a moving checklist
by Leanne Schildroth |
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before the move
Complete a Change of Address Form with the US Post Office.
If your new address has yet to be determined, ask the postal service
to hold your mail in their office in your new city.
Also remember to change your address with:
Banks and credit card
companies -- tragically, changing zip codes doesn't change the
balance owing on your VISA.
Internal Revenue Service
-- taxes are an inevitable part of life. Notify the IRS using Form
Past employer -- they
will need to know where to send your W2 form.
Magazines and newspapers
-- moving is stressful enough. You certainly don't want to miss a
month of "Cosmo" or "Maxim."
Friends and family -- how
else will Great Aunt Mimi know where to mail this Christmas' batch
of fruit cake?
Transfer memberships in gyms and clubs. Can't remember the last time
you laced up your sneakers for a workout? If you're moving out of the
city, check to see if you're eligible for a refund.
Obtain medical, dental, legal, financial, and optometrist records. Ask
doctor and dentist for referrals and transfer prescriptions. Don't
forget about Fido's records from the vet.
before the move
Take inventory of your belongings, in the event you need to file an
insurance claim later. If possible, photograph or videotape your stuff
(just keep the videotape tasteful and straightforward -- you can save
your Martin Scorsese-aspirations for another film project). Record
serial numbers of electronic equipment.
Make a list of things
that are valuable and/or sentimental. Plan on shipping these by
certified mail or carrying them with you.
Not taking that
fur-trimmed lamp shade with you? Start planning a yard sale or
donating items to charity (bonus points if you remember to get a donor
receipt for income tax purposes).
Check with your local
U.S. Department of Agriculture for regulations regarding moving plants
from one state to another. If it'll be a hassle, consider retiring
your dream of a green thumb and giving your plants away.
Start using up food
items so that there is less left to pack and possibly spoil. Challenge
yourself to create new meals based on whatever you have on hand.
on this way!
lounge . nourish .
. laze . home.