There's nothing better than having all your important documents secured and on hand during your moving transition. It will definitely give you peace of mind!
Sort and store relevant papers
First, start by sorting out all those relevant papers and store them in different folders. Label the folders so you can know what's inside. Then store your folders in a file box or another container to keep them safe and organized during the trip to your new home.
Collect other personal and important documents
Now, which are those personal and important documents that you have to collect before you move? Well, apart from the obvious personal documents that you have to carry with you (in your wallet) such as your driver license, social security card, debit and credit cards, it's important that you have your passport and a checkbook with you.
If you are renting and apartment or a house, you will have your checkbook ready to pay for security deposits and other fees.
Other documents that you can store in the folders, include:
- Moving Estimate.
- Bill of landing (serves as the actual contract between you and your interstate moving company).
- Moving Insurance.
- The receipts for moving-related expenses (that you can use for tax deductions, or bills and receipts that you have to collect to obtain compensation from your employer).
- The contract from your auto carrier company and auto shipping insurance (if applicable).
- In case you are traveling by car to your new home, remember to have your vehicle registration records and auto insurance cards available in your glove compartment.
- Original or certified copies of birth certificates.
- School records –they are one of the requirement documents for enrolling your children in a new school.
- A certified copy of your son or daughter's transcripts (which are required to apply to college).
- Medical and vaccination records of your family.
- Veterinary medical records.
- Health insurance policy.
- Degree certificates.
- Professional licenses.
- Letters of reference from previous employers.
- Work permit.
- You bank account information.
- Tax documents.
- Loan documents.
- Copy of your renters insurance (in case you are going to rent a house or apartment).
- Manuals, contracts and warranties of the appliances that you are moving to your new home.
- A list of important phone numbers.
In general, collecting all these important documents takes a while, specially if you don't have some of them available and you need to find them on line to print them, or go to a particular institution to obtain a copy and it will be much more difficulties with moving from office. For that reason, the smartest move is to retrieve them as early as possible. This will make your moving transition less stressful.