Moving Basics > Preparing for Your Move

Notify all appropriate parties of your change of address and any firms that need to cancel services to your home.

Obtain copies of school transcripts and medical records and be sure to update medical check-ups, shots and prescriptions.

Secure copies of important papers such as mortgage documents, deeds, etc and keep the originals in a safety deposit box or with a trusted friend or relatives.

If you are moving overseas, be sure to obtain the proper visas, work permits and passports.

Dispense of items that you are not permitted to ship such as comestible liquids, paints, dyes, aerosol cans, gas canisters, corrosives, explosives, or other flammable or hazardous materials.

If you are moving overseas, be sure to check with your mover about items that are prohibited in your destination country.

Plan your meals to use up all perishable food. And don't forget to defrost, clean and dry the refrigerator or freezer.

Separate goods that need to be carried with you such as personal items, papers, jewelry, eyeglasses, contacts, medicines, etc.

Obtain updated appraisals on high value items to be shipped.

Prepare a valued inventory of your goods and take photos of the contents of your home. This information should accompany you.

If you are moving internationally, determine which appliances and electronics are able to be used in your country of destination.

 


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