- Make reservations with a moving company or truck rental company.
- Hold a garage sale and sort through your “treasures” hidden in the garage, closets, etc.
- Make any necessary repairs.
- Arrange for any necessary cleaning services.
- Get a change of address kit from the post office.
- Open necessary bank accounts at your new location and transfer funds.
- Make arrangements to transfer your insurance coverage: auto, fire, health and life.
- Obtain copies of medical records from your doctor and dentist.
- Transfer prescriptions.
- Contact vital records and get copies of birth certificates, marriage certificates, etc.
- Contact the utility companies (gas, electric, water, cable, trash disposal) and advise them of your moving date to arrange cancellation of service.
- Cancel or transfer your newspaper subscriptions.
Just Before You Move
- Defrost and empty the freezer and refrigerator. Store food in a cooler or give to family and friends.
- Arrange to have cash or traveler’s checks until you can open a bank account at your location; store jewelry and other valuables in a safe place to take with you.
- Pack an overnight bag with your personal items and some clothing.
- Take care of those last few loads of laundry and dry cleaning.
- Pack your “First Day” box and include towels, personal items, dish soap/cleaning supplies; utility knife, paper products, coffee, and all those “can’t live without” items.
- Have appliances serviced for moving.
- Plan for special needs of infants.
The Moving Day
- Do your final walk through.
- Double check closets, drawers, and shelves to make sure they are empty.
- Leave all old keys needed by new tenant or owner with the Realtor.
At Your New Address
- Check on service of telephone, gas, electric, and water.
- Check pilot light on stove, hot water heater, incinerator, and furnace.
- Have appliances checked.
- Ask mailman for mail he may be holding for your arrival.
- Have your new address recorded on your driver’s license.
- Visit city offices and register for voting.