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Checklist for Moving

Before You Leave:

Book your movers as soon as possible, as they are often booked far ahead, especially at the turn of the month.
Change your address -
Post Office: Give forwarding address.

Charge Accounts, Credit Cards.

Subscriptions: Notice requires several weeks.

Friends and Relatives.

Transfer funds, arrange check-cashing in new city.
Keep your cheque book handy.


Notify company of new location for coverages: Life, Health, Fire and Auto.


Utility Companies

Gas, light, water, telephone, fuel, garbage.

Get refunds on any deposits made.

Delivery Services
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 records, etc.


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 arrangements for TV and antenna.

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

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

Plan for special care needs of infants or pets.

And On Moving Day:

Carry enough cash or travelers checks to cover 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; they are poor traveling companions, if unhappy.
Carry travelers checks for quick, available funds. 
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.

And At Your New Address:

Check on service of telephone, gas, electricity, water and garbage.

Check pilot light on stove, hot water heater, and furnace.
Have appliances checked.
Ask Mail Carrier for mail he or she may be holding for your arrival.
Have new address recorded on driver's license.
Visit city offices and register for voting.

Register car

Obtain inspection sticker and transfer motor club membership.
Register children in school.
Arrange for medical services: Doctor, Dentist, Veterinarian, etc.