Great news! You sold your home! Now you have to plan your move. Here are a few tips that you might want to use as you plan that move to your new destination. They apply if you are moving down the street or across the country.

Give your address change to the Post Office. If you are still a person who subscribes to a magazine, it may take six weeks to process the change so the sooner you alert them, the better. Order a "change of address" card. I remember my daughter-in-law sent us a cute picture of the front of their new home with their address. Family and friends appreciate seeing what you purchased and at the same time knowing how to locate you.

Life and health insurance, disability, fire and auto and of course your doctor would all like to know that you have moved. A quick call to them will make your life easier in the long run.

If you are moving a long distance and do not have birth, religious or medical records, you may want to stop by and get those before departing. The same applies to school or athletic records for your children.

Need a reference from someone or a prescription filled?  Set aside a day to get all of those appointments done. That personal visit will save you time later on when you attempt to reach people by phone and get placed on hold or never get the return call.

When you do finally arrive at your new home, record your new address on your driver's license. Register your car within five days after arrival in a new state or you may incur a penalty. Apply for a new driver's license. Find a doctor, dentist and the nearest urgent care or ER. Introduce yourself to at least one neighbor. Register to vote and check in with the Post Office to be sure your mail will arrive.

Finally, welcome home!


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