Moving. The very thought of it can send chills down your spine and can cause you to break out into a cold sweat.
Experts say that any kind of “change” creates stress. Moving (especially if relocating to a new city or state) represents a huge change, and naturally brings a great amount of stress along with it. This can be a double whammy, because stress can lead to a lack of energy and motivation. Many people tend to procrastinate during stressful periods of their lives. This is one time when you must rise above that.
When preparing for a move, you have to put the “pedal to the metal” and get a lot of things done. This checklist contains many suggestions that may seem like “no-brainers”. However, the very act of printing out these simple suggestions and reminders can become a significant security blanket as the dreaded moving date approaches. Moving and relocating calls for being proactive, grabbing the bull by the horns and actually completing certain chores well in advance of their deadlines. We hope this post will help you accomplish this crucial task.
Remember, your real estate agent can help you find the answer to any relocation questions you may have before, during, or after your move. Keep this moving checklist in mind throughout your real estate transaction, or print it out to follow along during your relocation in the San Francisco Bay Area or Silicon Valley.
- Hire a moving company.
Unless you plan to do all the heavy-lifting on your own, you should consider hiring a moving company. Your real estate agent can help recommend a moving company to you.
- Get rid of anything you don’t need.
Are you a “pack rat”? One thing you can immediately accomplish is going through “stuff” and getting rid of what you don’t need anymore. Moving unwanted clothing and bric-a-bracs from one place of residence to another is a tremendous waste of time and effort. It is surprising how much more in control you’ll feel once you begin to narrow down your inventory to what you actually need and want to keep. Getting rid of unwanted items can be done by having a yard sale, selling old clothes to a second-hand shop such as Crossroads Trading Co. or Buffalo Exchange, retiring old furniture to a consignment shop, or donating to the Salvation Army, Goodwill, or other charitable organization.
- Collect important documents and secure them.
Moving is hectic — to say the least. You need to be aware of the exact location of your important documents. You certainly do not want to lose or misplace documents (e.g., birth certificate or tax records), so we recommend hand carrying these documents rather than putting them in a box for movers. Be sure to know exactly where you have stored documents including, but not limited to: Address Books; Birth Certificates; Bank Statements; Checks; Credit Cards and Statements; Home Movies; Irreplaceable Memorabilia; Insurance Policies; Marriage Records; Medical and/or Dental Records; Military Records; Passports; Photos and Photo Albums; Resumes; School Records; Stock Certificates; Tax Returns; Telephone Numbers; Valuables; Vehicle Documents; Wills and Trusts.
- Prepare in advance for living at your new location.
There are many things that you can do for your new home well in advance of your move to smooth out the bumps and grinds of your relocation process: Open a new bank account; Open a new security deposit box; Contact utility providers to arrange new services; Arrange for new medical providers, if necessary; If you are relocating to a new state, contact the DMV for necessary forms to re-register your vehicle(s); Contact your insurance providers to find out if your car, homeowner’s insurance, etc. can be transferred; Get a moving kit from the Post Office; Prepare change of address forms for family and friends, banks, credit cards, insurance companies, magazines and other subscriptions, and any persons or companies you correspond with on a regular basis.
- As your moving day approaches, invest in a nice notebook.
As moving day approaches, and once 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 notebook ready with all important phone numbers and contact information and to-do’s.
Though it’s never easy, with the proper planning and preparation you can be sure to simplify your moving process. Remember to have your utilities disconnected the day after you move and have utilities connected at your new home the day prior to move-in. Keep all of your important documents together so you can have them at the tip of your fingers if needed.
Good luck with your move! If you have any relocation questions or needs pertaining to the San Francisco Bay Area or Silicon Valley, email or call one of our agents.