Reduce moving madness!

Whether your move is planned or unexpected, make sure your family records are in order.

Moving is a big undertaking and regardless of the reason (i.e. job relocation, natural disaster, foreclosure, etc.), the whole process can be a bit overwhelming and even stressful. In addition to the demands of packing, there are tasks and important family records that need to be tended to, for example:

  • Providing your new contact information: i.e. creditors, employers, the United States Post Office, Michigan Department of State (i.e. update your driver’s license), family providers, etc.
  • Disconnecting or re-routing services to a new address: utilities, cable, phone, internet, lawn services, memberships, etc.
  • Obtaining important documents if moving out of the area: i.e. medical, school or veterinarian records and re-establishing health care in your new community

For additional information and a helpful tip sheet to assist with the items mentioned above, download the Moving Tips: Important Family Records checklist from the MSU Extension Starting Over After Foreclosure Tool Kit.

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To make the moving process as smooth as possible, consider the benefits of a little pre-planning. The Moving Process checklist from the Michigan State University Extension Starting Over After Foreclosure Tool Kit, offers helpful suggestions and important reminders of things that are easy to forget during a busy and stressful event. Some examples include:

  • Packing Tips
  • Moving tips for families with children
  • Things to consider if moving from a house

If a family move is related to a financial crisis, visit the article Managing stress during financial crisis for additional resources

Michigan State University Extension has released a new toolkit for homeowners who are experiencing or have previously experienced foreclosure. This toolkit will equip these individuals and families with tools to help them recover their financial stability, in the case that a recovery of their home is not possible. The toolkit is available to download free at

For a variety of financial resources, including how to assess your financial health visit Michigan State University Extension. In addition, Michigan State University offers money management and homeownership classes. For more information about classes offered in your area visit MI Money Health.  

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