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Letting go when moving

Letting go when movingA very important part of the moving process is the need to bring closure to personal matters, including relationships, in your old community and to create attachments in your new one.  The amount of tasks that need to be performed both sides of the move will vary depending on the specific individuals or families, although there are some general tips and specific suggestions that I strongly recommend that you follow.

One important thing that needs to be done upon relocation is the opening of new bank accounts.  You should transfer your funds and anything else that you might have in your safety deposit box.  Due to the fact that a lot of banks are regional, moving long distance may mean that you have to choose a new bank.  It is a good idea, if possible, to open up an account in your new community prior to closing the account at your bank in the old one.  It is always important to notify others of your change in address.  This includes not just friends and family but also the Post Office, clubs and groups, any magazine subscriptions that you may have, and so on.

Another task you will be faced with in your new neighborhood is to find a new doctor for your family.  Choosing a new healthcare professional is one of the most personal and important decisions you will ever have to make after a move.  Make use of the telephone to interview potential healthcare professionals and ask about their credentials, as well as their working style and specialties.  Make certain that you ask the kind of questions that will provide you with information about the philosophy of the doctor and how many patients they see on a day-to-day basis, as well as whether they accept new patients and if they have the time to be able to get to know everyone on an individual basis.

If you have prescriptions, you also need to ensure their transfer.  I do not think it would hurt to have a few months worth of prescriptions and to get them called in to your new town’s pharmacy, as this will give you plenty of time to locate and become established with a brand new doctor.  Medical records also need to be transferred, and you should make copies of your doctor’s records and have them sent to your new doctor.

Insurance is something else that will need to be transferred.  Make sure that all of your insurance policies have coverage that can be continued in your new area, and in the event that this is not possible you could ask your current agent for a recommendation, research online, or call your local Chamber of Commerce.  There are a number of insurance companies that will be happy to provide you with no obligation, free quotes from hundreds of both local and national carriers.  School records should also be transferred for safekeeping.

Lance Grooms

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