Checklist for Moving

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Before You Leave

Address Change

  • Post Office: Give forwarding address
  • Charge Accounts, Credit Cards
  • Subscriptions: Notice requires several weeks
  • Friends and Relatives
  • Transfer funds, arrange check-cashing in new city
  • Arrange credit references
  • Notify company of new location for coverages:
  • Life, Health, Fire & Auto
Utility Companies
  • Gas, light, water, telephone, fuel, garbage
  • Get refunds on any deposits made
Delivery Service
  • Laundry, newspaper, changeover of services
Medical, Dental, Prescription Histories
  • Ask Doctor and Dentist for referrals; transfer needed
    prescriptions, eyeglasses, X-rays. Obtain birth
    records, medical records, etc.
  • Ask about regulations for licenses, vaccinations,
    tags, etc.
And Don't Forget To:
  • Empty freezer; plan use of foods
  • Defrost freezer and clean refrigerator. Place charcoal inside to dispel odors.
  • Have appliances serviced for moving
  • Remember arrangements for TV and antenna
  • Clean rugs or clothing before moving; have them moving-wrapped
  • Check with your Moving Counselor; insurance coverage, packing and unpacking labor, arrival day, various shipping papers, method and time of expected payment
  • Plan for special care needs of infants or pets

And On Moving Day

  • Carry enough cash or travelers checks to cover cost of moving services and expenses until you make banking connections in your new city
  • Carry jewelry and documents yourself; or use registered mail
  • Plan for transporting pets; they are poor traveling companions, if unhappy
  • Carry travelers checks for quick, available funds
  • Let a close friend or relative know route and schedule you will travel including overnight stops; use him or her as message headquarters
  • Double check closets, drawers, shelves to be sure they are empty
  • Leave all old keys needed by new tenant or owner with Realtor® or neighbor
And At Your New Address:
  • Obtain certified check or cashiers check necessary for closing Real Estate Transaction
  • Check on service of telephone, gas, electricity, water and garbage
  • Check pilot light on stove, hot water heater and furnace
  • Have appliances checked
  • Ask Mail Carrier for mail he or she may be holding for your arrival
  • Have new address recorded on driver's license
  • Visit city offices and register for voting
  • Register car within five days after arrival in state or a penalty may have to be paid when getting new license plates
  • Obtain inspection sticker and transfer motor club
  • Apply for state driver's license
  • Register family in your new place of worship
  • Register children in school
  • Arrange for medical services: Doctor, Dentist, Veterinarian, etc.
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