Checklist for Moving
Moving can be a busy time with many small, yet important, tasks to complete. You want to make sure all of your belongings arrive safely at your new home, the mail is forwarded, and the lights are turned on. This checklist will help keep you organized as you prepare your move.
Change of address notices:
Banks, Credit Cards, other monthly bills.
Insurance – new locations for fire and auto.
(Remember, some of these need several weeks’ notice.)
Gas, water, electricity, telephone, fuel. Turn them off at your current home and on at your new home. Don’t forget to ask for refunds if you made any advance deposits.
Find a new bank if necessary. Arrange check-cashing and coordinate credit references.
Get referrals for doctors, dentists, and veterinarian.
Obtain any necessary prescriptions, x-rays, eyeglasses, and medical records, and birth records.
If using a moving company, check for: insurance coverage, payment schedule, other shipping documents, arrival day, labor, and prep work to be accomplished beforehand.
Prepare for the needs of small children and animals. What will they do while you are packing and how will they get to your new home?
When the house is empty, but before the moving truck door closes, double check closets, attics, back yard, and any other storage locations to make sure they are empty.
Carry jewelry and documents yourself or send them registered mail.
You should carry enough cash or travelers checks to cover your move and expenses until you reach your new home.
Leave the old house keys with a neighbor or your real estate professional.
At Your New Home
Check that your gas, electricity, water, and telephone have been turned on.
Check pilot lights on stove, water heater, and furnace.
Have your address changed on your driver’s license.
If you have moved to a new state have the car registered within five days to prevent penalties.
Register children in new school.
Locate new doctor, dentist, etc.