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.
  • Banking
  • 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 travelers checks to cover 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 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.
  • Have 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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