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A Checklist For Your Pittsburgh Move!

Packing for a move

Now that you have bought or sold a home, you need to manage the logistics of your Pittsburgh move.

The very thought of it can send chills down our spine and cause us to break out into a cold sweat. Experts say that any kind of change creates stress. Moving represents a considerable change and naturally brings a significant amount of stress. 

This can be a double whammy because stress can lead to a lack of energy and motivation. Many of us procrastinate during stressful periods. This is one time that we must rise above it. When preparing for a move, there are many things to get done. 

This checklist contains suggestions that may seem like no-brainers. However, these simple suggestions and reminders can become a significant security blanket as the moving date approaches. 

Moving and relocating calls for being proactive and completing certain chores well before their deadlines. 

This blog post leaves out the big things such as finding the best moving company, researching your new neighborhood’s transportation, parking, employment, etc. Those are for other articles on another day. Today we are concentrating on the basics of planning and preparation.

✔Get rid of what you don’t need.

Many of us are pack rats. One thing that we can accomplish immediately is going through all of our “stuff” and getting rid of what we don’t need anymore. Moving unwanted clothing and knickknacks from one residence to another is a great waste of time and effort. 

It is surprising how much more in control we feel once we start narrowing down our belongings to what we need to keep. Getting rid of the unwanted items can be done by having a garage sale long before moving time and then donating the leftovers to the Salvation Army or other charitable groups.

✔Get all important papers and documents together and secure them.

Since moving is hectic, to say the least, we need to be aware of the exact location of all of our important items. Things that we absolutely must not lose or misplace should certainly be hand-carried, not put in a box for the movers.

These items may include Address Books, Birth Certificates, Bank Statements, Checks, Credit Cards and Statements, Home Movies, Irreplaceable Memorabilia, Insurance Policies, Marriage Records, Medical and Dental Records, Military Records, Passports, Photos, Photo Albums, Resumes, School Records, Stock Certificates, Tax Returns, Valuables, Vehicle Documents, Wills.

✔Prepare well in advance for living at your new location.

We can do many things at our new location well before our move that will help smooth out the bumps of our relocation process when the event occurs: Open up new bank accounts. Open up a new Safe Deposit Box. Contact the new area utility companies and arrange for your new services. These can include Cable TV, gas, electric, oil, telephone, water, and Internet access. 

Contact your insurance companies with your new address. If you are moving out of state, you will need to check if your vehicle coverage can be transferred. If not, find an Insurance Broker in your new area and discuss your needs and requirements for new policies. 

Go to the post office and get a moving kit. Prepare change of address forms for all of your correspondents; credit card companies, other credit accounts, banks, insurance companies, current utility companies for final statements, magazines, family, friends, and any other persons or businesses you correspond with regularly.

✔Keep a list of important contacts.

As moving day approaches and when the moving process begins, you don’t want to be hunting for phone numbers in wallets, purses, or address books. Instead, create a list, whether on your phone, computer, or notebook, with all important phone numbers written clearly and legibly for both your old and new contacts: Banks, Doctors, Emergency contacts, Family members, Friends, Landlords, or Real Estate Brokers, Movers, Pharmacies Schools, Storage Facilities, Utilities.

With proper planning and preparation, the moving process can go smoothly. The utilities at your present address must be disconnected the day after you move. The utilities at your new address can be connected before your closing. You will have all of your important documents at the tip of your fingers, and your mail will start arriving the day after you move into your new house.

The SAYHAY Team knows the local Pittsburgh Real Estate Market.  Contact The SAYHAY Team at 412-755-3600 to schedule a free consultation if you are considering buying or selling a home.

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