignificant, it is important to clean out your refrigerator before moving day. To empty your fridge efficiently, slowly get rid of its contents over the span of a week or so. You don't necessarily have to eat everything in the refrigerator, but be sure it's as good as new for when the new people move in. Next, make sure you unplug all major appliances from their power sockets--such as dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, etc.--prior to leaving your home. For good measure, you may want to ring your cable, Internet and and utility providers to transfer your services to your new address. If those companies don't serve your new area, you may want to cancel your accounts altogether.
5. Prepare an overnight survival kit
Be sure to pack a kit filled with the moving day essentials--this will make the process go a lot smoother for you and your family. Stock it with snacks and beverages for the day, as well as any necessary medications and accessories. These accessories can include but are not limited to:
With these items, you'll be prepared for your relocation and anything that comes along with it--even a night in the new home without your belongings. Good luck with your move!
- Toiletries - towels, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.
- Cellphone/laptop charger
- Sheets and pillows