Whether it's for your job, school, or the military, relocating can be exciting as well as overwhelming and stressful. Moving to a new area means learning new routes, where to shop, and the driving distance from your new home to work or school. Fortunately, there are moving companies that specialize in relocation moving (such as Allen's Transfer) that can help you get all of your belongings safely packed and transported to your new home. However, even with the help of a moving company, there are several tasks you will need to take care of before the move. Here are a few tips to help make your move as smooth as possible.
Take Care of Utilities
As soon as you are aware of your moving date, contact the utility companies that provide service for electric, gas, water, trash, and the cable. Schedule a shut-off date for the current address and a turn-on date for the new address. It's best to arrange for these services to be turned on a couple of days before you will be arriving. It sometimes takes a few days for the utility companies to read the meters and switch services to the new residents, so scheduling then to be turned on before you arrive will prevent the risk of a lack in power or water services.
Forward Your Mail
Most postal carriers carry change of address forms with them when delivering the mail, so stop the postal carrier and ask for the forms you need to forward your mail. If you are unable to get these forms from the mail carrier, you can either visit the nearest post office or go online and make the necessary address changes. Keep in mind that it may take a few weeks before the post office has the information needed to forward your mail, so it's best to start the process as soon as possible. It's also recommended that you contact your bank, credit card companies, and magazine subscription providers to alert them of your new address. Calling these businesses reduces the risk of your personal information being sent to the old address after you have already moved.
Get Medical Records
Relocation moving means you will probably have to find a new doctor, dentist, and veterinarian. Make an appointment with your current medical providers and veterinarian and request copies of your medical records. Having the records when you move will make the process of finding and scheduling appointments with medical providers in the new neighborhood easier.
Before the relocation moving company arrives, be sure to have all of your boxes marked with your name, the new address, and room in which the box goes. If you are driving to the new house, don't forget to pack a "first night" box and take the box with you in your vehicle. The box should contain the items you'll need for the first night in your new house, such as pajamas, blankets, pillows, coffee maker, paper plates, plastic utensils, and non-perishable snacks.