Our next tip for preparing for interstate moving: Take inventory!
preparing for interstate moving just got easier; Sorting through your home prior to your long distance move gives you the opportunity to take inventory of your belongings. Make a list of everything you decide to keep and assign replacement values for insurance purposes. Make note of items that are difficult to replace. Either carry these items with you or ship them by insured or certified mail.
Such items might include:
- Photos and home videos
- Birth certificates, wills and other legal documentation
- Jewelry, rare coins and special collections
- Stock certificates, insurance policies and financial records
- Computer diskettes with backups of important files
Know what you will need upon arrival to your new home
Plan ahead and make a checklist of things you will need to pack in suitcases and an “essentials” box. Allow for extra clothing and be sure to make room for treasures, toys and snacks for the kids. Your essentials box should include things you’ll be scrambling for upon arrival.
- Scissors, masking tape, utility knife, can opener
- Coffee cups, paper plates, paper towels
- Plastic forks, spoons, knives
- Dish soap, trash bags, towels
- Instant coffee, tea, beverages
- Toilet paper, toiletries
- Prescriptions, aspirin or other pain relievers
- Flashlight, light bulbs, hammer
- Phone books, pencils and paper, your “move file”
- Telephone, radio, batteries
Plan on keeping your essentials box and luggage handy, preferably in your automobile. Keeping these items easily accessible can take a lot of the stress out of your interstate move.