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Moving Checklist

MovingPreparing for the Big Move

  • Arrange a Moving Company
  • Clear away the clutter
  • Collect everything not to be moved for a Garage Sale or Charity Donation (keep receipts for tax records)
  • Make an inventory of items to be moved
  • Discuss with your Moving Company, insurance coverage during shipment, packing and unpacking services, shipment of plants, flammables and spray cans, computer equipment, etc.

Address Change

  • Give forwarding address to Post Office four to six weeks before moving
  • Notify Employer and/or former Employer(s) to ensure W-2's are forwarded to new City address
  • Notify Banks, Brokerage Accounts, Charge Cards, Retail Credit Cards, Insurance Companies and Magazine Subscriptions
  • Subscriptions: Notice required six to eight weeks
  • Notify friends and relatives
  • Notify any companies holding title to your automobile, boat, vacation homes, etc.


  • Transfer funds, arrange check-cashing in new city if necessary
  • Set up checking and savings account in new City
  • Arrange credit references
  • Arrange to remove contents of Safe Deposit Box and cancel box rental
  • IMPORTANT: Stop all automated drafts from your checking or savings account and/or change the automated draft to your new accounts in the new City, this may include mortgage payments, utility, internet service, telephone, credit cards, etc.
  • After move and when all checks have cleared on your old checking/savings account, arrange for final transfer of funds to the new City accounts.


  • Contact your agent for Home and Automobile insurance in your new city.
  • Notify your present insurance company of last day of coverage on your present home and make sure you receive credit for pre-paid homeowner insurance coverage


  • Contact new school to determine what information the school requires to enroll your child, ie, transcripts, immunization records, etc.
  • Notify children's school of pending move
  • Request transcripts and all school records be sent to new school
  • Obtain letters from teachers outlining strengths and areas of improvement for your children

Utility Companies

  • STOP service in old City... START service in new City
  • Obtain refunds on any deposits
  • Return cable boxes, if necessary

Wireless Telephones

  • Set up wireless communications in new City
  • Stop wireless service in old City

Delivery Services

  • Laundry, newspaper, change over of service

Medical, Dental, Prescription Histories

  • Ask your Doctor and Dentist for referral in the new City
  • Obtain copies of all medical, immunization records and dental records
  • Transfer needed prescriptions, eyeglasses, x-rays, etc.
  • Make sure you have the maximum supply of necessary prescriptions prior to your move to allow for timing on prescription transfer and initial meeting with new Doctor


  • Ask about registrations and licenses in new City
  • Obtain your pets medical records and ask for referral to Vet in new City
  • If you are transporting the pet(s) via air, train or bus, make sure license and vaccinations are current
  • Ask about kennel facilities in the new City or make sure temporary housing allows for pets

Church, Clubs & Organizations

  • Get letters of introduction from current contacts
  • Transfer memberships if applicable

Don't Forget To:

  • Empty freezer, plan use of foods
  • Defrost freezer and clean refrigerator. Place charcoal to dispel odors
  • Have appliances serviced for moving
  • Clean rugs and/or clothing before moving; have them wrapped
  • Check with your moving counselor/company - insurance coverage, packing and unpacking labor, arrival day, various shipping papers, method and time of expected payment
  • Plan for special care needs of infant or pets
  • Check with Agriculture Department of new area to see if they have restrictions on plants

On Moving Day:

  • Carry enough cash or traveler's checks to cover cost of moving services and expenses until you establish new banking services
  • Carry jewelry and important documents yourself or use registered mail
  • Plan for transporting pets; they are poor traveling companions if unhappy
  • Let close friends or relatives know route and schedule you will travel, including any overnight stops. Use them as message headquarters
  • Final check of old residence: double-check closets, drawers and shelves to be sure they are empty
  • Leave old keys, garage door openers, broiler pans, landscape/house plans and instruction manuals needed by new owner with your agent

At Your New Address:

  • Obtain certified checks or cashier's checks necessary for closing real estate transaction (check with settlement agent for details)

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