Your Checklist for Moving

Before You Leave

Give Address Change To:

  • Post Office

  • 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 coverage: Life, Health, Fire and Auto.

Utility Companies:

  • Gas, electric, water, telephone, fuel.

  • Get refunds on any deposits made.

Medical, Dental:

  • Ask doctor and dentist for referrals.

  • Transfer needed prescriptions, eyeglasses, X-rays.

  • Obtain birth records, medical records, etc.

And Don't Forget To:

  • Empty freezer

  • Defrost freezer and clean refrigerator. Place charcoal to dispel odors.

  • Have appliances serviced for moving.

  • Clean rugs and clothing before moving: Have them wrapped for moving.

  • 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 car needs of infants.

On Moving Day

  • Carry enough cash or travelers checks to cover cost of moving services and expenses until you make banking connections in the new city.

  • Carry jewelry and documents yourself, or use registered mail.

  • Plan for transporting pets; they are poor traveling companions if unhappy.

  • Double check closets, drawers, and shelves to be sure they are empty.

  • Leave all old keys needed by new owner with your Realtor.

At Your New Address

  • Check on service of telephone, gas, electricity and water.

  • Check pilot on stove, water heater and furnace.

  • Have new address recorded on driver's license.

  • Register car within 5 days after arrival in state, or a penalty may have to be paid when getting new license plates.

  • Apply for state drivers license.

  • Register children in school.

  • Arrange for medical services: Doctor, dentist, etc.