Moving to a new house can be a stressful and chaotic ordeal. You have a thousand different things to worry about. There's a good chance something will be forgotten.
Whether it's an item you didn't pack up or a task you neglected to do, it's not uncommon to get to your new home, only to say, "What happened to the ______?!" Here are some of the most common things people forget.
Often Forgotten Items and Tasks
- Important Documents
This includes birth certificates, medical records, social security cards, etc. You only need to access them occasionally, so you put them away in a little-used space, where you can find them if you need them. Then during moving, you forget to check that little-used space, and it all gets left behind. They may be little-used, but they're also extremely important, and take a lot of time and money to get new copies of. Pack your important documents and records up well in advance of your move, to be sure you bring them with you.
Do you have jewelry, valuable antiques, or even cash, hidden away for a rainy day? Maybe you're keeping something under a loose floorboard, or behind a panel in the wall. It's surprisingly common for people to leave their hidden valuables behind when they move. Wherever your "secret spot" is, don't forget to check it, and get everything out.
Keys are small, and easy to lose during a move. Take particular note of the keys you use that aren't on the keyring you carry with you, such as to cabinets, or safety deposit boxes. If they get lost or forgotten, at best it's a major hassle. At worst, it can be a disaster. Don't forget them. If you have any spare, hidden housekeys in the yard, collect those too, and give them to the new owners.
- Garden Tools
While you're packing up everything in the house, don't forget the things in the garage, or in the yard. Is there a garden hose connected to an outdoor spigot? Shovels, spades, and rakes in the tool shed? Be sure to check your outdoor areas for forgotten items.
If you have any potted plants outdoors, it's easy to forget about them. The same goes for lawn ornaments. Anything that's not a permanent fixture of the yard, needs to be packed up and brought with you.
- Kitchen Appliances
You've had your coffeemaker and microwave so long, it's like they're part of the decor. In your mind, you think of them as part of the kitchen, rather than belongings to be packed up. Then you get to your new home and realize this kitchen doesn't have a coffeemaker or microwave. That's because you left them behind.
- Dry Cleaning and Library Books
If you're moving a long distance away, don't forget to take care of any local business before you go. Picking up your dry cleaning is a task that can fall by the wayside, as is returning library books. Then, when you're a thousand miles away, you suddenly realize you don't have your favorite suit, or you DO have the book your child did a book report on last month.
If you pay for membership to any local clubs or facilities (e.g. a gym membership), see if there are branches near your new home, to which you can transfer your membership. If there's not, be sure to cancel, so you're not paying for a club you're too far away to attend.
- Mail and Bills
Don't forget to make arrangements with the post office to forward your mail to your new address. Then, go through all the bills you receive at your current address and notify each of them of your new address. The last thing you want is unpaid bills or important letters that you didn't receive because they were sent to your old house.
Getting your prescription medication at a different pharmacy from your usual one can be a difficult process, and may take time. Don't wait until you run out of an important medication before making arrangements with a pharmacy in your new neighborhood. Take care of it ahead of time, so you don't have to deal with a gap in your medicine. It's also important to notify your doctor and your health insurance provider that you'll be moving. Depending on how far you're moving, you may need to switch doctors, or you may not be covered anymore by your current policy.
Forgetting things during a move is common, but if you have someone knowledgeable to help you, the ordeal becomes easier. Our brokers can guide you through the process and make it less chaotic, so you have more time to focus on the tasks above. Contact us and let us help you move into your dream house.