before you leave

So you’re planning to move to another region — very exciting! Unfortunately, you can’t pack the car and hit the road these days. You’ll have to take care of all your old stuff before making a fresh start in a new community. Here are a few simple steps you can take to make starting a new life a little easier.


Of course, you’ll want to arrange for the transfer of your accounts to your new region – plan to do this at least a month before your planned move date. This type of transfer is easy if you’re just switching branches. However, you may be moving to a different city or state where you don’t have a bank. Go ahead and open your new account and order checks with your new address – but don’t close the old account until all your checks are cleared (or leave enough in the account to cover all outstanding checks if you trust your accounting). !) And be sure to transfer the contents of your vault to your new bank.


The easiest way to do this is to get a change of address package from the post office. This will include a form that you return to your postmaster – wait at least 30 days for the change to take effect. If each member of your household shares the same surname, you only need to fill out one form for the whole family.

However, if your household contains several different surnames, fill out a separate form for each person. You should also send postcards to friends, family, and creditors – you can custom print the cards or use the ones in your change of address package. And don’t worry if you remove someone from the list. The postal service usually continues to deliver your mail for 12 months (6 months for periodicals) after you change your address. Therefore, if you receive any item with a yellow “referral tag”, you know that you must notify the shipper of your new address.


It is very important that your family history follows you to your new home. A delay in transferring vital records can cause numerous delays as you try to establish yourself in a new community. If you have students at home, you will want to contact their current school and arrange transfer of student enrollment. You can also tell each doctor in your family – general practitioners, specialists, dentists, chiropractors, etc. – send a letter and request your medical records. If you’ve already selected a new doctor, have the records sent directly to your new doctor’s office. If not, ask your current doctor for some advice in your new community. And don’t forget to change your insurance policies – property, auto and medical. This means not only changing your mailing address but also adjusting your coverage and premiums as needed. Also, talk to your agent about any additional coverage you may need for the move itself.


What if a disaster happens on the way to your new home? Moving is a time of great vulnerability – all your most important paperwork and valuables are packed in boxes and sit in a truck for days or even weeks at a time. Do yourself a favor when packing your suitcase – take a moment to sort out any documents that might cause your CHALLENGES during your move. These include:

– school records / pet documents

– home buying / selling papers

– will / marriage / divorce documents

– financial records / stock certificates

– credit card records / bank records / tax returns

– birth certificates / social security cards / passports

– moving contract / home inventory

– insurance policies (life / property / medical / automobile)

These items should be stored in a small, fireproof box with a lock that is always with you. Whether you’re in a moving truck, a separate car, or flying to your new home, keep this box in your carry-on luggage.


In the rush to get out the door, we often forget the most obvious details. Think of all the people who serve you on a regular basis – cleaning, lawn care, deliveries, childcare – let these people know that you have moved and will no longer need their services. Give appropriate notice of resignation to any clubs, organizations or volunteer activities in which you are involved. And cancel local newspaper subscriptions. And of course, arrange for your services to be disconnected or changed (at least 2 weeks before the move).


Moving is the perfect time to take care of all those little “household chores” you want to do but can’t do. Clean any club, gym or school lockers. Receive and return all items borrowed from your friends and neighbors. Grab your dry cleaner and return those old library books. Then make a promise to yourself that you won’t pack anything that doesn’t work for the truck and doesn’t serve a purpose in your life. Get items for cleaning or repair. Clean up anything you haven’t used in the past year. Complete outstanding projects or let them go. Don’t take too much unnecessary luggage into your new home.


Finally, take a few moments to research your new community before you set off. You can contact your local Chamber of Commerce, look around online, or have the Welcome Wagon send you an information packet. You will probably want to learn the following:

– recreational and community events

– schools and childcare

– churches in your neighborhood

– restaurants, theatres, museums, zoos and other cultural events

– professional and employment opportunities

Be sure to ask for maps of your new community as well. You can even plan a long trip to your new neighborhood to help you navigate and familiarize yourself with the possibilities. With a little pre-planning, you can feel right at home from the moment you move in!

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