One month before your move is crunch time. Hopefully, you got some of your packing out of the way last month.
If so, you probably focused on your nonessential items — your out-of-season clothing, your fanciest china, your holiday wares and other items you didn’t expect to use in the near future.
During this month, you’ll start to pack up the stuff you use more often, leaving out the absolute essentials to the end of the month, right before your move. Your place might look like chaos, but when moving day arrives, you’ll be more than ready to load up the truck. What else should be on your to-do list for the month?
Notify the Post Office of Change of Address
This is one of those tasks that can easily fall through the cracks, and if it does, you may miss some really important mail — like bills, bank statements and checks from people who owe you money. So, be sure to set aside some time to do this before you move. You can pick up a change of address form at the post office, fill it out and send it via snail mail.
Notify Utility Companies of Account Changes or Disconnections
Do you want power and water at your new place? Of course you do. You might also want DSL, cable and some other services at your new abode. So here’s what you do: Make a list of the utility companies you need to contact and then get out your bills (or look up your account information online).
Notify Newspaper of Address Change or Stoppage
If someone still drives by your house and throws a newspaper at your lawn every morning, then you’ll need to notify the paper of your change in address. (And won’t it be welcoming to have a fresh paper on your new lawn when you arrive on moving day?) And while you’re at it, you’ll want to notify anyone else you expect to deliver something to you of your move.
Collect Important Papers and Medical Records
Packing up for a move is a great time to organize your essential documents. As you’re going through your papers, collect your most important documents — your will, birth certificate, financial documents, social security card, car title, medical records, etc.
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