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Moving from Bradenton? Here’s What to Do with Your Records

Moving to a new place is always a stressful and time-consuming event. Whether it’s across the street or the country, packing everything up safely and getting it to its final destination is challenging.

One aspect of packing and moving that you shouldn’t leave to fate is what to do with your important records and other documents. Here are some do’s and don’ts for records when moving from Bradenton or anywhere else in the country!

Don’ts

Here are some things you should NOT do with your records before moving.

Store Where There’s High Moisture or Heat

High humidity and extreme temperatures are paper’s worst enemies. Don’t leave your paperwork anywhere that it could be exposed to these elements and ultimately damaged or destroyed.

Let Sensitive Documents Out of Your Sight

Any records that would be impossible to replace shouldn’t leave your side during a move. As much as you may not want to lug them around with you, it’s worth the extra effort upfront.

Add Detailed Labels

Usually, during a move, it’s a good idea to label boxes with exactly what they contain to make unpacking more manageable, but don’t apply this rule to your records. The last thing you want to do is tell the world all the important personal information contained within a specific box.  

Dos

Here are some things you SHOULD do with your records before moving.

Make Copies

Create backup copies (physical and digital) of any essential documents you have. That includes birth certificates, marriage certificates, passports, tax records, and other government-issued paperwork. Having backups will give you peace of mind, just in case anything happens to the originals.

Use the Right Boxes

The best boxes for storing and transporting papers are file boxes. They are sturdy, properly sized, and sometimes allow for hanging folders. Also, it’s best to fill each file box to prevent the papers from getting shuffled or the box from crumpling.  

Seal Sensitive Documents

To keep sensitive documents safe from prying eyes, consider sealing them in opaque folders that can only be reopened once. This approach may seem a bit extreme, but documents containing social security numbers, bank account details, or other easy to memorize information shouldn’t be visible. 

Destroy Unneeded Documents

Getting ready to move is an excellent time to sort through all your records and properly dispose of those you don’t need anymore. Once you’ve divided up your paperwork into “keep” and “toss” piles, give ShredQuick a call.

We can visit you on-site and securely shred all the old records you no longer need. That way, you know you’re not leaving anything behind you don’t want the next tenant to discover.

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