There are a number of small things that we take for granted in our everyday life. After completing a move, many homeowners have been shocked to realize they left many major tasks unfinished. Here are twelve common tasks that many Seattle homeowners forget to complete before they move.
1. Collect Records
Many people completely forget to collect the various records they’ve created while living where they’ve been. Medical, dental, and even veterinary records should all be collected and compiled to ensure that they can be given to new providers at your destination. Even salon hair care and color records can be collected. Child immunization and school records will also be necessary if they will need to be enrolled in a new school.
2. Notify Schools
Speaking of school records, it is important that you inform your children’s schools of your plans to move. It can be easy to put this task off, but Seattle schools like to know that they will have new students several months before the school year starts. Let your current school know that your kids will not be back, and inform your anticipated school of your plans to join.
3. Label Boxes
Moving can quickly turn into a nightmare if the task of labelling boxes is overlooked. All packaged boxes should be labeled as to their location and contents to make sure that items all items are safely and properly loaded in the moving trucks. This will also make unpacking a breeze upon your arrival at your new home. To keep your packing and moving experience a pleasant one, add box labels and a variety of markers to your list of moving supplies.
4. Locate Hidden Items
People have been known to hide precious or valuable items around their home for safe keeping, only to forget they exist and leave them behind when they move. To avoid making this mistake, bring any stored items out of their secret locations to be sure that travel with you.
If you are concerned about your precious belongings not being properly packaged or handled, have a moving company do it for you. A professional moving and storage company can provide you with experienced workers that will carefully package your valuables and then store them in secure storage vaults.
5. Create A Moving Binder
As moving preparations get underway, you will start to collect many pieces of valuable of information. Phone numbers, addresses, emergency contacts, business names, shops, measurements, and more. A simple way to keep track of all this information is to create a moving binder where all this content can be organized and stored.
6. Create An Essentials Kit
When you finally arrives to your new home, odds are that you won’t be able to start unpacking right away. Many moving families have found that collecting a box of necessary toiletries, bedding, clothing, silverware, snacks, and toys can make their first night at their new home easier for the whole family.
7. Collect and Return Items
Take a short shopping trip before your moving day to collect various belongings and return any borrowed items. Swing through repair shops, stores, and dry cleaners to pick up any of your items. Don’t forget to check with your friends and neighbors to see if you’ve borrowed anything from each other that should be returned before you leave.
8. Return Cable Products
Most cable products are loaned out by local providers, so the task of returning these items to the cable company often gets overlooked. Include this task among your list of errands and be sure to get both the cable box, modem, and any other accessories back to the cable company.
9. Cancel Memberships
Because you will not be attending or using the gyms, clubs, or libraries at your old location, any memberships in the area should be cancelled. Certain membership may require you to finish making monthly payments, but the payment should end once the contract expires.
10. Forward Mail
No one likes it when their mail ends up in someone else’s mailbox. To prevent this from happening to you, stop in at your local post office and complete the necessary paperwork to have your mail forwarded to your new address.
11. Hire a Sitter
When the day of the move finally arrives, things can start to get very busy. To prevent pets or small children from getting in the way or being hurt during the activity, contact various sitters that would be willing to watch your children and pets while the move is underway. This will make the moving experience more manageable and less stressful.
12. Final Walk-Through
Take a few minutes and inspect every room to ensure it is completely empty. It is always possible that you may have forgotten an item or two, and it will be easiest to see in an empty room. If everything is clear, you can be sure that all of your belongings are loaded and headed for their new home.