Over the years and the many moves, I always think I have moving down to a very fine science; however, usually in the midst of the moving chaos, I forget something and swear that I'll add it to a growing list of "forgotten items" for the next time we move. To save you the trouble of forehead slapping that usually ensues after you're fifty miles from your old home and you realize something was forgotten or simply didn't even enter your radar, here's my list:
10 Most Forgotten Items When You Move
Items from the Cleaners, Tailors and Shoe-repair Shops
Make sure you collect all those items from the cleaners before you move. I had once left a pair of treasured sandals that my husband dropped off at a cobblers in late August after I had complained about the lack of shoe-wear in my closet. When we moved that October, I forgot to collect my sandals. I ended up paying the cobbler to fix the shoes and for shipping them to my new home.
Collecting all records usually ends up in my what to do 8 weeks before I move list. Make sure you collect all records, including medical, dental, vaccine and veterinarian. Also, include copies of prescriptions or a list from your pharmacist. I always carry of record of my eye prescription as well. Some pharmacies and medical centers will transfer your records to your new physician. Set-up a pre-permission before you leave. This may include a signed letter to your current health care practitioner that states you provide permission to forward. Ask before you move.
Other records to obtain include your child's education portfolio. This could take some time to collect and store, so try to do this well a head of your move.
Also make sure you properly store and move personal records. These items should travel with you to ensure that don't get lost in the move. For more detailed information, check out the article, How to Collect and Sort Your Records Before You Move.
Phone Numbers and Addresses
With the Internet, it's not as important to keep telephone numbers or addresses; however, I've found that my memory isn't as good as I think it is and I often forget the name of that dentist I saw or the financial officer at the bank who may be able to provide a reference. Keeping a list of important people you may need to contact will help track them down. Also, keep a list of friends, colleagues or old business contacts. Many people have unlisted phone numbers which are almost impossible to find online. Some people take the phone book with them when they move. I usually try to avoid this as it's heavy and awkward. Check out the moving tip on a 4-1-1 service that's free!
Your New Address and Contact Info
Keep a copy of your new address and contact information with you at all times and make sure you label important items such as pet tags and luggage. Also, make sure the moving company has the new address and directions on how to get there.
Spare Keys and Hidden Valuables
I usually keep a spare key with a neighbor or carefully hidden outside just to avoid those frantic calls to the locksmith. We also keep spare car keys hidden. Make sure you collect all hidden items before you move. These things are easy to forget since they are seldom used.
What About the Mail?
Even though we're living in an e-mail world, we still rely on our daily snail-mail. Make sure you register the address change with the post office and contact all subscriptions, too.
Garage Door Opener
This is one item that most people forget to leave behind! Make sure you take it out from the glove compartment and leave it for the next tenants. This is one item you shouldn't pack!
Library Books, Gym Memberships, Club Fees
Make sure you return all those library books then notify the library that you're moving so they can cancel your card. I once had someone use my library account to take (and keep) some very valued books and music CDs. Also, check with any other clubs to cancel your membership. Some fitness facilities will give you money-back or credit for unused portions, or they may be able to transfer your membership to a club in your new hometown.
All Things Financial
Talk to your bank before you go to see if there's a branch located in your new hometown or how best to transfer money to another account. It's usually a good idea to open a new account in the new location prior to moving. If you're moving to another country, you'll need to discuss how best to take your money with you.
Also, make sure you cancel any payments that are automatically made from your current account. Bounced payments can affect your credit rating and will be more difficult to amend after the move.
Clean Up After the Fact
After the movers have left and just before you leave your old home, make sure you clean the house and dispose of any leftover items. There's nothing more frustrating then getting to your new home to find that the old tenants left you some furnishings that you would never use. Disposal costs money and takes time. So be a good mover and get rid of anything left behind. And remember, some items cannot be packed or moved.