Smile and File: Gather and organize your
important documents in advance and have
them ready to go, you never know if you
might need access to them in your new
home. Never place these items in the trunk
of your car. A short list of documents to
take with you includes birth certificates,
life insurance policies, medical and dental
records, real estate documents and school
records. Other helpful items include
an address book, appliance manuals,
appraisals for high-value items, and your
copy of the household goods descriptive
THE DAY OF THE MOVE
Get in the Zone: The safety zone, that
is. Anything that you wish to take with
you and NOT have packed should be
placed within an area that you identify
to the movers as the “Do Not Pack – Do
Not Move Zone.” This would include
anything from your important papers and
documents, luggage, medications, travel
clothing and toiletries, and favorite toys
for the kids.
Create a First Night Care Kit: Separate
the items you will need the most when
you first arrive in your new home and have
the movers pack and load them separately
so they will be the first to unload in your
new home. If you are putting items into
storage and you need special items for a
temporary living situation, clearly mark
and separate these items before the mover
arrives. Some items to consider for your
First Night Care Kit include alarm clocks, a
can opener, first-aid items, clean sheets and
pillow cases, toiletries, a flashlight, extension cords, basic tools and hardware from
1. Medical Records: Obtaining copies of your medical records
including your dentist, veterinarian and vaccine-immunization
information can often be overlooked. In some cases, a
notarized letter is required to receive the official documentation.
2. School Records: Your child’s permanent school records are
usually required when registering your child at a new school.
Often, copies will not be sufficient, and records with a raised
seal will be necessary.
3. Garage Door Opener: Many people often forget to take the
electric garage door opener out of their car before leaving.
Remember to leave the opener for the new tenants
4. Safe Deposit Box Items: Many people forget to retrieve
important documents from their safe deposit box.
5. Local Business Errands: Remember to complete transactions with
local businesses (for example, picking up your dry cleaning).
6. Your New Address: In the flurry of preparing for the move, you
may often forget your forwarding address – important information
when forwarding periodicals and credit card bills, as well as
keeping in touch with old friends.
7. Spare House Keys: The collection of spare house keys can
often be forgotten. Whether it means getting them from neighbors
who kept them, or retrieving them from under the rock next to
the front door, don’t forget to gather all sets before you depart.
8. Don’t Forget the Pets! In most cases, moving companies
cannot transport animals or plants. Remember to make
arrangements for their transfer.
9. Cleaning: Although your focus will be on your new home or
apartment, you can’t forget about preparing the old residence
for your exit. 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 it for you.
THE 9 MOST FORGOTTEN ITEMS in a move