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Moving Checklist

Preparation

  • 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.