MOVING! The very thought of it can send chills down your spine and can cause you to break out into a cold sweat. Relocating anywhere brings a considerable amount of stress along with it. If you are getting ready to move to Lexington, SC then lets us help you along the way with this simple checklist to keep you organized through this very stressful period.
As a realtor, I have seen first hand how moves that are well planned out go much smoother than those that tend to fly by the seat of their pants. The following 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 your move approaches. In this particular article, I’m leaving out the "big things" such as finding a Lexington Real Estate Agent to help you find a new home, the best moving company, researching your new neighborhood, transportation, parking, employment, etc. Those are for another article another day. Today I’m concentrating on the basics of planning and preparation.
- Get rid of what you don't need.
Many of us are "pack rats.” One thing that you can accomplish immediately is going through all of your "stuff" and getting rid of what you don't need. Moving unwanted clothing and knick-knacks from one home to another is a great waste of time and effort. It’s surprising how much more in control you’ll feel once you start narrowing down your "inventory" to what you 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 essential papers and documents together and secure them.
Since moving is hectic, you need to be aware of the exact location of all of your important documents. Purchase a strong box and place all of the following items securely in one central location.
- Address Books
- Birth Certificates
- Bank Statements
- Credit Cards and Statements
- Insurance Policies
- Marriage Records
- Medical and Dental Records
- Military Records
- School Records
- Stock Certificates
- Tax Returns
- Telephone Numbers
- Vehicle Documents
- Prepare well in advance for moving to Lexington.
There are many things that you can do well in advance of your move that will help smooth out the bumps and grinds of your 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 a 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.
- Research schools in your new community and be prepared with all school and immunization records needed for enrollment.
- As the time approaches, get a nice new legal pad.
As your 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
- Real Estate Agent
- Storage Facilities
With proper planning and preparation the moving process, though never fun, can at least be sane. With appropriate 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. With proper planning and preparation, your mail will start arriving the day after you move into your new home and your life will endure a minimum amount of chaos and clutter.
Good luck with your move and if you have any further questions about relocation to Lexington, SC, please call us at 803.622.4596 or stop by and see us at Weichert Realtors Caughman Company, 120 Ellis Ave Ste C, Lexington, SC.