Big Move, New City: Your Moving Checklist

Moving is never easy, but a bit of preparation and a few after-the-fact tasks can make the process a more seamless transition. To help the journey go as smoothly as possible, keep these tips in mind.

Before the move

Part with your inner packrat. Packing is a time-consuming task, especially when it comes to sorting clutter. The solution? Rid your closets, attic, and drawers of items you don’t need months before your move. Hold a garage sale, give your items to charity, or organize a clothing swap. Your packing experience will be more Zen, and so will your new home.

Assemble children’s school records. Round up the documents your kids’ new school will require. Necessary forms will likely include a birth certificate, immunization records, proof of residency, past transcripts and perhaps proof of a recent physical exam. Check with your school administration for exact requirements; many schools post them online.

Gather supplies. Of course you will need cardboard boxes and tape. But if you’re doing your move on your own, moving blankets and a few rolls of stretch film to protect your furniture and other goods will be necessary. Up your moving ante with dish and glass cell boxes to protect fine china, wardrobe moving boxes in which you can hang clothes, and even a plastic cover for your couch.

It’s in the (mail) bag. Take care of your mail situation ahead of your big day. Have the post office forward your mail. Update all subscriptions, inform your employer’s human resources department, and let your bank, credit card companies, and any other critical agencies know of your new coordinates. Moving is also the perfect opportunity to send a humble brag to your friends and family about your new digs and address.

After the move

Resume good habits. Moving is generally stressful, so it’s important to resume healthy life habits and get back into a routine as soon as possible. Seek out a new gym, yoga studio, dog park – whatever made you happy in your old neighborhood. And do the same for your children, whether it’s Little League, horseback riding or dance class.

Find a new doctor. Chances are, you’re going to need a doctor at some point. If your move has taken you to a new city, set up a general checkup with a primary care physician to make sure the doctor is someone you like and trust. Seek out recommendations for any specialists you may need, and find a nearby pharmacy so surprise allergy attacks or colds don’t leave you scrambling.

Meet the neighbors. Nothing is quite as awkward as still not knowing the next door neighbor two years after your move in. Go ahead and introduce yourself now to establish a friendly relationship. They probably have great local recommendations and sound institutional knowledge of your neighborhood.

Make time to unpack. Wrap up your move by making time to unpack to the fullest. If you decluttered before packing, then you’re going to need most of the items you brought, so you might as well find a place for them. It’s tempting to procrastinate, but the sooner you finish your move, the sooner you can begin enjoying your new abode.

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