Six Tips Before Moving to Florida

You’ve done the research. You know about the Florida heat and thunderstorms, you are prepared for hurricane and tourist season, and now it is time to make the move. Here are a few tips for helping you move into the Sunshine State.

1.      Contact and get quotes from several moving companies.
Important even for a local move but especially important in an interstate move,in addition to the cost and amount of time it will take for your things to arrive, be sure to check on the company’s insurance policies and claims process for what to do if any of you items are damaged or go missing.

2.      Update your address
Create a list of all the organizations to update with your new address,including, but not limited to, the IRS, post office, banks and credit companies, and insurance companies. Also confirm if your current policy will cover your belongings during the transition.

3.      Schedule Utilities Turn Off/On dates
Contact the local utility companies and schedule for utilities at your current home to be turned off the day after you move out and for the utilities at your new home to be turned on the day before you move in.If your home is still listed on the market, confirm with your real estate agent which utilities should be left on until the house is sold and closing is complete.

4.      Contact Medical Providers and Obtain Records
If you are moving out of your providers area, contact their office and request copies of your medical records. If you have already chosen new providers, you can request to have your records transferred. Also transfer school records and prescriptions if applicable.

5.      Declutter and Pack
Get rid of any items that you will not be using after the move. Sort these items into categories to be sold, donated, or thrown away. If you are packing your own things, try to pack items with other items from the same room and clearly label or keep a list of what is in each box. Be sure to return any books to the library and to clean out all the cupboards and appliances.

6.      Pack Day of Move Items
On the day of the move keep with you one box containing all your important documents, such as birth certificates, passports, insurance policies and contact information, and all receipts from the move. Have drinks and snacks for all members of your family, including pets, and stop at an ATM to have cash on hand for unexpected expenses.

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