Relocating to-do list

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Moving to a new place can seem like a daunting prospect. There are so many things to keep track of: finding the right home for your family, transporting your belongings long distances, signing the kids up at a new school, and leaving what’s familiar and comfortable behind. We’re here to cut through the stress of this milestone and help you remember some important things to add to your Relocating To-Do List.

Check the major appliances

When moving-in to your new residence, do a walk-through of the property to ensure that everything is working as it should. Unexpected costs are a pain, and when you get situated in a new home, you don’t want to be worrying about the utilities. Ask frequent questions of your agent, landlord, or residential advisor and leave no light or microwave unchecked.

Cover your bases

Have you set up your forwarding address? Submitted your car registration (if you’re moving out of state)? Registered to vote in a new district?

It’s important not to leave any loose ends at your previous residence, so read up on the forms you need and places you’ll need to visit to ensure that your mail gets delivered, your vote gets counted, and your car remains ticket free. A great resource for these checklist items can be found on the DMV.org website .

Maintain your documentation and stay organized

Other than keeping track of all of your personal belongings, it’s important to keep track of all of your documents pertaining and not pertaining to your move. Purchase a secure folder and organize every receipt, bill, and form in one location. Keep all of your necessary documents with you, like credit cards, birth certificates, passports and social security cards; losing one of these will be more trouble than it’s worth. Even if it seems unimportant at the time, having a detailed record of your housing decisions will only make the transition that much easier

Plan which of your boxes needs to be unpacked first when you get to the new place; know that you won’t be able to do it all in one day. Unpacking staples like scissors, tape, and a vacuum should be packed last, and unloaded first.

Make sure you’re covered

Moving to a new zip code may qualify you for new insurance – and even if you already have coverage, there’s never a wrong time to shop for a plan that better fits you and your family’s needs. In most cases, you’ll have to prove you had qualifying health coverage for one or more days during the 60 days before your move.

Compare the plan that’s right for you and make informed decisions with clear information. Bright Health can make the process easy: https://brighthealthplan.com/individual-health-insurance/special-enrollment-period

Get local

Get familiar with your area and delve into the local programs that are available to you. Becoming involved in your community can make the transition to a new place all the more bearable. Explore the community education classes at nearby schools for discounts on fitness, sports, pet obedience, cooking, art classes and more, all while meeting new neighbors, friends, and mentors.

Your new town or city might also have farmer’s markets, which not only put fresh produce on the table, but also support local businesses as well. For added fun, research the nearby parks and walking/biking paths!

Taylor Werdel

June 12, 2018