Herlihy Moving & Storage has been moving households and businesses since 1920, so we’ve seen it all when it comes to forgotten items. Consult this list of “out of sight, out of mind” objects to increase your success in moving all of your belongings, especially during long-distance moves or relocations:
1. For the record – Obtain copies of your family’s medical records, including any dental and vaccine/immunization information, as well as any veterinary records for the family pet. You might also consider transferring current prescriptions to a drugstore in your new town.
Another record you’ll want to be sure to have in hand is children’s permanent school record. School records are usually required when registering children at a new school. Often, copies are not sufficient, and originals require a raised seal
2. Buried treasure – If you’ve hidden any valuables around the house, be sure to collect them before leaving. You should carry valuable items such as jewelry with you or keep them in a safe deposit box instead of packing them on the moving van.
3. Taken to the cleaners – Remember to collect all items that are being cleaned, stored or repaired (for example, dry cleaning, shoes, watches, etc.). Also, remember to return library books, movie rentals and anything else you may have checked out.
4. Lost and found – Some of the most commonly forgotten items are those that aren’t in your home. If you’ve loaned out appliances, electronics or home care products, now is the time to collect them. At the same time, make sure to return items you may have borrowed from your friends or neighbors.
5. What’s your new address? – Keep your new address handy in your wallet or purse. In the flurry of preparing for a move, you may forget your new address – important information when forwarding mail as well as keeping in touch with old friends.
6. Spic and span – Remember to leave out cleaning supplies for the final “once-over” before closing the door for good, or make arrangements in advance for a service to clean for you (your Herlihy moving consultant will be happy to arrange a service – just ask!).
To reduce the amount of things you take with you, if you are cleaning the home yourself, use up previously purchased cleaning products, and then throw away the empty containers when you leave.
7. The opener – Many people forget to take the electric garage door opener out of their automobile before leaving. Remember to leave the opener for the new residents.
8. Remember “Rover” – In most cases, moving companies cannot transport animals or plants. Plan ahead and make arrangements for their safe transfer.
9. Bank on it – It’s wise to open a checking account in your new town about a month prior to your move so that you have immediate access to your funds. It enables you to have a little cash on hand for unexpected expenses. On occasion, retailers will decline to cash “out-of-town” checks.
10. Keys to success – Remember the collection of spare house keys. Whether it means retrieving keys from neighbors or from under the rock next to the front door, don’t forget to gather all sets before you depart.
On moving day, it’s also a good idea to complete a final walk-through before locking the door behind you. Look in basements, garages, attics and closets as well as any outdoor storage areas to make sure you haven’t left anything behind.
Whether you’re planning a long-distance move or cross-country relocation, we hope these tips put you on your way to a simple, stress-free move. If you have any questions about packing or moving, please contact us today!