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.