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Check List for Moving

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, Fire and Auto

  • Utility Companies

    • Gas, light, water, telephone, cable, fuel

    • Get refunds on any deposits made

  • Delivery Service

    • Laundry, newspaper, milk, change over of services

  • Medical, Dental, Prescription histories

    • Ask doctor and dentist for referrals; transfer needed prescriptions, eyeglasses, X-rays

    • Obtain birth records, medical records, etc

  • Church, Club, Civic Organizations

    • Transfer memberships; get letters of introduction

  • 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 to dispel odors

  • Have appliances serviced for moving

  • Clean rugs or clothing before moving; have them moving-wrapped

  • Check with your Moving Counselor: insurance coverage, packing and unpacking labor, arrival day, various shipping papers, method and time of expected payment

  • Plan for special care needs of infants

And On Moving Day:

  • Carry enough cash or travelers checks to cover cost of moving services and expenses until you make banking connections in new city

  • Carry jewelry and documents yourself; or use registered mail

  • Plan for transporting of pets; they are poor traveling companions if unhappy

  • Carry travelers checks for quick, available funds

  • Let close friend or relative know route and schedule you will travel including overnight stops; use him/her as a 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

And At Your New Address:

  • Obtain certified check or cashiers check necessary for closing real estate transaction

  • Check on service of telephone, gas, electricity, water, and cable

  • Check pilot light on stove, hot water heater, incinerator, furnace and fire places

  • Have appliances checked

  • Ask mailman for mail he may be holding for your arrival

  • Have new address recorded on driver's 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

  • Apply for state driver's license

  • Register family in your new place of worship

  • Register children in school

  • Arrange for medical services; Doctor, Dentist, etc

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