Guide to Moving
Before You Leave
- Post Office: Give forwarding address, find out the date that forwarding expires.
- Address Change Notification or Termination of services
- Subscriptions: Notice requires several weeks.
- Charge Accounts, Credit Cards.
- Friends and Relatives.
- Utilities and other services - Gas, electric, water, telephone, cable or satellite, fuel, garbage, laundry, newspaper
- Insurance: Notify appropriate company of new location for coverage: Life, Health, Fire and Auto
- Get refunds on any security deposits made to businesses in the area. Cancel memberships at video rentals, etc.
- Transfer funds, arrange check-cashing in new city.
- Arrange credit references.
- Ask Doctor and Dentist for referrals; transfer needed prescriptions, eyeglasses, X-rays.
- Obtain birth records, medical records, medical, dental, & prescription histories
- Pets: Ask about regulations for licenses, vaccinations, tags. Transfer pet records.
And Don't Forget To:
- Plan the use of foods, so you are not moving it with you.
- Defrost freezer and clean refrigerator. Place a box of baking soda inside to dispel odors.
- Have appliances serviced for moving.
- Remember arrangements for TV and cable.
- Clean rugs or clothing before moving; have them moving-wrapped.
- Pick-up items sent out for repair, or dry cleaning.
- 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 plants.
On Moving Day
- Carry enough cash or traveler's checks to cover the cost of moving services and expenses, quick available refunds and emergencies.
- Carry jewelry and important documents yourself, or use registered mail.
- Plan for transporting pets; they are poor traveling companions, if unhappy.
- Let a close friend or relative know your schedule and route you will travel including overnight stops; use them as message headquarters.
- Double check closets, drawers, and shelves to be sure they are empty.
- Leave all old keys needed by the new owner with Realtor®.
At Your New Address
- Obtain certified check or cashiers check necessary for closing Real Estate Transactions.
- Check on utilities and services: telephone, gas, electricity, water, and garbage.
- Check pilot light on stove, hot water heater, and furnace.
- Get appliances checked.
- Ask Mail Carrier for mail he or she may be holding for your arrival, and give the postal service your new residence information.
- Visit local DMV for driver's license and registration changes.
- Some states require you to register your 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.
- Visit city offices and register for voting.
- Register family in your new place of worship.
- Register children in school.
- Arrange for medical services: Doctor, Dentist, Veterinarian, etc.
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