Post-move paperwork you need to handle

One of the things that scare people who move the most is relocation paperwork. If you have a good air sea forwarder, they will usually handle your pre-move paperwork. However, the post-move paperwork will be in your domain. Sometimes, paperwork that you will need to handle after the move will be much even more comprehensive than the documents that you need to prepare before you move. You will need to think about insurance, utilities, schools and medical records, postal services, bank accounts, driver’s licenses, etc. If you are relocating for the first time, here is what you should do after you move.

Moving inventory list if an important part of your pre-move and post-move paperwork

Moving inventory list is one of the things that you will need to prepare before the move. But it is also an important part of post-move paperwork.  Whether you are moving, shipping exhibition cargo Japan, project cargo, or any other type of item, the shipping company will need to know how many items you have to transport. They will use it to give you an accurate estimate of your moving and shipping costs.

However, if something happens during transportation, your inventory list could become an important part of your insurance claim. Also, when they start unloading your boxes and crates you can use this to check whether it is all there and are there any damaged things.

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Prepare your inventory list before the move. It will be an important part of your post-move documentation

Benefits of preparing moving inventory list

Here are the reasons why having an accurate moving inventory list is important:

  • Moving companies will want to know the exact number and weight of your items before they can give you an estimate. They will send an estimator to your home to inspect your items, or you can offer them your moving inventory list and they can use it to make a calculation.
  • Sometimes it is hard to determine how much packing supplies to prepare. If you have a moving inventory list, it will be much easier to estimate the required number of boxes.
  • As a part of your post-move paperwork, moving inventory list will help you to inspect your items once your movers deliver them to your new home.
  • If you find that some of your items are missing or damaged, filing an insurance claim will be much easier if you have an accurate moving inventory list.

If you are unfortunate enough, insurance could become a part of your post-move paperwork

Even though moving companies will offer some coverage, it is usually not enough to give you peace of mind. Therefore, it is advisable to buy additional insurance from third-party insurance companies. This is something that you will have to think about before the move. Of course, hiring reliable movers is one of the moving tips that could help you to prevent many moving difficulties. However, if you are out of luck, your insurance claim could become the most important part of your post-move paperwork.

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Hopefully, you will not need to deal with insurance, but it is better to be safe than sorry

Handling utility companies’ contacts when moving

After the move, setting up your utilities is the first thing that you will want to do. Of course, smart people try to schedule everything before the move. But even if you do it in advance, companies that will provide you with water, electricity, gas, telephone, cable, and the internet will give you many new papers to sign.

Even though, everyone hates to read those long contracts, if you want to avoid future issues with your utility providers it is advisable to carefully read them. Also, think well before you commit yourself long term. Especially, if you are not sure how long you are going to live there. Sometimes a company will ask you to pay every installment before you can terminate the contract. Naturally, make sure that you keep a copy of every paper that you sign in a safe place.

Getting a new driver’s license is also a part of your post-move paperwork

If you are moving within the same country, changing your driver’s license will not be on the top of your priority list. On the other hand, if you are moving abroad, you will probably have to deal with it straight away. That is if you are driving on a regular basis. If you are moving to Japan from the US, for example, an international driver’s license could be a substitute for a Japanese license for a period of 90 days, if you are just visiting.

However, if you are a resident, you will have to acquire a Japanese driver’s license. The laws about this are unclear. If you are caught driving without a Japanese license, the police will determine if you are in offense or not. The advice is to get it as soon as you can.

Handling your medical records before and after the move

Handling your medical documentation could be the most important post-move paperwork. Of course, depending on your medical condition. Also, you will have to do a part of it before the move. Go to your physician, inform him that you are leaving, and let him prepare your medical records for your move.

If you are receiving treatment, your doctor will know how to prepare your papers so you can easily transfer to a new practice in Japan. Also, if you are moving with a pet, make sure that you visit its vet, and do the same with those records, too.

Medical records
Your medical records are an important part of your post-move paperwork

If you are moving with kids, do not forget about their school records

If you have kids, one of the things that you will have to do is transferring their school records. This is something that you shouldn’t leave for the last moment. So you should start dealing with this many months before the actual move. Get in contact with the new school and let them give you a list of papers that you will need to acquire.

Educational files are usually not easy to acquire as they are most often located in different facilities. Therefore you need to start dealing with this part of your post-move paperwork on time.

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