Moving 101

Things to Remember When Moving

Prior to Leaving:

Address Change - Give forwarding address to:

  • Post office
  • Charge accounts, credit cards
  • Subscriptions
  • Relatives and friends


Insurance -  Notify your company of new location



  • Arrange for check cashing in new city
  • Transfer accounts
  • Empty safe deposit box


Utility Companies

  • Get any refunds or deposits
  • Arrange for disconnections: gas, water, telephone, etc.


Medical, Dental, Prescription Histories

  • Ask for referrals
  • Transfer prescriptions, eyeglasses, x-rays, and medical records from health care professionals


Church/Civic Organizations

  • Transfer memberships
  • Get introductory letters



  • Arrange for copies of school and medical records
  • Register children in new school


Pets - Get information on tags, license, medical records, etc.

Things to Remember:

  • Clean out freezer, plan food use
  • Defrost freezer; use charcoal to absorb odor
  • Service appliances, especially washer and dryer hoses
  • Make arrangements for utilities, satellite and cable TV
  • Clean clothing and rugs; have them moving-wrapped
  • Plan with your moving counselor—insurance coverage
  • Packing and unpacking labor, arrival day, shipping papers, time and method of expected payment
  • Plan for special care of children

Moving Day:

  • Clearly mark boxes you will need immediately
  • Carry ample cash or travelers checks to cover expenses until a new account is set up
  • Transport jewelry, documents and other valuables yourself or use registered mail
  • Plan for pets travel and arrival to new area
  • Alert close friend or relative of the route and schedule you will travel for emergencies
  • Re-check closets, drawers, etc. to make sure they are empty
  • Leave keys and garage door openers for new owners

At Your New Home:

  • Get certified or cashiers check for closing
  • Check on service of telephone, furnace, etc.
  • Arrange for medical services
  • Have new address recorded on driver’s license
  • Apply for state’s driver’s license
  • Call your Realtor for referrals

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