Pre-moving tasks

Pre-moving tasks

Your home is likely to look like complete anarchy a week before you move – and that is if you are doing things right!  Boxes are likely to be piled almost to the ceiling, chair and table edges will have been wrapped in bubble wrap for their own protection, and drawers full of items will have been separated from chests and taped over.  Your home is probably close to unlivable at this point, as you will have been working for a couple of months to get everything that you and your family own packed up ready for relocation.  Regardless of how much preparation you have engaged in, however, there are still a number of tasks that will need to be undertaken in the week prior to the day of the move.

If your bank is a regional institution and you are making a move to a new state, you will need to open an account with a totally new bank if the one your currently use in not in your destination city.  This is even more certain if you are relocating overseas.  The best idea is to set up your new bank account prior to closing the account at your existing bank, as doing this means that you will not be forced into paying ATM machine fees in order to use the facilities belonging to banks that you do not have an account with.  Check the area before you move to find out which bank’s ATMs will be most conveniently situated for you, as this should help you to pick the right one.

If you use prescription medication and are moving somewhere completely new, you will need to make sure that that prescription has been set up at a drug store in your new area.  You will have to contact your doctor and instruct him or her to send your prescriptions to this new place.  It is a good idea to do this as early as possible in the last week, as it is a very important task to accomplish and you do not want to have to contact your doctor and go about setting up the prescriptions after the move has been completed and you are becoming desperate to get your medication.

It is very easy for the professional movers that you employ to carry your items into your new home; however, it is even better if you already know precisely where in the house they should place these items, as this means you will not end up having to do some heavy lifting on your own after the movers have left.  Decisions therefore need to be made about where each item of furniture is going to be positioned in your new home and each piece should be tagged with the name of the room you wish it to be placed in.  It can be helpful to make a floor plan for your moving company so that the staff will be aware of where things need to go prior to their arrival at your new home.