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Things to Do Before Moving Out of State

by Emily Brown King

Moving is very stressful for anyone, especially if you are moving out of state. There are plenty of things to do and take care of, many of which should be done early to avoid having to do everything at once. One helpful idea is to make a checklist of all the things you need to accomplish before the move. Then you can concentrate on getting moved into your new home, rather than wondering what you forgot to do.

Paperwork

Designate a place, like a file or folder, to keep all moving-related documents. This can include leases, mortgage documents and any receipts if an employer is reimbursing any moving expenses. That way, when you start packing things up, you won't be wondering where any of your important documents are.

Making Changes

You never know when an emergency can happen, and moving heavy boxes and driving awkward moving vans can certainly be hazardous. Call doctors, dentists or pharmacies to have your prescriptions and medical records transferred to your new location. If you haven't found a new primary care physician, ask your current one for a referral. Make sure your insurance is accepted at these places. If you have children, you will also need to have their school records transferred to the new school district in which you will be residing. Ditto with veterinarian records. Make friends and family aware of your new future address. Make sure you let them know when you will be moving. If necessary, make arrangements to transfer or close any bank accounts closer to the move date. You will also need to have your auto registration transferred.

Sorting Your Stuff

Avoid transferring clutter and junk by going room by room through your house and collecting anything that you no longer use or need. If you haven't used it in a year, you probably never will. Reducing your amount of junk will save on moving costs and save you the stress of trying to figure out where to put all of it at the new place. Plan a weekend to hold a garage sale and donate anything that doesn't sell to charities. Once the junk is cleared out, make a list of all valuable and irreplaceable items--family heirloom jewelry and important personal documents like Social Security cards and credit card information fall into this category. These are the things that you should take with you in your vehicle if you are driving, rather than trusting them to a moving company.

Pack it Up

Clean and organize your entire house to make packing (and unpacking) a breeze. Label each moving box with the contents and the room it belongs in at the new house or apartment. Don't pack combustibles and corrosives , such as many cleaning products, aerosol cans and other substances. It will be much safer to give these away to neighbors or safely dispose of them rather than risk them leaking and causing damages.

About the Author

Emily King holds a dual Bachelor's degree in English writing and business, along with a minor in studio arts from the University of Pittsburgh. She has written for a printed monthly magazine, has experience in the financial and health care industries and has published numerous online articles.