Before You Leave:

  • Address Change:

Post Office: Give forwarding address.

Charge accounts, credit cards.

Subscriptions: Notice requires several weeks.

Friends and Relatives.

  • Bank:

Transfer funds, arrange check cashing in new city.

Arrange credit references.

  • Insurance:

Notify company of new location for coverages: life, health, auto, fire.

  • Utility Companies:

Gas, electric, water, phone, fuel, garbage.

Get refunds on any deposits made.

  • Delivery Service:

Laundry, newspaper.

  • Medical, Dental, Prescription:

Ask doctor and dentist for referrals; transfer needed prescriptions, eyeglasses, x-rays. Obtain birth records, medical records, etc.

  • Pets:

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

  • And Don’t Forget To:

Empty freezer, plan use of foods.

Defrost freezer and clean refrigerator. Place charcoal inside to dispel odors.

Have appliances serviced for moving.

Remember TV antenna or cable.

Clean rugs and clothing before moving; have them wrapped for moving.

Check with your moving company; insurance coverage, packing and unpacking labor, arrival day, various shipping papers, method and time of expected payment.

Plan for special needs of infants or pets.

And 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 important documents yourself; or use registered mail.
  • Plan for transporting pets; they are poor traveling companions if unhappy.
  • Pack an overnight bag. You may be unable to locate toiletries and necessities that first night in your new home.
  • Let someone know the route and travel schedule, including overnight stops. Use this person for a message center.
  • Double check closets, drawers and shelves to make sure they are empty.
  • Leave all old keys needed by new owner with the real estate agent.

And at Your New Address:

  • Obtain certified check or cashiers check necessary for closing real estate transaction.
  • Check on service for phone, gas, electricity, etc.
  • Check pilot lights on stove, water heater and furnace.
  • Have all appliances checked.
  • Ask mail carrier for mail being held for your arrival.
  • Have new address recorded on driver’s license. Get to DMV as soon as convenient to have license changed and car registered; cars usually need to be registered within 5 days if moving out of state.
  • Visit city offices and register for voting.
  • Register family in new place of worship.
  • Register children in school.
  • Arrange for medical services; Doctors, dentists, veterinarian, etc.