How to handle post-move paperwork?

How To - September 2, 2019

Moving isn’t easy. Almost everyone is aware of that. With everything you’ve got on your shoulders, it is sometimes easy to forget some of the very important paperwork that has to be done when relocating. Why it might sound scary at first, it is not too difficult to handle post-move paperwork with just a bit of good planning and time management, possibly with the help of a moving checklist and timeline. This should, however, be high up on your priority list. Ideally, you should think about it even before the move.

Taking care of insurance

Once you are done with unpacking and setting up your new home, be sure to check if all of your belongings are safe and sound. If there are damaged or missing items, do not hesitate to contact your moving or insurance company immediately!

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In order to handle post-move paperwork, insurance has to be taken care of first

If you haven’t already contacted and informed your insurance company about your relocation, you should also do it as soon as possible. In some cases, this can be done through a single phone call, but some companies ask for a face-to-face meeting. Make sure you bring all the required documents with you to save time. They will mainly ask you about your new address and some of the related important information.

Be aware that if you don’t handle your post-move paperwork in time, you might be in trouble. Research all the available online information and talk to your insurance company representative if you have any doubts. Finally, it’s great to check out options such as green box rentals, which will ensure that your belongings get to your new home safe and that you don’t have to struggle with unnecessary insurance chase.

Handle your new mailbox

One of the most important things to do when you relocate is to make sure you get all your mail in your new home. This requires a change of address at the Postal Service. Doing this on time can help you avoid some very unpleasant surprises. You might think it’s another complicated task, but it’s not. All you have to do is ask for and fill out the change of address request at the local post office.  This only takes a couple of minutes and will save you from the huge inconvenience of undelivered letters.

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Be sure to handle the postal services so you don’t end up with an empty mailbox!

Bills and utility paperwork

This segment is something that probably comes to mind first for everyone moving into a new house. Notably, you can cause a lot of trouble for yourself if you don’t handle post-move paperwork related to these on time. Service lapses and past-due bills are just some of the examples. This is why you have to make sure that your service providers are informed about your new address. If you don’t do this on time, you might end up paying double! You should consider making arrangements for disconnecting your utilities on the day you move out, as well as arrange the connections to be made on the day you move into your new house.

Make a checklist of all the different services you are using (electricity, gas, cable, internet, etc.). Be sure to contact all of the service providers. Once you do this, you will be carefree!

Driver’s license transfer

This step depends, firstly, on where you are moving to. If you are moving locally, you can skip this step. If you are, however, making a long-distance move, more notably a move that crosses state lines, take note of this step.

When moving to another state, you need to first transfer your driver’s license. After this, you will also need to update the registration as well as check up on the insurance policy. There’s usually a very short time frame for getting this done. It differs from state to state but is usually between 10 and 30 days. Once you move, be sure to go to the local Department of Motor Vehicles. Here you will be able to ask about all the required paperwork and get everything in order easily.

Medical files

You should keep this step in mind both before and after the move. To get all your medical documentation in order, you will have to spend a lot of time. You will need to visit your family doctor and inform him or her about your move. You will have to ask to get copies of all your medical records, as well as other important documents. Vaccination documents for you and your family are among the most important ones. If you are taking any prescription medicine, be sure to take it before you move. Once you move, take your medical documents to a newly chosen local doctor. It is a good idea to go through the same process with other health services, such as dentists if you have any relevant history with any of them.

Medical records that are key in order to handle post-move paperwork
Medical documents are very important to handle on time

Education institution documents

If you are a student moving to another school or university, or you have children who are, you should pay attention and handle post-move paperwork related to education. There are many legal documents and the transfer is not as simple. Be sure to contact the school in your new home area as soon as possible. Ask about all the exact documents they need for the transfer. Getting all the required paperwork can, in this case, even cost money. Once you have all the needed documents, go ahead and enroll in the new school. If all of this is in order, now is the best time to start packing for your move.

You are now ready to handle post-move paperwork

If you carefully read through this article, you are now prepared for many different scenarios of moving and handling documents. Be sure not to miss any of the steps – If you do, it may take up more of your valuable time.

Now that you are prepared for what awaits you, you can relax a bit more and focus on the other parts of the relocation, such as being sure to have eco friendly moving boxes. Do not forget to enjoy the whole process as much as possible, as it is a life-changing event each time you move!

 

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