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A Moving Checklist

By Kyle Thomas Haley

MOVING! The very thought of it can send chills down our spine and can cause us to break out into a cold sweat. Experts say that any kind of "change" creates "stress". Moving, (and especially if we are relocating to a new city or state), represents a huge change and naturally brings about a great deal of stress. This can be a double whammy, because stress can lead to a lack of energy and motivation. Many of us tend to procrastinate during stressful periods of our lives. This is one time, though, when we must rise above that. When preparing for a move we need to put the pedal to the metal and get a lot of things done. Moving and relocating calls for being proactive, grabbing the bull by the horns, and actually completing certain chores well in advance of their deadline.

Get Rid Of What You Don't Need.

Many of us are "pack rats". One thing that we can get out of the way immediately is going through all of our "stuff" and getting rid of what we don't need anymore. Moving unwanted clothing and bric-a-bracs from one place of residence to another to is a great waste of time and effort. It is surprising how much more in control we feel once we start narrowing down our "inventory" to what we actually need to keep. Getting rid of the unwanted items can be done by having a garage sale long before moving time and then donating the leftovers to the Salvation Army or other charitable groups.

Get All Important Papers And Documents Together And Secure Them.

Since moving is hectic, to say the least, we need to be aware of the exact location of all of our important items. Things that we certainly don't want to lose or misplace should be "hand carried" and not put in a box for the movers:

Address Books

Birth Certificates

Bank Statements


Credit Cards and Statements

Home Movies

Irreplaceable Memorabilia

Insurance Policies

Marriage Records

Medical and Dental Records

Military Records


Photos and Photo Albums


School Records

Stock Certificates

Tax Returns

Telephone Numbers

Vehicle Documents


Prepare Well In Advance For Living At Your New Location.

There are many things that we can do at our new location well in advance of our move that will help smooth out the bumps and grinds of our relocation process when the actual event occurs: Open up new bank accounts. Open up a new Safe Deposit Box. Contact the new area utility companies and arrange for your new services. These can include Cable TV, gas, electric, oil, telephone, water and Internet access. Arrange for new medical providers. If you are moving to a new state, contact the DMV and get forms necessary to re-register your vehicles. Contact your insurance companies and find out if your car insurance, homeowner's insurance, etc. can be transferred. If not, find an Insurance Broker in your new area and discuss your needs and requirements for new policies. Go to the post office and get a moving kit. Prepare change of address forms for all of your correspondents; credit card companies, other credit accounts, banks, insurance companies, current utility companies for final !

statements, magazines and other subscriptions, family, friends, and any other persons or businesses that you correspond with on a regular basis.

As The Time Approaches, Get A Nice New Legal Pad.

As moving day approaches and when the moving process actually begins, you don't want to be hunting for phone numbers in wallets, purses, or address books. Have a nice new legal pad ready with all important phone numbers written clearly and legibly for both your old and new contacts:



Emergency Contacts.

Family Members


Landlords or Real Estate Brokers




Storage Facilities

Utility Companies

With proper planning and preparation the moving process, though never fun, can at least be sane. With proper planning and preparation the utilities at your present address can be disconnected the day after you move and the utilities at your new address can be connected the day prior to your arrival. With proper planning and preparation you will not be frantically searching for a new doctor or pharmacy, if that unfortunate need arises. With proper planning and preparation you will have all of your important documents at the tip of your fingers at all times. With proper planning and preparation your mail will start arriving the day after you move in to your new abode and your life will endure a minimum of chaos and clutter.

Good luck with your move and good luck in your new home or apartment.

About The Author

Kyle Thomas Haley of has been helping people relocate on the Internet since 1999 with Relocation Websites such as:..

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