Part 1 dealt with how to go about getting information on your new area and steps to take that will have you ahead of the game. One of the most effective things you can do is to make a detailed plan. This will ensure everything gets done and you won’t forget anything important. Now that you’ve decided what areas appeal to you, there are a couple of steps you need to take to make your transition a smooth one:
Decide your moving date.
Find your apartment or house. If it’s an apartment, get the paperwork started to sign the lease. If it’s a house, go ahead and put a contract on the property.
Contact a realtor in your area to find out your options for either renting out your current home or putting it on the market.
Go through your house and take inventory. Decide what items you will keep, what items will be donated and what items will be sold at a garage sale or on eBay. Make a new, detailed inventory listing of the items you will keep. This will help for renter’s or homeowners insurance purposes.
Find a moving company – even if your company is paying for some of your relocation costs, you may be able to get a cheaper company which will put more money into your pocket for other expenses. Make a budget of how much you want to spend and stick with it. You could possibly get caught up into all the amenities they offer, but stick to the basics unless you have a lot to lose. Additionally, it’s not the best thing in the world to go with the company that provides you the lowest quote unless they are VERY reputable. You want to make sure your items get to their destination in one piece without being broken or damaged.
Contact all the medical professionals you see (doctor, dentist, optician, pediatrician, gynecologist) to get a copy of your records and a possible referral to another doctor in your new location.
If necessary, contact the school to get files transferred to the new school.
Find the nearest local bank branch in your area that you will be transferring to.
Stop buying food. Moving across the country, you could have a box of non-perishables, but the most efficient thing would be to give it away or donate it to a food bank.
On moving day, make sure all your boxes are properly labeled. If some of your items are going into a self-storage unit, save yourself a headache and have a pre-drawn diagram of your unit and where you want things to go. Arranging your unit by “zones” is not only helpful for you, but defines how you want things for the movers. You’re paying for a service. Get your money’s worth.
Make sure to review the bill of lading. Read and understand all the fine print prior to signing and make sure your items are insured.
The only thing left for you to do is handle the situation with your home, which could possibly be done long distance, kiss your family and friends, and hit the road! Happy travels!