Moving Checklist

Checklist for Moving


Before You Leave

Address change:

  • Post office: give forwarding address
  • Change accounts, credit cards
  • Subscriptions
  • Friends and Relatives



  • Transfer funds, arrange a check cashing place in your new city
  • Arrange credit references



  • Notify company of new location for coverage
  • Life, Health, Fire and Auto


Utility Companies:

  • Gas, light, water, telephone, fuel, garbage
  • Get refunds on any deposits made

Delivery service:

  • Laundry, newspaper, changeover of services


Medical, Dental, Prescription Histories:

  • Ask Doctor and Dentist for referrals; transfer needed prescriptions, eyeglasses, X-rays
  • Obtain birth records, medical



  • Ask about regulations for licenses, vaccinations, tags, etc.


Don’t forget to

  • Empty freezer; plan use of food
  • Defrost freezer and clean refrigerator, place charcoal inside to dispel odors
  • Have appliances serviced for moving
  • Remember arrangements for TV and antenna
  • Clean rugs or clothing before moving
  • Check with your moving counselor; insurance coverage, packing and unpacking labor, arrival days, various shipping papers, method and time of expected payment
  • Plan for special care needs of infants or pets

On Moving Day

  • Carry enough cash or travelers checks to cover the cost of moving services and expenses until you make banking connections in your new city.
  • Carry jewelry and documents yourself, or use registered mail
  • Plan for transporting pets
  • Let a close friend or relative know route and schedule you will travel including overnight stops; use him or her as message headquarters
  • Double check closets, drawers, shelves to be sure they are empty
  • Leave all old keys needed by new tenant or owner with Realtor or neighbor


At your New Address

  • Obtain certified check or cashiers check necessary for closing real estated transaction
  • Check on service of telephone, gas, electricity, water and garbage
  • Have appliances checked
  • Check pilot on stove, hot water heater and furnace
  • Ask mail carrier for mail he or she may be holding for your arrival
  • Have new address recorded on drivers license
  • Visit city offices and register for voting
  • Register car within five days after arrival in state or a penalty may have to be paid when getting new license plates
  • Obtain inspection sticker and transfer motor club membership
  • Register family in your new place of worship
  • Register children in school
  • Arrange for medical services; doctor, dentist, veterinarian, etc.